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Weekly Contact- August 17, 2017

Hello there,

Summer is winding down.  College kids are loading up and heading out.  School will be starting up in a few days.  Soon we will be shifting back into the usual routine of children and youth activities, music ministries, and two worship services.  As always, we can use your help.  We are looking for volunteers to help with LOGOS on Wednesday evenings as well as Sunday School.  Is this the year for you to join the choir or the bell choir or the praise team?  And the nominating committee is looking for elders and deacons.  If you need any information on any of this, contact one of the pastors or call the church office.

This Sunday the Schaub family is providing the special music.  Pastor Beth is preaching.  We did not plan this exactly, but she and I have fallen into a mini sermon series based on the Hebrew scriptures taken from the Revised Common Lectionary.  So she will be continuing the story of Joseph that I started last week.  Her text is Genesis 45:1-15.

Finally, there has been a lot going on in the news this week, but one story you might have missed is of a terrible mudslide in Freetown, the capital city of Sierra Leone in West Africa.  As you probably know I grew up in Sierra Leone, and it is a country that has suffered greatly in recent years with a horrendous civil war and then the Ebola epidemic.  So this disaster really tugs at my heart.  At this point they have recovered 331 bodies, 112 of them are children.  Another approximately 600 are missing.  The Presbyterian Disaster Assistance fund is at work getting help into Sierra Leone.  I have already made a donation directed to this effort.  If you would like to help as well, you can do so by clicking here.

Stay in One Peace,

Howard

 

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