The Messenger - April 2017 - 5
By George Swank
Youth: ASP trip will be June 11-17. Adult
Music & Worship: We will receive a special
offering in May for choir robes. To date, $6,500
has been donated towards the robes. A
committee is looking at style and fabrics.
Recognition of Cheryl Staherski will be May 14.
Dena Ament and Walt Zollinger are helping plan
this event. A special concert on November 5 will
combine the Covenant, Otterbein and Grandview
choirs in a celebration of Charles Wesley hymns.
Finance: Glen reports that we are in good shape.
Committee reports that we are $12,660 ahead of
last year; a 15% increase. Capital Campaign for
2017 has collected $9,500.
Visioning Retreat: Welcoming/Integrating -
Andrea asked what we think about "What does it
mean to be a member of the church?"
Trustees: Lezzer Lumber will be completing
work on fixing the door to the narthex. Proposal
was signed for sound system at the far end of the
Gathering Space. TV for Nursery was tabled until
2018. Service contract was renewed with Haller.
Girl Scouts decided to locate their Little Library
at St. Matthew Lutheran Church. They thanked
us for making the church available.
SPR: Excellent prospect for nursery position will
be interviewed. Jeremy Graeff will graduate from
seminary on May 20. Andrea will receive the
seminary's Meck Award for "distinguished
service in the practice of pastoral ministry" on
Children's Ministries: Cub Scouts will be
organizing the Children's Library. Camp
Grandview will be July 17-20 and August 7-10.
On Friday, April 14 from 6-9pm, we will have
our next installment of Table-Top Game Night,
and we will try again to finish that Dungeons
and Dragons game!
Recently, our Confirmation class has finished
up our discussion on Islam, which means we
are moving into Christianity. We start with
Christianity's origins, from Judaism to Jesus.
From there we will learn about the early
church, Rome's role in Christian history, and
then into the Great Schism. We will look at
Christianity through the Middle Ages, followed
by the Reformation, and then work our way
into Methodism. There is a lot to cover, but it is
important to learn our history. It teaches us
where we have come from and why we do
things they way we do them.
This year, we will have 18 people going on our
ASP youth trip this year. I am sad that our
usual group of college students cannot go this
year. We have many brand-new ASPers this
year. The best part of doing this year after year,
is showing new students the ropes and seeing
the happiness it brings them to help another
person. As a reminder, we are going to West
Virginia from Sunday June 11 through
Saturday, June 17. If you are going on the trip,
please remember to register online!
Wonder Movie Trip
Do you remember the powerful struggle and
triumph of Auggie Pullman in the inspirational
book, Wonder by R.J. Palacio? Coming to theatres
this April is a film adaptation starring Julia
Roberts, Jacob Tremblay and Owen Wilson. We
will be attending a showing of this movie on April
23 at Penn Cinema and all are invited to attend.
Sign up at the Hub if you would like to join the
group. Pack your tissues because - spoiler alert -
the final scene is a heart warming tear-jerker!