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Seventh Sunday of Easter

Readings: Acts 1:12-26, 1 Peter 4:12-19; 5:6-11John 17:1-11

Hymns: 491539772 

With continued observance of the latest executive order from the governor, all attendance at church has been suspended. Services are being live streamed on Facebook and then loaded to YouTube soon after. Check our Calendar to see the services available for livestream and plan to virtually join as a congregation in worship of our God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Witness

Mercy

During this time of pandemic and social distancing we have suspended our in-person work at the Preble Street Resource Center since most of us who volunteer are in high risk groups.  That being said, the work of food distribution goes on there.  If you feel comfortable volunteering there go to their website and volunteer - https://preblestreet.volunteerhub.com/account/signin.  We will resume our work there when the pandemic ends.

Likewise, the Gorham Schools Backpack Program continues.  The group is feeding 105 Gorham families and the need continues to rise. We are not collecting food items, but we are still supporting the program through monetary donations.  You can donate by sending a check made out to Gorham School Depart.  In the memo section note Locker Project.  Send to the head of the program:

Heather Whitaker, 5 Quin Road, Windham, ME 04062

Finally, if you need anything (rides, supplies, medicine pickups) or any assistance please feel free to contact Sandy or Tom DiPasqua at 207-883-2730 or tjdipasqua@aol.com.

ABBA’s annual fundraising banquet scheduled for May 14 has been cancelled. However, the services provided to mothers, fathers, and babies continues. Your support and donations are still needed and appreciated. You can mail monetary and material donations to 1250 Forest Ave. Portland, ME 04103. Items needed include diapers, wipes and formula, as well as gloves and disinfectant for the staff.

Life Together

New free Youth and Children’s Ministry Resources and Resources for Easter 7 from Concordia Publishing House.

Essential Exercise for the Christian Mind... Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken.  This week's teachings include: The Doctrine of Justification, Scientism, Making the Case for Life, Islam, Godliness, and The Prosperity Gospel.  You can listen live or on-demand at issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.

Church Flowers - There is a signup sheet on the bulletin board for church flowers.  If you’d like to commemorate an anniversary, birthday, special event, or just praise the Lord, fill in your name on the appropriate date.  If you’d like an announcement placed in the bulletin, fill out one of the information slips that are located next to the signup sheet and put it in David Elmore’s box.  You’re responsible for bringing the flowers before church.  We have vases in the Sacristy (communion set up room) you may use.  You may take the flowers home with you after service or donate them to a shut-in or nursing home. 

There is still time to sign up as a Coffee Hour host and hostess…there is a sign-up sheet posted on the “Life Together” bulletin board…THANK YOU!!!

Life Thought for Easter VII: “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God,” who “settles the solitary in a home” (Psalm 68:5-6). He has not left us orphaned in our sins but has taken each of us for His own family. So we need not limit our enthusiasm for adoption only to addressing infertility. We can open not just our mouths but our hands, hearts, and homes, because children need them, and we have in abundance.

Stewardship Note: 1 Peter 5:7 – “…casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” We have a Father in heaven – and He really cares for us and loves us. That is the basis of generosity, because such knowledge spells the end of anxiety and worry, which is where tight-fisted greed comes from. 

All announcements and prayer requests received in the church office by end of day on Wednesday will appear in print that week in Friday’s email. If there is an announcement that you would like Pastor to make following Sunday’s FB live stream, please email him that information. 

Calendar

Looking Forward to Pentecost Sunday

Readings: Numbers 11:24-30, Acts 2:1-21John 7:37-39

Hymns: 913497, 834

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