Newsletter - Web Edition
2016 Edition - Updated
May 31, 2016
Published Monthly - updated as needed
Featuring excerpts from the printed version and weekly bulletins.
Articles about and for the members and friends of Creekside Church
This is a season when
I find many reasons for hope. Creation is shouting the glory of
God, and long days make it feel as if the earth is bursting with
growth and potential. The Creekside grounds are burgeoning, and
the facility is bustling with activities, not only on Sunday morning,
but throughout the week.
Not all of these occasions
are happy ones. Our joy at baby showers and wedding showers and
weddings and church and family anniversaries and birthdays has been
tempered by the death of members of our church family. I have been
touched by the strength of families, and their graciousness and
generosity in the midst of grief. Many of you have supported these
families with prayer, and helped in tangible ways with your presence
and unobtrusive assistance. Many of you have expressed your support
and been in prayer for me, for which I am very grateful. Thank you.
My optimism is tempered
somewhat by realism about losses in the denominational leadership
of the Church of the Brethren, and queries at our upcoming Annual
Conference in Greensboro which may challenge our unity as a body
of Christ. But even there, I find ample reasons for hope. Your generous
response to the T-shirts for Nigeria, and the enthusiasm of Crisis
Relief Coordinators Carl and Roxane Hill for expanding that offering
nationally has reminded me that we still have abiding connections
with our brothers and sisters in Nigeria and in the United States.
Even when a member is hurting, we are still one body in Christ.
I am grateful that Pastor
Elizabeth has turned a corner on her recovery from knee replacement
surgery. We are both looking forward to when she will be driving
again and more able to get back to normal activities. Unseen to
most of you, I have been spending significant time in consultation
with E3 Ministry Group and crafting a grant application to the Center
for Congregations (Eli Lilly) for funding for a congregation-wide
program of hospitality to begin at the end of the summer. We have
received a grant from the Northern Indiana District to help with
funding. The grant proposal team and the Church Board have gotten
regular updates, and you’ll be hearing much more if and when
our grant application is accepted in June. Thank you for your prayers
for your leaders and for where God is calling our congregation.
I hope we’ll always find ways to Preach, Teach, and Reach
those in our church family and those who have yet to find a church
Pastor Rosanna for Team
The Birr family would
like to thank Creekside for all your prayers, help and love throughout
Bill’s illness and passing. Without this support and love
during this time the family would not have been as strong while
remembering their husband and father.
Thank you for your thoughts
and prayers as we transition to a new chapter in our lives.
Jan Birr and family
Ladies’ Lunch &
Men’s Lunch are at Bent Oak on Tuesday, June 14, at 11:30
NIGHT AT CREEKSIDE,,,
Game night this month
is on June 10 at 7:00 p.m. Bring your own beverage and a snack to
share, if you care to.
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