What a wonderful Consecration Weekend Eastminster celebrated! It was meaningful to baptize Sydney Luisi and see the hope for the future, even as generations of her family have worshipped in this church before her. It was also meaningful to engage in a wonderful Celebration Luncheon in a packed Fellowship Hall where we ate delicious food and recognized new and longtime members. Thanks to Susan Vallette, Vicky Mitterling and a huge cast of helpers for “Sunday Dinner!”
It was also hopeful to see the faces of dedicated members and friends as you consecrated your Estimates of Giving to the Lord in worship. It is inspiring to experience the love you have for God as you give in gratitude and praise. May your giving bring joy and closer relationship to God and Eastminster, even as our ministry together transforms the community and world through God’s Spirit and power!
If you have not offered an Estimate of Giving for 2018, you may do so in the offering today or by contacting Michelle Toms, our Director of Operations. There are Estimate of Giving Cards and envelopes on the Information Tables and in the pew racks. Estimates of Giving are good faith estimates of what you intend to give to God through Eastminster. They are not binding, as circumstances may change, yet they help our leaders establish a budget for our ministry and mission. A Prayer of Consecration will be offered in worship for these Estimates of Giving as we collect the offering. Thanks for your faithfulness!
Also, today you will receive two gifts to aid in spiritual formation. First, in your bulletin are bookmarks with a Thanksgiving Prayer that were made by Eastminster preschoolers. This prayer may be used at Thanksgiving and at other occasions. The background of the bookmark is from artwork that the preschoolers made as they gathered on our chancel and painted their impressions of Eastminster’s stained glass windows while Director of Music Ministry, Robert McBride, played music for them to be inspired.
Finally, you will receive a “Prayer Square” from Eastminster’s Prayer Shawl ministry. These squares have been hand knitted during many hours of prayer, fellowship and crafting spent in the parlor of our church. They are intended as an aid to your prayers and thanksgiving over the holiday season. May you rest assured in good times and tough times that God is present as a “Refuge and Strength.” There are caring pastors, elders, and members trained to come alongside you in prayer as well. Do not hesitate to contact the church office or one of the pastors with any need or opportunity for which to pray.
May all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!