This time last week, I was returning from a trip to Scotland to visit my uncle Tony, who lives about 30 minutes from Edinburgh, in a town named Kircaldy. Tony was diagnosed with mesothelioma almost four years ago and was then given six months to live. Excellent medical care and his will to live have carried him this far, though he is now quite weakened by the disease and the long fight. My mother's and my visit was wonderful, though bittersweet. We met Tony's adopted son, from whom he had been separated for 40 years and with whom he has just recently been reunited. I heard family stories I hadn't heard before. The time I was able to spend with Tony in his home was precious. As you can see from the attached picture, I took Tony a prayer shawl, which he immediately wrapped around himself. Every time I saw him in the following days, he had the prayer shawl over his legs or wrapped around his chest, using it to hold in place a heating pad to alleviate the pain in his chest. Though it was hard to leave, the lasting image I will treasure is of Tony wrapped in his prayer shawl, enveloped in the healing love of God and in the prayers of caring Christians 4000 miles away. I hope you will join me in praying for peace and comfort for Tony in the days ahead.
Please note the following changes to our regular worship times:
This Sunday, July 27: One joint service at St. Mark at 10:30 am (FloydFest weekend)
Sunday, August 3: Zion's homecoming; one joint service at Zion at 10:30 am - covered dish lunch following
(St. Mark's homecoming will be on August 24 with one service at 10:30 am)
We have a closing date for the sale of the parsonage!! Right now, the closing is scheduled for Wednesday, July 30. In honor of this big event, we will have a service of celebration at the parsonage on Tuesday, July 29 at 7:00 pm. We'll share some refreshments, remember the significance of the parsonage over the years, say goodbye and pray for the new owners of the property and for those who will have their housing dreams come true through the materials that will be salvaged from the house and donated to Habitat for Humanity.
A big THANK YOU to Marty Holliday for coordinating our wonderful “Blast Off!” Vacation Bible School, which was held last Saturday at the Presbyterian Church of Floyd. Also, thank you all who assisted and attended. This day of fun helped the 27 children attending remember an important message: God loves us so we love each other!
Please keep Dolly Marshall and Shirley Vangilder in your prayers as they recover from surgery. Also, we pray for Max Whalen, the infant grandson of Bill and Ginny Gardner as he recovers from one of several heart surgeries he will undergo in the next months.
I hope to see you all at worship on Sunday at 10:30 am at St. Mark!
"I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds." Psalm 9:1
Yours in Christ,