I just found out that a colleague and friend has been sick for the last couple of weeks.  She had many of the symptoms of the virus and was tested for COVID19. Thankfully her test came back negative but her symptoms remain.  By now we’re all familiar with the symptoms of the COVID19  — cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or loss of taste and/or smell. This is not an exhaustive list. We also know that there are warning signs for COVID19, which require immediate medical attention such as trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, bluish lips or face.  COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Infected people have had a wide range of reported symptoms – from mild symptoms to severe illness.

The word of the day is not symptomatic (defined as a sign of the existence of something, especially of an undesirable situation) but rather asymptomatic which means there are no symptoms.

For reflection purposes only – asymptomatic means that there are no signs of the existence of something. (Okay so far? Yes, I know, I’m going to get thumped by the linguistic folks who are reading.)   So, does that mean someone can be an asymptomatic believer?  Or let me say it this way: What would be the signs that Christ richly dwells in you?  Yep, I made you read all of that for the question: What are the signs that Christ richly dwells in you.

Scripture Reading:      Colossians 3:16-17
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Reflection Questions:
How is Christ richly dwelling in you?
Who was your favorite teacher?
What are you most grateful for during these times?
What are your top 3 favorite hymns?

Prayer: Holy God, as I enter into the evening (or as I wake up to a new day) put some music in my heart and help me to count my blessings.  Dwell in me richly and let my words and deeds point to you.  Let me listen to the wisdom of others.  Amen.

Announcements

On Wednesdays, beginning today, we will have a big yellow cart outside the the North Entrance of the Sanctuary, (the youth house side) from 10:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. to collect food for All Faiths’ Food Bank and Beth El Ministries.

JOY Company Weekly Zoom meeting every Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. A time of connecting and having meaningful play: music, story and games.  All children are welcome. For more information contact Allison Vance allison.vance@comcast.net        941-343-9894

Wednesday Evening Prayer Service via livestream begins at 6:45 p.m. and lasts between 15 and 20 minutes.

Zoom Bible Study Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 10:00 a.m., through May 14th.  We are looking at the post resurrection appearances of Jesus. If you would like to be a part of this study please email bruce@pineshorespres.org or karen@pineshorespres.org. to receive login information.

Sunday we will start livingstreaming 15 minutes before the service which begins at 9:45 a.m.  Music will fill this time in preparation for Worship.

We would love for you to send us pictures to share with our Pine Shores family on Sunday. You can email us at info@pineshorespres.org.

Send prayer requests and joys for the Saturday egram to karen@pineshorespres.org

 

JOY Company, Rock Decoration Visual Art Show and Contest Send a photograph of yourself with your decorative rock to allison.vance@comcast.net

A gift card will be given to the winner of each of the following categories;
4 years to Pre K,
1st Grade to 3rd Grade,
4th Grade to 5th Grade.

All entries must be submitted by May 7, 2020
All children are welcome to participate!

Dorcas News from Jackie Fountaine
Dorcas delivered 11 crib size baby quilts to Sarasota. Medical Pregnancy Center in April.  They said they were so happy to receive them as they were hoping for some attractive baby blankets for a change. Also delivered May 1 were 6 boys layettes.  The ladies at SMPC were impressed by the contents & the tote bags made to hold the contents.  They said the women receiving them were surprised & pleased that others furnished the layettes  for them.  They said the smiles on the faces of those receiving them were heartwarming.

The layettes, etc. are our thoughtful expression  of  Christian love.  Dorcas appreciates all folks who contribute either by buying items, donating funds, or baby yarn, or appropriate fabrics, sewing or knitting what we put in the layettes, or making heart pillows. Mary Rife, while here, made many pillowcase dresses. Gwen Whetzel has her neighbors helping with heart pillows.

Dorcas thanks the quilter for the time & effort made to give these quilts. We are certain they will be used for more than one child & will be treasured by the families receiving them. While at home these days, if you would like to cut out or sew, items like bibs, burp pads, tote bags, heart pillows, sew on decorations on our wash cloths,(stuff heart pillows/of hand sew stuffed heart pillows) or knit/crochet baby or preemie hats or 15″ square preemie blankets, all recipients in agencies or hospitals are so surprised & impressed that folks spend time & effort to think of others by doing these tasks.  We have fabrics, patterns & yarn.  Call Jackie F. 955-5569

 

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