Peggy’s Ponderings “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” That’s called the “Golden Rule.” I suspect that many of you learned that in elementary school. I know that I did. But how have you put that saying into action? Have you been aware of opportunities to help someone else? I believe that God sends us opportunities every day to serve him by helping others. Last week, I had stopped at Harris-Teeter to pick up a couple of things that I had forgotten to get at the grocery store the day before. As I went to get into my car, I saw an elderly lady talking to a man at the end of the parking lot. As she walked away, I heard her say, “I’m sorry that I bothered you.” As she walked toward me, she seemed concerned about something. I knew she had a problem. She looked at me and said, “I’ve locked my keys in my car and I don’t know what to do.” I wasn’t sure I knew how to help her either. But I asked her if she had another set of keys at home. She said that she had a house key hidden at her door and extra car keys inside. So I offered to take her home and then bring her back to Harris-Teeter. She was so grateful. She told me how her husband had died – that she had been here in Charlotte since 1969 – and that she was 88 years old – and that because of her age, her son said she could be forgiven if she forgot something. She was a delightful person. But I did tell her that if I had locked my keys in my car, I’d want someone to take me home too. She told me that the man she had talked to in the parking lot told her she would have to call a locksmith and he would charge her $50. She told me how I had saved her the money. My response was that I believe in “Pass It On” and if she saw someone else she could help she should try to do that. She promised she would. I could have just ignored that woman. I could have told her I was in a hurry and couldn’t help. But I believe God called me to stop that day – to listen – and to help. We just have to open our ears, our minds, and our hearts to the ways God speaks to us. What happened that day reminded me somewhat of the story of the “Good Samaritan.” Do you remember that story – where a man was beaten and robbed – the religious people passed him by – but it was a Samaritan – a stranger that stopped to help? I believe that God called him to stop that day too. Won’t you join us in church on Sunday – to hear what God has to say to us. Hope to see you on Sunday. Peggy WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY May 12, 2013 th 7 Sunday of Easter Scripture: John 17: 20-26 Sermon: “Jesus’ Prayer” “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word that they may all be one.” (John 17: 20-21) May 5th Worship Assistants: Steward: John Beaver Ushers: Phyllis Batts and Donna Pruitt Acolyte: Mackenzie Garlick Nursery: Kay Little Counters: Perry Beaver and Jackie Samuels LOAVES & FISHES Letter Carrier’s Food Drive This Saturday, May 11, 2013 Grocery Bags will be distributed. Place non-perishable food items in bag and place at your mail box. Letter Carriers will pick them up this Saturday, May 11. +++++ FREE BOOKS As Peggy cleans out her office, there will be a table of FREE BOOKS in the Fellowship Hall. Please help yourself to as many as you would like. Anyone can take some. You do not have to be a member of the church to get a free book. MOTHER’S DAY BREAKFAST This Sunday, May 12 8:00 a.m. Fellowship Hall Our UMM will again provide us with a wonderful Mother’s Day Breakfast honoring all of our Mothers, Grandmothers, and all women of the church. Please join us for breakfast along with a Mother’s Day Devotional this Sunday, May 12 at 8:00 a.m. If you have not signed up, please call the church office as soon as possible. We want to have enough signed up in order to continue the Mother’s Day Breakfast. PLEASE NOTE ! OUR STEWARDSHIP The kitchen committee has cleaned out the 2 refrigerators and the freezer. Some of the food was out-of-date or even molded. If you need to leave food here at the church, please put your name on it along with a date so that we will know who it belongs to and how long it’s been there. Thank you so much. The Kitchen Committee SUNDAY SCHOOL CHURCH ATTEDANCE MAY 5, 2013 Sunday School 10 Church 38 +++++ +++++ CHURCH GIVING MAY 5, 2013 Mother’s Day Bulletin, And Budget $2878.00 WITH SYMPATHY 2013 CHURCH DIRECTORY The Commonwealth Church Family would like to express its sympathy to the family of Rev. Bob Arnold who died on Monday, April 29. His funeral was on Saturday, May 4 at Hawthorne Lane UMC. Bob was an interim pastor at this church many years ago and over the years has preached here. May God comfort his family in this time of grief and sorrow. DON’T FORGET TO LET US KNOW IF THERE ARE ADDITIONS OR CORRECTIONS TO OUR DIRETORY. WE WANT TO KEEP OUR DIRECTORY CORRECT AND CURRENT. ALSO, KNOW THAT WE ARE ALWAYS GLAD TO MAIL YOU A NEW DIRECTORY. JUST LET US KNOW. PLEASE NOTE ! OUR PRAYER LIST We have started a new prayer list. We will continue to print the names of our persons in assisted living. But if you want to add a name to our prayer list or continue a name, you must call the church office. Please let us know the person’s name and their relationship to you – friend – co-worker – cousin, etc. We want our prayer list to be current and relevant. Therefore, each person’s name will be on our list for a month unless you indicate that it is a long-term concern. Thanks for your cooperation. Sonya Garlick, Milton Burgess, Sheila Coppala, Ann Hughes (Ec Little’s sister), Martha Lee, Iris Mattey, Elijah Parker, Katie Parker, Carl and Frances Stinson, Margery and O.J. Weaver NURSING/ ASSISTED LIVING CARE Mable Davis, Maxine Kincaid, Hazel Lands, Judy Ledwell, Ann Pike, Ralph Stephenson, Jean Stoneman, Mabel Winn Shepherd’s Center SouthEast Charlotte, Inc. Adventures In Learning Adventures in Learning South at St. Stephen UMC have begun. Adventures in Learning East at Central UMC will begin June 6, 2013. A variety of classes are being offered including Knitting, Bible Study, Bunco, Creative Writing, and Jewelry Making. Call 704-321-0325 for more information or pick up a registration form in the church office. PLEASE NOTE ! BRIEF CHARGE CONFERENCE May 26, 2013 12:00 p.m. after church Open to the Congregation This is to approve the new minister’s salary for the conference year that begins in July, 2013. ++++ +++++ AVON ORDERS WELCOME TO SUMMER ! Don’t forget that our own Sarah Lever is an Avon representative. We now have new Avon books in the office if you’d like to look at them and place an order. You can email Sarah at [email protected] or call her at 704-532-6853 or look at her website at http://www.youravon.com/slever. Beginning June 2, Commonwealth Church Services will begin at 11:30 a.m. with Sunday School at 10:30 am. Not only will some of us get a few extra moments of sleep, but we will also begin our Casual Sundays for the Summer! Come dressed as you are for the warm Summer Months and Worship The Lord! UPCOMING NEWS ! We are blessed to welcome Reverend Sheila Bishop and Reverend Patience Brumley to Commonwealth Church! As you know, Peggy is retiring at the end of this Conference year. Her last service with us will be June 30, 2013. Please mark your calendars for a Big June 30th send off after the service! Reverend Bishop and Reverend Brumley will begin working with Commonwealth beginning on Sunday, July 14, 2013. We are honored to share their gifts and talents along with Cole Memorial United Methodist Church as we will share them on a two point charge. We will have upcoming news of their arrival soon! MOTHER’S DAY By Helen Steiner Rice Mother’s Day is remembrance day And we pause on the path of the year To pay honor and worshipful tribute To the mother our heart holds dear. For, whether here or in heaven. Her love is our haven and guide, For always the memory of mother Is a bacon light shining inside . . . Time cannot destroy her memory And years can never erase The tenderness and the beauty Of the love in a mother’s face . . . And when we think of our mother, We draw near to God above, For only God in His greatness Could fashion a mother’s love.