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                  October 22, 2017                

Rev. Tim Soule


                    "What Blessings Are From God"

                            

                            

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

SOULE SEARCHING

A month or so ago I received a letter from, Be the Match, telling me that I had “aged out” of their registry to be a bone marrow donor. I went on the list in 2001 when the church I served had a drive for the registry in hopes of finding a match for a 12 year old boy in our congregation needing a bone morrow transplant. Several hundred people registered that day and even more donated blood. The 12 year old did receive the transplant when a donor was found who matched four of the six markers that were needed; not a perfect match but close enough to proceed. It worked and the young man is strong, healthy and leading a productive life. Thank you God!

 

While I never really hoped to be a donor, I thought that being on the registry list for fifteen years, chances were good that I would be matched with someone sometime. Perhaps it would be for a 12 year old like the one our church assisted, or a parent with young kids, or someone who just wanted to live. It didn’t matter to me who it was. If I was called I would make the gift. It never happened. If I could I remain on the list I would, because there are many people who need the help a transplant can give. But, my time for this avenue of service has passed.

 

On several occasions people have asked me why I would put my name on a list like that. “Because I can,” is my answer.   I have something I can share that has the potential to give new life to someone who needs the help. It would not be a great sacrifice to give some of what I have, especially when it can mean so much more for someone else’s life. Why wouldn’t I give? It would be wasteful, irresponsible and a shame not to give when I can. That’s why my name is/was on the list.   I give out of the abundance that I have received. So, while I can’t donate bone marrow anymore, there are other ways I can give. I can still donate my blood and I will five or six times a year as long as I am physically able. I am an organ donor. If some part of my body can assist another person when I am done with it so much the better. It’s what I understand stewardship to be…the wise and graceful use of the resources of all that been given to me for the building up of the life giving work of God in the world.

 

That’s why I share my gifts with the church. I give so the church can share its life giving message with others. I share so that people have a place where they can come and hear the Word of God proclaimed and learn to follow Jesus, the way, the truth and the life. That’s what I call responsible use of my resources. That’s what I call stewardship; faithfully using all we have and are in the service of God. The letter from the registry has reminded me that I cannot do everything, but I can still do many things. May we all do what we can. God will take care of the rest.

Blessings,

Tim

 

Thank you God for the opportunities we have to give and for the grace we receive in giving. Amen.

 Freda Proctor Organist/Pianiist

And the First City Flute Choir

Presents

a little fright music halloween concert

Sunday, October 29, 7:00 pm

first presbyterian church

407 Walnut Street, Leavenworth

scare 2017 


To help you get in the mood to celebrate All Hallow's Eve, musicians from First Presbyterian Church and First City Flute Choir will present a concert of haunting Halloween music the evening of Sunday, October 29th, at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary.

 

Freda Proctor will play three famous spooky pipe organ works: Bach's "Toccata and Finale in D Minor", Boellmann's Toccata from the "Suite Gothique", and Dance Macabre" by Saint-Saens, as well as piano selections including Prokofiev's "Diabolic Suggestions", "The Banshee" by Cowell, and "Graceful Ghost Rag" by Bolcom.  Marti Auchard will join Freda in a piano duet rendition of Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King".

 

Sopranos, Liz Williams and Linda Johnson, will sing Rosinni's "Cat Duet", and the flute choir will perform "The Witches' Recipe" by Solomons, an arrangement of Lloyd Webber's "Music of the Night", and a medley from Elfman's "Nightmare Before Christmas".

This free program is open to the public and will be followed by a reception.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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