June 10, 2022
Dear FPC Wellness Warriors,

Well, the times they are a-changin’. As Carter mentioned on Sunday, it’s not the change we fear, it’s the loss associated with the change. That feels very true to me as I am sure it does to many of you. Kerry and Carter might not be here with us in the building or visiting us in our homes or hospital rooms, but their leadership as our pastors and co-workers will continue to inspire us
and push us forward.
 
In this uncertain time of transition, I know that we will honor them by proving how strong this faith community is. We will forge ahead together through the wilderness and continue to support and show up for each other as we have done so many other times. What is for certain…
we are healthier in mind, body and spirit when we are together.
 
As I looked around on Sunday in awe, I saw some faces that I didn’t know well, and also familiar ones that I have had the privilege to work with closely. It occurred to me that this would be a good time for me to review what I can do for you as your Parish Nurse. For the brevity of this Celtic Cross, I won’t list it all but I do encourage you to pick up a health ministry brochure from the lobby literature rack. It explains my role and how I can be of service to you, as well as a little bit about me.
 
I am usually at the church on Tuesdays, Thursdays and most Sundays, unless I am out doing visits. If you need to reach me and are not sure if I am in, please check with the church office or email me at dskelly@fpcpottstown.org. I look
forward to continuing to be of service to you and your families for all your health-related needs.
 
To borrow a little blurb from the show “This is Us”, “The way I see it, if something makes you sad when it ends, it must have been pretty wonderful when it was happening. If you step back and look at the whole picture, you’ll see the end is not sad, it’s just the start of the next incredibly beautiful thing”.
 
Thanks be to God,
Dawn
 
On a more personal note, if I didn’t thank you in person, I wanted to say a heartfelt Thank You for all the prayers, cards and support during my recent surgery and recovery. They pulled me through some difficult days. I am so grateful to be part of this special church family. 
Dear beloved community,

On Sunday you spread before us a feast of love which we will be savoring in the summer weeks to come. We do not want to rush through reading the cards and notes you have given us -- we want to linger over each one and gather up the memories that come with them. Thank you for taking the time to write them.

But we do want to send prompt thanks for Sunday's wonderful celebration. The carefully chosen and rehearsed anthems, benediction and postlude, the festive picnic with the ginormous tent that gathered us all in one big family reunion (and all the muscle it took to raise it!), the heart photo from below and from above, the beautiful table decorations, the careful choreography for the day, all pointed to months of thoughtful planning and attention to detail. It is all going into our journals!

And of course, there are the gifts. The retirement "purse" struck us dumb with its generosity. Before we even use a dime of it, we will pass many hours thinking of how to enjoy this blessing you have poured out upon us. What fun we will have dreaming, knowing that a number of those dreams will come true! 

And lastly, the naming of the library touches us deeply. Such a gesture was so unexpected, so unimagined: to think that you might actually think of us in the coming years as we will most certainly think of you humbles us, and fills us with profound gratitude. What an outward sign of the truth that the bond we feel with you, dearly beloved saints, is sealed in us for the rest of our days.

God bless and keep you, and give you joy,
Kerry and Carter  
While the search for a transitional minister continues, the Session is arranging for supply preachers to lead you in worship. 
In addition, the Personnel Committee is finalizing arrangements for someone to help with pastoral care. This person will work alongside Dawn Skelly and the deacons to continue caring for those who are sick or in crisis.  
Gather at the Table by Thomas DeWolf and Sharon Morgan 
The authors, a white man and black woman intimately describe their journey to understand and bridge the racial divide. In this compelling book, a man from slave-owning ancestors, and a woman whose ancestors were enslaved, talk openly, emotionally, earnestly about each other’s life, as they journey across America to visit their ancestors’ homes. It’s a long, deep, hopeful conversation about fear, hate, pain and love. The book is an invitation to talk earnestly with others different than ourselves, to walk with them for a time, and try to understand what they feel. 
Review submitted by Kurt Holloway
Shawn and Ann Smolsky
 
Nancy Spencer
 
Raymond and Elisa Rose and sons, Christopher, William and Thomas   
Being the Church This Week

Sunday, June 12
Service of the Lord’s Day 9:30AM Rev. Sarah Colwill, preaching
Seekers End of Year Picnic - 6-7:30PM
Brief workcamp meeting after the picnic

Monday, June 13
HENS Summer Camp – 9AM-12PM
Music & Rec Pizza and Pool Party – 4:30-6PM 
Cubs/Troop – 7PM
                                                                                                                                                                      
Tuesday, June 14
HENS Summer Camp – 9AM-12PM 
Yoga – 9AM – Community Room
Staff Meeting – 10:30AM
Meals on Wheels Volunteer Luncheon – 11AM-4PM – Fellowship Hall 
 
Wednesday, June 15
HENS Summer Camp – 9AM-12PM 
Yoga – 9AM – Community Room
Girl Scouts – 5:30PM
Girl Scouts – 6PM
Deacons – 7:30PM
                                           
Thursday, June 16
HENS Summer Camp – 9AM-12PM 
Girl Scouts – 5PM
Community Meals – 5PM – Fellowship Hall
                                                              
Friday, June 17
HENS Summer Camp – 9AM - 12PM 
Yoga – 9AM – Community Room 
Wishing You Well

Thanksgiving
Sunday School Teachers 
Judy Babbony, Nancy Stahl, Penny McClimon, Adrian Alderfer, Lynne Reichenbach, Jane Hopple, Jacki Wagner, Melissa Freas, Marianne Harrison, Katie and Brad Chandler, Michelle Thompson, Deb Mohollen, Jane Sample, Heather Temple, Tim Allen
Youth Advisors
Blake McClimon, Gwen and Tim Allen, Kim and Phil Wheeles,
Melinda and Don Kisela
Young Children and Worship Volunteers
Donna Force, Jane Hopple, Jacki Wagner, Joy Hofmann, Delaney Bradley, Natalia Bradley, Sharon Holloway, Tim Allen
High School Graduates
Bradleigh Barcus, Luke Macdonald, Alina Orzechowski, Gabe Roseo, Jacob Spadt, Jeremy Thompson, Liam Watson

Mission Partner
Every good gift, every perfect gift, comes from above. These gifts come down from the Father, the creator of the heavenly lights, in whose character there is no change at all.  (James 1:17 CEB) 
 
At FPC Pottstown, we believe that our time, our talents, our earthly treasures are not our own; they are gracious gifts from God. God entrusts them to us, and calls us to use our gifts and our lives to make God's love known in the world.
 
We continue to clothe, feed, educate and uplift one another, and our neighbors in need.  This work requires offerings of time, talent and treasure. Your giving makes that work possible. Thank you!