“APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS”…isn’t that what the thought is for this time of year?  Well, as I am writing this piece for the newsletter, it is pouring down rain.  Our area does need the rain, and we thank God for providing that which will water the earth.  The flowers are basking in the fresh water as they seem to have turned toward the rain.

 

Our month of May here at Port Royal is looking to be a busy month for us.  Please note the meetings that are scheduled.  We need active participation in these committees so that the work of the church will run smoothly.

 

This month I hope that you will make an effort to invite a friend or a family member or both to Sunday School.  This is a time that questions come to light and answers are sort for those who want to dig into the Word of God.  The Grace and Gratitude class is journaling.  We are finding that this helps the members of the class to write down their thoughts throughout the week and then we discuss them on Sunday as they pertain to a particular verse or theological concept.  The process enables each student to bring to the class her insights and her questions that they may be pondered and thought through as we move through our discussion.  The Adult Class is meeting in Fowler Hall and Grace and Gratitude meets in the room off the Narthex, starting at 9:30 each Sunday morning.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful, also, to see our Youth come and to have a children’s class?

 

Mark your calendars for May 19th—UMW’s Spring Bazaar. This event is shaping up to be a great time.  Also, we will have hamburgers and hot dogs available for those who would like to enjoy a bite to eat while they are shopping!  And, I understand that we will also have music being played during this time for one and all to enjoy.  Plan to come out—8 am to 1 pm—Saturday, May 19th.

 

As we look ahead here at our church and as our church family moves into this new month of the year, I keep returning to a passage of scripture that comes to me over and over.  I remember this verse from Jeremiah 29:11—“I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.”

 

As we meet each day and its challenges and as we travel through each day, in which we may experience shock, anger, loss, and fear of the unknown, it helps us to remember that whatever happens, God’s future for us is one filled with hope.  Don’t ever lose sight of this!

 

 

Blessings for the weeks ahead,

Your pastor, Anne

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