August/September, 2015; Page 2


A nurse took the tired serviceman to the bedside.  "Your son is here," she said to the old man. She had to repeat the words several times before the patient's eyes opened.  Heavily sedated because of the pain of his heart attack, he dimly saw the young uniformed Marine standing outside the oxygen tent. He reached out his hand. The Marine wrapped his fingers around the old man's limp ones, squeezing a message of love and encouragement.

The nurse brought a chair so that the Marine could sit beside the bed.  All through the night the young Marine sat there in the poorly lighted ward, holding the old man's hand and offering him words of love and strength.  Occasionally, the nurse suggested that the Marine move away and rest awhile.  He refused. Whenever the nurse came into the ward, the Marine was oblivious of her and of the night noises of the hospital. Now and then she heard him say a few gentle words. The dying man said nothing, only held tightly to his son all through the night.

Along towards dawn, the old man died. The Marine released the now lifeless hand he had been holding and went to tell the nurse. While she did what she had to do, he waited.  When she returned, she started to offer words of sympathy, but the Marine interrupted her. "Who was that man?" he asked. The nurse was startled. "He was your father," she answered.  "No, he wasn't," the Marine replied. "I never saw him before in my life." Then why didn't you say something when I took you to him?" I knew right away there had been a mistake, but I also knew he needed his son, and his son just wasn't here. When I realized that he was too sick to tell whether or not I was his son, and how much he needed me, I stayed."

The next time someone needs you, just be there. Stay.  See you in church.

Treasurer’s report for June:
Income: $15,541.87;
Expenses: $10,497.97;
Check book balance of $14,582
minus pass-through and memorial fund =$15,731.42.

*Vestry approved the Treasurer’s report and minutes.  
*New Business: Audit presented to Vestry for approval- all information satisfactory.
*Cindy+ updated church insurance (niche covered under $50K).
*Committee for on-going fund raising- Becky, John, Julia, Greg will meet and bring back a report.
*Work day in fall- Sun., Oct 11.
*Old Business: Sallie is working on directory list.
*Sr.Warden: Lemonade Retreat successful. Many thanks to all who helped.  
*Jr.Warden: When not raining, Julia has been mowing, will check gutters, will look into replace ceiling tiles downstairs and patch floor in undercroft. *Fin/Steward/Hosp.: Audit completed.
*Worship/Fellowship: Great worship at Sterling Meadows
*Outreach: Cindy+ sent cards to newcomers and people who have not been in church recently. Becky will help with this.
*Christian Formation: Next meeting, discuss how to make church more inviting to children.
*Next meeting: Sun., Sept. 13, 2015.

The Daughters of the King will hold their regular meeting on August 2 and September 6 after church.  All Daughters and anyone interested in finding out more about the order are welcome to attend.    

Thanks to everyone who brought items for the months of June and July. For August and September, we are asking people to bring in large paper plates and quart size plastic bags. Please don't forget to sign up your Kroger card for Ascension Church. 14 households have signed up, and we have earned $304.

Cindy+ will be on sabbatical and vacation from July 27- September 8. On Aug. 2, Rev. Philip Haug will celebrate. On Aug.16 and 30, Rev. Nancy Farley will celebrate. The alternate Sundays will be Morning Prayer. In case of a pastoral emergency, contact Jansje Huyck, who has names of clergy willing to help.

The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry has been elected as the next presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church.  He will take office on 1 November.  Please keep him in your prayers.