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CAROLYN’S CORNER

Sing a New Song

“Sing unto the Lord a new song, for the Lord has done marvelous things.” – Psalm 98:1 (NIV)

Last month, a jury found pop musicians Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke guilty of copyright infringement because their song, “Blurred Lines,” bears too much of a resemblance to the classic Marvin Gaye hit, “Got To Give It Up.” Williams and Thicke have been ordered to pay $7.3 million to the estate of Marvin Gaye. Though the ruling will likely be appealed, it does lift up the significance of what it really means to be authentically creative in the music industry.

As people of faith, we often look to the classic hymns and anthems of the Church to inform and enhance our worship celebrations.  There is a certain “blessed assurance” that embraces us when we sing the songs bequeathed to us by our fore-parents and fore-runners of the faith.

But according to the Psalmist, every generation is afforded a fresh look at the wondrous acts and amazing grace of Almighty God.  Thus, every generation is called to not only echo the praises of the past, but to creatively contribute their own expressions of gratitude for God’s new and ever unfolding mercies.

Pundits are predicting that in the next 50 years, how we do church will be much different from how we’ve done church in the past 50 years.  Some call it post-modernity.  Some call it the ascendency of the Millennials and the Gen X’s.

Whatever we choose to call it, we can expect to hear some new songs.  Praise God!

(Found in Still Speaking)

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Carolyn

THANK YOU!

Thank you, thank you to the choir and to Epiphany for providing the gift of music! We are grateful to Jeff for your leadership! The choir will be on break for the summer. The Choir will return on Sunday, September 13th.

THANK YOU

A belated Thank You goes to the PV men who prepared and served the delicious breakfast for Women’s Day.  It was extra special.

Hospitality Team 

Thank You to each one who participated and contributed food for the Agape Feast.

Hospitality Team 

FAITH SHARING/PR SPIRIT TEAM GATHERING:

Deliver Bread…Design a Banner…Update the Website…Paint a Face…Share a Meal…Stand in Silence…Wrap a Tree…Post to Facebook…Mentor a New Member…SHARE YOUR FAITH!  Just a few things the Faith Sharing and PR Spirit Team does.  If you have interests in these areas or other ideas about getting the word out about your church gather with the Faith Sharing/PR Spirit Team on Sunday, June 7 after church in the Grace Room.  Light snack provided.

SEEKERS CLASS NEWS (Updated Weekly)

Seekers class will continue the Living the Questions video series with Prayer: Intimacy with God (#18).  The focus of this lesson is “…prayer as the primary method of interaction with God is best thought of as a way of life rather than an activity reserved for specific times, places, and formulas.”  Join the conversation at 9:00 am in the Grace Room. If you would like a PDF of the sessions, please contact Bill Delaney.

PVCC AT WALK WITH WILDLIFE

We have an opportunity to increase our visibility in the community and have fun. The Great Plains Nature Center’s “Walk with Wildlife” will attract nearly 2,000 visitors on Saturday, June 13. They’re looking for an energetic group of volunteers to staff the face painting booth. This entails 2 shifts of 2-3 people each. Shift 1: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Shift 2: 12:30 – 4:00ish pm.

Free hot dog lunch comes with the day!

If you’re interested in helping make a kid’s day a bit brighter, please send an e-mail to Lorrie Beck (lorriebeck1@gmail.com) or a text to Katie Davidson (670-2291) and let us know how you can help!

 

CAROLYN’S CORNER

The following updates come from Week of Compassion following the earthquakes in Nepal:

 

“In the last two weeks there have been over 150 tornadoes throughout the United States, a 50% increase from the previous year.  The tornadoes have caused significant damage in many communities from Texas through South Dakota and Iowa, as well as in Colorado and Arkansas.  In addition to tornadoes, severe storms have also hit many of these areas, especially in Oklahoma.  Floods, hail, and heavy snow have impacted communities, and with heavy rain projected to stay, flooding will continue to be a threat in the next few weeks.

 

Week of Compassion has been in contact with local pastors and regional ministers and has responded to many of these communities with prayers and solidarity grants.

 

We have also been collaborating closely with Disciples Church Extension Fund’s Disaster Response Service to assist congregations and regions with their facilities after a disaster. The Disaster Response Service helps congregations assess damage to their facilities after a disaster- which includes helping to assess how and who to call to start the cleanup process, reviews the congregation’s insurance policies to ensure they are getting everything they are entitled to, and assembles a building committee that will oversee reconstruction

 

Halfway around the world, a second earthquake hit Nepal on Tuesday. This 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck northeast of Kathmandu and was the second strongest earthquake to hit the region since the first struck on April 25. Over 2,000 people were injured in the second quake, and 64 people are dead.  The areas most affected are Dolakhu, Rasuwa, and Sidhupalchowk districts, where the second earthquake caused devastating landslides and caused weakened and damaged buildings to collapse.  Our partner on the ground, ACT Alliance, has accounted for all of their staff, who are safe. They are providing immediate relief to many of the rural area

 

This second quake has created setbacks in the recovery efforts that will continue for weeks, if not months. Of particular concern however, is monsoon season in Nepal, which is to arrive in June and will create additional challenges in rebuilding efforts.  With monsoons come more threats of landslides, flooding, and the need to move people out of high-risk areas.  Week of Compassion will continue to work with our partners to provide relief in the coming weeks, and we will also be involved in planning the rebuilding of many rural communities.  We seek your prayers for the people of Nepal, as well as our partners on the ground.”

 

Please remember 100% of your donations to Week of Compassion will go for earthquake recovery. Please note Nepal Earthquake on your donation to ensure that 100% of your donations to Week of Compassion will go for earthquake recovery.

 

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Carolyn

PVCC BOOK CLUB

7 The Experiment:

Staging Your Own Mutiny Against Excess

By Jen Hatmaker

NEXT MEETING:

SUNDAY, JUNE 14TH

5 PM AT THE HOME OF CAROLYN SCHWARZ

4421 N. RUSHWOOD CT.

Please read ahead of time in order to discuss!

Snacks and beverages provided.

WORSHIP SERVICE ON SUNDAY, MAY 17

Agape Feast theme is “Swingin With the Saints”

We will celebrate Pentecost and the birth of the church on Sunday, May 17 with our annual Agape Feast.  Our graduates will be recognized and we will hear how PVCC saints “go marchin in” into the community.

The Reading from our Tradition John 15:9-17. The PVCC Choir will be singing the Anthem Swingin’ With the Saints ~ Trad/Hayes.

GRADUATE RECOGNITION SUNDAY ON MAY 17

 

Congratulations to these Graduates!

Amanda Martin is graduating from Wichita State University on May 16 with a Masters of Music Degree. She is the daughter of Deputy Regional Minister, Rev Steve Martin and Debby Martin.

Mia Nadell is graduating from Chester Lewis Academy on May 19. She is the friend of Katie Davidson.

Katie Ann McLachlan will be graduating from Maize High School on May 17 and plans to attend Missouri North Western for a nursing degree. She is the granddaughter of Linda McLachlan.