Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Book Club: June 23

The next meeting of the Book Club will be Saturday, June 23rd at 9:30 AM at Coffee Culture in Batavia.  This will be the last meeting before we take a break for the summer.  Everyone is invited to attend.  For more information contact Megan Logsdon at 356-9438.

The book to be discussed is The Note by Angela Hunt.

 From barnesandnoble.com: 

When the unthinkable happens . . .

En route from New York's LaGuardia Airport to Tampa International, Flight 848 bursts into flames and crashes into Tampa Bay. All 261 passengers and crew are killed. For one week, newspaper columnist Peyton MacGruder and her fellow reporters cover one of the nation's worst air disasters in years with overwhelming and numbed emotions.

Then a woman Peyton's never met gives her a plastic bag that has washed up behind her house. The bag contains a note, almost certainly from the doomed flight, with a simple yet wrenching message: T- I love you. All is forgiven. -Dad

Combing through the passenger list to find the victims whose children's names begin with T, Peyton is determined to deliver the note to its proper owner. A quest which will prove as important to Peyton's own life as to the mysterious T.

Pentecost Offering: May 27th

Each year on Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit as a bringer of new life.  With the Spirit's coming, we no longer need to settle for business as usual but can know the transforming, redeeming love of God that makes the impossible possible.

The Pentecost Offering is one of the four Special Offerings of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  Gifts to the Pentecost Offering help bring God's transforming, redeeming love to children at risk, guide and nurture young people's growing faith and provide opportunities for young adults to become spiritual leaders--all in the name of Jesus Christ.

The benefits are all around us.  Presbyterian congregations are finding new ways to minister to children at risk in their own communities.  General Assembly programs are advocating for children and developing youth and young adult leaders.  Since 1998, Presbyterians of all ages have raised more than $9 million for ministries that benefit younger members of God's family.

Forty percent (40%) of the Pentecost Offering is kept by Presbyterian congregations for use on behalf of children at risk.

Ten percent (10%) of the Offering supports General Assembly child advocacy ministries.

Twenty-five percent (25%) goes to support ministries with youth aged 12-18 and those called to accompany them.

Another 25% goes to Young Adult Volunteer opportunities.

Your dollars really do make a difference!  Please consider supporting this valuable mission and invest in our greatest resource--our children and youth.  Thank you in advance for your support!

Christian Education Meeting

The next meeting of the Christian Education committee will be after worship on Sunday, May 20th.  The committee will be discussing possible changes for the Sunday School program in the fall, curriculum, establishing a youth group, and adult education.  If anyone has any suggestions or ideas that you think should be considered, please contact a member of the committee:  Katie Taylor (chair), Susan Boyle, Megan Logsdon, Sharah DeMena and Reverend Fry.  All input is welcomed and encouraged!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

We need your help!

As most of you know, we have been collecting food donations to help local families in need.  Recently our food supply has gotten somewhat depleted as we are trying to help additional families.  If you could help out with some donations it would be greatly appreciated.  All donations can be left on the table in the fellowship hall.  Thank you so much for your help with this worthy project!

As a reminder, some of the needed food items are:

·        Oatmeal

·        Cereal

·        Granola bars

·        Canned fruits & vegetables

·        Pasta and sauce

·        Canned spaghetti, ravioli, etc.

·        Complete box meals

·        Boxed rice or potatoes

·        Peanut butter & jelly/jam

·        Canned soups/chili

·        Canned meats (chicken or tuna)

·        Applesauce

·        Microwavable meals (not requiring refrigeration)

·        Crackers

·        Juices

·        Boxed jello or pudding

Any monetary donations can be used to buy perishable items such as milk, eggs or bread to add to the boxes.

Book Club this Saturday, April 21

The book club will be meeting this Saturday, April 21 at 9:30 AM at Coffee Culture in Batavia.  The book to be discussed is "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close:  A Novel" by Jonathan Safran Foer.

From Amazon.com:  Nine-year-old Oskar Schell has embarked on an urgent, secret mission that will take him through the five boroughs of New York. His goal is to find the lock that matches a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11. This seemingly impossible task will bring Oskar into contact with survivors of all sorts on an exhilarating, affecting, often hilarious, and ultimately healing journey.

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