Greetings in Christ’s name!
I was so grateful for everyone who donated blood in Fleta Hill’s honor last Sunday. Giving blood is a very tangible way to care for others. Indeed, when you give blood, you literally give of yourself for the sake of someone else, which sounds like a very Christian thing to do. Philippians 2:3-4 says, “Don’t do anything for selfish purposes, but with humility think of others as better than yourselves. Instead of each person watching out for their own good, watch out for what is better for others.” Donating blood is without question, doing something that is better for others than for yourself. I know people who have donated a kidney to someone else, which is quite heroic. But donating blood is also heroic—like donating a kidney, it can actually save another person’s life. (Full disclosure: I did not donate on Sunday but try to do so a few times a year.) I’m inspired by your generosity and want to give more often. Thank you for giving of yourselves for the sake of others. I see you doing that many times and in many ways. May God bless you this week as you continue to live out the Jesus way of life.
The Chair of the Department of Fine Arts at Friends University, Nathaniel May, will host an alumni gathering from 5-7pm on Thursday, September 22nd, in the Coffee Café. Dinner at your own expense follows at Gina’s Italian Kitchen. All alumni and families are invited. RSVP to email@example.com.
The Missions Committee is holding their annual BBQ Luncheon on Sunday, October 2nd. Tickets ($15) are available in the coffee café after worship and at the church office during office hours, or you can purchase tickets online by clicking here. The deadline to purchase tickets is September 28th. All meals will be served “to-go” style, but you can stay and eat in the Coffee Café if you’d like. There will also be multiple items available for the Silent Auction, including two of Roy Skeeter’s beautiful benches made from the oak tree in front of the church, and a wonderful quilt made by the Bee Pieceful Quilters (see photos of auction items here). Winners will be announced at the BBQ Luncheon.
If you missed out on the sale of the church pews from the chapel, a few more have become available. Contact Josiah Brown if you’re interested.
A Couples Wedding Shower honoring Hannah Jacobson and Blake Stanfield will be held at Bobby and Shanna Kirkpatrick’s home (412 Fieldcreek Dr) on Sunday, October 9th from 2-4pm. Blake and Hannah are registered at Anthropology and Crate and Barrel.
A College and Young Adult Sunday School class, led by Amanda Dudley, is meeting in the Journey Room. If you’d like to study and pray with other young adults in our church, please join the group at 9:00 a.m. on Sundays.
Remember to pray for Laurie Burkett who has been diagnosed with a rare cancer, called Plasmacytoma. Other prayer requests can be found on our website by clicking “news,” then “prayer requests.” (The first time you access this page you will need a password – contact the church office if you don’t know the password.)
May Christ’s presence give you the strength to love and serve others this week!