Even churches aren’t above a few mistakes

Published 12:00 am Sunday, April 23, 2000

Given that it’s Easter Sunday, one of the holiest days of the year, Miss-Lou churches will no doubt host today some of the largest crowds recorded all year. Along those lines, an old preacher friend and I once discussed his approach to building a church building and then a congregation. He said the idea is to build a building large enough to accommodate the Easter crowd, then work to grow the congregation to fill the building, week in and week out, over time.

As I thought about that yesterday, it occurred to me that area churches must be fairly hectic this week in preparing for Sunday’s increased attendance. I’ll bet in most churches, for instance, someone had to think to increase the number of church bulletins from the normal weekly order to some higher level, among other preparation.

Then I was reminded of a funny e-mail message I received recently, a second round of &uot;Church Bulletin Bloopers.&uot; Hope our local congregations have better bulletin editors than the folks who wrote the bloopers below:

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The Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.

Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10. All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B.S. is done.

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 p.m. Please use the back door.

The pastor will preach his farewell message, after which the choir will sing, &uot;Break Forth Into Joy.&uot;

A songfest was hell at the Methodist church Wednesday.

Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church and community.

The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 p.m. The Congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.

Thursday night Potluck Supper. Prayer and medication to follow.

The rosebud on the altar this morning is to announce the birth of David, the sin of Rev. and Mrs. Adams.

Tuesday at 4 p.m. there will be an ice cream social. All ladies giving milk will please come early.

A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.

At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be &uot;What Is Hell?&uot; Come early and listen to our choir practice.

Weight Watchers will meet at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance.

Mrs. Johnson will be entering the hospital this week for testes.

Please join us as we show our support for Amy and Alan who are preparing for the girth of their first child.

The Lutheran Men’s group will meet at 6 p.m. Steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, bread and dessert will be served for a nominal feel.

Our next song is &uot;Angels We Have Heard Get High.&uot;

Don’t let worry kill you, let the church help.

For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.

This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs. Lewis to come forward and lay an egg on the altar.

Eight new choir robes are currently needed, due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.

Todd Carpenter is publisher of The Democrat. He can be reached at 442-9101, ext. 218, or by e-mail at todd.carpenter@natchezdemocrat.com.