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May 11, 2024

Please join us Sunday for in-person service at 10:30 AM.
We will also be live streaming the service on our website at
Athens Church of Christ.

Everyone has their own unique relationship with Mother’s Day. This year, I would like to encourage you to be mindful of those for whom Mother’s Day is not such a happy day. The beautiful words below are penned by our friend, Halie Clark. 

Mother’s Day can feel complicated, overwhelming, disappointing, thrilling, or a myriad of other emotions from all around the feelings wheel. Some women might feel multiple emotions about this “exciting day” all at once. For me, it is a feeling of dread with little sprinkles of joy. Without getting into all the complexities of my motherhood journey, here is the short version: loss, adoption, biological living child. Three girls in three years. It’s complicated. I ache for my daughter who is not here on earth with me, but I also rejoice because of the two daughters who are in my arms. I know I am not alone in my big feelings about this day. For many, this holiday is reason to skip church, stay off social media, or keep a tissue box on hand throughout the day. 
On this day, some women visit gravesites, some go out for brunch. Some women receive cards from family members, and some are writing one less card this year. Some women are holding onto hands, small, dirt under the fingernail hands, or hands raw from doing the work of motherhood, or wrinkled with wisdom hands, and some are wishing they had a hand to hold. 
God is not shocked by our responses or reflections toward this day, for he knows there is a time for all emotions and feelings. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 says, 
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.”
Today, for everyone, I am wishing us a gentle day. A may-God-meet-you-right-where-you-are day. Let your tears fall. Let your laughter ring. Let your gut twist with cherished memories that make you ache or with grief that takes you to your knees. Let your heart swell with the joy of being around the ones you love in the middle of your messy, beautiful chaos. Weep for what never was or rejoice for what has come. None of it is too much for God to hold.


Psalm 5:3 “In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.”
Updates are always appreciated. Send updates to:  
Prayer Request
Wonderful news: Chase McClary is now awake, without the ventilator, and breathing on his own. He’s exhausted and working hard to be fully awake. He’s physically weak, but he’s breathing on his own! Praise God! Please pray for continued progress and no set backs.

Remember those recovering from surgery or experiencing ongoing health challenges:

Kellie Baxter, Bobbi Scott, Lisa Goodwin, Alberta Patat, Nell Sims, Betty Snodgrass (Dana Chacon’s mom), Terry Stanfield, Pat Snow,  Shari McDonald, Cathy LaPrade

We are so excited to be able to offer support for some of our members who are traveling missionaries. Please email Marcia, Amy, or Nancy for more information and specifically for the support request form.

Marcia Redd: marciaredd@aol.com
Amy Rose: amschern@yahoo.com
Nancy Goodwin: ngoodwin.rdh@gmail.com

Passover Seder
You are invited to join us for a special Passover Seder celebration!
 May 23 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at the church building
Experience the rich traditions and meaningful rituals of Passover as we gather together for an evening of reflection, gratitude, and community. Share in the symbolic foods, the reading of the Haggadah, and the joyous spirit of this ancient festival.
Your presence will truly enrich our celebration. We look forward to celebrating with you and sharing in the blessings of this special time.
Please RSVP by May 15 to ensure we have ample accommodations for everyone.

RSVP link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0B4FA4AC29A20-49295253-passover


Meets every Sunday via Zoom 8:15 – 9:15 AM 
Meeting Link: Wine to Water
Meeting ID: 819 6996 1861
Anyone who thinks they might have a problem with alcohol or drugs is invited. Participants do not have to be a member of our congregation. More info about Wine to Water can be found at https://www.athenscoc.com/ministries/wine-to-water/.

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