The Newsletter

 

First Presbyterian Church, Tullahoma TN 37388

February 2020 Volume XLIX, Issue 1

                                                      

Church Office: 204 E. Grundy St.

Phone: 931 455-9328

Sunday school – 9:15 a.m.

Worship at 10:30 a.m.

Preschool Office: 931 455-1515

Preschool Email:

learningplace@lighttube.net

Preschool Website:

www.learningplacetullahoma.org

 

 

 

 

Church Staff

Pastor: Stephen Yates

CE/Youth Director: Christy Sherrer

Secretary: Martha Bradley

Organist: David Hiebert

Parish Associate for Pastoral Care: Michael Bradley

Learning Place Preschool Director: Bethany Sterling

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Adults

Sunday School at 9:15

The Christian Living class will meet in Fellowship Hall On Sundays. This class explores new and exciting subjects. The subjects come from different aspects and observations on the Books in the Bible, and scripture based upon renowned theological scholars.

Bible Study

Bible Study in Room 105 will continue their study of the Old Testament in chronological order. 

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Dear Church Family, As mentioned several weeks ago in a sermon, the Yates Clan is busy planning for my upcoming sabbatical, which will be from May 1 - July 31. Since much of June will be spent on a family trip to Scotland, we have been busy buying plane tickets, renting a car, and finding a place to stay.

During our time in Scotland we plan to use Edinburgh as a base of operations. So along with taking in the historical and important sites in Edinburgh, we will take short day and overnight trips to other parts of the country. Should be fun!

I am also pleased to tell you another big piece of the puzzle has also been put into place. When writing the grant proposal, we included funding for a part-time minister to fill in during my absence.  Warner Durnell, our former Executive Presbytery (EP) who is now retired, has agreed to be that person. Warner will preach on Sundays, moderate Session meetings, attend others, and meet with staff as I normally do. He will also be in Tullahoma on Mondays and Tuesdays to keep office hours and to make visits. If needed during the other days of the week for emergencies or funerals, he will return from Nashville.

Before becoming the Executive Presbyter for the Middle Tennessee Presbytery, which position he held for roughly 10 years, Warner also served as the EP for the North Alabama Presbytery. And before that, he served congregations - one of which was in Nashville.

 

Needless to say, given Warner’s extensive experience, you all will be in good hands. In fact, I am a tad concerned you might not want me back when my sabbatical is over!

In the weeks ahead you will continue to hear more about the sabbatical because my time away will be more than just an opportunity for me to reflect on my baptismal journey. It will also be time for you as a congregation also to do the same. It will be a time for all of us to give thanks for the people, places, and events that have been so formative in our various journeys of faith. 

Grace and peace to all.    

     

Your Pastor,

Stephen

 

Annual Congregational Meeting Called For February 16, 2020

 

The Session has called for the Annual Congregational meeting to be held on February 16 immediately following the worship service for the purposes of receiving committee and organization reports for 2019, for electing members-at-large for the 2020 Nominating Committee, and for approving the Terms of Call for the pastor.

Actually, there is not much that sounds duller than “Annual Meeting,” but maybe we should look at it as a situation in which we can see the holy in the mundane. At the Annual Meeting we take the time to look back on what we as a church have done over the past year (2019), how the various committees and organizations have functioned, and how our money was used to make our hopes and prayers as a congregation a reality.  Doing this helps us understand where we are at this point and helps us see where we are headed.

All the reports are scheduled to be printed and distributed on February 9 so that you can read the reports prior to the Congregational Meeting. Copies will be available in the narthex on February 9.

Minute with Mike

Michael Bradley, Parish Associate for Pastoral Care

LENT: Giving Up or Taking On

 

Ash Wednesday is almost here and Lent begins! It hardly seems possible that this should be so since I have only just gotten through with preparing sermons for Advent and Christmas, but here it is—Lent. Such a change of pace. We have been singing joyful songs and exchanging cheerful greetings, but now we are supposed to be all somber and even remorseful. Not an appealing concept.

 

When Martha and I lived in New Orleans, we learned that one way to get ready for Lent was to have a lot of fun before it started---sort of load up on fun and make the memory of it last until Easter. I mean, Mardi Gras in New Orleans was more than just eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday.

Of course, many people in our Protestant tradition just ignore the whole Ash Wednesday—Lent “thing.” They think it just for Catholics and, maybe, Episcopalians, but not for them. I was interim pastor once of a church that I convinced to have an Ash Wednesday service, but they didn't want the imposition of ashes, so we had an Ashless Wednesday! The big thing with many people who do observe Lent is “giving up” something. That tradition of self-deprivation comes from the older tradition of Lent being a time of fasting when no meat was eaten during the week.

 

Back to New Orleans, giving up meat in that city is no burden; too much good sea food available to miss meat. And that is why “giving up” something for Lent is such a slippery slope. We can usually find something just as good, or even better, to replace what we have given up. Also, lots of people give up something which they need to jettison from their lives anyway---too much food or drink or whatever.

Lent is not about us. Giving up something only to replace it with another goody or ditching a bad practice: that is not what Lent is all about, or not what it should be about. Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before Easter, the pinnacle of the Christian calendar. Lent is about what God has done, not what you are doing. So, instead of giving up something for Lent, what about taking on something? Something that will remind you of what God has done, and is doing, in our world and in our church.

Have you ever come to the Fourth Sunday meal our church serves to some of our neighbors who really need a free meal now and then? If you have not, I can tell you that you will meet some interesting people who can teach you some lessons about what life can be like. You can also do something that Jesus did—feed the hungry.

When was the last time you read a book about church beliefs or church history? Never? Reading a book is one good way to learn what God has done and to open your eyes to what God is doing.

Lent is not just about you. Lent is about you and God and a chance to get your heart ready and right before Easter. But you are part of that, and you can do your part to practice God-honoring habits along the way. You can take some of the excess out of your daily life and replace it with something God wants more of.

This Lent give something up by taking on something new. Whatever you do, may it help you find your way toward the Gospel this Lenten season as we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He is waiting to meet us if we will make time and prepare our hearts for him.

Offering From the Office by Martha Bradley, Church Secretary

Do you know why on the heading of the Sunday bulletin Order of Service we have, along with the calendar date, such things as 2nd Sunday after Christmas, Baptism of the Lord, 5th Sunday after Epiphany, 1st Sunday in Lent, Palm Sunday, 6th Sunday of Easter, Day of Pentecost – one such description for every Sunday or special day of the year.

Do you know why we change the colors of the paraments in the sanctuary? Do you know what I’m talking about when I say paraments?

Actually in the church we work with multiple calendars. We have the “program calendar” which is basically driven by the local school calendar. Sunday school classes, church organization meetings, and activities in the church begin a new program year in August when school begins, and the program year slows down considerably in May when school is out.

The “fiscal (budget) calendar” is a January – December calendar, which can make it a bit difficult coordinating expenditures with the program year (August – May).

The least well-known is the “liturgical calendar.” This is the calendar that informs the pattern of our worship; therefore, we have those sometimes puzzling entries in the heading of our worship bulletin. The festivals and seasons of the Christian year offer a way to order the annual life of the church according to the life of Christ and the events of salvation history.

You may hear someone mention the lectionary. The lectionary provides a set of Scripture readings from the Old and New Testaments that is both organized around the Christian year and attentive to the broad themes and narratives of the biblical story. Pastors can choose to follow the lectionary in selecting the Scripture readings; in planning the call to worship, prayer of confession, and affirmation of faith; and in preparing the sermon. The lectionary provides a helpful outline for the order of worship in relationship to significant occasions in the life of Jesus and of the people of God.

 

The Church thus has come to observe the following days and seasons (that is, the “liturgical calendar”).

  • Advent, a season to recollect the hope of the coming of Christ, and to look forward to the Lord’s coming again

  • Christmas, a celebration of the birth of Christ

  • Epiphany, a day of commemorating God’s self-manifestation to all people

  • Lent, a season of spiritual discipline and preparation starting with Ash Wednesday, anticipating the celebration of the resurrection of Christ

  • Holy Week, a time of remembrance and proclamation of the suffering and death of Jesus (including Maundy Thursday and Good Friday)

  • Easter, the day of the Lord’s resurrection and the season of rejoicing which commemorates his ministry until his Ascension, and continues through

  • The Day of Pentecost, the celebration of the gift of the Holy Spirit to the Church

  • After Pentecost we commemorate Trinity Sunday, All Saints’ Day, and Christ the King, the last day of the liturgical year.

Then the liturgical year begins again with Advent. Through these special days and seasons we have come full circle in celebrating the life of Christ and the events of salvation history.

Now to those paraments and their colors. Paraments are the hangings on the pulpit and lectern, and the communion table runner. The stole that the pastor wears on his robe and the stoles the choir members wear correspond to the liturgical season. The changing of the paraments from one color to another corresponds with the events of the liturgical year. Here at FPC we use four colors: white, purple, red and green.

 

White, symbolizing joy and celebration, is used for special days or seasons in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, such as Christmas and Easter. Purple, symbolizing royalty, preparation, and repentance, marks the seasons of Advent and Lent. Red, a reminder of fire, is the color for Pentecost and is often used for ordinations services. Green, symbolizing growth, is used for all other time periods (called Ordinary Time) not marked by a specific festival or seasons.

The use of traditional colors connects us to the wider Body of Christ and provides worship planners with visual aids that mark the transition from one season to another.

The pattern of the liturgical year keeps us centered in Christ as we proclaim the good news, share the story of our faith, grow as Jesus’ disciples, and serve Christ’s mission.

NOTE: Are there other things you wonder about?

  • Why certain things are included in our Order of Worship

  • Other symbols you see in the sanctuary

  • The meaning of the stole the pastor uses

Send an email to the church office or write your questions on the attendance form on Sunday morning.

Around and About FPC

Preparing for Lent 2020

Believe it or not, Lent is fast approaching and we have many things planned for your preparation, study, and meditation. Lent is the season of preparation for Easter. It starts on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter, lasting for 40 days (not counting Sundays). We prepare for Easter by fasting and practicing spiritual disciplines during this time - to reflect on His sacrifices. Basically, Lent is a time for "spring cleaning" our lives while giving thanks to God and strengthening our relationship with Him.

Starting on February 23 there will be Lenten devotional material available for adults, teens and children in the narthex. On February 26 we will have an Ash Wednesday service at 6:00 in the Sanctuary. The children and youth Sunday School classes will focus on Lent on Sunday mornings. Stephen will begin a Lenten Study on Wednesdays starting on March 4 and ending on April 1.  We hope you will find something helpful at FPC to help you on your own personal Lenten journey. Please let us know how else we can assist you and your family on your “Lenten Walk.”

Liturgists wanted for Sunday Services

There is a sign-up sheet on the podium in the narthex. Simply place your name next to the date that you are willing to serve as liturgist. You will be given the information you need by the end of the week in which you are serving.

 

 

Adult Lenten Study

  • LEADER:  Stephen Yates

  • WHEN: March 4, 11, 18 and April 1

  • TIME:  5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

  • WHERE: Fellowship Hall

Pastor Stephen will lead an adult study on Wednesday nights during Lent. The study will be on The Walk by Adam Hamilton. In the study we will discover five essential spiritual practices for our Christian walk, each rooted in Jesus’ own walk with God. Each chapter explores one practice, including its New Testament foundation and its potential effect on our personal lives and our lives together as the church. These special interests studies are a great way to stretch our faith and get to know our church family a little better. So please consider joining us on Wednesdays throughout Lent. Look for sign-ups soon in the Sunday bulletin.

A light soup supper will be available at 5:00 with a love offering going to One Great Hour of Sharing.

Children and Youth

The Children will also be studying about Lent on Wednesdays. They will meet from

5:00-6:30 p.m. on March 4, 11, 18, and April 1.  Please look for additional information from Lou in the upcoming weeks.

The Youth Groups (Middle and High School) will also focus on Lent, with studies and activities. We will meet together on Ash Wednesday, February 26, at 5:00 p.m. and attend the Ash Wednesday service together at 6:00. The rest of the Wednesday times will stay the same for these groups. Middle School will meet from 4:00-5:30 p.m. and High School will meet from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Christy will send out the schedule in the next few weeks.

Sanctuary Flowers

We all can participate in decorating our sanctuary by providing a live flower arrangement for the shelf below the stained-glass window. Fresh flowers remind us of the beauty of God’s creation and help us celebrate during worship.  Providing an arrangement is a perfect way to remember and honor a special person or happy event (anniversary, birthday, graduation, retirement, etc.)  Arrangements are $65; if you are interested in providing flowers, please check with Mary Jane Christopher for details and to reserve the date.

 

Just a note: from March 1 – April 5 we will be focusing on symbols of Lent and will not have flowers, but there are many other Sundays available for flowers throughout the year.

Have a heart for Good Sam

Our next Mission Sunday is February 9. Items needed by Good Sam are canned fruits, canned vegetables, dry spaghetti, pasta sauce, soup, soda crackers, cereal, peanut butter, canned tuna, and canned chicken. Special requests for February are canned chicken noodle soup and canned tomato soup. As you grocery shop, pick up some items for Good Sam, and bring them with you to the worship service on February 9.

Montreat 2020 College Conference Recap: “Finding Sabbath”

 

Stephen and I took eleven collegians (all boys! Gasp!) to the College Conference at Montreat in early January. It was the first time I have ever had a group of college students interested in going and couldn’t wait to experience it. There was some apprehension from some who have felt distanced from church since high school.  That quickly melted away when they got together on that church bus and went through the Montreat gates.

The college conference was not as fast paced as the summer youth conferences and felt somewhat more mature. It was condensed into three days of worship, keynotes, workshops, and critical thinking groups, all based on the Sabbath theme. We had a choice of 17 workshops to choose from (one each day) that ranged in topics from Sabbath and Mental Health, Prayer, Creativity and Wholeness, Stealing Sabbath in Nature to Where Sabbath and Mission Meet to name a few. Needless to say, it was exactly what we all needed. We learned that God was serious when he said to honor the Sabbath: that even God rests, and that we could be better in all aspects of our lives when we honor the Sabbath. It was staggering to hear the scientific research on the stress and anxiety of youth and young adults today. One statistic pointed out that the stress level of youth and young adults today is comparable to that of a mental patient from the 1950s.

 

The conversations we had back at the house were frank, fruitful and, yes, at times frightening. But I could only be so incredibly grateful to have eleven young men who were there, thinking, stretching and fully engaged. Wow. It felt as one of those pivotal moments in my 15 years in ministry. I am full of gratitude for this time at FPC, both past and present. As Anne Lamott says in her book Help, Thanks, Wow - The Three Essential Prayers, “Sometimes a prayer can be just that. Wow God! Thank you, God!”

           Christy


 

Consider Online Giving To Support The Ministry of FPC

 

The First Presbyterian Church of Tullahoma  “Online Giving” page on our website.

Please go to our Home Page https://www.fpctullahoma.org/

On the banner across the top click on “Online Giving”; this will take you directly to our Online Giving page.

We have added two new donation options-

The Learning Place Scholarship - There are many young families in our community whom are looking for a safe, faith based preschool yet, are constrained as a result of lower income levels, single mom's or dad's and local support for preschool education. If you would like to make a donation to The Learning Place Preschool Scholarship Program, please make your donations online.

 

Presbyterian Youth - Safe faith based learning is not limited to those of preschool age. The First Presbyterian Church - Presbyterian Youth Connection provides youth of Middle-School and High School aged students the opportunities to become knowledge in Biblical Scripture and its application to both the struggles and the rewards of becoming young adults. 

Each year there are opportunities for our youth to attend "Sun Set Gap" and the Montreat Youth Conference. Unfortunately, some are not able to attend due to the costs involved for both of these events. Your donation to our Presbyterian Youth will allow some that are not able to attend, the ability to touch the lives of others and learn faith based responsibilities and create new relationships. Please make your donations online.

On the Online Giving page you will find step by step instructions on how to use the Online Giving form. At the bottom of the page click on the blue box “Give Now.”

When you click on “Give Now,” an Online Donation form will appear. There are four options for your giving donation.

  1. Your Sunday Giving/Pledge

  2. The Learning Place Scholarship Donations

  3. Presbyterian Youth Donation

  4. Other  (The “Other” box is for you to give a donation as you specify in the text box. As an example you may want to give to any of our Church Missions.)

Enter the amount you want to give; you also have an option to pay the transaction fee (2% of the amount of your donation). Then select the frequency you want to give. If you chose a recurring donation, you will be required to set up your own secure online account.

For those who use a mobile device, there is an App in both the IOS and Android stores. Search for GivePlus app and download to your mobile device. Enter the zip code 37388 and select FPC. You now have the ability to give directly from your smart phone or tablet.

If you have any questions, please contact Dan Peres 931 222 9268.

 

Session 2020 Is At Work

Session is organized for its work through standing committees. Every active elder serves on at least one Session committee. If you have ideas, suggestions, or questions about the work of specific committees of the church or if you are interested in serving on one of the committees, please talk to one of these Elders. The list below shows on which committee each Elder is serving.

 

List of Elders by Classes

Class of 2020

Betty Gault, Joyce Hiebert,

Sally Hoehl, Keith Kushman

Class of 2021

Ken Diehl, Nan Hall,

Sydney Hoehl, Jessica Smith

Class of 2022

Elaine Huffines,

J. Ray Joellenbeck,

Ashley King, Kathy Nichols

Committee Assignments

Congregation Care: Joyce Hiebert

Finance and Personnel: Keith Kushman

Property: Betty Gault

Christian Education: Jessica Smith, Ashley King

Family Activities and Outreach: Nan Hall, Ken Diehl

Mission: Elaine Huffines, J. Ray Joellenbeck

Stewardship: Sydney Hoehl

Worship: Sally Hoehl, Kathy Nichols

 

Remember our 4-cents-a-meal offering on February 23

Sunday, February 23, is the next time that we will be emphasizing the 4-cents-a-meal offering. Let’s have a good response! For a number of years now a portion of this Presbytery-wide offering has come back to Tullahoma in a grant to Good Samaritan, as it did in 2019.

The 4-cents-a-meal program provides an opportunity for individuals and families to participate in a corporate response to world hunger.  By contributing 4-cents per person at each meal we are reminded of the needs of others and our call as Christians to respond to their hunger.

We receive this offering quarterly: February, May, August, and November. On February 23 please bring the money you have put aside for the last three months.

4 cents per meal x 3 meals per day = 12 cents per day.

12 cents per day x 7 days per week = 84 cents per week.

84 cents per week x 4.33 weeks = $3.65 per month.

$3.65 per month x 3 months = $10.95 per quarter.

 

 

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

     and we are on o way

     to Your Way.

O Lamb of God,

     have mercy upon us and

     keep us from all the smallness of our lives

     that would take precedence over

            kneeling in Jerusalem.

Ashes

Two nights ago I knelt and took the ashes from the fireplace.

 

It was some time before I saw evidence of the smudge of ash upon my face. I washed it quickly away....

 

Last night I knelt and took the bread and dipped it in the cup, and then I felt the cool smooth finger of ash upon my forehead, ashes from last year’s palms saved for this holy time.

 

I wondered if there might still be some remnant of Hosanna! Lngering In the ashes.

 

All evening long I wore the ash, that holy ash, and when others saw the smudge, 

 

I wondered if they were inclined to wipe it clean or to lean closer in hope of hearing  some soft Hosanna! burning still  in ash or heart . . .

NOTE: Both poems are from the book Kneeling in Jerusalem: Poetry for Lent and Easter by Ann Weems.

Ash Wednesday Prayer

God, you called us forth from the dust of the earth; you claimed us for Christ in the waters of baptism. Look upon us as we enter these Forty Days bearing the mark of ashes, and bless our journey through the desert of Lent to the font of rebirth. May our fasting be hunger for justice; our alms, a making of peace; our prayer, the chant of humble and grateful hearts.

 

Presbyterian Women

In February we will look at the 2019-2020 Horizon Bible Study Love Carved in Stone: A Fresh Look at the Ten Commandments.  Lesson five is “Words of Love: Don’t Kill Each Other.” The purpose of this lesson is to understand the many faces of murder and how the beloved community is to honor life by refusing any and all death-dealing behaviors.  We will look at the struggle to determine whether or not there are ever limits to honoring life. Also, we will consider our behavior, habits, and cultures–choices we make that destroy and diminish life.  Scripture: Exodus 20:13; Matthew 5:21-26.

Susan Harris is hostess. Please join us in the Fellowship Hall, Wednesday, February 12, 10:00 a.m.  All women are invited.

Church Women United

We have a wonderful program planned for February. Speakers, Jackie Axt and Richard Stewart will share about their experiences with cancer and a unique happening in relation to ‘Faith, Hope, and Fellowship.’  This is such an inspirational story you will not soon forget. Please join us at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 304 W. Grizzard Street, Tullahoma, Tuesday, February 4, at 12:00. A light lunch will be served.

  

 

FPC Book Club

The next meeting of the FPC Book Club is on Thursday, February 27, at 2:00 p.m. in the church parlor. The book for reading and discussion at that meeting is The Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Richardson.

Newsletter Deadline

The next issue of the Newsletter will be the March 2020 issue. The deadline for submitting information and articles is noon on Tuesday, February 18.

Meeting Needs

“My neighbor’s material needs are my spiritual needs,” said 19th-century theologian Israel Salanter. In other words, when someone else suffers hunger and poverty, when people endure a natural disaster and lack shelter, when another human being is sick or injured — in all such cases, God calls us to action. And God knows that whatever we do to meet those material needs will meet our spiritual needs at the same time.

It might be our spiritual need to expand our horizons into neighborhoods, cultures or situations where we’re uncomfortable. We might need to grow in love for people different from us. By serving others, we might find our own sagging spirits nurtured with a sense of well-being or even joy. And as we reach out to help, surely we’ll notice others doing the same thing, and our spiritual need for renewed faith will be met.

                                                     —Heidi Mann

Session Committee Reports

 

Property Committee – Betty Gault, Chair

 

As we move into the new year, there are many repair tasks that seem to occur in the bleak midwinter. In particular, our church seems to suffer from pesky roof leaks all over, depending on rainfall intensity and wind direction/speed.  In early January, after very strong southerly straight-line winds and heavy rains, our flat roof once again sprouted several leaks.  It seems a constant effort to chase and repair leaks almost everywhere in our education wing and the WFC.  I know this is nothing new to our long-time followers, but I wanted to remind everyone that our committee is aware of the (many) issues and work to correct what we find (when we find it).

We have some good news to report.  The way-finding signs we ordered finally arrived in mid-December and, after the holiday break, our work crew installed them just in time for our Presbytery meeting. If you have an opportunity, take a look at them; I believe they will help visitors identify when we hold services as well as locate our parking areas and find our sanctuary entrance. Keep in mind that these signs are part of a multi-phased project to improve our grounds and to help visitors find us. In the coming months/years, we will improve our interior way-finding signage as well as mark specific parking spots along Washington Street for our visitors.

Our sanctuary spotlights remain an issue, primarily because of the difficulty in accessing them and replacing burned out lamps.  Our committee has looked at ways to make maintenance of these spotlights easier, but "making maintenance easier" is very costly. It involves either a major rework/relocation of the fixtures or replacing our incandescent lamps with long-lasting LEDs. If you are interested in looking at specific cost data, we have it. Also, if you feel the desire to make a contribution toward the conversion, please let us know. In years past, we have had some very nice contributions to make significant improvements in our lighting efficiency.  

If all goes well, by the time you read this, we will have replaced 8 of 24 lamps located some 20 feet above our sanctuary floor. Just in time for our February 1 hosting of Middle Tennessee Presbytery meeting. I know, we shouldn't feel embarrassed by such things, but at least one of us does.

Another item that seems to crop us this time of year:  our fluorescent fixtures burn out in the education wing and restrooms. For everyone's information, our church has some 130 fixtures that require attention throughout the year. In most cases, we retire existing fluorescent tubes and ballasts and replace each with LED tubes. To a lesser degree, we also seem to experience plumbing issues, with leaky faucets and clogged drains. Just remember to watch what you place in our drains.

We still have lots to do and our to-do list seems to grow with each passing year; at the same time, our budget does not grow. Neither does the size of our work crew. We can certainly use your time and talent as we work to maintain and improve our church property. Let us know when and how you can help.   

 

          Alan Harris - for the Property Committee

Mission Committee – Elaine Huffines, J. Ray Joellenbeck

 

“No Preaching, No Praying, No Singing, Just Eating” Free Meal program – The Mission Committee continues to invite folks from Autumn Manor (low-income senior citizens apartments), Farris Apartment (the church’s apartments), Shepherd’s House, and clients from Good Sam to our monthly FREE meals. We’re also reaching out to the community in general by placing signage along Lincoln Street the week before the event.

The December meal was held on the 22nd; the menu included chicken and dressing casserole, cranberry sauce, sheet cake, coffee, sweet tea, and lemonade. We had 15 folks come and partake of the meal we offered. Since it was the Christmas season, each guest received a small gift (mug with a package of hot chocolate mix and a candy cane).

The schedule/menus for our next few meals are as follows:

February 23 – chili, Fritos, crackers, dessert

March 22 – spaghetti, bread, dessert

April 26– vegetable soup, dessert

We’re always looking for volunteers to help us show hospitality and reach out our community to meet a need.  If you would like to help, see Ray J. or Lesley Lawson who are coordinating the meals.

Christmas Baskets – We’d like to thank everyone who provided a Christmas basket and/or helped deliver baskets on December 21. Thanks to your generosity, our church was able to deliver 70 baskets that hopefully made Christmas a little brighter for some families in our community.