Newsletter- Tidings

Elk Grove Presbyterian Church

Striving as Christians to make a difference in the world by serving God and all God’s children through our faith, words, and actions

Business Affairs

 The Business Affairs Committee is responsible for being good stewards of your money as it relates to the operations of the church.  This includes accounts payables, payroll, weekly offerings, special offerings, and the stewardship program.  We are all aware of the opportunities coming our way as we enter 2019, but as I said during our Fall stewardship campaign and Rev. Gorski has reinforced since joining our family…God is not done with us.  He has plans for Elk Grove Presbyterian Church!

If you have an interest in understanding more and participating in the fiscal management of the church and would like to become a member of the Business Affairs Committee (BAC), just let me know.   

Pastoral Care

Taking care of each other is such a big part of our faith and our church.  The love we share continues to warm my heart.  And it’s important during times of need, that we let people help us.  We help each other by sending cards, making visits and calls and bringing meals or groceries.  Being willing to be helped is as important as helping.  Let us know what we can do to help, and any ideas are always welcome.  We are working on getting a list of favorite hymns, as music is so healing. And thank you to Nancy Clarbour who was willing to take over doing the get well and sympathy cards.  And continue to pray for each person who is recovering, sick, grieving, or facing uncertainty.  Prayer works.  

Women’s Bible Study

January has been a little challenging with weather, but this amazing brave group of women still meet every Tuesday 9:30-11:00 am.  We are still studying the Book of Acts, and learning and sharing so much.  We have ordered our next book, and it arrived.  We will be studying Romans, using the Be Right book by Wiersbe. All women are welcome.  Join us.  

Printer Cartridge Program

Just a reminder that the church is participating in a printer cartridge recycling program with Staples whereby the church will get $2 for each empty printer cartridge returned to Staples.  This program applies to any brand of printer cartridge (i.e. HP, Brother, Canon, Lexmark, etc.).  The monies received from the program will go into Miscellaneous Income and will help offset the cost of new printer cartridges.  Please put your empty cartridges in Barb Wilson’s mailbox.

Attitude of Gratitude

The saying “gratitude turns what you have into enough” rings true to me.  In fact, gratitude is a topic dear to me.  We see this word on pillows, vases, and in ad campaigns.  But what is gratefulness really about?  Is it a season?  Is it a holiday?  Or is it meant to be found in our everyday lives?  When I was pondering this piece, I kept thinking I should write about a monumental moment in my life or how a bad situation ended up turning out for the good.  This kept coming back to me; Everyday tasks and to-dos are basic reminders of how blessed we are.

COOKING:  I used to dread meal planning, grocery shopping, and then cooking just to have to clean up the mess right after the meal.  I felt like all of that prep took forever, and then the meal was over in a flash with the subsequent work to be done.  Over time, I tweaked my mind-set and actually grew to love cooking, not merely tolerate it.  It is an honor and privilege to serve my family in this way.  I am so thankful for each of these bodies that I get to help nourish.  That simple shift opened the door for me to view cooking as a creative opportunity to feed the ones I love.  I started to get more adventurous and honed my skills.  Meals started to provide a real sense of accomplishment, and the better I got, the more I enjoyed it.  I also began to light a candle, turn on good music and open the window by the sink.  That little ritual set this time apart, and I began to look forward to it even more.

GARDENING:  If you garden or care for your yard, you know something is always waiting to be done.  If you ignore it for a bit, triple the work will be waiting.  This could feel like a burden more than a blessing, but a garden gives back certain gifts.  When I finally accepted yard work as a fact of my life, I started digging my hands deep in the soil, no longer annoyed by the dirt but thankful for it. 
The garden has become my sanctuary, my place of calm in the storm.  What I gain during gardening is exponentially more than what I put into it.  My nerves settle, my mind eases, and I often leave with answers to questions I didn’t know my mind was asking.  Some swear by therapy.  Me, gardening.

DRIVING:  For awhile I had convinced myself that I had gotten my college degree and had four children only to run a taxi service.  I spent so much time shuttling kids to and from gymnastics or baseball.  To say that I have embraced driving would be an understatement.  I now love to drive.  I am usually in the driver’s seat.   That’s real life.  I drive us to work.  I drive us around town.  I go for drives by myself to clear my head.  My taxi service turned into a surprise little joy – it is the best time to catch up with the kids.  They love to download their days to me when we are out and about.  Some of the most meaningful talks I’ve had with my kids have been when it’s just one of them and me in the car.  I start asking questions and the conversation goes somewhere beautiful or important, and we never would have gotten there another way.   The car is often where we connect, process, and get up to speed.  Or, we roll down the windows and let music play, and that’s just as good.

LAUNDRY:  This is and always will be a hard one for me.  It seems as though I am washing enough clothing for a small nation.  And yet in the mounds is a clear blessing.  The fact that we even have such abundance is enough to stop any griping.  Beyond that, there is something about the smell of fresh laundry, the hum of the washing machine, and the warmth of linens straight from the dryer.  These are small things, but the daily recognition makes them less small.  They become a way of seeing the world, a way of acknowledging all of life with thanks and eyes to see the good.  It’s always there.  It just sometimes gets a bit buried under the filthy baseball uniforms. 

I bet you have your own internal list of little daily grievances.  Instead, maybe find the blessing hidden in the chore.  Or try looking at a current trial with fresh eyes.  Sometimes a change of perspective is all it takes to let gratitude run free in every area of our lives.  Once that happens, nothing ever looks the same again:  Everything starts looking like a thank-you.

Written by Joanna Gaines for The Magnolia Journal

Submitted by:  Barbara Britton

 

THE CROSS IN MY POCKET

I carry a cross in my pocket

A simple reminder to me

Of the fact that I am a Christian

No matter where I may be.

This little cross is not magic

Nor is it a good luck charm

It isn’t meant to protect me

From every physical harm.

It’s not for identification

For all the world to see

It’s simply an understanding

Between my Savior and me.

When I put my hand in my pocket

To bring out a coin or a key

The Cross is there to remind me

Of the price He paid for me.

It reminds me too, to be thankful

For my blessings day by day

And to strive to serve Him better

In all that I do and say.

It’s also a daily reminder

Of the peace and comfort I share

With all who know my Master

And give themselves to His care.

So, I carry a Cross in my pocket

Reminding no one but me

That Jesus Christ is Lord of my life

If only I’ll let Him be.

 

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