Community is Here!

Community is Here!

Last Sunday evening some 400 people gathered in the Christian Growth Center/Gym for the annual Pig Pickin’. The weather prevented the band from being outdoors, but did not dampen the spirits of those who crowded in for plates of BBQ, music from Whitewater Bluegrass, and fellowship with the church family. (I always enjoy hearing Whitewater Bluegrass—the guitarist, Bill Byerly, is a former church member from my days as pastor of Abernethy UMC in Asheville.)

After BBQ, there was also a bit of square dancing, led by our own Joe Sam Queen. I should also mention that the kids enjoyed bouncy houses outside.

This was once again a great church family event. Few things we do bring so much of the church family, from the youngest to the eldest, from all 3 worship services, together. If you missed it, plan now to attend next year! Thanks to all whose efforts made it another special day.

Tomorrow is another special day on our calendar—Community Impact Day. This must be our 5th year to observe this day of service to our community. We’ll gather at 8:00 a.m. for breakfast prepared by our United Methodist Men, we’ll have a brief gathering and sending forth, and we’ll scatter to 10 local agencies and ministries for a morning of good, hard work. If you’re not signed up, we still need some painters for the REACH shelter. Cookies will be delivered next week to community servants (police, fire, etc.) This is one way demonstrate our love and concern for our neighbors, a way of fulfilling our mission to be “the living Body of Christ” by “engaging the world.” Be a part! If you can’t be there, please pray for all who are involved.

Sunday morning we will recognize our high school graduates and also recipients of scholarships given through our church. We will celebrate the Lord’s Supper, as we come to the table of forgiveness, grace, and community. We will hear and ponder a rather strange text from Mark 3:20-35, where Jesus is not only criticized by the religious officials, but his own family thinks he is crazy. What might this story say to us?

A personal word: we believe that our grandson Rowan will be released from Duke Regional Hospital in Durham on Sunday. He is doing great, is now a whopping 5 lbs., and has no apparent problems or side effects, other than he’s still several weeks short of his original due date. By my count, he will be 40 days old on Sunday. Sounds biblical doesn’t it? The number 40 is often found in scripture, designating “a long time.” It has seemed like a long time in many ways, but I’m sure it’s seemed even longer to his mom Rhiannon, his dad Zach (our son), and his big sister Lorelei, now 5. I cannot thank the church family enough for your prayers for and inquiries into Rowan’s health. It’s a reminder to me of the importance of those who pray for us, who encourage us, and who support us in difficult times through our church family. Be alert to those around you and the issues and problems they are facing, and let them know you are praying for them and are “there” for them. I can tell you it means a lot. That’s also part of what it means to be the “living Body of Christ!”

See you Sunday!

Sandy

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