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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.
We’re well into spring and things are getting busy.
The end of April was our annual clothing swap. We appreciate everyone who donated, helped set-up, sort, shopped, assisted shoppers and cleaned up. It’s a huge undertaking that wouldn’t happen without everyone’s help! All those who shopped are appreciative as well! Special thanks to Chuck Stoner and Calvert Johnson who helped load all the items that were left and transport them for pick-up by a local non-profit organization!!! THANKS!
The Chick Flick will be held on May 18 in Fellowship Hall. The movie selection is: God Mend the Broken Road. This Christianbased movie combines elements of faith and country music while paying tribute to those who serve in the US Military. Join us for dinner @ 5 pm with the movie to follow. Bring a friend (or two) and a comfy chair if you wish and join us for good food and a nice evening of fellowship.
March 31 was Women’s Sunday at Elkton Presbyterian Church. Every year we honor one of our amazing women for their service to God, our church and our community. This year’s recipient was MARY KEARNS! If you didn’t get a chance to congratulate Mary, please take the time to thank her for all she has done and continues to do.
April 5-7 was the New Castle Presbytery’s Presbyterian Women’s Retreat in Ocean City, MD. Eighty-eight women registered for a fun weekend of song, energetic Bible study, workshops, laughter, good food and a wonderful view of the ocean. We had four ladies in attendance this year. Look for announcements for upcoming NC PW events throughout the year.
We are joining with New Castle PW groups in a mission project. Please save all your canceled stamps and we’ll have a drop box set up in the Narthex. There is a group that will pay for canceled stamps of any type and the proceeds help finance educational materials for children. That’s right – any canceled stamp that you receive will help – but PLEASE DO NOT CUT THEM OUT. If you could tear off that portion of the envelope (minus your address of course) and drop them off to us, we will forward them on to be included
- Other Presbyterian Women Events- Save the Date:
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!
One Great Hour of Sharing
One Great Hour of Sharing is the single, largest way that Presbyterians come together every year to work for a better world—sharing God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world by providing relief from natural disasters, food for the hungry, and support for the poor and oppressed. EPC members will have an opportunity to donate during the services on Palm Sunday and Easter. Checks should be marked for OGHS. Fish banks are also available for collecting coins. Pick up a bank in the Narthex.
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 is open to all women of the Church: We meet the third Monday of every month, at 10:30am, in the Conference room. Our next meeting is April 15th. We are currently studying “God’s Promise, I Am With You”
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. Spaghetti Dinner Thank You
***REMINDER THAT YOUTH GROUP OFFICIALY ENDS at 8.15PM***
Thank you for everyone who came out who supported the Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction On March 30, we hope everyone had a great time, and we look forward to next year. We especially would like to thank all the kids for their hard work and dedication to this years event, that helped make it a great success. Also, Thank you to the youth leaders for there incredible dedication, and making the kids and the church #1
UPCOMING YOUTH GROUP MEETINGS AND DATES
Wed., May 1, Meeting 6 - 8:15 p.m
Wed., May 8, Meeting 6-8:15 p.m.
Wed., May 15, Meeting 6-8:15 p.m.
Wed., May 22, Meeting 6-8:15 p.m.
Wed., May 29, Meeting 6-8:15 p.m
There will be no Adult or Children’s Sunday School on Palm Sunday due to the one combined service at 10am.
There will also be no Adult or Children’s Sunday School on Easter morning between services.
Attention All Graduates
We would like to recognize all your hard work and achievements. We would like to know of members that are graduating from High School or higher learning. We will have graduate recognition at the 11:00am service on June 2, 2019 so please plan to attend. Please call the church office or fill in the information on the sheet in the Narthex. We would like to know the person’s name, school, and plans for the future
6. Deacons Corner
Let us sing God’s praises because winter is over and Spring is showing its beautiful colors!
Don’t forget you can order altar flowers every week! Joyce Clark wants to remind everyone that there is a signup sheet in the Narthex. Cost for the Sunday flowers is $25 or $35, depending on your choices, 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 Deacons container for Food Pantry donations is working well in the Narthex. Thanks to all who donate food to the food pantry! Judy Richmond’s food pantry report noted that in March, the food pantry gave out 215 bags of food to 34 families that consisted of 52 individuals; four were church help, 15 were children and five were veterans.
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 contact Dale Gorman or the Deacon of the Month so we can coordinate the necessary care!
The Deacons enjoyed providing the main course for the Lenten study, providing a fun coffee/tea basket at the Youth Spaghetti Dinner auction, and look forward to hosting a Continental Breakfast on July 21!
Deacons Judy Jacobsen and Linda Bradley have started a regular service of providing dinner at the Paris Foundation three times a year. This Elkton mission, supported by GEMA, serves dinner 365 days a year. Deacons will begin helping the women with the commitment starting in September. Those who would like to serve a dinner to the area homeless are asked to contact Judy or Linda.
May Deacon of the month is Debi Heusser. Tina Mulligan is the Deacon Starfish representative
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”
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”
Hand bells will play on May 19th and then take a well deserved “vacation” until September. I thank them for their faithfulness and all the beautiful music they have made this year.
Thanks to Terry Frederick and Steve McCreary for playing French Horn and Trumpet on Easter Sunday.
The choir will be singing until June 9th and soloists will be at each 10:00 summer Sunday service.
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