Happy Friday! Hope you’ve had a good week and have plans for a great weekend! Let me start by thanking everyone for their prayers for my mother who had knee surgery on Monday. She’s doing well, and is home already, on the road to recovery. Please continue to pray, because she still has a long way to go, but we’re optimistic things are going to go well this time.
On to what’s happening this weekend at church:
- This Sunday is Laity Sunday in the United Methodist Church, the day on which we celebrate the ministry of all lay people. Nancy Crawford, who is our church’s Lay Leader, will offer the message during worship (and it’s wonderful! She showed me an advanced copy!) You won’t want to miss it! We’ll also have the joy of hearing the handbell choir for the first time this fall, and welcoming a few more new members!
- Please don’t forget to bring your bag of groceries back to church this week as we wrap up this year’s Harvest Food Festival. There will be a truck at the back entrance of the church and some Scouts and others will be there to receive your donations. By the way, you can bring a bag of groceries even if you didn’t receive an “official” HFF grocery bag – we’ll take them any way they come in. Just make sure the food is non-perishable because it will go on the shelves of Immaculate Conception’s Food Pantry. I talked to both Father Jim and Dottie Fritz of ICC this week and they are incredibly touched by our generous offering of these groceries every year.
- Sunday is also the day of our BLOOD DRIVE. It will be set up in Weldin Hall and we already have a good number of people signed up to donate – but there is absolutely room for more! So if you have not pre-registered to donate, you can still show up and give. Just go to Weldin Hall and someone at the door will take care of you. If you can donate, please do. The need is always great, and you can save a life in the process!
- Sunday will be the last day to pre-register for our 5K Run/Walk/Stroll to fight dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease which will take place on Saturday, October 21st at Fair Hill. Members of the Stewardship Committee will be at a table in the Hospitality Area to help you register. But if you can’t pre-register, you can absolutely just show up on the 21st and take part – we’re figuring that a lot of people are planning on doing that – and that’s okay too! It will be a great way to spend a fall morning, and a great opportunity to be with our friends from Janes UMC in Rising Sun to remember the Rev. Jim Jones, who battled dementia in the last years of his life. Hope you’ll want to be a part of the fun, fellowship and fundraising!
- A reminder to the women in the church that you’re warmly welcome to take part in this year’s Women’s Retreat in Ocean City, Jan. 12-14, 2018. Brochures about the event are on the table across from the Welcome Center, and the first installment payment is due now.
- Men, we haven’t forgotten about you. The Men’s Retreat Committee is hard at work putting the final touches on the plans for their January 2018 retreat. Brochures about the retreat will be published very soon – so stay tuned!
- Speaking of men – the Monthly Men’s Breakfast is next Wednesday, October 18th, at 6:30 am at the Elkton Diner. All men of the church are invited to take part. No sign-up is necessary – just show up for the food, fellowship and fun.
- And speaking of fun, the Classic Christians will have their annual Trivia Night next Friday, the 20th, in Weldin Hall. Dinner at 6:30, brain teasing to follow! To participate, sign up on the sheet across from the Welcome Center.
- Finally, the Costa Rica Mission Team is having their Shareholders Dinner on Friday, October 27th. Invitations were sent to shareholders asking them to RSVP to the team so that appropriate arrangements could be made. If you received an invitation, but have not replied to the team yet, please do so at your earliest convenience. RSVP to Terri Lokey at firstname.lastname@example.org or text her at 443-350-1986.
Well, I think that’s it for now. Have a great Friday, and an even greater weekend! (The weekend has already started well for Eagles’ fans – we had a great win last night against the Carolina Panthers – but it made for a late night! I’m having a little trouble getting started this morning! LOL) Anyway, have a great weekend. Find some time to rest and relax even while taking on your “to do” list. Spend time with those you love, and then I’ll see you on Sunday morning in worship! Can’t wait!
Grace and Peace,