Greetings from Church of Peace - July 21, 2011

Greetings from Church of Peace!

Jim and I are back from a renewing and fun vacation.  Thanks to Revs. Kandler and Schrankler for their help while we were gone.  We thank God for the gift of time away to be refreshed in body, mind, and spirit; we hope all of you take some time to enjoy the beauty of the creation and the company of loved ones.

This Sunday’s Scripture lesson is a collection of parables.  We’ll look for the humor and the lessons in these stories Jesus told.  Pastor Jim will provide special music.  Come worship in our air-conditioned sanctuary with your church family (8:45 a.m.); you’ll be glad you did.

Tuesday night the Church Council gathered for our July meeting.  Enthusiastic reports were given by members who participated in the mission trip. Not so good news came in the congregation’s financial report.  Thus far this year our general fund has spent $11,500 more than we’ve received in offerings.  The Council is prayerfully considering how to limit expenses.  At the same time, we remind members to support Christ’s work at Church of Peace through generous and consistent giving. 

Last night, the Children’s Ministry Task Force met to continue their planning for next year’s Sunday School.  It is going to be a great year for our little disciples and their teachers.  Parents, look for more details soon. 

That’s the news from Church of Peace.

We’ll see you in church!  Pastors Jenny and Jim

A prayer for today:  What a beautiful day your love has created, O God, and I thank you for it.  When I see the sunshine, I remember that my life should shine with your love.  When I see the breeze gently rustling through the branches of the trees, I am reminded of the way that your energizing power moves through my life when I need strength or wisdom.  God, I ask your blessing and guidance for our church family as we address difficult financial issues.  You have commissioned us to be your people, to praise you as we serve one another and the community. Give each of us a generous heart; guide us as individuals and as a congregation to wise use of our resources. These things I pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.