Do you remember the phrase “and a little child shall lead them”?  I was reminded of that verse (Isaiah 11:6) when Richard sent an email this week to several of us saying, “Emma was listening on Sunday and she told me today that she wants to contribute some of her money to church.  Specifically, she wants to donate $50 for the food pantry.”  Emma is seven years old and she is responding to our desire as a church to feed the hungry.  Thank you, Emma, for your generous heart and for your example to all of your church family.

That is a good segue into this reminder that food items (especially masa, flour, oil, canned tomatoes, and dried beans) can be brought any Sunday and placed in the collection box.  Our ladies in charge of stocking the Blessing Box will take the items over to Church House and keep the Blessing Box ready for our guests.

Wasn’t it wonderful to gather as a church family last Sunday and see so many people in our little church?  It truly was a homecoming and I thank everyone who came to make the day special.  Happily our church family is growing.  Thanks to Kurt for his message and Anna for the refreshments that added to the celebration.  Special thanks to Pam for her music from the balcony and Dave for setting up the laptop so our service could be on Zoom.   I called Cyndi Anderson on my way home to see how the Zoom worked and she thought it was successful.  Yeah!  (Can you tell I was apprehensive about how it all would work?)  Remember to wear your mask again this week, please.  I know they are a bother but we had people worship with us last Sunday because they knew everyone would be masked.  It really is a sign of inclusion to everyone—just another way to show our love and our welcoming spirit.

We will continue to worship from 9:30 to 10:30 thanks to the show of hands when I asked how many wanted the time to remain the same as before the pandemic.  So many hands went up that there was no need for further discussion so, for those who wanted to suggest another time, there may be an opportunity in the future to revisit that question.  Meanwhile…

Our message will be given by Gary Mears this Sunday.  We enjoyed his Easter message and look forward to what he has to say this week.   I will lead and be the musician.  Richard is the Lector and Desta, the Intercessor.  The readings are Psalm 92:1-4, 11-14; Ezekiel 17:22-24; 2 Corinthians 5:6-17: and Mark 4:26-34.  Janet has volunteered to provide refreshments for our Coffee Hour.  (Speaking of coffee:  it was noted that only one person {me} got a cup of coffee last Sunday so we will dispense with making coffee during the summer months.  Water will be available.)

God bless you and I hope to see you Sunday!

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