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MAY 2021 NEWS!
May has been a time to celebrate baptisms!  God's deep blessings to the families of the baptized!  Archer Max Worthy, Vance Daniel Neil, and Connor John Hostler!
Sunday, June 13th is our Graduate Recognition Sunday!  
If you or someone in your household is graduating from
high school or post-secondary school, please send a message
to Rev. Meagan giving your date of graduation, the name of your school, degree (if applicable), and a picture of you in your graduation garb if possible!  We are proud of you!  
On this special day, we will also honor all teachers
from the 2020-2021 school year!  

VBS is back June 27-July 1 from 6:30 - 8:15 p.m.  Speak with Laurie to see how you can jump in on the action!

WORDS TO PONDER from
Dr. Bonnie Cornelious

One of the questions I am often asked in sessions is “How do I know God’s plan for my life?” I always begin at the foundational statement from scripture: “I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) That said, He also did not make us to be puppets so he does not announce “play by play” what every future step is that we are to take.

What He does do in His word is tell us how we are to live. “You know what I want you to do. Start by being obedient to what I’ve already commanded you. I’ve given you a lot to do. I want you to have my attitude and mindset. I want your life to look like mine.” (www.relevantmagazine.com)

The next step involves becoming aware of the attributes of God.
  • Imitate Him: “Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children.” (Ephesians 5:1)
  • Know scripture and be guided by it: “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord, giving thanks to the Father through Him.” (Colossians 3:17
  • Focus your heart: “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (Colossians 3:2
  • Be pure: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)
These verses just scratch the surface, but the big idea is clear: if we are living the life of faith, it would be difficult to make a poor decision. Romans 8:28 tells us that, “All things work for good for those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.”

Will He speak out to us from behind a burning bush to tell us what to do? No, probably not. But He does have ways to tell us something.  He gave us His word. He has the Holy Spirit indwelling in us. He gave us free access to the Trinity through prayer. He sends repetitive messages (I call them “niggles”) silently and sometimes audibly. He surrounds us with fellow sojourners. We don’t hear if our hearts are hardened by “I want, I deserve, I won’t.” 

This isn’t a magic list of steps to take. There is no such list. Our beliefs are the foundation for our decisions. Stay close to the source and wait upon the Lord.
Almighty God, may it be so that we fear no decision, have no anxiety about what is next, realize that this world is temporal and not our final home with You. May we live with the confidence that we need to wait on Your perfect timing. To God be the glory! Amen
Baby Comfort Room Makeover!  These gliders, given in memory of Peg Baker,
have served us well for almost two decades!  
There is a monitor in the corner so moms and dads can still see
and hear the service while caring for their little ones.
Please keep praying for individuals and families who are grieving during this time.  Grief is hard work that takes great intention, time, silence, stillness, and prayer.  We all take comfort in knowing that our Savior Jesus understands our brokenness.  We can trust him as a fellow sufferer who empathizes with us.
Worship in the UPVPC Sanctuary on Sundays at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Small groups for all, 9:45-10:45 a.m.
ONLINE worship https://upvpc.online.church at 8:27 a.m. and on YouTube.
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Upper Path Valley Presbyterian Church
P.O. Box 128,
Spring Run, PA 17262
717-349-2603
www.upvpc.org
 
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