Minister's Message



From the Pastor's Desk . . .

May is always a busy time of year. Calendars and schedules get filled in with proms, recitals, school plays and concerts, organized and pick-up sports, end of semester crunch for college students, spring house cleaning, yard work, getting out the warm-weather clothing, more yard work, and the list goes on. More and more flowers are showing their bright spring colors now, and the leaves on the trees are that wonderful shade of green.

Mother’s Day is in May, falling as it does every year, on the second Sunday of the month. This year, I am thrilled that the Rev. Anthony J. Randazzo from Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church will be our preacher. I will be here for worship, and then Father Anthony and I will head over to Holy Trinity where I will preach at their 12 noon service. I will also preach at their 5:30 p.m. service on Saturday. In his short time at Holy Trinity, Father Anthony has made his love and care for his congregation visible. He also is making himself know in the broader community. I know you will want to be here to meet him, welcome him, and hear him.

On Mother’s Day, we also will present a carnation to each adult woman in the congregation. It is a small but heartfelt way to show appreciation to the women in our lives who made us better people.

Some fun background on Mother’s Day: It was first held in 1908 when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. Anna’s campaign to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday began in 1905, the year her mother died. As a peace activist, Ann Jarvis had cared for soldiers from both the North and the South in the Civil War, and established Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues. Her daughter wanted to honor her mother by continuing the work she started and to establish a day to honor all mothers.



















    In 1908, the U.S Congress rejected a proposal to make Mother’s Day an official holiday, joking that they would also have to proclaim a "Mother-in-Law’s Day" (Men!). Anna Jarvis kept up her fight, and in 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation stating that Mother’s Day, held on the second Sunday in May, would henceforth be a national holiday.

    Another small Mother’s Day note (and a hint): More phone calls are made on Mother’s Day than any other day of the year. These chats with Mom can cause phone traffic to spike as much as 37%.

    One other important item to note during May. May 21st will be Tithe Sunday, where in addition to your regular contribution to FUMC we ask you to make a special offering of 10% of one week’s income. More information will follow, but for now, remember that "Mom would want you to do it."

    Even if you catch yourself coming and going this month, I hope your May is full of beauty and wonder at the glory of God’s good creation. I send high hopes and every good wish for the month ahead.

    With all joy and hope in believing,