Faith and Families Newsletter
March 30, 2018

In this Issue:
Letter from Robert

             Carrying Crosses
Dear Friends,
              In Matthew Jesus is recorded as saying “deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow me.” In this Lenten season there are many reminders of the need to focus less on our own wants and needs and more on the needs of others. We are reminded that life does not consist in the abundance of possessions but rather in the quality of our relationships. We are reminded that our relationships are richest when they are drenched in love – unselfish, unconditional love – love that does not seek a return but only seeks to give. Taking up our crosses is an invitation to this kind of selfless life.
But our crosses can sometimes be terribly heavy. The burden of them can weigh us down such that we cannot even continue along the journey of faith. We need help. In the Holy Week stories, even Jesus gets some help carrying his cross. Three of the four gospel writers (all but John) record Simon of Cyrene as being a passerby who is asked to help carry the cross of Jesus on his way to Golgotha where he is later crucified. If Jesus can get a little help then perhaps we can too.
Pay attention to the burdens that others are carrying around. Perhaps you can be like Simon and help your child, your spouse, your friend, even the stranger or enemy, to carry their burden – their cross. Perhaps your kindness can lighten their load and help them to continue their journey. It is true that Jesus’ own journey led him to crucifixion but it didn’t end there. Good Friday’s pain and sadness gives way to resurrection, new life, and everlasting joy!
May you find strength in that promise and help one another through those days which may seem too dark and heavy to bear.
 To God be the Glory!

Holy Week Special Services
As was mentioned last week – the services of Holy Week help us understand that life and love of Jesus. Make it a priority to participate.
3/30   Good Friday                     Worship in Lingle at 5:00 pm
3/31   Easter Vigil                       Worship in Sanctuary at 7:00 pm
4/1      Easter Sunday (seriously)    All 3 morning worship services

Are you expecting or do you know someone who is??
Our New Baby Committee is a team of DCPC members who help provide support to families when a child is born or adopted. If you would like more information about this team or are in need of their services please contact Katie Scruggs at 704-241-3280.

Faith & Families Fellowship Team
Would you like to help plan some social/fellowship opportunities for DCPC Families? We need your help! Please let Robert Alexander know ( ralexander@dcpc.org ) and we will gather in the near future to plan something for the spring. Hope to hear from you soon!

Mission Opportunities
Habitat for Humanity – DCPC House! - Join us for a Habitat work day this spring! Our future work days are March 24, April 21, May 5, and May 19. 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.

Mike Briggs – Mike is the stepfather of Stephanie Shryock. He is recovering from a recent stroke.

Nick Dombalis – Nick is the stepfather of Holli Myers and has just gone through a bone marrow transplant.

Margaret Jones – Margaret is the mother of Kelly Pharr. She has recently been diagnosed with cancer.

Dave Malushizky and Stephanie Rollans– We celebrate the recent marriage of Dave and Stephanie and pray for a lifetime of happiness.

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

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.

Bart Tritch – Bart is Rachel Lewis’ brother. He has been dealing with a number of health concerns.
Davidson College Presbyterian Church
PO Box 337
Davidson, NC 28036
704-892-5641 www.dcpc.org