Weekly Bulletin

April 30, 2023 150th Celebration with Jay Marshall recording link below
 WEDNESDAY May 3     
 —Intercession Salad supper, 5:30 PM @ parsonage

No Sunday School Zooms this week
No vocal or chiming choir practices
–Monthly Meeting for Business, 7:00 PM by Zoom

SUNDAY May 7       
–Meeting for Worship-Sharing, 10:00 AM Eastern both in person and at the meetinghouse and online via Zoom
TUESDAY May 9          
–USFW meeting, 7:00 PM by Zoom or at parsonage
WINCHESTER FRIENDS 150th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS begin today with guest speaker Jay Marshall and guest singer Judi Marshall helping us to reflect during worship on God’s past blessings to our Meeting and the Spirit’s call upon our church and Quakers for the next 150 years.  There will be a fellowship potluck lunch downstairs after the service at around 11:45 AM.  Thank you for helping us celebrate!
MAY’s MONTHLY MEETING FOR BUSINESS will be held this Wednesday evening May 3 at 7:00 PM by Zoom or at the parsonage.  All Winchester Friends are urged to attend to hear reports on the church’s ministries and to help discern God’s leading for any resource decisions that must be made.  Let the church office know if you would like to get the Zoom invitation.
THE 150th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION continues next Sunday May 7 with our Meeting for Worship-Sharing at 10:00 AM, followed by a brief dedication of the “Stone of Help” (I Samuel 4-7) placed recently on the annex lawn, then a catered luncheon in the dining hall downstairs.  Invite a friend and come celebrate the Lord’s continued faithfulness.
THE WELCOME CLASS BIBLE STUDY will next meet on Wednesday May 10 at 7:00 PM by Zoom to study Lesson 8 (“Faith and Reconciliation” drawn from II Corinthians 4 and 5) in the winter Illuminate quarterly.  All are welcome — request a quarterly or the Zoom link from the church office.
READ THROUGH THE BIBLE IN 2023:  This week’s chapters are Psalms 61-81.  The year’s daily reading schedule is on the parlor table.
THE BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP is now reading the novel Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner, for discussion on May 15.  Copies are available for loan from the church office.  All Friends are welcome to participate.
WHEN THE SPIRIT CALLS:  Copies of Jay Marshall’s book about God’s call and our discernment are available for loan on the southwest parlor table, or it can be purchased from Amazon.com.
PENNIES FROM HEAVEN $10 bills are available to Friends willing to carry them until led by the Spirit to share it with someone needing a bit of help and a reminder of God’s love.  See Ron Ferguson to obtain one.
Winchester Friends Church           765-584-8276
124 E. Washington St.      Winchester, IN  47394
April 30, 2023 150th Celebration with Jay Marshall link:  
Winchester Friends Meeting, est. 1873
Celebrating 150 Years of Ministry
Meeting for Worship      April 30, 2023

With Guest Speaker Jay Marshall
Friends Minister, Author, Seminary Dean (ret.)
When the Spirit Calls
I will climb up to my watchtower and stand at my guardpost.  There I will wait to see what the LORD says and how he will answer my complaint.
Then the LORD said to me, “Write my answer plainly on tablets, so that a runner can carry the correct message to others.
This vision is for a future time.  It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled.  If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place.  It will not be delayed.
Look at the proud!  They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked.  But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God.”
Habakkuk 2:1-4, New Living Translation
Queries for Reflection and Response
1. What is the call or sense of mission that motivates you personally? What motivates the Meeting?
2. What are some of the ways you have learned to discern what is from God and what is simply chatter?
3. What made the memorable occasions that have shaped your understanding of faith and ministry?
4.  If you are a reflection of the five closest people in your life, what are you reflecting?
5. Imagine for a moment that you have climbed a watchtower in downtown Winchester.  Where could the Meeting’s gifts bring hope and healing to the community?
If You Could See What I See
All of my life I have dreamed that somehow love would find me
Now I can’t believe you’re standing here
If beauty is all in the eye of the beholder
then I wish you could see the love for you that lives in me
And you would know you have my heart, if you could see, what I see
That a treasure’s what you are, if you could see, what I see
Created to be the perfect one for me, if you could see, what I see
I know there are days when you feel so much less than ideal
Wondering what I see in you
It’s all of the light and the grace your belief in me drives me to say
That I promise you a faithful love, forever true
If you could see then you’d understand why I fall down to my knees
And I pray my love will be worthy of the One who gave his life
so our love could be, if you could see what I see
You’re created to be the perfect one for me, if you could see what I see
If beauty is all in the eye of the beholder,
then I am beholding… true beauty
–Geoff Moore (CCLI 649965), sung by Judi Marshall
We Are Called
Come, live in the light!  Shine with the joy and the love of the Lord!  We are called to be light for the Kingdom, to live in the freedom of the city of God. 
We are called to act with justice; we are called to love tenderly.  We are called to serve one another, to walk humbly with God.
Come, open your heart!  Show your mercy to all those in fear.  We are called to be hope for the hopeless so hatred and violence will be no more….. 
Sing!  Sing a new song.  Sing of that great day when all will be one.  God will reign, and we’ll walk with each other as sisters and brothers united in love….  We’ll walk humbly with God…..
–David Haas, based on Micah 6:8; arr. Mark Hayes  (CCLI 649965)