by: Keith Howell
Dear Saints of San Gabriel,
I trust you are well and that this Friday note reaches you in good spirits.
As the Lord’s Day, Sunday February 3, approaches, a few notes to highlight.
Adult Sunday School begins at 9:00 a.m. in Room #4. Phil Lacy will lead the class in examining and discussing SGPC’s financial giving to denominational causes.
The session has designated this Sunday Deacon Sunday. I will be assisting in worship, and active deacons Carolyn Ali and Karen Blevins will be participating. Carolyn is liturgist this week. Karen will be preaching. Joyce Gill, also an active deacon, will give the Children’s Sermon. This is a first-Sunday of the month so we will be celebrating the Lord’s Supper. I do hope you will come and participate as we learn more about our deacons, their service, and celebrate the ministry we share together.
As is our custom on first-Sunday communion Sundays, we will be taking donations of food and cash for The Caring Place. For your convenience and planning, The Caring Place has requested the following items: soup, assorted beans (not green), tomato products, juices, baking mixes, cereal, diapers (size 4,5,6), deodorants, shampoos, other hygiene items. Your consideration of this worthy outreach to our underserved neighbors is greatly appreciated.
Toni Howell is hard at work with her Family Ministry events. This Sunday is Super Bowl Sunday and the young adults will gather at the home Brian and Kate Mullaney at 5:00 p.m. for a Super Bowl Watch Party. Give Toni an email or call for further information: email@example.com; 512-508-1300.
Please note that next Sunday, February 10, the session has called the congregation to meet for its Annual Meeting as required in the PCUSA Book of Order. The meeting will take place immediately following worship. It will last for approximately 20 minutes. At this very important meeting, the congregation will receive the church’s budget for 2019 as approved by the session; the congregation will vote on financial terms of call for the pastor; the congregation will receive the annual report from the session and its committees for 2018; and the congregation will elect members to the Officer Nominating Committee for 2019.
As we look ahead into February, there are a few items of note. The Second Saturday of the Month Men’s Breakfast will be Saturday, February 9 at 8:00 a.m. The Men meet every Saturday for light breakfast and study. But the Second Saturdays of the Month the Men pull out all stops and prepare a big breakfast. If you are thinking about becoming part of the Saturday Men’s Breakfasts, next Saturday, February 9, would be a good time to start! If you would like to get involved in Meals on Wheels, this week, February 4 – 8, is SGPC’s delivery week. We could use your help. Contact Ann Weir at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to sign up to get started with this wonderful and vital ministry. SGPC will be participating, along with our Scouting programs, in Church Under the Bridge on Sunday, February 24. Donation baskets are up and prominently displayed in our Narthex near the Kitchen. SOCKS ARE THE MOST NEEDED ITEM OF CLOTHING. In addition, items needed include travel-sized toothpastes, deodorants, body lotions, sunblock, gallon Ziploc bags, reusable plastic grocery bags.
Be safe. Do good work. See you Sunday, if you are able. Grace and Peace, Bill