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February 25, 2024 Announcements
There is a sympathy card in the lobby table for Ken George. Ken’s wife, Pat, died last week, just six months before her 100th birthday. Everyone is invited to sign the card.
This is the last week for our February Mission, Pennies for Haven (homeless, not hopeless). IPH (formally known as Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless) began as a provider of emergency shelter for single adults, and assists over 2500 homeless and at-risk individuals and families each year. IPH promotes life skills development and self-sufficiency.
This morning we are delighted to ordain Diana Bremm and Debbie Perez as first term deacons and Carol Fuglein for a second term, Kevin Dwyer as a first term as elder and Margaret Ewart for a second term. Thank you for accepting leadership roles in the church! Your service is greatly appreciated!
Today is our monthly collection for the New Scotland Community Food Pantry and “Cents-ability.” There is a box in the lobby to accept your donations of non-perishable food items, paper goods, or personal care products. There is also a basket for monetary contributions to Cents-ability. Cents-ability encourages us to contribute at least 2 cents per person for each meal we eat, to remind us of the needs of others and our call to respond as Christians to their hunger. Contributions to Cents-ability support the food pantry and Heifer Project.
Today is the deadline to order Easter flowers. This is a wonderful opportunity to honor a cherished friend or family member, or to purchase them in memory of someone lost. We publish an Easter Flowers bulletin listing everyone who participated and name their honored/loved ones. You may take your potted flowers home after Easter, or assign them to be donated to those members of our congregation who are unable to leave their homes. Please help us beautify our sanctuary with fragrant blooms of azalea, hyacinth, hydrangea, lilies and tulips.
Lenten Daily Devotional Cards are on the lobby table. There is a card for each day of Lent which includes a focus question and prayer. All are welcome to take a set.
Upcoming Book Discussion: “Inconspicuous Consumption,” by Tatiana Schlossberg. The book is a winner of the Rachel Carson Environmental Book Award. Books are $15. Please contact Larry Deyss. We will be meeting by Zoom for five sessions, Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. from February 27 through March 26. All are welcome!
Lenten Study every Tuesday at 6:00 pm through April 2. Each week is an opportunity to discuss and reflect on the Lenten devotional for “A Wandering Heart: Figuring out faith with Peter.” Copies of the devotional are on the lobby table. We meet in a hybrid format; in person at the Methodist Church and on Zoom. See the Rev. Cameron for Zoom link.
Stewardship - the Finance Committee and Session agreed to focus on stewardship in 2024. In keeping with that goal, we have invited Rose Niles, our Representative from the Presbyterian Foundation, to assist us in that work. She will be here Saturday, March 9, 9:00 a.m. to noon, to build on the work we have done to follow the leading of God’s Spirit into our next chapter. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.
Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church is holding a spiritual retreat featuring weaving on April 13-14. To be added to the interest list, please email by 2/25: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Fish Fry Fridays at New Salem Fire Department will be held from 4:30 to 7:00 pm on March 8, 15 and 22.
Fair Trade items are for sale in the dining room. All items are at cost and include coffee, tea, chocolate and olive oil. Check out the bins on the Fair Trade table!
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Our beautiful and historic sanctuary with flowers dedicated to
the Glory of God in celebration of Easter 2023.
the Glory of God in celebration of Easter 2023.
"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you."