The apostle Paul writes: "For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body - Jews or Greeks, slaves or free - and we were all made to drink of one Spirit." This Sunday, June 8, is the Day of Pentecost, the time in the church year when we most intentionally celebrate the work of the Spirit which created the church and keeps its members united in one body.
This Sunday, we celebrate with a joint worship service at 10:30 am at the Rocky Knob picnic area (directions below.) Even if thunderstorms or showers are expected, we will plan to meet at Rocky Knob, as the picnic area is under a shelter. A couple of members have volunteered to arrive very early to stake our claim since reservations are not accepted for this space. If they are not able to secure the spot, I will email everyone and start a phone tree to let you know we are changing to Plan B: the pavilion at Zion.
Here's what you need to bring Sunday: a side dish and drink for you and/or your family (meat and dessert are provided), yard chairs and a party spirit ready to celebrate the birthday of the church!
Directions to Rocky Knob: Rocky Knob camping area is at Milepost 167 on the Blue Ridge Parkway; enter the camping site, bear right and the picnic area will be on your right.
Get your party spirit ready with Oak Grove Pavilion's kick-off event on Saturday night. The White Top Mountain Band, a crowd favorite (mine, too) will perform this Saturday, June 7, beginning at 7:00 pm at the Pavilion behind Zion. Delicious refreshments will be served and a lucky someone will win a homemade cake at the cakewalk. Admission is free and donations will be accepted for local nonprofit groups. Come on out for some great music, dancing and food - and help support our neighbors in need. It's Oak Grove's 20th anniversary - let's celebrate this great ministry together!
A big THANK YOU to everyone who made Zion's Social Justice Committee yard sale such a success this past Saturday. We raised over $1000 to benefit the Oak Grove Pavilion!!!! Thank you to everyone who collected, sorted, priced, hauled, displayed and sold the treasures, to everyone who donated items and to all who shopped the yard sale. You all are awesome!!
The parish has received a new offer for the parsonage and is negotiating with the potential buyers. Please pray for a successful outcome so we can wrap up this long and trying process. As you know, the proceeds of the sale will be invested and the interest used to supplement pastoral housing costs. When it ceases to be the issue that keeps on trying our souls, it will be transformed into the gift that keeps on giving!
Let us pray this day for all who need God’s healing power, for all nations and people in search of peace, for farmers who need sun and rain for a fruitful harvest and for all who wander alone and afraid.
"I know that when I pray, something wonderful happens. Not just to the person or persons for whom I'm praying, but also something wonderful happens to me. I'm grateful that I'm heard."
Yours in Christ,