My father was a U.S. Army tank driver in France during World War II. My mother was a child when the war broke out and was part of “Operation Pied Piper,” a program that relocated children from vulnerable London to rural areas in Britain (and overseas) where the threat of bombing was lower. My parents’ experiences are probably why I’m so drawn to movies and books about World War II Europe. Billy and I are now watching an excellent series on Netflix - it’s a BBC production of 22 episodes called “Foyle’s War.” Christopher Foyle is a police detective who investigates crime in Hastings, England during the war. Part of what makes the series so compelling is the close relationships between Foyle, his driver, Samantha; his assistant, Milne, who was wounded in the war; and his son, Andrew, an RAF pilot. This group of characters faces all the challenges and tragedies of war and they all are scarred by what they live through. But they survive because of their resilience, the trust they have in one another and the shared mission they follow each day. The sense of community among these characters is strong and inspiring. It makes me think of the community of which each of us is a part. Though we rarely face the kinds of obstacles and horrors the Foyle’s War characters do, we are all drawn together in the common mission of loving and serving our Lord every day. The community we share gives us a common goal and helps us support one another along the way. Never underestimate the power of this community, formed by God and given to us as a precious gift which lights our way in this world.
Reminder: Our GOD’S WORK. OUR HANDS parish workday is this Sunday, September 7, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at Plenty! farm and food bank. We’ll have jobs for every age and ability and together, we will be a visible sign of God’s presence in our community. Part of our visibility will be bright yellow GOD’S WORK. OUR HANDS t-shirts for all who participate (if you have one from last year, please wear it so we can make sure everyone gets one.) If you plan to be there, please let me know.
Mark your calendars for the upcoming annual Dinner and Music Benefit at Oak Grove Pavilion for Silver Bells and Christmas for Children. It’s coming up Saturday, September 13, and you can reserve your tickets by calling 745-2096 and leaving a voice mail message or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Ticket prices are $10.00 in advance; $15.00 at the door. Children, ages 4-8 are $5.00; those 3 and under are free. Dinner begins at 5:30 and includes pasta bar, bread, salad and dessert. Music begins at 6:30 with Scott Perry and Three Shades of Blue, followed by the Gravel Road Bluegrass Band. Join us for an evening of music, food and fellowship as we raise money for the youth and seniors of Floyd County.
THANK YOU to Marty Holliday and David Harman for leading worship and presenting the sermon while I was away last weekend! I have attached a copy of what Marty said at Zion. I think you’ll find it as thought-provoking as I did.
Please keep in prayer Max Whalen and his family (Ginny and Bill Gardner are grandparents) as Max undergoes heart surgery today in Phoenix.
Yours in Christ,