News from the Pastor

June 20, 2021

What a Wonderful Night!

We especially welcome to worship this Sunday all of the fathers in our congregation. I hope that the tie or the pair of socks that you fathers received today goes well with something you wear – and that you are allowed to watch the final round of the US Open in peace.

Burgers and Bingo provided an extraordinary night of fellowship! The gym was full, and we actually had to add tables and chairs. I want to thank Don Kendrick, Eddie Wood and Annabelle Whitehead for helping me grill hamburgers and hot dogs. Thanks also to John Kelly, who, as always, did a great job as our “Bingo Barker.” I am especially indebted to Kristy Wilson and the entire Outreach/Membership Committee for their hard work in making this event such a success. And thanks to everyone who braved the heat to come out and celebrate our first communal Wednesday night meal together since early March of 2020!

I know that you were blessed by the preaching of Dr. Greg DeLoach last Sunday, and I am sure you gave him a warm welcome. Melissa and I enjoyed a delightful time of fellowship with our friends and family at the Apple Tree Group Camp and rafting the Nantahala. It was our first break in six months; we truly needed it! By the way, if you are planning to go with us on the church river rafting and camping trip July 22 – July 24, please let us know. It will help us in planning for the outing. If you need equipment like a tent or sleeping bag, it would be especially helpful for us to know in advance! Cost of the trip is $35 for food ($20 for children under 12) and $20 per person for the campsite, or $30 per family. I am still trying to get exact information from the NOC as to what rental rates will be that Friday when we raft.  Rafters need to weigh at least 60 pounds. Just a heads up: rafters, be sure to pack a mask for the trip. The Nantahala Outdoor Center requires them for the bus ride up to the launch site.

This Wednesday, June 23, we resume our Wonderful Outside Wednesdays, at Amerson River Park, starting at 5:30 pm. These WOW events will continue next Wednesday, June 30, and conclude the Wednesday of July 7. The entire church family is invited.

Several of you have commented on my use of The Very Hungry Caterpillar as the focus of a children’s sermon a couple of weeks ago. Most of you did not know the “back story” of author Eric Carle’s life that informed his creation of a children’s classic that centered on “transformation.” I cannot help but comment on the hilarious conversations sparked by my selection of this book. When we couldn’t find our copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Melissa sent out a text on a Friday night to her Sunday School class asking if anyone had a copy we could borrow. This appeal engendered responses from “What in the world are you talking about?” to people quoting certain sections of the book. Suzanne Clark found a copy in their storage unit. Stacy Whitehead, who was at the beach at the time, assured Melissa that she had a copy in their house and dispatched her father, Tommy Massengale, to go over to their house, search their library, find it and make it available to Melissa. The wide range of responses, several quite comical, made for an interesting evening. The fact that many of us of a certain age were willing late on a Friday evening to join the conversation about a children’s book underscored the obvious fact that we are all getting older!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s Pick Me Ups that reflected on the positive influence that my father and father-in-law have had upon my life and the lives of others. I would like to think that these inspirational essays enhanced your celebration of Father’s Day. This week’s Pick Me Ups turn in an entirely different direction. As we begin to move toward the celebration of our nation’s independence, I focus upon the astoundingly ambitious expedition of exploration of America attempted by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. I hope you find their courage and fortitude inspirational and instructive. Also, the Bible study in I Samuel resumes this week.

A word from your pastor,
Dr. Richard Kremer


















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