Friday, February 24, 2017

Happy Friday

Hi All –

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,
                                                                          Karen

Friday, February 17, 2017

Happy Friday!

Hi All –

Hope you’ve had a good week, and have plans for a good, relaxing weekend! I’m hoping the weather forecasters’ words are true that a warm-up is coming – at least, I hope the wind is gone for a while! Twice this week, my trash cans wandered through the neighborhood, and I have ended up with someone else’s wayward trash can in my backyard – fun, fun!

Anyway, here’s what’s happening this weekend around church:
  • Tonight at 6:30 p.m. the Classic Christians (age 50 and over) will have their monthly meeting in Weldin Hall. The night will begin with a potluck dinner (bring a dish to share) and then continue on with a fun 50s/60s Sock Hop, featuring our very own DJ Don Frye. So for tonight, you don’t have to be 50 or over to attend – if you want to enjoy the great music and maybe take a spin on the dance floor, you’re invited!
  • On Sunday, I’ll conclude my short sermon series on David by recalling the David and Bathsheba story, and how all of us know all too well the battle with temptation and pride with which David struggled. One of the highlights of the service, as it always is, will be the music – in addition to our great Chancel Choir singing as usual at the 11:00 service, Paul Humphrey will play for us at both services, and the Children’s Choir will make their 11:00 debut. It’s going to be a great day of music at EUMC! Another highlight will be the reception of new members at the 11:00 service!
  • Our College Care Packages will be “stuffed” after the first service on Sunday, so if you want to contribute any goodies for the packages, please put them in the donation box in the Welcome Center area before 9:30 Sunday. Thanks to all who have contributed! It means so much to our college kids!
  • Please take a minute to stop by the Missions bulletin board and check out the sign-up poster for the Rotating Homeless Shelter for which our church has responsibility the first full week of March. We’ll need help with meal preparation and serving, host/hostessing, overnight stays, etc. Please help in any way you can!
  • We’re also looking for help with the Community Kitchen, for which our church has responsibility this coming Friday, February 24th. If you can help by providing sandwiches, soup, fruit or desserts, please sign up on the sheet across from the Welcome Center.
  • The youth group will be meeting on Sunday at 12:15 in Weldin Hall. They’ll start with lunch (youth – please text Sandy at 443-309-0160 to let her know if you’ll be coming so they can have adequate food for lunch), then follow up with a program about how the youth can provide services for the church community. They’ll finish by making plans for the meal they’ll prepare and serve for the Rotating Homeless Shelter during our church’s week – the first week of March.
  • Our Family Ice Skating Event takes place this Sunday afternoon from 1- 3 p.m. at the Fred Rust Ice Arena at the University of Delaware. All are invited to come and take part in the fun. Cost is $5 for children 6 and under, and $8 for those 7 and over. Please come even if you have not signed up ahead of time!
 We’ve gotten still closer to our fund raising goal for the new organ. Here’s the latest:

o Total cost of the new organ: $104,500
o Funds received thus far: $84,650.65
o Pledges received: $3900.00
o Amount still needed: $15,949.35

It’s never too late to contribute. You’ll find Organ Offering envelopes in the pew racks. Make your check out to Elkton UMC and write “Organ” on the memo line. Every little bit helps!

Finally, we’re getting ready to tape another set of greeting videos, so if you’d like to make one, we’d love to have you. Please email me at eumc@comcast.net, or see me at church to let me know. The more, the merrier! We’re doing the taping on Sunday, March 12th from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Well, I think that’s it for now. Have a great Friday, and an even greater weekend. Take some time for yourself, spend time with those you love, and then I’ll see you in worship on Sunday morning!

                                                                Grace and Peace,
                                                                                     Karen

Friday, February 10, 2017

Happy Friday

Hi All –

What a crazy week this has been!  On Wednesday, we were basking in the warmth of upper 60’s sunshine, and then, bam!, on Thursday, snow, wind and freezing temperatures!  Crazy, huh?  Oh well, at least we’re not up in New York and New England where they’re buried under a foot of snow!

Before I go too far, I just want to say something about last weekend. What a great Joy of Faith weekend it was!  Aaron Wilburn was so funny, but he also turned out to be a dear, sweet man who loved our church.   Many thanks go to him, and everyone else who made the weekend such a success – the hosts/hostesses of the prayer breakfasts and those who attended them, Jamie and Gerry Treese for the wonderful dinner they prepared, Mike Schmook, who was our emcee on Saturday night, Rich Jeurgens, our tech man, Larry Gaultney, who was Aaron’s chauffeur and new best friend, I think, and all who helped on Sunday morning.  Putting it all together was the Evangelism Committee, led by Lorraine Jones and Robyn Graham – it couldn’t have happened without them and their team.  So thanks to everyone for a job well done – it was truly a joy-filled weekend!

Now, on to this weekend:
  • On Sunday, I’ll start a short sermon series on David – this week focusing on his call from God to be King. Since it’s the second Sunday of the month, we’ll have Children’s Time at both services, where the kids will hear a wonderful book entitled Superdog: The Heart of a Hero. The Men’s Choir will be singing at both services, and of course, the Chancel Choir will sing at 11. And because we weren’t able to have communion last week due to the Joy of Faith activities, we’ll be celebrating it together this Sunday. So, it’s going to be a busy, but great day of worship!
  • After both services, Kim Artrip will be on hand in the hospitality area to take orders for daffodils, which go towards support of cancer patients and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
  • Also in the Hospitality Area, you can sign up to help with our next week of sponsoring the Rotating Homeless Shelter. It’s the first full week in March, and we need help with food preparation and serving, host/hostessing, overnight stays and more. Check out the chart on the Missions bulletin board and if you can help in any way, please sign up.
  • On Sunday, at noon, the youth group will meet in Weldin Hall, where they’ll enjoy lunch together, followed by a special treat – dessert prepared by the Stewardship Committee in recognition of them winning “The Best Table Decoration” contest at the Stewardship Fair! After that feast, they’ll be putting together a video about their upcoming projects.

Looking ahead a bit:
  •  Next Wednesday is the Monthly Men’s Breakfast at the Elkton Diner (6:30 a.m.) All men of the church are invited to take part. No sign-up necessary, just show up!
  • Next Friday night (the 17th) the Classic Christians will host a 50’s/60’s sock-hop. Don Frye will provide the music and all are invited to come and take part. You don’t have to be 50 or over for this event! Sign up on the sheet across from the Welcome Center.
  • On Sunday, February 19th, we’ll have a Family Ice Skating trip to the Rust Ice Arena at the University of Delaware. Details will be in this Sunday’s bulletin.

Finally, here’s this week’s update on our progress with the New Organ Fund:
  • Total cost of the new organ - $104,500
  • Funds received thus far - $83,575.65
  • Pledges received - $4,075.00
  • Amount Still Needed - $16,849.35
We’re getting there – little by little! It’s never too late to give, or give some more. Simply use the Organ Offering envelopes you can find in the pew racks, and make your check out to Elkton UMC (with “Organ” on the memo line).


Well, I think that’s it for now. I hope you have a good Friday, and an even greater weekend. Hopefully, you can find some time for rest and relaxation even while tackling all your weekend chores. Spend some time with those you love. And then I’ll see you in worship on Sunday!

                                                    Grace and Peace,
                                                                       Karen

Friday, February 3, 2017

Happy Friday

Hi All –

Hope you’ve had a good week and have plans for a great weekend!

Well, it’s here! Our Joy of Faith weekend! It’s going to be a busy one, so let me get right to it. Here’s what’s happening this weekend at church:

  • Our Joy of Faith weekend kicks off tomorrow morning with prayer breakfasts in several different communities. It seems to me that, at first count, this is the largest number of people we’ve ever had attending prayer breakfasts – which is really wonderful! If you have not signed up and are still interested in attending, email me at eumc@comcast.net and I’ll try to work it out for you.
  • The weekend continues with our Joy of Faith dinner at 5 p.m. in Weldin Hall. We’re very close to being sold out, so please don’t count on buying tickets at the door. If you want to attend, call Kay in the church office this morning before noon and see if there are any tickets left.
  • No tickets are needed for Saturday night’s performance by our Joy of Faith entertainer, hilarious comedian Aaron Wilburn. It will take place at 7 p.m. in our sanctuary. I talked to Aaron on the phone the other day, and he had me laughing right away. It’s going to be great! Invite your family, friends and neighbors to come with you. And remember, the performance is extremely family-friendly, good for people of all ages, including children.
  • And finally, on Sunday morning, at both services, Aaron will be with us again. So if for some reason you can’t do the Saturday events, you can still hear Aaron on Sunday morning! I’m so looking forward to the entire weekend. We can all use some good laughs, can’t we?

 A couple of other notes for Sunday morning:

Even though this is the first Sunday of the month, we won’t be celebrating Holy Communion. We will, however, celebrate it next Sunday, February 12th.
  • At the conclusion of both worship services on Sunday (which, of course, is also Super Bowl Sunday), our youth will be stationed at the doors with soup pots in which to collect their annual “Souper Bowl of Giving” offering. Please be as generous as you can as the offering will go to area food ministries.
  • Also, please don’t forget that we’re still collecting goodies (snack foods, gum, microwavable mac ‘n cheese, etc.) for our college care packages which will go out next week. Please bring your donations to the bin in the Welcome Center area.
  • Speaking of the Welcome Center area, while you’re there, you can pick up the February issue of our church newsletter, “The Beacon.”

Finally, your weekly update on our New Organ Fund Drive:
  • Cost of the new organ - $104,500
  • Funds received thus far - $82,530.65
  • Amount pledged - $4,175
  •  Funds still needed - $17,794.35
Every week, we’re getting a little bit closer! If you haven’t had a chance to contribute yet, or might be interested in making an additional contribution, please use the Organ Offering envelopes you’ll find in the pew rack. Make your check out to Elkton UMC and write “Organ” on the memo line. Remember, every little bit helps! Each week we’re chipping away at the total, and each week we’re getting closer! Thanks to everyone who has been a part of this phenomenal response! Let’s keep going to the finish line!


I think that’s it for now. We’ve got a busy weekend ahead of us – with Joy of Faith and the Super Bowl! It’s going to be great!

As I sign off today, I want to thank all of you who have expressed sympathy to me on the death of my dear friend Jim Jones. Ours was an unlikely friendship. We were so different from each other in so many ways, but somehow, God made us friends, and we were both better for it. I’ll never forget how, every week, I would ask him what he was preaching about that Sunday, and with his big old Southern accent, and drawing it out for effect, he would always say, “Jeeeee sus!” How happy I am, that after his long, terrible battle with Alzheimers’ Disease, he is at rest and at peace, and probably stirring up things in heaven! I am honored to be helping to lead his memorial service next Tuesday.

Have a good day, and a great weekend. I look forward to spending it with you.

                                              Grace and Peace,
                                                               Karen