It is often said that the Ten Commandments were given in “two tables,” for can be split into two sets.

This weekend we cross the half-way point in the first set. As we continue on into our exploration of how God would have us better grow our relationships, we will still be looking especially at that all-important relationship with God.

For we are at the Third Commandment – the one about how we are meant to use and not misuse God’s name. We will think again about what that name is. What it means. And what that commandment really means for all of us, because, as usual, it is not precisely what we have always thought.

And as we do that, we will also be gearing up for Vacation Bible School next week!

This year, our younglings will be studying Bible stories about compassion – God’s compassion and our compassion. The ways that we are meant to live out that incredible love that has been given to us by God. The love that will never, ever let us go. We could not be more excited to share these stories and all of our projects, games, dances, music, and more with them in the coming days!

But we still need your help as we prepare!

This Sunday is the final day to bring in items for our mission partners. And this one is a doozy. The first two Sundays, we have asked you to bring in items that will help people in our community. However, this Sunday, we are asking you to bring items that will be sent to the far ends of the earth to help those who have experienced natural disasters as Presbyterians serve them through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. These are our mission arms reaching out around the globe. It is one of the great wonders of our connectional church. What a joy to teach our youngest members about it!

So please be sure to bring some supplies with you (here’s a link to the full list of what we need). And come ready to learn more about how God’s holy name is meant to form our lives, as well as impact our choices on Sunday. See you soon!

Blessings, Pastor Janie

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