Daily Lectionary – March 16, 2020

Morning Psalms 119:73-80; 145

Evening Psalms 121; 6

First Reading Genesis 44:18-34

Second Reading 1 Corinthians 7:25-31

Gospel Reading Mark 5:21-43

21When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. 22Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet 23and begged him repeatedly, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live.” 24So he went with him.

And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. 25Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. 26She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. 27She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” 29Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” 31And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?'” 32He looked all around to see who had done it. 33But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. 34He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

35While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?” 36But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” 37He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. 38When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39When he had entered, he said to them, “Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.” 40And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha cum,” which means, “Little girl, get up!” 42And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. 43He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.


Jesus heals both the daughter of the synagogue leader and the woman who sneaks up behind him. We can imagine doing the same. All over the world there are people praying for something: praying for life, praying for a cure, praying for an end to illness, praying for an end to heartbreak. Sometimes it feels like the people of Jesus’ day were the lucky ones; they were the ones who could invite Jesus to their home or grasp at his cloak. Maybe we think that we could get what we needed if we had the same opportunity. But it’s not just the physical presence of Jesus that makes a difference. Here’s what Jesus says: “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease” and “Do not fear, only believe.” Jesus commends faith and belief. This isn’t just a simple equation, however. This doesn’t mean that we always get an end to our illness or our heartbreak based on same innate capacity for belief. Jesus assures us that the healing we ultimately receive is a gift from God. Faith and belief have their object in Jesus Christ. The same God who came as Savior to Israel is the same God who assures us of his Spirit and makes a way through death on the other side of the cross. This is the one who hears our prayers. How will he not answer?

Gracious God, in the compassion of Jesus you come to us in places of pain and suffering. Be present to us again where we need it—in anxiety and hopelessness, in hardship and struggle, in illness and pain. We put our faith in you, trusting that, in Jesus Christ, you work all to the good of those who love you. We wait for you, Lord, trusting that you will work through our prayers on behalf of those who are silent, or who do not know you, in the confidence that you love them, too. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Daily Lectionary – March 16, 20202020-09-08T16:05:16-05:00

2020 Pinwheels for Prevention


The Family Support Council has begun their Heroes Against Child Abuse campaign. Our church has agreed to participate this year. Family Support Council provides many free opportunities for children and families throughout the area. Some opportunities include:

  • Kids on the Block – show on personal safety and bullying in all the local elementary schools
  • Camp AIM – a therapeutic summer camp for sexually abused children from K-12
  • Parents as Teachers Program – to young high rick preschoolers in the Dalton, Murray, and Whitfield school districts
  • Parenting classes, summer camps, training, and workshops which foster protective assets within families and help to prevent child abuse are additional services provided by FSC
  • Darkness to Light’s, Stewards of Children, training – prevention of child sexual abuse

We are asking $1.00 per pinwheel and donations will be collected through April 5. Individuals who raise $20.00 or more will receive a Hero t-shirt.

Anything you can contribute will be greatly appreciated!

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Church Mission Day

When you hear about Habitat for Humanity, you might picture Jimmy Carter hammering and sawing away on a home build site alongside some other smiling volunteers, or maybe a Bible study group painting the living room of a house. That’s very much what I imagined when I heard about our local Habitat chapter in Dalton. I learned, however, that Habitat is much more than just building new houses! It’s also the ReStore on Glenwood Avenue, where donated goods are sold to help fund our home builds. It’s the Repair Program, helping members of our community that need help with a leaky roof, or new windows, or adding a wheelchair ramp. It’s building strength and stability through shelter for those in our community that need it the most.

Greater Dalton Habitat has been active since 1987 and we’re currently building our 58th home. The homeowners that we partner with will build their homes alongside volunteers. They must apply to the program, go through a rigorous background and credit check, agree to put in over 350 hours of ‘sweat equity’ volunteer time, and then pay their mortgage once they’re in the home.  I’d heard statistics about the housing issues in our community, and it’s very easy to gloss over thinking something like “Well that can’t be true in OUR community.”  This past spring, I saw a Habitat home dedication write up in the paper. I immediately recognized the homeowner as one of my daughter’s favorite teachers at her school. I had no idea how unsafe her living conditions had been before Habitat. Her family now has a wonderful home in a safe neighborhood where her three children can play in their very own yard. The need for affordable, decent housing is everywhere in our community, you just need to know where to look. I’m thrilled our church family will be volunteering with Habitat, and I encourage you to come out and volunteer on July 13th and see the kind of impact you can have in our community.

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Camp AIM 2019

Camp AIM 2019 will be the first 2 full weeks in June, so the dates this year are:

Week 1:           June 3-7

Week 2:           June 10-14

For more information contact Roger Rollins at:

My email:

My cell:  706-260-5999

Sincere thanks to all of you who have been blessed through your participation with these children in years past.  And thanks to all of you who will volunteer for the first time this year.

These children range in age from about 6 to 18.  All of them are victims of sexual abuse.  How this can happen is both a mystery and a tragedy that I do not even pretend to understand.  After admiring Peggy’s leadership and participation with Camp AIM for many years, I decided 3 years ago that although I had no skill or understanding of how to fix these damaged kids, at least I could fix food for them.  I discovered that the quality of the food they were being given was poor and that the kids were not as fully prepared to take advantage of the Family Support Council’s excellent program as they could be if they were properly nourished with a healthy and sufficient quantity of food, particularly in the mornings when they start their classes.  Since then, with the financial help of the church and the physical help of all of you, each child gets a hearty breakfast and lunch.

The difference is amazing.  Once the kids realized that they were going to be fed and loved on by caring adults they didn’t even know, their early morning class sessions began to be more energized.  From the first day of camp, there is a group sense of knowing that they are in a safe and nurturing place.

Camp AIM has been a powerful experience for me, and I recommend it for your participation.  We are responsible for 10 days worth of breakfasts and lunches.  I need volunteers to help prepare and serve food, pick up donated food and clean up afterwards.  I have a fairly organized schedule of each day’s meals from previous years.  There’s a lot to it, but everything actually goes quite smoothly once it kicks off.  Each meal requires about 3 volunteers in some capacity.  Many of you already have or will volunteer for more than one meal, so we may not need an entire army, but we certainly need a good-sized platoon.

At this point, what I need most is several more volunteer names, email addresses and phone numbers, and what your schedule will allow you to do.  Several of you have told me to fit you in wherever you were needed.  Once I have a more complete list, I will send out the daily schedule with proposed meals and all of the required volunteer slots via email.  Each of you can then reply to me with exactly what you’d like to do and when.  This opportunity will probably be announced again during church in coming weeks, but all of us need to confirm schedules, so a timely response is really appreciated.

Respect for confidentiality requires that this is an all-adult project.

Thank you in advance for helping.  Without question, you’ll fall in love with these kids and be grateful for the opportunity of making a difference in this small way.


With gratitude, Roger.

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Soprano Choral Scholar Position Open

FPC Dalton Seeks Soprano Choral Scholar

First Presbyterian Church of Dalton, GA (P.C.U.S.A.) is seeking to fill the position of Soprano Choral Scholar to begin in January 2019. Choral Scholars are generally undergraduates or high school students who demonstrate a high proficiency in choral performance, sight reading, and musicianship. Compensation is on a per-call basis with an average of two calls per week (one Wednesday-evening rehearsal and one Sunday-morning service). Additional calls may be added in busier seasons. Choral Scholars supplement the singing and rehearsal of the Adult Choir and occasionally sing in smaller ensembles or solo. Music is integral to the spiritual life at FPC Dalton and the church has a long history of producing high-quality choral music. The choral music varies widely in style but typically accords with traditional church music. Experience in singing with a church choir is preferred and the ability to read music is required. To schedule an audition with Trent Whisenant, Director of Music/Organist, please contact him at or (706) 278-8161.

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