It's Spring -- Flowers Blooming, Trees Blossoming, and Weeds A'Growing

posted Apr 23, 2021, 10:01 AM by Tricia Sheffield

Dear Middletown Reformed Church Family and Friends,

Blessings of Easter joy be with you!

It is springtime. The flowers are blooming, the trees are blossoming, and the birds are singing their song of new life. All this beauty exists to remind us of the joy of new, abundant life. 

And spring also means the weeds are plentiful around the church grounds! The playground has been taken over by a chickweed forest, it seems. The front of the Education Building and the front of the church are resplendent with tulips and hyacinths and daffodils and . . . weeds. So, allow me to ask, do you enjoy being in the sunshine and fresh air? Do you like getting your hands in the rich soil, feeling the earth between your fingers? If so, we would be grateful for your weeding skills! If you are able to come by tomorrow, Saturday, after 2 PM to weed and clean up the grounds it would be greatly appreciated. Any little bit you can do will be met with gratitude. Also, I would be thankful for your assistance in moving the pew cushions back upstairs and placing them on the pews. If you are unable to make it by tomorrow, you are welcome to come whenever you wish and weed away so that we can beautify our church property. A well taken care of place sends a signal to our community that we love our church and we love our neighbors — which we do!

In addition, tomorrow from 5 - 6:30 PM is the Ruth Circle Loin of Pork Take-out Dinner, cooked by Chef Linda Goltz and friends.  All proceeds will benefit local and global ministries.

Then comes Sunday, and I’m looking forward to welcoming you to church in person, via Zoom, or livestream this Fourth Sunday of Easter. We still have plenty of space for in person worship so please come to church. I will be reading a very special story for our Children’s Time called Little Ewe: The Story of One Lost Sheep so have your children present on Zoom. Our musical offerings this Sunday will certainly bless your soul as Mayumi Grasso is our featured musician on cello and she will be playing “Hallelujah” for our anthem and “The Prayer” for our Sermon Prayer Reflection, accompanied by Judith Daugherty on piano. I will be preaching from John 10.1-18 and my sermon title is The Good Shepherd. If you are attending in person, please wear your mask, practice social distancing, and sit where you see a white gratitude card on the pews.

See you in the gardens tomorrow and/or on Sunday! Know you are loved!

In gratitude for the privilege of being your pastor and the holy call of loving you,

Pastor Trish