Pastor's Weekly Update

June 7, 2018

Worship Focus:
We are now into the second half of the Christian Church Year.  The first half (Advent – Ascension) reviews the life and saving work of Jesus, and the second half, following Pentecost, tends to focus on Jesus’ teaching and the Holy Spirit’s work among us.  The season of Pentecost finds us hearing and learning more about the blessing of the Gospel in our lives, and how the Spirit helps our faith to grow (thus the color of the season is green for growth).  This Sunday we hear Jesus invite us to get some rest – rest that we need and that he gives.
Scripture readings: Deuteronomy 5:12-15/2 Corinthians 4:5-12/Mark 2:23-28
Prayer Notes:
Let’s include this week a prayer for summer safety.  We ask the Lord to keep us and protect us during the time of year when we often do things that may be out of our normal routine (vacation travel, swimming, camping, projects around the house, etc.). 
We also pray for safe travels for all who will be meeting for the South Atlantic District Convention, which begins early next week.  We ask God to bless the delegates and their ministry discussion and decisions.
Highlight Notes:
BIBLE STUDY SUNDAY (9:30-10:15 a.m.):
Youth Sunday school (K4-5th grade): God’s Church Grows on Cyprus
Teens/Adults: No study Sunday – Voters Assembly
BIBLE STUDY WEDNESDAY – the women’s and men’s groups are on summer break and will resume in the fall.
Sunday we are designating as “Name Tag Sunday.”  This will be the first weekend we have one Sunday service (and Monday), and so name tags will be available.  As a larger congregation, three services on a weekend, and new members being received regularly it can be difficult to remember or know who’s who?  We will use June 10th to get connected or re-connected by using name tags, if you wish.
The Voters Assembly will meet between services on Sunday (9:30-10:15 a.m.) for final decision on the APA budget, elect Board of Lay Ministry, and discuss any areas of ministry.  See the reports in your church mailbox.
AP “Word and Water Day” is replacing our VBS this year.  Sunday, July 22nd we will have worship, Bible study (“word”), then potluck lunch and then water fun, including a giant water slide, dunk tank, small slide, etc.  See the sign-up sheet on Sunday, and put the date on your summer calendars!
Sign up on Sunday:
The annual golf outing is June 16th.  Sign up to golf and to bring a food/beverage for the post-golf gathering.  This is also a great event to invite a co-worker, neighbor or friend – an outreach opportunity.
A Greenville Drive game is Saturday, June 30th (7:00 p.m.).  Cost: $10/person.  Sign up at church.
Other Notes:
There’s a Prayer for That is a new book from NPH containing over 450 prayers for various situations in life.  See the sign-up sheet in the entryway table to place an order.  Cost is $10.
Starting June 10: Worship at 9:30 a.m./Snacks at 10:30 a.m./Sunday school & Bible study from 10:45-11:15 a.m.
For your calendars: youth group yard sale and car wash will be Saturday, August 11.  Save your stuff!  Thanks.
Birthdays/Anniversaries for this week: 
Happy Birthday to: Jim Dillinger, Michael Clarey, Alfred Canteruccio, Ethan Hartzell, and Lora Liimatta
Congratulations! Celebrating a wedding anniversary: Joey & Amy Golinski, Michael & Alyssa James, and David & Jana Circle
                Note: If I am missing a birthday or anniversary, please let me know.
Serving this Sunday:
Greeters: Mike & Kenlyn Lyss                                                        
Acolyte: Sonny Gardella
Ushers: Steve Streblow, Brett Faulkner, Tyler Kay, Luis Tenorio
Organist: Karen Rodewald                                                              
Snacks: _______, ________
Childcare (I/T): Lisa Gantt, (P/K): Chad Gantt
Altar Guild: Young (E), Carroll (L)                                                  
Flowers: Lyss
Communion Assist: Doug Rall
See you on Sunday or Monday!
- Pastor