To Joshua Elder and all the other musicians who gave First Church a wonderful gift of worshipful music at both services on Sunday, May 19. The children and youth sang and acted “The Story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego” under the direction of Dr. Elizabeth Leyva at the first service and the “Saint Cecilia Mass” was offered under Joshua’s direction at the 11 a.m. service. Thanks to every child and adult who had any part in this wonderful Sunday of worship.

To each of you who has contributed to our May Momentum emphasis this month. Through Sunday, May 19, you have given over $10,000 to this extra effort. Many have responded to the request for an extra gift of $200 during May and others have given as they are able. We hope to come into the fall with strength and confidence because you maintained our momentum through the summer.

To all who help us minister to our families during their time of loss. We have had several memorial services recently and I am reminded how many of us are involved in planning the worship, receptions, and interments. Lynn Wurth and Harriett Granthen who serve as memorial service hostesses. The office staff who work with me to get the service bulletins organized and printed. Jonathan Rovetto in the sound and video booth. Ron Rhode and others at the organ. Our campus staff who set up rooms as needed for receptions and help prepare for interment in our columbarium. These persons help us minister to the families so that they can celebrate the life of their loved one and remember of faith.

– Denny