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October 2010

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Evangemissions
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Preschool
Life Groups
Wednesday Night Women's Bible Study Group: Women in the World
Wings of Victory International Ladies' Retreat
Bay Pines VA Medical Center Annual Cancer Awareness Fair
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What's New at PPC
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From Me to You

“Though the fig tree should not blossom and there be no fruit on the vines,
Though the yield of the olive should fail and the fields produce no food,
Though the flock should be cut off from the fold and there be no cattle in the stalls,
Yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.” (Habakkuk 3:17-18)

What do we do when times become hard, when we face critical or even catastrophic events?
Quite often, when faced with dilemmas, trials and tragedies, we all often respond by asking:  “Why did this happen, or happen to me?”  and “Why do bad things happen to good people?”  and even “Why isn’t God answering my prayer and intervening to change this situation?”

Answers, if and when they come, aren’t always easy or even helpful.  As believers, though, we do know and trust that God is faithful, all-powerful, totally loving and always working-out His will to His glory and “for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).  Even knowing and clinging to that promise in Scripture, however, isn’t always enough.

Consider Habakkuk, quoted in the verse above:  isn’t it an amazing statement of faith?  Habakkuk along with all of Judah had lost it all to the cruel, conquering Babylonians. The Lord had prophesied through him and through other prophets like Jeremiah, telling Judah (the remaining southern half of Israel) that this “doom” was coming—unless they changed their ways.  They didn’t; and Judah and Jerusalem were sacked and destroyed in 586 B.C.  Surveying the destruction, loss and death, even in the middle of unfathomable despair, Habakkuk still is able to say “yet I will exult in the Lord”—How?

Those of us who have faith-in and a love-life with Jesus understand:  God is always good and always, totally worthy of our praise, regardless of our feelings or circumstances!  In fact, praising the Lord in spite and in the midst of trials not only bears true witness of Christ, His salvation and victory, it also helps us get through disappointments, losses, heart-aches-and–breaks.  Most importantly, praising Jesus “enthrones” (Psalm 22:3) Him as Lord in-and-over the tribulations of our lives—we realize and rely upon His presence and power with and for us, so we can be over-comers, and not the overcome (1 John 5:4).

Praising the Lord may not always be easy—we may not even feel like it; but it is always the right and best thing to do!

Grateful to “exult in the Lord” always, with you, His saints at PPC!

In Christ,

Carl

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Session Digest: August 24, 2010columns

 The following items were among those presented and acted on:
1. Chris and Mary Trivigno were accepted into active  membership in PPC—Chris by baptism and profession of faith; Mary by reaffirmation of faith.  Session also approved the baptism of their children:  Christopher and Madisen during the 8:30 a.m. service September 12.
2. Elders-elect Ruth Hansell and Sandy Moore were examined and approved for installation (Sandy also to be ordained).
3. A request to rent PPC facilities at 9:30 am for worship on Sundays by Garden Crest Presbyterian Church was denied.
4.  It was noted that it was necessary to cash a reserve CD early, to boost the checking account balance due to the seasonal summer slump in giving.
5.  A request to use the Church Directory to mail all PPC ladies a personal invitation to the new Beth Moore study on Wednesday nights was approved.
6.  A motion that a Thanksgiving/Christmas outreach in conjunction with Metropolitan Ministries, to be held here at Pasadena Presbyterian, was approved.
7. A Kairos recruitment seminar for PPC was approved.
8. A PW Ladies Tea was approved subject to the Preschool calendar.
9. A motion was approved to offer Leslie Hughes the revised, part-time position of Director of Family Ministries.
10. Meeting was adjourned with prayer at 10:20 p.m.
Complete Session minutes are public record and are available for review in the church office by any PPC member.
Kathie Schellhaas, Clerk pro tem

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Stewardship Ministry Update: A High Yielding Investment Opportunity

Before our Stewardship Ministry meeting last night, we were trading stories about the investment problems we’d encountered and heard about the last few years. The "experts" (National Bureau of Economic Research) had just been on the radio declaring the recession was over a year ago and that news story had gotten us all stirred up. What all our stories had in common, was that most of the “sure things” of the past had turned out dross and despair.

As our meeting started and we turned to the summer receipts and expenses, we were sobered by our traditional summer slump in receipts and inexorable march of expenses. The balance sheets of many churches and ministries are in much worse shape. We want to thank all of you who have given so faithfully in this long economic downturn. Thanks to you all we have been able to keep the lights on and the AC running. But we do need to catch up and eliminate our normal summer slump as we head into the fall season.

As we finished our meeting, Kathy Schellhaas said I should mention that all the members at Pasadena have a chance for “an investment that cannot fail.” And, as I think back over my own family’s investments, the ones I’ve made for God’s work have not disappointed. Indeed they cannot fail, especially as each part of the body of Christ here at Pasadena does its part.

It’s a pleasure to serve with such faithful givers and doers. As King David said during his stewardship campaign in Chronicles 29:17, “I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things have I given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you. ” Thanks for your gifts. Please help us all the more as we enter an exciting autumn and put the summer slump behind us.

Tom Smith, Stewardship Chair

Pasadena Presbyterian Church Wishlist
Nature of Project Estimated Cost Received
Youth Sound Equipment (speakers, etc.) $1,500 New item
Sanctuary Projector $4,000 New item

 

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Financial Report: August 31, 2010

The Financials for August show actual income $28,815.67 with expenses of $33,910.41 leaving us $5,094.74 in the red. 

Year to Date 2010
Actual Income   $242,162.81
Actual Expenses $263,943.10
Red $  21,780.29
Financial Notes
PPC Foundation 
Pasadena Foundation $ 26,543.52
Wahl Scholarship   $ 49,719.36

Cash Available

Checking Accound Balance: $36,155.75

Cash Reserves            

General Reserve MM                $54,841.40

Total Cash                    $ 91,871.61

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Evangemissions

It has been my privilege to be associated and identified with the evangelism and missions (Evangemissions) ministry over the past many years.  Although I still get many opportunities, calls and emails from our missionaries, congregation and even the community, I haven’t been the ministry chair for several years now.  My wife Threse, then Paul Rivard, then Leslie Hughes have been the chairpersons of this ministry during the past three years respectively. These very capable ministry chairs have provided great leadership and have allowed me and other long-term missions enthusiast like Russ Cabot to remain active in a ministry that has been an integral part of PPC since way back before my time. 

The purpose for me giving you this history is to bring to focus that we now have a new Evangemissions chairperson and that is Sandy Moore.  I was able to spend 10 days with Sandy in Trinidad on the PPC missions trip there this summer.  Sandy was an inspiration to team members from PPC, Trinidad and those we were ministering too alike.  Sandy is also a new Elder and I am, and you should be looking forward to the fruit of Sandy’s love, confidence and faith in our Heavenly Father.  So, I’m just saying that you should get ready for some growth opportunities for our church and for you personally through our Evangemissions ministry as Sandy brings some fresh energy to the ministry.  You have supported Evangemissions through prayer, involvement, Faith Promise and missions giving in a way that has allowed us to continue support and partnership with our missionaries around the world.  Now, please also include Sandy in your prayers for the challenges and opportunities ahead.

This year we hope to have a new opportunity for you to serve and become more active in the Evangemissions ministry.  We are in the process of trying to become a partner with Metropolitan Ministries by hosting a donation tent on our property.  We will soon be applying for the temporary permit with the City of St. Petersburg.  If the permit is granted the donation tent will bring hundreds of people to us from outside our church and identify us as serving the community.  The donation tent will be in operation from early November to just before Christmas.  Most of the expense and experience needed to operate the donation tent will be provided by Metropolitan ministries but if the tent becomes a reality we will need your help too.  We need volunteers to work the tent for about 3 weeks before Thanksgiving and 3 weeks before Christmas collecting donated turkeys, other food items and in addition for the Christmas donations, toys.  All of these items will be given to pre-qualified and screened families in need of a Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner and toys for Christmas presents through Metropolitan Ministries, one of Tampa Bay’s largest and most successful Christian outreach and compassion ministries.  In addition PPC will be given 40 families to distribute these collected items to and offer them love, hope and the good news that Jesus loves them.  You will have opportunity to share love and hope to these families. This will also be a great opportunity to greet our community, invite them to PPC and thank them for their gifts of love as they drop off items at the donation tent.  Please pray that this opportunity becomes a reality and a success.  Pray also about being a donation tent volunteer during the months of November and December and a part of serving the 40 families we are assigned to serve.  We’ll be letting you know how this is going as we progress through the permit process with the city. PRAY for the BIG RED TENT and the evangelism and missions opportunities that it can provide!
Gene Hammond

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Pasadena Presbyterian Women

THE PURPOSE OF PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN:

FORGIVEN AND FREED BY GOD IN JESUS CHRIST AND EMPOWERED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, WE COMMIT OURSELVES. . . . .
To nurture our faith through prayer and bible studyPresbyterian Women
To support the mission of the church worldwide
To work for justice and peace
To build an inclusive, caring community of women that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (USA) and witnesses to the promise of God’s Kingdom.

Activities for Month of October  at Pasadena
Monday, October 4th at 10:00 am                                  Communion at the Springs
Tuesday, October 5th at 10:00 am                                  PW Council Meeting - Boswell
Tuesday, October 5th   at 11:00 am                                Bible Study Helps w/Pastor Carl
Thursday, October 14th  at 7:30 pm                               Hannah Circle – Fellowship Hall
Monday, October 11th at 7:00 pm                 Rachel Circle - Library
Tuesday, October 12th at 10:00 am                               Esther Circle – TBA
Tuesday, October 12th at 1:00 pm                  Ruth Circle –  TBA

Our circles have begun their study on Revelations.  Please note above that anyone who is leading their study in their circle should come to the council meeting on Tuesday, October 5th at 10:00 a.m. and then at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Carl will come in to the Boswell room to give us “helps” with the Revelation study.  He will help us each month thru May.

I would encourage anyone who enjoys crafts and fellowship to join the Pasadena Crafters who meet every Monday morning from 10:00 am. to noon.  If you think there is something you can’t do, why not give it a try and I’m sure you will be impressed with yourself.  On a personal note, Harold received a beautiful quilted lap robe and he is making good use of it. 

Be sure to check our bulletin board for the newsletter recently received from Mandy Brandt with Tree House Ministry.  Mandy is one of the missionaries we support from our PW budget.  Missions play an important part of Presbyterian Women.  We are all “women of the church” whether we are “PW”, “Women in the Word”, or “Crafters”, which are just titles, but we are all ONE in the SPIRIT and need to work together, side by side in different mission projects here at home or abroad.

Looking ahead – Church Women United World Community Day, November 5, 2010; PW Thank Offering Combined Service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, November 21, 2010.  Mark your calendars now!

In Christ’s Love,
Patricia Watts, Moderator

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Library News

AUTUMN BRINGS HOLIDAY BOOKS TO STRENGTHEN YOUR FAITH

Although Florida doesn't have real fall leaves, we have been conditioned to think of such things in October. I love thinking of the beautiful colors God has made and the few times I have actually gotten to see them in person. October is also known for some of its holidays. Let's reexamine them with books from the library.

Christopher Columbus has been beaten up in the history-rewriting times we live in. So, we might want to revisit his life, and his faith, using a novel (written for the younger set, those of us who are older may still benefit from it!) Christopher Columbus Navigated by God. The Amazon Editorial Review states, "Using Columbus' own journals and Book of Prophesies, Navigated by God shows how truly important Columbus' faith was to him and how he struggled with many of the sins we all commit." Also in the library is Christopher Columbus His World His Faith His Adventures and, for grades 1-3, Christopher Columbus (though not from a Christian perspective.)

Halloween brings mixed reactions, especially from parents. Some of the library's books include: Halloween Are You for Real? which is a fictional account of one Christian family's response to Halloween. It is an easier-to-read version of Halloween Is It for Real?, which we also have. The author of both writes, "The challenge for Christian parents is to teach our children to use this holiday to celebrate God's victory over evil and evil spirits. It is my hope that this book will help."  For little ones, there is The Pumpkin Gospel A story of a new start with God! which emphasizes, by using a pumpkin's transition from orange globe to jack-o-lantern, God's forgiveness.

All Saints Day, otherwise known as All Hallows (hallowed means sanctified or holy), was celebrated on Nov. 1 and thus the day before it was shortened to Hallow's Eve and then Hallow-een. Focusing on a Christian perspective, we could look at the lives of other Christians, dead or alive, martyrs or missionaries. Some of the books which would help are Beth Moore's Voices of the Faithful, books 1&2 and Jesus Freaks: Stories of Those Who Stood for Jesus, the Ultimate Jesus Freaks (all new to our library).

Laurie Smith, librarian

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Faith Community Nursing

For your consideration from the Faith Community Nurse:

“…give her medicine. Perhaps she can be healed.” Jeremiah 51:8 NLT Medications are used to maintain a certain level of health, prevent an illness, or cure a physical condition. For example when your doctor orders a drug for blood pressure of diabetes, a specific level of that drug needs to be in your system to attain the desired outcome. Therefore in order to reap the most benefit, it is important to understand why you need the medication, how to take it, how to store it, and what to expect from it.
Do not be afraid to ask questions ~ the more you know, the more compliant you will be with your treatment. It is important to understand the medications that are prescribed for you. Do not hesitate to ask your doctor what he or she has prescribed a medication for  and how the medicine is supposed to improve your health. Ask the doctor when you should take the medication and what side effects you might experience, as well as what you should do if you miss a dose, and how long the course of medications should last. If you have difficulty taking pills you might even ask if it comes in another form. Discuss the medication especially if it is new and take notes if necessary. If taken incorrectly, the medication will not have the desired effect on your illness or condition and you may need to extend the course of treatment.
Medications do not last forever so take them as directed and if the prescription is not to be completed, ask about an expiration date. Over-the-counter medications will have an expiration date printed on the box and bottle so check the cough medicine you bought last year before taking any this year. Out of date medicine will have lost its strength to combat your illness so check your medicines regularly and dispose of old medications.
Also be aware of possible interactions that can occur between some foods and other drugs. Taking medication with hot drinks may change its chemical structure while alcohol will change its absorption. With certain cholesterol, blood pressure, or cardiac medications, you should never eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice as it will increase the blood level of the drug and cause adverse side effects. To be sure you do not create potentially harmful interactions, talk with your pharmacist about any items you should avoid.
Medications are to be helpful not harmful. Learn as much as you can to get the greatest benefit from them.

Debbie Rivard, RN

Note: I have gone back to work full time. My hours are unpredictable and my office is located in the basement of the hospital where I do not have cell phone reception. The best way to reach me is through email.

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Preschool

September has been a wonderful month at your preschool ministry. The children at Sonrise have all settled into their daily routine and are having fun learning about how wonderfully God has created them.  We have been learning about our body parts, our five senses, and the gift of family and friends.  We had a special Grandparents day celebration and the Grandparents joined the children in the classroom. Later in the day a  children’s production called Mother Goose and the Day Storyland Lost It’s Manners, came to the school. The play taught the children how important it was to be kind to each other and love our friends. This month the children enjoyed making artwork for the Kairos ministry. We are looking forward to a wonderful October! May God continue to bless you and your families.

Laura Woodard, Preschool Administrator

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Life Groups

Our New Study “Fearless: Imagine Your Life Without Fear ”, by Max Lucado started on September 12th.  There will be two groups, one Sunday evening and one Thursday evening. Please see the calendar for all dates and times.

David Pilkington, Discipleship

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Wednesday Night Women's Bible Study Group: Women in the World

“They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of Lords and King of Kings and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”  Revelation 17:14

Here and Now...There and Then, the study of the book of Revelation. Together we are pealing away at the many layers of this study, praying for personal revelations of God, and realizing we will never live in the spirit by accident.  It is not too late to join us on Wednesday evening in this exciting and life changing study.  God has blessed the Women in the Word with 50 women of all ages coming together for fellowship, study and action.   Please contact the church office or Carol Pilkington if you would like to sign up.

Our emphasis this year along with studying God’s word, is to reach out to our  family and friends, community and the world through several mission opportunities.  For this Fall, our world  outreach is to the country of Trinidad and Tobago for the Christmas Kids Explosion 2010, the Operation Christmas Child and for our family, friends and community, we have an Encouragement Card Ministry planned.

In Christ Love

Carol, Terry, Chris and Barb

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Wings of Victory International Ladies' Retreat

The Wings of Victory International Ladies Retreat has been rescheduled for Oct. 15, 16, and 17 due to so many conflicts including the PPC Tea.  All the information given for Sept. is the same except for the dates.  DO RESPOND as quickly as possible so Liz Cabot can prepare the lovely folders for each person.  We look forward to a great time with you!    Blessings, Barbara Ragland

WINGS OF VICTORY INTERNATIONAL LADIES RETREAT

SEPTEMBER 24, 25, 26

THEME..."YOU'RE NO TURKEY, SOAR LIKE AN EAGLE"
ISAIAH 40:31

WHERE: 3468 E. Riverside Drive
                  Ft. Myers, FL. 33916

CHECK IN BEGINS: Friday, 9/24 .... Dinner at 7 P.M.

FINAL SESSION ENDS .... Sunday, 9/26 at 3 P.M.
Come early if you can.  Wed. and/or Thurs.  Help set up and intercede.

COST:  $50 includes 2 nights and 6 meals.  Also gifts and prizes.
Scholarships are available and will be confidential
An offering will be taken to help with expenses which are NOT covered.
Donations toward the Retreat are appreciated and tax deductible.

Mailing address: Wings of Victory International
                                 3468 E. Riverside Drive
                                 Ft. Myers, FL. 33916

INVITE YOUR FRIENDS.  SPACE IS LIMITED.  REGISTRATION ENDS SEPT. 15.  If you wish to share accommodations with your group, register them all together and we will do our best.  No promises.  First registrations get preference.

Coordinator:   Elizabeth (Liz) Cabot
Liz has facilitated many Ladies Retreats as well as WOVI's. She and her family were missionaries in Nicaragua for years and in other parts of South America.  Liz will be one of several dynamite speakers.  What a wonderful time of refreshing for each of you!

BRING: Linens and pillow.  Possibly some air mattresses.  You will be in houses and may need to double up. PAJAMA PARTY TIME!! 
Gift of $5 or less for your "Secret Sister".
Bible, note pad, comfortable clothing, walking shoes.
Teachable Heart, Anticipation, Excitement, and a great big SMILE!
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About this area:  The Caloosahatchee is a mile wide here.  The Tarpon St. Pier is one block away.  Evan's Pizza is one mile away where we will have 4 meals.  Evan is Barbara's Son and serves lots more than pizza.  This is "Old" Ft. Myers.  A 2 story house across the street was built by Zane Gray's boat captain.  Evan's home next to it is over 100 years old.  This is a wonderful area for walks.  Downtown is 2 miles away.  It's about 5 miles to Edison's Home with Henry Ford's home next door on Royal Palm lined McGregor Blvd.

WE CAN HARDLY WAIT TO SEE YOU!  Make reservations for you and your friends NOW!

Blessings,
Barbara

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Bay Pines VA Medical Center Annual Cancer Awareness Fair

Bay Pines VA Medical Center is hosting their annual Cancer Awareness Fair on Wednesday October 27 and several members of your own Pasadena Praise Band along with some VA employees are going to be providing music.  This event is free, and open to the public and will have displays and information on cancer detection, prevention and treatment. Music will be at the top of every hour starting at 9:00 am and ending at 3:00 pm so please keep it lifted in prayer and if you can, stop by to support your band members. For questions or directions, see Sheri Meilus.

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Fellowship

A Covered Dish Casserole Dinner is planned for October 20th.  Fellowship will provide rolls, salad and beverages.  You are asked to bring your favorite casserole which includes meat.  We are looking forward to your wonderful culinary creations.

Dinner time is changing to 5:30 PM

The dedication of “The Last Supper” painting in Fellowship Hall by Yvonne Long will be on November 21st after the combined service for the Thank Offering.

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Praise Kids

Praise Kids Club is off to an amazing start, with children from both the congregation and the community attending on Wednesday evenings.  The children are learning about qualities that show others (especially non-Christians) that they are bearing fruit. 

Praise Kids is open to all children in Pre-K through 5th grade.  We meet in the upstairs classroom wing each Wednesday from 6:30 - 8:00 PM. 

"By their fruit you will recognize them." Matthew 7:16

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Youth

The month of September was highlighted by a trip to Night of Joy at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.  The Youth and chaperones worshiped with Christian praise and worship artists and bands that included the David Crowder Band, Casting Crowns, Chris Tomlin, Group 1 Crew, BarlowGirl, Sidewalk Prophets, Tenth Avenue North, and Thousand Foot Krutch.  It is an amazing experience worshiping God with thousands of people from all of the world.  The Spirit of God was evident that night in the Magic Kingdom!

The Youth leadership team is planning several events for the month of October, including a pool party and a Praise and Worship night with the Youth band.  October calendars will be available on the bulletin board inside the main entrance of the church.

"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity." 1 Timothy 4:12

 Leslie Hughes, DOFM

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Sunday Worship Attendance

Sheep

                   

  8:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m Total
September 5 84 52 136
September 12 114 54 168
September 19 95 57 152
September 26 94 58 152

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What's New At PPCNews

Pasadena Presbyterian Church Presents an Evening of Music

November 7th, 6:30 - 7:30 Church Sanctuary

“Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.” 

Psalm 95:2

Join us for an evening of worshiping our Lord and Saviour through musical selections  Featuring the  Praise Chorus and Praise Band

Godspell:  Choral selections by Stephen Schwartz with the Praise Chorus

Praise and Worship Songs with the Praise Band

Thank You Note

We would like to thank all of our church family who stopped in to help Harold celebrate his 93rd birthday. 

Also for the many cards he received and the beautiful handmade quilted lap robe the  Crafter’s group made for him.  He is putting it to good use. 

All of you have been a blessing to us and we love you very much.              

Harold & Pat Watts 

Monday Moringing Hobby and Craft Group

We are working on compiling the   recipes for our Family Heritage    Cookbook.  We hope to have them for sale very soon.

Thank you for your donations of clean plastic bags for the tote bags we are making and selling.

We are always learning and trying new things.  Join us please for fun and fellowship at 10am on Monday mornings in the Fellowship Hall.  Bring a friend!   

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