The Gathering PASTORS’ PEN
I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God…this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:1, 2 “Finally brothers,, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable…if there is anything excellent or praiseworthy…think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 Recently I received a book from a dear brother in the faith, that had touched his heart and he was sharing it with me so that it might do the same thing for me…well, it did! The book is “What I Learned From A Simple Blessing” with the sub-title “The Extraordinary Power of an Ordinary Prayer.” The author is the talented and Godly singer Michael W. Smith. Here’s the prayer and/or blessing: “In the name of Jesus Christ, I bless you with the promises of God which are „yes‟ and „amen‟. May the Holy Spirit make you healthy and strong in body, mind, and spirit to move in faith and expectancy. May God‟s angels be with you to protect you and keep you. Be blessed with supernatural strength to turn your eyes from foolish, worthless, and evil things, and to shut out the demeaning and the negative. Instead may you behold the beauty of things that God has planned for you as you obey His Word. May God bless your ears to hear the lovely, the uplifting, and the encouraging. May your mind be strong, disciplined, balanced, and faith-filled. May your feet walk in holiness and your steps be ordered by the Lord. May your hands be tender and helping, blessing those in need. May your heart be humble and receptive to one another and to the things of God, not to the world. God‟s grace be upon your home, that it may be a sanctuary of rest and renewal, a haven of peace where sounds of joy and laughter grace its walls, where love and unconditional acceptance of one another is the constant rule. May God give you the spiritual strength to overcome the evil one and avoid temptation. May God‟s grace be upon you to fulfill your dreams and visions. May goodness and mercy follow you all the days of your life long.” I’ve discovered over the years that it is not always what I do with my life that ultimately makes the difference in my Christian life, but where I place myself (mentally, physically, spiritually) first, that really matters and makes the true impact upon my life. There is nothing magical about this prayer…but if we allow it to take us into the presence of God, and assist us to remember to wait upon the Lord, and then focus our thinking and our attention upon its desires, the results will bless us! May God Bless You! We can’t plan spiritual revival…we can only put ourselves in a position for God to work and touch us! -Pastor Ed
50s STYLE DRIVE-IN The youth group will be having a fundraiser at the downtown church parking lot on Friday, June 3, from 5:00-9:00 p.m. It will be a 50’s style drive-in. This will be during the “First Fridays” in downtown Goshen. As people park their cars, the youth will come out and wait on them. Most of the waiters will be on roller skates. The menu will be: hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, chicken strips, chips, pickle, soft drinks, sundaes, and root beer floats. Come for a meal and support our youth! All proceeds will go to the youth Appalachia mission trip.
ELKHART CO.FAIR We will again have a church booth at the Elkhart County Fair this year from July 22-30. We will need lots of volunteers. More information will be coming soon in the bulletin and newsletter.
The Primetimers will be visiting the Ruthmere Mansion and Wellfield Garden on Wednesday, June 15. The Ruthmere mansion is the 1910 home of Albert and Elizabeth Beardsley, near the end of the Main Street bridge in Elkhart. Later Arthur and Stella Beardsley lived there and made some changes. A later owner was the Deputy family, who raised six boys in the house. The most recent part of the home to be opened is the servant quarters, newly opened this summer.
Please remember to pray for our youth group as they go on a mission trip from June 18-25 in the Appalachia region of eastern Kentucky/Tennessee. There will be around 37 youth/adults going on this trip. They will be staying at an old church campground, and while there some of the youth will help to run a day time Bible Camp for the kids of the area, while others will be doing home improvement projects in the area.
We will have a guided tour of the home seeing how both the owners and those who served them lived; cost is $7.00. In addition to the servant quarters, we will see the main and second floors. Lunch will be at Christiana Creek Country Club, ordering from the menu. After lunch we will visit the nearby Wellfield Botanical Gardens and the guilt garden in bloom. The bus will pick up at Greencroft at 9:00 a.m., and we will leave the church parking lot at 9:30 a.m. We plan to return around 3:00 p.m.
HOG ROAST Put on your calendars the date of August 28, because that evening we will be having an all-church Hog Roast at the Life Center. Everyone will bring a carry-in dish or two plus chairs. All those who own motorcycles are invited to ride them to the Hog Roast. There will be games for all ages that evening, and lots of food and fun! So don’t miss this Coming Event!
GOOD BYE!! Good bye and good luck to Kathy Tormey as she and her husband, Jim, accept an appointment in Roanoke, Indiana. Kathy’s last day as our downtown church custodian will be June 17. Kathy has been with our church for several years, has done an exceptional job, and will be hard to replace! We will be looking for a part-time custodian to work 10 hours per week in the summer and 20 hours per week in the fall and winter. If you are interested, or know someone who would be interested, stop by the office and drop off a brief resume or fill out an application. We respectfully request no telephone calls.
MINISTRY MENUS ARE COMING! Have you wondered how to get involved in the life and work of the church? Have you wondered how to sign up or let someone know you are interested in serving in some area of ministry in the church? Have you been serving in the past and want to make sure you sign up to do it again next year? We have a way for you to do it! It’s called our Ministry Menu and with it, you have the opportunity to let us know what ministries you are interested in serving in during the coming 2011-2012 year. You will be receiving yours in the mail soon, and we ask that you look it over, pray about it, fill it out, and turn it in to the church. It has a new look this year: more like a restaurant menu. You can choose an appetizer, a main course, or if you aren’t sure, you can take a taste test to try out something. Jesus said, “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant…just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve….” Matthew 20:26, 28. Christ calls us to serve one another. We would like to see every member involved in ministry, using their spiritual gifts to serve our Lord, His church and the world. Please fill out your Ministry Menu so we can help you get involved and serve.
UPWARD FLAG FOOTBALL We will be offering Upward Flag Football again this fall for K-third grade kids. The games will be on Thursday nights at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., and the dates are from September 8 to October 27 — 8 weeks. Entry forms are due on August 8, and evaluations will be August 11 and August 13, with a make-up day on August 15. Teams will be announced on August 22nd. The closing ceremony will be October 30. The price is $65.00 per child. If you would like more information, talk to Jeff Karnes, 238-1939, or Kim Karnes, 238-1243, or Aimee Brinson, 343-4770.
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THANK YOU!! “A belated thank you for my church family that gave me the large birthday card in April, plus some individual cards by mail. I also want to thank John and Lois Fidler for delivering the beautiful rose and the enjoyable visit.” -Gordon Moore “Many thanks to my church family and Fisherman Class for all the prayers and cards for me during my surgery; also the delicious food from TGIW, and transportation to the Elkhart Clinic from Doc Haney, John Eldridge, and Carole Evans. I appreciate your kindness very much.” -Mary Dieter “To my friend who left me the wonderful Mother’s Day surprise at the Life Center. You know all the goodies will be put to good use. It is so nice to know someone knows me so well and it meant so much. Many will enjoy your generosity. Thank you so much!” -Ann Bender “A heartfelt thank you to all of our friends here at First Church. I truly appreciate all of the cards, flowers, and visits, both before and after Dorothy’s death. It helps a lot. A special thanks to Brenda and Ed for the marvelous service.” -Fred Feick “Many thanks to you for making my 88th birthday memorable! On April 1 Lois Fidler appeared at my door bearing a yellow carnation and took the time for a visit. That afternoon I was reunited with several old friends at Evergreen Place when we received communion by Pastors Ed and Brenda and Pam. There were also yellow tulips from Bayaks at my door! Also I am grateful for the birthday songs and cards. When I was at church on April 10, Jeremiah Chico was right on hand to help me, and when I went outside for transportation home, there was Al Lane waiting to tell me happy birthday. God bless you all!” -Pat McKinney
HAPPY JUNE BIRTHDAYS! June 1 Bailey Null June 2 Phyllis Blough Connie Brinkruff Dave Parsons Ermadean Seltenright June 4 Linda Shorthouse Janet Taylor Tom Conrad Jamie Lehman Lacy Gangwer June 5 Chad Weddle Cassie Kyle Glenda Brechtel June 6 Marty Myers Stacey Yoder Madeline Snow Rory Hart June 7 Jeff Caton June 8 Kathy Meier Sydney Stutsman
June 12 Andrew Null Julia Giddens June 14 Caitlin Deranek Connie Yoder June 15 Jodi Salisbury Kris Sorg Alex Morrison Beverly Towne June 16 Elbert Groves Dan Miller June 17 Matthew Cork Claris Cloud Cheâ€™ Carbone June 18 Brenda Wilkinson Steven Yoder June 19 Bennett Brown Clair Motts June 20 Jackie Lung Bonnie Elder
June 9 Jo Snyder Virgil Campbell April Blankenbaker Stan Leedy
June 21 Diane Miller Brent Lewallen Doug Snow
June 10 Alison Colglazier Eric Colglazier
June 22 Roger Meier Beth Pettit
June 11 Milton Grant Pam Peffley
June 23 Michelle Eckelbarger Elaine Anderson
June 24 Gene Weaver Ellie Groves Robert Andrews Faith Gailey June 25 Doug Bender Jamie Yoder June 26 Lewie Weaver Jillian Mehl Kaitlin Skelton June 27 John Fidler Tina Cork Kelly Cork John Platz June 28 Laura Haney Ned Starnes Drake Crowder Linda Stevens June 29 Kaden Sheets Phil Hutchings June 30 Colfax Cannaday