The (Church) Mouse November, 2017
...excerpts from the monthly newsletter of the First Presbyterian Church of Yellville, Arkansas
Thanksgiving Dinner at the Church!
Will you be home for Thanksgiving? Come join us Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23rd at 12:00 noon! There will be a sign-up sheet on the table starting November 5th, to indicate what dish you will bring to share and PLEASE indicate how many people will be attending dinner.
Extended family and friends are welcome – hope you can join us! Fellowship Committee
- Contribute securely online to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance at this link (you can earmark your donation to a specific effort);
- Assemble cleanup buckets, hygeine kits or school kits, from a list of items available at the bulletin board at the back of the Sanctuary;
- Go to Ferncliff to help assemble kits from items there;
- Give blood;
- PRAY for those whose lives have been disrupted or taken, and for those who are attempting to help on-site.
Some have wondered why we collect the noisy offering on the second Sunday of the month. Part of the reason was that it was a way for the children to help contribute to the mission of the congregation and help purchase an Ark through Heifer. In conversations with individuals about this offering, several members have referred to the widow’s mite.
In Luke 21:1-4, we find these words, “He looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. He said, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she, out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.’”
This is a good way of looking at what it is we do when we collect the offering. Part of the idea of the loose offering is to take what we might view as being insignificant, pocket change, and seeing what can be accomplished with the gathered change. We, as a congregation, have done some pretty impressive things with the change. We have purchased arks, we have helped with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and the Food Pantry.
The point of the offering is not about how much we accumulate as much as it is about taking what some may view as insignificant and seeing the impact we can make in the lives of others. Annually, we raise approximately $800 from this offering!