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General Fund

January 2018


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The Chancel aide for the month of March is Dorothy C.

The deadline for the April “News From the Mount” is March 15.  Anyone needing to put an article in the newsletter for the month of April must turn the article in to the office no later than Thursday morning, March 15.

Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and closed on Fridays.

Church of the Small Things:  The Million Little Pieces that Make Up a Life

by Melanie Shankle

     Life can feel so serious and overwhelming at times, so I like to find funny things to help keep the balance.  Melanie Shankle writes about everyday life, but often with self-deprecating humor that makes me laugh.  This book, her fourth, is no exception.  She writes about sofas and dogs and her husband and her daughter and fish and ants and bangs and exercise and the “glamorous life of a writer.”  And then there was the chapter on autocorrect which made me laugh out loud.

     Several of the chapters end with a list of “Things I wish I’d known…” that vary from funny to wise.  For example, in the list of “Things I wish I’d known when I was a kid” she says “When your mom asks, ‘Who broke this vase?’ it’s not a real question because she already knows,” but also, “Don’t be in such a hurry to grow up. Childhood is magical and wonderful and the last time you’ll ever feel so completely carefree.”

     There are serious sections as well, like some of the list items.  She tells of a friend who battled cancer and lost, her parents’ divorce, her love of her grandparents (and their love of her) and she included a beautiful tribute to her father.

     In the introduction, the author uses the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand with five loaves of bread and two fish to explain what she means by the “church of the small things.”  She points out that as many times as she (and we) have heard that story talked about, it is usually with reference to the lack of faith shown by the disciples, the miracle that Jesus does, or the grace of the boy who shares his lunch.  No one ever extols the “mom who packed that lunch in the first place.”  This was not something that mother did expecting huge results.  It was a simple act and probably one she had done over and over.  God used that simple act to do great things.  Shankle’s point is that we may agonize over whether or not we are doing God’s will without realizing that most often “we are in God’s will when we wake up with a willingness to go wherever he leads that day, to seek him in the ordinary, and to love and influence the people around us.  Sometimes that can look a whole lot like packing a lunch.”

     If you want a book that will make you laugh one moment and choke up the next, this book is a good choice.  If you want to stop obsessing about being perfect and doing everything right because everyone on Pinterest or Instagram is so much better at “it” than you are, this is a good place to start.  If you want something fun and relaxing to read, you’ll find it here.

Review by Ellen Little

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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.



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