Staff

Pastor Gary Willingham-McLain

On my first day as a new resident of Elkton, I stopped in at American Home and Hardware, on Main Street, and I got interested in the swiss army knives. When I chose one, the salesman was very helpful, showing me several different instru-ments it had other than knife blades. Then he opened another one, and said, “Now this is a toothpick, not that there are any teeth in Cecil County.”

Just this morning at 6.30, I had to run over to Home Depot to get a plunger. I found the plunger and decided to pick up the little grill that we had already bought but had not yet taken home. While the attendant was helping me put the grill in the back of my SUV, making small talk, I said, “My wife ordered this grill, but it’s a little small. I’m afraid we’ll be having peo-ple over, and then run out of burgers.” He said, “Well, if they complain, you can just hit them over the head with the plunger.”

Those moments were gifts to me. Gifts of laughter. The kind of sudden, hard laughter that takes you by surprise, and brings a smile every time you think of it afterwards. I’m smil-ing right now as I write this. Thank you for your sense of hu-mor, Cecil County!

And I’ve already discovered that the men’s group on Thurs-day mornings has lots of laughter to give you, too. They also have gifts of engaged Bible study and earnest prayer. I’ve also received the gift of being brought alongside a few of you wom-en prayer warriors Tuesday morning, as you lifted up people before God.

I am speaking for Laurel, too, when I say that our coming to be with you here in Elkton, and especially here at Elkton Pres-byterian Church, has been for us an amazing gift. As a church family, you truly are a gift. You have been creative and gener-ous in your giving. Susan Cebrat making a ring of cards for our Brian, with pictures and labels for each room in the church. While we were still in Pittsburgh, several of you put in some very hard work, cleaning our new house, and cutting up and re-moving three cypress trees that had been damaged by a recent windstorm. An amazing gift. We both thank you, so much! These kind actions, though, come from the deeper gift—the gift you give which is yourselves—your love, kindness, generosity, prayerfulness, sensitivity to the Spirit. And I know that you are that way because of the greatest gift there is, Jesus Christ him-self, and the loving work he has been doing in you for many years. Your worship, your service, your character as a church family are gifts from God. I feel deeply grateful for this oppor-tunity to join you in serving and loving and praying and wor-shipping. God is good!

Pastor Gary

 

 

Staff Members

Secretary………………………….Carol McArthur

Director of Music....................................Susan Cebrat

Organist................................................... Janice Nieves

Sunday School Director.........................Carol McArthur

Youth Director.........................................TBD

Financial Secretary..................................Al Renwick

Treasurer.................................................Sharon Stout

Custodian...............................................George Jones