Faith and Families Newsletter
April 5, 2019

In this Issue:
Letter from Robert
April Showers Bring May Flowers             

Dear Friends,
              I am writing this a little late this week because I couldn’t make up my mind yesterday what I wanted to write for the week. This morning what is present for me is the soft rain falling outside my window. It is a lovely sound that brings with it a calm. Water can have that calming effect if it is enjoyed in the right context. Of course, we also know that too much of it can produce major issues – but that is a topic for another newsletter. For today I am reminded of the gift of hope .
              Hope ( elpis in Greek) is a powerful word, and while it is not a word exclusively used by Christians, it has an important role in the Christian faith. Scripture tells us that “faith is the assurance of things hoped for” (Hebrews 11:1). Hope is what allows us to look beyond the rain to the flowers that they will bring. Hope is what allows us to expect that, “even when I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (the Lord) is with me.” (Psalm 23:4). Ultimately for the follower of Jesus, we hope not in a “thing” but rather in the one who made all things. 
              So when my daughter is out past curfew, certainly I hope she will arrive home safely but ultimately I hope (and trust) that she is in God’s care. When we send our children off to school we hope they will learn and grow and gain wisdom and strength for their future – but ultimately we hope (and trust) that God will guide and provide for them. When we have said or done something to hurt our spouse or a friend we hope that they will forgive us but ultimately we hope (and trust) in the one who is the source of all love and forgiveness.
              In Greek mythology, Elpis is often depicted as a young girl carrying a bouquet of flowers. How appropriate for this rainy day. As you imagine the flowers that will come from today’s rains may you find space to place your hope in the one who gives the rain and the flowers. May you find strength to carry on through whatever struggle you may be encountering with hope in the one who promises to be with you and to carry you through. May you find courage to model hopefulness to others in your family. I hope so!

To God be the Glory!
Robert
Mission Opportunities

Habitat Spring Build – NEW SCHEDULE
Our Construction Schedule has changed. We now begin May 4 th !  This is a great parent/child project. Consider signing up for one of the Saturday work days and come help out. Children need to be 16 to operate any machinery. 14 year olds can help with landscaping. All children need to have adult supervision. We will be building at 453 McLelland Avenue in Mooresville. Go to https://www.ourtownshabitat.org/volunteer/ click on the Sign Up Today Button and find the address and date that you want. Then come out and join us in the spring. It promises to be lots of fun!

Loaves and Fishes – Every Sunday!
One great and easy way to make a difference is to share food. Every Sunday the Loaves and Fishes shopping carts are in front of the church. Why not designate a family member each Sunday to bring a canned good or box of pasta to place in the cart on the way into church? Imagine the joy of that family that opens that can of vegetables, fruit, or soup and enjoys the food you have shared.

Family Mission Pilot Project
Would you and your family be interested in working with Pastor Robert on a pilot program related to families in mission together? He is looking for several families to volunteer. If you are intrigued, send him an email at ralexander@dcpc.org and let him know. Then he will be in touch with you to share more!

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.

Clair Fitzgerald and family following the death of her father, Parry Spencer.

Hardin Hawes and family following the death of his father, John (Jack) Hawes.

Hattie and Brian Kissel and their children as they prepare for a move to Nashville, TN later this spring.

Terri Rekhop and family following the death of her mother, Margaret Horton.

Sheila Spack is the mother of Steve Chaffin. Her health has declined and she is in need of our prayers.
Davidson College Presbyterian Church
PO Box 337
Davidson, NC 28036
704-892-5641 www.dcpc.org