Friday, December 7, 2018

Happy Friday~

Hi All –

Happy Friday!   Hope you’ve had a great week and are looking forward to an even greater weekend! We’ve got a lot going on at church this weekend, so let’s get right to it!
  • - Tomorrow morning is our famous UMW Cookie Walk! You’ll want to arrive early (doors open at 9 am) to get your choice from among the thousands of cookies that have been baked for this great event. Don’t count on being able to buy them on Sunday morning – I have a feeling they might be gone by then! Come and support our wonderful UMW and their missions projects by purchasing cookies on Saturday! Oh, almost forgot – they’ll have great homemade soup and snowflake rolls for sale too! Oops – one more thing – our Communications Committee will be on hand to sell our church cookbook too. It makes a great Christmas gift! It’s going to be a great event – don’t miss it! 
  • - On Sunday, we’ll celebrate the second Sunday of Advent by lighting two candles on our Advent wreath. I’ll be preaching from the first chapter of the Gospel of Luke, highlighting the stories of Elizabeth and Mary in a sermon entitled “How Can This Be?” And we’ll be treated to music by the Men’s Choir, Steve Gilmore, the Chancel Choir and Paul Humphrey. 
  • - You’ll have the opportunity to sign up for poinsettias for Christmas Eve or a donation to the UMC’s anti-malaria campaign – both in memory of or in honor of a loved one. Sign up via the bulletin insert. The last day to sign up for this is December 16th. 
  • - If you took an angel from the Angel Tree project Christmas tree a few weeks ago, don’t forget that your gifts are due back this Sunday! Please put them on the counter across from the Welcome Center. 
  • - Just a reminder that if you haven’t turned in your 2019 pledge card, it’s not too late. Simply put your filled-out card in the offering plate or drop it by the office. If you didn’t get a card or misplaced it, see me. I’ll get you one from the church office. 
  • - Also, if you use offering envelopes to give your offering, don’t forget to pick up your 2019 envelopes from the counter across from the Welcome Center. When you pick it up in person, you save the church the expense of sending it through the mail. 
  • - Speaking of pledges, now is the time to try to catch up with your 2018 pledge, if you’ve fallen behind. I met with Laurie, our Treasurer, the other day and we’re running behind this month, because expenses rose above income. Everyone catching up with their pledges would help take care of that over the next few weeks. 
  • - On Sunday afternoon at 4 pm, the Cecil County Choral Society will be presenting their Holiday Concert in our sanctuary. They will be joined by a children’s chorus (which includes some of our own youth) and strings as well. If last year is any indication, the room will be packed, so get there early. We’ll have overflow viewing in the Chapel and Hospitality Area. 
  • - Finally, a reminder to all of the women taking part in January’s Women’s Retreat in Ocean City that your final installment payment is due now. Drop your check off, or send it in, to the church office. 
I think that’s it for now. I hope everyone has a good weekend, and that the sketchy predictions of snow coming prove to be untrue. Try to carve out some down time for yourself, even while you try to tackle your to-do list. Spend time with those you love, and then I’ll see you in worship on Sunday. Can’t wait!

                                                       Grace and Peace,
                                                                           Karen

Friday, November 30, 2018

Happy Friday!

Hi All,

Happy Friday! Hope you’ve had a good week and have plans for a great weekend! On Sunday, Advent begins and before we know it, Christmas will be here! But before we get too carried away, let’s take a look at what’s happening this weekend at church:

  • On Sunday, we will celebrate the first Sunday of Advent by lighting one candle on the Advent wreath. My sermon is entitled “There Will Be Signs” and together we’ll consider signs now and signs of things to come. Laurie Ruth will offer a solo and the Chancel Choir will sing at 11, as always. And best of all, we’ll celebrate Holy Communion together.
  • There will be two inserts in Sunday’s bulletin with opportunities for you to consider. One is for the UMW Cookie Walk on December 8th, asking if you’d like to help by baking cookies. The other is the first opportunity you have to sign up to place a poinsettia on the altar for Christmas Eve, or give money in honor of or in memory of someone by giving towards the “Imagine No Malaria” campaign of the UMC.
  •  At 9:45 on Sunday, a very important gathering will take place in the sanctuary. The Church and Society Committee will be presenting an information session on the upcoming UMC General Conference. Their presentation will help you understand the issues with which our denomination is wrestling, and how the vote taken in February of 2019 at General Conference will affect us. The session will last until 10:30. I encourage you to come and learn about this important issue for us all.
  • Many thanks to all of you who have made your financial pledge for 2019. Shortly, I’ll be giving you a report on the results of our stewardship campaign. But just a reminder that it’s not too late to make a pledge, if you haven’t already done so. Simply put your pledge card in the offering plate, or drop it by the church office. If you don’t have a pledge card, give us a call in the office and we’ll make sure you get one.
  • Speaking of giving – if you use offering envelopes for your giving, your 2019 envelopes are ready to be picked up. They are on the counter across from the Welcome Center. Please pick them up as soon as you can. It saves the church the expense of mailing them out. 

If you can’t find your envelopes, let me know. And if you haven’t used envelopes but would like to, let me know that as well, and I’ll pass it on to those who can make it happen. Finally, please note that some of you who use offering envelopes will be getting a new number. We have more and more people who give online, which means we need fewer offering envelopes – thus the change in number for some of you.

- I think that’s it for this weekend, but here’s a head’s up for things that are coming in the next few weeks:

§ UMW Cookie Walk, Saturday, Dec. 8, 9 am

§ Cecil County Choral Society Concert, Sunday, Dec. 9, 4 pm

§ Classic Christians’ Christmas Gathering, Friday, Dec. 14, 6:30 pm

§ Choir Cantata, Children’s Christmas Program, Sunday, Dec. 16


- To get all the news of what’s coming up in December, pick up a copy of December’s newsletter – hot off the press! – which you can find on the counter across from the Welcome Center, or on-line, on our church website and on Facebook – elktonumc.org.newsletter.pdf   or Facebook.com/elktonumc

Well, I think that’s all the news for now, but I want to end by telling you about something that happened yesterday. I was in Dover for a meeting with two other clergywomen. We met for a late lunch at Saladworks, and at some point during the time we were there, a very large group of people walked in all together, and stood together talking not far from us. They weren’t going over to order lunch, and it became clear to us that something was wrong. Many had tears on their faces, and a few moments later, a family walked through the door, and these people walked over to them and hugged them. It was terribly sad and we wondered what was going on. When one of the group looked over at us, we motioned for him to come over, and when he did we told him we were concerned and asked if anything was wrong – and he told us that one of their group was one of the men killed in Afghanistan this week, and they had come to Dover to be there with his family when his body was returned. As he told us, he began to cry – this big, strapping military man, and he apologized for that. We told him there was no need to apologize, that we were all pastors and would he tell us his friend’s name so we could pray for his family and all of his friends, which he did. His friend was Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan Echlin. So I ask you to pray for the Echlin family, for all of his friends and those who served with him. Yesterday was a living, breathing reminder to me that every single day there are men and women who put their lives on the line to keep us safe – and too often we take that for granted. Please join me in praying daily for our military personnel and all who serve to keep us safe and free.

On that note, I pray too for all of you. May you will have a good day today, and a wonderful weekend. I look forward to starting the celebration of Advent with you, as we watch and wait for that great day when we celebrate the birth of God’s great gift – Jesus the Christ. I’ll see you on Sunday in worship – can’t wait!

                                                             Grace and Peace,
                                                                                    Karen

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hi All –

Surprise! Happy Wednesday! Since this is a holiday week and the church office will be closed on Friday, I decided to go ahead and write my end-of-the-week email today! Hope you’re having a good week, and are looking forward to Thanksgiving tomorrow and hopefully, some time off!

Here’s what will be happening this weekend at church:

  •  Sunday morning worship will be especially special this week, because we are going to be led by an incredible group of people! You’ve got to come to see who it’s going to be, but I promise you it’s going to be great! Our wonderful Youth Choir will be singing, and so will our Chancel Choir at 11. And Jack Kovicak will be playing for both services as well. I can’t wait to worship with you on this special day! 
  •  Sunday will be the last day to bring in donations for the next College Care Package which will be sent out on Monday. Bring your donations of things like cookies, candy, popcorn, granola bars, etc. to the College Care Package bin near the Welcome Center. 
  •  Sunday’s also the last day to bring donations of hats, scarves, gloves and children’s underwear for the Ruth/Sarah Circle’s Mitten Tree project. After Sunday, all of the donations will be taken to the Help Center who will distribute them in time for Christmas to those in need. 
  •  We’re still on the lookout for bakers for this year’s UMW Cookie Walk which will take place on Saturday, December 8th. You can sign-up via the bulletin insert this Sunday. 
  •  I think that’s about it for what’s going on this weekend, but I do have a couple of other announcements for you: 
o On Monday, our new church secretary starts her time with us. Her name is Beth Gullion and she comes highly recommended to us. So we’re excited to welcome her to our church office! Stop in and say hi to her sometime!

o Speaking of the church office – we’re changing just slightly our church office hours. Starting this Monday (11/26) the church office will now open everyday at 9 am (rather than 8 am). So the church office hours will be Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 12 noon, and 12:30 – 3 pm, and then Fridays, from 9 am – 12 noon.

Well, I think that’s it for now. Except before I sign off, I want to say, once again, how incredibly thankful I am for our church and its members. Yesterday, as we held the service to celebrate Bettie Murray’s life, so many people stepped up to help out. Some showed up at 8:30 am and never left until near 5 pm. There were people greeting at the doors, people helping with the incredible crowds, and sharing wonderful hospitality with all who came. There were people in the tech booth, and ushers, and kitchen help, who stayed late and served a huge crowd. Well, the list goes on and on, and I can’t thank them all enough. You made a really tough day bearable for so many, including me.

So Happy Thanksgiving to all of them and all of you. May tomorrow be a day of joy for you as you spend time with those you love, and take time to give God thanks for the many blessings he pours into your life daily.

I’ll see you Sunday in worship! Can’t wait!

                                                    Grace and Peace,
                                                                         Karen

Friday, November 16, 2018

Happy Friday!


Hi All –
   Happy Friday!  Hope you weathered yesterday’s storm okay.  Boy, it turned out to be more than we thought it was going to be, didn’t it?  Let’s hope the forecast is right for today and we’ll get warmer temps and a lot of melting!
 
 
Before I turn to what’s ahead this weekend, I want to think back to last weekend with a word of thanks to the Tanners – Joe and Susan.  When I was not able to be in church Sunday morning, they both rose to the occasion and did an excellent job (I watched the video!)  It’s so nice to know that our church is filled with people like them who are ready at a moment’s notice to help in any way they can.  Thanks so much, Joe and Susan!

 
Now, on to this weekend’s events and opportunities at the church:
  •          Tonight at 6:30 pm the Classic Christians (age 50 and over) will meet in Weldin Hall. The night will begin with a potluck dinner (bring a dish to share) and then continue with a presentation about the upcoming UMC General Conference and the issues we’re wrestling with over human sexuality.  (By the way, if you can’t come to the same presentation which will be given on Sunday, December 2nd at 9:45 in the sanctuary, you’re welcome to come tonight – even if you’re not a Classic Christian!)
  •           On Sunday morning, we’ll conclude our two-week stewardship emphasis by making our financial pledges for 2019.  My sermon is entitled “Getting in Line,” where I’ll invite all of us to realize that, when we make our pledges Sunday, we join a long line of giving people to the work of the Lord here at EUMC and all over the world.  You should have received your pledge card in the mail already, so please have it filled out and bring it with you to worship on Sunday.  During the service, there will be an opportunity for us to present our pledges to God at the chancel rail.  (If you didn’t get a pledge card, no worries.  The ushers will have some on hand.)  We’ll be treated to the music of our wonderful Handbell and Chancel Choirs, and Paul Humphrey too!  It’s going to be a great service where we realize how much we can do when we open ourselves and give freely to God!  You won’t want to miss it!
  •           On Sunday afternoon at 4, the Greater Elkton Ministerial Association is having its annual ecumenical Thanksgiving service, and this year, it’s a Choir Festival and it’s at our church!  Five different choirs from Elkton churches will be singing and it’s going to be great!  So give yourself a treat and come back to church at 4, as we give God thanks for all the blessings he pours upon us
Now, an update on our giving opportunities:
o   There’s still time to bring goodies for the next College Care Packages which will go out on November 26th.  You can bring your donations to the bin near the Welcome Center.
o   The Angel Tree will be set up this Sunday and Millie Jones and company will help you take an ornament indicating gifts that are needed for children of incarcerated parents.  Millie tells me that there is more need than usual this year, so please help with this great project if you can.  She will give you all the details when you stop by the tree on Sunday.
o   The Mitten Tree project is still underway (sponsored by the Ruth/Sarah Circle).  They’re looking for donations of scarves, hats, gloves, and children’s underwear that will go to the Help Center in time for Christmas.   Their bin is in the Welcome Center area and will be there until the end of November.
o   Heidi and Larry Gaultney will be in the Hospitality Area to talk to anyone who might be willing to help with the Emergency Rotating Shelter the week of December 30th – January 6th.  You can serve in a few different ways – by providing a meal, by serving as an evening host, or serving as an overnight host.  As we saw yesterday, bad weather can come up really quickly and there are many who are at the mercy of the elements unless we help, so if you can help, or just want to learn more about it, stop by and see the Gaultneys on Sunday morning.
o   Sunday is the last possible day to turn in the Christmas Shoeboxes (they need to be at the distribution center by Monday).  Nancy Stubbs reported to me the other day that we’ve had a banner year with the shoeboxes – so far 64 boxes have been turned in!  Thanks so much for caring for the children of our world in this wonderful way!  If you’re bringing a box on Sunday, it can be left on the counter across from the Welcome Center.  If you have any questions, give Nancy a call at 410-885-5373.
o   Members of our Communications Committee will be on hand Sunday in the Hospitality Area to sell our wonderful church cookbooks!  Guess what?  A copy of our cookbook would be a great hospitality gift to take to a Thanksgiving dinner!  Anyway, they’ll be on sale this Sunday, also at the UMW Cookie Walk on December 8th, and then on Sunday, Dec. 9th and 16th.
o   Speaking of the UMW Cookie Walk, Judy Tanner will be speaking to us for a few moments on Sunday on the upcoming walk and how you can help.
o   We’ll also be hearing from Rich Gruebel on behalf of the Men’s Retreat Committee about the retreat coming up in January.

Phew!  There’s so much going on right now!  Isn’t it great?  We are reaching out in amazing ways to touch so many lives with the love and gifts of God to those who are hurting. 
-          One more thing to mention – The monthly Men’s Breakfast would normally have taken place next Wednesday morning, Nov. 21st, but since it’s the day before Thanksgiving and many people are traveling, it’s being cancelled.  The next breakfast will take place on Wednesday, December 19th at 6:30 am at Cracker Barrel.

Well, I think that’s it for now, except to say that I know you join me in grieving the tragic loss of Bettie Murray on Wednesday.  Bettie was such a wonderful person with a beautiful smile and an even more beautiful spirit.  She served as our Financial Secretary and was so dedicated to that work – giving more hours than you can possibly imagine to it.  Please lift in prayer all of the members of her family, and her many, many friends.  Bettie’s funeral service will be on Tuesday at noon in our sanctuary.

Okay, I’ll sign off now.  I pray that you will have a good day, and a great weekend.  I suspect that some of you might be starting some vacation time, so if that’s you, enjoy every minute of it!  Anyway, have a good weekend, and be sure to come to church for Pledge Sunday.  It’s going to be a great day, and I can’t wait to be with you!
                                                         Grace and Peace,
                                                                               Karen


Friday, November 9, 2018

Happy Friday!


Hi All –

  Happy Friday!  Wow, it’s been a long week, and I’ll bet that you, like me, are ready for the weekend.  Earlier in the week, we celebrated one of the things that makes America great – the privilege of voting; yet, two days later, we had to face the reality of another mass shooting in our country.    We add prayers for the families and friends of the victims in California, to those we still pray for the people in Pittsburgh and so many other places that have experienced this horrific violence. 

 Yet, even in the midst of sadness, we still have hope, because we follow the Prince of Peace, and know that, one day, all will yet be well.

So, as followers of Jesus, here’s what we’ll be doing this weekend at church:
-          On Saturday evening, we’ll have our always-fabulous Spaghetti Dinner.  It will take place from 4 – 7 in Weldin Hall, and don’t worry if you haven’t purchased tickets ahead of time.  You can buy them at the door!  Don’t forget to visit the bake sale while you’re there!
-          On Sunday morning in worship, we’ll begin a two-week emphasis on Stewardship, as we prepare to make our financial pledges for 2019 on November 18th.  This week my sermon is entitled “Just Imagine!” and we’ll spend time imagining the amazing things our giving can do in the hands of God!  We’ll be treated as Steve Gilmore sings at both services and the Chancel Choir sings at 11. 
-          A couple of reminders about giving opportunities this Sunday:
o   If you took a box for the UMW Christmas Boxes mission, don’t forget that it’s due back in on Sunday.  You can place it on the counter across from the Welcome Center.  I walked by there the other day and the pile of boxes was getting pretty high!  Wonderful!
o   We’re still looking for donations of goodies for the next College Care Packages that will go out right after Thanksgiving, reaching our students just in time for final exams and papers.  Bring things like granola bars, candy, cookies, etc. to the bin across from the Welcome Center.
o   The Ruth/Sarah Circle’s Mitten Tree project is ready to receive your donations of new scarves, hats, gloves and children’s underwear.  There’s a bin near the Welcome Center in which you can put them.  They will be given to the Help Center to distribute for the Christmas season.
-          As you know, our denomination will be holding a special General Conference in February to deal with issues of human sexuality.  You’ll have two opportunities to learn more about the details of that conference.  One will happen at the Classic Christians’ meeting on Friday, November 16th at 6:30 pm and the other will be on Sunday, December 2nd in the sanctuary at 9:45 am.  These will be information sessions, not times for debate or decision making, but I urge you to attend one of these meetings so that you’ll more fully understand the issues at hand.
-          Please keep me and the Staff-Parish Relations Committee in your prayers as we are in the process of conducting interviews for a new church secretary.  Our fabulous Kay Mortimer finished her time with us on Wednesday, so pray also for her as she starts her new job on Monday.

Well, I think that’s it for now.  We’ve got some busy, but exciting few days ahead of us this weekend, so come and be a part of all the fun!  But also find some time this weekend for yourself, and spending time with those you love.  Maybe I’ll see you on Saturday night at the Spaghetti Dinner, but I really hope to see you on Sunday morning in worship!  Can’t wait!

                                                                          Grace and Peace,
                                                                                                Karen

Friday, November 2, 2018

Happy Friday!

Hi All –
Happy Friday!  Hope you’ve had a good week and have plans for a great weekend!  I hope you’ve recovered from Halloween!  I was blessed to be with two of my great-nieces and while they were out trick or treating with their parents, Mom and I handed out the candy at their house.  It was great to see all of the kids in their wonderful costumes, and I was pleasantly surprised by how many of them said “Thank you!”   It was a great night!

 Well, now it’s on to the weekend, and here’s what’s happening:

-          Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour before you go to bed tomorrow night, or you’ll be really early for church on Sunday morning.  Daylight Saving Time ends during the wee hours of the morning on Sunday.

-          Sunday is All Saints’ Sunday at church, always a very special day for us.  We’ll remember with thanksgiving the lives of all those we have lost this year.  We’ll show a video presentation about all of our members who have died, but we’ll have a chance to remember others who have died as well.  You’re invited to bring a flower with you to worship if you want to remember a loved one.  During the service, you’ll have the opportunity to bring that flower forward to vases in the front.  Sid Bledsoe will be providing special music, as well as the Chancel Choir at 11.  And, of course, we’ll be celebrating Holy Communion together too.  It will be a very moving service and you won’t want to miss it.

-          The Boy Scouts will be on hand in the Hospitality Area again this week to take orders for their Christmas wreaths (which will be delivered on November 25th).

-          We’re starting our collection of items for the next College Care Package which will go out right after Thanksgiving, just in time for final exams and papers.  Please bring donations of things like granola bars, candy, cookies, microwavable mac ‘n cheese, etc. to the donation box in the Welcome Center area.

-          Speaking of the Welcome Center area, that’s where you can put your filled UMW Christmas box when it’s ready.  You only have a couple more weeks to bring it in, and it’s also not too late, if you haven’t done so already, to fill one.  Boxes and instruction sheets are on the counter by the Welcome Center.

-          The Mitten Tree project, sponsored by the Ruth/Sarah Circle, also starts this week.  You’re invited to bring new hats, gloves, scarves and underwear for children to their donation box in the Welcome Center area.  The box will be there until the end of November when all of the items will be taken to the Help Center for distribution to those in need.

-          Thank you so much for your generous giving to our one-time Thanksgiving gift card offering last week.  On just one Sunday, you gave nearly $1400 to the USO to purchase phone calling cards for our military personnel who can’t be home for the holidays!  Thank you so much!

   I think that’s it for now, except for a couple more things I want to address.  The first is church security.  I’ve gotten several phone calls this week in the aftermath of the horrific shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh asking about our church security.  I want you to know that we’re taking this issue seriously, and there is a subcommittee of the Trustees that is working on it as we speak.  Many leaders of the church have already taken Active Shooter training (including myself), and plans will be rolled out soon for actions we will be taking to ensure congregational safety.

  The other thing I want to address is a staff change.  I’m sad (for us) to let you know that Kay Mortimer will be finishing her time with us as Church Secretary next Wednesday, but happy for her.  Kay is moving to a full-time job with full-time benefits, which is wonderful for her.  We will miss her so much – her tremendous gifts, her hospitality to all who visit or call the church, her integrity, and so much more.  She has been a wonderful partner in ministry for me.  I could count on her in every way, and it will be hard to get used to working without her and relying on her.  Please join me in wishing Kay all the best in her new job.  Don’t worry – you’re still going to see her.  She’s not leaving the church, just the job!  She’ll still be in her pew in worship!

 Well, I think that’s it for now.  Have a good day, and a great weekend.  Enjoy the extra hour’s sleep on Saturday night, and then be sure to come to worship on Sunday, as we remember the lives of so many dear ones who left us this year.  It will be an honor to do that with you.  See you on Sunday!

                                                                 
                                                                            
Grace and Peace,

                                                                                                  Karen

Friday, October 26, 2018

Happy Friday!


Hi All –

  Happy Friday!  Hope you’ve had a good week, and have plans for a great weekend!  I’ve had one of those weeks where I’ve had a meeting (or two) every night, and I want to tell you something I’ve observed.  Every night when I come out of those meetings, our parking lot is full!  One night it’s Scouts, another the Choral Society and Naranon, another choir rehearsals, and still another AA and District Laity Training.  Why do I mention that?  Because it means that we are a gathering place for our community.  We provide a warm, welcoming environment in which people can come and grow in any number of ways – and that, I think, makes us pretty special, and more importantly, makes us ambassadors of the Christ who welcomes all with open arms. 

  Speaking of being welcomed with open arms – here are all the things you’re invited to at church this weekend:
-          On Sunday morning, I’ll finish my Mr. Rogers’ “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” sermon series with “Say Thank You.”  We’ll look at important people in our lives and how they have helped to make us who we are.  Sandy Wherry will lead us during our children’s time, and then we’ll be treated (for the first time this fall) and at both services, to the music of our wonderful Children’s Choir – soon to be called our Youth Choir!
  
-          Don’t forget that we’re taking a one-time special offering this Sunday for Thanksgiving gift cards.  A basket will be at both entrances, in which you can put your donation.  This year’s offering will go to the USO who will provide phone calling cards for service personnel who can’t be home at the holidays.  If you’d like to help, make your check out to Elkton UMC and write USO on the memo line.

-          Downstairs in the Hospitality area, you’ll find a lot of great things on Sunday.  The Boy Scouts will be there to take orders for their beautiful Christmas wreaths (which will be delivered in early December).  And tickets will be on sale for our wonderful Spaghetti
Dinner, which takes place on Saturday, November 10th from 4-7 pm.

-          Speaking of the Spaghetti dinner, we’re looking for some help.  If you can help out by setting up, preparing the dinner, or serving it, please contact Faye Camors at flyaway723@comcast.net or Bethany Buckley at buckley91@comcast.net – or see them at church. (www.elktonumc.org/SpaghettiDinner.html)
-          Sign-ups continue for our annual Women’s and Men’s Retreats.  Brochures about both retreats are on the Welcome Center.  The Women’s Retreat will be held January 18-20, 2019 at the Dunes Manor Hotel in Ocean City, and the Men’s Retreat will take place the next weekend, January 25-27, 2019 at the Hyatt Place Hotel in Ocean City.
Women's Retreat info: Women's Retreat Info  /Men's Retreat info:  Men's Retreat Info

-          I’m on the lookout for four persons who can help serve dinner at the Paris Foundation on Thanskgiving Day from 4-6:30 pm.  Several churches in Elkton have committed to provide personnel to serve that night (the meal will be provided).  So if you’re available
and want to help, see me at church or give me a call or contact me via eumc@comcast.net.

-          Finally – the Nominating Committee began their work last night of naming people to all of the boards and committees of the church for 2019.  If you would like to serve in a particular area, or have a skill you want to share, please let me know. 


Well, I think that’s it for now.  I hope you took your umbrella with you when you walked out the door this morning – sounds like you’re going to need it!  Well, no matter what the weather, have a good day, and a great weekend.  Find some time to put your feet up and relax, spend time with those you love, and then I’ll see you in worship on Sunday!  Can’t wait!

                                                          Grace and Peace,
                                                                                  Karen

Friday, October 19, 2018

Happy Friday!

Hi All –

Happy Friday! Hope you’ve gotten yourself a little warmed up by now after that chilly night last night! Brrrr! Oh well, it’s fall after all, and I’d so much rather have to put on a sweater than deal with the nasty humidity we had so much a few weeks ago! Anyway, it’s supposed to be a beautiful day so make sure you get outside some and enjoy it!

Here’s what’s happening at church this weekend:

  • - Tonight at 6:30 the Classic Christians (age 50 and over) will gather in Weldin Hall. It’s the group’s first real meeting in a while, since the summer was filled with trips and picnics, etc. Anyway, the night will begin with a potluck dinner (bring a dish to share) and then continue on with “Show and Tell.” Participants are invited to bring something with them to share – part of a collection you might have, an item with a story attached to it – whatever you wish. Please come even if you haven’t signed up ahead of time!
  • - The Homecoming Boutique will be open Saturday morning from 10 am until noon, before closing for the season (it will reopen in the spring as the Prom Boutique!). Send out this last call to anyone you may know who still needs a homecoming dress!
  • - On Sunday, we’ll celebrate Laity Sunday at church. Our lay leaders Nancy Crawford and Phil Czarnecki have designed and will lead both worship services. (I’ve gotten a sneak preview at the sermon, and it’s great – you don’t want to miss it!) We’ll also hear the Handbell Choir for the first time this fall, and Sue Johnson will sing at the 8:30 service as well. And to top it off, at the 11:00 service, we’ll receive new members! It’s going to be a great morning in worship!
  • - But there’s more!!! Don’t forget to visit the Health Fair taking place in Weldin Hall from 9:30 am until 1:00 pm. The room will be filled with tables and people helping us learn more about health and living healthy lifestyles. You’ll have the opportunity to have your blood pressure checked, learn about cooking healthy, get a flu shot from the folks at Walgreens (don’t forget your insurance card), and visit many other tables for valuable information. A lot of people are giving of their time to be with us and help us on the road to good health, so please honor their sacrifice by coming to the Health Fair and talking with them. Many thanks ti the Stewardship Committee for putting this together, and to Linda Kosinski in particular, who chaired the entire effort.
  • - When you come to church on Sunday, a big truck will be at the back entrance to receive your “Harvest Food Festival” bags of groceries. Let’s see what we can do to fill up that truck with our donations. The need for help is great and Immaculate Conception Church will be so grateful if we can fill their food pantry to the brim! (If you didn’t get a bag in worship last week, that’s okay. Just go to the store and get non-perishable food or paper items and bring them with you on Sunday in whatever bags they come in!)
  • - Just a reminder that there is still a good amount of “UMW Christmas Boxes” available if you want to help out with that Christmas campaign. The boxes are on the counter across from the Welcome Center along with instructions and guidance on what to include.
  • - Finally, a reminder that it’s time to register for the Men’s and Women’s Retreats, both coming up in January in Ocean City MD. Brochures about the Men’s Retreat will be in the bulletin on Sunday, and brochures about the Women’s Retreat can be found at the Welcome Center. Don’t wait too long to register for either one – you don’t want them to sell out before you reserve your space! 

Well, I think that’s it for now, except to let you know that, at last night’s Administrative Council meeting, I heard an awful lot about some great things coming up in the next few months at church – a joint performance by the Youth (formerly called Children’s) and Chancel Choirs, plans for a summer mission trip to North Dakota to minister with Native Americans, wonderful performers booked for the Joy of Faith weekend, great plans underway for Advent and Christmas – well, the list went on and on. All of that is to say that, if, for any reason, you’ve slipped away and haven’t been around so much, now is the time to slip back in, and experience the joy of the ministries and community of our church. And while you’re at it, invite someone to come along with you!

Have a great Friday, and an even greater weekend. Try to find some down time for yourself, and be sure to spend time with those you love. Then I’ll see you on a busy, but sure to be inspiring, Sunday morning! Can’t wait!

                                                    Grace and Peace,
                                                                             Karen

Friday, October 12, 2018

Happy Friday!

Hi All –

Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a good week and have plans for a great weekend! I haven’t gone outside yet this morning, but the forecast was for cooler weather, and I’m sure hoping that’s true – I’m ready for fall! Enough with the humidity! Oh well, at least the sun is shining this morning!

On to what’s happening this weekend at church:

- The Homecoming Boutique will be open tomorrow morning from 10 am until 12 noon.

- On Sunday, I’ll offer the second sermon in my “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” sermon series. This week we’ll think about the ripple effect brought about by our good words and deeds to our neighbors. We’ll have a great treat in both services as we hear the Men’s Choir for the first time this fall, and we’ll also be hearing from Joe Tanner, on behalf of the Missions Committee, about possible mission trips this summer. It’s going to be a great service that you won’t want to miss.

- CALLING ALL MEN – In Sunday’s bulletin, you’ll find a brochure inviting you to participate in this year’s Men’s Retreat. There are lots of changes to the retreat this year, not the least of which is a change in venue – to the Hyatt Place Hotel in Ocean City MD. The theme of the retreat is “Men of God – Then and Now” and a wonderful retreat planning committee is hard at work crafting a great weekend for the men of our church. The retreat dates are Friday, January 25 – Sunday, January 27.

- This Sunday begins our annual Harvest Food Festival, where we donate food to the pantry at Immaculate Conception Church (our mission/outreach partners). So you’ll be given an empty grocery bag as you leave worship on Sunday (on which you’ll find attached a list of suggested items to purchase). You’re invited to fill the bag and bring it with you to worship next Sunday, the 21st. There will be a truck at the back entrance of the church that day where you can put your donations.

- The boxes for this year’s UMW Christmas Box campaign are available to be picked up this week. You’ll find them near the Welcome Center along with a brochure and envelope to guide you in filling the box. Please take a box if you can because through this project thousands upon thousands of needy children around the world feel Christmas love in a special way!

- The Monthly Men’s Breakfast takes place this coming Wednesday, October 17th at 6:30 am at Cracker Barrel. All men are invited and encouraged to attend. No sign-up is necessary – just show up and enjoy the food, fellowship, discussion and fun!

- The October Classic Christians’ meeting will be next Friday, October 19th at 6:30 pm in Weldin Hall. The night will begin with a potluck dinner (bring a dish to share) and then continue on in an evening of Show and Tell – so you’re invited to bring part of a collection you might have, or an object that has a story attached to it – to share with the group. Sign up for the meeting on the sheet across from the Welcome Center.

- Just a reminder that next Sunday, in addition to celebrating Laity Sunday, we’re going to have a great HEALTH FAIR in Weldin Hall (from 9:30 am until 1 pm). The Stewardship Committee has been working on this big event for months and they’ve solicited a number of vendors in the medical field to come and share with all of us about health and healthy lifestyles. You’ll have the chance to have your blood pressure checked, learn about healthy snacks for children, and get a flu shot from the folks at Walgreens (be sure to bring your insurance card that day!) – and much more. So please put “visiting the EUMC Health Fair” on your things-to-do list for next Sunday!

- Finally, a big thank you to everyone who gave toward Hurricane Relief through UMCOR last Sunday. In just one day, we gave over $5000! That is incredible! If you didn’t have a chance to give, or want to give more in light of the tragedy of Hurricane Michael this week, make your check out to Elkton UMC and write UMCOR or Hurricanes on the memo line. After watching the news this morning and seeing the devastation wrought by Michael, we know that UMCOR will need all the help we can give to provide disaster relief throughout our land.

Well, I think that’s it for now. As you can tell, we have a lot going on this weekend, so plan to be a part of it all. In the meantime, have a great Friday, and then enjoy this fall weekend. See if you can carve out some time to rest and relax even while tackling your chores, be sure to spend time with those you love, and then I’ll see you in worship on Sunday! Can’t wait!

                                                           Grace and Peace,
                                                                                  Karen

Friday, October 5, 2018

Happy Friday!


Hi All –
  
  Happy Friday!  Hope you’ve had a good week and are looking forward to a great weekend!  It’s been a busy week for everybody, and we have a busy weekend ahead, so, without further ado, here’s what’s happening in and around church:
  •   The Homecoming Boutique will be open Saturday morning from 10 am until noon for young women to come and get a free dress to wear for the dance!  We had a lot of calls and contacts via our church website this week about the boutique, so the word is out, and young women and their families are thrilled with the gift we offer them through this wonderful outreach mission!
  •   Sunday is World Communion Sunday and I will be starting a new sermon series for October entitled “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”  With a nod to Mr. Rogers, this week we’ll consider the question “Who is my neighbor?” through the parable of the Good Samaritan.  Of course, we’ll be celebrating Holy Communion together and in solidarity with Christians around the world.  We’ll also enjoy a solo by Laurie Ruth at 8:30 and hear the Chancel Choir at 11:00.
  •    Don’t forget that we’ll be receiving a special offering this Sunday for UMCOR to go towards Hurricane Florence relief.  There will be a basket in the aisle as you come forward for communion in which you can place your offering.  Make checks out to Elkton UMC and put UMCOR or Hurricane on the memo line, ALONG WITH YOUR ENVELOPE NUMBER (if you use offering envelopes).  The counters will greatly appreciate you doing that!
  •   You’ll find an insert in your bulletin this Sunday inviting you to join the United Methodist Women in their Christmas Shoebox campaign.  Our church has been taking part in this wonderful mission for a number of years, and has touched the lives of hundreds and hundreds of children in need around the world as a result.  The insert will tell you everything you need to do about the project.  You can pick up your shoebox and instructions on Sunday near the Welcome Center.  Last year we filled 49 shoeboxes – let’s try and beat that number this year!  Help if you can!
  •   Our youth have great fun in store for them on Sunday night.  The youth group meeting will feature a surprise destination.  So youth, come to the church at 6 pm and you’ll be off to something special!  Tell your parents they can pick you up at 8 upon your return from your fun journey!
  •    Just a reminder that the first meeting of our new support group called “Common Ground” will be next Wednesday, October 10th at 1 pm in Room 1.  Pastor Ray will facilitate the group which is for anyone who is experiencing life’s ups and downs.
  •    A reminder to women interested in the Women’s Retreat that now is the time to register and make your first payment.  The forms have been pouring in this week – so don’t delay!  You don’t want to get sold out of this fabulous opportunity!  Retreat brochures can be found on the Welcome Center.

Well, I think that’s it for now, except that I want to take the opportunity to thank the Church and Society Committee for putting together last Sunday’s Immigration Forum.  We had a wonderful turnout – over 40 people! – and it was a very fruitful time for all of us.  Many thanks to all who attended and lent their voices to the discussions, to the United Methodist Women for providing lunch, for our wonderful small group facilitators, and a very special thanks to Susan Starrett who did an outstanding job leading the whole thing!  Stay tuned for more opportunities that Church and Society will be providing us to look at current issues in the light of our faith

Okay, I think that’s all for now.  Have a great Friday, and a wonderful weekend.  It sounds like the weather is going to be absolutely beautiful, so get outside and enjoy it.  Take some time to be with those you love, and then I’ll see you in worship on Sunday morning.  Can’t wait!

                                                Grace and Peace,
                                                                        Karen

Friday, September 28, 2018

Happy Friday!

Hi All –

 
Happy Friday!  Hope you’ve had a good week, and have plans for a great weekend.  Sounds like the weather this weekend is going to be perfect!  So looking forward to that!


Here’s what happening at church this weekend:
  •  The Homecoming Boutique will be open, as always, on Saturday morning from 10 am until noon, so remind all young women that beautiful dresses are available free of charge in the Weldin Hall basement.  The boutique has only been open a few weeks so far, but the dresses have been flying off the racks!  What a great ministry to the young women of our community.
  •  On Sunday morning, I’ll offer the last sermon in the “School Days!  School Days” series.  This week’s school “item” is a field trip permission slip!  Using the Great Commission from Jesus as our guide, we’ll look at the adventures Jesus invites us to take part in as his disciples.  Sid Bledsoe will add his voice and guitar to our services, and of course, we’ll enjoy the Chancel Choir at 11.  
  •  In Sunday’s bulletin you’ll find two inserts – one is about the upcoming Women’s Retreat (registration has now begun and the first installment payment is due early in October).  The other is about a brand-new support group being started by the Rev. Ray Graham, called “Common Ground,” in which people who are struggling in any way can come together with others for discussion, dialogue and support.   You’ll find all of the important details about Common Ground on Sunday’s insert.
  •  Don’t forget that right after the 11:00 service Sunday, we’ll be having a Forum on Immigration in Weldin Hall (12:30 – 3, lunch included).  We’ve had a tremendous response already with a pre-registration of over 40 people – but there’s room for many more, so even if you haven’t signed up ahead of time, it’s still okay for you to attend.  If you could send me an email at eumc@comcast.net to let us know you’d like to attend, that would be helpful in terms of set-up and lunch.  But even if you can’t sign up ahead of time and decide at the last minute to attend, come on down to Weldin Hall.  It will be great to have you for this wonderful opportunity to look at the issue of immigration through the lens of faith.
  •   Oh, by the way, all youth are invited to come to the forum.  It will take the place of a separate youth group meeting on Sunday night.  Youth, please come.  We need to hear your voice on immigration!
  •   The October issue of the newsletter is now available on the church website (elktonumc.org) and hard copies will be available on Sunday morning across from the Welcome Center.  Just a reminder that full details are available on all upcoming events at the church on the website, and very often links are provided for registering for them as well!  -The Beacon
  •  Finally, just wanted to let you know that next Sunday, World Communion Sunday, which is October 7th, you’ll have the opportunity to give to UMCOR (the United Methodist Committee on Relief) for disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Florence.  There will be a basket at the front of the church in which you can make your donation as you come forward for communion.  Please make checks out to Elkton UMC and write UMCOR or Hurricane Florence on the memo line.  As you know, the Carolinas have been devastated and much help is needed, so be as generous as you can next Sunday. 

Well, I think that’s it for now – except for one more thought.  Last night, I had the opportunity to go out to dinner with an EUMC dinner group, of which I am a part.  We had a great time together, as always, but last night, for some reason, we found ourselves dissolving into laughter much of the evening.  It was such a relief in this crazy, tense world of ours just to laugh with people we love.  It did my soul a world of good – and more than that, it reminded me how precious our church is, how blessed we are by such a strong community of love, care and friendship.  I am so blessed to be in ministry with all of you, and I’m thankful for that little group of friends, who, last night, made me laugh until tears ran down my cheeks!

                Have a great day everyone!  Sneak in some down time for yourself this weekend, even while tackling all of your chores.  Spend time with those you love, and then I’ll see you in worship on Sunday morning!  Can’t wait!



                                                  Grace and Peace,

                                                                           Karen

Friday, September 21, 2018

Happy Friday!

Hi All –

Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a good week. I know all of you have been concerned about and praying for all the people who have been so devastated by Hurricane Florence. We’ll keep praying for them as they try to recover, and soon I am certain we’ll be reaching into our pockets to help them through the United Methodist Committee on Relief. I should have more to say about that on Sunday.

Speaking of Sunday, here’s what’s happening at church this weekend:
  • This afternoon, some of the Classic Christians will take off on a bus for Lancaster to enjoy dinner and a show at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre. Please pray for their safe travel. 
  • On Sunday, I’ll offer the third sermon in the “School Days! School Days!” sermon series. This week’s word is “Books” and we’ll be talking about the most important book of all – the Holy Bible. I chose this particular theme for Sunday because it’s Christian Education Sunday and we’ll be presenting our 2nd graders with their Bibles, and dedicating our Sunday School teachers and leaders too. We’ll also be treated to the wonderful music of Paul Humphrey on the saxophone at both services, and the Chancel Choir at 11. 
  • In the bulletin on Sunday, you’ll see again information about our upcoming Immigration Forum which takes place next Sunday, the 30th from 12:30 – 3 pm in Weldin Hall. Mike Schmook, of the Church and Society Committee, will tell you more about that Sunday morning. I hope you’ll consider being a part of this very important and informative seminar dealing with one of the most important issues of our day. Come and learn about what the Bible says about immigration, what the United Methodist Church says, and consider what this means for our lives as disciples of Christ. 
  • CALLING ALL WOMEN! In this Sunday’s bulletin you’ll find the brochure about this year’s Women’s Retreat which will take place Jan. 18-20, 2019 in Ocean City. The theme is “This Little Light of Mine.” Be sure to sign up quickly in case it sells out! All the details you need to know are on the brochure. More copies of the brochure are available near the Welcome Center. 

In the Hospitality Area on Sunday morning, you’ll see two tables calling for your attention.

  • One is the Missions Committee looking for your help with the upcoming Community Kitchen on Friday, October 5th. If you can help provide sandwiches or fruit, or help in person on the 5th, stop and sign up at that table on Sunday morning. 
  •  The other table will be filled with excited Cub Scouts from our Pack 443 selling delicious popcorn! This is their biggest fundraiser of the year and helps to fund all of their exciting programs and outings. Our pack keeps growing and growing – the last I heard there were 45 boys involved! So they need our help. Buy some popcorn on Sunday and watch them smile! 
Finally, just a reminder that we’re still looking for persons to serve as mentors at Thomson Estates Elementary School. If you can give an hour a week to touch the life of a child, give me a call and I’ll arrange for you to meet with the school personnel and get started. We got a couple of volunteers last week, but we still need more!

Well, I think that’s it for now. I hope you have a great Friday, and an even greater weekend. Carve out some time for yourself, even while you work at getting your “to do” list done. Spend time with those you love, and then I’ll see you in worship on Sunday morning! Can’t wait!

Grace and Peace,
Karen

Friday, September 14, 2018

Happy Friday!

Hi All –
   Happy Friday! Hope you’ve been having a good week, and are looking forward to some welcome time off this weekend.  Right now, it’s hard to think of anything else but Hurricane Florence and the devastation it is bringing to our friends in the South (and I know we all personally know people who live in its path – including family and former members of our church). Pray that the destruction will be minimal and especially that lives will be spared. Remember especially those who work to protect others – the first responders and power crews. I’m sure we’ll be hearing from UMCOR soon after the hurricane ends about how we, as a church, can help – and I know we will!

Now, on to what’s happening in and around the church this weekend:

  • Tomorrow morning, our church will have a table at Elkton’s Fall Fest downtown, so if you’re attending the event, be sure to stop by and say hi! It’s a chance for our church to let others know we’re here and that we’d love them to join us.
  • Also tomorrow morning, at 10 am the Homecoming Boutique opens (until noon). Last week, on their first Saturday open, they gave away over 20 dresses! So please let others know about it, and if you happen to have any larger-sized, short dresses, the boutique is in need of them.
  • On Sunday, I’ll offer the second sermon in the “School Days!” sermon series – this week the theme is “notebooks” – which will help us think about our spiritual and devotional lives. Ed McKeown will be singing for both services.
  • This is the last Sunday to bring donations for the first College Care Package. You can put your donations of things like candy, cookies, granola bars, etc. in the bin near the Welcome Center.
Sunday’s bulletin will include information about three upcoming opportunities:
  • Thomson Estates Mentoring – We’re looking for people who have an hour to give each week to a child. Studies have shown that children who have mentors tend to thrive, and there is a great need for mentors at TEES. A training session will be provided. You can sign up via the bulletin insert on Sunday.
  • Elkton Community Kitchen – Our church is responsible for the meal on Friday, October 5th. Details will be included on a bulletin insert, but you can help by providing sandwiches or fruit. Sign up by filling out the insert and putting it in the offering plate.
  • Immigration Forum – Our new Church and Society Committee will be sponsoring a Forum on Immigration on Sunday, September 30th at 12:30 pm in Weldin Hall (lunch will be provided). This is a chance for all of us to look deeply into immigration and consider it from a faith perspective. To take part, sign up near the Welcome Center.
  • New Member Class – If you’re interested in joining Elkton UMC, there is a new member class on Sunday at 12:15 in Weldin Hall. Lunch will be provided. You can pre-register by emailing me at eumc@comcast.net or just show up!
  • Finally, a reminder to the men in the church that the September Men’s Breakfast is next Wednesday, September 19th at 6:30 am at the Cracker Barrel. All men of the church are invited – no need to sign up ahead of time – just show up and enjoy the food, fellowship and fun!
Well, I think that’s it for now. I hope you have a good day, and a great weekend. Even though I’m sure you have many tasks on your “to do” list, try to take some time for yourself. Spend time with those you love, and then I’ll see you on Sunday! By the way, this is only the second week of Sunday School, so it’s not too late to join a class. We have well over 100 people involved already – but there’s always room for you!

See you Sunday!

Grace and Peace,
Karen

Friday, September 7, 2018

Happy Friday and Fall Kick-Off Sunday!

Hi All –

   Happy Friday! Hope you’ve had a good week and are looking forward to a great weekend, because this is one of the greatest weekends of all every year at the church – it’s Kickoff Weekend! Everything starts up again on Sunday – Sunday School, the choirs, youth group – it’s going to be great! The halls that have been quiet will be filled with people, and so will the pews which have been a little too empty this summer. I always love this Sunday in the church and I can’t wait for it to get here!

So here’s what’s happening this weekend:
  • On Saturday morning at 10 am the doors of the Homecoming Boutique will open up for the fall season. Tell all of the young women in your life about the beautiful dresses that are available for them – free of charge! – to wear to Homecoming this year! The Boutique is found in the basement of Weldin Hall, and there are plenty of people there to help find the perfect dress!
     
  •  As I said above, Sunday morning is the start of the fall season in the church. So I’ll be starting a new sermon series called “School Days! School Days!” in which I’ll use objects used in schools as metaphors for things that happen on our journeys of faith. The first object will be a Name Tag, and together we’ll look at our identity as children of God, and how sometimes the world tries to make us forget that. The Chancel Choir returns at the 11:00 service, and Steve Gilmore will add the beauty of his voice at both services. We’ll also be doing something new this year with the Children’s Time, which happens on the second Sunday of each month at both services. Instead of reading a children’s book, we’ll be having an object lesson which relates to the sermon. Come and see what Bethany Buckley will bring to help our children understand the theme of the sermon in a new way! It’s going to be fun – you won’t want to miss it!
  •  Sunday School starts back in full force on Sunday at 9:45 am. Some of our adult classes have met through the summer, but most of the other classes have not, so it will be great for everyone to be back together. Everyone is invited to visit Weldin Hall at 9:45 where tables for each class are set up for registration. Take a look at all the classes being offered and decide which one you want to try! We have a great variety of classes, and I’m sure there’s one that will be a perfect fit for you!
  •  On Sunday evening, the Youth Group will kick off its fall season with the always popular Scavenger Hunt at 5:30 pm. Before they take off to hunt down the clues, they’ll enjoy a potluck dinner together in Weldin Hall. All youth in grades 6-12 are invited and encouraged to come and take part in the fun! 

A couple of reminders:
  •  Don’t forget we need addresses for all of our college students. You can email the address to the church office at eumcadmin@comcast.net, or send it in.
  •  Also, don’t forget that we’re currently collecting goodies for the first College Care Package that will go out at the end of September. Bring your donations of things like candy, cookies, granola bars, microwaveable mac ‘n cheese, etc. and put them in the bin near the Welcome Center.
  • Both of our United Methodist Women circles are starting their fall season this week too, and they welcome all women to join them. The Ruth/Sarah Circle meets on the second Wednesday of every month at noon in Weldin Hall (bring a bag lunch), and the Dorcas Circle meets on the second Thursday of every month at 6:30 pm in Weldin Hall. No need to sign up ahead of time for either group – just show up and join in the fellowship with other women of the church!
  •  Finally, we’ll be having a New Member Orientation Class on Sunday, September 16th at 12:15 pm in Weldin Hall for those who would like to join our church, or just simply learn more about it. Lunch is included and childcare will be provided, if needed. To register for the class, email eumc@comcast.net or call the church office at 410-398-0933. 

Well, I think that’s it for now. Make plans now to jump back into the church with both feet this fall, especially if you haven’t been able to be here much during the summer. We’ve missed you and can’t wait to have you back!

Have a great Friday, and an even greater weekend – and I’ll see you on Kickoff Sunday morning! Can’t wait!

                                               Grace and Peace,

                                                                   Karen