The Gathering PASTORS’ PEN
“I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives also in you also.” 2 Timothy 1:5. I read recently in a survey, a list that described some of the happiest people in the world. Here are the first four: “A craftsman or artist whistling over a job well done.” “A little child after building a sand castle.” “A mother, after a busy day, bathing her baby.” “A doctor who has successfully finished a difficult operation.” As I thought of the list, I realized that each of these statements can also be found in one special person..My Mom! My mom is a gifted and talented craftsman. Over the early years of the lives of my brothers and sister and I, she was an artist at knowing how God would use her love, faith, and teachings to mold and shape the four of us into a Master’s Piece. Her words disciplined…and encouraged, enlightened…and directed, comforted…and planted seeds of wisdom. Mom took the tools of her greatest trade, “motherhood,” and each of us became her greatest work of art by the lessons of her life. Mom was also in the building trade as well…the building of a home filled with love and grace. Our home was built upon a solid foundation of God’s love for each of us through Jesus Christ. As children (as well as adults), we made mistakes, but mom offered us forgiveness and second chances to correct those mistakes and to let God’s Word transform our lives into better persons. I couldn’t see it at the time, but mom was building a legacy, not just for her home, but for my home as well. She was building in each of us a foundation of truth that remains the same from one generation to the next and I can only hope and pray that I have been as faithful to my children and their children as she was with us. My mom’s arms holding me, her hands caressing me, her kisses on my face or head, are some of the most pleasant memories in life. Every night after our nightly baths and right before bedtime she held us…“loved on us” as if we were the most important persons in the world…and to her we were. It was those acts that remind me of the security and unconditional love of my mom. Those were the safest moments and some of the best memories of my life…safe in the touch and love of my mom! No matter how busy or tired she was, she always had time to hold and talk with each of us. And somehow, she always knew in those moments of holding us close, just what we needed to hear the most. And yes, how she doctored all of us. From scraped knees, to wounded egos, to broken hearts, and troubled spirits, she somehow had all the right medicines to cure all our infirmities. She operated on our thinking when we had lost our way or couldn’t see any hope. She did major surgery to heal the scars and wipe away the tears when we needed open heart surgery from the brokenness of tragedies or defeats in life. And when there was dirt or germs or even some bacteria in our thinking, she had just the right instruments to do brain surgery that would change our confused and misguided attitudes and/or opinions of either ourselves or of someone else. Mom might be the happiest person in the world…but my brothers, my sister, and me…We’re the richest! Thanks MOM… Love You! Happy Mother’s Day! Ed
COMING EVENTS PRIMETIMERS
GHS JAZZ CONCERT Everyone is welcome to attend a Goshen High School Jazz Concert at the Life Center on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. There will be a charge of $7.00 at the door, and this will include dessert and coffee. The doors open at 6:45 p.m., and the concert will be from 7:00-9:00 p.m. The public is invited.
On Thursday, May 17, the Primetimers will visit the Midwest Museum of Modern Art and the Railroad Museum in Elkhart. We will start with a lunch of pasta or salad or sandwich at Calabria Restaurant, which is $9.50 including drink and tip. Your lunch money needs to be given to Bob Shirk by May 8 to reserve your place. After lunch we will go to the Art Museum ($3) with a talk by Curator Brian Byrn and tours led by docents, then go to the Railroad Museum ($4). The bus will pick up at Greencroft at 10:30, and we will leave the church at 11:00 a.m. If you have questions, please call Bob Morris at 534-2791.
GRADUATE RECOGNITION We will be recognizing our high school and college graduates on Sunday, May 20, during the morning worship service at both church sites. If your child is graduating this spring from high school or college, please contact the church office, 533-9518, and give us the information.
MISSION TRIPS An adult mission trip is planned for June 10-16, 2012, to southern Indiana to help rebuild after the tornadoes. If you would like to go on this mission trip, please contact Larry Solyom, 533-0127, or the church office, 533-9518. Our youth group will be going on a summer mission trip to Cleveland, Ohio on June 10-16, 2012. Contact Jeff Karnes or Brad Miller for more details.
FREE MOVIE We will have a free movie night at the Life Center on Sunday, May 20, at 4:00 p.m. The movie we will be showing is “Flywheel.” Everyone is welcome!
HELP-A-HOUSE BASHOR HOME The Bashor Children’s Home Auxiliary will meet on Monday, May 14, in the school cafeteria at Bashor Home on CR 15 in Goshen. Coffee time, with refreshments, will be served by Mishawaka First UMC at 9:15 a.m. The 9:30 a.m. program will be given by Martin Cottage. Everyone is invited to attend.
This year’s LaCasa program is scheduled for Saturday, May 12. Anyone can help whether you are skilled or unskilled. Groups from the same church are kept together. The day starts at 7:00 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, where site assignments are made. Snacks and lunch are provided, and work ends around 3:00 p.m. For more information or to sign up, contact Beth or Gary Graber at 537-1707.
New England & Canada Cruise Educational Opportunities Tours is offering a 15-day fall color and sightseeing cruise October 5-19, 2012. Departing from Boston, Massachusetts, you will travel daily to ports including Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec City, New Brunswick and Bar Harbor, Maine. You will be aboard the Norwegian Cruise ship Dawn along with Christians from all over the USA and Canada. Guest speaker for the tour will be Dr. Robert G. Tuttle, Jr., author, pastor and seminary professor. If you are interested or would like more information, you may pick up a brochure at the church office or contact Ben Whirledge at 642-3371.
Mission Trip 2012: Project Cleveland As most of you know ... The youth, along with adult leaders (about 40 total), will be headed to Cleveland from June 10 to 17. While they are there they will be helping to work on a building that is becoming a homeless shelter, doing two Vacation Bible Schools for churches that are unable to host their own, and working with a homeless ministry. Also, as you know ... In order to be able to go on a trip like this requires money ... and the youth have worked hard to raise the money, but are still needing to raise some. So as a fundraiser, we will be having a Wall of Money Fundraiser at both campuses in order to help raise what we need. The wall of money is a simple concept in fundraising. So to let you know what is going on ... At each location we will put up 50 envelopes with the figures $1 to $50 written on the envelopes. What we will be asking everyone who can to participate is to take an envelope with an amount that you can afford to cover and put the amount written on the envelope in it ... Then return it to the church. This is a simple way for everyone to be involved and will help the youth finish raising the money they need to go to Cleveland and be the hands and feet of Christ. Thanks in advance for helping ... and thank you for all you do for the ministries of this church. In Christ, Brad and Jeff Elevate Youth Ministry
MISSIONS GIVING For the month of May, the pink giving envelopes go toward the Discretionary Fund. The pastors use this fund to help people in need in our congregation. Thank you for your faithfulness in giving!
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“Thank you so much for your visit and the beautiful birthday big card and flower. I really loved it all. It was very nice to be remembered. Thank you!” -Wanda Erickson “Thank you for the pink carnation for my birthday. Thanks too for the 90th card and visits from Pam and Jeanette. Also thanks for the many cards I received. I really appreciate it all. Thanks so much.” -Dora Aust “Thank you sincerely for your generous donation to GIHN! Your generosity allows us to continue to provide shelter for the homeless families within our community.” -Linda Hochstetler and GIHN Board “Thank you, Pastor Ed, for coming to visit me before my surgery. I also want to thank the congregation for all their kind words, prayers, and cards. A big thank you to all my lady friends in Candlelighters for the flowers! I certainly felt all the love from our church family. Blessings to everyone!” -Marilyn Bayak
HAPPY MAY BIRTHDAYS! May 1 David Scudder Brandon Stoll George Buckingham
May 13 Bob Shirk Conrad Lehman
May 2 Marjorie Cox Laura Osowski Justin Lehman
May 14 Harv Elder Mary Dieter LeAnne Skelton James Davidson
May 25 April Hart Paula Showalter Vivian Smith Dave Hartsough
May 3 Mike Miller DeWayne Jordan Kathy Fackelman
May 15 Scott Woldruff Cindy Howard Barbara Scudder
May 26 Sally Stutsman
May 5 Keith Burckhart Randy Wells
May 16 Courtney Blankenbaker Linda Ponce Maya Fetters
May 6 Jack Stump Angela Altenhof Jamie Zingo Brenna Ghigliotto May 7 Dan Seltenright Ken Smith
May 17 Nina Campbell May 18 Pam Smith Kyler Altenhof Elise Campagna
May 8 Ramona Kuiper Sydney Sizemore
May 20 Sydney Bailey Ann Stutsman Tom Sutter
May 9 Steve Miller Sonya Null
May 21 Joshua Haimes Daniel Peters
May 10 Paul Huffman Ron Price
May 22 Karen Andrews Jenny Campagna Jackson Miller Carol Gilchrist
May 11 Nicole Fackelman May 12 Bill Sherck
May 23 Gwen Stutzman
May 27 Judy Weaver Paul Wiess James Leak May 28 Mary Lou Stine Cindy Vance Stephanie Goodwin Rosalina Cortes May 29 Terry Andrews Chris Haimes Lois Miller Nate Goodwin May 30 Diane Bailey Blaec Kunze May 31 Bob Taylor David Giddens â€œThe most beautiful people I have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These people have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.â€? -Roy Nichols