Last Saturday, Billy and I drove to Goldsboro, NC for Joanna Stallings' installation as the new pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. The service and reception were lovely; I suspect we will remember one thing that happened there more than anything else. During worship, the presiding minister, who was not familiar with the sanctuary, failed to see a step when he moved from the altar toward the altar rail with a chalice full of wine. He went down and the chalice went up, splashing Joanna and the presider. Fortunately, the presider wasn't hurt, just a little shaken up. After the spills were wiped up, communion continued. Joanna served the bread and the presider the wine, both of their robes stained with dark red splotches. The incident made me remember how tame and orderly our communion practices can be. The words, "the blood of Christ, shed for you," take on new meaning when they come from someone with what look like blood stains all over him or her.
This evening's meal and Lenten study of Luther's Small Catechism will be at Zion at 5:30 pm. St. Mark will be providing the meal. Tonight, we will look at the Apostles' Creed and Luther's thoughts about it as we consider our own beliefs about God and who influences our faith.
The Partnership for Floyd and Floyd County Tourism present the first, big, comprehensive FLOYD COUNTY HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR, SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 11 am to 3 pm at Floyd County High School's new gymnasium. This is a free event with over 55 booths of local practitioners, educators and vendors.
A photographer from Remember Church Directories will be at Zion on Tuesday, April 25 and Wednesday, April 26, to take photos for a new parish directory. Can you believe it's been five years since the last one? All members, almost-members and visitors are invited to have an individual or family portrait taken. Appointments will start at 2:30 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday and go through 8:45 pm both nights. Those who participate will receive a free 8X10 portrait and a free directory. Sign-up sheets will be available on Sunday at both services. The more people we have in the directory, the better it represents our community (and the easier it is to find the names of people you may not know yet!)
Phil Fullbright's mother, Jan Fullbright, has had a heart attack and Phil and Debbie are traveling to NC to be with her. Debbie says they are "cautiously optimistic" about Jan's recovery. We keep Jan and all her family in our prayers.
For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice,
the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings. - Hosea 6:6