OnLine Enews - June 15th-22nd, 2022
Rev. Tom Willetts
NOTICE CHANGE IN SATURDAY WORSHIP LOCATION

Saturday Worship @ 4:45 PM will meet in the CHAPEL located in the MINISTRY CENTER during the summer months.

Sunday Worship @ 10:00 AM will continue to meet in the SANCTUARY.
The CHURCH OFFICE will be closed on Monday, June 20th in recognition on Juneteenth.


Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday.

Confederate General Robert E. Lee had surrendered at Appomattox Court House two months earlier in Virginia, but slavery had remained relatively unaffected in Texas—until U.S. General Gordon Granger stood on Texas soil and read General Orders No. 3: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.”

DEVOTION

Howard Thurman was a great theologian and writer in the first half of the 1900’s. Howard Thurman was born and raised in Daytona Beach, FL. He was the grandson of enslaved people and grew up in a highly segregated community. He was a brilliant student and excelled to receive many degrees and teach in prestigious universities in the U.S. Thurman's theology of radical nonviolence influenced and shaped a generation of civil rights activists, and he was a key mentor to leaders within the civil rights movement, including Martin Luther King Jr.

This is a poem / prayer by Howard Thurman.

I Need Thy Sense of Time
Always I have an underlying anxiety about things.
Sometimes I am in a hurry to achieve my ends and am completely without patience.
It is hard for me to realize that some growth is slow,
That all processes are not swift.
I cannot always discriminate between what takes time to develop and what can be rushed,
Because my sense of time is dulled.
I measure things in terms of happenings.
O to understand the meaning of perspective that I may do all things with a profound sense of leisure – of time.

I Need Thy Sense of Order
The confusion of the details of living is sometimes overwhelming.
The little things keep getting in my way providing ready-made excuses for failure to do and be what I know I ought to do and be.
Much time is spent on things that are not very important
While significant things are put into an insignificant place in my scheme of order.
I must unscramble my affairs so that my life will become order.
O God, I need thy sense of order.

I Need Thy Sense of the Future
Teach me to know that life is ever on the side of the future.
Keep alive in me the forward look, the high hope, the onward surge.
Let me not be frozen either by the past or the present.
Grant me, O patient Father, thy sense of the future without which all life would sicken and die.

-         From Deep is the Hunger by Howard Thurman.

Blessings
Pastor Tom
MEETINGS, DEADLINES, EVENTS & INFORMATION
SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE - 10AM - SUNDAY SCHOOL 9AM
SATURDAY SERVICES - 4:45PM IN THE CHAPEL OF THE MINISTRY CENTER

  • WEDNESDAYS - 7pm PASTORS BIBLE STUDY - "Acts for Everyone" - let Pastor know your email and he will send you the ZOOM LINK to attend study.
  • THURSDAYS - 1pm - Mysteries of the Bible Study- Teacher, Rev. Barie Fez-Barringten
  • No Summer Choir Rehearsals on Thursdays
  • Sat 18th & Sun 19th - FATHER'S DAY WEEKEND & MEMBERSHIP WEEKEND
  • CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED MONDAY, JUNE 20TH FOR JUNETEENTH
  • Monday, June 20th 11:30am - LUNCH OUT - Olive Garden/Pine Island everyone invited.
  • Tuesday, June 21st 10am - Caring mtg - Conf B
  • Friday, June 24th - 10am Alzheimer's Caregiver Support mtg
  • Monday, June 27th - 1pm Finance mtg
  • Tuesday, June 28th - 10am Leadership mtg
COVID UPDATE
In Lee County, Florida, community level is HIGH.
There is a rapidly increasing Covid 19 infection rate of reported infection and illness in our community. On Monday, Lee Memorial Health Care reported 89 persons in hospital, 56 in ER with infections and 1 death this past weekend. The CDC makes these recommendations.

·        Wear a mask indoors in public
·        Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
·        Get tested if you have symptoms
·        Additional precautions may be needed for people at high risk for severe illness.

Mask wearing will remain optional during worship services but is highly recommended and encouraged. We have many worshiping among us who are at high risk for severe illness. Please care for them and yourself. We will continue to have a check-in record of attendance so we can notify you if infections are reported from a worship gathering. Please be Covid AWARE and CAREFUL.
PASTOR’S ZOOM BIBLE STUDY
Pastor’s Wednesday ZOOM Bible Study @ 7PM
Acts by N.T. Wright - For Everyone Bible Study Guides. Purchase the book here:
The guides in this series are designed to help you understand Scripture in fresh ways under the guidance of one of the world’s leading New Testament scholars. Thoughtful questions, prayer suggestions, and useful background and cultural information all guide you or a group more deeply into God’s Word. Discover how you can participate more fully in God’s kingdom.
Please send an email to Pastor Tom at pastortom12@gmail.com to receive the ZOOM link. I will send the ZOOM link out by Wednesday at noon so it will be easy to find in your messages. Please read the Introduction and answer the questions in Chapter 1 for our first session. We will cover one chapter each week.
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