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Our Saviour Parish News, July, 2021



OUR SAVIOUR LUTHERAN CHURCH

3301 The Alameda
Baltimore, MD 21218
410.235.9553
JULY, 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

For several years now we have been missing the ringing of the bells in our church tower. The old mechanism for ringing them no longer works, and so we have been faced with the need to replace the old with the new. We have obtained several estimates of the cost and, as of this date, have chosen one. During the week of June 13th the wooden beams which hold the bells were sanded and stained. The wood is in good condition; this refurbishing will protect it for years to come. But none of this would be happening without the tireless efforts of Mary Techau! We owe her a great debt of gratitude! Progress is being made! And there is reason to believe that we will soon be able to do even more on this restoration project. We also are indebted to Gabe Purviance for his fine video about the bells which can be seen at Our Saviour Facebook. This video has helped to raise funds for this project. We remember the playing of the bells before every church service, and we look forward to their return. The bells are also a lively witness in our neighborhood. Since the bells were installed way back in 1934, they have wordlessly proclaimed that, here at the corner of The Alameda and 33rd Street, Our Saviour Church goes on proclaiming the good news of our crucified and risen Lord.

There are a number of projects having to do with our buildings. Mary Techau has also been working through a process to receive funding from the State Bond Bill Initiative to take care of rainwater issues. She has also researched the cost of remodeling the downstairs bathrooms. We have an estimate of $11,000 for the men’s room and $17,000 for the ladies’ room. We also have a quote to replace the ceiling lights in the multipurpose room with LED lights for $3,000. One task of the Church Council is prioritizing these projects.

As the weeks go by, we are seeing more and more people who for a long time were unable to come to church due to the COVID pandemic. And there are certainly some promising signs that this scourge will indeed come to an end. We continue to livestream our services at Our Saviour Facebook.

It goes without saying that the gathering of Christians every Lord’s Day is not some kind of “optional extra”! From earliest times, the Lord’s Day has been the day of the Lord’s Supper on which the crucified and risen Lord imparts His true Body and Blood to the Church which is His mystical Body. Through the Holy Communion Christ gathers believers into one communion and strengthens them in that holy fellowship which even death cannot destroy. For the early Christians, the Sunday celebration of the Holy Eucharist was so important that, even in the days when attendance at the Eucharist could result in imprisonment or even in death, the Christians nevertheless faithfully gathered each Lord’s Day, the Day of the Lord’s Resurrection. A kind of religion which thinks of the Sunday Divine Service as an “optional extra” was simply unthinkable and indeed unheard of! In the Book of the Acts of the Apostles, we learn that on the Day of Pentecost—ten days after His ascension—the risen Lord sent down the Holy Spirit on the disciples: The result of the coming of the Holy Spirit was that “they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42). In other words, they continued to gather around the preaching of the Gospel and the Holy Communion of the Lord’s Body and Blood. And from early times provision was also made for those who, by reason of sickness or some other hindrance, were unable to share in the Holy Communion. The Lord’s people are in the Lord’s house for the Lord’s Supper every Lord’s Day. Some of us can still remember when it was more or less a cultural expectation that one should go to church every Sunday. Those days are long gone! But participation in the Divine Service every Lord’s Day is not only our duty as Christians: It is also our joyful privilege as Christians! The failure to see this, and to act accordingly, is a regrettable symptom of the spiritual illness of our time. When we needlessly absent ourselves from worship on the Lord’s Day, we not only sin against God, we also sin against our fellow Christians by our failure to provide them with the encouragement that our presence in God’s house provides them. Do you join the psalmist in praying, “Lord, I have loved the habitation of Thy house and the place where Thine honor dwelleth” (Psalm 26:8)?

If you examine the Calendar in the Lutheran Service Book (page xi), you will find scattered through the year days commemorating—among others—the Mother of our Lord, Saint John the Baptist, and the Apostles and Evangelists. This is in keeping with the Augsburg Confession, that principal confession of our Church’s faith, which teaches “that saints should be kept in remembrance so that our faith may be strengthened when we see what grace they received and how they were sustained in faith. Moreover, their good works are to be an example for us, each of us in his own calling” (Article XXI). On July 25, the last Sunday of this month, the Church remembers Saint James the brother of John, who was the first to die as a martyr for his Savior and Lord (Acts 12:1).

I continue to visit members who are unable to come to church and bring them Holy Communion. If you are unable to come to church, never hesitate to ask me to bring you the Sacrament. My phone number is (410) 554–9994 and my email is charlesmcclean42@gmail.com. Frank Ford’s daughter, Yolanda, continues to recover at Future Care on North Point Road as does Maggie Doswell at Cadia Healthcare Center in Hyattsville. During a recent visit to her, Maggie told me how glad she was to receive cards from our members. The Cadia Healthcare Center is located at 4922 La Salle Road, Hyattsville, MD 20782. Future Care is located at 1046 North Point Road, Baltimore, MD 21224. We continue to pray for James Bauman, Louis Bell, Dana Carmichael, Lucille Carmichael, Maggie Doswell, Albert Ford, Frank Ford, Iris Ford, Yolanda Ford, Sean Fortune, Helen Gray, Queenie Hardaway, Gloria Jones, Althea Masterson, Chris Mokris, Joseph and Julia Silver, Lawrence Smallwood, George Volkman, Dennis Watson, and Gary Watson. If there are others you wish us to pray for, please let me know.

Although it is several months away, mark your calendar now for Family Day which this year will be Sunday, October 3. We are hoping that this will be a reunion day after the lengthy separation of the pandemic. And continue to pray for all who continue to be affected and for all doctors and nurses and all who care for them. And let us remember always to thank our gracious heavenly Father for His mercies which are new every morning!

Affectionately in our Lord,


Pastor McClean

Works of Mercy

After months without a delivery to Helping Up Mission, a delivery was made on May 9. The donation box is now empty and ready to be refilled. Personal hygiene and grooming items are staples; socks, underwear, towels, deodorant, soap, foot powder, toothpaste, and brushes are essential. Clean and gently used clothing is also acceptable. The Mission’s doors are now open to homeless and addicted women committed to overcoming these afflictions. The women’s new building is located on Chase Street, but donations for the women are accepted at the East Baltimore Street address. Many thanks for your contributions to the Mission and its work in restoring the lives of men and women in the City of Baltimore.
—Quilla Downs

Free Flea Market

The theme for the July 10 (9:00 AM – 12:00 PM) Free Flea Market will be “Christmas in July.” With the donation of many Christmas items, we will be able to share these with members of the community. If you have any items you would like to donate, please get them to Judy Volkman by July 4. Supply for costume jewelry is also running low. Several large size men’s slacks were donated to the Flea Market but weren’t given out; Quilla Downs has taken them to the Helping Up Mission. We make sure items get to those who need them!
—Judy Volkman

Our Saviour Parish News, June, 2021



OUR SAVIOUR LUTHERAN CHURCH

3301 The Alameda
Baltimore, MD 21218
410.235.9553
JUNE, 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I am writing these lines on Monday in the Week of Pentecost which is the birthday of the Church. Empowered by the coming of the Holy Spirit, the apostles spoke in many languages of all that God had done in Christ and, in response to Saint Peter’s powerful witness to Christ crucified and risen, about three thousand people repented of their sins and were baptized into Christ and His mystical Body, the Church. And all members of the Church “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42). And so the Church has continued and will continue until our risen and ascended Lord comes again in glory.

On the cornerstone of our church building, following the name of the church, “The Church of Our Saviour, Evangelical Lutheran,” we find the letters “U A C.” And what does that mean? It means “Unaltered Augsburg Confession” and shows that, for those who built Our Saviour Church, the Unaltered Augsburg Confession was tremendously important, indeed that it is part of the very foundation of this congregation as it is of faithful Lutheran churches everywhere. Another piece of evidence, which shows the great importance of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession, happens to be the fact that, in an earlier version of the Constitution of Our Saviour Church, members were required to be familiar not only with the Small Catechism of Dr. Luther but also with the Unaltered Augsburg Confession.

Although we Lutherans have accepted the name “Lutheran,” which was first given by the enemies of our church to those who had joined in Dr. Luther’s confession of the Gospel, the name that most accurately and most truly shows what the Church called Lutheran in fact is, is this: The Church of the Augsburg Confession, a name that unmistakably shows that this Church is not a “Luther cult,” but rather those churches which join with him in the confession of the one faith of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church which has been in the world since the Day of Pentecost. The Augsburg Confession affirms the teaching of the Three Ecumenical Creeds—the Apostles, the Nicene, and the Athanasian—thereby showing that the Augsburg Confession is not a sectarian document, still less the charter of some new church, but the confession of the one faith of the one Church of Christ: nothing more, nothing less! And so, far from being a divisive document, the Augsburg Confession invites all Christians to join as one in this confession of the “faith once delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). In a sadly divided Christendom, the Augsburg Confession is a clarion call to unity in the one truth of the Gospel as received by the one Church of God.

It was on June 25, 1530, that the Lutheran princes and the two free imperial cities of Nuremberg and Reutlingen presented this unifying Confession to Emperor Charles V in the City of Augsburg. Because of the threat of a Turkish invasion of Christian Europe, and because of the growing division in the Western Church, the Emperor had summoned all the estates of the Empire to ask for their help in repelling the Turkish threat and in resolving the controversy dividing Christians in his Empire. The Lutheran princes were loyal to their Emperor, and their confession of faith was an effort to restore unity in the churches.

Because of the importance of the Augsburg Confession we shall, beginning this year, always keep June 25th when it falls on Sunday or, if not, the Sunday following as the commemoration of The Presentation of the Augsburg Confession, an observance noted in the calendar of commemorations in our Lutheran Service Book. In a bewildered Christendom and a divided world, the Augsburg Confession is a light shining in a dark place, calling all Christians to unity in the truth that is Christ our Savior as He is revealed in God’s written Word and confessed by His one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.

On the first Sunday in June the Offertory Chant will be restored to the Divine Service. For several reasons it was dropped when I first became pastor here, but those reasons no longer exist. And so, following the hymn that follows the sermon, we will sing: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Thy presence and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation and uphold me with Thy free spirit.” These words from King David’s great penitential psalm (Psalm 51:10–12) are prayed looking forward to the reception of Holy Communion, the Real Presence of the crucified and risen Savior with His holy body and precious blood, His Holy Gifts for forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation.

One of many blessings we enjoy as Our Saviour congregation is that we have the privilege of worshiping in a church building of great beauty, an architectural gem. This church has also been lovingly furnished by its members down through the years. We have very fine altar cloths. The white and the black altar cloth are full frontals: a frontal cover the whole front of the altar. The others are superfrontals: an altar cloth which hangs at the top—”super/over or above”—of the front of the altar. On Pentecost, we used for the first time a new red frontal which complements the red superfrontal. I have given this in memory of Miss Lula Louis, my cousin and my father’s cousin and godmother, who for sixty years (1901–1961) was secretary of the altar guild of Martini Church in south Baltimore. She taught me to love the beauty of God’s house and was like a grandmother to me. I owe her a tremendous debt of gratitude. May the Light perpetual ever shine upon her!

I am sure that everyone who attended the Memorial Service for Don Weber, who for almost sixty years served this congregation as organist and choirmaster, will agree that it was a worthy tribute to Don, giving thanks to God for Don’s long and faithful service and commending Him to our heavenly Father in sure and certain hope of the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Two of Don’s many friends— David Dasch and Kevin Clemens—served as organists and, through the generosity of one of Don’s friends, there was a quartet which sang music which surely would have brought much joy to him. The singing of several of Don’s favorite hymns was fervent indeed; and, also through the generosity of his friends, we were able to enjoy a delightful reception, enjoying each other’s company and happily reminiscing about Don in many ways! And, through livestreaming, members of Don’s family and friends who could not be with us were able to see and hear the Service. And so we gave hearty thanks to the Giver of all good gifts for our dear brother in Christ. May the Light perpetual ever shine upon him!

At the Voters Meeting on May 16th we approved the budget for fiscal year 2021–2022 and elected members of the Church Council: Bernie Knox, Merton Masterson, Ben Orris, Gabe Purviance, Mary Techau, Paul Techau, Gary Watson. As pastor, I am truly grateful for the faithful and willing service of these leaders in our congregation. I do not take them for granted; they often go far above and beyond any call of duty! Our congregation has reason for gratitude.

It seems as if, with every passing week, members who have not been able to come to church in months are returning to Divine Service. I am also happy to note that—despite COVID and all that—some of our members have since the beginning of the year in fact increased their giving for the support of the Church’s work. I am hoping that on October 3, when we shall observe both Family Day and the 91st anniversary of the dedication of this Church, circumstances will be such that it will be possible to keep this Lord’s Day also as homecoming and reunion after the long siege of COVID. So we pray that God in His mercy will bring an end to this plague and bless us all with patience and hope as we look forward to that happy day.

Congratulations are in order for Lauren, Don and Lisa Watson’s daughter, Joe and Julia Silver’s granddaughter, who after graduating May 4 Summa Cum Laude from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis is now Doctor Lauren Watson. She will now be doing a residency at Lynn Community Health Center in Lynn, Massachusetts. Congratulations are also in order for Elijah Carmichael who has graduated from high school and will be attending Morehouse College in Atlanta. Congratulations to both Lauren and Elijah! And do keep Dr. Watson and Elijah in your prayers as they enter this next chapter in life. And remember in your prayers Joe and Julia Silver as they face various health problems.

Maggie Doswell is now at Cardia Healthcare (4922 Lasalle Road, Hyattsville, MD 20782) recovering from COVID. Frank Ford’s daughter, Yolanda, is at Future Care Northpoint (1046 North Point Rd, Baltimore, MD 21224). She is recovering from a stroke suffered on Christmas Day. Sending cards to them is a way of expressing our love for them and letting them know that we have not forgotten them. Queenie Hardaway continues to live at Augsburg Village (6825 Campfield Road, Baltimore, MD 21207). Remember Maggie and Yolanda and Queenie in your prayers together with all those whose names appear in the Sunday bulletin: James Bauman, Louis Bell, Dana Carmichael, Lucille Carmichael, Albert Ford, Frank Ford, Iris Ford, Sean Fortune, Helen Gray, Gloria Jones, Althea Masterson, Chris Mokris, Beverly Pittelko, George Volkman, Dennis Watson, Gary Watson.

If you are not able as yet to come to Church and wish to receive Holy Communion at home, please call me at (410) 554–9994 or email me at charlesmcclean42@gmail.com and I will be happy to respond. Remember that all our services are livestreamed at Our Saviour Baltimore Facebook and that sermons can be heard by calling (410) 587–0979.

It is Satan, the Father of Lies, who tries to sow in our hearts seeds of discouragement and discontent which obscure the sheer goodness of our heavenly Father, whose mercies are new every morning, and whose heart of love we see in the thorn-crowned face of His only Son, our crucified and risen Lord, whose Holy Spirit comforts all sad and troubled hearts. And so the Church’s prayer, not only on the Feast of Pentecost but every day, is this: Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful people, and kindle in us the fire of Your love.

As we continue to grow in love for God and in “fervent love toward one another,” as we pray in the Post-Communion Prayer, the Father of all mercies is working His good and gracious will in us and among us. Prompted by His many mercies, let us continue in trusting, confident prayer.

Affectionately in our Lord,


Pastor McClean

Free Flea Market

The next Free Flea Market will be June 12, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. It’s our chance to connect with the community.

Our Saviour Parish News, May, 2021



OUR SAVIOUR LUTHERAN CHURCH

3301 The Alameda
Baltimore, MD 21218
410.235.9553
MAY, 2021

ASCENSION DAY
Festival Divine Service Thursday, May 13, 7:30 P.M.

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR DON WEBER 
Sunday, May 16, 4:00 P.M.

PENTCOST
Festival Divine Service Sunday, May 23, 11:00 A.M.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We are basking in the afterglow of Easter Day, the glad Feast of the Lord’s Resurrection, and in the afterglow of this year’s Saint Mark’s Conference. Apart from last year’s cancellation because of COVID, this Conference has been held every year since 2016. Primarily for pastors but also for interested lay people, it addresses the doctrinal, sacramental, and liturgical life of the Church. It was this year my very happy duty and privilege to welcome to Our Saviour Church and to the Conference the Reverend Doctor Matthew Charles Harrison, President of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, our Chief Pastor and Right Reverend Father in God. As he left for the airport I said to him, “Thank you for everything!” and he replied, “I thank God for you!” Included in that “you” is not only your unworthy Shepherd but also Our Saviour congregation. In Pastor Harrison, the President of Synod, we as a congregation in fact have a very good friend indeed! For this we are bound to give thanks to God. As Pastor Harrison’s lectures at the Conference made plain, he is not only a pastor to his fingertips but also, like the late Reverend Doctor Hermann Sasse (1895–1976) of whom he spoke, a most faithful confessor of the Church of the Augsburg Confession, which was first called “Lutheran” by its enemies, a name we now embrace as pointing to Dr. Luther who, as the Church’s norm of teaching—the Book of Concord—says, is “the principal teacher of the churches of the Augsburg Confession.” Never forget that on the cornerstone of this church building, written in stone, are the letters “U A C”! They stand for Unaltered Augsburg Confession, so important to our identity is that confession of faith which was presented on June 25, 1530 in the city of Augsburg to the Emperor Charles V by the Lutheran princes and by the two free imperial cities of Nuremberg and Reutlingen. Both in the late Dr. Sasse of blessed memory and in Pastor Harrison we have two joyful confessors of that one Christian and Apostolic “faith which was once for all delivered to the saints,” that faith which was boldly confessed by our Lutheran forefathers before the powers of this world. The world of 1530 was no less troubled than ours! The specter of sudden death was an ever-present threat. Among other things, militant Islam in the form of the Turk had reached the gates of Vienna, and Christian Europe was in danger of being overrun by the infidel with fire and sword. In that hour of peril and need, our Fathers in Faith confessed Christ crucified and risen, the only Savior, as do we in our own hour of peril and need. Christ alone is the Rock of our Salvation! And as those who embrace the Augsburg Confession, we too point to Him who is graciously present with His Church in His holy Gospel and with His truly present Body and Blood in the Holy Eucharist. It is noteworthy that at one time in its history the Constitution of this congregation required that its members be familiar not only with Luther’s Small Catechism but also with the Unaltered Augsburg Confession. I will have more to say about this precious Confession in the June newsletter, June being the month in which it was presented to the Emperor in Augsburg.

As the liturgy of the Holy Communion says, “we should at all times and in all places give thanks” to God for everything. It is also our happy duty as Christians to thank those who have done us good. And so I here wish to thank everyone who helped to make the Saint Mark’s Conference a success—especially Paul and Mary Techau. Gabe Purviance, Bernie Knox, Richard Brown, and Jake Mokris. The happy willingness of Our Saviour Church’s people to help our Church in its work is a reason for thankfulness and delight.

And while we are on the subject of thanksgiving, I hasten to mention the Memorial Service for Don Weber, our long-time and faithful organist and choirmaster. This will take place on The Sunday after Ascension Day, May 16th, at 4:00 P.M. A reception will follow. Our Saviour Congregation owes Don Weber a tremendous debt of gratitude. I hope that everyone who can will come to this memorial service in which we shall give thanks to God for Don and commend him to our heavenly Father’s mercy as he awaits—as do we—the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Plan now to be present on May 16 at 4:00 pm!

The Ascension of the Lord is yet another reason for giving thanks. Christ ascended into heaven to prepare a place for us, that where He is, there we might also be and reign with Him in glory. The neglect of Ascension Day is just one more symptom of the decline of churchly life in recent times. Plan now on attending the Festival Divine Service of Ascension Day (which is Thursday, May 13, the fortieth day after Easter) at 7:30 pm. Anyone who is in need of a ride for this or any Divine Service, please call me at (410) 554–9994, or email me at charlesmcclean42@gmail.com.

The Spring Voters Meeting will be held immediately after Divine Service on Sunday, May 16. All members of our congregation who are eighteen years old or older are eligible to participate and vote.

Elsewhere in this newsletter Judy Volkman tells us about the Free Flea Market which will be held on Saturday, May 8, 9:00 am–12:00 pm. We always need volunteers to welcome our visitors and help distribute what they need.

April of the year after next—2023—will mark the 50th Anniversary of the merger of the Church of Our Saviour and Saint Matthew’s Church, a merger which was among other things a remarkable act of Christian courage and faithfulness to the teaching of the written Word of God: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:27).  Before the Supreme Court ordered the desegregation of public schools in 1954, Baltimore was a strictly segregated city. Having been born in 1942, I vividly remember those unhappy circumstances; such well-established circumstances are very slow to change! And so the merger was a remarkable achievement. We want to plan a worthy celebration of this half century of united witness and service here at the corner of The Alameda and 33rd Street. Suggestions are welcome; speak with members of the Church Council or with me.

When the merger took place, Saint Matthew’s Church brought with them their sacramental vessels. We have now begun to use the silver ciborium which they brought. “Ciborium” comes from the Latin word cibus which means “food.” We will be using the ciborium to distribute the Heavenly Food that is the true Body of the Lord. Until now we have been using the very fine, silver “footed” paten, a plate resting on a little base. It is a precious thing of beauty, but there has always been the danger of hosts falling from the paten or being blown off the paten by a gust of wind. The use of the ciborium solves that problem and therefore adds to that great reverence with which the precious Body of Christ is distributed to the communicants. Reformed Protestants commonly understand the Sacrament as an emblem, symbol, reminder of the absent Body of Christ. Together with the ancient Church and with Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Christians, we Lutherans believe, teach, and confess the Real Presence of the Lord’s Body and Blood in the Holy Sacrament, a doctrine which therefore is no peculiarly Lutheran notion but quite simply “the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3), the faith to which the Church is bound until our Lord returns in glory to judge the living and the dead.

The COVID pandemic continues—literally!—to plague the nation and the world. We are called to repentance and patience. I am not worried about people returning to Divine Service. They will “when”—for each one of them—”the time is right.” But honesty compels me to add that habit is a powerful force, and Satan will gladly use the force of habit to keep some people from ever returning to Divine Service! And so each and every one of us must pray as we do in the Lord’s Prayer: “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” The original Greek text means: “deliver us from the Evil One.” “Satan disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14). “We are not ignorant of his devices” (2 Corinthians 2:11).

In the ancient Christian Church, it was quite simply inconceivable that any member of the Church, which is Christ’s mystical Body (1 Cor 12:27), would fail to be present on the Lord’s Day to receive in Holy Communion Christ’s true Body (1 Cor. 10:16), the sure Seal of redemption, the certain Pledge of the resurrection, the Medicine of Immortality. To ancient Christians Sunday was the Lord’s Day because it was the Day of the Lord’s Supper. We have yet to recover that deep and joyful understanding of every Lord’s Day as the weekly celebration of the resurrection of the Lord who truly comes to us in the Sacrament.

Ten days after His ascension, fifty days after His resurrection, the ascended Lord poured out the Holy Spirit on His disciples. Pentecost, which means fiftieth, is the celebration of this mighty act of God. Together with Easter and Christmas, Pentecost is one of the Three Great Feasts of the Christian Year and therefore no less important a day for faithful Christians. On Good Friday Christ finished His victorious redeeming work, on Easter His victory was revealed, and on Pentecost His victory was proclaimed and so the Church was born. Pentecost is the Birthday of the Church. As no Christian would think of failing to be present at Divine Service on Christmas or Easter Day, just so no Christian should think of failing to be present on Pentecost. Everyone who can in fact should be present at the Festival Divine Service on Pentecost, this year May 23.

Yolanda Ford continues to be in a nursing home. Maggie Doswell is in intensive care at Bayview Hospital. Please remember them in your prayers and pray for me, your unworthy Shepherd.

Affectionately in our Lord,


Pastor McClean

Works of Mercy

Donations have been coming in and many thanks to all those who are helping! We are in good shape for the first Free Flea Market on May 8. We do need bags so we can fill them with purchases; we also need volunteers for that day. Let Judy Volkman know if you will be able to assist.  This is a fun time to interact with our “customers” and share our faith and bounty with them!

On Wednesday, April 28, 8 milk cartons of food were delivered to CARES, including 10 pounds of potatoes. Thanks to some very generous donations we were able to help stock the GEDCO Food Pantry.