Friday, February 9, 2018

Happy Friday!

Hi All –

 Happy Friday!  Hope you’ve had a good week and have plans for a great weekend!  Looks like you’d better include an umbrella in those plans – sounds like it’s going to be a soaker!

 Well, it would be hard to top last weekend – our Joy of Faith weekend!  What a weekend it was!  There are so many people who had a hand in making it so successful!  Thanks, of course, go to Kevin Reilly and Dickie Noles, our wonderfully inspirational speakers.  But thanks go to all of you who took part in the prayer breakfasts – nearly 80 of you! – and to the hosts and hostesses, Linda and Bob Meffley, Mabel Gary, Marge Jacobs, Nancy Leathrum and company at Cecil Woods, Jen and Mike Noll, Ina and Don Andrews and Sue Johnson and Peg Bunnell.  Those breakfasts get better every year, and they not only wrap the entire weekend in the grip of God’s grace, but they also forge closer relationships between all of us who attend.

 Thanks to Kim Artrip and all of the youth who took such good care of us at the dinner on Saturday night and to Lisa Welch and company for the good food.  Thanks to Mike Noll for serving as Worship Leader and more when I ended up not being able to be there Sunday morning.  And a huge thank you goes to Lorraine Jones and her entire Evangelism Committee who put the whole thing together.  It was no small undertaking, involving months and months of planning and execution, and they did it magnificently!  A round of applause to them all!  (Now all they have to do is start to work on finding next year’s speaker!)

Well, on to this weekend:

-        Tomorrow morning at 8 am the members of our Administrative Council will gather in Weldin Hall for their annual Planning Retreat, to work and pray together and seek God’s will for our ministry together this year.  Please say a prayer for them when you get up tomorrow that God will make his will known in a mighty way!

-        Sunday is Transfiguration Sunday, and we’ll look together at the moment when Jesus, up on the mountaintop with Peter, James and John was transfigured, before he came down and began his journey to the cross.  Since it’s a second Sunday, we’ll also be having Children’s Time and the children will be hearing a really wonderful book entitled Owl Moon.  Finally, our worship will be enriched by the music of both the Men’s and Chancel Choirs.  It’s going to be a good morning in worship, so don’t let a little rain keep you away!

-          A few other things about Sunday morning:
o   Kim Artrip will be in the Hospitality Area taking orders for daffodils for the Flowers of Hope Campaign of the Relay for Life.  You can order flowers this Sunday and then pick them up on March 25th.
o   This is the last Sunday to bring goodies to be included in the College Care Packages.  Bring your donations to the bin in the Welcome Center area.
o   You’ll see an insert in the bulletin again about the upcoming Lenten Lunch and Learn class.  If you want to take part, simply fill out the insert and put it in the offering plate.
o   You’ll also see an insert letting you know that it’s time to start donating candy for our annual Easter Egg Hunt.  There will be a donation bin in the Welcome Center area for that candy soon as well.
o   Don’t forget that we still are in need of help with the Rotating Homeless Shelter the week of March 5th.  We need hosts/hostesses, and overnight help.  Please help in any way you can.
o   Finally, a reminder that you can still purchase our church cookbook at any time.  Simply contact Nancy Crawford or the church office, and they’ll make it happen!

-          It’s hard to believe, but Lent starts next week, on Ash Wednesday, February 14th.  We’ll mark the beginning of this penitential and contemplative season with a service at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary.  It will include both holy communion and the imposition of ashes.

-          Don’t forget that we have put together our Lenten Devotional again.  You can pick up a paper copy at church or access it on-line via our church website –  I was blessed to be able to proofread it ahead of time and the devotional is filled with good and thought provoking writings by many of our church members and friends.  I hope you’ll make using this book for your daily devotions a part of your Lenten discipline this year.  Many thanks to Sandy Lavelle who coordinated it, and to all the writers who contributed to it.                                             -Lenten Devotional 2018

Well, I think that’s it for now.  I know it’s a lot, but there’s a lot going on!  Before I give you my good wishes for the day and the coming weekend, please indulge me just one more time as I revel in the joy of the Eagles’ Super Bowl victory!  How great was that game!!!! 

 Okay, I promise that’s it!  Anyway, have a great Friday, and an even greater weekend.  Take some time out to rest and relax and maybe catch some of the Olympics, even while trying to tackle your “to do” list.  Spend time with those you love.  And then I’ll see you on Sunday in worship!

                                            Grace and Peace,

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