This Week at Ross

05/23/2024

Dear RCUMC Members and Friends,

Trinity Sunday will be observed this week. The doctrine of the Trinity can be perplexing: it tells us there is one God who eternally exists as three distinct Persons, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Legend says that St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain this concept to converts. Another illustration, displayed above and in the PowerPoint on Sunday, is the triquetra, which features three congruent, interwoven arcs, forming a triangle of sorts. The Scripture reference is John 3:1-17 and the sermon topic is Three in One. The Sacrament of Holy Baptism will be celebrated for Wayne Estridge, and the Memorial Day holiday will also be observed.
 
From Pastor Chris: Greetings, Church Family: Today we are putting the finishing touches on this week’s service. Last Sunday was a wonderful celebration of Emma Hucke’s Sacrament of Baptism and it is a joy and privilege to continue this week with the baptism of Wayne Estridge. I’m praying you can be here to once again join in this “outward sign of an inward grace.”
 
The phone rang early this morning with word that our dear, sweet friend Judy Preacher from Park Avenue UMC days has gone on to glory. Maggie and I were able to visit with her around Thanksgiving last year in her home near Columbus. We will be grateful for your prayers for her daughter and her family as we plan her celebration of life this week.
 
We will also take time during our service this Sunday for our annual observance of Memorial Day. Each year I am blessed to be part of the Darrtown Cemetery celebration, which will be Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the cemetery. Our own Phil Brown will be the guest speaker. On Monday I will be participating for the first time at the annual memorial service at Venice Cemetery in Ross. I am looking forward to being part of this time of remembrance.

Memorial Day is the traditional kickoff of summer. School years are ending and camping and vacation plans are in the works for many of you. I pray that your summer events such as family reunions are happy celebrations, when you are sometimes together in what may be only a once-a-year gathering. It’s another reminder for me of the way our wonderful church family has the opportunity to join in fellowship–week after week–and what a comfort it is as we continue to support and pray for each other. Side by side, week after week, year after year.  See you Sunday!
Blessings,  Pastor Chris

We received a thank-you note for the birthday card shower for Marion Flynn from her daughter, Susan Kilgore. It reads “Dear Church Family, thank you for showing so much kindness to my mom. Her 92-year-old self is healed, healthy, and happy. She loves Pastor Chris’s visits at her new home in Aaron’s Garden. God bless all of you.

Don’t miss the Darrtown UMC rummage and bake sale, Friday and Saturday, May 31 and June 1, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day. Tasty lunch items including walking tacos, barbeque, chili dogs, chips, and drinks will be available.

Our Facebook group, Ross Community UM Church, is the happening place to get and share the latest breaking news in between or not included in the This Week at Ross emails. Find it by typing the name of the group into the search box on Facebook and send a request to join. Thanks to moderators Phil Brown and Wayne Estep!   
  
Church Sign Wisdom: God is God for us: Father. God is God with us: Son. God is God in us: Spirit.
 
May God’s light surround you, God’s love enfold you, God’s power protect you, and God’s presence watch over you. 
    
Emily Adams
Administrative Assistant

NEXT UPDATE 05-30-2024