Weekly Word, May 8, 2014

Greetings, fellow members of King Street United Church of Christ: This is the first Weekly Word, an email newsletter that we hope will keep you up to date on what is going on at church and reduce the number of “maillist” emails you are currently receiving. This is a work in progress; we welcome your feedback and hope you will tell us what works for you and what doesn’t.

A Word from Our Pastor:

This Sunday, as we follow the lectionary readings through the seven Sundays of the Easter season, we come  to Jesus’ dialogue on sheep and the Good Shepherd in John 10:1-10.  It is a rich story and we will be pondering what sheep can help us to learn about ourselves.  You may be surprised.  This Sunday is also Mother’s Day when we give thanks for the love and wisdom of all those women who have “mothered” us into love and wholeness.  Or, given the gospel reading, perhaps we should say, “shepherded” us.
–Mary Lou

Search Committee Up and Running:

On Sunday, May 4, the committee that will embark on our search for a new settled pastor was dedicated. As they begin their work, which will take many months, they will keep us up to date on their progress in regular updates in the Weekly Word. We are grateful for their willingness to serve. The members are: Barb Nobles, Clare Smith, Beverly Simone, Steve Fuller, Becky Forstrom, Ed Hannan, Chuck Reichl, Heather Linnhoff, and Nathan McKee. Thank you, all!

Last Push for Raffle Ticket Sales:

This Saturday, May 10, is our final lasagna dinner for the season. Come on down and enjoy a great meal! It is also the drawing for our raffle ticket prizes. Please make a final push to sell your raffle tickets before the lasagna dinner and turn them in at the church before 1 p.m. Friday or at the dinner before the drawing at 6 p.m. Saturday. Also please turn in any unsold tickets, because we will be selling tickets at the dinner, which runs from 5 to 7 p.m. This is pure profit, so ticket sales are really important!

Cleanup, Parts One and Two:

Thank you so much to everyone who was able to stay and help clean our building Sunday. Walls were washed, pews dusted, windows cleaned, and rooms straightened. Outside we prepared beds for planting and put down new mulch courtesy of Troop 52. For everyone who was unable to help today there are projects that were not attended to that we could use your help with on May 18 after worship. There is weeding that still needs to be done and closets that need organizing. We would also like to plant some annuals near the nursery school entrance.

Scrapbookers Wanted:

At our last ministry council meeting, we discussed making the library a place to highlight the history of King Street Church. You will notice that many of the pictures and posters that were lying about have been removed. The goal is to create scrapbooks and photo books that will have their own section in the library.  If you are interested in helping with this project, please contact  Michelle Sands at smesands@att.net.

Upcoming Dates (Mark Your Calendars):

Music Sunday will be June 8. If you haven’t seen this special service of music, you won’t want to miss it!

June 15 will be Children’s Sunday, Please contact Donna Ryan at d_ryan@snet.net,  and let her know your children will be able to attend and participate in the service. The children run the entire service, and we’d like everyone to participate if they can.

Copies of Sermons – Rev. Howson will now be printing her sermons and leaving copies in a manila envelope on the bulletin board outside the Church Office.  If you wish to have one emailed, please contact her.

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