NORTHMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH NEWSLETTER
Thursday, July 27, 2017
SPECIAL PRAYER REQUESTS
Yesterday, July 26, Brea Hayes had an emergency C-section due to complications with her pregnancy.  The baby was not due until late October.  However, we are glad to report that Brea and the baby are doing well.  Brian and Brea's little girl currently has a nose tube.  Here is more information:

Brielle Marie Hayes
Born 10:45 a.m. on July 26, 2017
Brielle is 13" long and weighs just 1 lb. 8 oz.

Please keep Brian, Brea and baby, Brielle, in your prayers.

ANOTHER URGENT REQUEST

Marsha Mossgrove's brother, Danny Ryman, suffered a stroke following his surgery on Tuesday.  He is in ICU at Affinity Hospital. Marsha asks the the whole family of Northminster keep Danny in their prayers.
COOPERATIVE EFFORT MEETING
This Sunday, July 30, at 9:30 a.m. in the Parlor

Welcoming Mike Baker to the pulpit this Sunday.

THIS SUNDAY

"Listen for the Lord! "

by Mike Baker

 
THIS WEEK'S SCRIPTURE READING

OLD TESTAMENT READINGS:
1 Kings 3:5-12
Psalm 119:129-136

MINISTRY LEADERS
A Liturgist is Needed for
Sunday, August 6
and for August 27, September 3, 10

Sign up now for your spot on the
July - September  Ministry Calendar


FLOWER CHART
NOW only three dates are open for the remainder of the year.  If you are in-terested in providing fresh flowers for the chancel area to commemorate a special day or just because, these dates are available:
September  17
November 19 and 26

YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL

Youth will NOT meet for
Sunday School  on July 30 or August 6.

GUY'S RETREAT
The guys are leaving this afternoon. Pray for them as
they  travel and for their spiritual refreshment.

GIRL'S OVERNIGHTER
Friday, July 28, to Saturday July 29.
Contact Emily McKelvey for details.

FOOD & FELLOWSHIP NIGHT
Tuesday, August 1
We will meet at Sonic at 5:30 and then to the park...
weather permitting...if not, we will go to the movies.

Coming August 10
Christian Music Fest - 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Market Square Downtown Canton

 
CONTACT NICK IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS CONCERNING YOUTH ACTIVITIES
nick.zaccone@northminsterlife.org

COOK OUT CANDIDS
This Week's Birthdays

29 - Susan Dowell

August Birthdays

9 - Sally Groves
15 - Jared East
16 - Lauren Griffin
17 - Mariah Morris
17 - Cindy Taylor
25 - Dominic Holmes
27 - Charlie Mossgrove
29 - Lynda McGinnis


August Anniversaries

9 - Bob & Stephanie Allen
21 - Jim & Tracy McKelvey




NORTHMINSTER HOMEBOUND

This Week's  Featured Member

FRANCES TESSMER
304 N. Market St.
Minerva, OH  44657
PRAYER REQUESTS
PLEASE CONTACT THE CHURCH OFFICE TO UPDATE OR REMOVE REQUESTS


  • Howard Bowen (Paula Bowen's husband) is on kidney dialysis.
  • Jack Dawson (Bill Tannehill's cousin) is not doing well.
  • John Dowell (Scot's brother) recovering from shoulder surgery.
  • Steve Fiebig - Advanced Cancer
  • Denise Geiger (friend of Joanne Sogan) - Brain Surgery
  • Beth George (niece of Ginny West) - Acute Pericarditus
  • Bill Griffin - Cancer
  • Family of Beth Kaylor (friend of Meghan Allen) who recently died in a car accident.
  • Peyton Kent is a pemature infant with serious health problems.
  • Travis King (Downerd's 11-year-old grandson) is off his crutches and on the mend.  Thank you for your prayers.
  • Barb Laney (Debra Pierpont's sister) - Cancer
  • Michele Taylor (friend of Cindy Taylor) has been diagnosed with preeclampsia and is non bed rest while awaiting the birth of her baby girl.
  • Betty Vincent (friend of Joanne Sogan) is in treatment for breast cancer.
  • Browning West (grandson of Chuck & Ginny) - Needing Prayer
  • Victoria Zaccone ( Nick's grandmother) - Cancer
  • Whendy (family of Joanne Sogan) is critically ill.

ON the CALENDAR 
Tuesday, August 1
Document Review Committee Meeting
6:00 p.m. in the Parlor

Sunday, August 6
August Birthday Celebration
9:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall

Sunday, August 13
Directory Committee Meeting
9:30 a.m. in the Parlor

DEVOTION of the WEEK
 by Bruce Swaffield in Memoriam 
 
LOST and FOUND

The older son was always with his father. He was there day after day, with the father by his side, helping with all of the chores and errands on the farm. Yet, he forgot the most important aspect of his life when the younger brother, the prodigal, returned home. All of the attention suddenly shifted to the wayward boy and the older son felt ignored. After all, there was no party given in his honor.

The whole point of this parable is rejoicing over the one who was lost. But the older brother is thinking more about himself. We sometimes act the same way when others around us are celebrated and welcomed back into the fold. What about us, we think. We have been here the entire time. We didn't go anywhere. We have been faithful servants and dutiful workers. We have devoted all of our time and energy to this church and this community.

Because of our narrow perspective, you and I are missing the point. We have been in the same place, with the father, all of the time. We have had the blessing of being at the Lord's side each and every minute.

Instead of feeling sorry for ourselves, we need to rejoice both over the honor we have enjoyed all these years and also that someone who was lost is now home again.

Swaffield, Bruce C. Devotions for Life: New Ideas from Old Ways. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars, 2013 p.111.