June 21, 2020

News and announcements from the Immanuel Leidy's Church community.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Kristen Parry 26th; Cindy Filson 28th; John Schilling 29th; Will Shafer 30th; Karen Carling July 1st.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! John and Janelle Rittenhouse, Bill and Elaine Teate 26th; Steve and Sherri Walmsley 28th.

THE SERMON TITLE this morning is A River to Drown In. God gave Ezekiel a vision of a river flowing from the temple of God. First it was ankle deep, then hip deep, then chest deep, and finally so deep it required swimming. It went out from the temple to the sea and made the salt water fresh water. Wherever the river went everything lived; but there were swamps and marshy areas where it didn’t reach. They weren’t healed. John receives a vision in Revelation 22 of a remarkably similar river. It flows from the throne of God; it has the tree of time on either side. One big difference: in this case there is no longer any curse! Jump in!

THE SACRAMENT of Holy Communion will be shared this morning. We invite all members of the church of Jesus Christ to share in this sacrament. 

FOLLOWING THE SERVICE today you will have an opportunity to congratulate/encourage our 2020 Confirmation Class as they begin a life of Christian discipleship in the context of local church membership. This year’s confirmands are:

  •     Riley Peck Makenna Murphy
  •     Mariah Foote Shae Mahoney
  •     Jayne Lafty Cayla Connor
  •     Annabelle Martindell Abbey Hall
  •     Shannon Connor

PRAYER-POINTERS. Here are two prayer points for this week as we pray for the Gospel Gleanings outreach to the Erukulu people:

  • Pray that God will prepare the hearts and souls and minds of the Erukulu people to receive the Gospel. Ask God to provide a ministry like that of John the Baptist, calling the Erukulu people to search and try their ways, in preparation for turning to the Lord.
  • Pray for God to remove hindrances and adversaries to the work of the personnel being trained to work among unreached people groups in India, including the Erukulu people. Ask the Holy Spirit to protect each one from all adversaries – spiritual, physical, and societal. 

A MEMORIAL SERVICE for Jean Clarke will be held this Thursday morning at 10 a.m.

THE ORDINATION SERVICE for Pastor Michael will take place on Sunday, July 26th at 5pm. A signal event in the life of our congregation, we are all invited to enter that date and time into our calendars and plan to be present for this joyful event.

RUNNING OUT OF THINGS TO DO during the lockdown? The Mission Committee has just the thing for you. A Virtual 5K Run to benefit the work of Mick and Cathy Sander in eSwatini. This will be a featured Mission opportunity for July. More details forthcoming in the July/August Newsletter. Want more details now? Talk with Barb Gehman.

THE RUMMAGE ROOM IS OPEN AGAIN! We are accepting donations for our next Rummage Sale which will take place July 8th and 9th. Please place your items in the center of the Rummage Room so our faithful, diligent Sorters (Yay for Sorters!) can keep up with the incoming goods. Thank you. 

JUNE FELLOWSHIP MEAL HAPPENS next Sunday immediately following the service of worship. Everyone is invited, but no one should come who would feel uncomfortable in that sort of setting at this point in time. All food items will be served personally, including condiments. That means you cannot load up your plate; the servers will do that for you. The Niederhaus family (and a couple of friends) will be our hosts.

ENCOURAGEMENT CARD SHOWER – The family of Ron Hughes has asked if his church family could shower him with cards of encouragement this week. His address is:

Souderton Mennonite Home
Attn: Ron Hughes Rm. 3621
207 W. Summit St.
Souderton, PA  18964

YOUTH FELLOWSHIP Pool Parties begin today from 3-6 at the home of Josh and Laura Heebner’s, 2775 Hedrick Rd., Harleysville. Main course is provided, boys need to bring a snack, and girls a drink. Reminder that girls and guys should wear appropriate swimsuits.

ARTICLES for the July/August Newsletter are due in the office by Tuesday. Thank you.