Mid-week Update--May 25, 2016
Guided by God
On Sunday, Pastor Julie invited those of us at worship to do a Guidance experiment. Any willing person would put on a blindfold and try to make their way through a short maze of chairs and furniture and people. Each of us had a guide whom we could ask for help at any time. As we talked about this exercise afterward, one clear theme for most of us was the desire we felt to do it by ourselves. Some of us didn’t need assistance; some were disappointed that we needed to ask for help; some were surprised at how good it felt to receive guidance when we did ask.
Here are some questions to ponder this week about guidance:
1. How easily do I ask for help?
1. What keeps me from asking for guidance, even when it is clear I need it?
2. Am I more comfortable being helped or being the helper? Why?
3. If it is true that God is with us, even inside us, loving and knowing us completely at every moment, then what keeps me from asking and trusting God’s guidance?
4. Am I willing to become someone who seeks the guidance of the Holy Spirit every day?
EPC Crescent Cove Task Force
The Crescent Cove task force hopes to have their first meeting in the next week. We will plan to keep the congregation informed about any updates. Thank you to everyone who has submitted questions or thoughts. Further questions can go to Elders Carol or Bryan.
Help on Sundays
This coming week will feature treats from Marge Litman (worth coming to church just for that!) The June & July sign-up sheets are now available and are completely empty. Several folks have stepped up to help Lorenz make coffee on Sundays. What we also need are treats & juice, and also offering counters. If you can help with either of these tasks, please sign up. If you would be new to offering counting, then please talk to Ron Eggert or Bryan Kingsriter to get the proper training.
Summer Outdoor Worship Services
We have now set the first two dates for outdoor worship—they are planned for June 12 and July 10. Look for a new setting and some creative ideas at these services. If anyone wants to coordinate a potluck meal on either of those dates, that could be fun too. If the weather gets too questionable, then we would move inside on those days.
It’s Time For an All-Church Mission Project with Project Home
EPC will once again volunteer as hosts with Project Home when they are housed at First Presbyterian Church in South St. Paul. Last year we took one evening and overnight shift, this year we were challenged to take two evening/overnights, which we gladly accepted! The dates are Friday, July 8, and Saturday, July 9, and we will need people for the evening shifts (5:30 – 8:30 pm) and the overnight shifts (8:00 pm – 9:00 am) on both of those days. A sign-up sheet and more details will be out in a couple of weeks, but please reserve one or both of those evenings on your calendar as you start to plan your summer, and strongly consider spending the night with the shelter guests. We’d also like to do some sort of craft or activity on that Friday, like we did last year. Do you have ideas and/or would like to lead the activity? Talk to Eleta Pierce.
Confirmation This Summer
Confirmation class will meet for an 8-session course, on Monday evenings from 6-8 p.m. beginning June 13, except for July 4 when the group will meet on July 6. It is hoped to pair each student with an adult mentor buddy (not his/her own parent) who would be willing to meet with the student a few times and to help out crafting a faith statement. Please let Elder Fred Clary know if you are interested.
Mowing Time Again
It is mowing season once again. If anyone 15 or older would like training on the church riding mower and could help with mowing through the summer, please talk to Pastor Phil.
Guided – Part II
Do you need to have a tricky conversation with someone coming up? Is there a situation in your life that is not leading to simple resolution? Are you afraid or uncertain about something? Is there something important that you are avoiding?
The Holy Spirit is available and able to guide you in any of these situations. Simply say this prayer: Holy Spirit, you are in charge of my life. In this situation, what would you have me do? Say that prayer with an open and quiet heart, and you will receive the guidance you need.
Assumptions about Death
On this coming Sunday (before we eat Marge’s treats) I will be preaching about death and sickness and healing from a story in Luke 7:1-10. I have a few questions for you to think about before you get here. My invitation is to be honest with yourself. In other words, don’t just think about “the right” answer. Think about what you truly believe and just notice it.
· What is death?
· How does God think about death?
· Is death an ending or a beginning or something else?
· Did Jesus’ resurrection from the dead change death? How so?
· Are you a body? Are you only a body?
· Is it possible to heal the soul and not heal the body (or vice versa)?
Hope to see you in worship! Peace and love to you all, Pastor Phil