February 3rd is Compassion Sunday and we will also be celebrating Souper Bowl of Caring and Scout Sunday that day as all three have a focus on helping others. The Sunday School kids, along with some guest Scouts who will be helping with opening services, will be in charge of collecting items for the Fulmont food pantry. Typically, on Compassion Sunday we collect non-food items like paper towels, toothe paste, etc., Starting now, through Feb. 3rd, please continue to bring in non-food items but also please send in some non-perishable food as well. The children will explain more about Scout Sunday and Souper Bowl Sunday during the Children’s Sermon on Feb. 3rd but here is a brief overview of the two celebrations. The Souper Bowl of Caring is a day Presbyterian youth began in 1990 to unite in an effort to care for people who are hungry and in need. The Boy Scouts of America designates the Sunday that falls before February 8th (Scouting Anniversary Day) as Scout Sunday, to recognize the contributions to Scouting, and because most units are chartered to faith-based organizations, this day also gives the Scouts an opportunity to give back by performing acts of service.
There are still some directories that remain in the Narthex for those who still might want to have one, they are located in the back by where you get the bulletins in a white box.
Our coffee hour food is done on a pot-luck basis but some weeks there’s not so much to share. After worship on January 27th and before the annual meeting the Steadfast organization hopes to have enough to fill us all. If you don’t usually contribute (or you do), this would be a special day to bring something. Tell the coffee hour person what you will bring. There will be a sign-up sheet in the kitchen. Let’s fill the table on the 27th so there will be enough for everyone.
Many “Thanks” to all who supported the Christmas dedication program sponsored by the Steadfast Class. They were able to give our Prison Ministry mission $250.00.
Thanks to all who generously gave the Sunday School children your spare quarters. They collected $130.00 that will be sent to the Disaster Relief program at the Presbyterian Church (USA). They hope to fill the quarter tube again before summer and when asked, would be able to tell you what it’s fore and what a disaster might be.
Statements for 2018 tax purposes will be sent to those who request them. If you made donations to the church in 2018 in envelopes or by check, a record has been kept of your giving. Checks to the church for times you received something in return (service auction, Octoberfest, etc) are not considered donations and are not tax deductible. If you did not ask for a statement last year and would like one this year, you need to let Carol Hawley know.