Hi Everyone! January 4, 2024
Happy New Year! I wonder if I’m the only one who is glad the holidays are over. If I eat one more piece of candy, I just may turn into one. Here’s hoping I eat healthy stuff for a while!
I heard from our Barbara Wilson last week. She moved to Florence, Oregon recently into a gated community near where her sister lives. She sounded great and invited us to get in touch if we travel that way. Her phone number is the same and I have her new address. Thanks for the call, Barbara; we miss you!
While in Boise for the holidays, Anne DeBord’s son Eric took her to the airport to pick up a “package”. The package turned out to be her son Chris from Boston! Anne was surprised and so happy to have her family all together in Boise. What a blessing.
Carmen and Dale Kumagai’s son Cory was home for Christmas and Marcy’s birthday. The family was so happy to be together!
This Sunday after church we will take down the Christmas decorations. But…. Before we do, we will enjoy birthday cake! We will be celebrating the birthdays (in order) of Marcy Kumagai, John Sandquist, me, and Shane Wright. So please come to church, eat cake and help us undecorate this Sunday.
The church received thank you from Irene Jeffries this week. It is a very cute picture of Irene and Larry. It says, “Thank you so much for all of your love and support over this difficult time of loss. There are no words to describe our gratitude for your heartfelt sympathies. Larry’s love and generosity was beyond measure. He will be greatly missed. With love from the family of Larry and Irene Jeffries.” It is posted on the bulletin board.
The Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 9th at noon in the Fireside Room.
Please make note of this date… Sunday, January 28th. We will be worshipping in Vale, Oregon with Vale UMC. We will have a potluck afterward so please plan to bring something delicious. Vale UMC visited us a few months ago so it is time to reciprocate. We will be carpooling from our church parking lot. More info on this in a couple of weeks.
Monday Morning Coffee With the Pastor will be at Bordertown Coffee in Gayway Junction this week from 9-12.
Pam Hardenbrook will be getting a brand-new knee next week on the 10th of January. She will be getting advice and “stuff” from Ron very soon. Please pray for Pam and her doctors.
A childhood friend of mine, Dan Sims was in a serious motorcycle wreck in The Philippines last week. He has a broken shoulder and a crushed foot and was banged up pretty bad. Please keep Dan in your prayers.
Jonathan, the grandson of one of Pastor Mary Beth’s former congregants from Scottsdale was in a car accident in Phoenix and is in ICU. Let’s keep him in our prayers.
Keep Carmen’s cousin Tory in your prayers. He has such a long road ahead physically. Pray for Tory, his doctors and his wife Renee.
Keep the following on your prayer list: Don Essinger, Jim Warzyn, Josh, Olivia, Irene Jeffries, Carol Stephan’s sister Jenny, Shannon Osborn, Hugh Homan, Lis Williamson, and John Sandquist.
We will have one new praise song this Sunday. It is Love Is Here. Please click on the blue link to listen in and become familiar with it.
For 2024, I wish you all the love and abundance the world has in store for you. Thank God for another year of blessings and light.