PASTOR MEMO – July 24th, 2014
Good Morning Church:
This weekend I have the honor of preaching "homecoming" at Mt Carmel UMC, the church I served prior to coming to HFUMC. We are looking forward to uniting with old friends and catching up with folks where we served for seven years. While I am gone Mike will be continuing the sermon series "Back to the Basics" as we study the Book of Acts. I am sure you will be blessed by worship this Sunday.
Just a couple of notes:
The United Way's "Stuff a Bus Campaign" has kicked off and we are participating by having a place- a cardboard bus - for you to drop off needed school supplies for children in our community. The bus is located in the glass hallway between the sanctuary and chapel along with a list of needed supplies. I invite you to grab a list and purchase one or two items from the list and bring them with you when you come to worship and drop them in the bus.
From the folks who run our Gathering @The Gathering Place ministry: The "Gathering @ The Gathering Place" will be taking a break during the month of August and will resume serving our free community dinner on September 3rd. Thanks to all for your faithful service and giving. I look forward to the August return of this important ministry for our community and church.
Finally, I would like to remind you to keep a couple of hotspots in your prayers this week. First, please pray for a peaceful and just settlement in the recent flare-up of the conflict between Israel and Palestine. For me, this whole region has taken on a new significance in light of my recent trip to the Holy Lands. Secondly, please pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ in Iraq, especially the area of Mosul. The stories of persecution that have come out of the area should break our hearts. They need our prayers.
Be the face of Christ this week.