Last week I sent a letter to members of FPC Marion, and then I announced in church on Sunday that I have made the decision to retire next summer, on August 1, 2019. It is 10 months off, but after what will be 24 years of serving as pastor, we will all need that time to make the transition go as smoothly as possible. My wife, Judy, will also be retiring as organist. It will indeed be sad to end what has been a wonderful time of working with a fantastic congregation, but I do believe the time is right and God will continue to work among us all.
In the meantime, there is much that is going on and much to do. This Sunday we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of our Helping Hands Store. It all began back in 1968 with a small cement block building across the alley from the church. Over the decades it has helped thousands of those in need providing clothing and other items. So, as part of our celebration we are collecting winter coats. If you have a gently used coat that has been sitting in your closet, bring it in to help someone this winter. We will also be honoring Marguerite Ackley for her part in organizing the Helping Hands all those years ago. It is also World Communion Sunday. Pastor Beth is preaching. Her text is Mark 10:13-16 and her sermon title is “Plenty on the Table.”
Mark your calendar now for the following Sunday, August 14. Ray Blue will be in worship in the morning, and then he and Dick Watson will have a jazz concert in our sanctuary at 3:00 that afternoon.
Finally, the October First Press is available. If you would like to download it click here.
Stay in One Peace,