Hello again, readers - a few more announcements (I mean in addition to last week's long entry.)
1) It is really and truly finally spring - 26 degrees today, 28 tomorrow. I knew the heat would hit after the long, cool 'early spring'. I love 'cool' but I also appreciate the fragrance of blossoms and the smell of freshly mowed grass and brand new bark mulch.
2) Rev. Ray Parker will be speaking this Sunday - 'At the Name of Jesus', Philippians 2: 1-11. Rev. Ray is the kind of speaker that when he speaks, you don't want to miss one word. Don't miss this Sunday : )
3) Ladies Brunch is scheduled for Saturday, May 5 at 10:30 AM. The theme is 'Reflections'. You're invited to come and bring a friend. These brunches, actually all of our ladies' events, are really nice. Thanks, Jackie and committee!
4) Our BC Regional Gathering (other regional Free Methodist Churches) is Saturday, May 12, 9 AM - 3 PM in Mission, BC. I've been announcing this for weeks now. This will be a great time to enjoy a drive with friends and then connect with other FM people in Mission, BC. Everyone is welcome! These gatherings were formerly for pastors, delegates and church leadership board members. Now we are all invited. If you plan to go, let Rita or the office know by Sunday, May 6. Hope many of us can go!
5) Sermon by Pastor Marc McAlister, Director of Leadership Development for FMCiC, our national church. We are pleased he and Laurie will be with us May 20!
Last weekend was definitely a celebration weekend! We had a wonderful time with Debbie Hogeboom, retired missionary. She spoke on, if you want to walk on water, get out of the boat!' And who doesn't enjoy a church potluck? We hadn't had one in ages and I'm sure we were all glad to have one last Friday night! Amazing feast : ) ... The twins, Carolyn and Marilyn, had quite a surprise 75th birthday party last Saturday afternoon - they were actually really surprised! They stopped counting at 80 guests. It was wall to wall people in Marilyn's house. ... Saturday evening was a fancy 60th anniversary dinner for Chuck and Georgia and friends and family - the church family got to celebrate with cake and coffee after Sunday's service. Congratulations, again! ... And finally, on Monday morning there was a get-together for our seniors, and many other churches' seniors, at New Horizons. They had a wonderful time, and of course, they had lunch.
Sunday's 'healing of human hurts' time was very special and meaningful. It was a beautiful time. There are many hurting people inside and outside our doors. Life is never easy but we have a solid foundation and hope. Our God is over all! I hope to hear testimonies of healing soon! So all in all, it has been a busy but wonderful week. See you Sunday!