Camp Calvin Crest summer camperships for church members’ children are available. Get a signature on your 2014 Summer Camp Registration Form from Kathy Sutula, Kathy Koslosky or Chuck McGavren. Early-bird discount (15%) for registration is also available for registrations received before March 15th. Consider camp this summer! Information and forms are in the Communications Center.
The Deacons have started using the SignUpGenius site to facilitate scheduling. You may receive emails regarding volunteer opportunities that will involve going to http://SignUpGenius.com enteringa password, and filling your name into a form. The current form is scheduling visits to Rod Rodgers.
Please call Guy Shelton at 402-699-1950 if you are interested in helping with any of the above items or have any questions.
Save the Dates: PCM's Galloping Gourmet Surprise Restaurant Tour Meets the second Fridays of each month in March, April and May. Then this fall plan on second Fridays of September, October and November. So please mark your calendars now to attend on 3/14, 4/11, 5/9, 9/12, 10/10 and 11/14.
Would you appreciate a donated, home-cooked meal? Beginning on March 2, the Deacons will be sponsoring a MEAL MART on the first Sunday of the month. On March 2 soups will be available in two-cup or one-quart containers, cooked and ready to take home for your family or for someone who you know who would appreciate the attention. In the same spirit as the Garden Mart, you are welcome to make a free-will donation to support the ministry. Leftover soups will be frozen at the church and will be available for pickup during the month.
Galloping Gourmet is PCM's answer to dull, lifeless Friday nights. For each of the second Fridays in March-May and September-November, we will take the vus at 6 p.m. from the south church entrance and travel to a different surprise restaurant. Attendees enjoy each other's company and fine dining together. Then the gourmands return to dessert at the venue of our host's choice. So, save the dates! More about the March 14th event will be detailed in the March Voice.
PCM's New Year's Eve fundraiser for Table Grace Café was an overwhelming success...totally due to the 75 PCMites (present and past) who put on their bling under their winter coats and came to have a good time while helping to feed others. (And we were initially hoping for 40 people!) Ages ranged from three (3) to 90 and everything in between - exactly what we hoped for! It was a great mix of people who all enjoyed being together in this inaugural effort.
The Seekers winter session will begin on Wednesday, February 26th. Please join us for activities for all age groups. Elementary children will have opportunities to participate in music, bible study and crafts. Teens will also enjoy music followed by Youth Group. All ages of youth will also be preparing to take part in Maundy Thursday services. Adults will have the chance to take part in a Wellness series. Topics will be offered to enhance your physical, emotional and financial well being. Watch for further details as the dates approach. Adults reading the book selection "The Book Thief", by Markus Zusak, will have discussion of the book on February 26. As always, join us beforehand for dinner starting at 5:45 pm. $3 per person. Classes for youth begin at 6:20 pm. Adults 6:30 pm. See you there!
After a brief break, we are preparing new acts for 2014. We have been I invited back for our fouth show at Skyline Manor, Friday, March 14. Festival, put on by Creative Ministry Solutions, is back in Omaha at West Hills Church Friday evening, March 28 and Saturday, March 29. There will be a choice of workshops to attend, live performances, and puppet group competitions both days.
Thanks so much to everyone who donated blood or food or labor to make the PCM blood drive a rousing success. We had 35 units of whole blood donated, and 6 units of double reds, for a total of 41 units. I know for sure of two first time donors, Bill Norton and Kayla Guerrero, and I’m fairly sure there were more (we had volunteers from the softball team staffing the intake computer, so they didn’t ask all the nosy questions I would have). My apologies if I left off anyone. Special mention to Jan Blimling (cookies), Mary McClean (sandwiches and cookies), Chuck and Ruth McGavren (sandwich assembly), the Echoes Illusion softball team (general labor and several blood donations), especially Cinda Sorensen who coordinated the Illusions’ sign up roster. I especially want to mention Darrell Rulla, the Red Cross Operations Supervisor, who provided us among many other things an actual donation wait time so folks could see how long before they started into the interview process—and then made it actually happen, not a small thing. And thanks, as always, to my partner in blood, Guy Shelton. By the way, I have enough leftover sandwiches, although strangely not cookies, to last me a week . . . Mike Osborn
By the time you’ll be reading this, we will have had the Congregational Meeting and the opportunity to read the annual reports from our various committees. That seems to us on the Mission Committee to be a great time to thank you for all of the many ways you participated in the work of mission. We also want to encourage you to continue to support mission in 2014.
The “Per Capita” assessment is an obligation we gratefully accept to fund our Presbytery Synod, and General Assembly. This year, PCM is assessed $35.00 for each member of our congregation. Any member who does not pay their “PCM Assessment” will have their portion paid from the PCM General Fund.
The Session of Presbyterian Church of the Master invited the Sudanese Evangelical Friends Fellowship to come worship and hold classes here in our church building. Beginning March 1, 2014, Pastor Lazarus John will be preaching and teaching here at PCM, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with the70 members of his congregation. Many of them speak Dinka or Nuer languages and their children speak English, so we celebrate the stories and cultural perspectives that they bring to us. We often hear of Christians who are persecuted in other parts of the world, and God has now sent our brothers and sisters in faith, to us. We will be looking for ways that we may offer hospitality and welcome to this family of faith.