Hi All –
Happy Friday! Hope you weathered yesterday’s storm okay. Boy, it turned out to be more than we thought it was going to be, didn’t it? Let’s hope the forecast is right for today and we’ll get warmer temps and a lot of melting!
Before I turn to what’s ahead this weekend, I want to think back to last weekend with a word of thanks to the Tanners – Joe and Susan. When I was not able to be in church Sunday morning, they both rose to the occasion and did an excellent job (I watched the video!) It’s so nice to know that our church is filled with people like them who are ready at a moment’s notice to help in any way they can. Thanks so much, Joe and Susan!
Now, on to this weekend’s events and opportunities at the church:
- Tonight at 6:30 pm the Classic Christians (age 50 and over) will meet in Weldin Hall. The night will begin with a potluck dinner (bring a dish to share) and then continue with a presentation about the upcoming UMC General Conference and the issues we’re wrestling with over human sexuality. (By the way, if you can’t come to the same presentation which will be given on Sunday, December 2nd at 9:45 in the sanctuary, you’re welcome to come tonight – even if you’re not a Classic Christian!)
- On Sunday morning, we’ll conclude our two-week stewardship emphasis by making our financial pledges for 2019. My sermon is entitled “Getting in Line,” where I’ll invite all of us to realize that, when we make our pledges Sunday, we join a long line of giving people to the work of the Lord here at EUMC and all over the world. You should have received your pledge card in the mail already, so please have it filled out and bring it with you to worship on Sunday. During the service, there will be an opportunity for us to present our pledges to God at the chancel rail. (If you didn’t get a pledge card, no worries. The ushers will have some on hand.) We’ll be treated to the music of our wonderful Handbell and Chancel Choirs, and Paul Humphrey too! It’s going to be a great service where we realize how much we can do when we open ourselves and give freely to God! You won’t want to miss it!
- On Sunday afternoon at 4, the Greater Elkton Ministerial Association is having its annual ecumenical Thanksgiving service, and this year, it’s a Choir Festival and it’s at our church! Five different choirs from Elkton churches will be singing and it’s going to be great! So give yourself a treat and come back to church at 4, as we give God thanks for all the blessings he pours upon us
o There’s still time to bring goodies for the next College Care Packages which will go out on November 26th. You can bring your donations to the bin near the Welcome Center.
o The Angel Tree will be set up this Sunday and Millie Jones and company will help you take an ornament indicating gifts that are needed for children of incarcerated parents. Millie tells me that there is more need than usual this year, so please help with this great project if you can. She will give you all the details when you stop by the tree on Sunday.
o The Mitten Tree project is still underway (sponsored by the Ruth/Sarah Circle). They’re looking for donations of scarves, hats, gloves, and children’s underwear that will go to the Help Center in time for Christmas. Their bin is in the Welcome Center area and will be there until the end of November.
o Heidi and Larry Gaultney will be in the Hospitality Area to talk to anyone who might be willing to help with the Emergency Rotating Shelter the week of December 30th – January 6th. You can serve in a few different ways – by providing a meal, by serving as an evening host, or serving as an overnight host. As we saw yesterday, bad weather can come up really quickly and there are many who are at the mercy of the elements unless we help, so if you can help, or just want to learn more about it, stop by and see the Gaultneys on Sunday morning.
o Sunday is the last possible day to turn in the Christmas Shoeboxes (they need to be at the distribution center by Monday). Nancy Stubbs reported to me the other day that we’ve had a banner year with the shoeboxes – so far 64 boxes have been turned in! Thanks so much for caring for the children of our world in this wonderful way! If you’re bringing a box on Sunday, it can be left on the counter across from the Welcome Center. If you have any questions, give Nancy a call at 410-885-5373.
o Members of our Communications Committee will be on hand Sunday in the Hospitality Area to sell our wonderful church cookbooks! Guess what? A copy of our cookbook would be a great hospitality gift to take to a Thanksgiving dinner! Anyway, they’ll be on sale this Sunday, also at the UMW Cookie Walk on December 8th, and then on Sunday, Dec. 9th and 16th.
o Speaking of the UMW Cookie Walk, Judy Tanner will be speaking to us for a few moments on Sunday on the upcoming walk and how you can help.
o We’ll also be hearing from Rich Gruebel on behalf of the Men’s Retreat Committee about the retreat coming up in January.
Phew! There’s so much going on right now! Isn’t it great? We are reaching out in amazing ways to touch so many lives with the love and gifts of God to those who are hurting.
- One more thing to mention – The monthly Men’s Breakfast would normally have taken place next Wednesday morning, Nov. 21st, but since it’s the day before Thanksgiving and many people are traveling, it’s being cancelled. The next breakfast will take place on Wednesday, December 19th at 6:30 am at Cracker Barrel.
Well, I think that’s it for now, except to say that I know you join me in grieving the tragic loss of Bettie Murray on Wednesday. Bettie was such a wonderful person with a beautiful smile and an even more beautiful spirit. She served as our Financial Secretary and was so dedicated to that work – giving more hours than you can possibly imagine to it. Please lift in prayer all of the members of her family, and her many, many friends. Bettie’s funeral service will be on Tuesday at noon in our sanctuary.
Okay, I’ll sign off now. I pray that you will have a good day, and a great weekend. I suspect that some of you might be starting some vacation time, so if that’s you, enjoy every minute of it! Anyway, have a good weekend, and be sure to come to church for Pledge Sunday. It’s going to be a great day, and I can’t wait to be with you!
Grace and Peace,