Flash: ON   April 19, 2015 
Upcoming Events

The 4th and 5th graders will gather for lunch at church after 10:25 worship on Sunday April 12. After worship, they will go shopping for the Food Pantry with donations from the children’s church school offering.  Parents may pick up the children from the Yorkfield Food Pantry, 1099 S. Butterfield Road, at 2 p.m.  Please RSVP to Melissa or Jill by Wednesday, April 8:  mjmaloney31@gmail.com or brettjilljackson@hotmail.com.
The God We Can Know Book study beginning in mid-April: In the Gospel of John, Jesus gives us the “I Am” sayings, meaningful metaphors such as “I am the bread of life” and “I am the light of the world,” to reveal his mission and purpose. This upcoming study includes a weekly reading based on biblical study and personal reflections written by Pastor Rob Fuquay, as well as a short DVD segment filmed in the Holy Land in various locations where the ” I Am” sayings of Jesus were spoken. All are invited to join in this post-Easter study offered on Sunday mornings (9:15 a.m. in the Aldersgate Room) beginning April 12  and on Friday mornings at 9:30 a.m. beginning on April 10. The study will be led by Pastor Joe on Sundays and by Ruth Zervas on Fridays.
“Reflecting God” Dinner and Auction on Friday night April 24: Please be advised that the mailed invitation to the auction denotes Saturday, April 24. The correct information is Friday, April 24.  A basket is available today for returning your auction RSVP card. Please direct auction inquiries to Darlene Gee or Susan Boyd. Thank you for your auction donations!
The 2015 VBS program, “G-Force: God’s Love in Action,” is set for June 15-18, 9am - noon, right next door at St. Peter’s UCC.  Registration forms for children in grades K-8 will be available at church and on our web site starting April 12. We are in need of:
  • Paper towel tubes
  • Round containers like coffee cans or oatmeal boxes
  • Aluminum pie plates
  • A volunteer to cut/saw apart 45 heavy cardboard mailing tubes
Please bring these supplies in at any time and place in the VBS box on the Education table in Wesley Hall.
BEFRIENDERS MINISTRY-Lay Visiting in Our Congregation: Because their work is confidential, you may not be aware of the impact of our trained BeFriender Ministry volunteers, who have been serving since the summer of 2014. In the words of Kenneth C. Haugk, founder of Stephen Ministries (similar to BeFrienders): "What Christian caregivers do is prepare the ground for the Great Cure-giver.  [As] the apostle Paul wrote in 1 Cor. 3:6-7--'I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.' "  We have already been a "listening presence" for several individuals regarding changes in health, social isolation, difficulty making choices for living arrangements, and experiencing grief.  There are four of us (including coordinator Chris Squier) who also meet monthly to discern needs, practice active listening, offer transition blessings, and learn how to assist the pastor in lay visits.   We are always accepting referrals (please notify the pastor) and informing people who want information about this commitment (contact Chris Squier:  squierc@gmail.com).
We invite you to celebrate a BeFriender Commissioning Ceremony during both worship services on Sunday, April 26.  We hope to share some personal testimonials and include the whole church in affirming these generous volunteers who make this service possible.
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