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
Congratulations to our Seniors who are graduating from Elizabeth Forward High School on June 13th. They were recognized during worship service on May 20th.
SUNDAY SCHOOL REQUESTS
As the Sunday school year comes to an end I have a few thoughts/requests for our church family:
#1 – Approximately 7 years ago, we took on sponsorship of a young boy from Brazil, who we lovingly renamed Mikey. He is currently 12 years old and our goal is to support him through to adulthood. That being said, sponsorship is $456.00 annually and we have a current remaining balance of $331.00. With Sunday school taking a break for the summer, I’m calling on our Church family to contribute to the sponsorship fund of Mikey. All contributions can be given to the office, just make sure to tag them MIKEY. Thank you so much in advance. Also, please take a moment and pray for this sweet young boy.
#2 – Sunday school took on a new concept this year… Intergenerational teaching. Yes, all age groups together. This has been a very interesting, lighthearted, insightful, meaningful year. We had wonderful teachers that I can’t thank enough, you know who you are!!!!! This has been a fantastic year watching our youth learn and grow in the faith and also seeing the adults benefit as well.
Church family… Add our Sunday school to your prayer list, prayers for wisdom, guidance and thanks for our teachers. Prayers for our students young and old and prayers for next year to grow and flourish so that we can spread God’s loving word.
#3 – Next year comes quickly, if God leads you to consider teaching a class or two, or more, please LISTEN and let me know. If you have other gifts that you would like to share, we would be honored to have you. And last but not least… Come to a Sunday school class!
Church family – You are a blessing. Have a great summer!
Hugs and blessings,
Sunday School Coordinator
The Chancel aides for the month of June are Paulette S. and Jen C., and the aides for July are Mary Beth K. and Dot C.
The deadline for the August “News From the Mount” is July 15. Anyone needing to put an article in the newsletter for the month of August must turn the article in to the office no later than Sunday evening, July 15.
CHURCH OFFICE HOURS
Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and closed on Fridays.
The office will be closed on July 4 due to the holiday.
Everything Happens for a Reason: and Other Lies I’ve Loved
by Kate Bowler
We’ve all been in that position - someone tells us something sad or tragic, or we’re in a funeral home and we don’t know what to say. Kate Bowler can tell you what you shouldn’t EVER say and the top platitude on her list is the title of her book. As she says, when you’re drowning, what you want is a life saver, not a reason why you’re drowning. She understands this because she is drowning in a way that is beyond understanding or explanation. At 34, happily married with a toddler and her dream job teaching at a seminary, she has been diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer.
As she tells it, there is a before and there is an after. She says “I plead with a God of maybe, who may or may not let me collect more years. It is a God I love, and a God that breaks my heart.”
This memoir is a reminder that life is a gift and not one that we should take for granted. It’s touching and sad and funny all at the same time. She also has 2 appendices that are practical. These are her short lists of what one should NEVER say to someone experiencing terrible times and a short list of things you can say or do for them. She ends the book with these words. “A final public service announcement to suffering people: Just remember that if cancer or divorce or tragedies of all kinds don’t kill you, people’s good intentions will. Take the phrase ‘but they mean well…’ as your cue to run screaming from the room. Or demand presents. You deserve a break.”
This is an easy book to read, but not necessarily easy emotionally. I found myself waiting for the miracle cure, but it hasn’t come yet for the author, and likely it won’t. Still, the book is surprisingly good to read, despite the dark nature of the author’s diagnosis, because it is a reminder that we need to strive daily to appreciate our blessings!
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 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.
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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.