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Midweek Message - April 20, 2016

Dear Friends,

What a tremendous musical blessing was shared with the large, enthusiastic crowd that came on Sunday afternoon to hear Kelly Renner and Steve Stem play piano and organ duets and MaryAnne Evangelista share a vocal piece as part of the program. Steve obviously loves the organ that he helped to choose, and he and Kelly made the most of the many beautiful sounds the organ can produce. Annnnnnd it was FUN!  Thank you to (obviously!) to Kelly and Steve and MaryAnne – and to Bill Myers for the vision and the behind the scenes preparation and to Joanne Ditto and her crew (including the Chancel Singers) for the beautiful and scrumptious reception that followed. One of the joys of the event was the fellowship that followed, with people enjoying each other’s company and having time to catch up with Steve and greet the many visitors. Well done!

This Sunday is Youth Sunday at RUMC!  The youth have prepared worship for us, and if it’s anywhere close to the service they did last year, it will be a sacred time of hearing from God.  Don’t miss it!

And speaking of missing it….  I will be away for a family wedding this weekend in New York City. (I can’t tell you how sorry I am to miss the youth service!) I will return on Tuesday in time for the Council meeting. Please call the office during business hours on Monday or Tuesday and feel free to either leave a voice mail on my office phone (extension 102) or call my cell phone over the weekend if there is an urgent matter. (You may not realize that if you leave me a voice mail in my box, our phone system sends the message to me via email which comes straight to my phone. Thanks Brian Holsonbake!)  I won’t be available the entire time I’m up there (obviously), but there will be time for me to check messages and return calls if necessary. Rich has an aunt and uncle in Queens, both of them in their mid-90’s, and we are also looking forward to seeing them as well.

It’s time to mark your calendars for an annual faith family event.  Sunday, May 15 is Confirmation and Pentecost Sunday!  We will have ONE service at 10 am.  Please come and share in this major event in the lives of our young people as we confirm 8 of our youth who have taken classes since September to prepare for this sacred event.

Have a great week!

Blessings on you,

Midweek Message - April 12, 2016

Dear Friends,

​First a huge Thank You to Mark Norris for sharing his faith and his expertise as an environmental scientist over the last 2 Sundays.  This Sunday we will focus on Environmental Justice -- a biblical and theological response to Care for Creation and our Relationship to Creation.

Also this week -- Sunday, April 17, 4 pm

Organ and Piano Concert

Kelly Renner, Piano 

And Steve Stem, Organ

When I listen to Kelly and Steve play together, it is clear that they are giving an offering to God.  The music has vitality and sincerity, and when these two servant leaders play together, there is a harmony that runs much deeper than anything on the pages of the score.  Sweet!  

I am giving thanks to God today for the families who have brought their children for baptism in the last 2 weeks. We have talked about raising their children with the help of the congregation that has promised to "surround them with a community of love and forgiveness."  One of the families spoke about their desire to raise their child in a church family where they can experience mission service and youth group as the parents did when they were children.  Join me in prayer this week for the Benton-Taylor, Sharp-Burgos, and Douglas families, that they will find such a community of love and support that they will be drawn fully into the life of this family of faith.

One last thing – mark your calendars now – Confirmation is May 15th and there will be only ONE service at 10 am on that day.

Blessings on you!