Our neighbors at Mount Zion Disciples of Christ have invited us to their annual Rainbow Tea this Saturday, September 9 at 3:00 pm at their church on New Town Road in Floyd. The women of Mount Zion are preparing the meal as a fundraiser to replace the roof of their building. This tea is a great opportunity for us to share a meal with our neighbors as we celebrate the faith that binds us together. Billy and I will be in Waynesboro that day for the installation of our new Virginia Synod bishop, Bob Humphrey, but if we were in town, we would be at the Tea. If you would like to attend the Tea and represent our parish, that would be wonderful!
This Sunday, September 10, is God's Work. Our Hands. Sunday. Congregations across the ELCA will be engaging in service projects on Sunday and the days surrounding it. Our parish will be gathering at the Motley home at 3:00 pm on Sunday to make sensory items for the Minnick School in Roanoke. The Minnick School is a ministry of Lutheran Family Services and serves school-age children (5-22) who have difficulty thriving in public school. The sensory items we make will stimulate sight, smell and touch. We'll be making scented pouches, bottles with glitter and colorful objects and more. If you are able to provide and any of the following items, it would be helpful: Cinnamon - ground spice
Cranberry - crushed dried cranberries
Peppermint - essence oil
Almond - essence oil
Other essence oil (lavender, mint, etc)
Spice - ground allspice
empty clear water bottles with lids (12oz) need at least 6-10
Gorilla Super Glue
5lb bag flour (cheap)
Vegetable oil (small bottle)
5lb Corn flour/starch
Hair conditioner (several different scents)
Anything small and/or soft (sharp items will perforate the plastic) such as: Buttons, coins, plastic flowers, river pebbles, beads, flat marbles, leftover game pieces, rubber ‘sea’ toys.
*Please let Marty Holliday or me know by Friday if you can bring any of the above items.
We will have dinner together following our work; hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided and you can bring a side dish or dessert.
It would be helpful if you let Marty Holliday or me know that you are coming so we know how much food to prepare.
The ELCA's presiding bishop, Elizabeth Eaton, has issued a statement regarding the DACA act, which faces termination if Congress does not act to continue it. As you know, DACA was put in place to provide protection from deportation for children brought to this country by their parents. Bishop Eaton writes: “As we lament this change in policy, we call on members of Congress to pass long-overdue legislation to protect young people brought to the U.S. as children, also known as Dreamers. Our churches, our schools, our communities and the country are enhanced by their presence and contributions. It is time that our immigration policy reflects their gifts to all of us.
The ELCA partners with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service on matters of immigration. To find out how you can take action to preserve DACA, visit the latest ELCA Advocacy Action Alert at http://support.elca.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=4418.0&dlv_id=7745¤t=true&em_id=4418.0. Together, we can make a difference in protecting children and young people who are vital members of our communities. Jesus, who was taken as a young child to another country to escape danger, calls us to welcome the stranger in our midst.
Please keep in your prayers: the family of Pat Burton, Bishop Bob Humphrey and Tim Telling, a friend of the parish who is recovering from an automobile accident.
"God does not need your good works, but your neighbor does." - Martin Luther