Faith and Families Newsletter
May 25, 2018

In this Issue:
  • Letter from Robert
  • Mission Opportunities
  • Prayers and Concerns
Letter from Robert
When you aren’t yourself

Dear Friends,
           I have had a nasty cold this past week and it has been…well…blah! I rarely get sick and don’t like being sick (who does). It is hard for me to enjoy life when I don’t feel well. It is better to get lost in a movie or just to sleep (if you can). I have been blessed with lots of caring family and friends who have offered encouragement and moral support as I have fought this cold.
           Whether we are physically sick, emotionally distraught, or mentally worn down, there are times when we just don’t feel like our normal selves. Sometimes it is obvious. I might notice it in one of my children and ask them, “Are you ok?” When they insist that everything is fine I wonder if either I have misperceived or if they just don’t want to talk. You can’t force a child to talk about what is going on. Sometimes it is obvious (a cold) and sometimes it isn’t (they were picked on in school). What is important is offering support and encouragement. When we show love it does not mean that we force people to talk – it just means we give them the love they need. The focus is on their need – not our want.
           Sometimes people need space. Sometimes they need rest. Sometimes they need to remember that they are loved and that whatever they are going through will not last forever. Discerning what another needs isn’t easy but it is an important part of showing love. Hopefully – we can all get what we most need (recover what we have lost) in order to get back to being ourselves.
           Romans 12:9-13 offers a list of guidelines for God’s people. Many of them have to do with love. I appreciate the way that Eugene Peterson translates vs. 10 in his translation The Message . “Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.”
           In your relationships at home this week be mindful of the needs of others. Put their needs above your wants – try playing second fiddle . When someone doesn’t quite seem themselves – for whatever reason – take time to discern what they might need most.
 To God be the Glory!

Summer Family Fun!
Check out these great resources from Matt Wiggins, Staff Associate for Youth Ministry.

Vacation Bible School - June 25-28
Registration is now closed, contact Jenny Alexander to be put on a waiting list. To assist, volunteer, donate or loan items, please click here.

Mission Opportunities
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 at ralexander@dcpc.org .

Mooresville Soup Kitchen Needs More Helpers
The 4 th Friday of each month we have a team of Volunteers from DCPC that prepares and serves lunch to many guests at the Mooresville Soup Kitchen. The times of service are 8:30 – 12:30. If you are able to help out one or more months please contact Evalyn Crawford at evalyn.nc@gmail.com .

Prayer Partners STILL Needed for Nicaragua
If you would be interested in learning more about being a Prayer Partner for one of our Nicaragua Mission Team members (traveling June 15-23), please contact Robert Alexander.

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.

Nick Dombalis – Nick is the stepfather of Holli Myers and has recently had a bone marrow transplant.

Margaret Jone s – Margaret is the mother of Kelly Pharr. She is undergoing cancer treatment.

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.

Sophia Schatz – Sophia is a CSD high school student recently diagnosed with liver cancer.

Sheila Spack – Sheila is the mother of Steve Chaffin. She is hospitalized with several health concerns.
Davidson College Presbyterian Church
PO Box 337
Davidson, NC 28036
704-892-5641 www.dcpc.org