May marks a number of transitions and special events in the life of our congregation. On May 7, our youth will lead worship, and some of our seniors will preach. It’s one of my favorite Sundays of the year. That same Sunday is also the last day our choral scholars will be with us until the fall. Noli, Mikaela, and James will be returning, but we will be saying goodbye to Rebekah, who is graduating. I hope you will join me in thanking her for being a part of First Pres this last few years and wishing her well as she moves on to what’s next for her.
The next Sunday, May 14, we will take up the annual Presbyterian Women Birthday offering, which goes toward projects involving health, education, economic development, and the needs of women and children. On May 21, we will hear from Mickey Bailey, who will share an update about the AGAPE Village Orphanage in Zambia. We will also have our annual bucket brigade, to collect funds to help ship supplies to the orphanage.
Finally, Memorial Day Weekend marks the beginning of our shift to 10:00 worship for the summer. There are lots of wonderful opportunities for worship and mission this month, and I hope that you will join us on Sundays and during our weekly activities as we continue to strive “to be a congregation of believers carrying out the Word of God and joyfully bringing the community to the church and the church to the community.”