Our New Vision Statement
— Embracing the community
— Nurturing the spirit
— Following Jesus
Doo Wop Dinner & Silent Auction
Saturday, May 18,
Harbor Lights, Chicagoland’s premier a cappella doo-wop group, will again be performing their wonderful music for us.
The silent auction will have a large variety of items to bid on. Of special value is 4 one-day hopper passes to Disney, worth $125 each.
The ticket price includes choice of hot dog and chips or tacos and rice, plus soft drink and ice cream.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for children ages 4-12. Tickets are $3 more at the door.
Saturday, May 4,
Thousand of quality used items for sale!
Bake sale & hot dog stand!
Volunteers are needed to help pack the unsold items away after the sale.
We will also have a bake sale. Donations are always appreciated!
Come to the Gratitude Luncheon
Sunday, May 5, after church
Kent Millard, the Conference Director of Generosity and Gratitude, will be our guest speaker on May 5. This is also the day we hand in our Gratitude Cards. After church, the Finance Committee invites everyone to a luncheon in the community center. We’ll be serving lasagna, bread, salad, cake, and beverages. Even if you did not sign up, you are still welcome to come!
“Making the Vision Stick” Workshop
Saturday, May 11,
Everyone is invited to the second visioning workshop called “Making the Vision Stick.” It will be Saturday, May 11, at . Now that we have our vision statement, what’s next? Here we will discover ways to move beyond naming and claiming our vision statement and learn how to live it! Please sign up on the counter by the office.
Thanks for Supporting Ultimate Feast
Thanks to all who supported our fundraising camp dinner. We think we served about 65-70 people and raised $891. This could not have happened without your encouragement, Chris and Zach's beautiful decorations, and, of course, the very hard work of Sonia Marquez and Nellie Rodriguez. We thank you for coming to eat and staying to enjoy the evening.
Upcoming Sermon Topics
"Live in the Now"
“The Great Commission”
Members Can Rent at Discount Once a Year
For many years, members of our congregation and have received a 50% discount when they rent the community center or another room. The Trustees decided that each member family will be allowed to use this discount only once in a calendar year. (If you have already arranged a second rental at the discounted price, that agreement will be honored.) Members can rent as many times as they wish at the regular rate.
Kids Club will be planting hope at a Hammond Habitat for Humanity home. The kids voted to use a portion of their offerings to plant a tree of hope at the new home that Habitat is building on May 18.
The preschool teachers and staff thank our Preschool Board for a relaxing Teacher Appreciation Lunch in April.
Preschool families will
celebrate the last day of school on May 23, at
Carla and I
recently went on a 7 day cruise of the eastern Caribbean - the Bahamas, St.
Thomas, Puerto Rico, and Grand Turk - and we had a wonderful time!And, yes . . . our cruise was on Carnival.And,
no . . . we didn’t have any problems. We had excellent weather and plenty of
sunshine - once we left
On the Saturday afternoon we left it poured and stormed - lightening and thunder . . . the works! - until about 2 hours before we set sail. After it quit raining, while we were waiting on our bags to be brought to our stateroom, we decided to go exploring.found where all the eateries, pools, and hot tubs were then set out to find the main showrooms.somewhat comfortable with the layout of the ship we went back to our stateroom to see if our luggage had been delivered. As we were entering our room, our cabin steward introduced himself as Ron.was remarkable was the fact that he knew us by name - “Ah, hello, Miss Carl and Mr. Alex.I am Ron and I will be taking care of you while you are onboard. If you have any needs, let me know.you cruise, Miss Carla and Mr. Alex.”
How did he know our names?! Later Saturday we went to dinner and sat at our assigned table.we had our napkins placed in our laps and were handed our menus, “Hello Miss Carla and Mr. Alex.I’m Henry - your head waiter.me know if there is anything I can get you.” How did he know our names!?!? and Henry knew our names on the first day of the cruise . . . before we even saw them face-to-face.about radical hospitality!guys had gone out of their way (granted their jobs probably depend on it) to learn our names and match them with our stateroom number and our faces.not just us, but everybody else they were responsible for, as well.Even the young children in our group.!
I don’t know what Carnival’s mission and vision statements are, but I know we felt welcomed and were given individualized care.We have our mission statement - “Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world” and our vision statement - “Growing Hope: Embracing the community, Nurturing the spirit, Following Jesus.” But how welcoming are we to our guests?How well do we care for our guests?enough that, when they think about us, they respond, “Amazing!”
On May 11, we will be having our Visioning Workshop #2 - Making Your Vision Stick.”Please plan on attending as we discover ways to move beyond naming and claiming our vision statement and learn how to live it!After all, it is in the living our vision that we are able to grow hope in our little corner of the world. Pastor Alex
May’s mission is Habitat for Humanity. This organization builds homes with volunteer labor and donations. The homes are sold through a no-interest loan to families who couldn't ordinarily afford to own their own homes.
The kids closet clothes giveaway is May 22, . All are welcome! The kids closet accepts gently used children'sinfant - teen. Volunteers are appreciated on Tuesday May 21, to help sort and set clothes on tables. Please contact Trish Tucker with any questions.
Our District Superintendent
Rev. Dr. Cindy Reynolds is preparing to move to her new position as executive
assistant to Bishop Mike Coyner. An open house
reception in her honor will be held Sunday, May 19, from at
Meetings and Events
(Groups that meet every week are not included here.)
Wednesday, May Finance Committee
Saturday, May Rummage
Monday, May UMW Board
Tuesday, May Membership Nurture
Wednesday, May Kids Closet Give Away
Thursday, May Paws 4 Peace meeting
Saturday, May Visioning Workshop 2
Sunday, May Doo Wop meeting
Wednesday, May 15
Saturday, May 18 Doo Wop and Silent Auction
Sunday, May 19 Pentecost
Monday, May 20 Book Club
Wednesday, May 22
Monday, May 27 Memorial Day—office closed
In Our Thoughts and Prayers
Two of our members died in April:
George Compton died on April 6
Verona Palmateer died on April 20.
Our sympathies go to both their families.
Welcome to the Jeff and Jean Starkey, and their son, Joseph. They become members of Woodmar on March 31.
The family and friends of Dorothy Henry thank the Woodmar
Happy May Birthday
1—Brian Lewis, Sandra Ward
3—Anita Duentes (custodian)
6—Hannah Van Buskirk
13—Shirley Brown, Ayden Smith
14—Doris Howlett, Sharon Matthews, Bob Toth
21—Mary Zaikis, Jodie Runyon
25– Carolyn Van Horne
27—Jo Ellen Dennehe