Pastor's Pen - Numbers - Carol's Notes - Missions - Pantry
The Pastor’s Pen!!!
It's May, the grass is green, gonna need cutting, the flowers are blooming & the weather is warm enough to work outside in the flowers or in the garden. It's May, that means Mother's Day! I want to wish a Happy Mother's Day to all Mothers. We all have pictures in our minds of our Mothers working around the house, teaching, training & raising us to be who we are today.
In the Old Testament there is a Mother who struck oil at home. God worked a miracle in her life to teach us a valuable lesson, one that every Mother wishes to teach their children. After her husband died, she faced what a lot of people face, especially hard for widows and single Mothers. This OT Mother faced Death & Debts head-on & in the process taught us a lesson in Faith.
This OT Mother knew where to turn to in time of need. After the death of her husband, facing foreclosure & her children being sold as slaves, she quickly sought the help of Elisha the prophet. Remember the old song - "Where could I go, but to the Lord?" The first place we should turn to in our time of need is to God.
This OT Mother found the answer to her need was right there in her home. Her first answer was, "there's nothing at home, except a little pot of oil." Just like the disciples discovered when Jesus fed the 5,000 with 2 loaves & 5 fish, "little is much when God is in it." The answer we search for may be right beside us.
This OT Mother found that the possibilities are unlimited when you allow God to use you & what you have. God's Power is Unlimited, allow Him to work a miracle in your life. All you have to do is Believe, then Act on that Belief. Ask a little boy with a sling when he killed Goliath, "How Big is your God?" This OT Mother taught us, "God can do Anything except Fail!"
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Sunday School - 73 + 26 (Nursing Home)
April Receipts $14, 941.33 - Disbursements $14, 593.95
YTD Receipts - $121, 475.24 - YTD Expenditures - $121, 799.69
Building Fund $24, 527.75 - Scholarship Fund $12, 775.60
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I can hardly believe it's time for the newsletter again. Between the busyness of Easter, the Scholarship Benefit Sing & "Broken" singing in Revivals, the time just flew by.
Now it's time for gardening & yard work - a mixed blessing in many cases. As Bill & I worked in the yard on Saturday, I was so impressed by the sights & sound of nature. I could hear songs from several different birds & am so impressed by their vibrant colors. The cardinals are such a gorgeous red & the Eastern bluebird is so spectacular with his bright blue back & wings & his colored breast. My day was made complete when I saw the hummingbirds were back at the feeder & my old pal, the red-bellied woodpecker, is munching on the sweet block. I could hear the squirrels playing in the trees & the dog barking wildly, wanting to chase them. It just all seemed so loud & exciting.
What stopped me in my tracks & set my mind to thinking was the robin's nest that is nestled between the house & downspout near the back-porch. It is so carefully perched there. What caught me by surprise was one of the items the robin had used in her nest. Neatly intertwined in that nest & hanging from one side were icicles from our Christmas tree. We had taken our tree & put it in the backyard for the birds to nest in during the winter. I had pulled off most of the icicles but obviously left some on it & she found them worthy to use in her nest. It was a visible reminder to me that God can continue to use us even when the world has cast us out or trampled us under. God truly is our Great Provider.
May is the month we remember our mothers. This mother robin in our yard who so diligently has built a nest for her young made me mindful of my mother & I, the good times she wove into my life - music. She introduced me to music & taught me the hymns of our faith. She carried me to piano lessons & if the truth be known, struggled to pay for them. How grateful I am all these years later that music, particularly church music, is so vital to my life. I am grateful for my church & the opportunities to share my love of music.
Exciting things are coming this month. We have a new soloist in our church coming the first Sunday & a group from the Patrick Henry Girl's Home on May 17th. Another 5th Sunday Sing is also coming this month. Looks like another busy month & lots of opportunities to worship our Lord through the ministry of music.
Carol (Judges 5:3)
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Missions Fund Raisers
Church-Wide Yard Sale
On Saturday, May 30th
7 am – 12 Noon
Flap Jack Fund Raiser
Saturday, June 20th
At Applebee’s Restaurant
8 - 10 AM
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JANUARY - Canned Green Beans, Sweet Peas, Corn, Carrots, Mixed Vegetables, Canned White Potatoes, Canned Sweet Potatoes, Dried Beans (any kind)
FEBRUARY - Canned Peaches, Fruit Cocktail, Pears, Applesauce, Chicken Noodle, Beef Vegetable & Tomato Soup
MARCH - Tuna, Bunker Hill Beef Stock, Chicken, Salmon (All meats MUST be canned)
APRIL - Grape Jelly/Jam, Peanut Butter (smooth)
MAY - Comet/Ajax, Pine-Sol, Laundry Detergent, Dish Detergent, Paper Towels
JUNE - Baby Food (please check date), Baby Shampoo, Baby Soap, Baby Lotion, Baby Powder
JULY - Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Shampoo, Bar Soap, Solid Deodorant
AUGUST - Canned Spaghetti O’s, Dried Pasta (elbow, spaghetti & rice), Oatmeal (plain), Cereal (breakfast)
SEPTEMBER - Pickles, Catsup, Mustard, Pancake Mix, Pancake Syrup
OCTOBER - GETTING READY FOR THANKSGIVING! Turkeys, Stuffing Mix, Canned gravy, Canned Sweet Potatoes
NOVEMBER & DECEMBER - To be Announced
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