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MEMO August 2017
MONTHLY NEWSLETTER |
MEMORIAL CHURCH OF THE
Summer: The Season of Rest. I can just hear it now: WHAT?! Me rest? All summer? With all I have to do? You’ve got to be kidding!
Look, I get it. With the kids out of school, the grass to be mowed and gardens cultivated, the warm-weather indoor and outdoor mainte-
nance projects that piled up over winter, the promised vacation trips to the mountains, seashores, resorts, amusement parks or distant fami-
lies, the soccer, softball, and Little Leagues, the seasonal employments, holiday picnics and parties, the Vacation Bible Schools and camps ga-
lore…Whew!...who has the time (or the energy!) to rest?
A summer rest may seem as whimsical as my title font, but it is as absolutely necessary as the punctuation: Rest... period. It may seem as
antiquated and quaint and unattainable as the idyllic retreats of yore, but at some level it probably still tugs at our hearts.
By far my fondest and favorite personal summer retreat memories have been of Ocean Grove, New Jersey, a seaside holiness camp meet-
ing site founded in 1867 by Reverend William B. Osborn, a Methodist preacher, who envisioned a community where spiritual and physical
health could be renewed. In keeping with those ideals, the famously Victorian village banned horse-drawn carriages, then automobiles, from
the streets on Sunday, as well as Sunday beach bathing, and the sale of liquors within a mile radius.
Brethren “caught the Spirit” in such measure that we held our Annual Conference on the grounds seven times between 1940 and 1968,
five of them in my lifetime. My family attended all three held during the 1960’s. While Dad was doing delegate duty, Mom and Kids—often
with friends seen only this one time each year—were basking on the beach, splashing in the waves, traipsing the boardwalk, visiting adjoining
Asbury Park, and on one occasion, taking an ocean cruise with other Junior Highers. Mealtimes at local eateries were leisurely and tables
shared with other Brethren. The pace was slow and the priority was fellowship. And every day was closed with evening worship as a family in
the breezy and impressive Grand Auditorium. Some said this was a taste of heaven on earth.
So . . . have I piqued your interest or tweaked your heartstrings with a longing for a genuine summer’s rest “...that times of refreshing may
come from the Lord”? (Acts 3:19 NIV) If so, then my work is done! If not, yours is just begun.
Think about this: Who had any more on his plate than Jesus? Satan to battle, example to set, disciples to choose, Gospel to preach, mira-
cles to perform, Truth to teach, people to heal, dead to raise, parables to explain, disciples to train, appointments to keep, a crucifixion to con-
template, a Church to build, a world to save, Heaven to gain.
And yet, in the middle of the head-long rush to his destiny, Jesus often retreated to a mountain, a garden, a wilderness, to rest and medi-
tate and pray. I’m convinced that those respites benefitted him, and those who needed him to be spiritually, physically, and mentally restored
and in peak condition for each stage of his ministry. If our Lord recognized the intrinsic value and profit of regular rest, why shouldn’t we? So,
relax! Rest! Banish tension, and enjoy a richer life.
From Pastor Eric’s Desk...
DATE August 6 August 13 August 20 August 27
(Before & After SS)
Lou Ann Kensinger Nancy Ewart Ike Wright Jim & Doris
Bill & Karen
Kris Hoover Mardi Lesher Ellie Sollenberger
VAN DRIVER Bob Greenleaf, Jr.
Mike Greenleaf Keith Newlin
Preschool-Meg & Molly
Preschool-Meg & Molly
Preschool-Meg & Molly
Preschool-Meg & Molly
August’s Food Pantry List
beverages, fruits, instant potatoes, pea-
nut butter, jelly, tomato sauces, pasta,
If you have a prayer request, please call one of the following
people to get it started:
(during office hours of 8:30am-3:00pm)
Chris Gojmerac: 932-1010
(weekday evenings after 3:00pm):
Doris Reighard: 932-0209
(weekends & holidays)
Chloe Brown’s New Address
Calvert Manor Healthcare Center
1881 Telegraph Rd.
Rising Sun, MD 21911
2nd- Bonnie Lundquist
5th- Alex Klotz
6th- Audrey Beach, Frank
Greenleaf, Debbie Zook
8th- Lucille Baker
9th- Jim Bosar
10th- Kathryn Blattenber-
ger, Ashley Greenleaf
13th- Deb Gochnour
14th- John Showalter
15th- Dawn Hoover
17th- Ethel Martin
19th- Ike Wright
20th- Jessica Emerick,
21st- Judy Clapper
26th- Sharon Ayers
29th- Floyd Mitchell
31st- Nancy Baker
3rd- Jeff & Joy Hoover
4th- Jason & Josette Rhykerd
Wayne & Diane Shatzer
8th- Ike & Janet Wright
10th- Don & Jo Johnson
Dave & Sarah Steele
14th- Ron & Lois Kensinger
Allan & Karen Yarnall
15th-Joe & Pat Hinish
19th- Ken & Diane Ake
21st-Floyd & Kathleen Mitchell
Memorial COB Outreach
In June, a donation of $500 was given to
Love In Action International Ministries to
help local farmer Duane Biddle serve on a
mission team traveling to Guayaramerin, Bo-
livia in South America. The team’s mission is
to begin building a dairy processing plant
that will provide income and food for a
Christian orphanage. Please support this mis-
sion team in your prayers as they travel from
August 2nd-13th. They especially would
like us to pray for the following:
Souls to be saved.
Wisdom in the construction and ideas
to make this dairy processing plant suc-
For Jesus to be their hands and feet as
their team shows His love.
Protection, fair weather and health.
The Refugee Education Center was the
“Witness to the Host City” Annual Confer-
ence organization chosen by Memorial’s
Service & Evangelism team to receive a
$200 donation this year. The Refugee Educa-
tion Center’s mission is to support refugee
children and families to gain the necessary
skills for successful integration into the com-
munity through education support, youth de-
velopment services, and fostering cultural
knowledge and understanding. The REC has
a strong history of meeting the unique needs
of refugee students. A monetary donation
was given in lieu of collecting items this year
due to the fact that the delegates were flying
to the Annual Conference instead of driving.
If you have any question concerning these
donations, please see Penny Mountain or
Choir Practice to Resume
Choir practice will resume on Wednesday, August
30th at 7pm. If you would like become part of our
choir “family”, please come join us at this re-
hearsal. All are welcome! Our first Sunday to sing
during the worship service will be September 3rd
and we’d love to have you with us.
Barb Kahley would like to thank everyone for their prayers, cards and pastoral visits during Tom’s hospital stay
and at home.
Miriam Hoover would like to thank everyone for their prayers, cards and visits from Pastor Eric and the dea-
cons while she was in the hospital and at Homewood.
Erik Graybill (Sara Beth Sager’s son-in-law) would like to thank everyone from Memorial for their continued
Penny Mountain would like to thank everyone for all the loving support she received during her recovery from
hip surgery. Know that your cards, love, concern, meals and prayers were greatly appreciated
Dona, George K. and Deidra would like to thank the church family for it’s love, support & prayers during the
transition of their husband & father, George E. Kensinger. It has been a very uplifting experience to know
there are others who feel their sorrow. They are very grateful and thankful for everything that everyone
has unselfishly done for them during this difficult time.
Sharon Ayers would like to give a s