Faith and Families Newsletter
February 1, 2019

In this Issue:
Letter from Robert
Groundhog Day

Dear Friends,
              I am always talking about serving – I know. It’s my job. And maybe you get tired of it. I suppose my family probably does. It’s just that I believe it is one of the central ways that we notice whether the gospel has taken root in our lives. Paul wrote to the Philippians about “having the mind of Christ.” We are always encouraged to think less about ourselves and more about others. Jesus said, “become the greatest by serving others.” And, “love one another as I have loved you.” The image from that passage in John is Jesus washing the disciples’ feet.
              In the movie “Groundhog Dog” – Phil (played by Bill Murray) – ends up living the same day over and over again until he – in a sense - gets it right. Life is best lived – and only truly lived – when it is lived for the sake of others rather than self. His groundhog day finally comes to an end when the transformation is complete. There is a wonderful scene towards the end of the movie where Phil moves from one part of the town to another serving, helping, assisting in whatever way he can (you can watch one of the clips here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxFfzS7sbO0 ). What would our day, our work place, our home, look like if we had a similar outlook and practice?
              I have learned after many years of ministry and parenting that you cannot change someone’s heart.  But hearts can change . When people experience the love and grace of God, the Holy Spirit begins to work and our cold hearts begin to thaw out. One way to help facilitate that change is to love and serve others. It starts with you! So – let’s see if we can help bring Groundhog Day to an end by loving and serving others with joy and intention. May you find that you are blessed in the process.

 To God be the Glory!
Robert
Mission Opportunities
Room in the Inn Service Opportunities
Join us as we serve our homeless guests through Urban Ministry. The nights are cold but we are providing a warm place for people to sleep, some tasty food, and some good company. Sign up is easy and flexible. Click here to find a Sign-Up Genius by month! There are lots of job possibilities. Thank you! http://images.acswebnetworks.com/1/855/RoomIntheInnwithLinks.pdf

Souper Bowl of Caring
February 3 rd is the Souper Bowl of Caring. Bring a canned good and/or a monetary donation to church that Sunday and make an offering to help end hunger in our communities. Visit https://souperbowl.org/welcome  for more information about Souper Bowl of Caring.

Blood Drive – February 4th
Volunteer to help and volunteer to give blood between 2 – 7 pm on Monday, February 4 th in the DCPC Congregation House. We need you to share the gift of life with those in need. Contact Linda Drimalla at lmdrimalla@gmail.com to sign up or ( CLICK HERE ) and [click “Give Blood” – “Find a Drive” – and type “DCPC”] to sign-up online.

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.

Scott Smith has suffered with Stage 4 lung cancer and recently was hospitalized with pneumonia. He is now under Hospice care. Please keep Scott and family members Libby, Dylan, and Jaxon in prayer.

Sheila Spack is the mother of Steve Chaffin. Her health has declined and she is in need of our prayers.

We celebrate with Matt, Meghan, and Graham Belmont the birth of Brady Jack Belmont on January 21, 2019. Welcome Brady!  
Davidson College Presbyterian Church
PO Box 337
Davidson, NC 28036
704-892-5641 www.dcpc.org