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  This Weeks Happenings for August 11, 2017

Rev. Timothy Gilbert

Good Afternoon Congregational Church of Union, UCC,

 This week, I have been on vacation!  I say that loosely, because in order for me to have vacation, I had to go into work for a couple of hours on both Sunday and Monday to tie up loose ends, make phone calls, send faxes, emails, and fill out proper paperwork.  Still, I hadn't finished everything I needed to go on vacation, and our department is in the midst of a new hire, and since I am the supervisor, I am in charge of training the new hire.  She is not ready to work yet, and I almost had to give up my vacation week to finish training, but I had to draw a line...a line of self care.  We hear this term used all the time, and Jesus is the one who taught us about self care first hand.  If you read the scripture for this week, he withdraws to get away with his disciples to recharge and renew after being with the crowds.  Healing, preaching, and teaching takes a lot out of you, and Jesus needed time to put energy back into himself before continuing his ministry.  I needed to do the same.  How easy it would have been to give up the vacation, saying I am just too important to the job to leave.  No one is too important to their job, and that is how one burns out!  So John's sister Peggy joined us on day trips around the area, to Ogunquit, for picnics, and John's birthday celebrations, as well as a cook out.  My batteries will be recharged, and I will be a better chaplain for it.  How much better we all are for practicing self care, for getting away, for recreation.  Jesus shows us the way....

The scripture for Sunday is Matthew 14: 22-33.  The sermon title is " Walks on Water".

Remember that All Home Day is Saturday, August 19th, followed by worship under the pavillion on Sunday, August 20th, at 9:45AM.  Please bring your lawn chairs, as the picnic table benches can be uncomfortable.  Come and worship with us under the pines.  Last year was a beautiful experience, with a gentle breeze, and leftovers from All Home Day at coffee hour!

That's all I have for now.  Until we meet again, God bless you all.


Rev. Tim