Mid-week Pastor’s Update (April 22, 2014)

posted Apr 22, 2014, 12:07 PM by David Hawkins
This Wednesday, during our normal “Hamburgers-n-Chips” fellowship time, we are inviting representatives of the social service agencies that we support here in town to come and talk to us about the ministries they offer to those who are going through hard times. We will hear from the Salvation Army, the Rainbow Room, the Faith in Sharing House (F.I.S.H) Food Bank, and other folks who work hard to make Plainview a better place to live for everyone.

We have arranged with Weekenders to provide 50 brisket sandwiches, and so we encourage everyone to come out and enjoy a wonderful meal and a chance to learn more about the many way First Presbyterian Church can partner with support agencies in the community. Please consider taking some time out tomorrow night at 6:00 PM. We would love a full crowd to show our support for these dedicated workers.

I would like to thank some folks for their help in making Lent, Holy Week, and Resurrection Sunday so special: First, Chris Lewellen, thank you for everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, but especially for making the sanctuary dark for Good Friday. It takes a lot of work to block out all those windows, but your efforts helped us understand just a little bit better the price Jesus paid for our sins. Also, Larry Williams, for letting us borrow your scissor lift in order to reach the top of the stained glass windows. We have tried lots of different methods to get this job done, but your method is by far the best. Also, thanks for getting the AC to work again as we begin our summer season. We appreciate everything you do for us.

Dee Rice, thanks to you and the Music and Worship/Fellowship Committees for all you did to make the Seder Service on Thursday so beautiful and meaningful. What a lovely evening. Special thanks to Robbie for the delicious lamb stew and the wine.

Thanks also to Gene Whitfill and all the youth for the work they did putting communion together so many different times these last few weeks. It’s a lot of work, and it doesn’t get done by accident. Thanks also to the youth for their leadership in stripping the church and redressing it during the Sunrise service this last Sunday. Grayson Tirey, you did a great job as liturgist, and Parker Adamson, you did a great job of keeping folks (including me!) organized.

Thanks to Emily Edwards and Wiley Hawkins and Leslie Delgado for their beautiful music Friday night, and to Morgan Sweeney, Karen Sandlin, and Leslie Delgado who stepped in and helped the choir with their Anthem this last Sunday. Thanks to Kevin Sweeney and Wiley for helping with the music at the Sunrise service, especially for tearing down and packing up all the keyboard and sound equipment. What a gift!

Thanks to Sue Lewellen for arranging the purchase of the lilies, and for setting them up in the Sanctuary, it was so beautiful. Thank you Karen Hawkins, for all the behind the scenes organization, and your incredible memory for details.

Lent and the Holy Week leading up to Resurrection are the most emotionally and theologically rich times of the church, and so many people were involved in so many ways to make it lovely and meaningful. Thank you all for your work, and for your service to this church and to your Lord. He is risen indeed!