Much has been made in recent times of how we communicate. From my own experience, and perhaps from yours as well, we know that what is "said or written" may not always be what is "heard or read."
So, with that in mind, I offer these "bulletin bloopers" that have actually appeared in a variety of congregations over the years. Enjoy!
* Bertha Belch, a missionary from Africa will be speaking tonight at Calvary Memorial Church in Racine. Come tonight and hear Bertha Belch all the way from Africa.
* The cost for attending the Fasting and Prayer conference includes meals.
* "Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Don't forget your husbands."
* Barbara remains in the hospital and needs blood donors for more transfusions. She is also having trouble sleeping and requests tapes of Pastor Jack's sermons.
* Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.
* A new loudspeaker system has been installed in the church. It was given by one of our members in honor of the pastor.
* The Pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday morning.
* Low Self-Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 to 8:30 p.m. Please use the back door.
* The Rev. Merriwether spoke briefly, much to the delight of the audience.
* During the absence of our pastor, we enjoyed the rare privilege of hearing a good sermon when J.F. Stubbs supplied our pulpit.
* Stewardship Message: "Jesus Paid It All."
* The concert held in Fellowship Hall was a great success. Special thanks are due to the minister's daughter, who labored the whole evening at the piano, which as usual fell upon her.
* On a church bulletin during the minister's illness: GOD IS GOOD - Dr. Hargreaves is better.
* Don't let worry kill you - let the church help.
* This afternoon there will be a meeting in the South and North ends of the church. Children will be baptized at both ends.
* This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs. Lewis to come forward and lay an egg on the altar.
* Ushers will eat latecomers.
As one can see, effective and intentional communication is not as easy or as simple as one might be led to believe.
I think about this subject, especially in today's world in which misunderstandings and miscommunications abound.
These humorous lines have also made me wonder how we can effectively tell people about God's love for us in and through Jesus Christ. It is a realization for me that "sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ" really has to be communicated in a variety of ways which are consistent with each other. As my grandmother used to say "it's not only what you say, but what you do too."
There is no doubt that being God's messengers can be challenging. Yet, we are called as God's people and God's church to share this message of hope and peace and life.
I thank God always for the "effective communicating" that PPC has done and continues to do.
The love and grace and peace of God is truly evident in all that you do - and say.
May God continue to bless and lead us as we seek to "tell" others this "Good News."