Sermon: “The Word Spreads”
Prayer: Your Spirit, O God, calls, gathers, enlightens and sanctifies us, sustaining us in faith. Now Lord, let our hearts respond, cause our fellowship to gather, renew our thinking and sustain us in your holy purposes. In the name of Jesus our Lord, together with the Holy Spirit all glory be to You O Most High God.
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Our Presiding Bishop, Elizabeth Eaton, is inviting us into a conversation about the future identity, direction and priorities of the ELCA. This discernment process, “Called Forward Together in Christ,” involves listening to God and to one another, and it is spreading across members, congregations, synods, social ministries, educational institutions and the church-wide office.
The ELCA is a young church at only 28 years old. It is a good time to take a look at where we are as God’s people and try to understand what God has in store for us. And we think it is an exciting time to be looking forward together as we approach the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017.
We want to create a vision for the future ELCA – as a church with solid foundations sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ and making a difference in the world locally and globally. And as a church that we can be proud to pass on to our children.
We want to discover how we can continue to faithfully serve God’s mission in the years ahead and reach a shared understanding among church leaders about the ministries that are most important.
And we want to assess whether the structures that were set up for this church are right for the future, and as part of this consider how we use our resources in the best possible way. There are many challenges. Be a part of the discussion, contribute your ideas today! If you’d like to join the conversation, talk with Pastor Mitch about how you can make your interests known.
The new ELCA Federal Credit Union, with offices in the Lutheran Center Building in Chicago, will soon be open for business. The grand opening celebration will be Monday, June 6. ELCA members, congregations, synods and the church-wide organization—and their employees—are all eligible to join the credit union to take advantage of a portfolio of deposit accounts, loans and other services. This new ELCA-sponsored credit union supports the ELCA’s mission to promote responsible stewardship of members’ and congregations’ financial resources. Because this is a financial cooperative, credit union members will see more competitive rates on deposits and loans, fewer fees and enhanced services. Learn more by visiting the credit union website, elcafcu.org. As a financial institution rooted in your faith community, the ELCA Federal Credit Union looks forward to serving you.
St. Mary’s Caring is planning on serving dinners on Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout the summer break, but we have 100 volunteer spots to fill to make this happen. A meeting was held Thursday, May 19 to plan and organize this mission. The dinners run between June 16 and August 23. If you are interested in volunteering, here is some information to get you “connected:”
- Volunteers must be at least 15. An adult must accompany any volunteer between 15-17 years old.
- Contact Kristine Millen, Director via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 301-863-5700 to get more information and register to volunteer.
Thank you for expressing an interest in making a dent in hunger in St. Mary’s County! We cannot feed those in need without our volunteers!
Thanking you in advance,
Kristine Millen, Director of St. Mary’s Caring
Our building turns 10 years old this year! It surely is serving us well. There are however, signs that she needs some attention. Recently we painted the pillars and front doors. They look nice and bright now! But there are other signs of wear. Notice on the front Sanctuary wall the grey shading on the top third of the wall. That is dirt taking the shape of the superstructure behind the wall. If you take a minute to notice, you can see the seam drywall tape on the Sanctuary ceiling is beginning to give way.
Also, in the Fellowship Hall, the same drywall ceiling tape is showing significant signs of failure. In addition, there are some water stains on the Fellowship Hall ceiling that remain even after we have repaired the problem. Nothing is structurally wrong, but the tape needs to be repaired. Unfortunately, this requires texturing and painting as well.
Currently we do not have leeway in the general fund to cover the cost of these repairs. We have received a bid from a friendly contractor to paint the whole Sanctuary (fixing the ceiling tape and texture), fix and paint the Fellowship Hall ceiling, as well as the entry way ceiling outside the Sanctuary.
The cost of these three projects totals $5,600 including labor and materials. This is an at cost bid to do this work for our church. Council has approved fundraising efforts and designated contributions to this project. Would you be willing to help us fund this work? Would your group be willing to do a fundraising activity this spring or early summer to help this project happen?
Lessons: Colossians 3:1-4, John 20:19-31
Sermon: “The Eighth Day of Creation”
Prayer: O God, our world is filled with fear and death. Sustain us by your mercy and raise us to new life with Christ. Cause us to shine with confidence that your living presence may give light and hope to all around us. To you be honor and Glory with the Holy Spirit though Christ our Lord.
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Sermon: “Jesus Gives His Life”
Prayer:At the Passover Table, O Lord, your Son gives us his blood that death may pass over us. In faithful service Jesus gives us His body that His life may now become our life. Teach us to receive the life of Jesus always that we may also share His life with others; for surely, O loving Father, this is your good and gracious will.
VBS is Just Around the Corner . . .
Vacation Bible School (VBS) this year will take place during the week of July 18 – 21. In an effort to try an accommodate as many of our families with VBS-aged children as possible, we’re trying something brand new this year–VBS in the afternoon! VBS will be at Good Sam from 1-4pm in the afternoon. We’ll have games, music, snacks, crafts and science with all activities held inside (except for water day) during the heat of the day. Teenage volunteers are needed–and get a bonus–sleeping in!! So, everyone, SAVE THE DATE and join in the fun!
Preparation Begins: Here’s how you can help!
Every year, we use recycled supplies for our daily art projects. We are requesting that our Good Sam families start saving the following items (we’ll have a tote set out to collect items in the near future)
- Gallon Milk Jugs
- Glass Jars (spaghetti, jam, mason, etc.)
- Brown Paper Grocery Bags
- Plastic Cylinder Jars (peanut butter, applesauce, mayonnaise, etc.)
For more information on this year’s VBS, click HERE.
This is an opportunity for our families to have hands-on involvement in helping to save the lives of unborn children and making a significant difference in the lives of women and men.
The annual “Bottle Blitz” supporting the Care-Net Ministry in saving and changing lives begins this Sunday, Mother’s Day and runs through Father’s Day in June. Please pick up a baby bottle, fill it with coins, cash or check, and return it on Father’s Day.
All are welcome to join the Empty Nest Group at Running Hare Vineyard in Prince Frederick on May 21st. We plan to arrive around 1:00 pm for a tasting. We will than sit and enjoy live music, adult beverages and food that we will all bring to share. Admission is $8.00 per person and includes either a beer or wine tasting. For more information on the winery visit runningharevineyard.com