John 10:9- 11
I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. 11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
Rescue and relief efforts continue across the Midwest and South in the aftermath of several days of severe weather that has left a wake of death, damage and destruction. At least 29 people have been killed. Hundreds of homes and businesses have been destroyed and entire communities devastated.
Week of Compassion is contacting local pastors and regional offices to learn the full extent of the impact on our congregations is already responding to three congregations that have been impacted. The sanctuary and fellowship hall of First Christian Church, Tupelo, Mississippi has been destroyed. First Christian Church, Baxter Springs, Kansas had several families with damage.
First Christian Church, Washington, North Carolina not only had families affected by tornadoes but lost its historic sanctuary to fire. Your prayers and your gifts to WoC are already undergirding these congregations and will certainly be needed as we continue to respond to these and to other congregations and communities that have been impacted. Designated gifts can be made to WoC and should be earmarked for "Response Fund" or "U.S. Storms." Week of Compassion is grateful for the partnership and support of Disciples across North America that enables us Disciples to put our compassion in action. Thank you.
Thank you to all women and men that provided food for the Holy Week breakfast and the Easter brunch. The contributions of egg casseroles, fresh fruit, muffins, rolls, breads, doughnuts, meats, cheeses and juice created a wonderful menu for both meals. No one should have left hungry! It is truly a blessing to have such generosity.
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."
We are excited and blessed to announce that the following young people will enter the church community with their baptism today, April 20, 2014:
Logan Duroni, Luke Duroni, A.J. Fearmonti, Alissa Fearmonti, Thea Hetlinger, Emily Langston and Matthew Ray. They join Chase Langston who was baptized into the church on January 19, 2014.
We hope that you, their friends, family and community, will welcome them into the church family and guide them through their religious journey.