Dear Friends in Christ,
There's a lot going on in the parish! Here are the particulars:
*This Saturday, May 31, Zion's Social Justice Committee is holding a yard sale, beginning at 8:00 am at the pavilion behind the church. The proceeds will go to the Oak Grove Pavilion. There's still time to bring the items you have decided you can live without but would be a great find for someone else. Pricing of items will begin on Thursday evening, so it would be good if you could bring your things to Zion by then (the church will be open tomorrow morning from 9 to about 1.)
*This Sunday, June 1, is the final day of the Virginia Synod Assembly. Pastor Linda will be attending, along with Billy Motley and Laura LeRoy as our parish representatives. At Sunday worship, Bill Gardner and David Harman will present the sermon that Bishop Mauney has prepared.
*Saturday, June 7, at 7:00 pm, is the first Oak Grove Pavilion concert, featuring the always-popular White Top Mountain Band! Come and listen to authentic old-time music under the stars, enjoy delicious refreshments at the canteen and take a chance on a homemade cake in the cakewalk. You can see the whole Oak Grove summer schedule in your June newsletter, at oakgrovepavilion.org and at the Oak Grove Pavilion Facebook page.
*Next Sunday, June 8, is our joint parish worship for Pentecost Sunday. We'll have one service at 10:30 am, at the Rocky Knob picnic area off the Blue Ridge Parkway. I'll send out directions later. The parish will provide meats, dessert and paper products; please bring side dishes, drinks and lawn chairs.
*Mark your calendars for July 28-31 for Vacation Bible School. Details will come soon.
Plenty! is running low on the staples they give out at their food bank: peanut butter, rice, canned tuna, pasta and beans. Please look in your pantry or pick up an extra jar or can on your next trip to the grocery store. The items may be brought to church or taken to the Plenty! office on Webbs Mill Road. Your donations are a tangible sign of God's love to someone needing help to feed his or her family.
Marion Fontaine is still healing from a stroke that occurred a couple of weeks ago. Thank you to all those who have provided food for Marion; if you wish to be one of them, please let Marty Holliday know: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you looking for a great summer read? I recommend a whole series of them, 11 in fact! The St. Germaine liturgical mysteries, by Mark Schweizer, take place in a fictional small town in North Carolina; the main character, Hayden Konig, is the town's police chief. Konig is also part-time organist and choir director at the Episcopal church in town. With more murders to solve than Cabot Cove's Jessica Fletcher, Konig juggles police duties, an unruly choir and a love life with the town beauty. On the side, Konig writes really bad mystery novels, chapters of which he inserts into the choir's folders so they can read them during the sermon each week. Schweizer's books are light reads, full of crazy twists and turns; I've been known to laugh out loud when reading them in bed at night. Amazon has the books and if you have a Kindle, they are inexpensive to download. Be sure to read them in order, beginning with the first book, The Alto Wore Tweed.
Yours in Christ,