Tomorrow is the first Sunday of the month, and as such it is a Communion Sunday. Our special Mission Offering will go toward the Westfield Food Pantry, so I encourage you to bring extra items for the food pantry.
On a related note, you are invited to support our Junior Youth Fellowship kids tomorrow following worship when they host the “Souper Bowl Contest and Luncheon.” The youth are working to raise awareness of Food Insecurity and to collect donations for the Westfield Food Pantry. $5 will get you a sample of each soup. Additional soup servings can be purchased. They have also created a display in the lobby where you can leave items for the food pantry in the box of your preferred Super Bowl team – the Eagles or Patriots. And if you don’t care who wins, you are welcome to drop your things for the Food Pantry in either box!
Our Scripture passage this week follows directly on last week’s. Last week we read Mark 1:21-28 where Jesus casts out an “unclean spirit” from a man in the synagogue. This week, we read Mark 1:29-39, where Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law while he is at Peter’s house. Word gets out, and people from near and far bring to Jesus people in need of healing. After a whirlwind day, Jesus leaves early to go out to a quiet place to pray, and from there goes out to the neighboring towns.
We have some wonderful hymns tomorrow: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty; There Is a Balm in Gilead; On Eagle’s Wings; Come Sinners to the Gospel Feast; and O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing. The choir will sing Christ, whose Glory Fills the Skies, by Rachel Aarons.
Tomorrow is also the day we kick-off our Stewardship Campaign for our 2018 budget. Most of you should have received a letter from Chuck Sheffield and myself (and if you didn’t, I trust you will on Monday). As part of our campaign, Kyle, Sarah, and Luke Ashworth will share what FUMC means to them and why they support this church.
During the Sunday School hour tomorrow, all who are interested in discussing the passage from Mark that will be the basis for my sermon are invited to join the conversation in the Fellowship Room at 9:00 a.m. We will start promptly at 9:00, as I will need to leave at 9:40 to get ready for church.
I hope to see you tomorrow for any and all of the day’s activities: Sunday School at 9:00, worship at 10:00, and lunch to support our youth and the Food Pantry at 11:15. Remember to bring extra items for the Food Pantry!
See you then!
With all hope and joy in believing,