To the Members and Friends of St. John’s, Irmo:
First, I want to thank you all for your generous gifts of coats and blankets to “Sharing God’s Love” you are absolutely amazing in your readiness and willingness to help your neighbors in need. You donated at least 55 coats and 27 blankets! So you are indeed making a difference in our community. We are currently collecting items for hygiene kits to pass out to the homeless. Our goal is to put together 200 kits. Currently, we still need toothbrush holders, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, washcloths, soap, lip balm, socks, and Kleenex packets. In addition, we are making 20 children’s packs which we would like to include individual cereal boxes, and small toys or books. We would like the donations by March 24, and with our Noisy Offering to complete the components, we will put the kits together on March 30. Thank you for your support in this project.
In the second chapter of Acts, Peter quotes Daniel, and, in part, says:
“In the last days it will be, God declares,
That I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
And your sons and daughters will prophesy,
And your young men shall see visions,
And your old men shall dream dreams,
Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
and they shall prophesy.”
Sometimes, I think, we are all guilty of not dreaming large enough. I dream of averaging forty people for Sunday morning worship. It’s been a while since we’ve done that. But what’s wrong with dreaming fifty or sixty in attendance? Should every two people bring one person, we would have fifty people in attendance. We should all have dreams and visions, especially when it comes to the Church, our congregation, and how it effects our relationship with God and neighbor. Dream and envision large—Paul did and look what happened!
I also remind you of our Shrove Tuesday supper Tuesday. Traditionally, this is the last “party” before the arrival of the Lenten season. Following that, we have Ash Wednesday, the beginning of our Lenten Journey. This service includes the imposition of ashes, as well as Holy Communion. We then begin to worship on Wednesdays in rotation with our neighboring churches.
As always, I thank you for being the church!
See all of you in church Sunday!
In His Service,
John Derrick, Pastor