First off, the July First Press is available. You can take a look at it by clicking here. If you would like a paper copy, they are available in various locations around the church building.
I am always delighted to see the way the Holy Spirit is at work through our efforts. During the summer we ask various groups and members of the congregation to help out with special music for our worship services, and we are very grateful to all who are willing to do so. But since they are making the extra effort, I usually allow them to sing or play whatever they like and not try to make their music line up with my theme in the sermon. However, this Sunday in worship Keelyn Kanz will be singing a beautiful song, “Already All I Need.” The open lines are: “Asking where you are, Lord, wondering where you’ve been is like standing in a hurricane, trying to find the wind…” Before I knew this was what she was singing, I had already decided to preach on Psalm 13. The first verse reads, “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?” A perfect fit! Keelyn and I did not discuss this, but the Holy Spirit was at work directing both of us. My sermon title is “Let There Be Night” and it will be about those times when it seems like God is nowhere to be found.
If you are looking for something to do on Sunday afternoon, there will be a concert in our sanctuary at 2:30, featuring “Young at Harp.” This is a Celtic harp group that has an exquisite sound. They sometimes practice in our chapel and it is just lovely to listen to them. There is no admission, but a free will offering will be collected to benefit FLY (Feeding Lunch to Youth). So come and enjoy some wonderful music and support FLY and their ongoing ministry to feed hungry children.
Finally, Ralph Cortez is one of our elders serving on Session and the Building and Grounds committee. He was on the swim team in high school and college. Two years ago he got back into serious competitive swimming, and has really enjoyed getting back into shape and pushing himself as far as he can. On July 26th, Ralph will be involved in the “Swim Across America” to raise money to fight cancer. He will be swimming three miles in Lake Michigan and his goal was to raise at least $500. He has already surpassed that goal, but is encouraging more donations. Ralph is dedicating his swim to the memory of another of FPC’s elders, Dave Mabee, who lost his battle to cancer last January. You can find out more about Ralph’s swim by clicking here.
Stay in One Peace!