We have had such a lot of rain lately, it seems appropriate that we would have a duckling visit church on Sunday. A little duckling named Guinness McKenzie (he's black and tan...). It was a little early for St. Francis Day, October 4th, but it was a joy to have this little tyke running around quacking with the rest of us.
We sang a hymn or two from our "new" blue hymnals, gifted to us from 1st Roswell, and admired the Pentecost banner adorning the wall below our stained glass window, gold and various shades of red, purple and yellow. The glitter glue had only just dried that morning.
How wonderful it was also to see Anna Randals and Kenneth McKenzie visiting too! If you haven't heard this yet, Anna indeed got the job teaching 2nd grade. Thanks be to God! Also, please remember Jack Dyer in your prayers. Jack is definitely worsening. If you want to call his house and pay your regards, you can at: 575-487-2835 or 403-2835.
Yesterday we are able to help a woman who is escaping to Farmington following a violent home situation. Ronni Wright sent her to us. She had had her teeth knocked out by this man and apologized that she is still learning how to speak clearly because of this. It is the first opportunity to use the Mission grant from the Presbytery. We gave her $40 for fuel, some food from our Traveler's Pantry and allowed her to select some clothing from our clothing racks in the Rummage Room I prayed for her before she left. She expressed her gratitude to God for our help.
There is so much to be said about Pentecost. It is a day we remember the birth of the Church. Yet, it is a day of opportunity for us to re-embrace our birth as the church. Pentecost shouldn't be just one day, but a life spent exploring God's will for the Church! We are living in an inventive age (See Doug Pagitt's "Church in the Inventive Age" series)
Well, it seems necessary that we somehow allow God's Spirit to reinvent all the time. We are Reformed and always reforming, remember! This week, for example is different from last week:
TODAY,Tuesday, at noon is yoga in Fellowship Hall 12 noon sharp!
TODAY Quay-Z quilters arrive at 1PM and cover the place with their projects :)
TOMORROW, Wednesday - Exercise, Eat and Pray 9:00AM; Amy will be in the office till about 1PM
TOMORROW, Wednesday - Session Meeting 5:30PM
THURSDAY - I might be in Albuquerque for a training all day long.
FRIDAY - Exercise Eat and Pray 9:00AM; Amy will be in the office till about 1PM
SUNDAY - Trinity Sunday, Potluck Supper (AKA, Take a Friend to Lunch), Fathers' Day Too!
MONDAY - Pastor takes a Sabbath
Don't forget that next week Wednesday evenings are going to be summer fellowship/movie nights. Another chance to invite a friend :)
Peace be with you today and every day.
Your Pastor, Amy