Friday, May 9, 2014
Sunday Worship times: 8:45 a.m. Traditional, 11:00 a.m. Contemporary. Coffee and snacks are served after the first service; Sunday School for all ages at 10:00 a.m.
Bible Studies Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.
Craft Club: GARDEN TOTEMS will be our May project. You will need to bring a variety of glass/ceramic items with which you will create your totem. This is a good chance to use any old vases, plates, or other glass/ceramic items. Search thrift shops or rummages for items if you need more. Search Pinterest, google, etc., garden totems for ideas. The glue will be provided for a small fee for this project, or bring your own. E6000 is recommended. Come tomorrow, Saturday, May 17th at 10 a.m. to try this craft with Peggy Jensen.
Wild Flower Rummage Sale is Thursday, Friday and Saturday June 26 thru 28.
While spring cleaning; please set items aside for our Rummage Sale. With everyone’s help, either with donation of items, assisting with set up, sorting, selling and take down, this can be a real church-wide victory. Items can be brought to church for storage until the sale.
We need volunteers right away to make and distribute signs around the neighborhood.
Lana is looking for someone to help her organize this project.
Set up will be June 25! Sale June 26 thru 28
The Sermon Sunday is “Just One of the Sheep” from Psalm 23:1-6- The Lord is my shepherd, and
John 10:1-10- Jesus the Good Shepherd
“I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.” John 10:9.
Sunday is also a special day as we celebrate the women in our congregation on Mother’s Day, and we welcome another new member, Siena Hawkins to the Wild Flower Presbyterian Church during the 8:45 a.m. worship. We can certainly rejoice in that there have been 8 new members so far in 2014. Of course we are thankful for the 4 who were added in 2012 and 4 in 2013, but 8 so far this year is something to “crow” about – we can talk about our good news!
Chelle Thuringer will sing Coat of Many Colors in the first service.
There will be a short presentation by the Sunday School during the 11:00 a.m. service. Some of the girls from the Xtreme Faith group will sing for us as well.
Around Church this Week:
Saturday I participated in the Dive In Day mission outreach in the community as we partnered together with First Presbyterian. I had planned to help paint at the Glory House (where my youngest son, Ben, works), but that job was postponed a week so I went to St. Francis House and helped organize their food pantry for easier distribution.
Monday mornings I join with the Collision group at WHS to serve a breakfast that might include bagels and English muffins with peanut butter and grape jelly, or waffles, and cappuccino and hot chocolate, and sometimes pink lemonade. This is the outreach point to connect with students and invite them to the Bible studies, youth group, and soccer events. This was the last week of this school year.
Thanks to Rose Thuringer for assisting with shut-in Communion.
Thank you to Larry Anderson for installing a new basketball hoop (the very solid one we had before)
Deacons met on Monday
Collision HS group met after school on Wednesday for the last time of the school year.
Xtreme Faith met Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. for a light meal with families for our last gathering of the season. We enjoyed a pizza party. Here they are being creative with a “heart shape.”
I came across a couple tidbits about Jim and Jeanne Drake of Winner, who have been attending worship with us even before their retirements and moving to Sioux Falls. Jeanne teaches Language Arts. Jim has coached basketball for 31 years there and this year received the Distinguished Service Award at the State BB Tournament. Here is a picture of them receiving the award:
A church had a picnic and invited the entire community to come. The Pastor placed a basket full of apples on one end of a table with a sign saying, “Take only one apple please – Remember that God is watching.”
On the other end of the table was a plate of cookies where one of the children had placed a sign saying, “Take all the cookies you want – God is watching the apples.”
Birthdays this Week:
Loving God, we thank you for the love of the mothers you have given us, whose love is so precious that it can never be measured, whose patience seems to have no end. May we see your loving hand behind them and guiding them. We pray for those mothers who fear they will run out of love or time, or patience.
We ask you to bless them with your own special love.
We ask this in the name of Jesus, our brother. Amen.
Please keep in prayer: Donna Haffner– surgery on Thursday; Marv Haffner in the Sanford Heart Hospital; Joyce Gries; Leola Bergeson; Lana Semelsberger; Lew Carpenter; Jack Auringer; Wilma Altena; Wendell Pribyl; Jim and Edith St. Clair; For Arlene Lewis, Dale Klutman, Pete and Dolores Van Regenmorter– pray for balance, core strength and protection from falls.
PMA to send Special Offerings gifts to churches and presbyteries
Checks going out for designated portion of Peacemaking, Pentecost offerings May 8, 2014
Over the next couple of weeks the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) will begin remitting the portions of gifts to two special offerings ― Peacemaking and Pentecost ― that are earmarked for congregations and presbyteries.
“This process helps illustrate the healthy and growing partnerships that exist throughout the PC(USA),” says Linda Valentine, the PMA’s executive director. “We are absolutely pleased to be able to help raise funds for mission through presbyteries and congregations,” she added.
According to Sam Locke, director of Special Offerings, this is an especially exciting time for his office. “Hearing how congregations are investing in their communities through gifts to Special Offerings is really inspiring, especially when we have the opportunity to help share these stories with the entire denomination,” says Locke.
He adds that he wants to “encourage more congregations to share the projects these gifts are funding to serve as examples to other congregations who may be looking for new ideas” on how to use their gifts.
Soon, 263 congregations and 123 presbyteries will be receiving checks as large as $700 from the PMA to help fund their own designated projects.
Examples of projects funded by retained Pentecost and Peacemaking Offering gifts include summer camps for at-risk children, sponsorship of local youth sports teams, scholarships to attend churchwide events such as Presbyterian Youth Triennium or Peacemaking Travel Study Seminars, and projects such as A Place to Sleep in Shelbyville, Kentucky, which provides beds for children and youth, and was recently recognized nationally during this year’s Make a Difference Day.
Through the four churchwide special offerings, Presbyterians can help meet the needs of our sisters and brothers around the world. Whether by helping a community recover in the wake of a disaster, assisting a pastor’s family in their time of personal crisis or by making peace in classrooms by helping to prevent bullying, our gifts to the special offerings continue to be a strong catalyst for positive transformation in the lives of others and to serve as a visible witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Pastor Dave Ullom <*}}}<