Be Still and Know…by Gus Keiser

So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When they came together, the Lord made her conceive, and she bore a son. ~Ruth 4: 13

I’m not some schmaltzy sentimentalist or romantic, but I will admit; I love a good love story… and that’s exactly what we find here in the book of Ruth.  Most of the time, when we look at the book of Ruth, we are able to read about this nice little love story… or even this great, little love story.  And unless you read beneath the veneer of this account, that’s all that it is.  But in reality, it’s a story that displays just how deep and long-reaching the work of God is carried out in our lives and in the lives of those who will come after us.

 Let’s examine this story of Naomi, Ruth and Boaz.  None of these characters really stands out as being anyone special or outstanding.  In fact, if it were possible for us to look all around during the time these three lived, we would find that there were quite a few other persons whose circumstances were very similar to those in which these three found themselves.  And while all three of these individuals each possessed admirable qualities… qualities that we can and should mimic in our own lives… that’s not all there is to their story.

 Their story shows how each of us may well have an impact on those generations to follow us… people we aren’t ever going to live to meet but who will be affected immensely by what we may say or do today… and leave it to God to orchestrate it all.

 Many of those things we say and do today will have significant impact and have the potential of affecting the lives of our great-great-great-great grandchildren.  There is no way we can ever realize just how our lives may touch the lives of those who will come after us.  But God has given us this way of knowing how to live our lives now, today.  Each of us has the opportunity to be the kind of ancestor that anyone would be glad to have as part of their family tree.  So, as we work our way through this life, let us not forget… to do our best to live wisely and in a way that always brings honor to God, so that one day, someone will look back upon his or her family tree, and be able to say with pride… “That great person was my ancestor, and that makes me want to live my life the way he (or she) did, so that my descendants will someday feel the same way about me.”

 Don’t ever forget…no matter what may happen in your life, the impact it may have on those who follow you will go a long way in helping them to handle any situation in their life… and when that impact is God-based, their life will be benefitted beyond measure.

God, may the lives we lead in your name and in your honor be a blessing and a benefit to those who will follow after us.  Amen.

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Good morning friends and family!

 

How was your weekend?

This week at first, we are heading into the second week of August. Can you believe it? As this mouse gets older, I feel that time goes faster and faster!

We have no events happening at the church today, but it has been filled with activity. We have had the fortunate opportunity to help several people this morning, by providing food from our food pantry. Please continue to donate non-perishable items to our food pantry, as this is a vibrant and necessary ministry. We are currently in need of protein items, such as canned tuna and chicken, and peanut butter. The folks that we serve truly appreciate your donations!

Tuesday, August 6th, there will be a Congregational Council meeting at 6:00 PM in the Conference Room.

Wednesday, August 7th, we will open our doors from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM to serve a free lunch to the community. This is our Food from the Heart ministry, which is open to the public every Wednesday. We invite everyone to come join us for good food and good fellowship!  Later Wednesday evening, there will be a Fellowship Committee Meeting at 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.

On Thursday, August 8th, Ruth Circle will be meeting at 7:00 PM. For more information on the location, please contact the church office at (724)-834-1457. There will also be an introductory Confirmation Meeting held on Thursday evening at 7:00 PM, which will include Acolyte training for our new confirmation members. All those who plan to affirm their baptism through confirmation should attend this meeting.

Sunday, our worship times will be 8:15 AM and 10:00 PM. There is no Sunday School during the summer months. Sunday School will resume on September 15th at 9:30 AM.

 

Just to recap the past month…

VBS was a huge success, hosting over 50 children ages 3 – 10. THANK YOU to Rachel Krunszyinsky for being our director and doing such as wonderful job! Thank you also to all our amazing teachers and helpers that dedicated their time and talents to VBS!

We had two baptisms in July: J. Duncan, and A. Bayles. Welcome to the First family!

Pastor Jerry presided over the Ulishney/Sias wedding and it was absolutely beautiful! Congratulations to the newlyweds!

The Park has seen many beautiful improvements over the past few months, including planting. The latest addition will be 4 park benches!

Our Directory Pictures had such a wonderful response that we had to open up two days in September (13 & 14) to allow for more pictures to be taken!

We received several NEW members!

 

Coming up…

There are EXCITING THINGS happening at first!

Coming up on August 23-24, the Congregational Council will be sponsoring an overnight family camping trip to Cedar Creek County Park. There will be biking, hiking, fishing and boating available. children under 16 can attend for free, and adults are asked to contribute $5 to cover the cost of food. Bring your tent and join the fun! I am going to hitch a ride in Rick Druschel’s backpack! I hope they save me a s’more!

The fall is quickly approaching, and that means Rally ReCreation day is upon us!!! This year, the Christian Education Committee has BIG, make that “BIG TOP” plans for RR DAY! Welcome to the First Family Carnival, where there is room for everyone under God’s Big Tent! There will be a duck pond, games, food, prizes, face painting and more! join us for outdoor worship (weather permitting) under the “Big Top” in our Park to kick off the new Sunday School Year!

Sunday School will begin on September 15th, and we will return to our 10:45 AM second service schedule.

There have been all kinds of exciting things floating through the church concerning the High School Sunday School class. They will have a teacher this year: Ginger Shultz! There are big things planned for the class and the entire congregation will be filled in at a later date. I will say this though…I walked through the FLY room the other day and its looking SPECTAULAR!

The annual WELCA Women’s Retreat to Lutherlyn will be held September 20-22.  the theme this year will be “Count Your Blessings”. There will be small groups, large groups, workshops, seminars, prayer, and worship.  The registration deadline is August 11, so please stop by the office if you are interested! We have several women from our church attending!

The women of our church are contributing cookies to the Churchwide ELCA Assembly in Pittsburgh from August 12-17th! All these baked goods around here are making me hungry!

 

As you can see, the church has been very busy this summer! I hope everyone has a great week, and starts to get excited about the many amazing things happening at First!

 

God’s Grace & “Squeaks”

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What a beautiful Monday Afternoon!

The sun is certainly shining and creating a glorious spring day here in Greensburg!

It just so happened that I was searching for an early afternoon snack, and I ran into some of the women from the Mary-Martha Circle! They were holding their monthly meeting today at 10:00 AM.

Later in the day, I overheard Pastor Marleen talking about the new topic for Bible Study; “The Devil and All His Empty Promises”. Sounds like an interesting topic! If you would like to join us, Bible Study begins tonight and every Monday at 7:00 PM in the Conference room.

As always, we will host our weekly free luncheon, Food From the Heart, which is open to the public from 12:00 – 1:00 PM every Wednesday.

Marvin Huls, our fantastic music director, will be having Bell Choir and Adult Choir practice on Thursday, April 11. Bell Choir practice will begin at 6:15 PM and Adult Choir will begin at 7:00 PM in the choir room.

Thursday is a busy day this week! Ruth Circle will meet this Thursday,April 11 at 7:30 PM.

The Worship & Music Committee will also meet on Thursday April 11 at 7:45 PM.

Of course, we will also have our weekly Worship services at 8:15 AM and 10:45 AM on Sunday, April 14. Sunday School will be held from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM, in between services.  Following the service, the Youth Committee will have a meeting at 12:15 PM.

Don’t forget to have a look at the new April bulletin board in the lobby, to catch up on all the great upcoming events at First!

This is the Church Mouse signing off and wishing you a wonderfully blessed week! I think I am going to find a nice quite spot on a windowsill and enjoy some of the warm breeze on this lovely spring day!

God’s Grace & “Squeaks”,

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