CTPress April 13, 2018

As I periodically like to do, I want to review some of the upcoming activities in the life of the church. Though we are past Lent and Easter Sunday, we are still very busy.

Women’s Conference – April 21 (Saturday)

Last year we held the inaugural women’s conference at CTPC. It was a wonderful, one-day retreat for women from all over the Eastern Panhandle and beyond. Once again, the ladies have invited Kelley Latta to speak and lead the event. Ladies, if you have not purchased your ticket, please do so ASAP (you can click here to purchase online)! This is a great event to bring friends to. Last year, everyone spoke positively about this conference and we are excited for another exciting day next Saturday!

Yokefellows Dinners – April 28, May 12

The Yokefellows Sunday School Class will be hosting a barbecue dinner on Saturday, April 28 and a Pancake Dinner on Saturday, May 12. Tickets for the barbecue are $13 for adults, $7 for children ages 3-12. Those attending the pancake dinner will be asked to give donations. These dinners are a fabulous way to introduce friends and neighbors to the CTPC church family. It’s an easy outreach!  Invite your friends, buy their tickets, and come enjoy a great time of fellowship with them.

Visiting Missionaries/Compassion Sunday – April 29, May 13

On Sunday April 29 we will have a visit from Mike Sander and his wife, Cathy. Mike is currently a teacher in Pennsylvania, but he and Cathy are in the midst of preparing to start work as full-time missionaries in Swaziland. On May 13 we will have a visit from Gail, who is on furlough from her work in Central Asia. We have been supporting Gail for many years now, and she is excited to bring us an update. On both Sundays, the missionaries will speak briefly at both services, and host a Sunday School class in the fellowship hall for adults and youth.  On April 29, we will also host our second Compassion Sunday, and hear updates about the sponsorship experience from people in the congregation.

Vacation Bible School – July 8-12
2018 marks a big change for VBS. We are starting a VBS partnership with St. Thomas Lutheran Church, which is three blocks down the street from us. Alternating years each church will host, and we will work together to make VBS amazing each year! This new partnership does not mean we need less people – it means the opposite! So stay tuned – more information about Vacation Bible is forthcoming! —See Molly’s announcement in “From Molly’s Desk!”

Save the Steeple
In the next few weeks, the session will be formally launching the campaign to raise the funds needed for repairs to the church steeple. We will have several events and information forthcoming.

Blessings,

Pastor John