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For an opportunity to decorate the sanctuary with beautiful spring flowers on Easter Morning complete the following form. The form and payment can be returned in the offering plate on Sunday mornings or to Stacey Simons, 814-881-1323, email@example.com, by Sunday, March 18th: 2018 Easter Flower Order Form
The Presbytery of Lake Erie invites you to “The Big Event: Discovering Joy Right Where You Are” March 10th from 9am until 3pm, @ 1st Church of the Covenant, Erie. Registration forms are available in the foyer. Our keynote speaker will be Rev. David Hansen, retired Presbyterian pastor (having served congregations in Montana, and Cincinnati, OH). He is also an accomplished author (The Art of Pastoring: Ministry Without All the Answers and Loving the Church You Lead: Pastoring with Acceptance and Grace). David is also a contributing editor for Leadership Journal (a publication for clergy/church leaders, published by Christianity Today Institute). It will be a day filled with workshops and worship, and lunch, and will leave you feeling encouraged, refreshed and ready for joyful service to our Lord! Cost is $15 each (includes lunch)—payable online, by mail or at the door. Please register by Feb. 28 @ www.pbylakeerie.org or by mail. Babysitting will be available (call 456-4243).
Deacons’ Pasta Dinner Fundraiser! Sunday, 3/11 from 11:30 – 2pm. Home-made sauce, meatballs and pasta w/ Italian bread, salad, choice of desserts (donated by you, of course). Adults: $8; kids 5-12: $5 (kids under 5 FREE); families: $25. Containers of sauce will be sold @ $5 each. Please RSVP w/ Kim Ragen (392-5831).
The Lenten Study Group will begin on Tuesday, 2/20 at 6:30 pm. The first three will be at Elmwood Avenue and the last three will be at Belle Valley. The studies will follow the themes of our worship series (“Thy Will Be Done”) in Lent, and light refreshments will be provided! Please come and join in the fun and fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ!
Six of the Erie Area Presbyterian Churches have recreated their websites, with guidance from local website developer, Brad Ford. The project was identified as a need by several of these churches as we become more digitally involved every day. The new site offers a parent page, with updated information from any of the churches, as well as an individualized site for each church or congregation. Our goal in creating the new website is to improve accessibility and search engine results throughout the community. The new site can be found at www.presbyteriannetwork.com. A special thank you goes out to the technology committee from the small group Presbyterian Network and Lake Erie Presbytery.
“Per Capita” Giving: For those who wish to pay their Per Capita for 2017 ($29.50 per member) there are envelopes available on the table in the foyer. Your “Per Capita” giving supports many significant mission efforts throughout our presbytery and the world-wide Presbyterian Church. Please recognize that these gifts aren’t for administrative salaries or office expenses. Pray about your gift to our larger church mission efforts!
Presbytery of Lake Erie 2017 Work Mission Trip Our team is heading to West Virginia in July 2017 to work with the WVMAW to aid with flood recovery efforts. The WVMAW – West Virginia Ministry of Advocacy & Workcamps is a long term recovery response arm of the Presbytery of West Virginia. Our Presbytery’s Work Mission Trip departs the morning of Sunday, July 16 and returns the evening of Saturday, July 22, 2017. Volunteers of all ages (14 and up) and all abilities are encouraged to join our volunteer team. No previous experience or expertise required. Space is limited to 20 participants. Registrations accepted on a first come, first served basis along with a $50 non-refundable deposit. Cost is $300 per person and includes meals, housing and transportation. If you have questions, please contact Pastor Jamie Fowler at 814-673-0874 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Doug Ebert (and possibly others from BVPC) are planning to attend!
We Need Volunteers to Help Run the 2017 Rummage Sale! Please pray about being the rummage sale coordinators for 2017 (usually held in early May). YES, it’s a big task (if you try to do it by yourself), but if you use the helpfulness of others, it is not overwhelming! If you’d like more information, please contact Kim Ragen (392-5831).
The Mission & Outreach Committee encourages these giving projects:
The One Great Hour of Sharing all-church offering was received last Sunday (Easter), but it’s not too late to turn your donation in for this historic offering that provides assistance to those in need around the world (war-torn refugees, poverty created by natural disaster, assistance to help some generate small businesses to support entire villages, etc.). We thank all who’ve already given to this important offering as we’ve collected $366.00 so far!
Continue to bring in canned goods and staples for our food pantry collections @ Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church and the City Mission! Receptacles in the foyer!
Men Needed! … to help honor all mothers at the Mothers’ Day Coffee Hour, May 7, after worship. Please sign up in the foyer to assist with set-up, clean-up, serving, shopping for necessary refreshments, etc. Simply sign-up and you will be contacted with instructions.
The One Great Hour of Sharing (http://onegreathourofsharing.org/) all-church offering will be received on Easter Sunday (4/16). Return all “fish” banks. There will also be special OGHS offering envelopes available beginning Palm Sunday. This historic offering provides relief efforts to those in natural disaster, to refugees who’ve had to flee violence in their own civil war-torn nations, to those in need of education/micro-financing to strengthen and develop their own agribusiness/starter businesses, to provide new and clean sources of water/wells, to provide health education/care for those in desperate need, etc. We want to respond to the needs of the world in a significant way—we’ve given over $400.00 on several occasions in the past, so let’s shoot for $450.00 this year! Pray about your part in this life-giving effort!