Friday, March 9, 2018

Happy Friday!

Hi All –
 Hope you’ve had a good week in spite of the weather, and that you’re looking forward to a great, relaxing weekend.  I looked back on old Friday emails and I can’t believe how many times over the past few months that bad weather appears in them!  Speaking of bad weather – I think last weekend’s wind storm was one of the most incredible things we’ve gone through.  I was afraid to look out my back window for fear that one of those gigantic trees in the backyard of the parsonage would come down.  Thanks be to God that didn’t happen, but I know many of you endured a lot – like downed trees, and no electricity, etc.  And then, of course, came the snow on Wednesday, and now, I can’t believe it, they’re calling for more snow Sunday night into Monday.  Spring can’t come soon enough, right?

  Oh well, enough of the whining!  On to what’s happening this weekend at church:
-          We’re in the midst of our church’s week hosting the Emergency Rotating Shelter, and I want to say a word of thanks to everyone who has stepped up and helped – either by being at the shelter in person or by providing supplies.  I want to say a special word of thanks to Susan Starrett for coordinating it all, for spending many, many hours there this week, and for working tirelessly to try and get all the tasks covered.

-          The Prom Boutique will be open Saturday morning from 10 am – 12 noon for any young woman looking for a practically-new dress for their prom.  Please spread the word about this wonderful opportunity!  The boutique is also open on Wednesday nights from 6:30-8 pm.

-          DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME begins in the wee hours of Sunday morning, so don’t forget to change your clocks before you go to bed on Saturday night.  Move them ahead one hour or you’ll be late for church on Sunday morning!

-          Sunday morning is the fourth Sunday of Lent, and I’ll continue my sermon series entitled “Willing to Pay the Price,” with a sermon called “Righteous Indignation!”  We’ll look together at the day Jesus overturned the moneychangers’ tables in the temple, and what that means for our lives today.  Since it’s the second Sunday of the month, we’ll also have Children’s Time, and the book that will be read to the children will be Have You Filled Your Bucket Today?  It’s a wonderful book with great lessons for children, and for everyone else as well.  So please make a special effort to bring children to worship this week.  Our services will be enhanced by the music of Paul Humphrey on the saxophone, and by our Chancel Choir.

-          This Sunday is also UMCOR SUNDAY (formerly known as One Great Hour of Sharing).  It is our opportunity to give to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) for their administrative costs, so that when disasters arise and offerings are taken in response to them, those monies go 100% to disaster relief.  Our church has a strong record of very generous giving to this offering – last year we gave nearly $10,000 – so I’m hoping we’ll give that or more this year.  We passed out the offering envelopes in last Sunday’s bulletin for you to use, but if you didn’t get one, or lost yours, the ushers will have extras on hand on Sunday.  Please give as generously as you can to this special offering!

-          Just a reminder that we’re still looking for donations of individually wrapped Easter candy for the upcoming Easter Egg Hunt.  You can place your donations in the bin across from the Welcome Center.

Here is a video to remind you of all UMCOR provides throughout the year:

-          On Tuesday evening, March 13th, the Cecil County Choral Society will present their Spring Concert in our sanctuary at 7:30 pm.  It’s going to be a great night of music, and you’ll recognize many of EUMC’s choir members in the group, as well as Sharon at the piano and organ.  Invite your family and friends for what promises to be a wonderful night of beautiful music!

-          Finally, we’re getting ready to videotape the next round of greeting videos to be used at the start of our worship services.  If you haven’t already made a video, and would be willing to tape one, please give me a call or email me at asap.  The taping will be on the 18th of March in the afternoon. 

Well, I think that’s about it for now.  I hope you have a great Friday, and an even greater weekend.  Try not to watch the weather forecast, and just enjoy the days.  Carve out some time for rest and relaxation even while you try to get your “to do” list done.  Spend time with those you love, and then I’ll see you in worship on Sunday morning (but only if you remember to change your clocks Saturday night!!!)
                              Grace and Peace,

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