The Fifth Sunday After Pentecost
the Week of June 27, 2021
8:00 AM Communion
10:00 AM non-Communion
Whether on the silver screen or in person, we are glad you're here!
Tomorrow, Saturday 26, is our monthly rummage sale. Swing by, find your treasure, and help support the paving of the parking lot in the doing of the thing. Yummy baked goods - and meals - too! 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM.
PARKING LOT UPDATE: STILL ONLY $3800 NEEDED
Praise God! Over the past few months we've whittled the 35K expense to pave the upper and lower parking lots down $3800. If you would like to contribute to the cause you may see Donna on Sunday, or email her here. Paving of the parking lot will begin the end of July.
Take off the facemasks and join the fellowship this Sunday! From here on out, Judy will have the Fellowship Tent in full swing the second and fourth Sunday's of the month. Our goal is to have coffee and light snacks each Sunday beginning September - that takes people to help. Interested? Email Judy here, or see her in church this week.
THE CHOSEN STUDY ENDS THIS WEEK
Many have grown immensely through this study. For those of you who have been unable to attend you can watch this modern adaptation of the Gospel through the free app: The Chosen, or on Peacock TV (also a free service). The eight Lessons of Season 1 make a wonderful summer devotion! Special thanks to Ted and all those who took turns leading the series.
Our Book Study will break until September.
THE "INVITATIONS" CLASS
Invitations is a class for those interested in becoming members of the church, and those seeking to be received or confirmed. The class will be held across two consecutive Sundays, August 8 & 15, from 12:00 - 1:30 PM. A light lunch will be provided. Sign-ups are mandatory to Jef DeMarie.
ALPHA TO REIGNITE IN SEPTEMBER
WHAT IT IS:
The ALPHA program is a 10 week course where participants are invited to share a meal, hear a teaching on an aspect of the Faith, and openly share their thoughts and viewpoints. Guests of the course include those searching the meaning of life, those seeking to clarify what they believe (and why), or to brush up on the basics. We strongly recommend newcomers to the church to take the ALPHA Course, as it runs deep in the DNA of our community.
WHAT WE NEED:
Servers to cook, prepare the Grange Hall, be small group helpers, and more are needed to create an atmosphere of hospitality among our guests.
Guests to be invited. These are people you know, people you work with. You will invite them to the opening session, enjoy a meal with them, and leave them to participate for the rest of the course.
For more information about the course and how you may either sign up or serve, email Linda here.
COMMUNION CHANGES CONTINUE
We continue to celebrate communion on the first and third Sunday of the month at the 10:00 service (communion every Sunday at the 8:00 AM service). You'll notice a few changes as we go along:
Tables Gone. We no longer have tables with bread, juice, and wine in the front of the church.
Priests and Deacons In. Communion bread is given by the priest. (Receive the bread by cupping one one hand above the other and the bread will be placed in the palms of your hand.) Juice and wine is taken as usual, returning the empty cup to the tray when finishing. Those choosing not to take Communion, or those who are not confirmed, may cross their arms across their chest to receive a blessing from the priest. (It is not necessary to do this with the juice, or wine, only at the bread station.)
Communion is always celebrated at the 8:00 AM service and celebrated at the 10:00 AM service the first and third Sunday's of the month.
OUR CENTURIAN IRENE
Mark your calendars for July 31when an open house/honoring of life party for our own Irene Jewett. The celebration runs from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM at her home. More information to follow.
ISRAEL IS REAL: DAN TO BEERSHEEBA SLATED FOR APRIL 2022
Pastors Cinnamon and Bill are leading a trip to the Holy Land the week after Easter, 2022. If you are interested in learning more about the trip see Bill on Sunday, or contact him through the contact page HERE.
TITHES AND OFFERINGS
From this week's lessons:
Their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in wealth and generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means..." (1 Corinthians 8:2,3)
And from Proverbs:
It is good [for the upright] to be generous in lending... He has given freely to the poor and his righteousness endured forever." (Psalm 112:5, 9)
Giving 10% of one's income is the minimum standard of giving in the Scripture. This practice, dating from Jesus' day, is meant to carry on the practical needs of the faith community (things like copy paper, electric bills, maintenance, clergy support, and more. Many new believers believe that money supernaturally appears for churches because, as Scripture says, "The Lord provides." Sooner or later we all realize that indeed he does provide, but he does that through us!
Many "tithe" in other ways as well. We may direct our offerings into a particular pocket of the church - say, Franklin Outreach, or the Deacon's Fund. Others choose to purchase items for the church, or give the gift of "time" to the church through serving, teaching, or some other way. These practices, while wonderful and needed, are meant to be in addition to the Biblical tithe, and not a part of it.
That being said, we have an amazing giving church and the leadership wishes to thank you (and even a few of you outside the church) for your faithful giving week to week.
Giving is done in two ways:
Offering plates at the rear of the church (as you enter)
Online giving here
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.