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Weekly Contact– July 9, 2015

Hello there,

There is an old African-American spiritual that has a line “If you cannot pray like Peter, if you cannot preach like Paul, you can tell of the love of Jesus who died to save us all.”  The point, of course, is that there are many ways to be faithful, many ways to be a part of the ongoing work of God’s Kingdom.

A lot is going on this week.  The senior high youth leave on Friday for their mission trip to Tennessee.  They will be telling of the love of Jesus as they work next week.  We will keep them in our prayers that they have safe and wonderful experience.

We are getting new carpet in the lounge on Friday.  And our Family Promise guests arrive on Sunday afternoon.

This all means we need help.   We need help on Saturday afternoon at 5:30 moving furniture back into the lounge.  There will be a funeral at the church on Sunday afternoon, so we need to have the lounge set up for that, as well as we need some tables set up in the social room for the funeral lunch.

We need help on Sunday morning, right after worship.  We need to have the basement room in the Mission House to set up for the Family Promise guests.  With both of these jobs, if we have enough people it won’t take very long at all.

We also need help on more of a long term basis.  Judy Weber has been mowing the grass on the church property for a number of years now as well as tending the beautiful flowers around the grounds.  She is going to be out of commission for around three months.  So we are looking for volunteers to mow.  You will need your own mower and tools.  There is a sign-up sheet in the social room if you would be willing to do this.

You may not be able to work with youth or teach Sunday School or sing in the choir, but there are other ways you can do your part.  Maybe you can help move some furniture or mow some grass.  If you can do something like this you would be serving God in a special way.

Worship will be great on Sunday.  Gary Kent is singing a solo.  It is always wonderful to hear Gary.  I will be preaching a rather unusual text—Mark 6:12-29.  My sermon title is “Game of Thrones.”

Stay in One Peace,

Howard

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