Friday, December 29, 2017

Happy Friday

Hi All –
   Happy Friday!  I hope you’ve had a good week and have enjoyed some quiet time in the aftermath of Christmas Day – and I hope you’re staying warm in this bone-chilling cold weather!  It’s been fun to see on Facebook the pictures many of you have posted of your Christmas celebrations – looks like it was great for one and all!  Well, now it’s on to celebrating a new year, but before that, here’s what’s happening this weekend at church:

-          On Sunday, we’ll have one combined service at 10 am.  It was great fun being all together last Sunday for our morning service!  We had a packed house, and a great service together.  So we’ll do it again this week at 10 am and we’ll be treated to the music of Steve Gilmore and our fabulous Chancel Choir.  My sermon, entitled “Follow the Star” will look at the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child, and how we can reflect on that in terms of our lives in these days. 

-          A few reminders:
o   All women attending this year’s Women’s Retreat are reminded to send in your meal request to eumc@comcast.net no later than Wednesday, January 3rd.  You can have either crab cakes, prime rib, or vegetable primavera.
o   A reminder to the men in the church that there’s still space available for the Men’s Retreat, which takes place January 19—21 at the Riverview Retreat Center at Camp Pecometh.  A brochure containing all the details about the retreat is available on the counter across from the Welcome Center.
o   If you give your offering on-line, and changed the amount you’re giving in 2018 from that which you’ve been giving in 2017, you need to make that change on-line.  Go to the church website – elktonumc.org – click on “On-line donations” then follow the instructions to change the amount for 2018.  Questions?  Call the church office.
o   The January newsletter will be available this weekend – in print and on-line.  You can pick up a copy from the counter across from the Welcome Center or access it on-line via our church website – elktonumc.org.

Well, I think that’s it for now, except to say a great big thank-you to all who took part in our Christmas Eve services last Sunday.  It was a great day all around, made possible by so many who gave so much to make it happen. 

Have a great Friday – stay warm, if you can!  Then have a wonderful weekend, enjoying the festivities of the dawn of a new year.  Spend time with those you love, and then come and be in worship at 10 on Sunday morning – as we end one year praising God and prepare to start a new one the same way!  I so look forward to being there with you!
                                                                                                Grace and Peace,
                                                                                                Karen

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