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

Worship

We are having lots of fun summer music.  Don’t miss it.  And thanks to everyone willing to share their musical gifts.  We are truly blessed.

 We can’t thank everyone enough who signs up to help with Worship, Greeting, Ushering, Communion and all those who step in when there is a need.  And of course, those who join us in church.  We have great volunteers willing to help.  

 

Val Heller

Pastoral Care

We lost a dear former member, Dorothy Erhardt 5/13/19.  Prayers for her children, John, Susan and Penny.

Dorothy was a dear, wise lady.  Many of her sayings are still remembered by the Bible Study.  One of our favorites was: “Some people are so heavenly minded; they are no earthly good”.  She will be missed.  We received a beautiful note from her family thanking our church for all our support, cards, caring and love.  It is posted in fellowship hall.

The love of this church continues to be a treasure and a gift. So many people in the world are lonely, hurting and afraid.  I feel so blessed to be part of our church, where we can come with all our fears, sadness, and joys and share with people that care.  Like a dear friend just told me who had missed church for 3 weeks, “I just don’t feel right when I’m not at church.  I feel off.”  We need each other.

Thank you to each one of you.

We are a church that prays for each person who is recovering, sick, grieving, or facing uncertainty.  Prayer works.

Val Heller

Women’s Bible Study

Bible Study is off for the summer, but we still love getting together.  We gathered together on 6/25th to shared memories of our bible study ladies in Heaven.  We had so much fun that we ran out of time, so we are meeting again Tuesday, July 9th  at 9:30 to share more and work on the memory page.  We took a walk to the lilac bushes and placed the plaque in the garden with a prayer.  Take a look as you walk in church.

Think about joining us when we start up again in the Fall on September 10th.  We always have room for more ladies. This very fun group of women meet every Tuesday from 9:30-11:00 am.

Val Heller

Christian Education

Summer is upon us!  Finally!

Women’s Bible Study is on break for the summer and I hope that everyone who was able to attend Celebration Sunday had a great time!  We celebrated Ben’s graduation from high school and presented him with a small gift that we hope he will enjoy.

Barbara has some ideas for adult education for the summer and fall so we will be meeting to discuss and come up with a plan!  Stay tuned………

Be Blessed,

Helen

Missions

Summer is here!!!  Woohoo!

Thank you to all who gave for Pentecost offering.

On June 5th thirteen of us were blessed with the opportunity to package food at Feed My Starving Children.  We had a lot of fun while doing something great for those less fortunate.  I think the count on number of boxes we packed was 12, or maybe it was 15.  Either way, a great time was had by all and we joined together afterwards at Lou Malnati’s for pizza.   We can’t wait to do it again!

We are looking into helping out POP with their backpack program and have some additional ideas on how we can reach out and help our local community.

Blessings to all,

Helen

Something new…

Your Session has agreed to try to start having regular Game Nights here at the church.  If successful we might have some Movie Nights.  The first attempt is now scheduled for July 18 at 7:00 PM.

Bring a game if you wish.  But there will be Pinochle, and Bridge. If you are interested in learning Bridge, a tutorial will be offered.  We hope to have refreshments as well.

We are hoping for a good turn-out, so bring a friend.

MB

Session Review

 Your Session is hard at work looking into ways of reaching out to our community in an effort to find ways we can provide their needs.  Rev. Gorsky provided a “Ministry Insite Report” which is a demographic study showing concerns of our community.  The Session has begun discussing it.

The Building and Grounds committee is working on assessing and repairing the roof. Thanks to Bob Gorsky and Craig Kauth (Barbara Britton’s son-in-law), we now have lighting on our outdoor cross, Tonne Road side of church, as well as our church signs.  Please take a look after dark.

Helen Robles is going to continue to update our website.  We hope to include some sermons and even videos of some of our services.

Prince of Peace has a mission of backpacks of food for school children.  We are either going to contribute food for their project or start our own.

EGPC will be hosting a Life Line Screening event in November.  The date to be determined.

We are hoping to have regular game nights and or movie nights at the church starting in July.

As a reminder, you are welcome to attend any of our meetings.  It you have a specific item to bring before the Session, please let us know in advance.

Lovingly,

Your Session

Mark, Val, Rick, Mead and Helen

A Note…

 Many of you may remember Dotti Morrizo.  She was a member of or church who went on to become a lay minister.  She has her own church and has been sending us her monthly church newsletter.  If you’re interested, I will be putting the copy on the bulletin board in fellowship hall.

From insert in your NiCor Gas billing…

Here are some FREE and easy ways to save water in your home.

1. Fix leaky faucets.  According to the EPA, a leaky faucet with one drip per second wastes up to 3,000 gallons per year.

2. Do you love a lush lawn?  Water during sunrise or sunset and set a timer so you don’t forget to turn off the sprinkler.

3. Re-use your water.  When washing fruits and veggies, capture the rinse water and use it to water your garden.

submitted by:  Barbara Britton

 Unspoken Bible

His name is Bill. He has wild hair, wears a T-shirt with holes in it, jeans and no shoes. This was literally is wardrobe for his entire four years of college. He is brilliant. Kind of esoteric and very, very bright. He became a Christian recently while attending college.

Across the street from the campus is a well-dressed, very conservative church. One day Bill decides to go there. He walks in with no shoes, jeans, his T-shirt, and wild hair. The service has already started and so Bill starts down the aisle looking for a seat.

The church is completely packed and he can’t find a seat. By now people are really looking a bit uncomfortable, but no one says anything. Bill gets closer and closer and closer to the pulpit and, when he realizes there are no seats, he just squats down right on the carpet. (Although perfectly acceptable behavior at a college fellowship, trust me, this had never happened in this church before!)

By now the people are really uptight, and the tension in the air is thick. About this time, the minister realizes that from way at the back of the church, an Elder is slowly making his way toward Bill. Now the Elder is in his eighties, has silver-gray hair, and a three-piece suit. A godly man, very elegant, very dignified, very courtly. He walks with a cane and, as he starts walking toward this boy, everyone is saying to themselves that you can’t blame him for what he’s going to do.

How can you expect a man of his age and of his background to understand some college kid on the floor? It takes a long time for the man to reach the boy. The church is utterly silent except for the clicking of the man’s cane.

All eyes are focused on him. You can’t even hear anyone breathing. The minister can’t even preach the sermon until the Elder does what he has to do. And now they see this elderly man drop his cane on the floor. With great difficulty he lowers himself and sits down next to Bill and worships with him so he won’t be alone.

Everyone chokes up with emotion. When the minister gains control, he says, “What I’m about to preach, you will never remember. What you have just seen, you will never forget. Be careful how you live. You may be the only Bible some people will ever read.”

Author Unknown

Respectfully Submitted by Helen Robles

 

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