Thanks to Michael Walters and the entire
Handbell Choir for sharing beautiful music with us!
Procession through the park
Kerr Gooden performed “Pié Jesu” – from the Faure REQUIEM on Palm Sunday in memory of Lansing Laraway, organist and choirmaster at Canton United Methodist for 48 years, who passed away on April 4, 2017.
Sustainable Sewing Project
Most of you have seen the bulletin board in the foyer depicting various scenes from the sewing trip in 2016. It was an amazing mission and I am overjoyed to be going again this June along with Lesley Thompson from the Scotch Presbyterian Church.
Because we will be transporting electric sewing machines this year, it is necessary to enhance the already existing solar power in Mbowe. This will entail the purchase and installation of two panels and two batteries at a cost of $1,700. This extended set-up also utilizes an inverter. Bless Dale Grant, who researched and purchased the inverter for us to carry with us.
Last year we took with us many sewing notions and have enough left from those donations to sustain the sewing project for several years (a hearty Thank You to all who donated those items).
Our goal is to assist the widows in Mbowe to become self-sufficient within two more years. They, in turn, will teach others and thus establish a permanent revenue stream. We are still soliciting monetary donations. Lesley and I will be speaking at four area churches and will be asking for help with travel, the solar panels and the purchase of fabric.
I am always available to provide any information on this project and the Women of Grace fund in general. Maybe you have a desire to become a missionary, to help women help themselves, and to involve yourself in something truly awesome. Please feel free to speak with me, Linda Potter or Vicki McLain about the possibility of becoming a member of the Women of Grace Board and/or to entertain the idea of traveling to Malawi.
– Ellen Grayson
A Death Cafe will be held on Thursday, April 20th from 7 to 9 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Death Cafes are a global movement to gather people to enjoy snacks and refreshments and have a group-directed
discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling sessions. The objective is to increase our awareness of death to help us make the most of our (finite) lives.
The evening is free and open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated. Contact the host, Linda Potter, at 386-4364 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can learn more at DeathCafe.com.
Spring Rummage Sale
The Spring Rummage will be held Friday, April 28th from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday, April 29th from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. with a Congregational Sneak Peek on Thursday, April 27th from 6 -8 p.m.
We welcome clean and folded spring and summer clothing for ALL ages. We accept any household goods, clean and in good condition as well as children’s toys and games. Also books – novels and nonfiction books. NO TEXTBOOKS PLEASE.
Electronics end up being thrown out and cost the church money to discard. Please DO NOT DONATE ELECTRONICS OF ANY KIND.
Help is needed! Sorting, folding and set-up begins the week prior and is labor intensive. We welcome anyone Monday through Thursday, April 24 – 27 to volunteer. In addition, we will need volunteers
as cashiers, Friday and Saturday and help with clean-up on Saturday, April 29th.
Ellen Grayson and Jane Cable, Co-Chairs
Celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday 3/12/16
Christmas Pageant 2016
The choir sings “God Be With You Till We Meet Again” to Fred and Sandy
Departing words from Rev. Mike
The youth make cookies for the congregation
The men of the church sing White Christmas
Items bought for donation with the money collected from the Noisy Can Offering.
Choir Director Laura Toland & Assistant Choir Director Bob Duda presented the New Presbyterian Hymnal
presented the New Presbyterian Hymnal to choir members.
Baptism of Tiffany and Bob Soricelli’s daughter Juniper Lea Soricelli on July 17, 2016.
New Youth Group!
Youth in grades 7 and up are invited to the first meeting of our newly organized Youth Group. We will meet in Fellowship Hall on Sunday, October 18th during the worship service. Snacks will be provided and a game plan will be developed. THIS IS YOUR YOUTH GROUP. Bring your friends – all in grades 7 and up are invited! Hope to see you then.