Sean Merritt 2nd; Daniel Merritt, Bob Ott, Atticus Parfitt 3rd; Alex Hager 4th; Cayla Connor, Ken Murphy 5th; Doug Kimenhour, Jill Hager 7th; Olivia Vogelzang 8th.
Mike and Shannon Kehs, Doug and Lani Kimenhour 2nd; Joe and Karen Sciacca 4th; Andy and Gwen Damiani, Cole and Hannah Mahoney 5th; Ron and Diane Miller 6th; John and Miriam Brockwell, Gus and Sunhwa Niederhaus 7th; Curt and Betty Jo Lockman 8th.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is Beloved Refugees. One of the most frequently quoted verses of the Bible is Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you . . . plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. What great words to hear. We often forget their context. Jeremiah is writing to refugees carried captive to Babylon from Jerusalem in 597BC. They were as discouraged and beaten down as a people could be. They felt abandoned by God. After Jesus’ ascension, it would have been easy for the early Christians to feel the same way. They didn’t. Nor should we. We are beloved refugees.
ISSUES & ANSWERS SCHEDULE:
Today – Dave Reich – Marks of a Healthy Church
May 5 – Dave Reich – Marks of a Healthy Church
If you took a prayer card on Palm Sunday, please remember to fill out and detach the top portion so you can return it to the child’s parents’ mailbox. The children wait excitedly to hear who has their cards! Thank you for undertaking to bring them before the Lord this year.
SLMT-PIK ORIENTATION LUNCHEON happens today. It is a great meal, with a lunch meat table, a salad table, a soup table, and a dessert table. Varieties of options abound on each table! And your family is invited to attend as well and get filled in on what is planned for ministry at Pik. All those who are signed up to be part of the team should plan on being present for the feast and to receive specific assignments within the team.
THE MEMORIAL SERVICE for Nancy Swenk who recently died will take place this Thursday, May 2nd, at 10am here at Leidy’s Church.
USHER MEETINGS COMING UP this Tuesday April 30th at 7pm and this Saturday May 4th at 9am. All ushers should plan to attend one of the meetings. Usher responsibilities included in the Emergency Plan will be reviewed. Other interested persons beside ushers are welcome to attend and gain a better knowledge of what our church Emergency Plan entails.
AS THEIR LUKE 19 PROJECT, Jim and Genie Smedberg will be teaching a Family & Friends CPR Course on Thursday, May 9, from 6 to 9 pm and on Saturday, May 11, from 9 to 12 noon in Room 111. They are experienced trainers, and feel strongly that everyone would benefit from taking this class. Feel free to invite neighbors and friends to participate. While this class normally costs $25, they ask participants for a donation as the Lord leads towards this worthwhile project. Please sign up on the sheet posted in the narthex so enough materials can be on hand.
THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE who helped with last evening’s Auction! As usual, there were some times of distress and realignment before the Auction actually happened, but you bore it well. Thanks to all the bidders and buyers as well. Without you all the work would have been done for naught. As it is, our SLMT Fund [Short Length Mission Teams] is well-supplied.
PASTA DINNER FUNDRAISER
Saturday, May 4th from 4:30-7:00 in the Fellowship Hall. All-you-can-eat Pasta Dinner Fundraiser to help support the Souderton High School choir kids earn their trip to Disney to perform at the 2019 Candlelight Processional in Epcot. Meal includes: Baked Ziti, Spaghetti & meatballs, garden salad, Italian bread, and cake for dessert. Kids will be making and serving. Take out also available. $10/adult, $5 for children 10 and under. We encourage everyone to wear their favorite Disney T-shirts and ears. RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org by April 30th
A NOTE FROM Val and Cassie Eubanks who recently stayed in our Mission House for several months: Thank you very much for your kindness to us during our Home Assignment. The house worked out very well for us, and your staff was very helpful and responsive to any needs or problems we had. They are a good group of people! God bless you! Val and Cassie [Is. 43:19] The Eubanks live and serve in central Asia.
TAKE A GANDER at the new Leidy’s Church website. It’s up and functioning. Thanks to all who’ve been working on and contributing toward this project. The address is www.leidyschurch.org. (If you’re reading this, you’re already there 🙂
THE MAY NEWSLETTER is published and printed and posted. You will find a copy in your mailbox as well. Extra copies and large print copies are available at the narthex hutch. Read it well!
PARTNERING TO CONNECT with Indian Creek Foundation. On May 19th from noon to 2 light refreshments will be served as adult group home residents and folk from Leidy’s Church meet in a relaxed, comfortable setting. This is the first such opportunity afforded through the work of the Church and Community Committee. If you are able to attend, please indicate the same by signing the sheet that’s posted on the narthex wall. That will help with our light food preparations.
THE BMCE BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL Breakfast takes place on Wednesday, May 15th. Featured speaker is Dave Shoemaker who is the Managing Chair for C-12 Philadelphia. This organization works with Christian business owners and corporate managers to build great businesses for God’s greater purpose. Tickets through Leidy’s Church are $10 p/person. The breakfast begins at 6:30 at the Franconia Heritage restaurant banquet facility. Contact Jack Parry, Pastor Niederhaus, or the church office to get tickets.
Wanna support and help the Souderton High School choir kids earn their way to Disney to perform in the 2019 candlelight processional and not have to cook? Homemade 12” Hoagies on Corropolese rolls. Available are Turkey, Italian, Ham or Tuna with/without onions. Available days are: Friday, May 17th at 12:00, or Saturday, May 18th, $7/hoagie at 12:00, or call Cheryl to arrange a pickup time. RSVP to Cheryl Hall 267-228-0543 or Wendy Radcliff at 267-467-9717 by May 12th.
S-H-H-H! IT’S A SECRET…
Paul Kraus has put together stretchy beaded bracelet kits of various colors that children can make for Mom, Grandmom or any other female they’d like to surprise for Mother’s Day. Kits are $2 each and are available on one of the tables in the narthex. Paul thanks you for your support of the Luke 19 project!
PATTERNS OF PRAYER take place the first and third Saturdays of each month. We pray in the morning from 9 to 11 in Room 117. Participants are welcome to come and go as schedules permit/necessitate. This Saturday is the first Saturday of May, so we’ll be praying and you’re welcome to join as well. If you have any questions or suggestions for prayer, please speak with Patricia Martindell.
OBERAMMERGAU TRIP for the once-each-decade presentation of the Passion Play is being planned for September of 2020. The trip starts in Rome and makes its way north through beautiful Italian countryside and internationally known cities and sites. Pastor Niederhaus is leading the tour and has brochures on the narthex hutch with the specific details. A meeting will be held at the church on Tuesday, May 14th at 7pm for those planning to go, those thinking about going, those who may want to think about going, and for those who are just nosey.
CHARIOTS FOR HOPE annual banquet is set for Friday, May 10th. They will be celebrating 10 years of ministry among orphanages in Kenya. There is no cost for the event, but there will be an opportunity to support the ministry financially. Reservations should be made by April 26th by calling 267-815-1067. It begins at 6:30pm at 1601 N. Limekiln Pike in Dresher.
THE LOST & FOUND is overflowing. Please look through what is there and take what belongs to you. The table is in the narthex by the hutch. Or, you can buy it back at the Rummage Sale. Thank you.
THE RUMMAGE SALE is around the corner on Wednesday, May 8th and Thursday, May 9th. We need your help to set up on Monday and Tuesday, May 6th and 7th from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. We also need workers during the sale on Wednesday from 9-8, and on Thursday ($2 a bag day). Pack-up begins at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday. If you would like to help with set-up or during the sale, see Mary Beth Musselman.
WE KNOW YOU HAVE HEARD of SLMT, what about SDMT?
They’re somewhat dramatic. They love Jesus. They share the Gospel.
WE ARE THANKFUL that our Rummage Room is full and overflowing! Since we would love to still have your items, please hold them now until the sale. You can drop them off between Sunday, May 5th and Tuesday, May 7th. Thank you.
CALLING ALL GRADUATES
We want to recognize and honor those graduating from high school, college, business school, or graduate school during the month of June. Please contact the church office with the name of your graduate(s) and what their plans may be for the future.
THERE’S NO SUCH THING as too many cooks in the kitchen as far as the VBS team is concerned. This year we’re trying something new for VBS dinner. We’d like five different families/groups to take a turn providing dinner for the VBS crowd just one night. This means preparing a simple meal for about 100-120 people. It can be something as easy as baked ziti, chili, or sandwiches. If you’re willing to take a night (June 17-21) please contact Laura Heebner 215-872-9834.
Sally and Liberty McClaskey are taking orders for Hershey Kiss Roses for Mother’s Day or any special occasion. You can order 12 for $5.00; 6 for $3.00, or 2 for $1.50. Order form is on the wall in the narthex. Please choose your chocolate flavor and the color roses you would like.