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Pastor Brad Luck
August 12, 2018
From the Pastor’s Desk 8/12/18

Pastor Brad is traveling in Ireland these next two weeks and sends us the following:  

Aimee and I made it safely to Dublin, Ireland yesterday after only a one-hour flight delay out of London Heathrow Airport. We were able to explore some in the afternoon and then get some rest for today’s tour which begins our time exploring the country. Today we go to Trinity University and get to see the Book of Kells, which is an old library. We also will tour more of Dublin, a city which is around 800 to 1,000 years old, depending who you ask. Let the journey begin.


In Pastor Brad’s absence, Rich Rothrock presented the message titled "Breaking Bread Together".

John 6:35 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

John 6:41-51 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
41 Then the Jews began to complain about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They were saying, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 43 Jesus answered them, “Do not complain among yourselves. 44 No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise that person up on the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me. 46 Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God; he has seen the Father. 47 Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Memories are such that we remember both the best and the worst of them.  The best memories give us hope and happiness.  The worst memories are there to learn from so we do not repeat them.   

Smells and tastes can also trigger memories.  Rich associates the smell of fresh bread with the church because it was baked fresh at the church on Communion Sundays when he was a kid.  Bread was one of the first, most essential foods developed and Jesus compared himself to this most important food.  He will be there, through good times and bad, to help sustain us if we follow him.   

There was a time, however, when the baking of bread was industrialized and unhealthy fillers were added.  We need to be sure this doesn’t happen to our Christianity as well.  Christianity only works if we are all-inclusive.  We need to Come and Find Our Quiet Center and Let There be Peace on Earth and let it begin with me, as the hymns encouraged us today.

  Thank you, Rich, for sharing these thoughts and insights with us today.

Prayer Concerns 8/12/18
Please pray for travel mercies for Pastor Brad and Aimee as they travel to and tour Ireland.  Please pray for the family and friends of Tami Dober Kimble on her death Friday evening as well as the family and friends of Cathy Cooley on her death this week.  Please keep Pat Bradley in prayer as she has a biopsy done this week.  Donna Adams asked for prayer for an employee of her daughter’s named Sarah who is in ICU following a car/semi-truck accident; also keep Sarah’s 4-year-old and 11-year-old children in those prayers.  Tracy Secor asked for prayer for Jeanette Secor as she has surgery on her hand on Thursday.  Rev. David McKinstry asked for continued prayer for Aunt Betty who is on her fifth week in the hospital but is able to be off the respirator a few hours every day, so there is some improvement.  Congratulations to Rev. David and Rev. Faye McKinstry as they celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday.  Louise Proctor asked for prayer for Mae Driy as she goes on hospice; prayer for her comfort and for Mae’s family as well.  Bob Tessmer gave thanks that his granddaughter Sophia, who we prayed for three weeks ago, is now able to walk after her surgery and Bob and Cindy were there when she took her first steps.  Additional prayer requests—please keep Dave Tyler in prayer as he spent a couple of days in the hospital with chest pains—initial tests revealed his heart is ok but there is some pneumonia; they will be doing additional testing.  Please keep Janice Simon in prayer on the death of her son Tim Sunday afternoon.
Calendar of Ministry Opportunities
Tuesday August 14 – 10 am Prayer Fellowship
Sunday August 19 – 10:30 am Morning Worship; Lila Breitner will present the message
Monday August 20Beaconnews items due for the September issue

Altar flowers yesterday were given in memory of Jim McGuire, father of Kathy Leslie.

Choir Practice – The rumors are true!  Choir practice will be held on Wednesdays at 7 pm, beginning August 29.  Anyone and everyone is welcome—no experience required!  See you there!

Heartbeat of Monroe’s Baby Bottle Drive – Please help us once again raise funds to help young parents in need in the Monroe area.  Last year through this campaign we raised $799.46, helping provide services to over 1,800 adults and children, including 30,545 diapers and 792 containers of formula. Heartbeat also provides parenting classes, infant care instructions, counseling, pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, resources for low-income housing, car seats and other baby equipment.  All this is freely provided through volunteers and the generosity of local congregations.  Please visit or call 734-243-6550 for more information about what we do.  Please take home an empty bottle (they are on the bench in the narthex) and return it (filled with check, cash, or coins) to the church no later than Sunday September 30.  Thank you for your support!

Thanks, Russell Stovers! – Thursday last week Russell Stovers donated 2,135 pounds (yes, that’s over one ton) of candy to the Caring and Sharing program.  We need help packaging that candy up for the September distribution.  Please let Ed Proctor know if you can help.
Birthdays 8/12 - 8/18
Tuesday August 14 Judy Westrick  
Wednesday August 15 Donna Adams  
    Kathy Leslie  
    Sandra Sheldon  
Thursday August 16 Jacob White  
Anniversaries 8/12 - 8/18
August 15 Jay & Tammy Hemdal
August 17 Rev. David and Rev. Faye McKinstry 50 years!
  Have a blessed week!  

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