This past Sunday, we heard the story of the Canaanite woman who begged Jesus to heal her daughter. This was a turning point in Jesus’ ministry, as he revealed that he was sent not only to save the people of Israel, but all people, including those cast out and placed under the table of those in power. What does that message mean in today’s world, in the wake of violence in the Middle East, in Africa, in Europe, in Ferguson? You can read more in the attached sermon. May Jesus make his power known in every corner of this world!
This Sunday, August 24, is St. Mark’s 135th Homecoming service. We will have a joint service at St. Mark, beginning at 10:30 am, followed by a potluck lunch. If you know someone who is not likely to see this email announcement, won’t you please let them know?
Sunday, September 7, is the ELCA’s God’s Work, Our Hands day of service. Members and friends of ELCA congregations around the country will be working in their communities on that afternoon. Our parish will gather at the Plenty! offices and farm (192 Elephant Curve Road in Floyd) from 2:00 to 4:00 pm on September 7 for our God’s Work, Our Hands project. Volunteers of all ages are welcome! Please let me know if you plan to be there, so we can let Plenty! know how many to expect. Together, we let us share the love of Christ by sharing food with our neighbors! Don’t forget to bring cereal to the church to stock the Plenty! food bank shelves.
Zion community: There is interest among some in the congregation about building a columbarium on the church grounds. A columbarium is a place where the ashes of loved ones can be scattered and often offers a place for quiet remembrance and prayer. I have pictures and information of a beautiful columbarium at my mother’s church in North Carolina and am happy to share them with anyone who would like to see them. If you would like to be part of a small group exploring this possibility, please let me know and we’ll get the group together soon.
PARSONAGE UPDATE: All parties involved have signed a release concerning the bamboo on the parsonage neighbor’s property (this release is to protect the parish should there be future concerns about the bamboo). Next step: Schedule the closing and turn the keys over to the new owners. Thank you, B.J. Bauermeister, for your tireless work getting us to this point!!!!
Debbie Fullbright had successful knee replacement surgery yesterday at Duke Hospital and will return home in a few days. Let us keep her in prayer, along with Phyllis Poff, having cataract surgery tomorrow; Dolly Marshall, recovering from knee replacement surgery; Phil Fullbright, exploring treatment options for prostate cancer; and young Max Whalen, preparing for heart surgery on September 3.
Yours in Christ,
“Preach the Gospel always. If necessary, use words.” - St. Francis of Assisi