HOME………….(hom) n. a dwelling place together with the family; an environment offering security and happiness.

Here are some other statements about what “home” means:

“Home………is where love resides, memories are created, friends always belong, and laughter never ends.”

“In our home…….we do second chances, we say grace, we do I’m sorry’s, we play hard, we do loud really well, we give hugs, we do love……..we are family.”

“Home……..where you treat your friends like family and your family like friends.”

This last Wednesday at Peace, we heard about the importance of having a home when Jesus said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Jesus said these words in reference not to himself, but to his beloved disciple–John. Jesus knew that his time was short on the cross. He also knew that his mother needed the support and security that a home would offer. John could give Mary that home that she needed. Jesus connected Mary with the person who could give her a home–John.

This Sunday an important event is happening in Philomath. Benton County’s Habitat for Humanity is sponsoring the construction of a new home for one fortunate family and the groundbreaking ceremony will take place Sunday afternoon (2 pm). If you would like to come and celebrate this event, let me know and I can share with you the address. No matter what, please pray for this family in order that their home be filled with God’s presence, love, memories, laughter and hugs.

BLOOD DRIVE…………. Be ready and think about contributing to Peace’s first blood drive. The blood drive will take place on Friday, April 10th from 1 to 6 pm. You may be surprised in finding out that you are eligible to donate blood–the restrictions are not as cumbersome as you might think. Check out eligibility information at redcrossblood.org or by calling the Client Support Center at 1-866-236-3276. Information will also be available this Sunday at Peace. See the attachment to this email as well.

CHAMBER MEETING………..Next Thursday (March 19th) Peace is hosting the monthly Chamber of Commerce meeting. The guest speaker is Brad Avakian, Commissioner of Labor and Industries. He will be discussing both the efforts in the Legislature to increase Oregon’s minimum wage, as well as efforts to secure more skills and education funding for Oregon high schools. If you would like to go, please see me as RSVP is needed.