Every Sunday morning an elder is in the prayer room during worship praying for our church and those in worship. If you have any special prayer concerns you can leave them on the table in the prayer room. Please be discreet about your concerns.
MONTHLY FINANCES AT A GLANCE
Through December 2018
The per capita apportionment for 2019 is $33.05 per member.
- Approved use of the church at 3 p.m. Oct. 19, 2019 for a wedding.
- Received the design estimate of $99,654.50 for the kitchen renovation project.
- Scouts have offered to do various projects at the church with adult supervision.
- Two handrails will be installed on the chancel steps - one next to the pulpit and one next to the lectern.
NOTES FROM THE KITCHEN COMMITTEE
A BIG BIG Thank You to all who took time out of their busy schedules to bake cookies for our annual cookie exchange and also to all of you who came and purchased the cookies and fudge. You don't know how much we appreciate all your help. Not having to make 12-15 different kinds of cookies for a tray is really saving a lot of time and calories!!!! Again, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
February’s soup will be beef vegetable. We had a few people request this soup so we thank you for the feedback. I hope everyone enjoys the stuffed pepper soup on the 27th of January.
We hope to get all the soups we have made onto recipe cards and put them on the website or have copies in the kitchen. We haven't figured that one out just yet.
Now the soup for March will be …………….
The Deacons will be taking Valentine’s cookies to some of the shut-ins. We need cookie donations. We will be packing and delivering the cookies on Feb. 10 after church. Please bring your cookie donations to the kitchen that day. Your help is always appreciated.
LABOR OF LOVE
When you enter the rear of the church, on your right will be a basket loaded with yarn and needles/hooks. If you listen better while keeping your hands busy, grab a pattern, yarn and hook and crochet or knit away but please return it to the basket at the end of the service. Once we have finished our scarves or hats, we will donate them to an organization that is collecting warm things for the homeless or needy. There are a lot of less fortunate people out there and if we can help in any way, let's do it. Also while you are knitting, say a prayer for the person who may benefit from the scarf or hat.
If you have yarn at home and want to donate it, there will be a green tub out in the narthex, just place it in there so we can keep this project going until summer.
For those of you who would like to help but can't crochet or knit, come to our Swedish Weaving night on Mondays at 7:00 in the Chapel, Maureen Y. and Kim M. will be there to get you started. This project will be sure to warm your own heart. Any questions, see me at church or give me a call. Thanks everyone! Joanie K.
Chancel aides for the month of February are Bob and Carol F.
The deadline for the March “News From the Mount” is February 15. Anyone needing to put an article in the newsletter for the month of March must turn the article in to the office no later than Thursday morning, February 15.
CHURCH OFFICE HOURS
Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and closed on Fridays.
Finding Holy in the Suburbs: Faithfully in the Land of Too Much
by Ashley Hales
What do you think of when you hear the word “suburbs”? Cul-de-sacs? Cook-outs? Perfect lawns? Commuting? 2.5 children, 2 cars and a dog? Superficiality? Everyone looking and acting the same? Author Ashley Hales could only think of the negative things associated with the suburbs when God called her and her husband to plant a church, not just in the suburbs, but in the very suburb in which he and she were raised. She was concerned about getting caught up in the consumerism, individualism and busyness that can numb our souls. Instead of losing herself, she sought to learn what it would mean to seek God and live a holy life in the midst of suburban excesses.
Each chapter begins with a story from the author’s life. She then brings in Scripture and references other writings to give the reader strong theological support. At the end of each chapter are practical suggestions that she calls “Counterliturgies” - simple actions to begin to live holy in whatever place you find yourself. Her “call to the suburban Christian is to wake up. And if God isn’t calling you elsewhere, we stay put. We start small. We don’t settle for the absence of conflict as an indication of peace. We instead see the flourishing of our place and all the people - prominent and invisible - who are our neighbors.” She adds the exhortation that “we not be lulled in the suburban sin of complacency because we have the privilege to be complacent.”
This book was well written, compelling and challenging.
Review by Ellen L
USE OF CHURCH PROPERTY
If you borrow tables or chairs from the church, remember, please make your request through the Fellowship Committee call the office at 412 751-8479.
If you/committee are planning to have a meeting, PLEASE schedule your meeting through the office. Knowing the date, time and number of expected attendees helps to be certain that the space is available and who is responsible for the group.
If you are interested in contributing to the Newsletter with an article for publication please submit your notes to the office. Since this is a “forum”, there might be some give and take if folks are interested. Also, good Christian book reports are greatly welcomed. The deadline is the 15th of the month except for December when it is the 10th.
Please notify the office if you are moving or will be temporarily away so records can be kept updated and mail is delivered in a timely fashion. Also, returned mail has a cost to the church.
Even though you may be on vacation – the church is not. We still must pay utilities, insurance and etc. Food Bank items may be deposited in the box in the Narthex or at the lower parking lot entrance. Paper products are especially welcome. Continue to visit the Abitibi bin with your recyclable papers.