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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Pastor's Weekly Message

"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice."  Philippians 4:4

Those are the first words of a beautiful section of that letter.  The rest of it talks about setting aside worries and knowing God's peace.  I refer to it again and again, to be reminded of the possibilities that faith can provide.  But at this point in time it is the whole "rejoice" part that really grips me.

And so I return to the same theme as last week.  Rejoicing in moving, in being here fully physically for all the folks who helped in the actual move.  Rejoicing in what seems to be simple things, things that are sorely missed when they are not present.

Actually hung up some pictures I haven't seen for a while.  Gosh that felt good, and I probably looked like an idiot staring at pictures on a wall.  Stood on the deck for a moment in the morning before heading into the office, heard birds singing, saw lots of green, and then driving, turning on to TV highway and there was Mt. Hood.  My soul swelled at the beauty.  Rejoice indeed!

The old is made new and it is truly possible to take in all of those words of Paul and look at life in a whole new light.

In Christ,
Pastor Randy

"Creator and Redeemer, help us to go forth as a changed people.  People whose lives have been forever changed by the grace of God.  And let us never more nullify that grace by taking it for granted in any and all things that we do.  Amen."
 
Looking Ahead;
 
Scrip Orders are due Sunday June 13th, Clara will be collecting orders this month, please submit your orders and money to her or leave them in the church office.
Next order date is July 11th (Ladies Dinner group, July dinner will be at Olive Garden, don't forget to order your gift cards to cover your dinner.)
 
Council; Executive Council meets June 15th, Council meets on June 17th
 
VBS is scheduled June 21 - 23,  5:45 p - 8:00 p ages preschool - 6th grade.
If you have not registered your children please fill out a registration form located in the narthex.
 
Rummage Sale is July 23 and 24, please continue to bring your clean and gently used items to the church. Volunteer sign up sheet is located in the narthex, please take a moment to look at them and see where you can assist. (cashiering, bake sale, hot dog sale, bagging, assisting customers etc)
 
Prayers of Thanksgiving and Healing for Larry Gilbertson's recent day surgery
he is recovering at home.