Friday, June 24, 2016

Friday Email for June 24, 2016

Hi All –

                Happy Friday!  Hope you’ve had a good week and have plans for a great weekend!  I know a lot of you are on vacation or getting ready to go on vacation, so I hope you have a wonderful time getting away from your normal routine and enjoying time with those you love!

                For those of us staying around, here’s what’s happening at church:

-          On Sunday, I’ll complete my “What I Wish My Friend Knew” sermon series with “You are Special and Needed!”  We’ll look at that through the story of Jesus calling his disciples.

-          Don’t forget that we’re still collecting Kool Pops to give away at Elkton’s 4th of July fireworks, so you can bring your donations to the table in the Welcome Center.  We’re also looking for people to help hand out them on the 4th, so if you’d like to be part of that team, sign up on the sheet across from the Welcome Center.

-          Vacation Bible School is getting ever closer.  It will be Sunday, July 10th through Thursday, July 14th from 5:30-8:00 p.m.  Each evening starts with dinner and then continues on with great Bible stories, activities, music and crafts.  Sign-up your child or grandchild via our church website – elktonumc.org, and if you’d like to volunteer to help out at VBS, please contact Katie Sparks at Katharine.gravatt@gmail.com.

-          Looking Ahead:  Just a reminder that next Sunday – July 3rd – we’ll be having one combined service at 9:45 a.m. as we celebrate “A Service of Prayer and Thanksgiving for Our Nation.”  We’ll be blessed to have with us again The Providence Brass!  Invite your family, friends and neighbors to come with you to worship that day.  It’s going to be great!

-          Speaking of great music, as I was just reading The Cecil Whig I was reminded that tomorrow evening at 6 p.m. at Hart’s Church Amphitheater in North East, The US Airmen of Note will be performing.  They’re a great military group and always provide an outstanding concert – and best of all is that it’s free!  So if you’re looking for something to do tomorrow night, why not head down there?

 

I think that’s it for now.  Have a great Friday, and a wonderful weekend!  I think we’re supposed to have good weather, so get out and enjoy it.  I sure hope it’s going to be beautiful, because I’m in charge of a farewell barbeque for our outgoing District Superintendent Derrick Porter on Sunday, and we have 250 people coming!  Cross your fingers!

 

Anyway, have a great weekend!  Find some time to rest and relax even while getting all your chores done.  Spend time with those you love, and then I’ll see you in worship on Sunday where I’ll remind you that “You are special and needed!”  See you then!

                                                       

                                                                                                        Grace and Peace,

                                                                                                                        Karen

 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Happy Friday!

Hi All –
I usually start my Friday emails by saying that I hope you’ve had a good week, but I know it’s been a tough week for everybody, in the aftermath of the horrible tragedy in Orlando.  It’s just hard to believe that something like this has happened again – when I look back on my Friday emails I realize how many times violence has reared its ugly head over the past few years.  So many people are hurting right now – the families who lost loved ones, the people who are still fighting for their lives in hospitals, those who are healing from their physical wounds but are burdened with emotional ones, the first responders and health care providers who sprang into action and who may be, just now, feeling the emotional impact, and all of us, in whom these events stir up fear and anger and questions.  It is in times like these, especially, that we need to “turn our eyes upon Jesus” who only will sustain us and strengthen us and bring us peace.  Please continue to pray for all involved in this tragedy.

We will certainly do that in worship on Sunday, and here’s what else we’ll be doing this weekend and in the days ahead:

-          Tonight, at 6:30 p.m., the Classic Christians (age 50 and over) will meet in Weldin Hall for their June meeting.  We’ll start the night out with a potluck dinner (bring a dish to share) and continue after that with a game of “Name That Place!”  It’s kind of a scavenger hunt without having to go anywhere!  Anyway, come and see what it’s all about!

-          On Sunday, I’ll offer the next sermon in my “Things I Wish My Friend Knew” sermon series and this week, that “thing” is that “All Things Can Be Made New.”  We’ll look at that through the story of Zaccheus.  Oh, by the way, we’ll also celebrate Father’s Day!

-          Just a reminder that you’re invited to donate Freeze Pops for us to give away at the 4th of July fireworks.  Bring your donation to the box in the Welcome Center area.  We’re also looking for help giving them out on the 4th, so if you want to join in the fun, sign up on the sheet across from the Welcome Center.

-          Also a reminder that registration for Vacation Bible School continues.  Our VBS will take place Sunday, July 10th through Thursday, July 14th from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. nightly.  Each evening will start with dinner.  You can sign your child/grandchild up for VBS via our church website – elktonumc.org.  If you’d like to help out with VBS, contact Katie Sparks at Katharine.gravatt@gmail.com.

-          There’s still some space left for the Classic Christians’ trip to the Rainbow Comedy Theatre in Lancaster to see “Catch Me If You Can.”  Cost is $44/person which includes lunch and the play, and we’ll be carpooling from the church parking lot.  Sign up on the sheet across from the Welcome Center.

-          Don’t forget that our special July 3rd service is coming soon.  On that day, we’ll be having one combined service at 9:45 a.m. – a Service of Prayer and Thanksgiving for Our Nation.  We’ll be blessed by the music of the Providence Brass Quintet as well!

I think that’s it for now.  But I just want to let you know that I’ve been at Camp Pecometh all this week helping to teach the Local Pastors Licensing School, which is the school brand new pastors attend before starting their first appointment on July 1st.  It’s kind of a crash course on practical ministry.  I’ve been blessed to lead sessions on preaching and evangelism, and it has been absolutely wonderful.  The enthusiasm of these new pastors is contagious, and it’s a joy to help them on their journey!  I’m hoping they’ll ask me to teach again next year – I hope I’ve blessed them, but I know they’ve blessed me!  (A special word of thanks to George Leathrum who preached for me last Sunday, so I could head off to camp!  I heard great things about the service!)

Have a good Friday, and a great weekend!  Find time to rest and relax, spend time with those you love, and then I’ll see you in worship on Sunday morning!
                                                                                                                                              Grace and Peace,

                                                           Karen

Friday, June 10, 2016

Happy Friday!

Hi All –

What a beautiful morning!  Wasn’t it great to sleep with the windows open last night?!  I’m enjoying every minute of this beautiful weather, because I think the heat and humidity will be back soon enough!

Yesterday I was in Princess Anne at Annual Conference, and after the clergy executive session, I was blessed to be able to have lunch with some dear friends, including Gary Moore (he sends his love!).  I’ve since returned home for a funeral, so I’ll catch the rest of Annual Conference via live stream on the internet.  You can watch it too, if you’d like – simply go to the Peninsula-Delaware Conference website and there’s a live stream link there. Here is the URL  http://www.pen-del.org/

Anyway, here’s what’s happening this weekend at the church:
  •  On Sunday, the worship service will focus on Jesus’ mercy through the story of the healing of blind Bartimaeus.  On Sunday night, the youth group will gather at their regular meeting time to talk together about prayer, reflecting on the movie “The War Room.”
  •  On Sunday, you’ll see for the first time a bulletin insert asking you to donate freeze pops for our annual Fourth of July fireworks giveaway.  You can bring your donations in on Sundays, June 19 and 26.  We also need helpers to give away the freeze pops at the fireworks, so if you can help with that, sign up on the sheet across from the Welcome Center.
  •  Just a reminder that Vacation Bible School registration is well underway.  You can sign your child or grandchild up for this years’s VBS (July 10-14) on the church website – http://www.elktonumc.org/NewsEvents.html
  •  Also a reminder that our mission team will be heading off to Kentucky on July 16th and they’d love to have more members.  So if you’d like to take part in this wonderful outreach opportunity, contact Ted McDowell (mcdowell0149@msn.com) or Sandy Wherry (slwherry@comcast.net).
  •  Speaking of Sandy – she has all of the pictures of graduates that families submitted for the Recognition of Graduates ceremony.  So please stop by her office on Sunday to pick them up!
I think that’s it for now.  I’ll be away next week at Camp Pecometh teaching at the Local Pastors’ Licensing School.  I’m honored to have been asked to teach these new pastors about preaching and evangelism.  I tell you all this to let you know that you might not get a Friday email – it all depends on the WiFi strength at the camp, which is not very strong.  But I’ll give it my best shot!

Anyway, have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend!  Get out and enjoy this fabulous weather.  Find time to rest and relax, spend time with your friends and family, and then come on Sunday to worship with your church family!

                                                         
                                   Grace and Peace,
                                                          Karen
               

Friday, June 3, 2016

Friday Email for June 3, 2016

Hi All –

                Happy Friday!  Hope you’ve had a good week and have plans for a great weekend!  It’s a little dreary outside right now, but it doesn’t sound like the weather’s going to be too bad until Sunday – ugh!  Oh well, don’t let a little (or a lot) of rain keep you from church!  There’s going to be a lot going on!

                Here’s what’s happening:

-          On Sunday morning, I’ll be starting a new sermon series entitled “Things I Wish My Friend

Knew,” inviting us to think about our unchurched friends.  This week the “thing” is that God loves them.  We’ll remember that, as well, as we celebrate holy communion together.

-          Sunday is also Promotion Sunday for Sunday School.  Come and join us at 9:45 in Weldin Hall as we congratulate all of the students on completing a year of Sunday School and their promotion to the next class!  We’ll also be having SS Teacher Recognition during both of our worship services, thanking our fabulous and committed teachers for all that they do for us on our faith journeys!

-          Next week, Thursday through Saturday, the Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference will be meeting on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne.  All of the clergy, and representative laity from all of the congregations will gather for worship, discussions, voting on resolutions, and commissioning and ordination of clergy.  Please remember Bishop Peggy Johnson in your prayers as she presides over the conference, and pray for traveling mercies for all who will be in attendance.

-          Many thanks to all from our church who participated in the Memorial Day parade last Monday.  It was a great parade, and especially great to see our float in it!  A couple of days after the parade, I was talking to Mary Jo Jablonski and she told me, to my delight, that our church’s float won 2nd prize in the “group” category, and that we’d be receiving a trophy.  Out of curiosity, I asked her who won first place.  Wait until you hear this!  It was our Cub Pack 443!  How great is that!  Beat out by our own Cub Scouts!  I love it, and congratulate them and their leaders!

-          Looking ahead – just a reminder that we’ll be having one combined service on July 3rd @ 9:45 a.m.  The Providence Brass Quintet will help us celebrate as we have “A Service of Prayer and Thanksgiving for Our Nation.”

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

                                                                                                                Grace and Peace,

                                                                                                                                Karen