THE PAVILLION IS NOW UP AND
THE NEW PLAYHOUSE
IS NOW OPEN!!!!!
COME BY AND SEE IT!
McDowell Presbyterian has a handicapped-accessible rest-room, a ramp for ease of entrance from the
gravel parking lot at the rear of the building, and large print bulletins and devotionals.
in beautiful HIGHLAND COUNTY, VIRGINIA
from Beth's Desk....
Hay is being made. Spotted fawns are learning to run. Rabbits are hiding out in tall grass. Rains are coming and rains are going. Life in the mountains in the summer goes on pretty much the way it always has, with farmers and lovers of nature scanning the skies for signs of the times and old folks coming out in morning and evening while young folk come out in the heat of midday.
In the tempting efforts of believers of every time and place to read the signs of the times (our usual language about Jesus’ return), we can be drawn into speculation that sounds more like a horror movie than the good news of the Gospel.
But Jesus, speaking of upheavals almost impossible for us to imagine, speaks in terms not of destruction, but of our "redemption drawing near" (Luke 21.28), reminding all who follow him to "stand firm" that we may "win life" (Luke 21.19), telling us not to worry (verse 14), promising that even in the midst of chaos and destruction, the kingdom of God draws near (verse 31) and further promising that his words will never pass away (verse 33), with the admonition to be in continuous prayer (verse 36) that we may stand and withstand.
Tall grass can look like safe haven for a fawn unsure how to outrun an approaching tractor only to be mown down in the first blush of youth, for how can a fawn possibly know how to read the signs of the times?
Let us, then, learn from the fawn. Let us stand up and stand firm. Let us look beyond that which stands immediately in our path. Let us understand that reading the signs of the times is not a call to judge others wanting, but an opportunity to stand in the loving embrace of The Divine One, inviting all we see and meet to do likewise.
Peace & blessings, Pastor
Sunday, July 7 Communion Worship Service
@ 11.15 a.m.
Tuesday, July 9 Bible Study @ 9.30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall
Wednesday, July 10 Spiritual Tea @ 9.30 a.m. @ Angelika’s
Thursday, July 11 LOGOS organizational meeting @ 11 a.m. @ Monterey Pres.
Sunday, July 14 Worship
Tuesday, July 16 Bible Study @ 9.30 a.m.
Presbyterian Women (PW) business meeting @ 10.30 a.m.
Wednesday, July 17 Spiritual Tea
Sunday, July 21 Worship
Tuesday, July 23 Bible Study
Wednesday, July 24 Spiritual Tea
Sunday, July 28 Christmas in July Chocolate Communion Service
Kid’s Carnival & Ice Cream Social @ 12.30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 30 Bible Study
Wednesday, July 31 Spiritual Tea
Friday, August 2 VBS in the afternoon (time tba)
Saturday, August 3 VBS in the afternoon (time tba)
Lawn Party on the grounds of McDowell Pres.
hosted by McDowell area churches Outreach Committee –
from 5 - 8.00 p.m.
with supper & square dance!!!!