July 2018 Newsletter
A Note from the Pastor:
I am pleased to report that our interim process is moving forward and has entered its next phase. There will be a congregational study on Wednesday, July 25th, at 7pm. in the worship center. Bishop Tim Smith will be here to lead the study. The results of these conversations will be used to further define our way forward and provide the necessary details for the search process to identify specific candidates. This is a very important step in the process. I want to encourage everyone to participate in this event through your attendance and prayer.
In Christ's Service,
Hot Dog Lunch
The Fellowship Team will host a Fourth of July Celebration on Sunday, July 8, following worship. It will be a Hot Dog lunch, with all the trimmings.
Church Council will meet July 16 – 7PM in the Annex.
Women of the ELCA
Women of the ELCA will meet July 15 following worship.
The choir will not have choir rehearsal in July.
Golden Agers will not meet in July.
Thank you to the Fellowship committee for providing snacks and gifts in celebration of our men on Father’s Day. Fathers come in all sizes, shapes, ages, colors, educational backgrounds, and religious affiliations. They are factory workers, farmers, businessmen and more. In a congregation of diversity all men can help make our youth stronger in faith and conviction to leading a Godly life.
School Supplies Roundup
During July we are rounding up school supplies for our local teacher’s closet. We will also share some of this collection with SCCM as the need is made known. A marked receptacle for these donated items will be by the front door of the church. Student items including book bags, paper, pens, pencils, composition books, crayons, etc., are welcome. Classroom items of hand sanitizer, Kleenex type tissues, paper towels, art supplies, etc., will be made available to teachers.
These items will be distributed mainly at the annual Back to School Bash to be held at Grace Chapel Methodist. This is a great time to bring students and teachers for fun and fellowship just before school starts. Bags packed with needed supplies were made available to those who attended last year. More info on the fun-packed day will be coming soon.
Amazing Grace Garden
We need tending helpers for our raised bed garden. Please speak with Bobby Lail for information and to get on “The List to Assist.”
Thanks for donating Snacks for Hospice. Our collection of snacks and coffee supplies were delivered By Carolyn Watson early in June. These items are always in short supply at the Hospice center in Hudson.
Items needed for Outreach
We continue to collect grocery bags for Living Waters in Cherokee. And, the Box tops for Education jar is in the kitchen window for convenient drop-off. Also, the shower ministry bag items currently need washcloths, new reusable water bottles (like those giveaway water bottles collecting on the shelf you may never use) and one box of gallon size zip tight freezer bags for packing the shower items.
An update on our friends at Living Waters
The son of Pastor Jack and Lisa Russell, Iann, had cancer surgery early in June and at last notice was recovering at home. The doctors were able to remove the cancer in his kidney and no signs of other cancers were found. Thanks be to God! Let us lift them up in our prayers.
Any time you have questions about our outreach activities please speak with Stella Hampton, our council liaison or Deborah Stamper, team chair. We will be happy to answer questions, take suggestions toward better serving our neighbors and “sharing God’s love with all people.”
Our Christian love and sympathy is extended to Susan Whittemore at the recent death of her father Jim Pratt of Texas. May the comforting presence of our Lord Jesus be with you and yours.
Fourth of July
As the Fourth of July, Independence Day, comes around (and everyday at that) – when you see a past military or present military person, make sure to thank them for their service. They are the ones that have fought and fight to keep our freedoms that we have here in America. This is something we all should try to do - thank all the veterans and military personal we see. If it were not for them, we would not enjoy the freedoms we have in this great country.
A Prayer for the Fourth of July
I am so thankful for this nation. For all the sacrifices others have made to build and defend this country, I am grateful Thank you for the opportunities and freedoms we have in the United States of America. Help me never to take these blessings for granted. Help me to live my life in a way that glorifies you, Lord. Give me the strength to be a blessing in someone's life today, and grant me the opportunity to lead others into the freedom that can be found in knowing Jesus Christ.
In you name I pray, Amen.