Dear St. John’s Church Family,

Happy May, my friends!! And a beautiful month it’s starting out to be! I’m going to be brief with this issue of “News & Notes,” so let me jump right in.

The volunteer crew is working on the End 68 Hours of Hunger building again today. The windows and doors arrived, and are being installed – the roof structure is being finished (to be inspected), so the shingling can be done. Then there’s siding and finish work – all in preparation for their “Open House” on Saturday, May 11th, from 8 AM till 4 PM. Hope you’ll be able to come celebrate.

In the meantime, we have a big work day at the church scheduled for THIS Saturday, May 5th – from 8 AM till noon. The list of things to do is long, and we could really use allot of people to help out. Some of the work is inside – and some is outside. We need to be taking some of the fallen trees to the recycling center and throwing away some materials that are no longer useful – just taking up space. Just as you need to clean up around your own homes each spring, the church needs to do some “stuff” to spiff up our church home. The coffee pot will be on, and the donut holes will be fresh. Please come give the Trustees a hand – for any or all of the morning.

United Methodist Men will meet from breakfast this Sunday, at 7:30 AM. All the men of the church are welcome – for the great food, terrific fellowship and important discussion. See you there.

I think I heard rumblings about duct tape, and walls and Heifer Project – all coming to a head this coming Sunday afternoon – to be recorded on video and shown in church to all who couldn’t view it “live.” That comes about only because you folks have been VERY generous in giving to the Heifer Project, helping provide food and independence to people in developing countries!! Thanks . . . . I think!

My Friend’s Place, one of only two homeless shelters in Dover, is without curtains in most of their four transitional housing units. There is an urgent need for 72″ and 84″ long curtains in good condition. If this is something you can help with, please leave your properly marked donation in front of the Outreach board in Hartford Hall. If you have any questions about this request, call Patrick @557.2781.

Farewell Celebration for Jan & Mike Davis
Saturday, May 11, 2 PM, at the Eliot UMC
Please, Help Us Celebrate!
What is one of the things for which Methodists are famous?
Their FOOD, of course!
We are asking each church in the Tri-State District to bring
their FAVORITE finger food (24 sandwiches or desserts)
to the Gathering on May 11th at Eliot UMC.
Will you be bringing something?
Please let Pastor Mark know.
Thank you!

Let me make a list of reminders for you, about things coming up:
* Gifts toward Church World Service Blanket Day are still being accepted to remember or honor your Mom/Grandmother/or someone who has been “like a mother to you” – the forms will be in the bulletin on Sunday – and the list included in the bulletin on Mother’s Day.
* We serve at the Friendly Kitchen once again on Tuesday, May 14th – homemade desserts are always more than welcome!!
* Our May Public Supper will happen a week earlier (the third Saturday of the month) than normal – on May 18th.
* Confirmation Class will be received into membership of the church on Pentecost, May 19th. Hope you’ll all wear something bright red, orange or yellow to church that day!! And celebrate this big step of faith that our kids make!!

And them there are more PARAPROSDOKIANS… (Winston Churchill loved them) which are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous:

Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.
Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.
War does not determine who is right — only who is left.
Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
They begin the evening news with ‘Good Evening,’ then proceed to tell you why it isn’t.
To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.
Buses stop in bus stations. Trains stop in train stations. On my desk is a work station.
I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

That’s all that I have for today. See you in church! Peace, Mark