Friday, April 5, 2013

Friday Fives

1. Preaching Series - This Sunday we are continuing our preaching series entitled, Ashes to Fire, which we are doing in conjunction with Belleview UMC. Ashes to Fire is an intentional journey with Jesus from Ash Wednesday through Holy Week and Easter and on to Pentecost Sunday - from penitence to praise to power. This Sunday we will look to strength we can can garner from God during those locked-door seasons in our life. I pray this time of reflection will be one that will draw you deeper into your faith journey as we look to the life of Christ and example of love that he modeled for us. I encourage you to invite a friend and I hope to see you there!

2. Church Directory - We are in the process of updating our church directory. If you are not in the current directory and would like to be in this one, or if any of your information has changed since the last directory, please fill out a form so we can include you. The forms can be found in your April Newsletter or in the Narthex of the Sanctuary. We are asking these forms be turned into the church office, or dropped in the offering plate, by April 14th. We need you to make our directory complete!

3. Bread Ministry - We here at Druid Hills have a wonderful welcome ministry. From the bags prepared and given out by Bob Greene, to the way each of you extend the hand of hospitality to all who enter, corporately we have this gift. Marianne Bingham has offered us an idea to enhance this gift of ours, bread. We are beginning a bread ministry, where each Sunday one volunteer will sign up to bake several small loaves of bread for us to give to any that visit our church. I would ask that you each consider signing up for a few weeks. There is a sign up sheet at the Connection Station and there are recipes we can provide you that are quick and easy. This is such an easy thing that will go such a long way. I hope you each will give God the opportunity to use you in this way to bless another.

4. Interfaith Ministry - Each year we partner with Interfaith Ministries to provide a meal for the residents of their living facility. We get the chance to break bread with these people and share a wonderful time together. With that in mind, we need volunteers. The 2013 sign-up sheet is posted on the Connection Station. We are scheduled to provide the evening meal the second Friday of each month. It is a great idea to consider asking a friend or two to help you provide the meal. If you have any questions, please contact Libby Orbison. This is a wonderful opportunity to be the heart, hands, and feet of Jesus Christ to another. I pray you will have the chance to be involved with this ministry this year.

5. What a Blessing! - This Lenten season was such a myriad of blessings for me and I pray it was the same for each of you. I hope you found a closeness with God through the many opportunities that were offered in the life of the church. From the quiet time offered on the afternoon of Ash Wednesday to the service that evening, to the prayer time offered each Wednesday of Lent for you to come and pray in your Sanctuary, to the Bible Study focusing on Christ's last hours on Earth, to the Jews for Jesus presentation "Christ in the Passover", to the incredibly moving presentation of our annual Easter Tableau, I pray you found something that spoke to you. I am so grateful for the various ways God reaches out to us and for the way God meets us where we are, as we are. This Lenten season was truly something special!

Have a great weekend and I will see you all on Sunday!

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