WEEKLY UPDATE
                                                                                                           May 4-9, 2020

What a beautiful weekend to be out of doors and enjoy the sun! But this week may not be as nice. It is a bit cooler. But better days are coming.

I believe that we have everything ready for you to see the Sunday worship service on YouTube. Go to the church website and click on “sermons”. That should show you the Sunday you want to watch. We usually record the service on Thursday afternoon and it is usually posted soon after. Jesse Jensen is doing the recording for us. She is a licensed funeral director working for the Henke-Clarson Funeral Home. She lives about five minutes from the church so she is able to stop after work to record the service.

May your find peace and joy in the week ahead.

                                                                                                                 MAY 1-9
May 1 - Birthday of Cheerios  (1941)
              Mother Goose Day  
              May Day
              Lei Day (Hawaii’s version of May Day)

May 2 - Anniversary of the Publishing of Good Housekeeping magazine (1885)
              Astronomy Day

May 3 - Mexico: Day of the Cross-A flower decorated cross is placed on new construction and anyone who is building must give a party for        
              the workers.     

May 2-9 - National Teachers Appreciation week.   

May 4 - International Firefighters Day
              Weather Observers Day

May 5 - Cartoonist Day
              National Hoagie Day
              Cinco de Mayo

May 6 - No diet Day
              No Homework Day

May 7 - National Roast Leg of Lamb Day
              International Tuba Day

May 8 - National Coconut Pie Day
              Military Spouse Appreciation Day

May 9 - Natiional Babysitters Day
               National Butterscotch Brownie Day

Thought for the day –
“Spring unlocks the flowers to paint the laughing soil”
                                                                ~ Reginald Heber


When Wilson was governor of New Jersey, a zealous man once telephoned Woodrow Wilson in the wee hours of the morning waking him from sleep. “Governor Wilson,” the man said, “your commissioner of highways just died, and I would like to take his place.” Wilson replied, “It it’s all right with the undertaker, it’s all right with me.”

“Dad,” a little boy asked, “Did you go to Sunday School every week when you were a child?” “I sure did son,” said the father. The boy replied, “I’ll bet it won’t do me any good either.”

A mother tells of this event. My six year old son and I were waiting at the curb to cross the street on the way home from Sunday school. The cars were speeding by. Dean looked up and asked, “Don’t these people know that Presbyterians have the right of way?”


                                                                                        SOME THING TO THINK ABOUT …..
“Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.” You have heard this commercial many times because it has been around for a long time. We know that this is a commercial for a device that is worn around the neck or on the wrist that, by pushing a button, you can get help in an emergency situation. This catchphrase is almost as well known as “Where’s the beef?”

Yes, it is a pretty bad commercial, but maybe our laughter goes a little bit deeper than just making fun of horrible acting. Maybe we find it amusing because, in general, Americans think of asking for help as something one does only in the most dire of circumstances.

Maybe it’s a guy thing. Maybe not. Our fiercely individualistic and bootstrap pulling ethics make it hard to ask for help, even though we now have many devices that enable us to call for help whenever we need it, including the smart phone that even grandma carries around.

“Asking for help is a universally dreaded endeavor,” writes M. Nora Klaver in her anti-self help book, Mayday: Asking for Help in Times of Need. Whether we are struggling with getting that heavy bag in the overhead bin on the airplane, or fixing a flat tire by the side of the road, Americans are much more likely to say, “I’m good” instead of “Can you help?” unless it’s an emergency that involves calling in professional helpers such as police, firefighters, or paramedics.

Many reasons are given as to why we don’t ask for help:
1.) We were never taught how to ask for help and have few role models.
2.) We love our independence.
3.) We don’t think to ask.
4.) It’s easier to do it ourselves.
5.) We are afraid to ask.

In short, we are very good at trying to do it ourselves, achieving modest results, instead of getting real help and making real progress. We miss out on the gifts that someone else can give us.

Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52) had no problem asking for help. He was sitting by the roadside as the crowd followed Jesus and his disciples out of Jerico on the way up to Jerusalem, when he heard that Jesus was about to pass by. Without hesitation, and without any sense of embarrassment, the blind man began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Even the crowd around him didn’t like his shouting out asking for help and they told him to be quiet. But Bartimaeus continued to ask for help and we can learn some important lessons from him.
1.) Name your need, but remain open to other possibilities.
2.) Take a leap of faith and ask. Believe that we qualify for help.
3.) Be grateful.

We live in a world that has fallen, and can’t get up on it’s own. We’ve fallen, too, and there are times that we need help in order to stand again. Let us not be afraid to ask, to have faith, and to be grateful to the God who supplies all our needs, and be thankful for the people who are ready to help us on God’s behalf.

Be safe, be well, and blessings always,
Pastor Lee