Friday, February 16, 2018

Happy Friday

Hi All,
  
 Happy Friday!  I usually start out my Friday email by saying that I hope you’ve all had a good week, but I won’t today, because it’s been a rough few days for all of us, in the wake of yet another horrific school shooting in our country.  What made it all the worse was learning about the unbelievable number of school shootings that have taken place in January and February alone!  We’ve got to get at this problem somehow, but as I look on social media it’s amazing that we can’t even seem to have civil dialogues about it.  I pray not only for all of those whose lives have been devastated by the shootings, but that God will work in a mighty way to enable us to work together and not against each other to find a solution. 
                
Turning now to this weekend, here’s what’s happening at the church:

-          Tonight at 6:30 pm the Classic Christians (age 50 and over) will gather for their February meeting in Weldin Hall.  The night will begin with a potluck dinner (bring a dish to share) and continue on with a fun-filled Game Night (bring your favorite board/card game).  Bring a friend along for the fun, food and fellowship!
-          On Sunday morning, I’ll start my Lenten sermon series – “Willing to Pay the Price” – focusing on the price Jesus paid for us and our salvation.  This week’s sermon will deal with Jesus’ time in the wilderness of temptation.  Our worship will be enhanced by the music of our Handbell and Chancel Choirs.
-          Speaking of Lent, I hope you picked up a copy of the Lenten devotional to use every day for your quiet time with the Lord.   If you didn’t, remember that you can access it daily via our church website – elktonumc.org.  Go to the website, then to the rotating panel in the middle, find the devotional slide, and click on that. (you can also use this link:  Lenten Devotional 2018
-          The Lenten Lunch and Learn class I’ll be leading starts next Wednesday at noon.  It will run for five weeks – every Wednesday from 12 – 1:15 or so, and we’ll be studying Max Lucado’s book He Chose the Nails.  We already have 26 people signed up, but it’s not too late to join in.  Cost of the book is $6.  Don’t forget to bring a bag lunch with you – drinks and desserts will be provided.
-          Also, don’t forget that we’re currently asking for donations for our Easter Egg Hunt, which takes place on March 25.  Not only do we need individually wrapped pieces of candy, but we’re also asking for plastic eggs.  Some of the ones we’ve been using have long ago served their usefulness and need to be replaced!  Please bring your donations to the bin in the Welcome Center area.
-          Our week to sponsor the Rotating Homeless Shelter is just a few weeks away now – the week of March 5th – and we’re still in need of help with evening hosts/hostesses and overnight help.  Please pray about taking part in this – we can’t do it without volunteers!  To sign up, see the poster on the Missions board in the Hospitality Area.
-          A note to those taking part in the Classic Christians’ trip to Virginia in April – your last installment payment is due now!  Please turn it in to the church office.
-          Finally, a reminder that the church office will be closed on Monday in observance of Presidents’ Day.
Well, I think that’s it for now.  Enjoy this brief spurt of warm weather we’re having, before snow sneaks back in tomorrow night, just to keep life interesting!!

Have a great Friday, and an even greater weekend!  Find some time to rest and relax even while tackling your “to do” list.  Why not sit back a while and cheer on the USA athletes in the Winter Olympics!!  Anyway, have a great Friday and Saturday.

Then, on Sunday, I pray that I’ll see you in worship.  Actually, I would like to challenge everyone to make worshiping at church on all the Sundays of Lent a priority.  Attendance in worship has been a little low lately.  Yes, I know there’s a lot of sickness going on, but I also know that once you miss worship for a week or two, it becomes easier and easier to stay home.  Please remember the vow you made when you joined the church – that you would support it with your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service and your witness.  But don’t come out of obligation – come out of love for Jesus and the price he has paid for you.  Worship is so much better when you’re with us.  I’ll see you on Sunday morning!
                                                                                              
                Grace and Peace,

                                        Karen

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