Happy Friday! Hope you’ve had a good week and have plans for a great weekend! Though today may be a bit rainy and dreary, it sounds like things will improve over the weekend – especially Sunday! I had to drive to Milford for a meeting today and it was so wonderful to see so many trees blooming!
Well, on to the events of the weekend at church:
- Tomorrow morning, our Prom Boutique will be open from 10 – noon to help any young woman find a beautiful, free dress for the prom. Be sure to let your family, friends and neighbors know about this great opportunity!
- On Sunday, we’ll mark the fifth Sunday of Lent by looking more closely at Mary and Martha as they dealt with the sickness and death of their brother Lazarus. We, of course, will have a visit by Mary and Martha at the start of the sermon. By the way, many, many thanks go to all of our “actors’ who have shared with us during this sermon series, and to Cathy Gohlke, who wrote the wonderful scripts!
- Since it is the first Sunday of the month, we’ll also be sharing Holy Communion together.
- Just a reminder of some on-going things:
- This is the last Sunday to bring in your donations of individually wrapped Easter candy for the Easter Egg Hunt next Sunday. Please put them in the donation bin in the Welcome Center area.
- We’re starting to collect goodies for the next College Care Package. So if you’d like to give toward that, there is a bin in the Welcome Center area for that, as well.
- You have two more Sundays to sign up for Easter lilies/mosquito nets. As you know, you can give these gifts in memory of/in honor of someone you love. If you give toward the lilies, they will be used to adorn the church on Easter morning, and then you can take them home with you. If you give toward the mosquito nets, your name and other information will be included in the bulletin insert on Easter Sunday, and the money will go to the General Board of Global Ministries to buy anti-malaria nets for Africa. These nets have proven to be incredibly effective in preventing malaria and saving lives.
- On behalf of the Missions Committee, Joe Tanner will be in the hospitality area after both services to sign up anyone who wishes to take part in the Brain Tumor Walk in Wilmington on Saturday, April 22nd. Last year, our church had a great team in the walk and we’d like to increase the number of participants for this year’s walk, so stop and see Joe on Sunday if you’d like to know more about it.
- It’s not too late to give toward the UMCOR Sunday offering. Last week, the congregation gave just under $7000 to this very special offering, but if you didn’t get a chance to give yet, simply make out your check to Elkton UMC, write UMCOR on the memo line, and put it in the offering plate. Every gift helps UMCOR help people around the world after disaster strikes.
- If you are participating in next Thursday’s Classic Christians’ bus trip to Annapolis, and have not yet paid the $40, please turn it in to the church office as soon as possible. By the way, there are still a few seats left, if anyone still wants to go.
The youth group will meet this Sunday night at 5:30 p.m. and will have a special guest at their meeting, so youth, you don’t want to miss it. You’ll also be hearing more details about the upcoming overnight retreat with North East UMC’s youth. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please text Sandy at 443-309-0160.
Well, I think that’s it for now. Oops – no – I forgot something I wanted to tell you. On Tuesday night, I attended the Cecil County Choral Society’s concert in our sanctuary, and I want you to know, it was really, really wonderful – one of the best I’ve heard them perform in a long time. I tell you this, because it’s not too late to hear them do it again – they’ll be performing the same concert this Sunday at 4 pm at the St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church on 896 in Newark (just down the block from the U of D Stadium). Many of our church members are in the group, and Sharon is their accompanist, and I’m sure they’d love to see you there – so if you have time, I hope you’ll go. It would be a great way to end your weekend!
Well, that’s really it for now! Have a good day, and a great weekend. Take some time to rest and relax, maybe enjoy some NCAA Final Four basketball action, spend time with those you love, and then I’ll see you in worship on Sunday morning!
Grace and Peace,