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The Pastor’s Pen!!!
Happy Mother’s Day to all our Mothers! We set aside 1 day every year to honor our Mothers because they are special to us. Our mothers brought us into this world; they care for us, teach us & continue to pray for us, even when we are grown. But what makes Mothers so special, beside the fact that she is our Mother, is the reflection of God we see in them, the love they show their families.
A Mother’s Character shows the Love of God in her. It’s not outward beauty, like good looks, or jewelry or fixing her hair, but a quiet, gentle spirit that pleases God. A godly Mother teaches good manners while she juggles 3 jobs, work, home & family. She teaches right morals to her family by her actions as well as words, by what she says & does. Fortunately, Mothers can multi-task!
A Mother’s Conversation is reflected in her actions and in her attitude. The King James word conversation means the way we live as well as the way we talk. A godly Mother is a woman with an attitude of submission both to her husband and her family as well as unto the Lord. A godly Mother is a woman who is faithful. She is faithful to her family because she does everything for the Lord.
A Mother’s Conduct displays her beliefs. The King James word chaste means pure & innocent in the eyes of the Lord. A godly Mother is respectful, restrained & righteous, both to her family as well as before the Lord. It is her dedication & commitment that influences her family to be a family & to reflect her conduct.
It is said the sincerest form of flattery is to imitate someone else, like a godly Mother we know.
Happy Mother’s Day!
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As the month of May arrives, it brings with it a day on which we honor our mothers. This will be the first Mother’s Day in over 40 years that I’ve not been with my mother or at least talked to her. I’ve been saddened knowing I can’t even be there to put flowers on her grave. There are, however, two things I can do for her. First, I can praise the Lord that He gave me a mother who loved Him and shared Him with her children. Secondly, I can continue to play the hymns she loved so much. It wouldn’t be Mother’s Day without “It is Well With My Soul”…think she’ll be listening!
I am so delighted that the youth from the Patrick Henry Choir will be singing for us on May 16th. They did such a beautiful program last year so I know we are in for another treat. Don’t forget we’re also having lunch after church that day.
May also brings another month with a 5th Sunday…you know what that means – lots of music. The choir will be presenting a program of their favorite anthems. It’s going to be difficult to fit all our favorites into one program so we may have to do some of them as “summer re-runs”! Come join us for this special service as we lift our praises to God on the wings of song.
It has been said those birthdays that end in the number ‘0’are the hardest. One of those birthdays happens to my son, Michael, this month. For any of you who have known him since he was a young teenager, help me make his 40th birthday a “humdinger”. Find a funny card for him and bring it to me…I’ll send them to him in a big birthday package. We won’t be able to celebrate together until he comes home next month, but we can have a little fun reminding him that “life begins at 40”…we just won’t tell him what it begins to do! His birthday is on the 18th and I’ll need to send them by the 10th so bring them soon.
Ya’ll have a marvelous May and remember…….KEEP SINGING!
Carol (Judges 5:3)
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This past weekend our students took part in the project called the 30 Hour Famine. This event, as you know from last month’s article, included a fast for 30 hours, a night of worship and a full day of community service.
The event started for each student and leader after their lunch on Friday. That afternoon the event was on its way and we spent a good amount of the night in worship, prayer, and teaching. After a “good” night’s sleep in our cardboard houses in the parking lot we took part in the community clean up day by picking up trash along the whole mile and a half of Independence Blvd. From there we went to take part in the Christmas in April project through cleaning and a good deal of painting on both the inside and the outside of the house. We finished up the day by taking a trip to Campbell’s Rest Home and spent time singing as a group for the residents before we spent some time getting to know them and delivering treat bags to them.
To be completely honest, this is my first big event as a youth pastor and I had my concerns for the weekend. But due to the selflessness of our students, I can honestly say that I have never been prouder of them. These guys gave up food, slept outside and chose to give of themselves for others, instead of sleeping in on a perfectly good Saturday morning. John tells us that “this is how we know what love is, Jesus laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.” In light of how Christ gave up His rights for our good, the students of Collide gave up their rights to everything they love for a weekend. Thank you so much for your support and I look forward to updating you all on how we have changed lives through the money you helped us raise. Continue to pray for us, we appreciate it greatly. (Don’t forget Youth Sunday is May 2nd!)
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Sunday School - 63 + 27 (Nursing Home)
April Receipts - $14,574.19 / Disbursements - $14,300.45
Building Fund - $14,913.66 / Scholarship Fund - $15,334.89
YTD Receipts - $118,260.86 / YTD Expenditures - $118,035.79
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SUNDAY – MAY 2nd
The Youth & Youth Leaders will lead the Morning Worship Service.
& See what the Lord is doing in the lives of our Youth!
SUNDAY – MAY 16th
The Patrick Henry Choir will be here during our 11:00am Morning Worship Service.
This will be followed by a Church-Wide Covered Dish Luncheon.
North Africa Presentation
6:00pm (during our Evening Worship)
SUNDAY – MAY 23rd
Church-Wide Picnic @ Falling Creek Park @ 4:00pm
SATURDAY – MAY 29th
Flapjack Fundraiser @ Applebee's
8:00 - 10:00am
Come & support our Mission Team to PA in June.
SUNDAY – MAY 30th
Something very Special is planned!
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Thanks to YOU Our Pantry is looking Great!!
We appreciate your kind & generous response to our need for more food…once more You came through in a big way!
Anything you can donate will be greatly appreciated!
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, 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
Post list on your refrigerator as a reminder of what is needed for each month
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