“Summertime and the living is easy,” sings the first line of the old song from “Porgy and Bess” by George Gershwin. I love the song, but I always laugh a little when I hear it. Easy? Not so much anymore. “Crazy” might be a better word – which leads me to another song, “Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.” Really, everything leads me to another song.
Summer is upon us and we have a lot of activity planned already – special events for June, July and August. Our schedules change, our daylight lengthens, and we do things a little differently. Worship continues as usual – with solos and ensembles instead of choir – still praising God and gathering in community. We add to the mix several special events – many of which could use your support and prayer. See examples in the rest of the newsletter.
The point is there’s a lot going on – in your life and in the life of the church. Don’t forget to stay connected and involved. Don’t forget to pray for one another and for the church. Don’t forget to ask for help if you need it, or to let us know if you need prayer support. If you are looking for ways to get involved, contact me and I will listen to your interests and come up with some options where you could contribute. This may be your time to try something a little different. Let me know if you have any ideas. Let us know if God is inspiring you in a new way. That’s what these “lazy hazy crazy days” are all about – listening to God and letting the Spirit move.
One of our best Outreach initiatives of the year to get the word out about our congregation is the cooling station we offer on our property during the Festival on the Trails. We give free water and fans to anyone who asks. We attach a small sticker to the water bottles with our name. The fans have the church picture and service time on them. Last year we gave out over 600 bottles of water and lots of fans.
You can help in four ways.
1) You may help prepare the water bottles by adding a sticker at a gathering on Thursday, June 8, at 6:30 p.m.
2) You may volunteer for a shift at the station on festival Saturday – this year June 10.
3) You may donate water bottles – bring them to church and add them to the stack in the entryway.
4) You may donate money to be used to purchase more water or ice. All donations are welcome.
This is an event sponsored by the Mission Pillar. The crafts and entertainment events are located on the street next to the church. This year we will have a large water container to put donations in. Our goal is contributing to a well in Kenya.
The signup sheet is located in the Narthex, or contact Tracy McCabe.
Our Women’s Fellowship Group will meet Wednesday, June 7, at 10:00 AM. We will bake cookies for our June Traveling Camp. Please, bring a batch of cookie dough to bake. We cannot bake anything with any nuts, peanuts, or nut butters.
Again, for a joint mission project we will collect Items for SafeHome. This will be a joint effort of the Fellowship Group, PW and our Mission Pillar. During the Month of June we ask the congregation to help with this project and bring supplies to fill the bags. Items needed include: Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash, Body Lotion, Hair Brushes, Combs, Hairspray, Mouthwash, Adult and Children Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Women’s Deodorant, Ethnic Hair Care Products, Feminine Hygiene Products, Facial Tissue (Kleenex), Baby wipes, Baby Body Wash, Diaper Rash Cream. SafeHome provides shelter for women and children from homes where there is domestic abuse. So often they enter the shelter with only the clothes they are wearing. Please pick up items from this list of toiletry items on your next shopping trip to put into the container in the Narthex. Pat Rankin has designed beautiful bags that the Fellowship Morning Group will fill with your items at their July 5th meeting. The bags and items will be delivered in July. Thank you for your contributions.
We will not be having P.W. meetings in June or July but a reminder we do have budget obligations. In order to keep abreast of the budget responsibilities you may submit pledges to the office to Connie and please mark that it is going to Presbyterian Women. Thank you for your faithfulness!
We have received an invitation from the Ladies of Edgerton Methodist: Salad Supper on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 6:30 PM, at Edgerton Methodist Church. RSVP by Thursday, June 15th to Carol Shobe – 913-884-6501, Kathy Hill-913-882-9667.
The ladies of Presbyterian Church will be having a “Summer Brunch”: Char Bergene on Saturday, July 15, 2017, 9:30 AM. Bring a brunch item to share. We will have a book exchange of Christian Fiction books so if you have one to share bring a book and then take another home. Please join us for a morning of good food and fellowship!
Be On The Alert: Watch for information for the new Fall Study in the near future! Please join us for any or all the events coming up and keep up-dated on happenings! God Bless you all!
The First Presbyterian Men’s Breakfast will be held at 7:00 AM on Tuesday, June 13, at Perkins Restaurant. Our speaker will be on lawn & garden care and maintenance. We hope you can make it.
Our 2017 TDC will be June 19-23. Again this year our camper sign up is full with a waiting list. We need lots of help to make this another wonderful week. Signup sheets are available in the narthex for food, supplies and workers. We could still use a few youth or group assistants, story tellers and craft leaders. We also need meals for our Heartland leaders and lunch items for campers.
For lunch food donations, follow this link to sign up.
Monday – http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4aabab29a1f85-traveling
Tuesday – http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4aabab29a1f85-traveling1
Wednesday – http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4aabab29a1f85-traveling2
Thursday – http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4aabab29a1f85-traveling4
Friday – http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4aabab29a1f85-traveling3
Sign up in the narthex, contact the office or Kim/Karen Liu to volunteer.
JOY Closet is blessed with generous donations from our community.
What we need is sorters!
Fact: It takes lots of volunteer hours to staff JOY Closet during the thirty-one hours we are open each week. For example, it’s important to have someone empty the bins. At least one person is needed to sort donations and place clothing on the floor. We must have a cashier on duty. For each hour we are open, it would be ideal to have at least three volunteers on duty.
Check your schedule:
Are you available for two hours on Saturday?
Could you come each Monday and empty bins?
Are you available to serve so that no cashier has to be on duty alone?
JOY Closet especially needs help on Thursdays and Saturdays. Ask a friend to join you and check with Cindy Rollf or Ginger Crist about training. It takes lots of help to keep our clothing racks full! Our customers love being able to shop at JOY Closet and we provide so much for families and children in need. Our congregation can be proud of what we have accomplished.
Come in and join us! It’s a JOY-ful experience!
I read a sermon by a friend of mine this week with the title “Eastering” – changing the noun defining the day or season into a verb describing the action of the season. So what is the action of the season of Easter? I would say it is threefold: 1) Living with JOY, knowing that we are loved by God and freed to eternal life. 2) Putting your faith into action by sharing the love of God in ministries of care and compassion, in work for freedom and justice. 3) Telling the good news, sharing your faith in Jesus Christ with such positive energy and hope that others receive the grace of God that has already been poured out into us.
The season of Easter is 50 days – from now until Pentecost. During this season in worship, we will hear scripture passages of resurrection appearances of Jesus. We will be remembering the presence of our Risen Lord in a variety of ways. During Lent, we often add spiritual disciplines for working on our faith. During the season of Easter, it is less about “working” on your faith and more about letting your faith explode out into the world. “Eastering” is about “letting God go” in your life and seeing what miracles God can bring. The joy of resurrection, the energy of transformation, the awareness of God’s presence with us in our Risen Lord Jesus Christ – all make this a season of action and impact. Accept the challenge of “Eastering” – to live with joy, to put your faith into action, and to tell the good news. Start “Eastering” right here and right now. See how God works in your life and in the world around you. Be a part of God’s “Eastering” action in the world. Bring love, hope, life, light and joy to the world by the grace of God in Jesus Christ our Risen Lord.
The PYF (Presbyterian Youth Fellowship) will be hosting a chicken & noodles dinner on Sunday, April 30th. Please join us and invite friends and neighbors.
Food will be served from 5:00-6:30pm and donations will be accepted at any time. Donations will help support the mission trip to Washington , D.C. this summer.
This great meal prepared and served by the youth will be best enjoyed in the company of your friends and family so bring them along. Everyone is welcome.
The youth and sponsors will be travelling to Washington DC this July for their mission trip. They will learn and work together in urban ministry settings and will represent us as they serve God together. Closer to time of the trip you will get a full itinerary and an invitation to pray for our youth.
Donations of any kind are welcome. If you would like to support our youth, but can’t make the dinner, you may leave a check in the church office with PYF in the memo line. Your help and prayers are greatly appreciated.
On April 30 we invite you to bike to church or bring your bike to church. At 10:15 a.m., immediately after worship, we will gather outside (weather permitting or in fellowship hall if needed) for a short blessing of our bikes, helmets, pads, tricycles, skateboards, or any other small wheeled vehicle. This is recognition that as the weather warms up, many of us will be outside and traveling around. The blessing will be a prayer to keep us safe and to bring us back safely, as well as a prayer to bless us in our travels and our recreation. You don’t have to bring a bike to participate in the blessing.
In connection with this event, you are invited to ride your bikes to church. You are given permission to dress casually and even wear biking clothes. Many churches designate a day near Earth Day and encourage members to walk or ride bikes to church. It’s a fun way to be environmentally friendly and to think about ways we can make a difference in the world.