Wishing Hurts Away

Hi, Everyone,
We have been doing a study based on a Stephen Ministries book titled Don’t Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart: How to Relate to Those Who are Suffering by Kenneth C. Haugk. Dr. Haugk is a pastor and clinical psychologist and is the founder and Executive Director of Stephen Ministries. He wrote the book in response to his own experience in the loss of his wife to ovarian cancer. Everyone has been in the position of trying to support someone going through a difficult time. Maybe you have been the one enduring difficulty. Sometimes well-meaning friends or family, in their effort to take away your pain, will say something incredibly hurtful, not because they wanted to hurt you, but because they didn’t know what else to say.

This Friday, February 28, we will continue to explore the caring themes when our topic will be “Wishing Hurts Away.” Sometimes being in the presence of a person who is suffering is painful for us. Sometimes the pain of the one who is suffering reveals a bandaged hurt that we bear, and rather than experience our own pain, we try to fix the one who is suffering. As moms, we are natural fixers. We are called upon constantly by our kids to fix this or fix that. And we may try to apply our supreme fixing powers to hurting people. We may even sincerely think we are helping them. But what we are doing is covering their pain, not erasing it. Come on Friday to discover that providing space and caring presence for one who is suffering is the best fix of all.

February 28 Wishing Hurts Away /Becky
March 6 For Better or Worse /Theresa
March 13 Words that Hurt – Words that Heal /Rita
March 27 Pink Thinking
April 3 Creating a Safe Place

Loose change collection last week, $4.81 bringing our total to $49.59. We have decided to donate to Rise Against Hunger until the annual packing event on March 29. Thanks so much!


The Book Group has chosen a new book The Secret Things of God by Henry Cloud.
The Bible claims that God has provided special truths that can change lives and uplift the spirit, but often those truths lie dormant and untapped within the soul. Offering a positive alternative to The Secret based on biblical scripture, Dr. Henry Cloud reveals that there is indeed a power of attraction ruling the universe—the attraction between God and his creation—and demonstrates how that power can shape our lives.

Please let Becky know if you want a book. (beckynold85@gmail.com) Discussion date is Tuesday, March 3, at 7 pm at the church.

2020 Quilting Schedule - 9 am to 5pm in the Hearth Room
March 5 Thursday March 19 Thursday
February 27 Thursday March 10 Tuesday March 26 Thursday

Have a great time on Friday, February 28 at 9:00. Our inclement weather policy is: if Shenendehowa schools are closed or delayed on Friday morning, we will not meet.

Grace and peace,