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.
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.
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.
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.
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
– 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.