February 2019 Newsletter
From the Pastor:
Dear Friends in Christ:
It’s with excitement and joy that I join the journey of faith with you!
Recently, my sister took an Ancestry.com DNA test to determine the origins of our family. Aside from the confirmation of our obvious European origins, the most intriguing discovery of the report was the tracing back of our family roots hundreds of years in Western North Carolina. What a joy it was to learn that our family’s American home has been Caldwell and Catawba Counties for about as long as Europeans have walked its wooded paths.
We live in a technological age that can sometimes feel rootless, disconnected and disorienting no matter where we live. And it can be difficult for us sometimes to find our ground in this topsy turvy world. Finding where we come from definitely helps reorient us and shows us, in a sense, who we are. I’m proud to say that I’m a Western North Carolinian with deep roots in Granite Falls, North Carolina.
Walking with you feels like a homecoming. Although I have not yet had the opportunity to spend much time with you, I believe we have been connected long before you knew my name or I knew yours. It’s astounding to me how wondrous God is in weaving together communities like ours. From two congregations with esteemed Lutheran histories came the new creation that is Amazing Grace Lutheran Church. And now we stand together on the precipice of a bold new chapter in our shared life.
In our uncertain world, one thing is certain. The God who brought my family and yours to Granite Falls, North Carolina is still alive in this place and has plans for us for which we may hardly imagine.
It’s so good to be with you!
May God’s blessings be with you always,
Rev. Frank Waugh
Souper Bowl of Caring - February 3rd
Let’s continue our mission to help tackle hunger in our community by donating a few dollars or cans of soup on this national campaign of celebration, giving and serving. According to NCChild.org 2018 data for Caldwell County, 25% of our children (4250) have food insecurities at home and 50% live at or below the poverty level. We absolutely make a direct impact right here at home with our donations. Collected items will be distributed evenly to SCCM and the Hickory Soup Kitchen.
Teachers Closet Network
The month of February is Teachers Closet Network month. We are collecting school supplies, along with other churches in the area, to help stock the closet. Many of the students in Caldwell County who are underprivileged do not have adequate school supplies to do their work. Many of the teachers take their own money to purchase the necessary supplies for these students. The Teachers Closet allows the teachers to get some of these supplies for those students. Suggested items: pencils, notebook paper, pens, crayons, scissors, highlighters, paper clips, staples, Kleenex, paper towels, Clorox or Lysol wipes, hand sanitizer. A box is at the front entrance of the worship center for you to place your items.
Notes from the Fellowship Team:
On the first Sunday of each month, Tim Bolick will make a cake to serve during our refreshment time following worship to honor those who are having a birthday that month.
First, we appreciate everyone who participated in our farewell gathering for Pastor Schroeder. We had a great opportunity to thank him for guiding us through a transition time. We wish for him what we would like for ourselves, good health and happiness in the future.
On February 3 we will have a welcome for Pastor Frank with snacks and a chance to visit some with him on his first Sunday with us. Everyone is asked to bring finger foods, chips, etc. for our refreshment time following worship. No desserts (they will be provided).
On Sunday February 10 we will be celebrating Valentine's Day following worship. Bring your favorite finger foods to share. No desserts. We will be celebrating the February birthdays on this date and Tim will provide dessert. Please know that you are welcome and encouraged to invite others. Hope to see you there!
A congregational meeting will be held on Sunday February 17 following worship. The purpose of the meeting is for Ministry Team leaders to give their reports and the 2017 Reports and 2018 Church Family directory be distributed. If you have an item of business you want brought to the congregation, please speak to Council President Randall Berry two weeks before the meeting.
Our Amazing Youth will be going bowling Saturday Feb. 23 at Colonial Lanes from 6pm to 8 pm. Bowling, food and drinks will be provided for all kids. Contact Jennifer or Laurie if interested.
Notes from the Outreach Team:
Our trip to Living Waters ELCA in Cherokee on January 26 was a big success. Our congregation and friends donated a truckload of clothing, goods and food to help neighbors in that area. Bobby Lail drove the 20-foot truck for us this trip and the weather was pleasant. Living Waters assists families and individuals in their immediate area as well as folks from the surrounding counties.
To all who donated to this worthy cause, Thank You! This was our third trip that needed a large truck to carry items to Living Waters. In years past we were able to get food and clothing in a couple of vehicles or an occasional trailer load. Our cost to transport is increasing due to the outpouring of compassion for others. If someone has suggestions of how to better transport goods, please share with someone on the Outreach Committee. Our group is always open to new ideas for helping our friends and sharing the love of Christ!
Church Council Meeting
Church Council Will Meet February 11 at 7PM in the Annex.
Women of the ELCA
Women of The ELCA Will Meet February 17 Following Worship.
Golden Agers Will Not Meet This Month
The flower calendar for this year is up on the service. Stop by and sign up for a Sunday(s). The flowers usually will last for two services. There are several options to purchase flowers – you can call Suzanne's Flowers in Granite Falls and they will deliver the flowers for you; or if you purchase the flowers at Wal-Mart the cost is about $20.00; or you can make a donation of $20 for flowers to be bought. If you wish to make a donation, please see Sunday Mico or Carolyn Watson.
From Jim Stone's family to our family at Amazing Grace Lutheran Church
We want to thank you for all that you have done, for the cards, prayers and visits that you have had with Jim on numerous occasions. For the food, drinks, fruit baskets and many plants and flowers you brought and sent to the hospitals and our home during his illness and passing. For everyone who helped with his Celebration of Life, it truly showed who Jim was throughout his life and how much he was loved and more importantly how much he loved everyone. I'm pretty sure that he had hugged and shook hands with just about everyone in our church and when he did you knew that he loved you. You will never know how much this has meant to our family
To our brothers and sisters at Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, We love each and every one of you!
Carol, Jimmy, Tara, Heather, John, Rhyan, Ella, Samantha, Amelia (Mia), Nick, Nate and John
The annual World Day of Prayer ecumenical worship service will be held at First United Methodist Church located at 311 3rd Avenue in Hickory, on Friday, March 1, at 7:00pm. The theme is "Come – Everything is Ready". The theme is based on Jesus' parable of the Great Dinner in Luke 14:15-24. This service was prepared by the World Day of Prayer Committee of Slovenia. Refreshments will be served after the service,
Caldwell Hospice Volunteers
Making a World of Difference l Volunteers are vital to our hospice. They come to us from diverse backgrounds and fill a variety of needs. Each one is unique, but they all have one desire in common—to make a difference.
We are currently seeking:
· Volunteers to visit with patients in their homes or long-term-care facilities
· Volunteers willing to provide caregiver relief
· Volunteers willing to provide transportation or run errands
· Volunteers who are veterans to visit and make Veterans Honoring Veterans presentations to patients who are veterans
You can make a difference in the lives of patients and their families in our community!
Adult Volunteer Training
March 11 & 13, 2019 - 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
McCreary Family Professional Center, Meeting Room A
526 Pine Mountain Road, Hudson, NC
For more information or register, call Cyndi Akins at 754-0101 or email email@example.com.
HOSPICE WISH LIST
Caldwell Hospice is grateful for the generous support we receive from families, community members, and organizations. Your donation supports our mission to provide compassionate, respectful, quality end-of-life care regardless of ability to pay. Our Wish List is updated regularly to reflect current patient and family needs.
Caldwell Hospice Wish List
· Mouthwash (travel size)
· Deodorant (personal size)
· Nail clippers
· Toothpaste (travel size)
· Orange sticks (to clean fingernails)
· Triple-blade disposable razors
· Lotion (personal size (for men and women)
· Boxes of tissue (Kleenex, etc.)
· "Baby wipes" or refills
· Snacks (individual-size) for patients families
· Cans of soup
· Coffee (cans, regular and decaf)
· Decaffeinated coffee in single-serve bags
· Hot chocolate
· Solo cups (16 oz. for soft drinks, tea, etc.)
· Paper plates and bowls
· Plastic spoons and forks
· Storage bags (quart, gallon)
· AA and AAA batteries
· Styrofoam coffee cups (8 oz.)
· Amazon.com gift cards to purchase children/teen grief books, music, and resources
· Music CDs (instrumental, gospel, inspirational, meditation