Pastor Kip's Email
June 15, 2018
Dr. Rev. Bob Rhoden will be preaching this Sunday on 1 Peter 2:4-7 and Matthew 21:42, "Rejection ". We are very blessed to have a man of his caliber in our church filling in for these three weeks that we are transitioning from Pastor Kip to Pastor Chris. Let us all give a collective THANK YOU to Pastor Bob this Sunday! And how lucky we are to be blessed with a solo by him during this special Father's Day service as well!
Bread of Life World Missions
They are not asking directly for donations, but if you feel so moved by God to donate, their giving address is Bread of Life World Missions, 16125 Shady Hills Road, Spring Hill, Florida 34610.
The volcano, Fuego, which is about 12 miles south of where they are located in Guatemala exploded recently:
Much of their food crops were destroyed.
They are feeding many families in three villages around them that were hit the worst: Caderas, Panimaquin and Pajales with a goal of 100 bags of food a week to the people living on the edge. They figured the food cost would be about $1,000.00 each week or $12,000 for three months...and they started to pray. They have thus far raised over $13,000 with most coming in in one day simply by praying. If more comes in, they will prepare more food bags and distribute more broadly to even more families. Each bag costs them about $12.50 U.S. Dollars (100Q in Guatemalan money) and contains oil, sugar, beans, rice and masa for about one week for a family of four.
According to our Missionary, Pastor Mike Young, it will be three months until the people will have a sufficient supply of growing food again, which is why they have decided they would augment the food in the three most impacted local villages mentioned above. Above all, prayer is being requested.
Our Mission Committee just met yesterday Thursday, the 14th and agreed to donate $500.00 to Pastor Young's Mission for relief and, being on site, they will determine what is most needed by the local people: food, water, clothing, pet supplies, formula, etc. Our Mission Committee would like to do more but needs a steadier stream of donations throughout the year in order to accomplish the goals they feel led to sponsor. 2 Corinthians 9:7 says: Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. So please be in prayer for the good works our Mission Committee and Pastor Young do for those in need in Guatemala and around the world.
POTLUCK TO WELCOME PASTOR CHRIS
The kitchen committee has requested that we use the RSVP column of the pew pads when we sign in on Sunday morning for the upcoming potluck for Pastor Chris on July 1st. I know I said in the last email that it wasn't necessary to sign up, but you know what? It really helps if you do. They are setting up "blind" so to speak and would appreciate a closer number of attendees because when they set up too many place settings, all of the paper products at those settings have to be thrown away and all the silverware has to be washed, not to mention the time they have to spend setting up extra tables and place settings that weren't necessary. In other words, it is a big waste of manpower and paper products. If you would just place the number of people in your group by your name in the RSVP section of the pew pad it would be very appreciated. Please make sure though that only ONE PERSON IN YOUR GROUP FILLS IN THIS INFORMATION or we will be double counting everybody and that will defeat the whole purpose of what we are trying to accomplish. Thanks in advance for your understanding with this. We will be asking the same thing for the hot dog Wonderful Wednesday potluck next month too and probably in the future and will have more detail at that time. You can still fill in the "Sign up sheet" at the welcome desk if you would like, but what we are trying to get is those that come in the side doors and don't use the sign up sheets because they don't use the front doors, therefore don't walk by the welcome desk where the sign up sheets are.
As of my writing on Thursday evening of this weekly email there are only 10, yep, count 'em, just 10 Rays game tickets left, so you best grab them Sunday if you want them OR if you can't get them on Sunday, then call the office on Monday morning and see if there are any left. Just think, no driving, no gas, no parking fees. This is the way to go to Tropicana Field!
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to all the men in our church. God bless you all for the Christian teachings you are instilling or have instilled in bringing up your children. The word Father has so many connotations and meanings that you should be proud and strut your stuff this Sunday. You deserve a day set aside especially for you so enjoy YOUR special day even though you are special every single day of the year!!
The calendar on the back of the bulletin shows a Missions Meeting this Thursday, the 21st, but I don't believe that is correct. They met this Thursday, so unless there is another special meeting this coming week that our crazy calendar is unaware of, I think the incorrect week was on the calendar, so see Ann Ice sometime Sunday or this week and ask about this meeting before you show up at it. I don't want anybody to waste a trip with the price of gas as much as it is right now.
Don't forget that VBS is coming up next week, June 25th-29th (8:30-12:00). This next week they will be setting up in fellowship hall and all of the other rooms that are going to be used for VBS, so if you have some time on your hands and those hands would like to help with setup, you are sooo invited to help. Just come to the meeting on Monday and let them know you are willing and available and I am sure they will find something for you to do. So far, we have 43 kids registered. That is AWESOME eh? If you haven't registered yet, you still can on our website: www.1umc.org, or stop by the church office. There is a VBS Team Meeting scheduled for this Monday, June 18th at 5:30 P.M. in room 114. If you are helping in any way or are interested in helping in any way, you really need to attend the meeting to go over any last minute details and the itinerary. Check out the Shipwrecked "Ship" that Wayne Pohlman built on the stage in Fellowship Hall. WOW!
Truth Seekers Co-ed Adult Bible Study
Just a little reminder that Jim Grudzen has designed a new, fun, and informative way to learn about God's Word and has extended an open-ended invitation to one and all who are interested in joining in this ongoing and open-ended class; meaning that you can join in at any time and fit in seamlessly. Jim's class meets in Room 114 on Sunday morning and class starts at 9:10 A.M. You are welcome to stop by the Faith Café and bring your coffee and doughnut to the class with you. And take a moment to thank Gladyanne Hood and her crew for the great job they do in the Faith Cafe on your way through.
I know this weekly email is a little shorter than usual, but I don't really have much else to report on right now. This whole past week has been consumed with getting our internet and phone system back up and running and my poor little brain just needs a little rest right now, so next week I'm sure I will be back to my "mouthy" little self.
Happy Father's Day and Blessings!
Donna Munsen, Administrator