802 12th St

Marion, IA 52302

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Weekly Contact-Aug. 23, 2013

Good afternoon everybody,

I grew up listening to Bill Cosby and I heard a humorous little story about his aged mother. She had been raised in poverty, and the family had very little money as Bill was growing up. As a result, she never had modern conveniences and had gotten accustomed to doing things the hard way. When the children were old enough to get jobs, they often gave their mother appliances as Christmas gifts to make her life easier. But she wouldn’t use them. Bill especially remembered that after a while his mother had two or three toasters. But she left them in their boxes and put them on top of the refrigerator. At breakfast she would still do the toast in the oven. If the boys protested, she would say, “Leave them on the refrigerator. I’m used to doing it the old way.”

This is a good illustration how useless gifts are unless they are used.  Well we have a very special Sunday as we are trying something new.  Several members of the church will be sharing their gifts and hobbies with us.  In the social hall after worship, tables will be set up and will have an opportunity to see how other people have used their gifts and passion.  The Adult Christian Experience committee has received so much interest that we may be scheduling another date.  So, don’t run off too quickly after worship this Sunday and come check out “Sharing Your Interest”.

Also this Sunday we are doing a noisy offering during the Children.  This offering will benefit Operation Christmas Child so bring all your loose change…but if you don’t have any loose change we will take $10, $20, $50 bills as well.

The “Mostly Youth Praise Band” will be sharing their gifts with us this Sunday as well.  We have a good group playing clarinet, flute, saxophone, trumpet, tuba, trombone, piano, drums and bass guitar.  The band will be playing “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Just a Closer Walk with Thee”.  So…you will not want to miss this Sunday.  Hope to see in worship.

Blessings,

Beth

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