From the Laptop of Pastor Jane
No, O people, the LORD has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you:
to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
What a beautiful morning to be reflecting as the sun is shining and we can honestly say “spring (or summer) is here”! I don’t know about you but it is so comforting to see the flowers blooming, people taking walks or sitting on their porches, birds singing their songs and a bless-ing to see smiles on many faces!
During the month of May we had the opportunity at Preakness to reflect and honor the Godly Woman in our life and in His word. This month on Father’s Day, we will do the same with a video presentation, special music which we know you will all enjoy, and some remi-niscing of the Godly Men who have touched and changed our life.
Have you ever taken time to sit and write down at least the top 10 men and women who have inspired you? It really is a meaningful exercise and if you really want to see a glimpse of yourself, write what each per-son has shown or taught you. You will be amazed at just how much one person can impact another.
The exercise is also a great lesson to show that our actions, our words, our deeds in life play an important role in the life of many others! I remember when Justin was just about 2 years old, I asked him to do something and he put his finger up and said, “one minute Mom”. Now as parents we often would get annoyed when our children did not “jump” when we asked them to do something, however, in that short moment I saw Justin copying what I would do so often to him “one minute Justin”. And to think he was only 2 and he was already modeling my actions.
Sadly in our world, many are following in the foot-steps of others but are they of Godly Men and Woman who inspire, encourage, and love with unconditional hearts? Perhaps we should ask ourselves the question “is our actions and words that of Godly Men and Wom-an who touch the lives of others in the name of Our Lord”? Are we the role models that reflect our faith? Would we be on someone’s top 10 list that inspired an-other?
I encourage you to take time to write your list, give thanks for the many Godly men and woman God has placed in your path and remember you have been called as a model for Our Lord! It is a high calling friends but one we are all expected to answer!
Blessings Always, Pastor Jane
WE PRAY FOR
Restored Health: Bonnie Voellmy, Nancy McDonnell, Noah Vazquez, Kim Komarnicki, Ethel Van Der Horn, Casey Keepers, Janet Styles, Joan Betsy, Ray Tarantino, Kim Megnin, Paul Munch, Juliette Lagasi, Sherrie Piroso (Bonnie Voellmy’s cousin), Chris Masi, Sheila Zieger, Helen Nerder, Rich Rebecky
Lost loved ones: The Munch, Topp/Fischer, Garman/Coletto, and Cropco 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; Ste-ven Conklin, Sam Lick, and Woody Valerio in the mili-tary.
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.
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 is sponsoring their annual Strawberry Festival this Sunday, June 3rd following morning wor-ship. Please join us for an informal time of fellowship and a delicious serving of strawberry shortcake. Re-minder: 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. Healing Hands will conclude with a luncheon on June 20th at noon.
Young at Heart will end their year with a luncheon on Tuesday, June 5th, at 12 noon at the Grasshopper. Please let Nancy McDonnell know if you are planning to attend.
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.
Sunday, June 17th is Father’s Day. Please join us as we celebrate and remember the special men in our lives. If you would like to purchase a remembrance (two carnations in a bud vase), they are available for $5 each. Please sign up in the narthex.
Adopt a Camper! Thank you to everyone who signed up to adopt a camper. All were adopted the first week. Camper bags are due back by the end of June.
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:
- June 3rd —Joanne’s Joy Strawberry Festival.
- June 3rd—Youth Pizza and Movie
- June 17th—Father’s Day. Please sign up for a “Father’s Day Remembrance” to celebrate the Father’s Day Remembrance” to celebrate the special men in our lives. Cost is $5.00 for a bud vase with 2 carnations.
- June 24th—Pastor Linda preaching Combined Board Meeting
- July 1st—Pastor Herb preaching
- July 8th—Pastor Herb preaching
- 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 stop 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.
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 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.