Hope you’ve had a good week and have plans for a great weekend! One of the things I did this week was ride down to Havre de Grace to record a radio commercial at WXCY for our Joy of Faith weekend. I always have fun doing that, because I get to work with Blair Thomas, their traffic reporter and on-air personality. He’s a great guy, who calls me his “one-take wonder,” because I’m usually in and out of there in about five minutes. But the best part of going down there is talking to Blair, and especially sharing with him the things we’re doing at Elkton UMC. He’s always amazed and impressed by the things we offer for the community – and I’m glad of it. I hope the WXCY listeners are as well!
Well, on to news of the weekend ahead:
- Tomorrow morning, members of our Administrative Council (the main leadership team and decision making body of our church) will gather in Weldin Hall for their annual Planning Retreat. They will review the year past and set goals and make plans for this new year. Please include the Council in your prayers as they seek to discern God’s will for our church and our ministries.
- On Sunday, I’ll conclude my “80s TV” sermon series. This week’s focus show is “The Golden Girls,” and during the sermon I’ll focus on the gifts of growing older. We’ll have the joy of hearing both our handbell choir and Jen Noll at 8:30, and then our handbell choir and chancel choir at 11:00. It’s going to be great!
- After the 11:00 service, at about 12:15, we’ll have a New Member Orientation Class in Weldin Hall, so if you’re interested in joining the church, join us. Lunch will be provided, and you’re invited to attend even if you haven’t pre-registered. We’ll finish about 2 p.m.
- You still have time to bring donations of goodies for the next College Care Package which will be sent out on February 19th. Please bring your donations (granola bars, gum, chips, pretzels, crackers, etc.) to the College Care Package bin in the Welcome Center area.
- Our Joy of Faith weekend is just around the corner – it’s next weekend, February 4th and 5th. Comedian Aaron Wilburn will be our entertainer, and I guarantee you’ll be laughing until tears roll down your cheeks – he’s hysterical! The weekend will start with neighborhood prayer breakfasts (for which you can sign up on the bulletin insert this Sunday), continue on with a yummy dinner served at 5 p.m. in Weldin Hall (prepared by Jamie and Gerry Treese), and then finally move to a performance by Aaron in our sanctuary at 7 p.m. Tickets for the dinner will be on sale this Sunday morning after both services. We can only seat 150 people, so be sure to get your tickets soon. Aaron will also be with us for both services on Sunday morning. This is a good time to invite your family, friends and neighbors to come to church with you!
- Our Missions team has big plans for a new international mission trip this summer – to Costa Rica! If you are a high school junior or older, you’re invited to be a part of the team. There will be an information/interest meeting on Sunday, February 5th at noon in Weldin Hall, so come and hear more about it. Sign up for the meeting on the sheet across from the Welcome Center.
- Here’s the latest on the fund drive for our new organ:
o Total cost of the new organ - $104,500
o Funds received thus far - $81,015.85
o Pledges received - $4650 o Amount still needed - $18,834.35
I think that’s it for now. Have a great Friday, and an even greater weekend. Try to carve out some down 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,