Family Night Out

sweettomatoesOur monthly Family Nights have been an enjoyable time for those who have participated. It is an opportunity to gather together with church friends and enjoy fellowship together. In August, we are going to Sweet Tomatoes on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard in West Palm Beach. They have great food at a reasonable price and there is enough room for us to sit together. Check the newspaper and mail for coupons, or sign up to receive them by mail at www.souplantation.com. Mark your calendars for Friday, August 29th at 6:15 PM! Come hang out with your church family and invite your friends to join us!

You can RSVP and invite your friends by sharing our Facebook event page for this event.

Sunday Morning Prayer Circle

prayercircleBeginning Sunday, August 24th, we will gather at the front of the sanctuary for a brief time of prayer at 10:00 AM. We will pray for our worship service, for our SpiritKidz, and for any other needs brought to the group. All are invited to join us.

Financial Peace University

fpu_whiteWe all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! It teaches God’s ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you’ve dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more! FPU classes meet for around an hour and a half each week for nine weeks.

This life-changing class will be  taught by Dave Ramsey and the FPU teaching team on video and coordinated by Church Treasurer Phil Suomu at First Congregational Church in Lake Worth, FL will help you achieve your financial goals by showing you how to eliminate debt, save for the future, and give like never before. You will be challenged and motivated to make a plan for your money and change your family tree forever.

If you would like to sign up, or to watch a preview, visit the Financial Peace University Website.

 

School Supply Drive 2014

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We are once again collecting school supplies for both North Grade Elementary School. This school serves a largely disadvantaged student population and every little bit helps. Please consider picking up some of these items during your next trip to the grocery or discount store and bring them to church with you this Sunday:

  1. 12 – # 2 Pencils
  2. 24 – Crayons
  3. 2 – Glue Sticks
  4. 1 – Box of Tissues
  5. 1 – Pink Eraser
  6. 8 – Broad Tip Markers
  7. 1 – Pair of Fiskers Scissors
  8. 1 – Pencil Case
  9. 1 – Wide-Ruled Spiral Bound Notebook
  10. 2 – Pocket Folder
  11. 12 -Pencil Crayons
  12. 2 – Pkg Wide Ruled Loose Leaf Paper
  13. 1 – Pkg. Washable Felt Markers
  14. 1 – Pair Scissors
  15. 10 – Duo-Tangs
  16. 1 – Pkg. Lined Paper
  17. 1 – Pkg. Plain Paper
  18. 8 – Lined Notebooks
  19. 2 – Blue Pens
  20. 1 – Red Pen
  21. 1 – Ruler
  22. 1 – White Glue
  23. 2 – 1″ Binders
  24. 8 – Subject Dividers
  25. 1 – Scientific Calculator
  26. 1 – Geometry Set
  27. 1 – Pocket Dictionary
  28. 1 – Pencil Sharpener
  29. 3 – Highlighter Pen
  30. Composition Books
  31. Copy Paper

Thanks Candy!

candycheckCandy Von Sparkle presented the Community Dinner with a check for $1415, the proceeds from her fundraising event in June. The proceeds came from sales of “Our Hearts Desire” jewelry as well as other vendors along with a fabulous dinner provided by Ristorante Antonio South. Special thanks to Candy and everyone who helped for a great evening and a amazingly generous donation.

Practicing the Presence of God for Practical Purposes

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Yes, it’s a long title.

Practicing the Presence of God for Practical Purposes Dr.’s Alan Anderson and Deb Whitehouse begin with the 17th century monk, Brother Lawrence and draw on theologians, mystics, and business people to establish a practical vision of how we can work together with God to create a positive life for ourselves and our world.

Beginning in August, Pastor Jason will lead a six-week discussion of this book on Wednesday or Thursday evenings, depending on what works best for participants. You can find out more information about the book and its authors here. Consider joining us for what are sure to be some great conversations as we engage this material together.

Email or call Pastor Jason to let him know what night would work best for you, Thursday or Wednesday.

Community Dinner June 2014 Report

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The Community Dinner group provided dinners all 25 Tuesdays in the first half of 2014 from January 7 to June 24. In all, we served 1,755 meals to church members, friends, the homeless, and nearly homeless and various visitors who heard of our weekly event. We averaged 70 diners a week which is a 10% increase from 2013. We spent $2,161.89 on nutritious food which included salad most weeks and dessert every week. Our cost per meal served was $1.23 and this included many people who received second helpings! We collected this amount from our loyal parishioners and special events which were sponsored. A big thank you goes out to Christopher Lepard for hosting charity events for us. Of course, thanks to Barb Derryberry is in attendance every week and makes a pastry pickup for free pastries at Costco weekly. Our high water mark was serving 106 dinners on June 17 when the counselors from the Guatemalan-Mayan Summer Camp joined us for dinner. We are so blessed to have a loyal and dedicated group of cooks, servers, dishwashers, and help. We are fortunate to have members donate to this self-funded Christian activity.

Matthew 25:34-40New International Version (NIV)
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Thank you all, and please feel free to join us any Tuesday when we begin serving at 5:30 PM.

Ice Cream Social

icecreamthumbNext Sunday, July 6th, we will be having ice cream and all the fixings after worship, so take a break from your diet and join us. You can always start again on Monday!

It’s also a great opportunity to invite a friend to meet some of the nicest folks in Palm Beach County.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Open to Grace Yoga

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Join Sally Grillo for a yoga class from 5:30-6:45 PM on Thursday evenings in Room 5 (nursery). She has taught for several years and her teaching is fueled by her devotion to healthy living, family, deep faith in God, and a steady yoga/prayer practice. The suggested donation is $10. You can call Sally for more information at 203-722-7794.

Family Beach Night

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On Friday night, July 25th, we will meet at Lake Worth Beach to spend a summer evening together. Pack your dinner or buy a slice of pizza at the beach and join us! This is also a great opportunity to bring friends to meet the great folks of First Congregational United Church of Christ!