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WEEKLY EVOTIONAL

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MUSIC & MORE YARD SIGNS

Music & More kicks off in just a few weeks. Please help us publicize this concert series! If you have a yard sign from previous years, you can put it in your yard now. If you need a new sign or new metal stake, please contact Shelley at 632-1686 or Georgia at 633-7251.

SAVE THE DATE

Our Handbell Choir, under the direction of Nancy Buck, will perform a concert on June 11 at St Luke's Episcopal Church from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The concert is part of St Luke's celebration of their 175th anniversary.

YOUTH MISSION TRIP

July 9 - July 15, 2017

If you are interested in the youth mission trip this summer, please contact Pastor Gillian as soon as possible. All youth aged over 12 years are welcome to come on this trip to South Carolina.

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First Presbyterian Church May 15, 2017

Mid-Week Evotional

Dear Friends:

We hope this week's E-votional brings you all the news, information, and insight you've been wanting. Please feel free to comment on or share your weekly message with friends, family, and co-workers.

A Blessing of Solitude

May you recognize in your life the presence, power and light of your soul.

May you realize that you are never alone that your soul in its brightness and belonging connects you intimately with the rhythm of the universe.

May you have respect for your own individuality and difference.

May you realize that the shape of your soul is unique,

that you have a special destiny here

that behind the facade of your life there is something

beautiful, good and eternal happening.

May you learn to see yourself with the same delight, pride and expectation with which God

sees you in every moment.

John O'Donohue

There is something strikingly beautiful in that last sentence:

God takes delight in us.

Many people carry around the burden of believing that God could not possibly delight in them. The Church has not helped in this matter, choosing rather to point out our sinfulness and our shortcomings. The truth of the matter is that we usually don't need to have our failures pointed out to us, we are only too well aware of them. And we weigh ourselves down with the burden of thinking we are not "enough."

How wonderfully refreshing to know that, in truth, God delights in us.

This truth sets us free to live fully into who God created us to be, in all our God-given uniqueness.

We do not need to pretend to be something we are not, we do not need to prove ourselves "enough," we simply need to be ourselves and to know that our very being makes God proud.

Let the truth of God's delight in you bring you deep joy and peace this week.

Blessings and peace

Pastor Gillian

Prayer Points

Please pray for all who grieve and mourn, whose hearts are broken by loss of any kind and those who struggle with addiction, unemployment, hopelessness or illness of body, mind or spirit.

Prayers are requested for our mission partners in Cuba, pastors Ary and Beidy and the congregation of Central Presbyterian Church in Matanzas.

Prayers for healing are requested for Adrianne Paffrath, Ollie Hopkins, Peggy Taylor, Larry Cardwell, Nancy Tobias, Bonnie Eastman, Louise Shapley, Mary Larscheidt, sister of Carrie Massey, Kathi Wilson and Marlene Wilson.

Prayers are requested for Ko and Myrna Kryger as they mourn the passing of Ko's mother.

Pray for all who grieve and mourn the loss of loved ones and who seek God's healing peace and consolation.

Prayers are offered for our world, and for its security, peace and for a brighter future.

Remember that you can contact the church office any time with prayer requests, and our church secretary, Shelley, will pass them along to our faithful and confidential Intercessory Prayer Group and/or publish the names of those needing prayer here and in the Sunday bulletin.

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8

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