Pastor Kip's Email
October 13, 2017
Good morning and happy Friday! I trust that you are well and looking forward to worship this Sunday.
This Sunday we will continue in the Gospel of Mark, and in the same reading as last week. Only this week we will read and focus on the story inside the story from last week. Thus, we will look at verses 25 - 34 of the 5th chapter.
I am sure that you remember that last week we talked about the "Beyond" in each of our lives. Let me remind you just in case, that the Beyond is that moment, day, week or any measure of time that is not the present, and is always in the future, and that in each Beyond the loving presence of God is there. So, this week we will look at how to maintain our spiritual lives to constantly hold an awareness of the importance of the Beyond.
The scripture for this week tells the story of the woman with the issue of bleeding. She had this issue for twelve years. She had gone to every doctor and tried every home remedy she could find, and yet there was no cure. This condition made her socially unclean, and therefore she could not be around other folks. If she touched anyone, they too would then be unclean and would be required to go through the cleansing process. Thus, you can see that to anyone who knew this woman and her condition, kept their distance from her. When she was seen in public and folks saw her, they might easily tell others about her as a warning to stay away. This would lead to a very lonely life. She could not work if she could find work. She could not be with friends if she had any left. She had to be careful around family. There would be no husband nor contact with children if born prior to the issue. There is no record of her age. She could be anywhere from possibly the early twenties to any age, in that she had the issue for twelve years.
She hears that Jesus has arrived in town, and is down at the lake shore. She follows the crowds, and finds him there. Then she pushes her way through the crowds, touching many people, to get near him. Once he is in sight, she makes the bold decision to touch his garment. Her thoughts are simple'; "One touch, and I'll be healed. Maybe." She gets close enough, reaches out, grabs his garment, hangs on for a second or two, releases her grip and immediately feels the healing in her body. She releases her grip, turns and starts fighting her way against the flow of the crowd in an attempt to escape him.
Jesus realizes that his power has flowed from him into another. He asks who had touched him and his disciples think he is crazy for asking such a question when surrounded by so many people. Jesus insist on knowing. Hearing his calling out, the woman feels compelled to confess. She returns, falls at his feet, and the scripture tells us that she then told him everything concerning her life and why she touched him. He assures her that her faith has made her well, and blesses her with his peace.
So, this is a bold woman. She takes amazing action. She places faith in Jesus. She is rewarded greatly. What do we learn from her? There are several factors in play here, and we'll look closely at these on Sunday. We will also of course look at the relationship between the various factors and how they impact one another. Then, we'll look at what this means for me and you.
This Sunday our children will join the choir at the 9:30 service and help them sing the morning anthem. I know that you will enjoy seeing and hearing them sing.
OK, let me remind you as well that this Sunday we will recognize Breast Cancer Awareness (during the month of October) by wearing something pink and by the pink flowers on the altar. Please try to find something pink to wear this week. Gentlemen, recently I noticed a Boy Scout wearing pink socks with the pink ribbon on the side. I did not get a chance to ask where he found them. Sherry found some pink shoe laces, so I think these will work. I have also heard that there will be pink bows available to wear should you forget or just cannot find something.
By the time you have received this email, you should have also received our annual pledge letter and card in the mail. I will take a few minutes to speak to these this Sunday. On Sunday the 22nd there will be a special place in each service where we will ask for the cards to be returned. Please know two things: first, your information on the commitment card is kept confidential. Second, your estimate of annual giving for 2018 is paramount in attempting to set a budget for the coming year. The finance committee knows that these estimates of annual giving are just that - estimates. If your circumstances change and you are not able to meet the estimated amount, it is completely understood. The finance committee spends many hours working on the projection for a safe and reasonable budget amount, therefore every bit of information is helpful. Thanks so much for helping with this cause.
One last reminder: Howard Kuntz' memorial service is Saturday the 21st, at 11:00 with a reception to follow. I hope that you will come and support Sue and her family on this day of celebrating Howard's life and eternity.
God Bless-Pastor Kip
And a wonderful Friday and upcoming weekend from me too!
Guess what is back? Yep, the pew pads! Please try to get back into the habit of filling in your name on Sunday morning and thank you for supporting us as we tried something different, but, as we all know, sometimes "the way we have always done it" just happens to be the best way. In this case, the pew pads have been missed, so here you go. Thank you for standing behind us when we do try something new and different. How can one know the best way to go about something unless they try?
Tomorrow (Saturday) morning from 8 to 10 am is the Men's Pancake Breakfast. Don't forget that there is also a "flu clinic", so come on out and get a belly full and pancakes and a system full of flu vaccine. But the best part? You are donating to a good cause while enjoying good food in the company of friends.
If you are a Leader, committee member, volunteer, etc. in your church, please be watching your email next week for a new Officers and Leaders list. This was included in the Annual Charge Conference and I have a week to get all of the names to the District. After I have done that, I will then have a spreadsheet of all of these names. I will attach as a pdf document AND will have printed copies in the narthex on October 22nd. If you need a copy and can't find a printed one, email me and I will send one to you as an email attachment or print one and put in your mailbox.
FINDING YOUR WAY - FYW (Grief Recovery Support) is a new group to help you work through your grief after the loss of a beloved friend or family member. They will meet once a week for eight weeks on Mondays from 10:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. and from 6:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., in the Church Parlor. We ask that participants commit to one of the scheduled times in order to maintain group cohesiveness. FYW begins on October 16, 2017.
During group meetings you will be able to:
1. Acknowledge and gain a greater understanding of your grief and the grief process.
2. Allow your grief to be recognized and shared with others who are grieving.
3. Learn ways to cope more effectively with the stages of grief.
4. Find meaning, comfort, strength and assurance through a loving and caring God.
Please call the church office (352-628-4083) to register for one of the groups. Any questions call Bob Rhoden at 352-503-2923. You may also contact the Parish Nurse, Karen Kline, at the church office or 352-634-1781 for further information.
Veteran's day this year is on Saturday, November 11th and our slide presentation will be on Sunday, November 12th. We will be collecting pictures until November 5th to honor those living veterans in our congregation. Please include the veteran's name and bring them to the church office. The newly submitted pictures will be available for pickup at the sound booth window on "Presentation Sunday".
In His Service,
Donna Munsen, Administrator