Faith and Families Newsletter
March 29, 2019

In this Issue:
Letter from Robert
Open and Willing     

Dear Friends,
              I hope you appreciate the blessings of friendship and family. Friends and family members are always a part of our lives. Even when they may disappoint us or fail us in some way, we know that the bonds of love that we share with them are stronger. Those bonds are God’s and nothing can destroy that. As I have been working on a sermon this week about forgiveness I have realized how our inability to forgive can keep us from experiencing the long term blessing of family ties and friendship. Sometimes remembering the “good times” can remind us of the value of a relationship and can remind us of what is possible.
              Do you remember the story about Jacob and Esau from the Old Testament book of Genesis? Jacob did some pretty rotten things to his brother. Years later, after they had lived apart from one another, Jacob started home and knew that he would have to face his brother. He was worried that Esau would be upset and would maybe even want to kill him. But Esau was not. He was bigger than that. For Esau – seeing his brother again was a blessing. He was glad to see Jacob. I wonder if Esau had remembered back to a time before the conflict with his brother and decided that his relationship with his brother was more important than the things Jacob had done. God had blessed Esau and his family and had worked a miracle of healing and forgiveness in his heart. That is what God will do in each of us if we are open and willing.
              Rifts occur in our friendships and in our families but relationships can be mended by God’s love and by our willingness to be open to that love. The Apostle Paul tells us that it is the most excellent way. (I Corinthians 13) Love is patient and kind – not envious boastful or rude. And love never fails!

 To God be the Glory!
Robert
Mission Opportunities

Habitat Spring Build
On April 6 th we begin building another Habitat house. 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.

Dorothy Sloan and family following the death of her father, Gordon Hamrick.

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