A Message from Gretchen
Voices In My Head
The other day I was browsing in a store when I found myself wandering through the home section. A beautiful crystal vase with delicate wildflowers etched onto it caught my attention. Oooooh, so pretty, I thought, as I picked it up and examined it. So unique and elegant. But did I really need it? It's so large, where would I display it? But it's so lovely. But it's so impractical. And so I immediately had a conversation going in my head. Or rather, I heard my parent's conversation in my head.
My father, the artist and the messy one, collected all manner of pretty things: vases, dishes, bowls, teapots, figures, statues, netsukes, paperweights, wall art, floor art, yard art, things large, things small, things utilitarian, things solely for the eyes. "Because it's beautiful," "Look at the colors," "It's so intricately carved," "Listen to the sound it makes," "Feel that." My mother, the pragmatist and the neat one, would sigh or roll her eyes. "But Frank, do we really need another one?" "Where are we going to put it?" "We don't have any more space on our shelves." "Oh, and where you going to put the new shelves?" "Well, if we can't put our feet on it, then why are we using it as a rug?" "I'm not dusting another thing."
This was a frequent conversation in my house. My father prevailed most of the time, and my mother maneuvered, rearranged, adapted and dusted.
Holding the glass vase in my hands in the store, I heard them talking again. "It's so pretty." "But you don't really keep fresh flowers because of the cats." "Feel the heft of this crystal!" "It's so large - where will you put it?" "Look at the etching." "It will gather dust on a shelf."
I put the vase back. But that didn't really matter to me. Actually, I set it down with some amusement as I listened to my parents in my head. In fact, I welcomed them. I welcomed the familiarity of the banter, the evocative images, the recollection of my home, the lessons learned in my youth. Having the vase seemed far less important than the vase bringing my parents back for me again in a small moment. And I like that I'm a sum of their parts - with a set of my own variables thrown in - but I welcome their presence in me. I like them there. I want them there.
I want the support and the guidance and the companionship. I may wear my big girl pants, and I may occasionally be headstrong, but I don't want to go it completely alone. Thank God I don't have to.
"For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ."
I want to be a sum of many parts - my family, my friends, my past, my present, my experiences, my mistakes, my knowledge, my faith, my church, my God.
I welcome the voices in my head. I need them.
Crowded, yet content,
Luau and River Rising Band Concert!
Saturday, June 3, 7:00-9:00pm
Join us for a Luau and an Outdoor Concert with our own River Rising Band!
Relax, kick back, and welcome summer in style!
Live music, food, games, fun!
It's a party - you won't want to miss it!
See Jenn Kuendel or Veronica Ransom if you'd like to help
Vacation Bible School
Our next Planning Session is Monday, June 5 at 7:00pm!
All Volunteers Welcome!
It's one of the MOST FUN events we do all year!
it's Vacation Bible School July 10 - 13.
This year our theme is Created by God, built for a purpose, a world where curious kids become hands-on inventors who discover they're lovingly crafted by God.
We had so much fun last year - let's get started!
Please join our planning team - see Irene Colling or contact her here.
Want to know more? Ready to register? Click here!
Pie with the Pastor for Newcomers!
Sunday, June 11, 12-1:00pm!
Are you new to River of Grace and wanting to learn more about our mission and ministry?
Would you like to get acquainted with other folks who are curious what it means to Love God and Love Others in this community of faith?
Are you new to the neighborhood, or new to a part of your life where you are exploring faith as a newer priority?
If any of these are true to you, we invite you to have
Pie with the Pastor on Sunday, June 11, right after worship!
It's an informal gathering with refreshments,
conversation, and a good chance to learn more about River of Grace and what we're doing in this part of the world. If you can attend, please see Pastor Connie or Gretchen or email them at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Women's Bible Study NEW DAY!
Please note our new day:
We meet the first THURSDAY of each month, at 7:00pm, here at the church.
The next meeting is June 1st.
We are continuing our study of Esther.
We are a group of women seeking to grow in our relationship with God and our relationships with one another, and we would love for you to join us!
BoxTops and Labels for Education
Just a reminder that we are still collecting BoxTops and Labels for Education to help support the Mountain Mission School in Grundy, Virginia.
Rescuing Kids. Raising Leaders. Reaching Nations.
The Mountain Mission School is a refuge, resource and relief for children in need. Each year MMS provides more than 200 at-risk youth a home, church and school. Children ages pre-K through grade 12 receive the foundation of first-rate academics, a loving family environment, positive social support, and a firm commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Since 1921, more than 20,000 children from not only the United States, but also from more than 60 countries worldwide have been nurtured through the school. More than 95% of MMS graduates go on to college, and MMS alumni become strong leaders and inspirations to their communities.
Help us help them by collecting your BoxTops and Labels from countless products that you use every day. They add up, and MMS will use the donated funds from these boxtops and labels to help equip their school. Look for the specially marked donation boxes downstairs.
Thank you, and start clipping!