Rev. Moon’s Message for May 14, 2023

Dear friends,

Although the World Health Organization has ended the global emergency status for COVID-19 on May 5, there is still much work to be done. The pandemic has brought to light many weaknesses, flaws, and darkness in our human community, and troubling news continues to pour in from all corners of the world. As we gather in church every Sunday, we remind each other that we are not alone and that God has placed a light in our hearts. Let us not lose sight of God’s hope and peace.

The Bells of Guildwood holds its annual Bell Choir Concert at the church this Saturday, May 13 at 7 PM. Freewill offerings will be accepted.

On Sunday, May 14, the Craft Club presents their quilt and prayer shawls, and we will take a moment to bless their works during the service.

On Friday, May 19, there is a Prayer and Faith study group meeting at 1 PM. The group is open to anyone who wishes to deepen their understanding of prayer and faith, and they will be studying and praying through Joan Chittister’s The Breath of the Soul; if you would like to learn more about the meeting, please email [email protected].

A virtual book study group will meet on Sunday, May 21, following the service at 1 PM. This month, they will be studying the chapter on Augustine’s Confessions in Richard J Foster’s Devotional Classics. The group will reconvene in September after this month.

The Mission and Outreach Committee at Guildwood Community Presbyterian Church has initiated the 2023 Mission Project to collect $10,000 for Ukrainian relief through PWS&D (Presbyterian World Service and Development agency within the denomination). On Sunday, May 28, we host a special speaker, John Popiel, from PWS&D to help us deepen our knowledge and understanding of the mission work in Ukraine and around the world. We also plan to have a musical performance by a Ukrainian family. Let us join together in prayer for Ukraine and for peace throughout the world.

On Wednesday, May 31, a quiet prayer and communion service will be held at the church at 7:30 PM. It is an opportunity to place ourselves silently in the sacred hour of prayer with our brothers and sisters in faith.

—Rev. Chuck Moon

A version of this message appeared in the Friday, May 12, 2023 version of Tidbits.