May 2019 Newsletter
A Message from the Pastor:
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourself be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Have you ever thought to yourself: “The only thing stopping me from living life to the fullest is me! I’m in my own way!” It’s a common human experience. Few people ever master the game life without some encounter with this self-defeating side of human personality. The stand-outs in life, the ones we oftentimes idolize – the sports stars, the world class entertainers, the truly heroic are not immune to this human tendency. But the truly successful ones are the ones who have learned to take the occasional set back in stride, seeing it as a part of the sport of living, knowing that the only race they’re guaranteed to lose is the one they never enter. As is true with life, so is true with faith. We as Christians can find ourselves in personal and spiritual binds from time to time. We may face life situations that seem like a series of bad left turns taking us in circles. But, with God, no road is pointless. Even the bad roads eventually lead home to the Father for those who walk the road with Jesus. Our choices may not always be clear or stellar. But even our failures and our losses point us homeward to the Father. So, what are we afraid of? We have been given the incredible gospel of Jesus Christ through which we have received the gift of freedom. We possess the freedom to try, the freedom to succeed and to fail, so long as we try in the name of Jesus, our Lord. Oftentimes, the only way to learn how to do something amazing is by trying 100 ways that turn out to be so-so. Some might suggest this is a license to do things poorly! Far from it. None of us need a license to fail! The good news of the gospel is that Christ unlocks every chain we place around ourselves and others, unlocking us from the taint of human shortcomings, releasing us from spiritual slavery again and again, in order to bless us with yet another try. As you step boldly into the month of May with your Easter heart still singing of resurrection power, remember that you are free! Through the death and resurrection of Christ the Lord, you are free indeed! So, go out there and try something amazing! Do it in the name of Christ! Ask Jesus to accompany you along your Easter road. Let go of the outcome! See where God takes you! I assure you, if you try, it will be a beautiful and exciting month!
A Congregational Meeting will be held following worship on Sunday, May 19. The Church Council unanimously approved, at their April meeting, to present Pastor Frank to the congregation for a permanent Call. Therefore the purpose of the meeting is for the congregation to vote on extending a full time call to Pastor Frank.
Church Council will meet May 13 at 7pm in the Annex.
Women of the ELCA
Women of the ELCA will meet May 19 at 11:30am.
The Butterfly Festival in Hudson will take place on May 4 beginning at 9am, rain or shine. It’s a great place to enjoy good food and time for friends, free music and entertainment for the family. Amazing Grace will have a booth at this annual event. We will be giving out fresh popcorn, greeting people who stop by, sharing info about some community projects we support, planting seeds with children that they can take home, and sharing smiles. Our congregation is full of friendly people and we need YOU to come support our church booth! A sign-up sheet for time blocks will be on the opportunity board available for you. This is a church wide, all ages welcome event! South Caldwell Christian Ministries has asked for donations of baked goods for their fund raising booth at the Butterfly Festival on May 4th . They sell most any item from pound cakes to individually wrapped brownies or cookies to fried pies. If you have a special treat that you can donate for this sale, please see Stella Hampton for drop-off information.
In observance of Mother’s Day, May 12, there will be special snacks available for all to enjoy. We hope that all the ladies in our congregation and guests will stay for snacks and to visit with others. Our Fellowship committee will be overseeing this fun occasion. If you would like to bring a snack to share, please speak with Gale Wilcox. Hope to see you there!
Notes from the Outreach Team:
Please check your grocery packages for BoxTops for Education. They are not only on some food labels but, have also been found on paper products and cleaning supplies. We have a collection container near the opportunities board for receive those clipped coupons. They are donated to local teachers.
The Outreach committee will continue to collect items for the shower ministry in to May. We are planning a brief packing party on May 22, during choir practice, to prepare summer shower bags for the needy. Our most pressing needed items are razors, washcloths, feminine hygiene products, new water bottles, small bottles of sunscreen and a box of band-aids. Any item or items that you can donate will be passed along to those in need. Thank you for your participation.
A trip to Living Waters ELCA in Cherokee is being planned for May. We plan to have a caravan of personal vehicles and trailers loaded with food items, clothing, household items, toys, and personal care items. As a reminder, Living Waters is a vital connection for many needy persons over a four county area. Approximately 1500 individuals and family members are served in only two afternoons per month. Please contact Sunday Mico to coordinate last minute donations as our storage spaces are near capacity.
Watch your mailbox for a notice about the Postal Carrier Food Drive! Food items are collected all across our area and go to local food distribution sites. One local site is SCCM, which Amazing Grace supports.
Mark and Kelly Davis, by Affirmation of Faith, and Jeremiah Miller, by Holy Baptism, became members of the Amazing Grace Church Family, on Easter Sunday, April 21. We pray God will keep each of them and bless them in their walk with Christ.
Have you signed up to place flowers on the altar this year? Flowers may be purchased several different ways. If you prefer to get them from the florist and have them delivered, you may call Suzanne's Flowers in Granite Falls; or if you would like to purchase your own and arrange them, you may do that at a fraction of the florist cost; or you can give a donation of $20 for flowers to bought for you from Walmart and arranged. If you wish to give a donation to purchase flowers, please speak to Sunday Mico or Carolyn Watson.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Thank you to the Property Committee for putting out mulch in the children's play area, around the worship center, and annex.
Thank you to the Fellowship Committee, those who brought food, and to everyone else that had a part in the planning and hosting of our Palm Sunday meal.
Thank you to the Worship Committee and all who helped make the Palm Sunday Worship Service extra special.
Thank you to everyone who had a part in the planning and making our Easter celebration of our Risen Lord and festivities very special.
Thank you to those who gave lilies and hydrangeas to enhance the beauty of our worship space.
Thank you to Paula Laxton and Susan Whittemore for purchasing the stained glass tint for the windows at the front entrance and putting it up.
Thank you to Wayne Heffinger for reworking the altar and making it larger to have sufficient space for the Liturgical items.
Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care
Thank you for contributing wish list items to Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care. This gift will mean a lot to Caldwell Hospice patients in many ways. Patients and their family members often voice appreciation for the overwhelming support of our community. We appreciate your thinking of patients, their families, and Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care.
Cathy Swanson, Chief Executive Officer.
Virtual Dementia Tour - An Experience that Can Change Your Outlook
The truth is that when dementia strikes, it strikes the whole community, not just the individual. Thanks to the Virtual Dementia Tour, health care professionals, family caregivers, business leaders, first responders and educators are experiencing for themselves the physical and mental challenges facing people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT)—a scientifically proven method of building a greater understanding of dementia through the use of patented sensory tools and instruction—is Your Window into Their World. Caldwell Hospice is excited to offer the Virtual Dementia Tour to our community. Participants are led through the approximately 45-minute experience in 10- minute intervals and only need to be present for their appointment time. Each VDT is limited to the first 24 who sign up. If you are interested, but cannot attend this event, you may be added to our VDT waiting list to be contacted about future VDT opportunities. The Virtual Dementia Tour is not appropriate for persons diagnosed with dementia. Virtual Dementia Tour May 21 - 4–6 p.m. McCreary Family Professional Center 526 Pine Mountain Road, Hudson, NC For more information, to register or be placed on the VDT waiting list, please call 828-754-0101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caldwell Hospice VolunTEENS Making a World of Difference
VolunTEENS are vital to our hospice. They come to us from diverse backgrounds and fill a variety of needs. Some work directly with residents at long-term-care facilities; others assist with office work, maintain our grounds, and perform a multitude of other tasks to support our organization. Each one is unique, but they all have one desire in common— to make a difference. Go beyond the expected and become a Caldwell Hospice VolunTEEN! VolunTEEN Training - May 14, 16, 20, & 22 3:30 to 7:30 pm. Now accepting applications for Caldwell Hospice VolunTEEN program. For more information or an application, please call 828-754-0101 or email email@example.com. Only 35 positions available. Applications must be submitted by May 3, 2019.
Lutheran Services Carolinas
In 2018, LSC served nearly 8,000 individuals and families including seniors and caregivers, children in foster care, those affected by natural disasters, refugees, unaccompanied children, and adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. This month, consider ways in which you can show compassion to the vulnerable populations within your own community. You could volunteer your time at a local LSC program or make a tax-deductible contribution. Checks can be made payable to Lutheran Services Carolinas and mailed to P.O. Box 947, Salisbury, NC 28145. Gifts also can be made securely online at LSCarolinas.net. Please come together with Lutheran Services Carolinas as we serve as the “hands of the church” to provide healing.
A Mother's Love
There are times when only a mother's love
Can understand our tears,
Can soothe our disappoints
And calm all of our fears.
There are times when only a mother's love
Can share the joy we feel
When something we've dreamed about
Quite suddenly is real.
There are times when only a mother's faith
Can help us on life's way
And inspire in us the confidence
We need from day to day.
For a mother's heart and a mother's faith
And a mother's steadfast love
Were fashioned by the angels
And sent from God above.