Today we have been invited to participate in St. Jacob’s annual Worship Service at the Pond, held at the Junior & Janice Ratliff residence at 28901 Blue Creek Rd, Sunman, Indiana.
The service will be held at 10:30 am. Please feel free to bring a bag lunch and your own drinks, and join us for a picnic lunch after worship!
Church services are cancelled for the next two weeks. We will update again prior to May 24.
I hope you are doing well and know that we need to be in each other’s prayers in these challenging times. I encourage you to pause and make your own list of those you want to pray for in your heart.
I had a good conversation with Sandy Wagner, head of the Sunman Food Pantry. The pantry has been busy, but not overwhelmed. So far, donations have been good, but we should anticipate that the needs will continue. Folks coming to the pantry must wait in their cars. Volunteers come (like the old car hops at A&W), ask how many persons are in the home, and then groceries are brought curbside. We can be proud to be part of this outreach!
Your Church Council will meet this Wednesday May 6th to discuss plans for worship when services reopen, addressing questions of social distancing. We hope to have our first service on Sunday May 10th at 10:30am (no Sunday School).
Looking ahead, our Sunday School is not planning to have Vacation Bible School, but has scheduled a family event for July 15. This will be the Silly Safari Animal Show, and possibly an ice cream truck in the parking lot.
In conclusion, for a bit of humor, I found a wonderful little book entitled “Comic Epitaphs”. This is a collection of grave markers from New England cemeteries. Here’s one that gave me a chuckle:
God be with you till we meet again.
By His counsel may he hold you,
In His loving arms enfold you.
God be with you till we meet again.
God bless you. I hope you’re doing well.
Here are three thoughts about claiming the well-being that God wants for us.
1. When we feel alone or cut off – remember there were occasions in the Bible when people were alone. Jesus, Moses, and others went off by themselves into the wilderness so that God might give them guidance. Please pray that God show us the best way to use this time.
2. When we miss the experience of worship – I suggest we review the words of a favorite Christian song or hymn. I believe this will bless us.
3. When we miss the fellowship of others – I encourage you to call and check on one another. When you build the church, prayer and fellowship mix together to create the mortar which keeps us strong. Remember, church lives in your heart, not in a building.
God bless you and keep you today and always.
Dear God, we your people want to follow your direction in all the circumstances we face. When we can’t physically be together, we know that we can communicate with each other and strengthen each other with your help. Thank you for the promises of faith that can keep us strong in difficult times.
If you have a prayer request or news about you or your family that you can share please call me at 859-466-4344.
Rev. Dave Johnston
Our sister church, St. John’s UCC (Huntersville) in Batesville, has online services each Sunday starting at 10:15 am. https://www.stjohnsuccbatesville.org. Once you get on their page follow the link to join the live service each Sunday with Rev. Joey Feldmann and organist David Hanson.
A message from Dwain Gesell, Church Council President
Our church council, after many phone conversations, has decided to cancel our Homecoming Chicken Dinner scheduled for June 7, 2020. The current health concerns limit us from dishes being brought in from our homes for now. We don’t plan to give up on our tradition of church dinners, but we need to put this one on hold for now. Also, at present will not have worship through May 3rd. Don’t give up; together we will find a way.
During this important time, donations to our church can be mailed directly to the church office. I’m picking up the mail daily and distributing as needed.
St. John’s UCC, Penntown
8917 E County Rd 1300 N
Sunman, IN 47041