Pastor Ed’s Letter for February 14, 2024

Pastor Ed

Congregants, Friends & Members:

 Melana’s sermon hit the bullseye Sunday! Spiritual experiences don’t always happen on mountain tops or during retreats. The splendor and impact of God’s love changes hearts during least expected moments and in planned experiences.

 Serving as an Elder and Deacon is transformative for the individual who answers the call as well as for the congregation served! We lift up in prayer Vernon Bennett, who was installed as an Elder and Kathy Sell who was installed as a Deacon. Each answered a call of God to serve Lely Presbyterian Church in their respective capacity. The Elders and Deacons for Lely Presbyterian Church need your prayers as they govern the church and care for the congregants!

 A huge thanks to Cherie Millsom for spearheading the winter concert series! This past Saturday, Peter Simon tickled the ivory and presented an amazing combination of poetry and music to all attending!

 The next concert will be on Saturday, March 9 at 2:00 pm featuring Joe Hrin on Saxophone!!

 Be sure to make time for “Bread and Broth” that begins on Wednesday, February 21 at 11:00 am in Kemp Hall. This is a sacred time with a simple meal and spiritual reflection on the sacrifice of Christ!

 Rev. Dr. Tim Halverson will fill the pulpit on Sunday, February 21 and 28! Time brings a high degree of energy and dynamism to preaching and Lely is fortunate to welcome Tim to Lely!!

 While in New York, there has been a great opportunity visit other houses of worship. I have heard great preaching and also picked up some tidbits and ideas that would enhance worship at Lely. Looking forward to sharing them upon our return!

 Jane and I return to Naples on February 27 and I am looking forward to being home and back in the pulpit on Sunday, March 3! The sermon theme will be: “The Difficult Sayings of Jesus: You must be Slave of All!” based on Mark 10.35-45. This will also be Communion Sunday.

 And on this Ash Wednesday, we begin our journey to Jerusalem!! May it be a meaningful and Holy time!! Be sure to attend the 11:00 am Ash Wednesday Service today!!


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