On April 23 and 24, nineteen women from EPC gathered at Spirit in the Desert retreat center in Carefree for a wonderful weekend of beautiful scenery, inspiring speakers, and warm fellowship. The weather was Chamber-of-Commerce perfect as the women gathered around tables on the patio for delicious meals, strolled across the beautiful campus to enjoy the labyrinth, or assembled in the chapel for music and worship. The theme for the weekend was “Our Journey of Faith” and speakers from the group shared how God had guided their steps throughout their journey with Jesus. There was lots of laughter (and a few tears) as women shared their experiences of God’s faithfulness in their lives. All who attended the retreat had a great time and are looking forward to next year’s retreat!
Our congregation’s mission statement is: Following Christ, Sharing the Truth, Serving Others. In the upcoming weeks each of our Sunday worship services will include something special that highlights the various ministries and mission of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church.
On May 1 we will dedicate the purses collected as Mother’s Day gifts to be distributed to women living in Phoenix shelters through Shoebox Ministries.
On May 8, Mother’s Day, we will welcome several young people into church membership who have recently completed confirmation classes and will be making their own profession of faith. The confirmands have undertaken a mission project and will present it to the congregation.
On May 15 we will observe Pentecost, celebrating the coming of the Holy Spirit and the birthday of the church. (Remember to wear red, the symbolic color of Pentecost.) And we will be welcoming new members to our congregation.
On May 22 we will honor our 2016 graduates as well as those who have served in our Christian education and music ministries during the past program year.
May will be a busy and exciting time for us as a church family. We have much to celebrate and much to be grateful for.
Please plan to join us every Sunday in May as we thank God for all the blessings we have received and honor God with our worship and witness.
From “Faith and Health in the Bible” by Reverend G. Scott Morris, MD, and Susan Martins Miller
Points to ponder:
- Take to heart what Jesus thinks about healing.
- Healing announces the kingdom of God.
- Early church stories are full of healing.
- Jesus calls us to care about what He cares about.
- Wellness is a pursuit of the wholeness God wants for us.
Three questions to ask ourselves:
- What paralyzes us or what keeps us from moving forward to better health?
- How might lack of meaning in our lives show up in lifestyle choices?
- How might comforting ourselves, masking our pain, and taking risks show upas threats to our health?
With summer approaching, it is time for a reminder to guard against sun damage to our skin. Remember the sun is most intense between 10:00am and 2:00
pm. Protect your skin with clothing, hats, sunscreen, or avoid going out then if you can. Be certain to apply sunscreen frequently to our little ones when they play outdoors or in the pool.
Pat Vest, RN
Faith Community Nurse