Weekly Contact April 11, 2013

Hello there,

There is a lot of good stuff going on at, around, and related to FPC Marion over the next couple of weeks.  So let’s start with what is most important: worship.  On Sunday, both the Cherub and Chancel Choirs will be singing at the first service.  In addition, jazz saxophonist, Ray Blue, will be at both services with his sweet mellow sounds.  It is the third Sunday of Easter, so I will be preaching on two post-resurrection appearances found in Luke 24:13-16, 27-32, and Acts 9:1-9.  My sermon title is “What Makes the Difference?”  It will be a good morning.  If you do not read any further, just know that Sunday morning will be worth your time.

But let’s back up to Friday night, April 12th.  Are you good at trivia?  We are trying to pull together a couple of strong FPC Marion teams for a Trivia Night at the Knights of Columbus (5650 Kacena Ave) here in Marion.  The cost is $10 per person and the proceeds will benefit Camp Wyoming.  There will also be a silent auction for a number of interesting items, including an original watercolor painting, by yours truly.  Doors open at 6:00, but the trivia competition begins at 7:00. If you want more information, contact Pastor Beth at [email protected] or call the church office.

This Sunday afternoon, April 14th, Ray Blue will present a jazz concert at 3:00 in our sanctuary.

A week from Friday, April 19th, there will be Joyful Noises, a benefit concert for Family Promise.  This will be down at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on 3rd Ave. in Cedar Rapids.  You will recall that it is through Family Promise that we open our doors for a week at a time to assist families who are homeless.

On Sunday, April 21st, there will be a special adult forum on Caring for Aging Loved Ones.  It will be held in the chapel, at 10:15, between services.  Joan West will lead our discussion.  Joan is a licensed mental health counselor with 12 years’ experience as a family therapist.  She has worked with St. Luke’s hospice and Aging Services.  We hope this will begin a discussion that will help those who need support and information to deal with some difficult challenges.

Finally, come hungry on Sunday, April 21st, for our youth are putting on a Pasta Dinner to benefit the youth mission trip.  This will be right after the second service at noon.  The menu includes pasta with various sauces, salad, bread and bars for dessert.  A silent auction for special desserts donated by FPC members will also be held.

So mark all this down on your calendar, and join us for some good times.  And, as always: Stay in One Peace.