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Hello

Thanks to all who continue to support our collections for EK Foodbank. There was a huge number of bags again on Sunday. Diane delivered it on Monday in time for it just to be sorted and packed to go out to people on Monday afternoon. The next collection day for items for will be Sunday, the 12th of August. This is a wonderful way for us to support those in need in our local community.

Remember the organisations which take place in our church each week over the summer. If you would like to have a coffee come along to the Tuesday Coffee and Chat at 10 am. (You can also get toast if you want it!)  If you are a crafty person come along to the Craft and Hobbies on a Wednesday at 2pm. You will be made very welcome at either of these.

If you want any information about any of the groups who meet in the church, just phone and we can let you know!!!

Also, if you want to add anyone to the prayer list please let me know. I know that folks do appreciate the prayers.

Scripture: Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. Ephesians 1:4-5 (NLT)

Do you like sports? I want to tell you the story about a boy named Thomas.

Thomas looked up from his book as the teacher announced to the class, "It is time for gym and today, we are going to play football. Jacob, you and Mary will be the team captains today."

"Oh no!" Thomas thought to himself, "that means that they will be choosing their teams and I will probably be one of the last one chosen -- as usual." As he stood with the other children in the playground, Thomas tried to pretend that it didn't bother him that one by one the other children were chosen, and he was left behind. But, if the truth be known, it really hurt. "I wish that just once I could be the first one chosen" Thomas thought to himself.

I don’t know if you remember this happening to you, but it has happened to most of us at one time or another I am sure. I always thought a better way to choose teams was for everyone to stand in a line and number off 1-2-1-2-1-2 and then all of the ones could be on one team and all of the twos on the other. That way, no one would have to be the last one chosen. I have caused chaos a few times in schools using this method!!!

Our Bible lesson today is about being chosen to be in the family of God. How would you like to be in God's family? We can all be in God's family and we don't have to worry that we might be the last one chosen either. The Bible tells us that before he even made the world, God loved us and chose us. Before we were even born, God decided to adopt us into his own family.

Why would God want us to be in his family? Is it because we are so good and so wonderful? No, it is because HE is so good and so wonderful. We needed an eternal home, and he gave us a home in heaven. We needed someone to help us and he is there to help us every day. We needed someone to love us and he loved us more than anyone ever could. 

God has chosen us - now it is up to us to say, "Yes." When we put our trust in Jesus, we become God's adopted children and he makes everything work out according to his plan for us. I am so glad that God chose us all to be a part of his family.

Dear Father, thank you for choosing us and for sending your Son so that we could be a part of your family. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

This week continue to pray for our church friends, those who are ill at home or in hospital - Sybil, Jean, Marion, Christine, Vena, Les and Sylvia, Sheena, Jim, Janet and anyone else known to you.

Please also pray for my friend Jill, Robbie and Zoe and their family after the tragic loss of her son Alex this weekend.  Pray for Anne’s family in this time of bereavement.

Church is on each Sunday and is always followed with tea and coffee so come along and worship with us at 11 am.  Things are always much quieter over the summer weeks when the organizations are off and we wish everyone a good holiday if they have one coming up.

God bless

Laura

Laura Fleming- Session Clerk