Weekly Contact- May 23, 2013

Hello there,

First off, our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims of that terrible tornado in Oklahoma.  There have been appeals to make donations through the Red Cross to help those affected, and I do not want to take anything away from them.  But you can also give to the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, one of the divisions of One Great Hour of Sharing.  You can bring a donation to church (check or cash).  Just make sure it is clearly labeled “PDA” or “Oklahoma” or in some other way so that we will know what to do with it.  You can also send $10 by texting the letters “PDA” to 20222 on your cell phone.  Or you can go directly to the PDA website and make a donation with a credit card by clicking here.

Whatever you decide, I would urge you to give to help those who are dealing with the aftermath of a horrible disaster.

We are shifting in to our summer scheduling this Sunday, so there will only be one service at 9:00 this week.  This is also the last Sunday for Andy Smothers, our seminary intern.  Andy has done a wonderful job this year and we wish him well in his studies for the ministry.  He will be preaching for the last time, and his text is Romans 5:1-5.  We will have a short survey in the bulletin and you can give Andy some feedback on his preaching.

We will also be honoring those who have reached milestones in their membership at FPC.  This is always a meaningful time as we pause and reflect on the rich heritage we have in our congregation.  New members will be joining, as well, and Paul Holstein will be singing a solo, “Amazing Grace.”  So it will be a busy Sunday.

Vacation Bible School is coming up soon.  Since the Marion School District had to extend their school year by two days to make up snow days, we will begin on Wednesday, June 5 and run through Saturday, June 8, with a final celebration on Sunday, June 9.  You may register your children for VBS at church on Sunday.

This is the last chance to notify the office for anyone graduating from an institution of higher learning.  We would like to list in the First Press the names of all those receiving degrees.

Stay in One Peace,