God's Work. Our Hands. The second annual ELCA Day of Service is coming up on Sunday, September 7. Congregations all over the ELCA are volunteering to use their hands to do God's work on this day and on many to follow. Our parish project will be on September 7, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Plenty! offices and farm at 192 Elephant Curve Road (off Route 8) just outside Floyd. We will have work for all ages and ability levels. Won't you join with other Lutherans across the country in sharing God's love with our neighbors? Let me know if you plan to participate. We have some new t-shirts this year, but if you have one from last year and plan to come, it would be great if you could wear the t-shirt you got last year.
Here's what the ELCA Presiding Bishop, Elizabeth Eaton, has to say about this special day: “When one congregation or a group of congregations gather for service in their local communities, they are the church in that place, taking care of that part of God’s vineyard. But this is all work that we do together. When one congregation works to feed people who are hungry, that is also the entire church coming together.” “‘God’s work. Our hands.’ Sunday reminds us that we are church together for the sake of the world. Our lives have been changed by our relationship with God through Jesus Christ, and it’s that encounter with Jesus that frees us to make a difference. As you participate Sept. 7, 2014, in the dedicated day of service, may you witness the love of God, who knows and loves each one of us
This Saturday, August 30 at 7:00 pm, Oak Grove Pavilion presents The Floyd-Montgomery Jazz Project. As always, great music, food and fellowship will abound! Bring friends and guests if you have them this holiday weekend.
Let us keep in prayer: Debbie Fullbright and Dolly Marshall, both recuperating from knee replacement surgery; Phil Fullbright, preparing for cancer treatment; Max Whalen, infant grandson of Bill and Ginny Gardner, who will have heart surgery on September 3.
Thank you to the parish for gifting me with the 5th Sunday off in months that have 5 Sundays. Billy and I will be away this 5th Sunday for some rest and relaxation, thanks to your generosity. (I won't be in the office Monday of this coming week.) Marty Holliday and David Harman will lead worship this Sunday - please come and give them your support as together you worship God in Christ. Thank you, Marty and David! If you are in need of pastoral care while I am away, please contact Marty at firstname.lastname@example.org or 745-6231.
Don’t forget to bring cereal to church for the Plenty! food bank!
The closing for the parsonage is scheduled for Friday, September 5!!!
From "This Day in Christian History": August 27, 1910 is the birth date of Albanian nun Agnes G. Bojaxhiu, better known as Mother Teresa of Calcutta. She joined the Sisters of Loreto in 1928, and from 1948 spent her life ministering to the poor of India. Mother Teresa won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. May her words inspire you as you go about your day: “I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world."
Yours in Christ,