Rev. Evon Lloyd 3-2
Sydney Roderick 3-2
Jade Reynolds 3-5
Rosie Salamacha 3-8
Callie Richards 3-10
Nathan Atherton 3-16
Matt Gardner 3-17
Ryan Kahle 3-19
Jessica Gallagher 3-23
Howard & Miriam Bariteau 3-1-57
From the recent days of quietness when snow was piled in mounds high enough to ride a sled down, with time to play because school has been closed; from recent nights when the wind sounded like a fast moving train and one was thankful for shelter and warm blankets; from self imposed isolation because of slick ice covered sidewalks, driveways, railings and temperatures too low for the ice melt to be effective, comes opportunity.
The opportunity to create, to be who we are as God’s beloved. Richard Rohr, Franciscan and contemplative Christian brother, has written about taking the incarnation seriously, and recognizing the brilliance of a God who creates things that keep creating themselves; about an imaginative and involved God:
an incarnate God, who created and who inspired and inspires that same creation to create.
When January and February winters are harsh it is not unusual to see a boost in the birthrate of human babies nine month later. For those who are about creating music, paintings, poetry and being engaged in other artistic endeavors the winter-blessed-opportunity for creation is gift.
For me, a year ago the winter months yielded a basket full of crocheted birds from nights in front of the television. This year the snow, ice and wind storms provided opportunity to freshen the walls and atmosphere of the Pastor’s Study in the church. It was of less risk to walk next door than drive the roads. Tom helped me complete the task for which I am eternally grateful. After 2 years and 8 months of ministry with you, I am finally at home in my office space.
Tom’s creative outlet also yielded custom designed and crafted bookshelves for a library in the church. This was also good because we had much less fresh baked bread and sweets to eat at home. Tom’s creative baking endeavors are mouthwatering and impossible to deny.
The books available for borrowing span many topics and will provide hours upon hours of education and joy. It seems appropriate that Pastor Cathy’s books will have found a special resting place and will now serve you along with the many other gifts and sharing’s of folks who are in and out frequently carrying books to borrow, return, or share. Pull up the rocking chair and rest awhile!
Creativity may take new forms for us, but the creative outlet always seems to be life enhancing. For me painting canvases to crocheting with yarn to writing poetry to making music seems to spiral and it is something sacred. My very crafty sister’s creativity has included interior design, sewing (prom dresses, curtains, and dolls) and most recently she has begun painting canvases. My brother’s creativity has included the building of homes and cabinets, the assembly of mechanical parts, singing and playing guitar, and most recently restoring stringed instruments including violins and guitars.
We, humans have some form of creative need within us. All of us. God is a creating God. God’s creatures are creating beings. During the awakening of spring, I encourage you to allow your creative energies to awaken within you. Try something new or polish a skill you already use. Maybe you would like to write short stories or poetry. (There will be room in the church newsletter for a sample!- note Evie’s and Tara’s) Maybe you would like to create a safe space for people to feel welcome and loved. Maybe your knitting will grace someone with warmth. Maybe your favorite recipe might be prepared for someone hungry for love.
I wrote a poem last spring, a few months after Cassie died. The poem might not be something for everyone, just as whatever we create might not be appreciated by everyone, but those who have had similar experiences might find some connection. The creativity happens because that’s what humans do. Create. And the process is life giving for the creator. You will be able to find “Your Sparkle” at another place in this newsletter.
Sue Monk Kidd wrote: “How did we ever get the idea that God would supply us on demand with quick fixes, that God is merely a rescuer and not a midwife?”
There is something waiting to be born. Might we welcome a new creation? Might it even be God’s incarnation?
Peace and joy,
The worship time will include moments for personal reflection and contemplation and will conclude with the imposition of ashes.
March 14-April 11
A simple Soup and Bread meal
and conversation around the subject:
Jesus: Human & Divine.
(Volunteers to provide a simple crock pot of soup would be appreciated! Which evening would you like to prepare for? Contact Rev. Evon or Liz Scarlett)
Hammond Community Center
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
March 12 April 9 May 14
No talent required-
Just a willingness to have fun and drum in community!!
If you have a drum or percussion instrument please bring it (maracas, claves, rain stick, tambourine, etc.)
Everyone is welcome!
Questions? ask Steve Goobic or Evon Lloyd
Dedication of Pledge Cards
Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper
Many thanks to all who have returned a pledge card!
You shall be called repairers of the breach. -Isaiah 59
Sharing God’s love with our neighbors in need around the world by providing relief from natural disasters, food for the hungry, and support for the poor and oppressed.
Around the world, millions of people lack access to sustainable food sources, clean water, sanitation, education, and opportunity. The three programs supported by One Great Hour of Sharing—Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of people—all work in different ways to serve individuals and communities in need. From initial disaster response to ongoing community development, their work fits together to provide people with safety, sustenance, and hope.
Received during the season of Lent (March 6-April 21), each gift to One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) helps to improve the lives of people in these challenging situations. The Offering provides us a way to share God’s love with our neighbors in need. In fact, OGHS is the single largest way that Presbyterians come together every year to work for a better world.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA)
*Works alongside communities as they recover and find hope after the devastation of natural or human-caused disasters, and support for refugees
*Receives 32% of funds raised.
Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP)
*Takes action to alleviate hunger, care for creation, and the systemic causes of poverty so all may be fed
*Receives 36% of funds raised.
Self-Development of People (SDOP)
*Invests in communities responding to their experiences of oppression, poverty and injustice and educates Presbyterians about the impact of these issues.
*Receives 32% of funds raised.
Our Annual One Great Hour of Sharing Offering
will be received on Easter Sunday.
You may take a fish bank home on March 10.
March 26th from 4:30-7pm
Chicken and Biscuit Dinner Fundraiser for the Scottish Festival By the Hammond Historical Museum
I thought I heard your voice today
But I couldn’t find you.
After thirteen years of hearing your voice
to not find you here.
Ronnie said, “Brilliant Spirit.”
That, you were indeed.
I miss you
I grew to rely on you,
your eyes and ears.
And you in aging time
grew to rely on my eyes and ears.
I carried you when you could walk no longer.
I fed you when you had little desire to eat.
You knew the time was at hand and yet
I thought I heard your voice today.
I looked for your sparkle
and I couldn’t find you.
Evon M. Lloyd
The next Hammond Food Pantry will be Thursday, March 28th, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at the Hammond Fire Hall. All income eligible families are encouraged to attend and receive free food. New guests may sign up at the time. Hammond Food Sense orders should be in to Joan Hadlock by Friday, March 15. Food Sense orders are paid for when orders are submitted. Any questions about these programs may be directed to Joan Hadlock (324-5517)
As most of you know, I have a blended family. My husband and I like to say our kids are “His, Hers, and Ours” He has a son, I have a son, and we have a daughter together. My step son is Nathan. He will be turning 13 this March and I couldn’t be prouder of the man that he is turning out to be. He’s been dealt a hand of cards that can be very difficult for a kid his age to handle, but he is a determined young man. There are certain things that I enjoy doing when he comes to visit. In March, the whole family usually goes to Syracuse and spends a day at the mall where sky is the limit on what we do. Last year he had me walk with him on this balance obstacle course thing, called “Canyon Climb Adventure”. Let me explain, they hook you up to a harness and you walk out on balancing poles over a gap in the mall. So if you’re terrified of height (such as myself) and you look down, you realize that 3 stories up in the air is VERY HIGH. Nathan takes off like a rocket because he has already done this before. I, on the other hand, looked down. All the way down. And froze. Thankfully, turning around was an option and that is exactly what I did while I watch him walk around with zero fear through this course. Every year we look forward doing these fun family trips that are labeled as “Only when Nathans home” trips.
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12. When I feel Jesus in my heart and soul, I feel like Nathan when he took off on the obstacle course. No fear, no worries, just complete comfort. I feel the harness of God, holding me up and making sure if I slip, I won’t fall. And the confidence of our Church family telling me not to be afraid and that I can do this. That we all can do this. We just have to take those first couple of steps with Jesus in our heart and soul and leave the rest up to God.
This year we carried out several important projects. We collected items for twelve school kits, to be sent to Church World Service for distribution where needed. Each kit included several items, such as pencils, ruler, pencil sharpener, eraser, notebooks, crayons and scissors. We then received over $230.00 in donations for the Blanket Fund, to be sent through Church World Service, to areas in our country and throughout the world where natural disasters and conflicts cause great hardship for families.
We were able to provide for two more shallow wells, both located in Malawi, to give life saving fresh water and prevent childhood diseases and death. This year, Marion Medical Mission built 2984 shallow wells to serve 373,000 people in a roughly 57,000 square mile area.. This is an amazing mission for us to be part of.
Our Angel Tree gifts from the congregation provided gifts for many Food Pantry families. Several from our church and the Food Pantry wrapped donated pajamas and helped assemble the family gift bags.
Through the Christmas Mission giving, our sanctuary was made beautiful with several poinsettias, and we sent over $750.00 worth of goods and services to Food for the Poor, Heifer International, Presbyterian Missions and Church World Services. Included in this was a donation to our missionary, Josh Heikkila, Mission co-worker in West Africa. Josh oversees a large area of West Africa, in touch with as many villages and communities as he is able.
The Mitten Tree provided two large boxes of hats, scarves, mittens and head bands, which were divided and sent to Buckhorn Children’s’ Foundation in Kentucky and St. Joseph’s Indian School in South Dakota. Both of these facilities are residential schools giving education and stability for children from difficult home situations.
Among responsibilities for the Presbyterian Women’s Organization are to provide flowers for the sanctuary each Sunday. We also send a $400.00 annual pledge to the work of the Presbytery, Synod and General Assembly. The postage for sending the boxes of mittens is also the responsibility of the PW.
Once again, I am humbled by the generosity of our congregation, and the willingness to support these Mission projects. It is so important to remember that we are part of a larger world.
Joan Hadlock, Presbyterian Women and Mission Committee
Inspired by Tara‘s heartwarming column on the beauty of Sunday at HPC and her feelings of blessedness as she sits in the back with daughter in arms and her to-do list at bay, I thought I too would like to add my point of view from up in the choir loft.
I am a relative newcomer in the choir, and I count myself among those affectionately called ‘the lemmings’. Our choir members are so experienced and gifted that I feel truly fortunate to be among them. Since I am an ear-learner, Choir Director Bridget usually finds time in her busy schedule to make me an alto part listening tape and from the time I receive it until the time we sing in church as I learn my part, I find the melodies and uplifting sentiments of our upcoming anthem revolving in my mind and heart.
Most of the congregation gets to sit and look up at the pastor, the reader and the choir. But we are looking at you too! How heartwarming it is to see the love and affection as you pass the peace; to see Randy come up to light the opening candle with child in hand; to see faithful members of all ages at worship; to see the children’s open-eyed wonder as they receive their own special messages. When Rev. Evon gives her sermon, though our view is only of the back of her head, her all-embracing interpretation of the message of the Gospels enters our hearts.
When we arise to sing our anthem, all eyes are on our peerless Director, Bridget. I am aware of Tom and Donna to my right, so moved by Donna’s years of experience and dedication to the choir and Tom’s kind service to her as they negotiate the loft stairs; on my left is Joan, my adept and unfailingly kind fellow alto who for decades has been a quiet rock of selfless service in our community; farther to the left are the melodious sopranos—friends all. As our voices rise in celebration of the love of the One who has come to us incarnate as Jesus, my point of view from the choir loft is one of blessedness and grace, indeed!