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Presbyterian Women- Pam Culley
“I am the vine, you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
The New Year is zipping right along and, with that in mind, we have some dates to place on your calendars for upcoming events.
Starting the end of February through Lent, PW will be asking for the congregation’s help in our mission project. It has been several years since we’ve attempted a mission project, so we’re hoping we can have everyone pitch in to help on this one! We will be assembling “Totes for Hope” that will be shared with the Paris Foundation at Easter. Cloth tote bags will be filled with toiletry items for those who are in need. We will be handing out zip-lock bags with a list of items to be included (ie lip balm, toothbrush/toothpaste, socks, comb/brush, shampoo, etc.). We’re hoping everyone will take a little time out of their schedules to make a trip to the Dollar Store to fill a Tote for Hope!
- Other Presbyterian Women Events- Save the Date:
Women’s Sunday – March 31 – come see who will be this year’s PW Woman of the Year!
New Castle PW Retreat, The Dunes, Ocean City, MD – April 5-7 – Join New Castle PW ladies for a wonderful, inspirational weekend in an ocean front setting. Information and registration forms will be available soon – see Pam Culley or Norma Salomon.
Clothing Swap – April 29-May 1 – clean out those closets and sign up to help sort clothing for this popular event. Lots of help is needed!
Spring Chick Flick (dinner/movie) – May 18; PW Annual Tea – date TBD
Fall Chick Flick (dinner/movie) – October 19; Cranberry Relish Sale – mid-November
Candlelight Communion Service – December 4
Please join us for fellowship and fun as we share Christ’s love with our congregation and community!
2. Women's Ministries
Prayer Shawl Knitting/CrochetingMinistry—The Prayer Shawl Ministry is always open for new knitters and crocheters to join the group. Knowing how to knit or crochet, however, is not a requirement for attending our meetings. All that is needed is a desire to learn a skill that can be used to bless others. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month (September through May) from 12-2:00pm in the conference room. If you are interested in joining us or learning to knit or crochet, call the church office.
3. Martha Circle
Martha Circle meets at 10:30am on the 3rd Monday of the month, in the Conference Rm; studying “God’s Promise, I am With You” by Amy Sutherlun. If you are interested in participating.
4. EPC Building Use Update
ELKTON PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH BUILDING USE ADDENDUM
Elkton Presbyterian church does not have the facility or staff to facilitate emotional support animals. For the health and safety of all involved, we must require that these animals not be permitted in the building. This change will have no effect on certified service support animals, wearing proper identification and harnesses. Thank you for your support
5. Youth Group Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction
E.P.Y.C. Youth Harrisburg-bound in June - That Groovin' 1970s Theme for March 30th fundraiser!
Help our awesome E.P.Y.C. youth get to Harrisburg, PA, for a mission trip in June 2019 through YouthWorks, a premier Christian Mission Outreach program. Plans are underway for the E.P.Y.C. Youth Fundraiser in March 2019, which is an all-you-can-eat Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction on Saturday, March 30 . The theme is The Groovin' 1970s! The youth are raising money to go on a mission trip to Harrisburg, PA, where they will help impoverished neighborhoods within this city with home repairs and painting, yard work, and simple construction projects. The Spaghetti Dinner and Auction raises much needed funds so that the cost per youth participating in the trip is minimal. The various ministry and church groups have been asked to donate a themed basket – so far, we have a coffee basket, a gardening basket, and a bird basket – Thank you!
Other basket ideas are: Spa Basket, Movie/Entertainment Basket, Restaurant Basket (with gift certificates to area restaurants), Car Care basket, to name just a few ideas. At your next meeting, please discuss this idea with your members, decide on a theme, and send me an e-mail what your theme will be. This is an easy and supportive way to get involved with this important endeavor. We will need all baskets put together by March 15, so that we can begin to publicize what we have to the membership and the greater community. I'd like to have the baskets here at the church by Wednesday, March 27th. If you would like to help get items for the Fundraiser, there are letters on the back table in the sanctuary.
Also, find your best outfit from the 1970s, and boogie-on down to EPC on March 30, and eat all of the spaghetti, salad and dessert you'd like, enjoy some fun fellowship, and help us reach our Fundraising Goal!
UPCOMING YOUTH GROUP MEETINGS AND DATES
Wednesday, March 13, Lenten Series “Relationship with God” 6-8.15
Wednesday, March 20, Lenten Series “Relationship with Family” 6-8.15
Wednesday, March 27, Lenten Series “Relationship with Friends” 6-8.15
Friday, March 29, Decorating and Prep for Spaghetti Dinner, 5-till finished
Saturday, March 30, Spaghetti Dinner, (including Clean Up) TBA
6. Deacons Corner
“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” – 1 Corinthians 13:7
February can be a bleak month for many, but Valentine’s Day reminds us to love! So with Christian love, we are happy to announce that Brian Heusser and Judy Jacobson have joined the Deacons!
In the call to show Christ’s love, the deacons greet, feed, visit and encourage all members of the church. Visits, cards and calls were made to elderly, sick, recuperating, lonely and despondent members. If you or someone in the congregation you know has a need that hasn’t been met, please let a deacon know!
The Deacon’s Soup and Sandwich lunch has been postponed because the Rev. Gary Willingham-McLain and his wife, Laurel, visited on February 17. Instead, the deacons helped with the meet-and-greet dinner held Feb. 16. The deacons are working to find an alternate date to hold the luncheon.
Deacons are in charge of ordering the altar flowers every week and Joyce Clark wants to remind everyone that there is a signup sheet in the Narthex. Cost for the Sunday flowers is $25 and you can purchase them in honor or memory of a loved one. You can also take the flowers home to enjoy, or donate them and a deacon will deliver them, to a member during a visit.
The Easter Flower sale will be held in April. Edgar Saeger will provide a separate signup sheet in the weeks to come!
Judy Richmond reported that in January, the food pantry gave out 198 bags of food to 38 families that consisted of 58 individuals; three were church help, 18 were children and four were veterans. The food pantry was open four of the five Wednesdays in January because of snow one week.
Just another note that the deacons have planned a wonderful basket to donate to the Youth Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction. We hope to see everyone there to support our young members for this fundraiser to help defray the cost of their mission trip.
March Deacon of the Month is Tina Mulligan. April Deacon of the month is Linda Bradley.
7. Mission Opportunities Carol McArthur
YES -Ignite Team Partnership Opportunities exist for members and friends to volunteer with the Youth Empowerment Source mission. Information can be provide information if you would like to help prepare and serve lunch twice a month to their Legacy clients. If you would like to volunteer as a mentor or see what other opportunities are available, please call church office for direct contact information.
Community Kitchen EPC Co-Coordinator
Our community kitchen coordinator, would like a partner for this fulfilling mission. Duties include coordinating dates for meal, meal choice, and soliciting 8-10 volunteers to help prepare the food and serve it. We typically serve the meal 2-3 times a year at noon on a Friday, so it is a short term project in terms of time needed. To volunteer, contact church office
8.Fresh flowers brighten our Sanctuary,
Each flower’s openness and its willingness to share its story; a story of being bold, yet quiet, elegant, yet playful. If you would like to provide fresh flowers in honor, or in memory of someone, sign up on the Flower Chart in the narthex, or give our church secretary a call at 410-398-4636, with your request. The cost is $25.00, or $35.00, depending on the size of the arrangement. Please mark your payment “flowers” and put it in the offering plate on Sunday, or send to the Elkton Presbyterian Church, 209 East Main St., Elkton, MD 21921, re: Flowers
9. Bible Study
The Christian Ed Team has added new opportunities for our members to be nurtured in God’s Word. The following list of Adult Bible studies has something for everyone. Read more about them in the newsletter, and grow in your understanding of God’s Word by joining one or more classes.
Sunday Mornings at 10am:
1. Adult Sunday School - Please join us at 10:00am, Sundays, in the Chapel for an Adult Bible class. The class is starting the study of 1st Peter, and will continue through the study of 2nd Peter.
2. New Study: “Bible 101” led by Rev. John Paderson
Tuesday Evenings at 6:30pm:
1. Men’s Bible Study in the Chapel beginning with pizza; studying DVD series, Focus on the Family “Truth Project”.
2. Women’s Bible Study in the Conference Room; finishing a study on “Meeting the Spirit “ by Douglas Connelly, contact Sue Spencer if you are interested in attending.
1. Men’s Breakfast Fellowship at 7:00am at JoJo’s followed by Bible study in the Chapel at 9:00am; studying “Matthew”,
2. Thursday Friends Bible Study at 10:30am in the Conference Room; studying a “Chronological Study of the Bible”
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