Glad Tidings September 2013
Inside this issue:
From Rev. Laurel
From Rev. Laurel
St. Mary’s Portrait Directory
Love INC Benefit
A Letter from Love INC
Bell Choir Resumes
Christmas Silent Auction Baskets
A Note left by the Stations of the Cross
Greeting parish, My time on vacation has reminded me that Sabbath time was created for us by God. The purpose of Sabbath time is to refresh us; to step off the dominant schedule of events, and have a little time for ourselves. Getting away provides perspective, a change to catch the breath, and time to reflect on what has past, as well as what the future will bring. What a wonderful gift Sabbath time is! One way to think about it is that God created the world in seven days. One of those days was a day of rest. God ordained 1/7th of our weekly time to rest. By comparison, when we talk about the tithe that God requests of us, it’s only 1/10th that we give back. Not a bad deal, huh? Now consider how human physiology naturally settles into regular patterns. We get hungry at regular intervals. Our circadian rhythm is part of why we awaken at the same time every morning – even on days we can sleep in! It’s easy to get lulled into automatic functioning when we get used to a rhythm. When the patterns of our lives are broken, we perk up and pay attention to what’s going on around us. On the one hand Sabbath time
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each week completes a weekly pattern, and we can look forward to it in the sequence of days. On the other hand, suddenly not having to do what we’ve always done the rest of the week calls us to be present with ourselves. Traditionally Sabbath time is taken on Sundays, but with modern schedules as they are, it may not always be possible to claim Sunday as a day of rest. I think God is not too particular about the day we choose, so much as the importance of actually taking the time. I know one person who claims Wednesday as the Sabbath day; Monday for another. Quality rest time is important, physically, mentally, emotionally, as well as spiritually. It’s too easy to put it off; to delay our own need for rest. Denying ourselves this God-given time has a cumulative effect like the law of diminishing returns. If you’re not giving yourself what you need, eventually you won’t have enough to give anybody else. My time away in a far away land, in a very different culture, provided an opportunity for me to re-enter my own culture and place reenergized in body, mind, and spirit. There is still time to receive the gift God has created for you. Your taking time to rest and refresh becomes a gift to everyone else. Blessings, L+
Choir Resumes It is that time of year again! Come join the St. Mary's Choir as we kick off the season. We will begin the choir season with our annual welcome back dinner provided by the vestry at 6:30pm on September 4th, in the fellowship hall. All who are interested in joining the choir are welcome to attend. Please R.S.V.P. to Keenan by email, email@example.com, by September 1st. Regular choir rehearsals are held every Wednesday from 7 -9pm beginning September 11th. Come join us!
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St. Maryâ€™s Portrait Directory We are working on finishing up St. Mary's Portrait Directory, and need your help. Final portrait dates set for our Portrait Directory: Sunday, September 8th & Sunday, September 15th, starting at 9:15am. Our Directory team will be making calls to help you choose which date and time is best for you. If you have had your portrait taken & would like to view them to choose one for the directory, viewing will be available on those days as well at St. Mary's. We are also asking for a few clear images of church events to put into the directory as well. If you are unable to make either of these final dates, your options are to submit your own family portrait, or come you can make an appointment at Vivos Images portrait studio in Clarkston for a separate appointment. Feel free to submit questions you might have regarding this directory to Nancy Gutelius at 248-705-4991 or Paul & Maxine Henderson at 248 -393-1906.
Love INC Benefit Save the Date for the 7th Annual Golling Buick-GMC Cruise In to benefit Love INC on Saturday, Sept. 21st from 9am-4pm. There will be food, live entertainment on 2 stages, a kids area (Tumble Bus & Bounce House), face painting, dash plaques, trophies, appearances by Hooper, Roary, and Paws. There will also be a special appearance by Miss Michigan. MC by Rock n' Ronnie. It's sure to be a day of fun for the whole family and a great fundraiser for Love INC.
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A Letter from Love INC Dear Friends of Love INC of North Oakland County, Love INC of North Oakland County is experiencing a first in a couple of areas. First, we are experiencing a greatly reduced income stream at this time. That concerns us because the needs of our neighbors are still abundant and we work diligently to meet those needs. Please continue to pray for our affiliate and perhaps consider giving a monetary donation. The other first is that a group of Christian business women have provided matching funds for each dollar given to Love INC. We are so blessed that these fine ladies have decided to offer this matching challenge. So how does the matching challenge work? For every dollar you give, they will match up to $3,000. That's right, a dollar for dollar match. If you give Love INC $50, your $50 will be matched, so you are really blessing Love INC with double the amount. This matching challenge starts August 1, 2013 and continues for the next 90 days. Would you consider participating in the matching challenge? Every dollar is doubled for the next 90 days. You can give online through our website: www.loveincofnoc.org or mail your check today to Love INC of North Oakland County, PO Box 104, Lake Orion, MI 48361. Thanks and God bless you!
Love In the Name of Christ of North Oakland County
Bell Choir Resumes St. Maryâ€™s Bell Choir will resume rehearsals on September 8th at 12pm in the choir loft. Anyone interested in joining is encourage to attend.
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Pennies You always hear the usual stories of pennies on the sidewalk being good luck, gifts from angels, etc. This is the first time I've ever heard this twist on the story. Gives you something to think about.. Several years ago, a friend of mine and her husband were invited to spend the weekend at the home of her husband's employer. My friend, Arlene, was nervous about the weekend. The boss was very wealthy, with a fine home on the waterway, and cars costing more than her house. The first day and evening went well, and Arlene was delighted to have this rare glimpse into how the very wealthy live. Her husband's employer was quite generous as a host, and took them to the finest restaurants. Arlene knew she would never have the opportunity to indulge in this kind of extravagance again, so was enjoying herself immensely. As the three of them were about to enter an exclusive restaurant one evening, the boss was walking slightly ahead of Arlene and her husband.. He stopped suddenly, looking down on the pavement for a long, silent moment. Arlene wondered if she was supposed to pass him. There was nothing on the ground except a single darkened penny that someone had dropped, and a few cigarette butts. Still silent, the man reached down and picked up the penny. He held it up and smiled, then put it in his pocket as if he had found a great treasure. How absurd! What need did this man have for a single penny? Why would he even take the time to stop and pick it up? Throughout dinner, the entire scene nagged at her. Finally, she could stand it no longer.. She casually mentioned that her daughter once had a coin collection, and asked if the penny he had found had been of some value. A smile crept across the man's face as he reached into his pocket for the penny and held it out for her to see. She had seen many pennies before! What was the point of this?
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"Look at it," he said. "Read what it says." She read the words, " United States of America ." "No, not that.. Read further." "One cent?" "No, keep reading." "In God we Trust?" "Yes!" "And?.. . ." "And if I trust in God, the name of God is holy, even on a coin.. Whenever I find a coin, I see that inscription. It is written on every single United States coin, but we never seem to notice it! God drops a message right in front of me telling me to trust Him. Who am I to pass it by? When I see a coin, I pray. I stop to see if my trust IS in God at that moment. I pick the coin up as a response to God; that I do trust in Him. For a short time, at least, I cherish it as if it were gold. I think it is God's way of starting a conversation with me. Lucky for me, God is patient and pennies are plentiful!" When I was out shopping today, I found a penny on the sidewalk. I stopped and picked it up, and realized that I had been worrying and fretting in my mind about things I cannot change. I read the words, "In God We Trust," and had to laugh. "Yes, God, I get the message!" It seems that I have been finding an inordinate number of pennies in the last few months, but then, pennies are plentiful! And, God is patient. I always pick up pennies, but now I will look at them with a message in mind.
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Christmas Basket Silent Auction CHRISTMAS Basket Silent Auction - It's back!!!!! St. Mary's members - the challenge is on! To assist our boiler funds just a tiny bit, The Property Committee will be doing a silent gift basket/ carton/container auction in the weeks before Christmas....with your help, competitive spirit, and joy of giving! As we have done in the past, any basket/carton/container will be gratefully accepted from any of you to be placed on decorated tables around the Fellowship Hall a few weeks prior to Christmas. These items can have any "theme" you enjoy doing and/or think would be great gifts others might want to give as well (or have). Also, if anyone has extra baskets/carton/crates they would like to donate so others can use them to fill, please let any of the Property Committee know. If we can, we will provide those in early November for you to use. But, don't let this stop you - come up with an unusual container and a cool theme and WOW everyone! So, please start thinking of what creative thing you could do - we all will love seeing it - and some lucky person will get to enjoy & have it... AND, best of all - you will be helping the funds needed towards the new boiler we are having installed. Thank you for your help in making a fun event! Sue Sanna, Viki Toll, Paul Henderson, Nancy Gutelius, Deb Lunney, Sara Munro and Mike Beem and John McKenna.
Evangelism Commission The commission is collecting information on easy, low-cost, high profile events to showcase our church's welcoming grace. We have events for February and March planned. Please let Showey know (248-390-7409) if you find a local event that softly whispers, "Here we are. Here is Christ. You can join us".
ST. MARYâ€™S IN-THE-HILLS EPISCOPAL CHURCH 2512 Joslyn Ct. Lake Orion Mi. 48360 (248) 391-0663
A Note left by the Stations of the Cross "Thank you! Our One and only Holy God has seen the work of your hands. You have made known that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life to all who walk in His love. May God show favor to you as continued service is accomplished for His Kingdom. Blessings to you!" Thought for the Day: If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it... He sends you flowers every spring. He sends you a sunrise every morning. Face it, friend - He is crazy about you!