Pastor's Corner
Odds and Ends  
Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 3 that, “Everyone should… take pleasure in all his toil—this is God's gift to man.”  Indeed, life is much more joyful when we do things together, both as a church family and with friends.
     We have many, many upcoming opportunities to join together joyfully in this church, and I hope you will take part in each of these things.
     First, let me commend this very newsletter to you.  You have seen over the past year that there is more information in its pages.  Most of the committee chairmen submit interesting and inspiring messages each month.
     But beyond that, we have a lot going on in the lives of our church family that would be of interest to those reading the Beacon.  There is that group of women card sharks that meets every Friday or so.  How about some kudos, in print, for the winners of these card games?
     Also, I understand that some of our women bowl every now and then.  Who takes home the prize at these gatherings?  Maybe the winners should “see their names in light!”
   Now then, on the male side of the equation, I file this report: the men had breakfast at Marlowe’s on Wednesday, September 11, at 7:30 am.  There were eight hungry men there bright and early.  Conversation was fun, as always, with several snide comments about:
Pastor John’s weak breakfast effort- Small bowl of oatmeal.
Andy’s usual breakfast- BLT with cheese, light on the mayo.
The usual Marlowe’s side of grits- Somewhere around six pounds worth… enough to feed a small army.
     See, we have a lot going on outside of the walls of this church: great times, good fellowship, camaraderie and laughs.  Please feel free to share it with others by offering a paragraph or two to the Beacon.  Who knows, you may end up with a Pulitzer Prize for your writing skill!
     Speaking of great times, do not forget two important upcoming events: The Car “Cruise-In” on October 6th at 3:00 pm, and Homecoming/Heritage Sunday on October 13th worship.  Both will be exciting and wonderful events and we hope to fill the place up with family and friends.
   Fridays in October we will be reconvening the Front Porch project wherein we head to the street (West Ridge Road), put out inspirational signs, sit in lawn chairs and wave at the cars.  It’s old time fun that brings a smile to the face of the many drivers getting off of work at the end of the week.
     And then, near Thanksgiving, we will be one of three churches in the county where Christmas shoe boxes filled with children’s gifts are dropped off.  Folks from all about will come to our church and return their filled boxes.  It is our hope to return 150-300 filled boxes to the Shoe Box program.  That would really be a monumental accomplishment for our great church!
     A special thanks to Doug Foxworth, who provides the beautiful banners in the church entrance and also prints advertising banners for all our events.  And a thank-you to John and Donna Lowe who come over in the afternoon to hang the banners at our church entrance.
     Just as Paul said in Philippians 4, “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, Rejoice!”  What a joy to be a part of the church family at Franklin Presbyterian Church.  Let us keep being a beacon of the Lord’s light for our community!
                                                                                                                                           Yours in Christ,                                                                                                                                                                                               Pastor John