Newsletter – April 26, 2022

Join us Sunday mornings for worship at 10:00 am, with the option of in-person or on-line worship. Masks optional for all activities in the church building, including worship! All are welcome.

You may also join us online:

Find worship live on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/spiritoflifeav
Join us live on Zoom by clicking https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83600960782
You can stream the service later either on Facebook or on YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UC-G31isag0NKhIT0cat91qA

We will be having a youth group fundraising Cabaret on May 7. See a youth group member for tickets! Are you able to donate a gift certificate, a creative idea such as pie-of-the month, or a gift basket? We need all items by end of day Wednesday at church, or an email with specifics to Becky Brandt. We need everything early because with multiple seatings for the Cabaret this year. We are fully doing this as a week online auction beginning this coming Monday.

Auction will run online only 4/30/22 at 12pm thru 5/7/22 at 6pm
Contact Becky Brandt with donation offers or questions.

Are you creative? Enjoy a little competition? Maybe you would enjoy participating in the T shirt design contest for the South of the River CROP Walk. NOTE: This is the last week for participating in the CROP Walk t-shirt design contest. Deadline is May 1st.

News from Christian Education Committee:
NOTE:
On Sunday, May 8th during the morning worship service, we will honor our Graduates!

On Sunday, May 15th during the morning worship service we will recognize Sunday School and M&M kids, youth, teachers, and leaders! Please join us in person or online.

Children’s Sunday School classes meet 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. There will be a PreK – 2nd grade class and a 3rd-5th grade class. We will bring the children back to the sanctuary for the Children’s sermon at 10:15 and then the children can sit with their parents during the rest of the service.

“Embracing Emergence” Adult Class: The Embracing Emergence class will resume on May 1st for two final sessions. The class meets at 11:00 in the conference Room and is available remotely through Zoom. Note: it may be challenging for new people to join the class at this point. For more information, contact Steve Braden.

M&M meets one more Wednesday for this season (April 27th)
•4:30 to 6 pm for K-5th grade
•6:00 to 7:15 pm for 6th through high school
•Meal for all ages at 6 pm
Join us through Zoom at Meet in the Middle Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6124529465

Membership Class: Pastor Rob is leading the New Member class that meets at 11:15am on Sundays, May 1 and 8, here at the church. NOTE: New Members will meet online briefly with Session Monday evening, May 9th, at 6:30pm. We’ll be receiving the new members in worship on Sunday, May 15.

From Community Service: It’s time for an outdoor clean-up — clearing out the flower beds and picking up sticks and branches, so a great family activity! The date is Saturday, May 7, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. Please sign up on the sheet in the back of the sanctuary with your name and email or cell phone number, so you can be notified of any change in plans due to weather. It would also be helpful to know how many people to expect, so work projects can be planned accordingly. You can also email Denise Lewis directly, if you want to participate.

Attention Members: We will have an abbreviated Congregational Meeting immediately following worship on Sunday, May 15.

GriefShare Program meets Thursdays, 6:30 pm at Spirit of Life Church. This program features biblical, Christ-centered teaching that focuses on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one. The DVD seminar features nationally respected grief experts and real-life stories of people, followed by a small group discussion about what was viewed. Past participants have related how helpful the information and follow-up discussions were to them. Many grieving people find they are only beginning the work of healing when friends or family have returned to their daily life routines. Too often people, including Christians, tend to bury their grief instead of allowing it to do the God-given work for which it is intended. Don’t allow fear of what others may think to keep you from what could help you. Confidentiality is very much a part of this program. Please contact Bob Shepard or Jacqui Hicks for more information or to sign up.

If you are looking for ways to help the people of Ukraine, here are a couple of effective organizations that are working to bring relief:
– Church World Service, which sponsors CROP Walks, also works in the areas of disaster relief and refugee resettlement and is actively responding in the Ukraine crisis. You can read about their efforts and donate here https://cwsglobal.org/appeals/ukraine-crisis-response-fund/

– Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is also actively involved, and you can read about their response here https://pda.pcusa.org/situation/ukraine/

NOTE: Updated hours (based on Pastor Rob offering in-person option). Meet with Pastor Rob for Coffee and Conversation Mondays, from 9:20 am to 11:00 am. Come as you are. This is a gathering online and in person. It is open for you to pop in and out any time so feel free to drop in and say hello. *Note, same time and same login, recurring meeting each week. Join Zoom Meeting at https://zoom.us/j/286584190 One tap mobile +13126266799,,286584190# +19292056099,,286584190#

If you have a prayer request you wish to share with our Spirit Care Prayer Team, please email the office at spirit@spiritoflifeav.org AND Pastor Rob at pastorrob@spiritoflifeav.org. Word it as you wish it to be submitted, and we will post it for our prayer team.

From Community Service: Keep in mind the Little Free Food Pantry (located at the entrance of the driveway) Please consider donating: canned, bottled, boxed, or dried foodstuffs, dried beans, rice, oatmeal, cereal, etc. And, remember the motto of the Little Free Food Pantry movement: Take what you need, leave what you can.

2022 Per Capita is $36.50