Happy Friday! Hope you’ve had a good week and have plans for a great weekend! How great was yesterday?! I hope you were able to be outside and enjoy the spring-like weather. I think today’s going to still be warm before we’re headed for rain tomorrow, so try and get outside today and enjoy it!
There’s a lot going on this weekend at church, so let me get right to it:
- On Saturday, the annual “Project Prom” takes place from 1-4 p.m. in Weldin Hall. This is a wonderful opportunity for youth who will be going to their prom to try on beautiful dresses, get their hair and make-up done, and have pictures taken. There are tons of dresses from which to choose – and of course, they are all absolutely free! And some of them are brand new – they’ve never been worn – they were donated by a dress shop. So please spread the word to any young woman who’s going to the prom and encourage her to attend on Saturday. (Of course, if she can’t attend on Saturday, the prom boutique is open every Saturday morning until prom season is over.)
- On Sunday, we’ll celebrate Boy Scout Sunday in worship. This year, we have the added bonus of having a Scout present the message! He’s an Eagle Scout, and he’s our very own Bill Graham! Many of you know Bill and Robyn and their sons. Most recently, Bill led the Men’s Retreat to rave reviews! I’m looking forward to hearing him along with all of you. His message is entitled “The Measure of a Man.” We’ll have Scouts assisting us in worship as Gospel readers, ushers and greeters as well. We’ll also be enjoying the music of our Handbell Choir, our Chancel Choir, and Ben Graham on the trombone!
- The Boy Scouts will also be providing their always-wonderful pancake breakfast on Sunday morning. So, if you’re an 8:30 worshiper, plan on staying for breakfast after worship, and if you’re an 11:00 worshiper, come in early and enjoy the feast!
- After the 11:00 service, at 12:15 or so, the youth group will meet in Room 1 for their weekly meeting. It will start with lunch and then continue with a great program being provided by Linda Rittenhouse about “youth and finances.” She’ll look at things like writing checks and balancing your checkbook, what to do when credit card applications come in the mail, etc. It will be a very practical program and all youth are encouraged to attend. Please text Sandy at 443-309-0160 and let her know if you’ll be coming so that she can make sure there’s enough lunch for everyone!
- Please don’t forget that we’re still looking for help with the Rotating Homeless Shelter for the first full week in March. See the poster on the Missions bulletin board in the Hospitality Area for a list of jobs that need to be done, and if you can help, please do!
- Here are the latest numbers in our Organ Fund Drive:
- Total cost of the new organ: $104,500
- Funds received thus far: $85,980.65
- Amount pledged: $3,800
- Amount still needed: $14,719.35
You can see that, each week, we’re inching closer to our goal! Please consider helping us finish up by giving to the fund, or giving again to the fund. Offering envelopes are in the pew racks. Make your checks out to Elkton UMC and mark “Organ” on the memo line
- Finally, it’s hard to believe, but the season of Lent is right around the corner. It begins next Wednesday, March 1st, which is Ash Wednesday. We’ll mark the start of the season with our Ash Wednesday service at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. The service will include the imposition of ashes and Holy Communion. Copies of this year’s Lenten Devotional will be available as well, and we encourage you to use it to strengthen your faith journey through the season. (The devotional will also be posted on-line on our church website – elktonumc.org.) Finally, I’ll be teaching the Lenten Lunch and Learn class on Wednesdays at noon (starting March 8th) – details are in this Sunday’s bulletin on an insert.
Well, I think that’s it for now. Enjoy this beautiful Friday, and then have a wonderful and relaxing weekend. Carve out some time for rest and relaxation even while you tackle your weekend chores. Spend time with those you love, and then I’ll see you in worship on Sunday morning!
Grace and Peace,