May 31, 2017

We will celebrate the life of Judy Dybas with a service of Witness to the Resurrection this Friday, June 2. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m., and the service will begin at 11:00. Judy’s family invites you to wear pink or a bright color in her honor.

Our office administrator will be out most of June recovering from surgery. We will not send out E-Notes in her absence, so watch for your next E-Notes in about 4 weeks.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Dear Friends,

This is the last Enote for a while. Barb is having surgery, and it is Barb who edits and sends out the Enotes. We are all very grateful to Barb for her service and dedication. We will all pray for her speedy recovery.

This coming week is a heartfelt week. This Friday will be Judy Dybas’ memorial service. She was/is a dear friend. It is hard for me to talk about someone who has died in past tense because I think of her being present before the Lord. She fought the hard fight against cancer four times!

On Sunday afternoon June 11 we will be hosting a memorial concert in honor of Agnes Royster, a beautiful person, voice, smile, face, and spirit. She fought bravely through the burden of Alzheimer’s disease. The concert is at 4:00 with refreshments following. The proceeds of the concert will go toward the Sandy L. and Agnes K. Royster Alzheimer’s Research Endowed Scholarship Fund at North Carolina A&T State University to support someone who is doing research on Alzheimer’s. If you would like to contribute, make a check out to Southminster with Agnes written on the memo line.

We will not forget Judy or Agnes, but when we are hit by disease we can feel overwhelmed. Our scripture suggests that we take every thought captive to the Lord. I have found this verse to be very helpful when I face difficult times or people. It is not enough to stop dwelling on negative thoughts. We need to replace negative thoughts with prayers and praise. For fighting the fight against cancer, Southminster has Luminary Sunday. We pray and praise the Lord. For supporting work against Alzheimer’s, we will pray and praise the Lord on June 11.

Times can be tough, but we can take every thought to our Lord and replace it with prayer and praise. Take it from here.

Love, Wendy
Your pastor, partner, and friend

P.S. If you can’t be in church on Sunday, be the church where you are. This Sunday is Pentecost. Make a moment in your day and try to listen to the Spirit.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

LAST CHANCE FOR “GIFTS GROW” – gifts must be received by the end of today! You can DOUBLE your giving power when you give to one or more of the 11 missions Southminster supports! Our Mission Ministry has allocated $3,000 to match your gifts in 2017. Watch your Gifts Grow as the flowers for each mission bloom in the flowerpots in the narthex. What a wonderful way to help others and show God’s love.

RUMMAGE SALE: Got donations to our Rummage Sale? You can drop them off in Fellowship Hall beginning after worship this Sunday. Blair will be at church from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. June 5-9. Call him if you need to make other arrangements: 630-917-6035. Please price your items, if you can, except for books and clothes (we have set prices for those). Price stickers are on the bulletin board in the Narthex and on the counter near the name tags. PLEASE DO NOT DONATE ELECTRONICS. They rarely sell, and disposing of them is complicated. We could us wire coat hangers and grocery bags if you have some to contribute. Don’t forget to come and shop. Weather permitting, the youth will also be washing cars.

OFFICE HELP! We’re still looking for people willing to answer phones and sort mail (and catch up on their summer reading and knit… or whatever!) in the office during the period when Barb is away. We need some help the second and third weeks of June. (The office will be closed Mondays, June 12 and 19.)

THIS SUNDAY IN WORSHIP (June 4, 2017)
The Day of Pentecost, Confirmation, Communion
Liturgist: Andrea Davidson
Elder: Lanny Russell
Deacon: Julie Storey
Ushers: Terry and Ginny Kline, Nick Kaskovich
Fellowship: April Messmore
Valet Parking: Steve Kozich
Please let the office know immediately if there are any changes to this schedule.
Thank you!

JUBILEE BUCKS: During the summer we are going to have just one order date and one pick-up date per month. Order on the 3rd Sunday of the month (June 18, July 16, August 20) and pick up the following Sunday (June 25, July 23, August 20.)

This Sunday, and the first Sunday of every month, is the day we bring OFFERINGS FOR PEOPLE’S RESOURCE CENTER. The June emphasis is toilet paper and paper towels. Donations may be placed in the narthex (near the stairwell to Fellowship Hall).

The LADIES’ BREAKFAST group meets the first Monday of the month, which is this coming Monday, June 5. All women are invited to join us at 8:00 a.m. at Danby Station, 750 Roosevelt Road, Glen Ellyn. Please call Joan Koska if you have any questions: at home (630-469-7935) or on her cell (630-710-7935).

CHRISTIAN ED. NOTES:
– NO SUNDAY SCHOOL ON JUNE 4: There will be no Sunday School so the children can be present for the confirmation of Kayla and Sara.
– SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS AND HELPERS NEEDED! Summer Sunday School will begin on June 11! The first unit is called “Courageous People of the Bible,” and the children will be learning about ordinary people who did extraordinary things through their faith in God. We have a need for teachers and helpers this summer, particularly in August. If you have a heart for children and would like to help out, please contact Rose Audette!

– WHAT’S AHEAD IN CHRISTIAN ED.?
June 4: Confirmation – children remain in worship
June 11: Summer Sunday School – Courageous Queen; C.E. Meeting – 11:00 a.m. in the Toddler Room
June 18: Summer Sunday School – Courageous Friends
June 25: Summer Sunday School – Courageous Daniel

ADULT EDUCATION
– SUNDAY MORNING CLASS: Our study of Jeremiah continues this Sunday. Join us at 11:00 a.m. in the Parlor for study, conversation, laughter, and edification.
– The WOMEN’S SUNDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY GROUP has completed the study for this season. The group will resume in the fall.

YOUTH: There is no event this weekend, but Rummage Sale is June 10. We need everyone from 7:00 a.m. to finishing cleaning up (sale ends at 3:00 p.m.) We will also be doing a carwash, so be ready to get wet (weather permitting).

The Confirmation Class invites you to please save Sunday, June 11, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. for our CONCERT IN HONOR OF AGNES ROYSTER, who died last June due to complications of Alzheimer’s disease. The proceeds will go to a scholarship fund at North Carolina A&T State U. to fund Alzheimer’s research. Our new neighbors at Glen Manor will be providing refreshments following the concert. Please join us to enjoy music not only for Agnes but to honor all who struggle with this terrible condition and those who love them. And please wear purple in support of Alzheimer’s research.

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May 24, 2017

James 1:17-18
Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. In fulfillment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures.

Dear Friends,

What comes to mind when you see 1776? Hamilton? The Declaration of Independence? Last night I was talking to the new moderator of Mission, Sandy Lopata, and she told me that we have received a total of $1,776 in donation for “Gifts Grow.” The deadline is one week away! During the month of May the Mission Ministry offers the church family an opportunity to contribute to particular missions sponsored by Southminster. Your gifts will be matched by the Mission Ministry up to a total of $3,000 for the entire event. That means that there is $1,224 remaining in the Gifts Grow bucket.

Our “Gifts Grow” missions are: Bridge Communities, Connection of Friends, Cuba Sister Church, DuPage PADS, Family Shelter Service, Feed the Homeless-South Africa, Glen Ellyn Walk-In Ministry, Northwestern Medicine Home Health and Hospice, People’s Resource Center, Rebuilding Together Aurora, and the Youth Mission Trip. This is your chance to give a personal gift to make a difference in your favorite mission.

When I give to the church or to one of our missions, or any act of charity for that matter, I think of this passage from James. I feel like I am partnering with God to bring a blessing to the world. I particularly felt that way this morning. This morning, Tom Anderson, our music director, and I stopped by Glenbard South High School to present the Southminster Composition Award. It is an award that I set up back in 2011 on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The idea was to promote a small act of creativity and compassion in a warring world through music in the name of our Lord and in the name of Southminster. One year our own Zoe Zapel won the award. This year the award went to Muhammad Ahmad. The irony, wonder, and joy of his name were not lost on me. The music department is very delighted that we are supporting peace and music this way. The choral director was also delighted to meet our Tom because the school has used his arrangements for a number of years.

May we share God’s love and peace through gifts and our lives. Take it from here.

Love, Wendy
Your pastor, partner, and friend

P.S. If you can’t be in church on Sunday, be the church where you are! In a weekend of BBQ and campouts, make a point of thanking God for the people who have given the ultimate gift of their lives.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

COLLEGE STUDENTS AND RECENT COLLEGE GRADUATES: You are cordially invited to a potluck dinner at 6:00 p.m. this Sunday, May 28, at Wendy and Blair’s (2S172 Huntington Pl, Glen Ellyn). Watch for a text from Blair about what to bring. If you haven’t received a text about this, contact Blair to get on the text list.

The “LADIES WHO LUNCH” are meeting on a different week in May! Instead of the usual gathering on the third Wednesday, they will meet instead next Wednesday, May 31. You may join them at Reserve 22 at the Village Links of Glen Ellyn, 485 Winchell Way.

THIS SUNDAY IN WORSHIP (May 28, 2017)
Liturgist: Sara Vanderford
Elder: Chris Vanderford
Deacon: Roma Moye
Children’s Moment: Rose Audette
Ushers: Lanny Russell
Fellowship: Susan Vanderford
Valet Parking: Steve Kozich
Please let the office know immediately if there are any changes to this schedule.
Thank you!

JUBILEE BUCKS: This Sunday be sure to pick up any orders placed last week. Looking ahead, during the summer we are going to have just one order date and one pick-up date per month. Order on the 3rd Sunday of the month (June 18, July 16, August 20) and pick up the following Sunday (June 25, July 23, August 20.)

“GIFTS GROW” is underway, and there’s only one week left! You can DOUBLE your giving power when you give to one or more of the 11 missions Southminster supports! Our Mission Ministry has allocated $3,000 to match your gifts in 2017. Watch your Gifts Grow as the flowers for each mission bloom in the flowerpots in the narthex. What a wonderful way to help others and show God’s love. Gifts must be received by May 31, so you won’t want to delay!

OFFICE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Our secretary is having surgery on June 5 and will be out of the office at least 2 weeks. We will need volunteers to be in the church office, especially during the week leading up to the Rummage Sale, which is Saturday, June 10. People will be stopping by with their donations during the week before the sale, and we need to be sure someone is here to let them in. Please call or email the office if you can volunteer so we can start setting up a schedule.
(Barb will also be unable to drive for an unknown length of time, since it’s the right hip being replaced this time. She will almost certainly need rides to and from work when she first comes back. If you’re willing to help with that, please let her know.)

CHRISTIAN ED. NOTES:
– NO SUNDAY SCHOOL ON MAY 28: There will be no Sunday School this weekend due to the Memorial Day holiday. Summer Sunday School will begin on June 11.
– SUNDAY SCHOOL MISSION: Thank you to all parents and children who brought in items for the Sunday School Mission project. We were able to put together 20 pairs of socks – stuffed with personal care items – for the PRC!
– SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS AND HELPERS NEEDED! Summer Sunday School will begin on June 11! The first unit is called “Courageous People of the Bible,” and the children will be learning about ordinary people who did extraordinary things through their faith in God. We have a need for teachers and helpers this summer, particularly in August. If you have a heart for children and would like to help out, please contact Rose Audette!

– WHAT’S AHEAD IN CHRISTIAN ED.?
May 28: No Sunday School – Memorial Day Holiday
June 4: Confirmation – children in worship
June 11: Summer Sunday School – Courageous Queen
June 18: Summer Sunday School – Courageous Friends

ADULT EDUCATION
– SUNDAY MORNING CLASS: We are taking Memorial Day weekend off from our study of Jeremiah, but join us on June 4 for more of Jeremiah.
– The WOMEN’S SUNDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY GROUP has completed the study for this season. The group will resume in the fall.

YOUTH: Youth, no event this weekend. Enjoy Memorial Day! Our next event is the Rummage Sale on June 10th. Blair will be contacting everyone with more details.

RUMMAGE SALE is coming June 10 (one day only). Donations can be dropped off in Fellowship Hall beginning after church on June 4. Please price all items, except books and clothes. Stickers are on the name tag counter and the bulletin board in the Narthex. PLEASE DO NOT DONATE ELECTRONICS. They rarely sell, and disposing of them is complicated. Also, got some wire clothes hangers? We could use them.

The Confirmation Class invites you to please save Sunday, June 11, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. for our CONCERT IN HONOR OF AGNES ROYSTER, who died last June due to complications of Alzheimer’s disease. The proceeds will go to a scholarship fund at North Carolina A&T State U. to fund Alzheimer’s research. Our new neighbors at Glen Manor will be providing refreshments following the concert. Please join us to enjoy music not only for Agnes but to honor all who struggle with this terrible condition and those who love them.

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