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Michael's Memo
Sermon Series
If you were not here, last Sunday you missed our introduction to the sermon series: Inside Out: Emotional Healthy Spirituality The movie "Inside Out" tells the story of Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and schools.  Her story inspired me to explore the emotions behind stories in the Bible. 

How does one lead an emotionally healthy spiritual life?  "Inside Out" raises this and other questions by entering the mind of eleven-year-old Riley. Five of her emotions become characters in the movie. The five characters in Riley's head led by Joy, guide her through life.  What does the Bible say about emotional life? Our worship will contrast some of the ideas from the film and instructions from the Bible during the series Inside Out: Emotional Healthy Spirituality. Inside Out continues in worship through Pentecost.  Come join us Sunday morning at 8:45 or 11 am.

En Agape',

Rev. Michael

Reaching Up
May Serving Schedul e
Elder of the Month: Gen Bohannon
Communion Prep: Barbara Davis

Date Genesis Elder/Greeter Elders Diaconate Acolytes
7 Judy Pierce Sandra Loving Brooken Loving* Tristan Goodman
  Ed Baugher Catherine Young Heather Ostrander Cassidy Penley
      Jim Ostrander  
      Wendy Benson  
14 Harold Manahan Nancy Farrell Angie Dalton* Elena Highfield
  Cathy Tillman Mark Highfield Patsy Fowler Lauren Markley
      Sherri Beth Smith  
      Kendall Dalton  
21 Ed Hellermann Tom Putnam Alex Smith* Daniel Peterman
  Lloyd West Gen Bohannon Don Moore Hailey Pierce
      Julie Moore  
      Elana Gant  
28 Judy Pierce Ted Jones Pat Penley* Cassidy Penley
  Ed Baugher Sandra Loving Barbara Davis John Weeks
      Keith Davis  
      Logan Markley  

On Friday, May 5th from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. there will be a continuous prayer vigil in the Slash sanctuary.  A sign-up sheet is available with time slots of 30 minutes. On May 5th you come to the sanctuary at the time block you signed up for and pray alone or with another person. Prayer resources will be available. Please wait until the next participant arrives before departing the building quietly so that prayer is continuous for the twelve hours. Thanks for participating.

May 21, 2017
Men's Softball

Come out and support our men as they share in a time of fellowship and fun on Tuesday nights at Pole Green Park.

Start Date
Start Time Home Team Away Team Location
5/2 8:30 PM Slash Christian Church Faith Landmark Pole Green #3
5/2 9:30 PM Faith Landmark Slash Christian Church Pole Green #3
5/9 8:30 PM Slash Christian Church Hope Nazarene Pole Green #3
5/9 9:30 PM Hope Nazarene Slash Christian Church Pole Green #3
5/16 6:30 PM Mechanicsville Church of Christ Slash Christian Church Pole Green #3
5/16 7:30 PM Slash Christian Church Mechanicsville Church of Christ Pole Green #3
5/23 8:30 PM Slash Christian Church Latter Day Saints Pole Green #3
5/23 9:30 PM Latter Day Saints Slash Christian Church Pole Green #3
5/30 8:30 PM Slash Christian Church New Song UMC Pole Green #4
5/30 9:30 PM New Song UMC Slash Christian Church
Pole Green #4
April Schedule

Youth will conclude meeting on a regular basis this month as the school year hectically comes to a close. In April we packed 40 lunches for the Garden Club and raised close to $500 dollars. That profit will be put towards our mission trip the first week of July. Thank you for all of your support towards the youth program!
Group Week of Hope
We are excited to be serving those in Indianapolis, IN. Those who have been called to serve are Ron Bryce, Kendall Dalton, Meredith Farrell, Elana Gant, Olivia Gant, Juliana Kurz, Delane Markley, Lauren Markley, Logan Markley, Brenna Peterman, Ruthie Weeks, and Anna West.
Outreach Opportunities

Easter Offering 
In April, you donated $1,351.00 to the Easter offering bringing life, love and learning through the general ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Your gift to the Easter offering helps congregations across the United States and Canada to share more deeply in the work that God is doing around the world.

ACES Food Drive - Our next food drive will be at the beginning of June.   We want to see if we can collect 500 items to donate to ACES as food or clean hygiene items.   So wait to collect your bags to fill in June and let's see if we can reach our goal!   

Pentecost Special Offering will be received June 4 and June 11

District IX News
There is an event called Running For Anna that you heard about in worship on April 23rd from Darrell Wright which sponsors the building of a well in Uganda, Africa.   This run is in memory of Anna Wright, a former soccer player from Patrick Henry High School and Lynchburg College.   The 7t Annual 5K Memorial run/walk is on May 6 at 9:30 a.m.  Anyone from Slash who would like to participate is welcome to join.   As an act of support you are invited  and encouraged to register ($25), participate and support Independence Church and the 5K Run to provide clean water in Uganda. There are forms in the back of the sanctuary related to that special event for your information.    This is one way that we can share events and news between other churches in our district!  
Cathy Tillman

Mother's Day
You are invited  to help babies and their families served by our Global Mission Partners. Baby Boxes are given to every mother who completes four prenatal visits to the clinic. This ministry is making a big difference to the health of babies in rural India.

What's in the box?  A baby box contains many "luxury" items that the average rural family cannot afford, like diapers, blankets, sleepers, baby bath and shampoo.  The box will be made of sturdy rubberized plastic so that it will survive the monsoons and also can be reused.  To foster community participation, the blankets and sheets are sewn by the students in the community college the hospital operates. 

How will they reach the moms?  The senior nursing staff, doctors, and nursing students have made visits to local villages to provide health education, prenatal visits and training using the Hospital's Mobile Clinic. Taking the clinic to the moms will give them more opportunities to complete four prenatal visits and be entitled to a baby box. Prenatal visits insure the health of mother and baby and help cut down on complications at birth.

Relay for Life Walk - Saturday June 17th

The Outreach Team is putting together a relay team for Slash Christian Church to help battle cancer.   Probably every one of you is related to someone or knows someone who has been affected by cancer.   Research is making progress and hopefully in the years to come, there will be a cure (or prevention) for many forms of cancer.  This year's Western Hanover Relay for Life will be held on Saturday, June 17th at Kings Dominion Camp Wilderness Campground in Doswell.  
The Slash team link is   
Join now - don't wait - be a part of our team!
OR obtain a registration form from Cathy Tillman now so we can get our team registered and plan for this event.   We will be having a Name Your Price Bake Sale on May 21st to support our Relay for Life Team.  You will be able to purchase some sweet treats that day.  

  If you would like to make a donation, you may do so by making a tax deductible donation by check made payable to American Cancer Society and give to any team member.  SIGN UP TODAY and be a part of this great RELAY and Let's kick cancer right off the map!  Purchase a Luminaria for $10.00 in memory of someone who fought that battle or in honor of someone who is now fighting that battle. On the day of the event, we will plan a fellowship meal where we will all come together in HOPE, STRENGTH, and LOVE!  Be a part !

JUNE 19 - 23
9 am - 12 pm
9 am Church School ~ 10 AM ONE Worship

General Assembly 17

Be a witness for ONEness!
One of the last things Jesus did with his disciples was to bless them with the priestly prayer that appears in John 17. He prayed that, "I'm praying not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me because of them and their witness about me. The goal is for all of them to become one heart and mind." (The Message)

In July we will gather as ONE for the 2017 General Assembly in Indianapolis. Thousands of Disciples gather from across the United States and Canada to demonstrate our unity in service to the Christ. We will hear inspiring messages, elect a new General Minister and President, hear about the results from Mission First! and learn together.

Bible studies on the theme text (John 17:20-21a) from scholars at Disciple-related seminaries are available online so you can go deeper into the scripture.

Why not post a "selfie" on social media with the tag #DOCWeAreOne. 

Volunteers Needed!
Nursery Ministry
Renee will be away in June, July, and August.  A sign up sheet will be posted on the nursery door for summer volunteers to keep the nursery.
We will have ONE Worship in July and August
~Patsy Fowler

Flower Ministry
sanctuary flowers
The 2017 flower chart is posted by the church office. If you would like to purchase flowers in memory of or in honor of a loved one please sign up on the flower chart, fill in an order form and return it to the office. You may email or call the office (798-4520) to order sanctuary flowers.  The sanctuary flower price is $27.00 with checks made payable to Slash Christian Church. Orders do not have to be prepaid. 
May 7, June 4 and June 11 are available 
Graduate Sunday
We will honor our graduates in worship in June and would like to invite anyone with a graduate in their family to submit their information for publication in next month's newsletter as well as recognition in worship. Please email and let us know what school you are graduating from, future plans for work or more school.


On behalf of the rural families we serve I would like to express my deep appreciation for your generous donation. I send the appreciation of the staff of Rural Family Development of the Virginia Council of Churches. Your continued support is a blessing and an encouragement to us all.   Blessings, Dorothy Shears-Billups, Head Start Director
On behalf of the Virginia Council of Churches, please accept my gratitude for your continued support. It is support of Covenant Churches like yours that makes it possible to make real the prayer of our Lord that we might all be one. The work of the Council depends on gifts like yours. Please continue to hold the VCC and our mission in Christ in your prayers.  Blessing, The Rev. Dr. Jonathan M. Barton, General Minister
On behalf of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, we thank you for the contribution for the Ashland Center. The support of your congregation for the Counseling Aid Fund ensures that clients seeking pastoral counseling will receive services regardless of their ability to pay. In 2016, more than 1,900 counseling sessions were covered in part through the Counseling Aid Fund. Many were blessed to be supported through very difficult times by the outreach of your congregation. Best regards, Doug Thorpe, Ph.D., Executive Director
Please accept my sincerest gratitude for the recent donation from the congregation of Slash Christian Church. In 2016 we were able to help 1,757 families (4,078 individuals) because of the support we receive from churches, businesses, civic clubs, scouting groups and individuals in our area. Slash Christian Church has been a very faithful and longtime supporter of ACES. We are so very appreciative.   Sincerely, Bonnie D. Hoskin
Thank you so much for your generous donation to the Cane Ridge Shrine, Inc. Gifts such as yours help us to tell the Cane Ridge Story and welcome future generations of visitors as well. We hope to see all of you here in the near future, whether visiting for the first time, returning, or coming to offer your physical labor. James H. Trader, II, Curator

To all my wnderful church family members,
Bob and I thank you so much for all your prayers and thoughtfulness. You have made this difficult journey alot easier for us knowing you are there if we need you. A special thanks to the Disciples Women Sunshine Ladies.
Love, Bob and Barbara Henderson

Thank you for the beautiful daffodils in the sanctuary at Easter in my honorJo Richardson


Current Needs:
Boys and Girls summer clothes (tops and bottoms) - especially larger sizes (10 - 20)
Boys and Girls athletic (tennis) shoes
Women's new underwear (bras and underpants) - all sizes
New or gently used Women's athletic (tennis) shoes - sizes 8 and above
Men's and Women's sport socks - all sizes
New or gently used Men's athletic (tennis) shoes - sizes 8 and above
New or gently used Men's shoes and work boots - sizes 8 - 13
New or gently used Men's jeans - all sizes (28 and larger)
New or gently used Men's pants - sizes 28 - 30
New of gently used Men's pants in "tall" sizes (34" and longer)
New or gently used Men's undershirts - size small - 3x

Boxes potato flakes,
Canned baked beans or pork'n'beans
Canned fruit or apple sauce, Canned tomatoes, Canned or jarred pasta sauce
Canned meat (chicken, spam, corned beef)
Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.)
Gently used table utensils (forks, knives, spoons, serving spoons)
Small kitchen appliances (microwaves, toaster ovens, electric skillets,  hot plates, etc.) 
Thank you for your support.
Prayer Requests

Church Family
H.T. Loving, Roger Martin, Alvin Loving, Dianne Jones, Jakob Hellermann, Norma Jennings,  Carolyn Nash,   MaryLee Jones, 
Jo Richardson, Brooken Loving
Polly Vaughan who is caregiving for her mother, Beverly Vaughan 

For Healing
Nicholson and Merrick families (friends of the Ostranders)
Riley Ostrander (grandson of the Ostranders)
Agnes Trimback (mother of Barbara Henderson)
Robin Twaddell & family (cousin of Mark Highfield)
Richard and Sandy Conway (friends of Steve Harrison)
Grandmother of Cassie Bowes
Terry Kinum (friend of Don Moore)
Pam Cross (friend of Catherine Young)
Connor Bartz (nephew of Carol Kurz)
Matt Kersey (nephew of Don Kersey)
Bob Henderson (husband of Barbara Henderson)
Amy Bates (former accompanist at Slash)
David Brent (friend of Krystal Melton)
Beth Harris (niece of Don and Helen Kersey)
Wayne Smith (brother of Beth Harris)
Brian Cummings (friend of Sherri Smith)
Iris (friend of Gail Hellermann)
Pam and Craig Brown  (friends of Gail Hellermann)
Bob Peters (cousin of Ginnie Caudell)
Vaughn Schmitt (family friend of the Weeks')
Nancy Hooper (sister of Brooken Loving)
Dickie Tomlin (brother-in-law of Buddy Fowler)
Charlie Hunt (friend of Judy Pierce)
Faisal Saeed (coworker of Cathy Tillman) 
Shot Mangum (brother of Judy Pierce) 
Ann Graham (sister of Don Kersey)
Jack McGuire (uncle of Michelle Weeks)
All military personnel, first responders and their families
Unspoken prayer concerns
Love and sympathy are extended to Heather and Jim Ostrander upon the death of their friend, Joyce Nicholson, and the death of Lynn Merrick's (another friend) mother.

The Elders respectfully request that prayer concerns be updated every two weeks by notifying the office by phone (798-4520) or email (

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