“Come away to a deserted place and rest a while.” If you haven't checked your mail recently, you’ll find this invitation from Jesus in your inbox. Jesus knows that every one of us needs rest from the work or the trouble or the worry of our lives. He offers himself as the place where we will find refreshment for our bodies and souls. I hope you have been or will be able to take a vacation this summer and will enjoy the benefits of time away. If you aren’t able to do that or have lost the benefits already, think about what it would look like to carve out a space for the kind of rest your body and soul crave. More on that in the attached sermon from last Sunday…
Last week, a large oak tree fell behind the building at Zion. We have contracted with a local tree trimmer to cut the large bottom section of the tree and take it to the sawmill; we will then split the proceeds with him. If you would like some of the remaining wood for firewood, please wait a week or two until the bottom section is cut and taken away, then you are free to take what you wish.
Please note these upcoming special service times: This Sunday, July 26, we will have ONE service, at 10:30 am at St. Mark. Bill Gardner and Billy Motley will lead the service; please come worship with them. The following Sunday, August 2, we will again have ONE service, at 10:30 am at Zion. This is Zion's homecoming service and a covered dish lunch will follow. On Sunday, August 23, we will have ONE service, at 10:30 am, at St. Mark for St. Mark's homecoming. This service will also be followed by a covered dish lunch.
I will be leaving tomorrow morning to be with my mother following her chemotherapy. I can be reached at my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org or by cell phone at 540-553-1289. I will return next Tuesday, July 28.
But Jonah set out to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid his fare and went on board, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord. - Jonah 1:3
All human nature vigorously resists grace because grace changes us and the change is painful. - Flannery O’Connor
Yours in Christ,