August 2015 Newsletter
Give them a compass so they will always know their way.
Compasses have been on my mind lately. The compelling reason for thoughts about a simple thing such as a compass is the three daughters all of whom have wanderlust built into their DNA. Fifteen years ago, Melinda ventured off as a high school exchange student for five months in Perth, Western Australia. Erin took two J-Term trips to intriguing places in Europe during college. And at the end of August, Callie leaves for a fall semester in Prague, Czech Republic.
Did you know the Chinese people invented compasses in 2nd Century BC? The people of Western Europe adopted its use centuries later in 13th Century AD. In our mapped world today, it’s hard to imagine using a compass to map out our coordinates to figure out how to get to Storm Lake or anywhere else.
The daughters don’t use compasses to get around, yet the want to discover new places makes me want to give them a compass so they will always know their way and always find their way home. I’m certain I will miss Callie as she is out of the country. As I bid her good-bye at the end of the month, I comfort myself with the truth that Callie’s leaving will not be as stress-filled as it was in 2000 when I watched seventeen year old Melinda leave for a place half way around the world.
Certainly a compass is a guiding directional thing. Yet consider all the other ways the word compass is used. The phrase moral compass emerges in conversation about political events. If one has a moral compass is a fair question when considering someone for political office. As Iowans we have a front row seat to the craziness of the Iowa Caucuses and hear much about the moral compass of those in pursuit of the presidency.
What is our compass? How do we seek our coordinates? What is our true North? I believe these are intriguing questions to ask any day of the week as we consider our everyday lives. Even if we don’t consider what we do to be remarkable on any day of the week, each of us strives to figure out what is right and what is wrong in our lives. I’d suggest we all strive to find our compass whether we wish to define it as a moral compass or not.
As we enter a new month, I invite you to consider what guides you and directs you. May God be in your midst as you travel the roads of this life of yours.
Grace and Peace:
The Community Service on the Square was July 26th
Communion Sunday is August 2nd
Session Meeting will be August 9th at 6:30PM
To Larry Hickman and Tom McCarville for refurbishing the storage shed. It looks beautiful!
Don Justo Coffee with Dignity
YES, you can get more coffee. Order forms are available in the fellowship hall. Make checks out to Monroe Presbyterian Church. Our Secretary Christine Clark will pick up the coffee from the Presbytery office and bring it to the church.
The Companeros of Our Sister Parish the pueblo of Berlin, El Salvador thank you for your support.
Directory of Members and Friends
Verifying contact information for friends of the church is in process. Once complete the director can be put together. Estimated release is the end of August.
Mid Year Giving Statements
Statements went out in July. Any questions regarding your statement can be address to Christine Clark
641-259-2657 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you! To everyone who assisted with VBS at the Methodist Church July 12th - 16th.
The Community Worship on the Square was wonderful. Thanks to all who played apart to make this service what is was.
Pastor Ann on Vacation
Pastor Ann will take vacation at the end of August through September 8th.