Good Morning Church!
I am currently writing to you from my sunshine-laiden porch, where I am simultaneously soaking up the sun, the smells of freshly cut grass, and the bird chatter above me in the treetops. Today is our first peek of the year into remembering what summer feels like, and it is glorious. I hope you get a chance to spend a little time outside today!
Last week I had a lengthy email, full of news, but this week it will be short and sweet.
Pentecost, the birthday of the Church(!), is coming up. If you think of it, let’s all wear red on May 23rd as a small way to celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit.
Sharon Pickard is still looking for people to help out with communion. Are you willing to volunteer an hour of your time on Sunday, June 6th? Communion brings great joy to some folks, and so your efforts will be a gift to someone. There are no rules in our tradition (any longer) about who can help serve, so please get in touch with me or Sharon Pickard if you’re willing to help out.
American Elm (blight resistant)
Betsy Tisdale has been working hard the last few months to find us a blight resistant American Elm tree to plant in the side yard of the church (since our grand, ol’ maple tree has come down). She’s finally found one, but it’s very young and needs some extra special attention for another year before we can plant it. St. Lawrence Nursery will tend to it for us until next spring.
Well, it’s finally come to pass! The external door to the kitchen, which has been rotted out for quite a while, has finally been replaced and a small overhang installed above it, to shed the water that led to the rotting. A big thanks to all who were involved in making this happen!
Exciting news! Beth Grace and Sue Waters have agreed to organize a one-day rummage sale sometime in July, to help pay for the heating system repairs that will be made in August. An exact date is still forthcoming, but in the meantime, start collecting all of the well-cared for things you’d like to pass along to someone else’s home!
Friends, it’s been a long, challenging winter– maybe the hardest one we’ve ever endured. I hope that you will take some time this weekend to enjoy life. We’re definitely not out of the pandemic yet, but we’ve got a lot to be thankful for and to celebrate.
Proverbs tells us:
“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.:—Proverbs 17:22
May your heart be filled with joy and gladness this day, and may it be medicine for your soul!