Faith and Families Newsletter
May 24, 2019

In this Issue:
Letter from Robert
Considering What’s Good for All

Dear Friends,
              I was listening to a fascinating interview the other day on Charlotte Talks about the plight (not flight) of the bumblebee. The person being interviewed, Jodi Helmer, is an author who is trying to teach people about what they can do with their lawns and landscaping to help bees and other pollinators do their work properly. When bees are able to do their work then the whole creation benefits and there is more food for everyone. The problem is that many people don’t want to do what it takes. But something as simple as letting your clover and your dandelions grow can make a huge difference. Something as simple as not using chemical pesticides and herbicides can change the world!
             
 The problem is – we prefer our lush green lawns and are not willing to adjust our preferences for the sake of the whole. This got me to thinking about how we – as humans – can be so short sighted and how we – as humans – get so focused on our wants that we forget how it impacts the whole world, community, or family. The individual rights that we believe we all have are meant to be enjoyed – as long as they do not infringe upon the rights of others.
           
In our family – one of my huge pet peeves is people leaving their personal stuff and mess in a common space. What is the big deal about cleaning up after yourself? We try and encourage everyone in our family to at least keep the common areas picked up and clean. There is a lot more peace and happiness when this happens. We think that this should apply to our property as well, but the things we do on our property might very well have a negative impact on our neighbor.
         
As God’s people, as followers of Jesus, we are encouraged to think about the needs and interests of others. (Philippians 2:4). Lets make sure we model that for our children and for the world. When you are making a decision – think about how it will impact those around you and lets try and help our children learn to do the same.

To God be the Glory!
Robert
P.S. If you would like to listen to the Charlotte Talks interview click this link - https://www.wfae.org/post/charlotte-talks-plight-bumblebees-and-all-other-pollinators

Mission Opportunities

Habitat Spring Build
Our Spring Build has begun! This is a great parent/child project. Workdays are: 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!

Red Cross Blood Drive
June 3 rd from 2-7 p.m. we will host our Red Cross Blood Drive in the Congregation House. If you would like to volunteer to offer support, bring some baked goods, or donate blood, please click on the Red Cross banner at www.dcpc.org or contact Linda Drimalla at lmdrimalla@gmail.com . Thank you.

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 who move to Nashville, TN on May 31st.

Peggy Lesley, mother of Stacy Lesley, who recently suffered a series of strokes.

We pray for those in exams and those graduating from high school and college.
Davidson College Presbyterian Church
PO Box 337
Davidson, NC 28036
704-892-5641 www.dcpc.org