Summer Break and Looking Toward Fall

     I want to start the Bass Line with thanks to our accompanists Alice, Angela, Greg, and David for using their gifts Sunday morning.  I love what a little light percussion can do for the right kind of song.  And how about the Sanctuary Choir?  The opening of Holy, Holy, Holy was truly beautiful and you kept the energy level up to the very end.  Thank you all for your faithful, weekly service.

The Sanctuary Choir will be taking a well-deserved break July 9 – 30.  During that time we will have some solos and ensembles presenting some worshipful music.

If you have ever pondered committing to the choir, August 2, will be a great time to try it.  That will be our first rehearsal after the break.  We will begin working on Christmas music shorty afterward at our Christmas Retreat September 15 and 16.

Put Sunday, October 22, 4pm on your calendar.  First Christian Church, Hopkinsville, will be hosting our annual All Disciples Sing.  Preliminary plans are to incorporate our older children’s choir in the mass piece, “Look at the World” by John Rutter.  The Orchestra may also be involved.

Hope you can be there.   Gratefully, Bill

 

It’s summer

    Some of you are planning to warm yourselves at the beach, while others will be cooling off in the mountain.  Several will be on cruises, while at least one person has plans to break the bank at Vegas.  I hope each of you has a vacation as wonderful as mine.

But don’t forget God during the summer.  Getting out of school and doing little or nothing during the summer has conditioned us to get away from it all; unfortunately, for many people this includes God.  When you are on vacation, find a church to attend.  You might not only experience God, you may discover some new ministry that we could adopt here.  When you’re not on vacation, come to church so you can reconnect with God.  And with us too.

God Bless You!    Larry

 

Friends

I’m writing to you in the midst of a busy and typical Tuesday  afternoon. I’ve got meetings and “to do” lists galore, but I must confess that I am are already starting to look down the road at the new adventure that awaits us in Madisonville!  When I was in Madisonville 17 years ago as the summer ministry intern I had no idea that I would ever return!   My life has already been blessed by this congregation. I have always considered that summer internship the pivotal experience that shaped my calling to vocational ministry.

My first Sunday in worship with you will be Sunday, September 3rd. I look forward to hearing your stories and learning more about this congregation that you love.  When I arrive — I will be all ears!  I’m thrilled to work with the awesome staff of the Church. I can already tell how dedicated they are to their work.   I’m also overjoyed to have my kids, Annie and Luke enrolled in such a fabulous preschool at First Christian Church!

I come to Madisonville with my amazing husband, Mark. He is an attorney in private practice and will likely be beginning a practice in Madisonville.  Annie, our oldest, is four and Luke, is three.  They keep us busy!  We will also be bringing our “fur” family, Sadie our cat and Rosie, the dog.

What else can I tell you about our family?  We are a proud adoptive family having adopted our first child, Annie.  We enjoy pretty much all things outdoors.  I love to garden. Mark loves to hunt and fish at any opportunity. (He has been known to stop on his way home from court!)  I am a vegetarian and Mark eats anything and everything – together we are a great meal team!  I grew up in several places, but most of my life was spent in Lexington.  Mark is a life long east Tennessee guy.

A wonderful thing about the Christian faith is that even though we don’t quite know each other – we are already united in a love that binds us all as the body of Christ. I’m grateful for that love more than ever these days. I’m grateful for a Church who is willing to step out in faith. I’m grateful for new beginnings and trust in the One who will never leave us or forsake us.   One of the gifts of the Church is that there is always more room at the table! I look forward to joining you soon.

Glad to be in ministry with you!     Peace,   Kara Foster

 

Thank You

Greetings Church Family,

I must begin my article this week by thanking all of you for the prayers, cards, notes, gifts, food, texts, emails, and visits, following my hip replacement procedure on May 15.  Thanks to Wayne and our staff for covering for me while away. I appreciate Jim Pearson broadcasting our service live on Facebook.  I watched, sang, and listened from home.   The recovery is going very well so far.  I hope to be off the cane soon and back to a normal walking gait.  I am very grateful to the Doctors, therapists, and staff at Baptist Health Madisonville for their attention to my needs.  I save the biggest thanks for my wife Angela and my sons for their help at home.  I’ll really be glad (and so will they) when I can put on my left sock and shoe myself.

       Sanctuary Choir Christmas Retreat! – September 15-16.  If you have been contemplating a commitment to sing in our Sanctuary Choir, this is a great time to join.  We will spend Friday night and Saturday morning working, playing, and eating – preparing most of our Christmas season music.

Come have a good time with us!    Gratefully, Bill

 

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