July Newsletter Article

Greetings Friends! 

                I do believe it is summer now!! As I avoid the heat (and humidity), in the comfort of the church’s AC. I send prayers to those who are not as fortunate to have homes and buildings to retreat to. This Summer is a busy one for the life of the congregation! We wanted to celebrate the beginning of summer at Nancy and Ed Eadie’s home with a worship on the River and a BBQ picnic lunch following, however the rain forced us inside the fellowship hall. Nevertheless it was absolutely wonderful to see familiar and new faces while worshiping together and fellowshiping with some tasty tasty food! I have to thank Kathleen and ALL of her helpers (food, decoration, set up, clean up) it was so much fun!

                One of the comments I have heard from folks, is that they can’t always remember the name and faces of fellow members. So during the month of July, while our wonderful choir is off, we will be combing worship services and will be held at 10:00am in the fellowship hall. This will give us a chance to see familiar faces and worship together with one another. These services will be a blending of both services, with worship leadership from both services. I am excited for the opportunity to worship together. We will end the combined services on Aug. 4th with an all-church hymn sing! If you have a favorite hymn you want heard sung, let the office know by using the tear off sheet in the bulletin to put the title or first line of your favorite hymn.

                We will also be hosting in July, our weekend VBS: Everywhere Fun Fair  July 12th-14th. We are looking forward to reaching out to the young people in our communities. See more details in the heart of this month’s newsletter or on our website: www.cmpchurch.org

                Many of us will be travelling or have friends and family travel to see us this summer, (including myself at the end of July) and so I leave you all with a travelling prayer from www.prayergoddess.com:

I am grateful, Dear Lord, for the opportunity to travel. You have provided us with a lush and lavish world, full of wonder, and delightful in its diversity. Bless me as I embark on this journey.
As my travels unfold, I ask your blessing God, upon all those that I may encounter. Bless the people I am traveling with, the service workers along the way, the strangers, the new friends, and those that make my travel possible. Bless every vehicle that I am carried in; may it be safe and in good repair. May it be protected and enveloped in your secure light as I go on my way. Bless my baggage and my things; may they arrive safely with me everywhere I go. Bless every driver, pilot, maintenance worker, cook, server, and hospitality worker – they serve me well. I am grateful for their attention and expertise.
Bless all my actions, keep me safe and alert. May I be fully aware and present everywhere I go. May I go in peace and walk in your heavenly Light, dear God. And may I return home happy, well, and with many memories of my journey. I rejoice in this opportunity and I go with the confidence of your loved and precious child. Amen.

May God’s joy be in your heart and God’s love surround your journey-

Pastor Elizabeth