Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday Email for April 29, 2016

Hi All –

Happy Friday, but brrrr!  I can’t believe how chilly it is – and it’s almost May!  Might need a second cup of hot coffee this morning!  Well, in spite of the fact that it’s a bit of a dreary morning, it’s still Friday – and that’s a good thing – the weekend’s on the way!

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

          The photo taking for our new pictorial directory is well underway.  I had my picture taken on Wednesday and the photographer was wonderful, and miracle of miracles, the pictures weren’t terrible!  Seriously though, we’ve had a wonderful response to sign-ups for the pictures – we’ve got six days scheduled, but there are still spots available if you haven’t signed up yet.  Call the church office, or come into my office on Sunday, to see what times are available on Friday, May 13th or Saturday, May 14th.  We’re hoping to get as many people in the directory as possible – it’s such a great way to get to know one another and learn each other’s names!
      On Sunday, I’ll start a new sermon series entitled “Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things.”  This week we’ll look at Moses and some of the extraordinary things God enabled this ordinary man to do, and also what God might be calling us ordinary people to do.  Since it’s the first Sunday of the month, we’ll be sharing Holy Communion together as well.

      I need to let you know that, very soon, the Town of Elkton will be replacing the sidewalk in front of the church (actually the whole sidewalk from the Presbyterian Church down to Locust Lane).  I’m not sure exactly when it will start – the letter we received said May 1st, but I suppose it depends on the weather.  At any rate, the sidewalk will be torn up for quite some time, which means that those of you who are used to parking out front will have to park in the back for a while.  The good news is that when the project’s done, we’ll have a nice, smooth, safe sidewalk in front of our church!
      Finally, let me remind you that on Sunday, May 22nd, the Stewardship Committee is sponsoring a Book Swap in Weldin Hall.  So start going through your books and deciding what you’d like to donate, but leave space on your shelves, so that you can pick up some new ones at the swap.  You can bring the books you’re donating to Weldin Hall on Sunday, the 15th or anytime during the week after that.  The Swap will run all morning on the 22nd, and then the leftover books will be donated to local and veterans’ organizations.

I think that’s it for now.  Time to go make that second cup of coffee!  Have a good Friday, and an even greater weekend!  Maybe you can find some time to curl up under a warm blanket and watch a movie or a game!  Spend time with those you love, and then I’ll see you in worship on Sunday morning!

                                                                                                 Grace and Peace,

Friday, April 22, 2016

Happy Friday from Nashville

Hey Y'all!

The Grand "Ole Opry
Happy Friday!  Greetings from Nashville, Tennessee!  I'm here with 34 Classic Christians nearing the end of a fabulous trip!  We've seen beautiful sights, heard all kinds of fabulous music, and enjoyed wonderful food, fellowship and fun!  Today we’re going on a steamboat river luncheon cruise, and then it’s on the bus for the trip home. 

By the time we get there, the church will already be halfway through an incredibly busy weekend.  

Here's what's going on:

  • Tonight through Sunday, our youth will take part in a retreat with youth from North East UMC and others.  For more information, youth and/or their parents can text Sandy Wherry at 443-309-0160.
  • Tomorrow morning a team of Elkton UMC walkers will take part in the Brain Tumor walk on the Riverfront in Wilmington.  Pray that it will be a safe and successful fund raising venture that will raise needed funds to combat this dreaded disease which has taken away so many beloved people.
  • Tomorrow night at 6 PM you and your family are invited to Bingo Night in Weldin Hall.  Please bring a full-size candy bar (they’ll be the prizes!).
  • On Sunday in worship, I’ll conclude my sermon series on Colossians, as we look at chapters 3 & 4 where Paul talks about how we are to live as those whose lives have been touched and changed by Jesus Christ.
  • Sunday will also be Compassion Sunday when we hear again about the wonderful ministry of “adopting” children through Compassion International.  So many members and groups in our church have already done that, and on Sunday, you'll learn how you can do it too.
  • Sunday is also Donate Blood Day when you  can donate blood to save lives.  Even if you have not pre-registered, head on over  to Weldin Hall – there will be space for you.
  • If you’ve bought goodies for the final college care package of the year, please make sure to put them in the donation bin before 9:30 on Sunday.  The packages are being put together at 9:45 in the parlor.
  • A new study series on Biblical prophecy led by Ivan Mehosky starts Monday night in the Chapel at 6:30.  Sign up this Sunday if you'd like to take part.
  • Finally, next Wednesday, our photo sessions start for the new pictorial directory.  Please show up for your appointment 15 minutes early so you can complete the paperwork.  If you don’t have an appointment yet, call the church office to schedule one.
  • Phew!  I think I’ve covered everything.  I’m doing it from memory in Nashville, so forgive me if I forgot something.  

There is one more thing.  Next Wednesday, the 27th is Administrative Professional's Day, so I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to the greatest church secretary ever – Kay Mortimer!

So that’s it for now.  Have a good Friday and an even greater weekend.  Take some time for yourself, even while trying to get all your chores done.  Spend time with those you love.  Do me a favor and say a little prayer for traveling mercies for those of us coming home from Nashville.  We’ll arrive home Saturday night.  I’ll see you in worship on Sunday!  It might not be pretty, but I’ll be there!

Grace and Peace,

Friday, April 15, 2016

Friday Email for April 15, 2016

Hi All –

                Happy Friday!  What a beautiful morning God has given us!   I hope you’ve had a good week and have plans for a great weekend!  Congrats to all of you O’s fans who are riding high right now – what a great start; and hope springs eternal for all of us Phillies’ fans – we’re at .500 after a pretty rough start, so things are looking up!  I love baseball season, but I’d love it more if Phillies’ games were broadcast here in Elkton.  Oh well, I digress.

                Back to the task at hand – what’s going on in and around the church this weekend:

-          On Sunday, I’ll offer the second sermon in my “The Book of Colossians” sermon series.  This week, we’ll look together at how Paul instructs the young church about dealing with criticism, something that all of us need to learn.

-          Also on Sunday, sign-ups continue for our new pictorial directory photography sessions.  The response has been tremendous, so much so that we’ve had to add two additional dates – and they will be Friday, May 13th and Saturday, May 14th.  So if you haven’t had a chance to sign up yet, please do so on Sunday morning in the hospitality area.  And you know what?  If we fill up those two additional dates, we’ll add more!  It’s going to be a great family album!

-          Sign-ups also continue for the Blood Drive we’ll be having on April 24th in Weldin Hall, and for the EUMC walking team that will participate in the April 23rd Brain Tumor Walk at the Riverfront in Wilmington.  We’re way down in donors for the blood drive from last spring, so if you’re able to give, please sign up on Sunday.  We also need help in the canteen area (with refreshments), and as greeters, etc., so if you can help, see Joe Tanner at the table in the hospitality area on Sunday or email him at

-          Don’t forget that for another week or so, we’re collecting goodies for the next College Care Package, which will be sent out on April 24th, just in time for the end of the semester papers and finals.  Bring your donations to the bin near the Welcome Center. 

-          Finally, a reminder to all those going on the Classic Christians’ bus trip to Nashville next week – be in the parking lot at 6:30 a.m. Monday morning so that we can load up the bus and be on the road by 7. 

I think that’s it for now.  Enjoy this beautiful day, and have a wonderful weekend.  Find some time to do something that brings you joy, even while tackling all of the other things on your “to do” list.  Spend time with those you love, and then I’ll see you in worship on Sunday morning!

                                                                                                Grace and Peace,




Friday, April 8, 2016

Friday Email for April 8, 2016

Hi All –

  Happy Friday!  I hope you’re having a good day, have had a good week, and were among the many, many people who witnessed that beautiful double rainbow last evening!  What a sight!  It was everywhere.  I even got a picture from Adelma in South Carolina of the rainbow there!  What a gift from God, and what a beautiful way to end a yucky day of wind and rain!

 So, now it’s on to the weekend.  I hope you have some great plans.  Here’s what’s happening at church:
      On Sunday, I’ll begin a short (3 week) sermon series on the Letter of Paul to the Colossians.  This week we’ll look at chapter one and how Paul reminds the young church, which is being battered by false beliefs, about the supremacy of Christ.  We’ll also be celebrating the sacrament of Holy Communion together.
      We’re going to be awarding the prizes to the winners of our “Methodists in Motion” challenge too.  It’s been a long time coming, but it’s exciting to finally see who did the most work to get us “around the world!”  So be sure to come and see who the winners are!
       Sunday is a big “sign-up” day as well.  Don’t forget to sign up to have your picture taken for the new pictorial directory.  I was pleased to see how many have already signed up, but there’s still plenty of room for more, so if you didn’t sign up last week, please be sure to do so this week at the table in the hospitality area.  The pictures will be taken April 27-30
      You can also sign up on Sunday to take part in our second Blood Drive, which will be held on Sunday, April 24th in Weldin Hall.  Last time, we donated 40 units of blood, and it would be great to top that this time.  So sign up to donate!  If you can’t donate, there are other ways you can help – by serving refreshments in the canteen, greeting and registering donors, or holding hands and encouraging donors.  Joe Tanner and a representative from the Blood Bank of Delmarva will be on hand at both coffee hours Sunday, so see them to sign up to take part in this important mission.
      Speaking of missions, our Missions Committee is putting together a team to walk in the Brain Tumor Walk on April 23rd at the Riverfront in Wilmington.  If you want to be a part of the team, see Joe Tanner on Sunday (he’ll be at the Blood Bank table!).
      Also, just a reminder that we’re currently collecting goodies for the next (and final) College Care Package of this academic year.  The care packages will be assembled on Sunday, April 24th, so bring your donations of goodies to the bin near the Welcome Center before then.

      If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend, head on over to Elkton High School on Friday or Saturday nights at 7 for a production of “The Wizard of Oz.”  Our very own Olivia Forney is Dorothy!  She’s so talented – it’s sure to be a wonderful evening!
      I think that’s it for now.  Before I sign off, I want to send out a great big thank you to Ivan Mehosky for filling in for me last Sunday while I took some vacation time.  I loved being able to watch the service on Monday via our church website!  I hope you’ll remember to do that when you can’t physically be in church.  Thanks so much Ivan!

Have a great Friday, and an even greater 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!
                                                                                                                Grace and Peace,