Newsletter — May 17, 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

News from Christian Education Committee:
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.

Hi everyone! The Outreach team is looking for assistance with updating our website content. If you’d be willing to take photos, write website content, or even suggest ideas for how to make our website better, please contact Mary Brause.

From Community Service: Spring has sprung! The Community Service team is looking for help in weeding our many flower gardens. If you would like to spend some quiet time outside, please contact Chris Sachs or sign up on the clipboard in the back of the church. We will establish a schedule with volunteers signing up for a week when they can do it at their convenience. Thanks!

From Community Service: The Community Service committee will be gathering to plant the donation vegetable garden on Saturday, May 21, at 10:00 am, and likely on Sunday, May 22, following worship. Anyone who has an interest in vegetable gardening is welcome to join us; just bring your own work gloves, gardening tools, and kneeling pad or short stool. All seeds and plants are provided. This garden is a ministry of the Community Service committee, and all produce from the garden is delivered to the Rosemount Family Resource Center food shelf. We’ve already made our first delivery of 7 pounds (asparagus, rhubarb, and chives)! Our deliveries will continue to be weekly, and up to twice weekly as the garden starts to really produce later in the summer. So, helpers for maintaining and harvesting the garden are needed all summer long. If you are interested in joining us, either this coming weekend or later in the summer, please contact Denise Lewis.

At the session meeting on 5-9-2022 we approved a change to future name tags and by opt-in/voluntary for existing tags the change being to add pronouns to name tags.
For design, basically like we already have with something like:
Ryan Currens
My pronouns are: He/Him/His

The session of elders of Spirit of Life is hosting our regular community picnics this summer while Rob has sabbatical. We ask those able to bring a side or dessert to share and the session will provide a main course. Dates will be June 26th, July 31st, and August 28th and the time will be approximately 11:15am (immediately after worship) with games in the backyard for kids and food and fellowship for all.

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/

Coffee and Conversation Mondays, from 9:20 am to 11:00 am. Great opportunity to meet with Pastor Rob and others. 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
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If you have a prayer request you wish to share with our Spirit Care Prayer Team, please email the office at [email protected] AND Pastor Rob at [email protected] Word it as you wish it to be submitted, and we will post it for our prayer team.

From Community Service: Our LITTLE FREE PANTRY has been of great use to our neighbors and is in need of frequent replenishment! We can now resume contributing canned items as well as other non perishables. Donations may be left in the little pantry or in the cabinet inside the church entry. Many thanks for your wonderful support of our pantry and neighbors!

2022 Per Capita is $36.50