Traces of Grace
Online Worship This Sunday
Don’t miss our worship service this Sunday morning at 10:00am, (note the time change) and live on Zoom! We will also have a Kids Corner with Rhonda Fraley you won’t want to miss. Pastor Sam will be bringing a message from Psalm 34:1-10, “A God for the Journey.” Then we will share in communion together. Please have bread or crackers and juice ready so we can observe this Holy Sacrament together. Go to the calendar on our website at fumccollingswood.org/calendar to access the Zoom link and meeting ID. After the service is over, you will be able to view a recording from our website (www.fumccollingswood.org) or our Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/CollingswoodFUMC
Prayer Update From the Saints
Frank Zeidler Sr.’s surgery yesterday was successful and he came out of recovery well. The doctors had to move the amputation way up his shin to find adequate blood flow to ensure proper healing. He will be 2-4 more days in the hospital, followed by 3 weeks of rehab, and then fitted for prosthesis.
The Zeidler family appreciates all the prayers and personal messages offered on behalf of Frank Sr.
Because some have inquired, cards may be sent to him via our office and they will be hand delivered:
Frank Zeidler Sr.
c/o Saints Prison Ministry
P.O. Box 681
Moorestown, NJ 08056
Thank you for your continued prayers!
Thought For Today
Last week as Lisa and I were on vacation we watched God’s hand at work throughout the week. Many of you know that we were taking time off for several reasons. One, so Lisa and I could both relax and renew, but also so I could get my full strength back. So when we arrived at our camper to pull it to our camping site we thought there would be someone to help make sure we had the hitch on correctly and ready to go. Once we got there it was another story. This was my first attempt to back up my truck, put the hitch on and drive away. Many of you might be thinking, "No big deal," but it was because of how I was feeling that day. So I backed up the truck; the hitch went on easily but something still wasn’t right. The ball wasn’t flush down tight and I could just imagine driving, making a right with my truck and my trailer going left. After finding help we figured out there was a pin that needed to be put into place that made all the difference. It was right there but I couldn’t see it until a friend helped me to see it.
Throughout this experience two promises kept going through my mind...Proverbs 3:5-6 . . . Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lead not to your own understanding in all your ways, acknowledge him and he will direct your paths; and I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13.
When the Apostle Paul wrote the letter to the church at Phillipi, the circumstances of his life weren’t exactly ideal. He was in prison - under house arrest in Rome – chained to a Roman soldier as his guard. Paul was a prisoner and yet this entire letter shouts with triumph. It is filled with the words “joy” and “rejoicing.” Paul lives out this I Can Do Attitude...Paul is dealing with God’s purpose for his life...in Christ alone he finds his strength and has this amazing I can do attitude in Christ because he knows God is in control.
May we continue to seek the Lord no matter what we face,and know God loves us, sees us, and can guide us through whatever we face with joy together! May we share that love and hope with others today! If you have any prayer concerns or ways we can serve you, please let us know. We desire to journey with you even through these days of social distancing. Remember, you are loved!
In His Grace,
Pastor Sam and the Staff
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