It is hard to believe but this will be the last Sunday with two services until September. Starting Sunday, the 28th (Memorial Day Weekend) until September 3rd (Labor Day Weekend) we will only have one worship service, at 9:00. So this will be the last Sunday for the Chancel Choir in the first service and the Praise Team in the second. We want to say a big thank you to all who have had a part leading in worship during this last year.
So, you won’t want to miss this Sunday. The Chancel Choir have a great finale for the year. They will be singing that wonderful anthem “You Raise Me Up” with Gary Kent doing a solo. We also will be recognizing our high school seniors, who will be graduating in a week. I am preaching on John 14:15-21, 25-27, and my sermon title is “Travel Plans—Part 2: What Do We Do Now?”
Between services I will be continuing to lead an adult forum on “How to Listen to a Sermon.”
There are a lot of other things going on. Vacation Bible School is coming up, running from June 12th to the 16th. If you have children or grandchildren who would like to be a part of the fun, they need to get registered. We also need adult volunteers to help with VBS.
The FLY lunch program is beginning soon. Once again it will be on Wednesdays throughout the summer. We need volunteers to help feed lunches to hungry children. There is a sign-up sheet in the social hall. And don’t forget, we are trying to collect 175 juice box packs for FLY. So far we have received over 50, so we are still looking for over 100 more.
Finally, of course the number 175 is important because we are celebrating our 175th anniversary as a church. The big celebration will be Sunday, June 18th, so mark your calendar now. We will be having an old time outdoor gospel service at 10:00 (NOTE THE CHANGE IN TIME!!) out on the lawn in back of the Sheets, Forest, Draper Insurance firm at 610 10th St. in Marion. We will be at that location because part of that building was the original Presbyterian Church built in 1856. This is across the street from Marion Square Park. Following the worship service, we will have a barbecue picnic over at the Depot Pavilion in the park. There is no charge, but you need to get tickets in the social hall. All you will need to do is wear your FPC t-shirt and bring a lawn chair. It is going to be a wonderful celebration!
Stay in One Peace,