As one political party's convention winds up this week, another is getting ready to begin in the week ahead. You can go online and print out convention bingo cards that have you look for things like a crazy hat, Trump wearing a red tie, or a balloon drop or you may want to check out the Evangelical Church in America's page: https://www.elca.org/Our-Work/Publicly-Engaged-Church/ELCAVotes. The purpose of the initiative is to "Expand the role of the church in encouraging faithful and non-partisan voter participation by providing faith based resources around voting"; there are other goals listed on the site. You can ask to be kept up-to-date on various topics such as voter registration and how to encourage voters to go to the polls in November by clicking here: http://bit.ly/ELCAvotes. I plan to spend some times on these sites in the months ahead and encourage you to as well.
This Saturday, July 23 at 7:00 pm, Oak Grove Pavilion presents Community Supported Music. Local musicians Alan Graf, Scott Perry, John Winnicki and Fred Harris will be playing a mix of blues, jazz and rock, sure to get your toes tapping!
FOR YOUR CALENDER - The following are some changes to our worship schedule in the coming weeks:
Sunday, July 31 at 10:30 am Joint worship at St. Mark
Sunday, August 28 at 10:30 am Joint worship at St. Mark for St. Mark's Homecoming
Sunday, September 18 at 10:30 am Joint worship at Zion for Zion's Homecoming
Note: this is a change from the usual time of Zion's Homecoming
We keep in prayer Chick Fox, Linda and their family. Chick has pneumonia and is being transferred from Lewis-Gale Blacksburg to Lewis-Gale Salem. Chick has some underlying lung issues that are making the pneumonia difficult to treat. Right now, he is not up to having visitors, but I will pass the word along to you when that changes.
Jesus said, "No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar, but on the lampstand so that those who enter may see the light." - Luke 11:33
Be the best version of yourself in anything you do. You don't have to live anybody else's story. - Stephen Curry