Blessings to you, my Friends,
words from Gerardo Oberman of Argentina
We played the flute but you did not dance; sang sad songs but you did not cry
Luke 7: 24-35 b
Today I made the sun, as every morning,
to advertise the warmth of my presence,
to caress your window on waking,
to accompany the way of your work.
But, you said the sun was very strong.
Then I sent the rain to water your hopes
and to renew your strength
and give you the joy of a day without sunshine.
But you complain about the inconvenience
because your clothes are wet
and you might be late for your commitments.
I stopped the downpour,
peeked through the clouds and the rainbow
for what happened in “our agreement”
Do you remember?
Now when your kids have asked you to look at the sky,
you say you have no time for these things.
You know? Sometimes I do not understand …
I wish, sometimes,
you’d quit complaining about everything
and realize that life has wonderful things
that call out for your thanks.
And to live is much more
than what you are calling a life.
I came that they might life,
to be able to live abundantly.
Look, I’m playing the flute,
I’d be enchanted if you’d dance with me.
Wow! Vacation Bible School is going gang-busters!! Praise God! Wendy K’s crew has rallied to present terrific meals and wonderful programming. The Sunday School area under the sanctuary has come alive as “the deep sea.” It’s great! I’m hoping that you plan to come to the closing program and barbecue on Friday evening, beginning at 6:30 PM!!
It was mentioned at this week’s Worship Committee meeting that there are a few Sundays coming up where no one has signed-up to provide flowers for the altar. Would you like to have the honor of glorifying God in this way - as a way to remember a loved on, or honor a loved one, or celebrate a special event in your life? The dates that are open are July 15 (this coming Sunday), July 29 and September 2nd. Give Sandy a call in the church office (742-3046) if you’d like to do this.
We received an invitation to come to Wanakee’s Footnotes Concert and “Annual Homecoming BBQ” - This coming Saturday, July 14th — 10am Footnotes Concert; 11am BBQ Served Tickets can be reserved in advance by calling their office (603) 279-7950 $8 Adults; $5 for “Week #2 Campers” or Children 12 and under.
Tina Weinberger shared this news: Join me and Rock My Soul for a sky-raisin’ concert in downtown Dover this Friday, July 13th. We’re singing at the Rotary Pavillion as part of the Cocheco Arts Festival. It’s free and open to the public, and it’s always a great time!! Come, relax, pull up a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the soulful sounds of Rock My Soul and the RMS Five. Opening act (which just happens to be Phyllis England’s son, Martin!) begins at 6 and Rock My Soul takes the stage at 7pm. Click on the link below for more info and to see the advertisements. Hope to see you all there!! Thanks, Tina
Let me mention one more reminder of the Memorial Service for Joe Casey - this Saturday, at 2 PM, at our church. A reception will follow, in Hartford Hall. Please come to worship God, celebrate Joe’s life, and “be the church” together for Phyllis, all her family and our church family, too.
This is a repeat from last week’s N&N:
St. Johns is preparing for a new pictorial directory. It is our hope that all those who attend regularly will have a picture taken so that we as a congregation may know each other better. The process is simple-each person or family group comes to the church to have a picture taken. While you are here you will see all of the pictures taken and make your selection for the directory picture. Each group photographed will receive an 8×10 portrait free. At the time of viewing you may order other photographs if you choose. The whole process takes about 1 hour.
Dates for appointments are August 13- 14 and September 27-29.
Signing up for your appointment is easy. Sign-up sheets are available at church each Sunday and you may choose your time then. Sign-ups may also be completed by using the link on the church website . https://www.securedata-trans14.com/ap/stjohnunitedmethodistchurchofdover/index.php?page=10 . If you complete your Appointment process on line, a gift certificate will appear which you can use toward any order you may make.
Let’s all get together and make this the best and most useful directory St. Johns has ever had. Time slots will fill up quickly so get your appointment as soon as possible.
Help is needed to get the directory finished in a timely manner.
1. A photographer to make pictures of those unable to come to the church for a sitting.
2. Receptionists for the days of photographing. Thank you to Deanna Gallant, Judy Strate and Barbara Murray who have already offered to do this. We can use 2 more.
3. A person with computer skills to update the lists and check the on-line registrations once each week from now through Sept. 29.
4. People who will get pictures of the Sunday School, our various mission endeavors, the youth, musical groups and other candids.
If you have the skill and are willing to participate in the directory project, please call or speak to MaryAnne MacKenzie. (603) 692-7465 or MacK [at] ttlc [dot] net
I’m pretty sure Jim Korth still has lots of room for people to reserve a space for the Multi-Family Yard Sale, on Saturday, August 4, from 9 till 1 PM. It’s a great way to help the church, clean out some “clutter” from your home, and make a few bucks in the process. $25 for a space - contact Jim today.
The Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference will be in session next week, July 16-20, in Charleston, West Virginia. Delegates from each Annual Conference in the Northeastern Jurisdiction will be addressing a number of issues including the election of bishops, electing officers to Jurisdictional boards and committees, establishing the quadrennial budget and other organizational work within the Jurisdiction. Please pray for our delegates as they work to discern God’s will in these matters. Three bishops in the Northeastern Jurisdiction are retiring this year; Bishop Ernest Lyght from West Virginia Conference, Bishop Jane Middleton from Susquehanna Conference, and our New England Conference Bishop Peter Weaver. Please pray for each of them as they prepare for this transition; for rest and rejuvenation, and for whatever ways Christ calls them to serve in their retirement! In addition, please pray for Rev. Aida Irizarry Fernandez and Rev. Martin D. McLee, both of whom have been nominated and endorsed by our Annual Conference as episcopal candidates. Watch for news at www.neumc.org/nej2012 next week for the latest news on episcopal elections, and on the assignments of bishops to Annual Conferences in the Jurisdiction.
Register for the School of Christian Mission — July 27-29, 2012
University of Southern New Hampshire, Manchester NH.
–Immigration in the Bible
There will be one day classes on Saturday, July 28.
The School of Christian Mission is for EVERYONE: pastors, lay men and women, families, youth, and children. There are classes for both youth and children. Childcare will be available. Visit www.neumc.org/socm for a brochure, flyer, bulletin insert, or to register online!
I wanted to share with you that for the next three weeks I’ll be sporting a different look. I’m not much of a “hat wearer,” but I have a condition on the top of my head (that’s right, my “bald spot”) that needs medication which makes me super-hypersensitive to sunlight. So I can’t go in the sun without a hat on - and instead of forgetting to put it on when I leave a building, I’ve decided to wear it all the time . . . . for the next three weeks, anyway. Just wanted you to know.
“WHERE is my SUNDAY paper?!” The irate customer calling the newspaper office, loudly demanded to know where her Sunday edition was. “Madam”, said the newspaper employee, “Today is Saturday. The Sunday paper is not delivered until tomorrow, on SUNDAY”. There was quite a long pause on the other end of the phone, followed by a ray of recognition as she was heard to mutter ……”Well, heck, that explains why no one was at church either.”
Make sure you get the right day! See you in church. Peace, Mark