Friday, August 26, 2016

Happy Friday!

Hi All –

Hope you’ve had a great week and are looking forward to an even greater weekend!  Sounds like we’re going to heat up again after a perfectly gorgeous, almost balmy, week.  Here’s what’s happening at church this weekend:
     

     On Sunday, Pastor George Leathrum will be preaching and his sermon title sure sounds intriguing – “Be Careful Who You Invite to Dinner.”  Sounds like a sermon you don’t want to miss!  Another highlight of the service will be hearing the music of Bill Graham and his mother!  I had the privilege of sitting in front of Bill’s mother once during a worship service and she has a lovely voice – as does Bill!  Something else you don’t want to miss hearing!

      As you probably know, school starts next week, so on Monday morning, we’re going to be offering “Drive Through Prayer” in our parking lot from 7 – 9 a.m.  Lots of you have signed up to help by baking cookies, holding directional signs, or praying, but if you didn’t get to sign up and want to help – come on over to the church on Monday around 6:30 a.m.  The more help we have, the more people we can serve!

      Speaking of serving people – we’re still looking for mentors to work with children at Thomson Estates Elementary School this year.  If you have an hour a week to give to a child, or even if you just would like to know more about it, get in touch with Nancy Mitchell at nhmitchell@msn.com

      We’re still taking sign-ups for the Classic Christians’ bus trip to Baltimore on Wednesday, October 19th.  The trip includes a luncheon cruise on The Spirit of Baltimore and an afternoon tour of Fort McHenry.  Cost is $90/person.  To take part, sign up on the sheet across from the Welcome Center.

      Finally, just a reminder that there’s going to be a Revival tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. in the parking lot of the Elkton Presbyterian Church.  Christians from throughout Elkton will come together for this service led by Elkton Police Chaplain Josh Leffew.

      I think that’s it for now.  Have a good Friday, and a great weekend!  Take some time for yourself even while trying to tackle your “to do” list.  Spend time with those you love, and then be sure to be in worship on Sunday morning!  It’s the best possible way to start a new week!
                                                                                                Grace and Peace,
                                                                                                                Karen

Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday Email for August 19, 2016

Hi All –

                Happy Friday!  What a beautiful morning we’re having after that storm last night!  I hope you’ve had a good week and have plans for a great weekend.  Here’s what’s happening at church this weekend:

-          On Sunday, I’ll offer the sixth sermon in my “I Can Do All Things through Christ Who Strengthens Me” series.  The theme word this week is “Survive!” and again this week we’ll hear a testimony – this time from someone who survived a very scary ordeal.  His is a remarkable story that many of you know about because it was in the news, but come and hear about it in his own words this Sunday.  (Have I piqued your curiosity?  Hope so!)

-          On Sunday, we’ll also be treated to the music of Sid Bledsoe, and Brian Gilmore, who’s sitting in for Sharon while she takes some vacation time.   And, we’re going to be celebrating the baptism of three beautiful babies!  It’s going to be a great morning!

-          Thank you to all who donated school supplies for children in need!  As usual, our church was more than generous and many children will benefit from our gifts.

-          Speaking of school children – yesterday, I was blessed (along with Gretchen Ginder and Nancy Mitchell) to meet with our partners at Thomson Estates Elementary School to plan things we will do with them this coming school year.  One of the most important things members of our church do at TEES is mentor children.  We have been doing this for years but frankly, the ranks of mentors have been shrinking.  So we’d like to build that up again this year.  If you have an hour a week to work with a young person, please consider doing this.  It makes such a difference in a child’s life.  For more information, you can contact Nancy Mitchell at nhmitchell@msn.com.  Training is provided!

-          The Classic Christians are hitting the road again – this time on a day trip to Baltimore on Wednesday, October 13th to take a luncheon cruise on The Spirit of Baltimore and then tour Fort McHenry.  Cost for the bus trip is $90/person.  You don’t have to be a Classic Christian (age 50 or over) to take part.  A sign up sheet for the trip is on the table across from the Welcome Center.

-          Finally, I just wanted to let you know that there will be another community Prayer Walk tomorrow starting at 8 a.m. in the Elkton Presbyterian Church parking lot.  Then, on Saturday, August 27th at 6 p.m. in the Elkton Presbyterian Church parking lot there’s going to be a Revival – a joint service with Christians from throughout Elkton, led by Elkton Police Chaplain Josh Leffew.  Both of these events will be great ways to pray for our community!

I think that’s it for now.  Have a great Friday, and a wonderful weekend!  Enjoy some “down” time even while tackling your list of chores.  Spend time with those you love.  Then I’ll see you on Sunday morning in worship!

                                                                                                Grace and Peace,

                                                                                                                Karen

 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Friday Email for August 12, 2016

Hi All –
 Happy Friday!  I wonder how many of you are as sleep deprived as I am from staying up too late every night watching the Olympics?!  Hasn’t it been fantastic, and how about all the medals won by Maryland athletes?!!  Actually, all of the athletes have been great.  It’s incredible to see how they use so amazingly the gifts God has given them.  So I guess I’ll be sleep deprived a while longer – there’s still a lot of competition ahead!  Oh well, it’s worth it – and it will be a great way for all of us to stay cool during this weekend’s brutal heat wave!!

Speaking of this weekend, here’s what will be happening at the church:
      On Sunday morning, we’ll be lead in worship by members of the Kentucky Mission Team who will share with us their recent experience with our friends in Mozelle, Kentucky.  You won’t want to miss hearing their stories and seeing pictures of the work they did and the friends they saw.  We’ll also be treated to the music of Bobby Heath on saxophone!

      Sunday is the last day to bring in your donations of school supplies for children in need.  The backpacks will be filled between services, but donations brought in after that will packed after the 11:00 services.  Speaking of backpacks, that is really our most pressing need right now, so if you haven’t purchased your school supplies to donate yet, why not make it a backpack or two?  Thanks to all who have so generously donated!
      
      Our youth group will meet on Sunday night at 6 pm to do planning for the year ahead, so we hope to have a lot of youth in attendance to let us know what you’d like to do!  Also, Sandy would like to remind members of the Mission Team that they need to be at the church at 7:45 on Sunday morning to prepare for the worship services.
      
      On Sunday, you’ll have another opportunity (via a bulletin insert) to sign up to help with our first-ever “Drive Through Prayer” event on the first day of school – Monday, August 29th.  We need people to help out that morning by holding signs inviting persons to drive into the parking lot, by praying with people at their cars, and by helping to direct the cars to the prayer stations.  We had a lot of response last week to the need for cookies, so that need is filled, but we do need the other help – so please, if you can help, sign up on Sunday!

I think that’s it for now.  Have a great Friday, and an even greater weekend!  Try to stay cool, find some time to rest and relax, spend time with those you love, and then come to worship on Sunday, and hear our amazing mission team talk about how they were the hands and feet of Jesus with our friends in Kentucky!  It’s going to be great!
                                                                  Grace and Peace,
                                                                                             Karen

Friday, August 5, 2016

Happy Friday Email for August 5, 2016

Hi All –
 As Mr. Rogers used to sing, “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood!”  I finished my sermon yesterday afternoon on my laptop sitting on the back porch, and it was lovely.  Let’s hope this keeps up for the weekend.  I haven’t seen a weather forecast, so fingers crossed!
 Here’s what’s happening this weekend at church:

      Today at 4 p.m. the Classic Christians (age 50 and over) have their annual Summer Picnic at the home of Betty and Ed Sprague.  Just a reminder to those attending to bring a side dish or dessert to share, a lawn chair to sit in, and a bathing suit to wear if you want to enjoy the Sprague’s beautiful pool!

      On Sunday, I’ll offer the fifth sermon in the series, “I Can Do All Things through Christ Who Strengthens Me.”  This week’s theme word is “Remember.”  Again this week, we’ll hear a testimony from a member of our church, and you won’t want to miss it – it is very, very special!  We’ll also share holy communion together, and enjoy the wonderful music of Kyle Slayman on his violin.
     
Don’t forget that we’re still collecting school supplies for children in need.  You still have two Sundays to bring your donations to the boxes near the Welcome Center.  The list of supplies needed is posted on our church website (elktonumc.org).
     
                  There are also a couple of community events going on this weekend:
      Tomorrow at 8 a.m. there will be a prayer walk through the Town of Elkton.  It kicks off in the parking lot of the Presbyterian Church.  Join with other people from throughout Elkton in praying for our town and its issues.
   
 I just read the Cecil Whig and learned that there’s going to be a parade through Elkton tomorrow starting at 1 p.m.  Apparently, there’s been a convention of firefighters in the area and the parade will conclude that gathering, so it will be filled with over 50 pieces of firefighting equipment – both antique and modern, and will also include multitudes of firefighters and other first responding personnel.  The parade starts on Delaware Avenue, moves down Main Street (past the front of the church) and then turns up North Street.  From past experience, I know that the grass in front of our church is a nice, shady place to watch a parade, so if you don’t have anything else on your schedule, why not come?  It’s a great way to show support to our first responders!


I think that’s it for now.  Have a great Friday, and a wonderful weekend.  Take some
time to rest and relax, spend time with those you love, and then I’ll see you in worship
on Sunday as we “remember” together!
                                                                                                                Grace and Peace,
                                                                                                                                Karen

Friday, July 29, 2016

Friday Email for July 29, 2016

Hi All –

                Happy Friday!  Hope you’ve had a good week, and have managed to stay cool and dry!  I was driving back from Dover in that incredible rainstorm yesterday, and it was so bad, almost everyone had their emergency flashers on.  It’s been a crazy week of weather.  I just finished reading The Cecil Whig and saw an article on how the weather has really impacted the Cecil County Fair – either lots of intense heat (so hot they couldn’t open up the rides until later in the day) or drenching rains that had people running for cover!  Oh well – it’s the good ole summertime!

                Here’s what’s happening at the church this weekend:

-          On Sunday, I’ll offer the fourth sermon in the series, “I Can Do All Things through Christ Who Strengthens Me.”  This week’s theme word is “Pray,” and we’ll be hearing from a couple of people in our church who know just how important prayer is and how it carried them through some stressful times in their lives!  You won’t want to miss it!

-          Don’t forget that we’re still collecting donations of school supplies to give to children in need as school starts.  You can find a list of items needed on our website (elktonumc.org).  Click on the rotating pictures panel in the center of the home page until it gets to the School Supplies panel, and then click on that for the list.  We need things like pencils, erasers, student scissors, composition books, folders, etc.  In the past, you’ve been very generous in donating these supplies – please help again this year for the need is great!

-          A reminder to Classic Christians (age 60 and over) that our annual Picnic is getting ever closer – Friday, August 5th at 4 p.m. at the home of Betty and Ed Sprague.  To participate, please sign up on the sheet across from the Welcome Center so we can assure that we have enough food and beverages for everyone!

-          I think all of you got an email from the church yesterday that contained a survey for families with children and grandchildren in our church.  It’s a very brief survey asking about ideas and information around family events in our church.  If you have children/grandchildren in our church, please take the few minutes it will take to complete the survey.  The information will be very valuable to all involved in our children’s ministries, and will ensure that we’re providing what you want when you want it!

I think that’s it for now.  I’m off to put the finishing touches on the words I’ll be saying this afternoon to celebrate the life of Ed Stubbs.  After that, I’ll be heading over to Newark to celebrate Damien’s 16th birthday with all of our family!  It’s hard to believe he’s going to be 16 in just a few days, and you know what that means – driver’s license!!   (And no, Damien, you can’t have my car!  LOL)

                Have a good Friday, and a great weekend!  Find some time for yourself even while tackling your to-do list, spend time with those you love, and then I’ll see you in worship on Sunday morning when we remember that prayer helps us do all things through Christ who strengthens us!  See you Sunday!

 

                                                                                                                Grace and Peace,

                                                                                                                                Karen