GeNex Party is at the Blevins House. We’ll try out the new fire pit for our end of year party! It’s time to say farewell to the fifth graders as they move into Youth Group. We’ll also welcome our newest members to GeNex, our current third graders. Bring a snack to share. Drinks and s’mores will be provided.
Inclusive Ministries Committee invites you to volunteer anytime from 10am until 2pm handing out snacks during the Toyota Bluegrass Miracle League games. Please contact Tracy Moore (email@example.com) or Wayne Thomas (firstname.lastname@example.org) to volunteer your time or if you have questions.
SPEAK PEACE TO VIOLENCE ON SATURDAY
The youth of the First African Baptist Church have been working for a year to organize the Speak Peace to Violence event being held tomorrow. They have invited us to come and join with them, not just youth, but adults and others throughout our community. The gathering begins at 10am and the neighborhood march is at 1pm. The Mayor and other dignitaries are supposed to be present and supporting this event. The location is 901 Price Road (the corner of Price and Georgetown Street), which is the address of the First African Baptist Church. Jim Niemi will provide transportation for anyone who wants to meet in our church parking lot and go together. He’ll be here at 9:30am and at 12:30, for you to come and participate in the whole event, or just the march.
It’s Pentecost… It’s Youth Sunday…It’s Teacher Appreciation Day… It’s After-Church Picnic Day… So Wear Something Red for Pentecost, or picnic clothes, or what you wore in high school—just be here!
Sunday Morning Worship at 10:30
The youth will be leading worship and six of our graduating seniors will be providing the sermon – Sam Hughes, Annie Summers, Victoria Salsman, Ethan Campbell, Matt Harris, and Rob Schrader. We’ll honor our teachers who have taught Sunday School this year. We’ll be singing terrific hymns: Earth & All Stars, Kum Ba Yah, Pass It On, andBe Thou My Vision. Following worship we’ll move downstairs to Fellowship Hall or out on the Courtyard for a picnic with hotdogs, beans, potato salad, chips, and to top it all off, an ice cream sundae bar where you add your own toppings. The cost of lunch is $5/adults, $4/kids, $20/family.
As part of our Pentecost celebration, we will be receiving the Pentecost Offering. On Pentecost, in that first year after the resurrection of Christ, the Holy Spirit came among the people and launched the Church into being. To mark this forward launching at Pentecost, we receive the Pentecost Offering dedicated to the future of our church — the children, youth, and young adults. Our congregation retains 40% of the Offering for a local program that we will designate, and 60% is sent on to support some of the most popular ministries we do as a church together, like the Young Adult Volunteer program and the Youth Triennium. Envelopes will be available for this offering in your pew on Sunday, or you may simply drop a check into the offering plate marked for the Pentecost Offering.
Sunday School Classes
Sunday Mornings at 9:15
This Sunday there will be three classes. You are invited to come join any class:
Listening for God Class… The class is reading from the book An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor. Join in the Field Room at the end of the first floor hallway.
The Mix… Woody is teaching this week from the book The Awakening of Hope. Join in the Blevins House, main floor.
Men’s Bible Study… Ron Eads is leading the study on Resurrection Hope from the Gospel of Luke. Join in the Scout Room downstairs.
After Worship on Sunday
FAIR TRADE PRODUCTS will be available for purchase after worship.
LET’S CELEBRATE ~ Brian Moore, who has worked as our intern for Youth and College while he has completed two degrees at UK, has now graduated, is getting married, and moving to Cincinnati. We’re having a shower for Brian and Lauren Davis as they prepare for a new journey together. All youth and church friends are welcome to join us in Fellowship Hall at 5:00. We’ll have cake and snacks, including more ice cream! If you are unable to attend and would like to give a gift, please bring items to Kyle’s office.
8:30am Owsley County Mission Trip
8:30am Sweet Blessings
9:00am Staff Meeting
7:00 pm Centering Prayer
6:00pm Neighborhood Meal
7:00pm Needles & Angels
ROB SCHRADER’s play had to be cancelled. Thanks to all for their support. He’ll give you more details in his Sunday morning talk.
PARENTS WITH YOUNG CHILDREN - PYC is a group designed for anyone who has a child from infant to pre-school. We meet once a month, typically on a Saturday. Join us on May 25 at 10am for a fun outing at Shilito Park. We’ll gather at the playground next to shelter 2. Bring a brown bag lunch to conclude our time on the playground.
IT’S NOT TO LATE TOO REGISTER FOR VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL! Join us for another fun filled week of VBS! Come visit the Everywhere Fun Fair, Where God’s World Comes Together this summer. We’ll visit Japan, Mexico, the U.K., Australia, and Zimbabwe. Bring a friend or two…the more the merrier. VBS runs from 9AM-12PM the week of June 17-21. Extended care is available. So pack your suitcase and find your passport. Departing June 17! Registration is open until June 3. To register go to: www.maxpres. org/vacation-bible-school-2013 or fill out a paper registration form.
SUMMER HYMNS. The Worship Committee wants to enrich our singing this summer by singing hymns suggested by church members. Tell us a hymn and why you like it and we’ll try to fit it to the Scripture texts selected for each week of the summer. It can be a hymn from our hymnal or one that we can find and print the words & music in our bulletin. Let us know what makes you want to sing. Send a message by e-mail to email@example.com, or write it out on the Friendship Book on Sunday morning. Tell us: the hymn you like, why you like it, your name.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Volunteers needed for the East 7th St. Center summer program! We will be open from 12:00pm-4:00pm starting June 3-August 9, we need you! Consider giving 4 hours every other week, to help make this program a success! 20 hours over the 10 week summer program. Please contact Erica Beeles at 859-252-0294 or at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS - During the month of May, we are gathering cleaning supplies for Westminster Village. Things like toilet paper, paper towels, kitchen cleaners, dish washing soap, bathroom and toilet bowl cleaners are hard for the residents to obtain. Please bring your donations to the office.
THE TSHIBANGU FAMILY HAS ARRIVED! The Tshibangu family members, who have been refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1998, arrived in Lexington from Namibia on Tuesday, April 28. Thank you to all who donated household items. MSPC was able to supply all of the items for the apartment except for a few pieces of furniture which were purchased through KRM. A special thanks to Marilyn Daniel, Shelli Gregory, Greg and Jean Harper, and Susan Menard for helping with the physical set-up of the apartment. WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP FUTURE REFUGEE FAMILIES? IT’S EASIER THAN YOU THINK! Do you donate unwanted household items and clothing to Goodwill? If so, then you can help Kentucky Refugee Ministries. When dropping off your items, mention that you would like credit for them to go to KRM. This credit is then given to the refugees for them to purchase clothing and other items from Goodwill. Also, Kentucky Refugee Ministries is always in need of gently used furniture, lamps and mattresses which they can store until needed to set up apartments for arriving refugees. Call KRM at 226-5661 to arrange for a pick-up of large items or for you to deliver small items to their office on North Limestone.
It could happen any time, tornado,
earthquake, Armageddon. It could happen.
Or sunshine, love, salvation.
It could, you know. That’s why we wake
and look out — no guarantees
in this life.
But some bonuses, like morning,
like right now, like noon,
~ William Stafford ~
God, we are thankful that we find you there with us in all the times of our lives. We ask that you help those who are struggling to recover from tornados in Texas, from war in the Middle East and Africa, from the shocking pain from crimes in Cleveland, from poverty and homelessness and hunger right here in our midst. Help us help one another.
Help us also notice the moments that you come to us in such surprising beauty – when a child suddenly becomes a graduate, when spring rains bring such lush greenness and flowering beauty, when children surprise us with laughter and joy. Help us hold close those bonus moments and grow through those hard moments, with your grace. Amen.