June 1st: Appreciation Dinner for the Library staff and volunteers.
Christian Education: June 3rd, celebration and recognition (and final) Sunday for this (school) year.
2018 Baccalaureate Service at St. Mark’s Lutheran church, June 17th, 7 pm.
The Property Committee: sadness & gladness
As we say farewell to Doug Kingsbury, we can not thank him enough for the time and talent he has shared as the MRC Property Caretaker. We wish him and Arleen the best in their move to Virginia.
We are happy to announce that Kellie Rogers will be taking over the cleaning portion of the property caretaker position. She will be responsible mostly for the fellowship hall, nursery and bathrooms. Thank you to those of you who have volunteered to clean the sanctuary and other rooms.
We are also happy to announce that John Funiciello will be taking on the maintenance portion of the caretaker position. He will be responsible for ensuring that our buildings and grounds are in good shape for use by our church family and the community. Thank you to those of you who are assisting with this as well.
We are blessed to be able to share our buildings which are used by many groups on a regular basis. We are blessed to have a beautiful church on a beautiful piece of property. While Kellie and John have agreed to take on these positions of responsibility, they will still need all of us to participate in various cleaning and maintenance projects.
Mission Trip! July 18th thru 22nd to Youngstown, Ohio area. Preparation meetings: June 24th, July 8th, 15th after worship. details available on blue sheet on Foyer Table .
Billy Brown Camp Scholarship
The scholarship was established in memory of Billy to support kids to go to any Christian* camp. Forms are available in the foyer and can be returned to Pastor Jeff or Ron Barnes (deadline: June 30th). (*as to what is “christian” is a conversation Consistory has been having. If you have questions about this, please see Pastor Jeff).
Church Picnic: July 1st at Timothy Murphy Park Pavilion (Route 30 & Rt 145), 11 am-2 pm, [11 am worship, lunch at 12]. hotdogs and hamburgers and drinks provided, bring a dish to share. Help needed for set up and provisions, see sign up sheet. You may also want to bring lawn chair and yo’wn kite.
- Pastor Jeff will be away June 7-12th for the RCA General Synod in Grand Rapids, MI.
- Senior Recognition & Blessing in worship June 17th.
Operation Christmas Child submitted by Mary Lou
I was speaking with Cecil Polydore, the NE director of OCC, following his return from Ukraine. I asked about his most memorable experience of the trip. He shared this with me. One day as his group was heading to a shoebox distribution, they encountered a funeral procession. It was a very mournful scene. The OCC group’s interpreter told them that it was the custom for the priest to put a note in the deceased’s pocket granting permission to enter heaven. Later, at the church where shoebox recipients heard a Gospel message, eight children made the decision to accept Jesus as their Savior. Cecil was struck by the contrast between the funeral and the shoebox distribution. Those children who gave their lives to Christ could live the rest of their days with the assurance of eternal life. They don’t need a note to enter God’s Kingdom. They are already there!
Our goal for 2018 is to send a GO (Gospel Opportunity) box to 302 children. The best time to purchase school supplies for those boxes is the summer months. Please see the pledge sheets in the foyer to indicate what you will purchase. THANK YOU!
Save the date of September 15 to support our Harvest Bazaar to benefit OCC. Watch for more information about how you may be involved!
and looking ahead to summer…
Summer Christian Education begins June 24th, 9:30 am-10:45 am. Join us for learning and discussion about prayer; how to pray, what to pray, is there a wrong way, when, what for… (not meeting July 1st, 22nd, August 19th)
We are hosting the ice cream & desert table at the summer band concert on the HS lawn July 20th.
July 29th: Community Worship on the Lawn, 11 am