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• Friday, January 30th, 2015

Blessings All,

As I look forward to this weekend – all I can say is – “Bundle up and let’s make it happen.”

Tomorrow (Saturday) we will be gathering to remember a life lived in our community – Janet Paige. Her memorial service will be at 1:00 followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall. The choir will gather at noon in the Manse.

Tomorrow from 5 – 7 there will be a family sledding/bonfire/fellowship party at the McGuire’s. Alex and Jack are invite the faith community to their home for some fun times.

Sunday we will gather for worship. The scriptures are: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 and Mark 1:21-28 with a message entitled: “Real Power.” Now that I have been thinking about it more, a better title would be “Staying Power.” We will celebrate Communion together (if you wish to support the Deacons’ Fund – you can do that). The Gary vs. Lisa contest to raise funds for the Confirmation Trip will be in its second week. There are two jars at the back of the sanctuary for anyone to donate. The blue jar is on my side of the church and the green jar is on Lisa’s side. The side with the most money raised will determine the winner. I do not like to make a big thing of it – but so far I am ahead. The loser (second place finisher) will get a pie in the face at the spaghetti dinner on March 7th.

Following Worship some of us will be going to Helen Porter Nursing Home to offer Communion to Cindi Pratt and to receive her into full membership into our church. She has attended a few times and enjoys the church and its vitality and is really looking forward to becoming a member of this church.

Besides chicken wings and other things along with a football game that is about it for the weekend.

Please keep warm and I am looking forward to our times together.

In Faith,

Gary

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• Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Blessings All,

This coming Sunday – before the Annual Meeting – we will share in worship, perhaps the highlight of the day. The scriptures are: Jonah and The Gospel of Mark 1:14-20. I invite you to take 10 minutes before Sunday morning and read the entire book of Jonah – I bet you can do it. I will not reread the book but retell the story during worship. The sermon is entitled: “A Messy Call.”

During the Annual Meeting child care will be provided. It may help to bring your annual reports.

On Sunday the Confirmation Class will kick off a FUN-D Raising idea which promises to end quite messy for either me or Lisa Bessette on March 7th. The class will be raising funds to support their Heifer Project Trip in May – and you will have a choice in which of us – me or Lisa – gets a pie in the face on March 7th. We will have two jars at the back of the church for people to donate money – one for each side of the church – my side and Lisa’s side. The jar with the most $$ at the end will be the winning side and the second place finisher – Lisa or me – will receive the gift of calories to wear. The kids came up with this idea – you can tell I had nothing to do with the plan. It should be fun.

Also – do not forget to connect with Rich Strum about offering a devotional for Lent.

I hope to see you on Sunday

Peace and Joy to you all,

Gary

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• Friday, January 02nd, 2015

Blessings to you all,

I hope and trust that you have had a holiday season filled not only with good times with family and friends but with some time for yourselves.

This coming Sunday, the 4th, Sunday School kicks back in for 3 year olds through 6th graders. Following the Children’s Message in church all the kids are invited to go downstairs for their Mission Activity Sunday (the first Sunday of the month). This Sunday they will hear the story of “STONE SOUP” and then put together their version of “STONE SNACKS” to be offered at coffee hour. We can use donations of assorted food items that could be included in packets of goodies to share (pretzels, crackers, cereal, raisins, something chocolate, etc.). If you wish to bring some in on Sunday that would be great – just put them in the kitchen and any extra items will be given to the food shelf – another WIN –WIN.

This Sunday, after church and a bit of coffee we will de-decorate the sanctuary. If you have a bit of energy and want to help out – you are invited to plug in. It should not take very long if we have a bunch of people helping out.

This Sunday we will celebrate Communion (the first Sunday of the month) and the focus texts will be Ephesians 3:1-12 and Matthew 2:1-12 with a Message entitled: “Seeing Stars.” This is not a bad way to begin the New Year, together in worship.

I hope to see you on Sunday

God bless You All

Gary

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• Friday, December 26th, 2014

Blessings All,

One huge thank you to all who plugged in and shared their varied gifts to provide a Christmas Season and Christmas Eve experience to those who are part of the church and those visiting. Great Job.

This coming Sunday the scripture will be Luke 2:22-40 – not quite as well known as the scripture passage leading to it.

The Message will be “Coming and Going.” This will be a relaxed service with a lot of singing of songs of the season. The choir will be taking a well-deserved Sunday off – so the congregation will be filling in with a whole lot of Congregation Picks. It should be fun.

Continued prayers for those still away and traveling.

I hope to see you on this last Sunday of the calendar year.

Peace and Joy

Gary

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• Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Dec 24, 4:00PM : Family Christmas Eve Service (with Marionettes and without the choir)

Dec 24, 7:00PM: Christmas Eve Candle Light Service (with the choir, the big service)

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