October 21st, 2011 eNote

Below is my weekly email to the Tonganoxie UMC congregation.  I share it here so that others can keep in touch with what the church is up to.  Let me know if you’d like to be added to the list to receive the note weekly.

Greetings Tonganoxie UMC Family,

I am in front of my computer this morning finishing up things for worship this Sunday a bit later than usual as I took yesterday afternoon out of the office to go play with our youth group at Power Play in Shawnee.  It was a great time!  We played video games, ate together, rode go-carts and bumper cars, played laser tag and generally enjoyed an afternoon away from our normal routines of work and school.  It is exciting for me to see our youth group gaining in energy and I encourage you to talk with Keith, our Director of Youth Ministries, about the different ways that you might support their activities and ministry.  You are also invited to come by my office Sunday to see my first place ribbon from yesterday’s go-cart race on display!

In Today’s email I want to share a couple of reminders about things happening in our community of faith as well as an invitation from the greater Tonganoxie community.

Remembering the Saints

As a part of our All Saints Day celebration on November 6th we will be remembering members of our faith community and loved ones near and dear to members of our community who have passed in the last year.  We will remember each person with a photograph, the lighting of a candle, and the ringing of a bell.  For each person that you would like to have remembered, please submit the following to the church office no later than noon on October 28th: a photograph (higher resolution digital preferred), full name as you’d like for it to appear, date of birth, date of death.  This information can be brought by the church office or you can submit it via email.

All Church Planning Retreat – November 4th and 5th

Please mark your calendars and make plans to be present for an all church planning retreat on Friday evening November 4th (6-8:30pm) and Saturday morning November 5th (9:00am-12pm).  We will be meeting at the Tonganoxie Historical Society (201 W. Washington St.) for a time of fellowship, worship, dreaming, and planning.  The retreat will serve as the culmination of the small group gatherings that we have held through this fall and our hope is to clearly define a purpose/vision for our ministry in 2012 as well as to discuss the needed structure to accomplish what we believe God is calling us to do as a church.  All ministry team leads are required to attend and the retreat is open to everyone in the church.  We will be providing childcare at the church during the event.  Please sign-up for the retreat and indicate a need for childcare no later than noon on Wednesday, November 2nd by calling the church office at 845-2814 or emailing.

Invitation to Participate in Tonganoxie Library’s Time Capsule

I received the following email this week from Jim Morey at the library and wanted to pass it along to each of you.

The Tonganoxie Public Library is going to construct a Time Capsule to be opened in the library’s bicentennial year, 2100. We are inviting you, and a number of your contemporaries, to write a letter to be opened in 2100.  It might contain such information as your budget, your roster, your schedule, photographs of your church, plans for the future, etc.  Anything that you might find interesting or useful from your predecessors from a century ago.  Feel free to include your parishioners (young and old) input. Please send any material you would like us to include in the time capsule to my attention

Jim is asking for submissions over the course of the next month.  If there are things that you would like to make sure are included please pass them along to me and I will send everything to Jim on behalf of the church.

I hope that you have had a good week and I look forward to seeing you in worship on Sunday as we continue our messages on the reality that we’re “Better Together.”

It is, as always, a joy and a blessing to be your pastor.  Thanks for allowing me to be a part of your adventures as a congregation!

Grace and Peace,



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