Faith and Families Newsletter
May 10, 2019

In this Issue:
Letter from Robert
Final Things

Dear Friends,
              When I was in seminary we had a class during the final semester of our course work called “Final Things.” In it we tried to synthesize everything that we had learned during our seminary experience and drill down to the core issues that would carry and sustain us through (hopefully) years of ministry. It was a chance to also ask a lot of questions. After 19 years of ordained ministry there are a few questions I wish I had known to ask at the time. Those in positions of leadership, while they cannot anticipate all that their “students” might need to know, ought to have a good sense of what is most important. Pastors, teachers, business leaders, counselors, and parents have a responsibility to make sure that they have done all they can to help those under their care to consider these “final things” before they are launched out into the world.
              Jesus modeled this for us very clearly in John 13. The gospel story describes the washing of the disciples’ feet and the sharing of a clear message. Jesus modeled what he wanted them to learn and then told them – “Love one another as I have loved you. This is how people will know you are my disciples…if you have love for one another.” Drilling down through all the laws, rules, and regulations of life, Jesus arrived at the core – “love one another.” But he called this a “new commandment.” Why? What was new about this love? The example of humble, selfless, sacrificial love was what was new. Jesus’ example of humble service was the one final lesson that he taught his followers…and then he went and laid down his life for us all.
              As we come to Confirmation Sunday, to the end of the year for college students, and to the end of the term for many students, what are the Final Things that we might teach and model for those under our care? May God guide us all in living with honesty and integrity as we do our part in helping prepare our “students” for the life ahead of them.

To God be the Glory!
Robert

P.S. This coming Sunday, May 12 , is a special day.  PLEASE BE PRESENT . There is a Congregational Meeting at 10 a.m. in the Sanctuary to hear a report from the Pastor Nominating Committee and to vote on their recommendation. Afterwards there will be one worship service at 11:00 a.m. where we will celebrate with our Confirmation Class as they make their public profession of faith. Hope to see you there!
Meals for the Cruz-Solano Family
Many of you and your children know the Cruz-Solano family. As Andrea faces a new phase of treatment for her cancer they are going to need some extra support. If you would be willing to help out, click here to go to a Sign Up Genius to pick out a date. If you would like to do more to help, please contact Jenny Alexande r.

Other Mission Opportunities
Habitat Spring Build – WE STILL NEED PEOPLE!
Our Spring Build has begun! This is a great parent/child project. Workdays are: May 11, June 8, June 22, June 29, July 13, July 27, and August 3. Children need to be 16 to operate any machinery. 14 years and up can help. All children need to have adult supervision. We will be building at 453 W. 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.

Kristin Clark and family following the death of Kristin’s mother, Ann Kelly.

Andrea Cruz-Solano and family as she faces a new phase in her cancer treatment.
Hattie and Brian Kissel and their children as they prepare for a move to Nashville, TN later this spring.

Missy Martin who has recently been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease and is also undergoing tests for Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Greg Moton and family following the death of Greg’s father, Glyn Bendel Moton.

Davidson College Presbyterian Church
PO Box 337
Davidson, NC 28036
704-892-5641 www.dcpc.org