Mid June Connection

Hi everyone,  Hope you are enjoying the week! Please keep these things in mind as you plan your time.

Saturday morning at 9:00am is the next WISH gathering.  All ladies are welcome!  We will be spending some time making plans for the BLOOM Tea on July 15th.  Please speak to Cindy Rudolph if you would like to be included on the email list for WISH – that helps keep you in the loop!

Sunday worship begins at 10:00.  Great music, message from Pastor Kevin, prayers and praises are all part of our service.  Our choir will be singing several times during worship before they take a well-deserved break for the summer!  Kids Connection is in place for the younger ones.  Coffee time follows in Veno Hall.  Don’t forget that Sunday is Father’s Day!

Sunday evening at 6:00 is the next Meetinghouse Concert featuring The Down East Boys.  Tickets are available at the door.  The concert is a great way to end your weekend and start the week ahead – join us, you’ll be glad you did!

NEW Summer/Fall Study Info
What do Muslims actually believe?  What are Sunni and Shia and Sufi?  Is Islam a “religion of peace?”   What are the roots of Islamic fundamentalism? What do we as Christians need to know about Islam in order to effectively present the gospel of Jesus Christ to a Muslim? These questions and more will be discussed and answered at a Summer and early Fall study that begins on Monday July 10th at 7 pm. We will be meeting at the church in the council room (1st floor near the church office) for seven individual one hour sessions.  The sessions will be held approximately every other week through July, August and September.  There is a student workbook / guide that was written by Dr. Timothy Tennent.  Tennent is an evangelical who teaches at Asbury Theological Seminary.

* And there’s homework before our first session… it’s fun… don’t stress!  There is a wonderful little book titled “I Dared to Call Him Father,” that I’d like you to read.  We have eight copies available at the church or you can easily get it as an e-book.  This book tells the story of a Pakistani Muslim woman’s journey to the faith in Christ by discovering the fatherhood of God in the Bible.

Thank you to everyone who helped out with the needed supplies for the backpack Blessing Bags.  We have an ongoing need for these items too – chapstick, hair brushes and blank note cards.  And also, since it is the end of the year, talk with your friends or kids or kid’s friends and see if they might be done with their school backpacks.  We need adult size in good usable condition.

A reminder that our kids connection schedule shifts a bit as we enter into the summer season.  We’ll continue to offer nursery care following the time of greeting.  Kids Connection will be offered for ages 4-7 starting after the time of prayer.  There will be kids activity bulletins available for ages 7 and up in the rear of the sanctuary where the coloring sheets are also found.  This summer schedule is a great opportunity for parents, grandparents and all caretakers to put into practice the tips for engaging kids in worship that we’ve shared in our monthly family newsletters this year!  

Speaking of our monthly newsletter- This week’s post in the Kids Connection Blog focuses on how to incorporate faith into our lives outside of church, and how to help engage our kids of all ages in the worship service!  United Kids Connection!

From time to time we like to ask…do you have a favorite hymn or song that we haven’t sung in a while?  An old favorite hymn or a newer praise song?  Let Rachel know and we can add it in to the Sunday music!

Serving Sunday:
Greeter:  Dottie Cotter
Ushers:  Bev Alty, Marie Pierre-Louis
Kids:  Shannon, Roger, Janna
Coffee Set-up:  Please stop by the kitchen before worship to make sure everything is ready to go for after the service!
Snacks:  Consider bringing something to share!
 Coffee Clean-up:  Please remember to take some time to help clean up and put things away at the end of coffee time!  It’s a team effort!

That is enough for now.  Hope to see you on Sunday!

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