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Weekly Update, June 11, 2021
Dear Friends,
 
My calendar says it is still Spring, but it certainly feels like Summer!  I returned this week from some vacation time that centered around the Memorial Day holiday.  I was grateful to be able to spend some time with my family and visit with old friends.  I was even able to worship with my old “home” church where I grew up and where I was ordained 13 years ago.
 
In regards to the COVID pandemic and some of the restrictions that have been in place, please know that the Session is continuing to monitor these and will make further decisions about lifting these restrictions.  I think we can all be glad and give thanks to God that numbers continue to fall across the commonwealth and the country.
 
I purchased some delicious strawberries this week, a sure sign of summer and a wonderful blessing from God.  How has God blessed you this week?  Take a moment to think about your blessings and then say Thank You God!
 
                                               Peace,
                                               Pastor Tony
Sunday's bulletin:
https://www.firstprescarlisle.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/Bulletin-June-13-2021.pdf

Next Sunday worship includes Communion.
“Dinner for Dads” 
On Sundays, June 13 and 20 (or anytime, if not attending worship), you can support the work of the Deacons by donating to their "Dinner for Dads" program. Checks can be made payable to "First Presbyterian Church" with "Dinner for Dads" on the memo line. Your donations help the Deacons buy items needed to make the evening meal for "My Brother's Table" (Salvation Army) three times a year, as well as to make breakfast for clients of Community CARES. 
 
This annual fundraiser helps the Deacons serve the congregation and community in many ways.  The list is long, and includes:
  • Make annual donations to these local organizations:
    •  SPY (Summer Program for Youth)
    •  Safe Harbour
    •  Project SHARE
    •  Maranatha
    •  Adult Employment Skills Center
    •  The Salvation Army
    •  Christian Services Counseling Center
  • Co-sponsor (with Session) annual Mission Sundays  
  • Purchase “These Day’s” quarterly magazines
  • Personalize & provide “Journeying Through Grief” booklets
  • Send care packages to member college students during finals week
  • Greet visitors & present Visitor Welcome Bags
  • Touch people’s lives personally as needed.  As examples, they helped --
    • A mother pay funeral expenses for her teenager
    •  A family pay a school lunch bill (father was ill; family did not qualify for free lunch program)  
    • A first-year teacher buy one-time supplies for classroom
    • A person-in-need pay moving expenses
    • A person-in-need buy a car to get to/from work
    • People in search of food by providing meal vouchers
 
Thank you for supporting the work of our Deacons in the congregation and community!
During Sunday's worship service, we will recognize the accomplishments of these graduates, and wish them continued success in their future endeavors:
 
HIGH SCHOOL
Madison Ellis
Graduated from Carlisle High School
Will attend Bloomsburg University--Honors College (Major: Health Sciences)
(grand-daughter of Ron & Deb Richcreek)
 
Sarah Sheperd
Graduated from Carlisle High School
(daughter of Tom & Melissa Sheperd)
 
COLLEGE
Duncan Crim
Graduated from American University
Will attend Wake Forest University School of Law
(son of Ryan & Laura Crim)
 
Alex Henry
Graduated from Lycoming College
(son of J.B. and Terri Henry)
 
Sarah Thompson
Graduated from Franklin & Marshall College
(daughter of Charlie & Beth Thompson)
 
POST-COLLEGE
Michael Dennison
Graduated April 16th from Naval Flight School, Corpus Christi, TX
(son of Joe & Sue Dennison)
Hope to see you after worship this Sunday as we resume Fellowship Time (outside).
A first grade teacher collected well known proverbs. She gave each child the first half of a proverb and asked them to come up with the other half. Their insight may surprise you.
-- Never underestimate the power of.................termites.
-- You can't teach an old dog new......................math.
-- An idle mind is.................................................the best way to relax.
-- Better to be safe than......................................punch a 5th grader.
-- A penny saved is.............................................not much.
-- If at first you don't succeed...........................get new batteries.
-- No news is...............,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,impossible.
-- The pen is mightier than the..........................pigs.
-- Children should be seen and not..................spanked or grounded. 

 
TUESDAY, 7 PM:  Session meets (in-person)
WEDNESDAY, 6 PM:  Prayer Community (Zoom)
WEDNESDAY, 7 PM:  Bible Study (Zoom)


 
Members of the Congregation, Ministers
The Rev. Anthony D. Lorenz, Pastor
The Rev. Jon A. Black, Pastor Emeritus
Debby Madden, Educator Emerita
Arthur Thompson, Organist; Ron Richcreek, Music Director
Avis Allen, Secretary; Chuck Adler, Sexton
Church Office Hours:  Mon. & Wed., 9 AM-2 PM
Address:  2A N. Hanover St., Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone: (717) 243-4612; E-mail: fpcarl@pa.net; Website: www.firstprescarlisle.org
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