For the week of May 3
Devotion: I Will Follow
Scripture: Acts 26:16
It is Eastertide, the season of the church year when we consider what the empty tomb means for our lives and how we live. Our Risen Lord has specific instructions for all who wish to follow him and to know his love. “Get up and stand on your feet! I have appeared to you for THIS PURPOSE - to appoint you to serve and testify to the things you have seen.”
These were Christ’s words to Paul, when he appeared to him, but they are also to all who know and encounter our Savior. We have been appointed to serve and testify. If that is God’s purpose for our lives, what does that look like?
I often say that one of the strengths of this congregation is that we are focused on and invested in the mission and ministry of our Risen Lord. We know and understand that we have been appointed to serve and testify. This Eastertide, let us celebrate the ways we serve and testify and pray for Christ to continue to speak to us about his purpose for our lives.
Song: I Will Follow, Chris Tomlin
In our lives: Have you ever gotten caught up in school traffic as the school lets out for the day? Many times there is a police officer directing the traffic. He tells us when to stop, when to go, and where to go. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all see Jesus before us, directing us exactly where he intends for us to go?
Few of us, though, have had such experiences. Instead, we, as a community, must, through prayer and discussion, discern where God is directing us. We have an opportunity in the coming weeks to do just that. Our Session invites all who are a part of this church family in any way to participate in a survey that will be distributed in a few weeks.
This survey will help us understand who we are and who God is calling us to be. The survey will be available on line or on paper. It is very important that everyone share his/her thoughts and that everyone prays for God to speak to us and through us as we consider what God’s purpose is for our lives in the coming year(s).
There are so many exciting opportunities for us to follow Christ and continue to grow the amazing mission and ministry in his name that we are engaged in. He is directing us! It is up to us to see and hear how!
Mother's Day Flowers
If you would like to order a carnation in honor or memory, your order and check needs to be turned into the church office by Sunday, May 3rd.
The red and white carnations will be $3.00 each and may be taken home after church.
Order forms along with your check (made payable to “PCR PW”) or cash attached must be turned into the office by Sunday, May 3rd.
The money must accompany your order. Profits from flowers go to support PW’s mission projects.
Order forms can be found in the bulletin, as well as in the church office.
Nepal needs your help
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is providing emergency relief and short-term recovery in the impacted areas. Financial assistance is needed greatly at this time to help them develop recovery plans and provide needed food, water, supplies, and medicine to those affected.
Be sure to pray for those affected by this horrible disaster. If you would like to make a financial donation, you can click the button below and donate online, or you can send a donation to:
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
P.O. Box 643700
Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700
You can also drop any financial donations to the church office, and we can mail them out for you.
Vacation Bible School
We will be learning the musical:
Dr. Newheart's Neck-Up Check-Up
A Spiritual Physical for Musical Kids
8:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Register by May 30th! Registration forms are in the narthex!
You can also email the church office, and we will send you an e-copy that you can submit online!
VBS - Donations needed!
Please help us collect things needed as props for our VBS musical. Below you will find a list of some of the things we need. If you can supply anything on the list, please let Karen or Jane know as soon as possible. We need to move all the things we need over to the things we have column.
Things We Need for VBS
4 Lab Coats
1 set of scrubs that will fit Fisher
1 Pen light
1 pocket protector
1 set of “Beats” earphone
Stack of Teen Magazines
1 Safari Helmet
1 large toy snake
3 large stuffed toy animals (lions, tigers, bears, etc.)
Several small coolers that children can sit on
Several sleeping bags
10 cans of cheap shaving cream
2 toy mice
12 cans of silly string (dollar store)
1 set of drum sticks
Pictures from Kirkin' o' the Tartan
Our brothers and sisters in Nepal who were affected by the earthquake
Helene Barrus, in hospital being treated for a head injury
Sandra Ramsey, scheduled for hip surgery on May 5th
Joan McMullan, recovering from back surgery
Brenda Slade, chemotherapy
Rita Macchione, undergoing cancer treatment
Randy Jones, Chris Jones’ Dad, scheduled for surgery to remove artery blockage
Joanne Elliott, Lithonia friend, recovering from surgery to remove kidney
Barbara Whitt, Shannon Gissendaner’s Aunt, health concerns
Jay Morgan, nephew of Dan Morgan, Stage 4 cancer
Joy Corley, neighbor of the Ramseys, diagnosed with breast cancer
Margaret Davis, friend of the Gladues, health concerns
Melanie, Mike and Mary Schaeffer’s daughter, treatment for seizures
Roy, friend of Darlene Alexander, health concerns
Harry Burnett, Jerry Fisher’s brother, congestive heart failure
Jerry, Fay Kitchens’ brother, health issues and kidney failure
Buser Family, friends of Daphne Nash, grandson DJ diagnosed with MD
Mya, student of Courtni Mitchell, diagnosed with osteosarcoma
Mollye, relative of Mary Scheaffer, stopping medical intervention
Jean Rush, friend of Charlene Morgan, Stage 4 lung cancer
Penny Hill, Executive Presbyter, receiving chemo for lung cancer
Our neighbors in need who have received food from PCR’S Food Pantry
Shut Ins: Freeman Barber, Jean Ghee, Louise Hanekamp, Doris Kirby, Ray Morgan, Emelyn Sexton, Evelyn Spivey, Kathy Woods, Hope Woodruff
We are a welcoming, caring congregation, strong in fellowship and faithfully committed to worshiping God. Traditional in organization and open in worship, our mission is to share the love of God by serving our neighbors, whether we meet them around the corner or around the world.