From the Laptop of Pastor Jane
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have with each other. For-give as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all togeth-er in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts!
Is summer here? With temperatures ranging from 70 to 90 degrees the last few weeks, school out until September and the sun shining on our faces, the world and its people are finally brighter! Yes, that was a LONG secluded winter but God has now opened countless opportunities for us to relax rest and recon-nect to HIM and those we love. Let us take time to step away from our normal routine and not only discover new ways to care, serve and build on our faith but also bring HIS SON with us!
Did you know the Lord loves to go to the sea; the lake; with family outings; on vacation; and with us wherever He may lead? Did you know that the Lord that loves and forgives us unconditionally also invites us during this season to bring peace to aching hearts; share compassion and kindness; be patient and gentle, and above all will give us strength to forgive those who have done us wrong?
As a Pastor, God has taught me great lessons through my own life and of others that the only true way to discover HIS peace and HIS joy, is to follow in HIS footsteps, no matter how difficult! Recently, some-one I love took a great step of faith and showed the love of Christ through His actions by reflecting all the virtues, especially forgiveness and love! In spite of the hurt and fear, he chose to allow HIS spirit to clothe him! It was through that action, that he was able to find HIS amazing peace and comfort. Of course, he could not have done it without the strength that comes through Jesus Christ, support of those who love him and his deep rooted faith. Through these difficult decisions, it was HIS peace and ultimate joy that remained!
Is there something that dwells in your heart in a negative way that prevents you from truly finding rest and peace this season? Is there someone who you need to forgive and give to the Lord? If so, this summer where you can sense His true warmth, take the step of faith with the virtues of Christ and truly forgive. I promise you, truly promise you, there is no greater gift and through this action, you will find HIS peace and joy!
Have a blessed summer! Feel His warmth, His love, His grace! Pastor Jane
WE PRAY FOR
Restored Health: Claire Wallenburg, Bonnie Voellmy, David H. Smith, Nancy McDonnell, Kim Komarnicki, Ethel Van Der Horn, Casey Keepers, Janet Styles, Joan Betsy, Kim Megnin, Paul Munch, Juliette Lagasi, Chris Masi, Sheila Zieger, Herb Zieger, Jr., Helen Nerder, Rich Rebecky
Lost loved ones: The Meyer, Tarantino, Munch, Topp/Fischer, and Garman/Coletto families.
Mission and military: Joan and Mike Vieira and the Good Shepherd Mission; Barbara and Hilary Gierman at Camp Lebanon; Ryan Wetherhead at City Church and Woody Valerio in the military.
W.I.N. The pantry is currently in need of toilet paper, paper towels, personal care items (especially sham-poo), dry milk, canned fruit, instant potatoes, jelly, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, coffee. The pantry does NOT need canned beans, corn, green beans, teabags, napkins, pasta or soup. Monetary donations are always welcome.
Sheila Zieger sends her thanks for all the cards, pray-ers, and healing thoughts.
W.I.N.-WIN! Is over for this year and will resume in September with a new format. Thank you to those who were faithful in supporting this new program and donating to W.I.N.
Joanne’s Joy will not be meeting during the summer, but will resume in September. Gift cards are available all summer, orders are taken on the first Sunday of each month.
Healing Hands and God Sightings will resume their studies and regular programming in the fall.
Young at Heart will be meeting during the summer at various locations for their very popular breakfast pro-gram. The dates are: Tuesdays July 17th and 31st and August 14th and 28. Locations are to come.
Save Toiletries: It is not too early to start to save the small individual toiletries as you travel. You might also like to check with the hotel to see if any of the following items are available: combs, disposable ra-zors, shaving gel, toothbrushes, toothpaste, powder, hand sanitizers, and deodorant.
Adopt a Camper! Thank you to everyone who signed up to adopt a camper. Our youth and chaperones will be leaving on their Mission Trip. Please keep them in your prayers as they serve as the hands of our Lord. If you would like to drop them a note, the address is Owego Free Academy, 15 Sheldon Guile Drive, Owego, NY 13827. Be sure to put their name on the envelope and mail it by July 9th
Lunch Bunch: Our second Lunch Bunch will be com-ing up shortly. We will be updating our church histor-ic scrapbooks, and for those who like to work out-doors, we will be refinishing the benches around the fire pit. Watch the bulletin for the date.
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
- July 1st—Pastor Herb preaching
- July 8th—Pastor Herb preaching
- July 17th—First YAH Breakfast
- Coffee and … (7/22)
- 4K for Cancer group arrives (8/3)
Our congratulations to our graduates this year! We look forward to honoring them during Morning worship on July 1st. Our graduates are:
- Jeri Meyer and Gabriella Conti from Junior High
- Noah Vazquez and Carolyn Castillo from Senior High
- Victoria Belizario from College
It’s a Shore Thing!
Would you be interested in spending a few days in Wild-wood at the Biscayne this fall? The cost would be ap-proximately $250 per person for 5 days and 4 nights and includes 4 breakfasts and dinners, lodging, and transpor-tation if needed. All rooms are double occupancy. If so, Please let us know by indicating on the sign-up sheet in the narthex your preference for dates. (Option to go only a few days available also.)
Possible dates are:
- September 17th to 21st
- September 24th to 28th
- October 1st to 5th
Please let us know by the end of July if you are interest-ed. More details will be coming soon.
4K for Cancer!
The group has left California on their cross-country run that will take them into New York City on August 4th. They will be staying with us on August 3rd—4th. If you can help Pastor Jane, August 3rd or 4th, and welcome them to our church, please let Pastor Jane know. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the narthex.