Pastor’s Midweek News for January 17, 2018
Philippians 4:8-9. Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.
As I look out my office window, St. Francis is coated with ice and the plants that have been so lovingly tended appear frost bitten. It is just flat cold. I know our neighbors from the north snicker a little about our inability to handle freezing weather, but that is just fine. We are cold. So, we might just remember what Paul wrote and think about the good things that Lord God has provided. For instance, we had six youth come on Sunday for Christian Youth Fellowship. On Sunday, we had a great turnout for children for our worship service and that made me glad. We have a good start on confirmation, that is sure worthy of praise. And the church has been worshipping deeply and serving mightily. These are the things I think about and which give me such joy as we plan worship.
February the 4th will be a huge day in the life of the church. It is “Souper Sunday” which means we will gather food for our local food pantry. At our LAMA meeting, we heard that the medium size peanut butter and canned meats are particularly needed, though any non-perishable foods are welcome. Our communion rail offering will go to the food bank in two ways. We hope to purchase 100 lbs of frozen ground beef in 1 lb. packaging to help stock the pantry, and then the balance of the money will go to that ministry. It will also be Candlemas Sunday, as the church brings the light of Christ into the church and we offer a blessing of the generations. It is from these abundant blessings that we are called to feed the hungry. Then, on Shrove Tuesday, we will provide the “people power” for the food pantry, offering food to our neighbors.
Shrove Tuesday is February 13 and we are going to have a church pancake supper. Considering that the next day is Valentine’s Day, the men of the church need to do the cooking and cleaning up. How hard can it be? This will be a simple fellowship meal starting at about 6:30 p.m. or so and the emphasis will be on just having a little fun. So, let’s start planning and get ready to flip those cakes!
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