This week's Update, again, will have to be very short. Yesterday I met with the mourning wife and two daughters of a man who died suddenly on Monday. They do not attend Good Shepherd and did not have a place to hold a memorial service. I offered to have the service here and they accepted. The complication is that the daughters are on a tight time schedule and must return home (they live outside of Binghamton) by Friday morning. So the only feasible time for the service, a time when both friends and family can be there, is tonight, Thursday, at 6pm followed by a small reception in the parish hall after the meeting.
What that means for us is that the Beginner's Bible Study will not be meeting tonight. The funeral will be upstairs in the sanctuary but the reception will be in the parish hall, so the space will be needed.
The Shepherd's Bowl will go on as usual but the clean up crew for the Shepherd's bowl will most likely overlap with those from the ACW who will be setting up for the reception.
Thank you to everyone who has agreed to change schedules to accommodate this service and help these people mourn their loss.
I am also scheduled to speak at Intervarsity Christian Fellowship on the BU campus this Friday evening on the topic of "loving yourself". Intervarsity is focusing on the topic of "love" all year long. Having a healthy "agape" for yourself is foundational to loving others. The second greatest commandment is to "agape" your neigbor as you "agape" yourself. But if your self-agape is twisted and/or non-existent then agape-ing others in the right way will be impossible.
In any case, the invitation to speak came on Sunday which means my schedule was going to be tight...but with the sudden funeral it is bordering on impossible, so please bear with me perhaps not getting as much done this week as I promised or would have liked.
To sum up, there will be no Beginner's Bible Study tonight.
There will be Shepherd's Bowl at the usual time
Choir will also meet at 7pm following the Shepherd's Bowl
Men's Bible Study and Breakfast will meet on Friday morning at 6:30am as usual...I have no idea who is cooking and who is not.
Women's Bible Study: will meet as usual at 10am on Saturday
ACW: There will be an ACW meeting this Saturday after the Women's Bible Study
Systematic Theology: will meet at 3:30pm as usual in the parish hall on Saturday
The Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper: is scheduled for this coming Tuesday evening. There will be face painting, the burning of the palms...etc...all sorts of things happening, so please invite your friends and family. The supper is a fundraiser and the cost is 4 dollars per plate. The money will go to help buy choir robes.
Ash Wednesday worship will be held at 7am and 7pm...last year the morning service was extremely cold...we seem to have finally gotten a handle on the thermostat issue so it should be nice and toasty by 7am this time around. Invite your friends.