Friday, April 30, 2010

More Friday night activity

Trustees at work again

The trustees are at work again, preparing to fix the plumbing problem in the church kitchen.  Rick's on the whatever-it-is and Chris is helping.  Tomorrow there'll be more of them to move this along.

Good Neighbors

The other night I was out at dusk trying to do a few gardening jobs before I left for DC in the morning.  John had bought me 4 bags of soil to add to the bricked in spot under our church sign out front.  Jim and Rose Townsend initially set up this nice display, but over the years the soil had settled so it was hard to see whatever flowers might grow there.
As I was shifting the heavy bags three folks suddenly appeared to help me - they had driven by and noticed I was struggling in the near dark.
It was Heidi (Bedilion) Jamison and her kids Trevor and Bria.  They helped me dig out a baby weeping cherry tree to transplant in front of the chiropractor's office.  They opened the soil bags and spread it out for me.  Trevor did the shoveling so he and I could replant the tree.  They left with dirty hands and my thanks for the blessing.

Romans 15:2
Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Youth Group Game Night!

Friday night saw a large group of young folks having fun together here at the church!

Friday, April 23, 2010


You may have noticed the compost operation going on by the church warehouse.  Another of the pastor's many activities!  Here is some of the wonderful result, blessing one of the many (OK, too many) garden areas around the church.  The pastor's wife is looking for folks to help with beautifying and maintaining the church landscaping.

Gen 2:15
The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.

Food Bank

Once a month our church hosts the local food bank.  Chuck and Lucy Scott have been in charge of this ministry for many years, and even though Chuck passed on this week, and is probably helping with a ministry in heaven, Lucy ran the food bank again today.  She testifies that her helpers are wonderful folks and make it possible.

Acts 9:36
In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which, when translated, is Dorcas ), who was always doing good and helping the poor.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Funeral Dinner

Funeral dinners take place here at the church every now and then.
The ladies who volunteer to set up, serve and clean up sometimes wonder if we will be able to continue this service, as so few of the younger women are free in the daytime.
Let Charlene know if you are available to help.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Another Sunday evening

How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Steve's been working on repairing a leak in the roof and installing new ceiling tile.  If you like the improvements, be sure to let him know!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Patch the Pirate

Some of the kids after their "Patch the Pirate" group, led by Lenora and Tammy.

Youth Group

 A fine bunch of young folks.....can you spot Chad in there?
Double click on the photo to enlarge it.

1 Timothy 4:12
Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Smiles

Brittany sang "How Beautiful" for us today - we're grateful she shares her talent with us.

Honoring Marriage

Around Valentine's Day we started putting up wedding photos of marriages represented in our congregation.  Some folks didn't have photos from their wedding day, so we encouraged them to bring an early photo of the two of them together.  It's been such fun that we have kept it up and are adding photos as fast as folks bring them in.

Hebrews 13:4
"Marriage should be honored by all...."

Other reminders of New Life on Easter Morning

The ornamental cherry that was "pruned" a month ago, as pictured in an earlier post, is now in full bloom for Easter morning!  Two days ago there were no blossoms open.

Have patience if you are waiting for something.  God is at work behind the scenes.

James 5:7
 Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains.

Behind the scenes for Easter breakfast

Some of the folks who helped make this breakfast for us....

Easter Breakfast

Pancakes, sausages, biscuits and gravy, donuts, fruit and lots of other good food blessed our
Easter morning breakfast after the Sunrise Service.

But nothing tastes as good as Fellowship!

1 John 1:7
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Snow Damage

John and Hannah sawed a limb off the ornamental cherry tree by the parsonage after the heavy snow broke a main branch.
We all need to be pruned now and then. Some things just have to go - usually our selfish desires. If we'll cut them off, we'll be healthier, and produce good fruit.

Ezekiel 17:8
It had been planted in good soil by abundant water so that it would produce branches, bear fruit and become a splendid vine.'

Annual burning of the ornamental grass

Every year John gets his chance to burn something outdoors - the ornamental grass that grows across Grogg Alley from the church building. Hannah has inherited this interest in fire and was glad to help out. Chad, Carson and Jesse showed up too. Most of us probably have things we should clear out and burn up - things like unforgiveness, an old grudge against someone, a bad habit. In a few weeks this blackened earth will be covered with green shoots of new life.

Romans 6:4
We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.