Faith and Families Newsletter
April 20, 2018

In this Issue:
  • Letter from Robert
  • Earth Care Events This Sunday
  • For Parents
  • Camping Anyone?
  • Mission Opportunities
  • Prayers and Concerns
  • Children's Ministry News
Letter from Robert
Who Cares?
Dear Friends,
           This coming Sunday is Earth Day and it is also a day when we will remember the call to be good stewards of God’s creation. We have remembered the verse from scripture– “The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it.” (Psalm 24:1) Do our lives, our priorities, and our activities, reflect our belief in the truth of that statement from the Bible? Do our lives reflect our belief that God has called us to care for, manage, and protect this beautiful earth?

           If you are like me you are inconsistent in your own approach. We do try to conserve – practicing the three R’s – reduce, reuse, and recycle – but we still have more trash than I would like. We don’t spend as much time outside and don’t put as much energy into caring for our property and our neighborhood as I would like. We don’t get involved in as many conversations about local, regional, national, and global conservation issues.

           The thing is – we would all say that we care about our neighbor. And these matters of Earth Care directly impact our neighbor. This requires more than lip service. As one recent book I read suggests, this requires “getting creative in love.” So how can you and your family get creative about loving your neighbor through stewardship and care of the earth? Is it picking up trash? Is it planting trees? Is it driving less or offering to give people a ride so they don’t have to drive? Is it finding a way to fix and reuse something before throwing it out? 

           Do you care? Of course you do! I do too! Let’s live like it!

 To God be the Glory!
Earth Care Events This Sunday at 3 pm
To celebrate Earth Day 2018 and to remember our calling to be Good Stewards of God’s creation, we will have several activities – all beginning at 3 pm this Sunday in the Congregation House.
  1. We will have an opportunity to participate in a scavenger hunt on the Davidson College campus to remember the Arboretum Project. Families can walk around campus together and try to identify the 20+ trees on the list.
  2. Individuals will walk around the church with members of the Property Committee to learn ways that DCPC has tried to conserve energy and resources.
  3. People are invited to gather for the viewing of the movie “The Lorax.” We are still looking for a copy of this DVD and a family willing to host this event. If you are willing please contact Robert.

Parent’s Group – Sunday Night at 5:30 pm
Join other parents for conversation, support, and encouragement as together we navigate the exciting and sometimes challenging waters of parenting and family life. We meet in the DCPC Parlor from 5:30-6:30 while Youth Group meets. This Sunday we will discuss a Thoughtful Christian article – “Helping Your Teen Deal with Daily Pressure.” CLICK HERE to read the article. Hope you can make it.

There are two opportunities here. First of all – on May 19 th – we are considering renting Fellowship Point for one night for anyone who wants to camp. There would be a small fee and depending on the group size, opportunity for a group meal, campfire, etc. On Sunday, everyone is invited out to worship at 10:30. Our worship will be followed with a picnic under the pavilion. I need to know how many are interested in camping to know whether it is worthwhile to rent the space. Please let me (Robert) know if you are interested ASAP!
The second opportunity is for a family camping trip away from the Lake Norman Area. I am looking for interested persons who might like to help plan/organize this. If you are interested, please let me know and we will put a small group together to organize it. Thank you.

Mission Opportunities
Habitat for Humanity – DCPC House! - Join us for a Habitat work day this spring! Our future work days are April 21, May 5, and May 19. This is a great chance for parents and children to work together – especially on days when we paint or landscape. Volunteer work days are from 7:45 am until 1:00 pm. You can sign up to volunteer at https://volunteerup.com/Login.asp?w=i&o=138 . Once you log in, you will be able to go to the column for 9814 Psalms and select the dates you want to help. You will also be able to see the type of work that is scheduled for each work day. A different type of work is planned for each day so hopefully there will be something that interests you. Volunteering on these construction projects is a very rewarding activity. We hope to see you at the site.

Loaves & Fishes
Would your family like to help with our food collection at DCPC once a month for Loaves & Fishes? If you are looking for a fun and easy way to serve that everyone in the family can participate in, this might be for you. Contact Robert Alexander for more info.

If there are concerns or joys that you would like to have listed here please email me at ralexander@dcpc.org so that we might keep one another in prayer.

Nick Dombalis – Nick is the stepfather of Holli Myers and has recently had a bone marrow transplant.

Margaret Jones – Margaret is the mother of Kelly Pharr. She is undergoing cancer treatment.

Glenn Mayhorn – Glenn is the father of Missy Martin who is under hospice care.

Family of Nichols (Nick) Joseph Melton – Nick died this past week following complications from a stroke. He is the father of Joe Melton. Please keep this family in your prayers.

Jeff Osman – We continue to pray for Jeff and his family as he awaits a possible liver transplant.

Sheila Spack – Sheila is the mother of Steve Chaffin. She is hospitalized with several health concerns.

Mark Tevepaugh – Please pray for Mark as he recovers from surgery and goes through treatment for prostate cancer.

Family of Bart Tritch – Bart is Rachel Lewis’ brother. Bart died early this morning following an extended illness. Please keep this family in your prayers. 
Davidson College Presbyterian Church
PO Box 337
Davidson, NC 28036
704-892-5641 www.dcpc.org