Dear EGPC Family:
I want to thank the Session and all of you for taking the prudent action of cancelling worship on, March 15.
From Honduras, I had emailed the Session Friday morning asking them to consider cancelling services and tried to get updates as we travelled home that day. I commend them for making this tough choice It’s hard not having our gathering to look forward to, but I am convinced this is the right thing to do.
We will need to consider what to do in the following weeks.
A little about our shortened trip to Honduras:Our school-building team had arrived Wednesday afternoon. We headed for the Villa Soleada Bilingual School Thursday morning, expecting to do painting and other building work on the high school to prepare for a big inauguration celebration on Friday. And we looked forward to visiting with and tutoring students. Several things then happened:
1. The school administrators were concerned about the possibility of our infecting students, so we would not have close interaction with them.
2. After several hours of work on Thursday, at about 1:30 we learned that the Honduran government had ordered the closing of all schools starting that day and extending for two weeks. That meant no ceremony Friday.
3. Shin and the school staff then arranged for the celebration to happen at 3:00 Thursday…and what a celebration it was, including an 8th grader reading in perfect English a thank you letter she had written.
4. Our Sacramento team then struggled about what we should do…and we decided it would be wisest for us to return home as early as possible. With Bob Azzarito’s hours’ long negotiating with American Airlines, we were able to re-schedule for a Friday departure…at no additional cost. We were disappointed not to be able to complete more work on the building or spend time with students, but we agreed that leaving was the right course of action.
I look forward to when we can all be back together. And I look forward to sharing more about our trip.
Warmest blessings…and with thanks to God…Dexter
Worship Committee – CANCELED!
Elk Grove Presbyterian Church Worship Committee is
Seeking volunteers for the all new
Worship Ministry of Service
Join our team preparing beautiful communion table and sanctuary displays creating a worshipful space. Call coordinator: Joann Helmich 916-478-4287.
Sanctuary Décor joins the Worship Committee’s standing ministries of service including Greeters/Ushers, Holy Communion Assistants, Perspective Presenters, Worship Set Up, and Worship Assistants. All ministries welcome new volunteers.
Jazz & Blues Concerts Postponed!
The Health and well being of our Vespers fans, their families and all of our entertainers is our top priority. With that said, as a precautionary measure we will be postponing our regularly scheduled Jazz & Blues Concerts until further notice.
Jazz & Blues Vespers
WANTED: PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES
IT’S ALMOST MAGIC! – Plastic bottles and soda and beer bottles have been turned into support for education ($130 so far). Just remove the caps from plastic bottles, bring them and soda/beer bottles to the church and place them in the blue bin in the kitchen. We are looking for someone to redeem these containers at a recycling facility. If you can help, please contact Rev. McNamara.
If you cannot spare the time to prepare goodies for our hospitality time after worship, please consider making a donation to the green “Hospitality Donation Box”
located at the hospitality table. Donating will help fill the void dates and lessen the burden on members who regularly prepare goodies.