by: Keith Howell
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! It is Friday again. The weeks seem to fly by. I trust you are well.
Last evening, Thursday May 30, the session welcomed two representatives from the Commission on Ministry of Mission Presbytery. Mission Presbytery is committed to visiting with the sessions of its member churches at least once every three years. This was SGPC’s Triennial Visit. I was moved by the responses of elders to the questions that were posed by our presbytery visitors. I work on the Commission on Ministry as well. I can tell you that we have a good thing going here at SGPC! I know, I am biased, I am the pastor. But honestly, we are a growing, vibrant, generous, caring congregation. Not all church’s can say that, or at least say it with a straight face. As one elder noted, we strive to live out at San Gabriel what we profess about Christ and his ministry of love, peace, and justice. I am overjoyed to be with you at San Gabriel and I thank you for being the dynamic congregation that you are.
As the Lord’s Day, Sunday June 2 approaches, a few items of note between us.
This is a first-Sunday of the month, so the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated. This means that we are encouraged to bring pantry items for The Caring Place. We are also in the midst of a four-Sunday Summer Food Drive for The Caring Place. So to avoid confusion, first, the pantry items that are always needed by The Caring Place are: cereal, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, shampoo, toothpaste/toothbrushes, baking mixes, bar soap, deodorant, size 5 and 6 diapers.
Second, the Summer Food Drive item for this Sunday is CONDIMENTS: ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, relish. Last Sunday’s Summer Food Drive haul was 184 boxes, 126 pounds of Mac and Cheese! Many, many thanks for your generous donations. Don’t forget, condiments for this week’s Summer Food Drive.
Adult Sunday School begins at 9:00 a.m. in Room #4. The Sunday School classes are combined for the summer months. Jim Wayland will lead this Sunday’s class. The title of his presentation is “Faith and Loneliness.” Jim is a practicing psychologist and counselor. I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to hear from Jim and his rich wisdom born of experience.
As we look ahead, the Second Saturdays of the month the Men’s Ministry pulls out all the stops with a full-blown breakfast gathering. The next Second Saturday Men’s Fellowship Breakfast is coming Saturday, June 8, at 8:00 a.m. here at the church.
Vacation Bible School is August 4-7. Volunteers are needed to help provide this vital outreach to our children, and the community. There are plenty of opportunities for you to serve, including crafts, playground, kitchen, and as crew leaders to lead the children from station to station. I hope you will plan to serve in this year’s SGPC VBS! See the display in the Narthex to sign up or you may contact Toni Howell at email@example.com or 512.508.1300.
That’s it for now. Be safe.
Do good work.
See you Sunday if you are here and able.
Grace and Peace, Pastor Bill