The Weekly AVENUE – July 7, 2016

Welcome everyone.  You are cordially invited to worship and fellowship with us as we celebrate the 8th Sunday after Pentecost.  You are welcome to come and hear our pastor, the Rev. Pat Locke, whose sermon will be “What’s Your Tribe?” with the scripture taken from Micah 6 and Luke 10.   The Lunch Bunch will be dining at Portico Restaurant following morning worship.  We look forward to having you join with us in worship and Christian fellowship. May God Bless !

Standard Lectionary for 8th Sunday after Pentecost / 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 10th is Amos 7:7-17; Psalm 82; Colossians 1:1-14; and the Gospel of Luke 10:25-37.

From the Pastor’s Desk

Dear Friends in Jesus Christ,

Last Sunday morning it occurred to me that in ministry there is no such thing as a typical day at the office. This might have been due to the fact I was standing in about two inches of “overflow” in the children’s bathroom. (Hope you aren’t reading this during breakfast.)

On Tuesday, a plumber spent several hours determining our lines were blocked all way to the street. Fortunately, by afternoon the plumber found out:

  1. He could get the line open
  2. He could do so and still spare our big, beautiful tree out front (yes, taking it down was a worrisome possibility)
  3. The next person who flushes a baby wipe will face a firing squad at dawn. Seriously.

Later the same day I was honored to spend a couple of hours with a church member facing a difficult diagnosis. Today I will be working on a sermon. Later, I might be trying to assemble a file cabinet for my office, and Sunday I’ll be happily preaching and spending time with church members.

I guess you could say ministers are generalists; and that’s very appealing to many clergy people; myself included. We end up doing a lot of things – most of which never gets covered in seminary. Yet most pastors I know worry a bit that we (very human) generalists are actually expected to be good at everything. And we all know the impossibility of that.

One older clergywoman I know began a new ministry in up-state New York on a snowy winter Sunday. When she got to church, the parking lot and sidewalks were covered in deep snow and there was no plow – or even someone with a shovel – in sight. When the first parishioner arrived he exclaimed, “Nothing is shoveled!”  “I know,” she replied, “who usually does that?” With an accusatory glare the parishioner said, “The minister.” “Well,” she thought, “not THIS little minister!”

During my ministry I’ve been privileged to hold three hour-old babies, hold someone’s hand at the end of life, and hold my sides laughing at “impromptu” Christmas pageants. I’ve baked, preached, consoled, chided, prayed, and been both serious and silly. There really is no such thing as a typical day. And praise God for that.

Blessings,
Pat

125th Anniversary Committee (2017) Being Formed

2017 marks the 125th anniversary of Watauga Avenue Presbyterian Church, and we’re looking forward to a year of special events culminating in a joyous celebration on September 23-24, 2017.  Everyone’s help is needed and the time to begin planning is NOW!

Ideas such as storytelling, special music, and homecoming festivities have been suggested and we’d love to hear from you! Each team should have at least one representative, but everyone is invited to participate. This is an ideal opportunity for someone who cannot be part of an on-going committee, but would like to contribute to the life of our church, and have fun at the same time.

We are looking forward to a very special time with friends, former members and pastors and their families. Please contact the church office as soon as possible, preferably by the session meeting on August 2nd. Many thanks!

Seeking Summer Liturgists

Many of our wonderful volunteer liturgists seem to have disappeared on extended vacations or travel for the summer.  Therefore, we would like to invite others who are interested in participating in our regular morning worship to please contact the church office.  We are currently looking for liturgists from now through the end of August.  If you would like to help, please let us know which Sunday would be convenient. We will make sure the you get an advance copy of the bulletin so you will have time to practice and scope out the difficult words.   Thanks.