Pastor’s Midweek News

Pastor’s Midweek May 29, 2019

We continue our Eastertide journey.  On June 2 our message is “Embodied by a Loving God” and our focus scriptures are John 17:20-26 and Acts 16:16-34. The jailer asked Paul and Silas, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” We will have a look at the answers. And on June 9 we celebrate Pentecost. “Empowered By A Loving God” is the sermon title and our Scriptures include Acts 2:1-21 and John 14:25-27. I have decided that we might visit Le Chambon to see what happened when the Holy Spirit blew through a little town.

Summer Reading Program! Here we go again! This is a FUN summer reading program for Shanklin Elementary and other students, 2nd-5th graders, with adult “reading buddies” who will help the children explore some fantastic books, do some neat scientific experiments and have some fun. We will have an organizational meeting June 11 at 2:00 in the Fellowship Hall. We need Reading Buddies and the forms are in the church office.

We will start reading on July 23, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. with an introduction, some food and a time to get acquainted.

Reflections: We are quickly settling into our summer routine, looking forward to VBS and the Summer Reading program. With vacations and holidays, it is easy to get out of the habit of going to church. No school means that the kids stay up later and getting up and going to church on Sunday morning might not seem worth it. But friends, church is where we find our rest and peace; our comfort and support; our mission and our purpose. Church is where we center ourselves, even as we take time off from school. In our church planning, July will be all about our children and youth. We will see July 4th through the eyes of a child. The Lion King’s “Circle of Life” will sing to us. The precious little book, “Because of Winn-Dixie” will warm hearts. I am so looking forward to July. But first comes June and once we celebrate Pentecost, we will jump right into Father’s Day on the 16th. We will have a little three-part sermon series on Endurance, Character and Hope from Romans 5:1-5. Come to church. Bring friends.

Dates to Remember: Annual Conference is June 5-8th. June 1 is the Fairchild Wedding shower. Father’s Day is June 16th. The Watermelon Thump is June 27-30. July 13 is the Fairchild-Mullens wedding. August 4-12, Janice and I are on vacation. I will preach on the 4th, but we will be visiting in another church somewhere on the 10th.

Grace Abounds!

Pastor Bill