WELLSPRING HAPPENINGS
                                           Sunday, May 8, 2022
 
4th Sunday of Easter  ~  year 3 of pandemic recovery
JOIN US by livestreaming on computer or phone
*To insure health and safety of all, we ask that attendees be masked.
 
Sermon: Pastor Rev. Dr. Al Fuertes
Sermon:  “Serving God in Gratitude and Humility” 
Scripture:  Mark 10:35-46
Worship leaders: Jill Satterfield
Music:  Emily Chen
Technology: Josie Satterfield
Pastoral CareApril, Jerry Foltz
 
CALENDAR
 
TODAY, May 8:   10 am Virtual worship celebrating mothers and families
                      11:30 am Fellowship Hour on Zoom.  CLICK for the zoom link.
                 about 12 noon   Youth Meetup!   Email Dana for details. 
   RoseThanks again to our youth for their leadership last Sunday, and
        best wishes to Dana as she completes work here and travels to TX.
 
One Great Hour of Sharing Offering is this month, for disasters around the world.  Click for the WGHS Video.  Please give generously to this all-church offering, with Christian churches around the world, in-mission to refugees, emergency teams,  and rebuilders after wars and disasters.
HeartSuggestion:  make a donation to relief of Ukrainian families or to One Great Hour of Sharing, in honor of your mother or another special person in your life.     
                                                              
Wednesday May 11, 10:30 am:   Living the Questions meets via zoom.  Join us for book discussion of After Jesus, before Christianity ch 9-10.  What was it like to be a follower of Jesus in the first centuries? What does this say to us today?   Discussion led by Michael Soderstrand.   Email Alice Foltz for the zoom link.
 
Sunday, May 15: In-person and livestreamed worship.  
            Moderator & Minister Denise Kirkley-Cain preaching                          
*Sunday May 15: 12 noon:  Wellspring Council, monthly meeting
  Also, Mothers Day flowers (Wellspring tradition) will be provided for all.
 
The UCC appeals for Ukraine relief, working through our regional partners in the Reformed Church of Hungary.  The RCH has for years worked with the Roma communities, refugees, homeless ministries, prison chaplaincy, and other outreach ministries.  Their experience & dedication to this work are critical in this crisis.
 
PRAYERS
 
Prayers for peace in Ukraine.  We pray for our former intern Devin Crane, whose wife is from Ukraine; for Elza and her family; for millions of refugees who join others in search of peace and life; and for the millions more who need peace and safety for their families.   We pray for leaders with vision and imagination for bringing peace.
 
Prayers for immigrants to the US.  About 20 buses have arrived in the past 2 weeks with refugees from many countries, who after completing asylum applications have been picked up by Texas state-sponsored buses and delivered without resources to Washington DC.  We are asked by our partners to make donations for small gift cards so they can make phone calls to family and friends, and travel to join them.  Bilingual greeters needed also. Email Alice for more info, or make Givelify donations.  
 
Prayers for those who are ill or recovering:  DK; Heather; Mark and Laurel, recovering from COVID19; and all of us emerging from years of stress and needing extra strength for the way ahead.  Give us hope, patience and eyes for the joy & beauty around us. 
 
*Prayers for our bilingual Pastor David Rocha, who reported this week on the challenges facing his work in Ibague, Colombia.  The area has faced severe flooding that displaced farmers, increased hunger, and brought difficult new political issues. 
He continues to work with children and farmers, and uses the funds from preaching at Wellspring to help the people in Ibague. Please pray with him Psalms 23, 34, 36  
 
Pray for Danielle Murray-Knowles, supported by Global Ministries in her work with the Lesotho Evangelical Church of Southern Africa.  She and her husband work with the church’s leaders in strengthening in leadership development, and supporting the broad work of the church in health centers, schools, and peace with justice projects.  
They are grateful for the importance of singing and dancing in church life!  10-12 songs are typical in worship, and all meetings begin with prayer and song, which unite the community.   Do click on the link for more inspiration from the Lesotho church.  
     
THANKS  Smiling face with halo
 
Thanks to Wellspring leaders who kept us going during the pandemic, especially for Council leaders, preachers, worship leaders, and the technical support team!
 
Please make contributions to our ministry at Givelify  http://Givelify.com or mail a check to Wellspring, Box 508, Centreville VA  20122.  Designate if donating for a special cause.   The needs of our work continue, including for the basic cost of ministry and for broadcasting.  At this time, as we begin to return to in-person worship WITH livestream,  we need additional tech equipment.  Donate to keep our work alive!   *Your gift through Givelify can provide general support, or be designated for a special offering (Ukraine, OGHS, immigrant aid).  
 
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