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Week of May 1

Here’s what SOMA‘s up to:
May 7th: Worship Gathering, Children’s Environment, and Fellowship Meal
We will meet at our regular time of 11:15am at The Well (1401 6th Ave) to share conversation, pray and sing together.  We will be taking a look at the story of doubting Thomas in John 20. Children’s Environment will be available for kids in kindergarten through 5th grade. Afterward, we will share in a light fellowship meal together. 
6:30pm – May Community Conversation 
On Sunday, May 7th at 6:30pm at The Well we’ll be talking about how we can have diverse, difficult conversations in honest, loving Christian community.  We’re calling it “Talkin’ Trump.” All are welcome to join in.
Men’s Night – Monday, May 1st
Every Monday @ 6:30pm at The Well will be a Men’s Night for guys to meet, hang out, and encourage each other (note the change in day of the week!). All men are welcome!
Women’s Movement Group – Thursday, May 4th
This is the start of the spring session and a great time to jump in! All women are welcome to join in this movement group, whether you love to dance or it makes you nervous. Pay what makes you happy (suggested $5/class). We’ll meet at The Well from 7:00pm – 8:00pm.
Drop In Hours – Friday, May 5th
Join in our Friday open hours at The Well! Anyone is welcome to come use the space from 10:00am – 4:00pm. 
Geneva’s Graduation – Saturday, May 6th
Let’s celebrate our Geneva grads! The undergraduate graduation ceremony starts at 10:00am. The location will either be in Methany Fieldhouse or at the football stadium, pending on weather.  Check the Geneva websitefor updates. If it is moved indoors, a family/friends ticket will be required. Graduate programs and Adult degree completion ceremonies will begin at 3:00pm in Methany Fieldhouse.
Jumping for Java 5k & 1 mile run – May 13th
A 5k fundraiser for Lan Vwa, our international partner, is planned for the morning of Saturday, May 13th at the Zelienople Community Park. Early registration is $20; each runner will provide education for a child for one month in addition to receiving a t-shirt and gym bag. The 5k will start at 9am with timed results and prizes in various ages groups. The family fun run will start at 9:05am. Find more information and sign up at: https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Zelienople/JumpingforJava
Spaces in-Between Volunteer Day – May 20th
On May 20th, we will have a work day at our Spaces lot, located at 1604 7th Ave, starting at 9am. We will be putting in the sidewalk, shaping the flower beds, and planting everything. Check out the Facebook event to sign up or reply to this email. 
Community Pentecost Worship Service – Sunday, June 4th
On Sunday, June 4th, we will not be meeting for our usual Sunday morning worship at The Well. Instead, we will be joining with at least 5 other Beaver Falls churches for a Community Pentecost Worship Service. This is a beautiful opportunity to worship with other believers in our city. The service will start at 10:30am and will be held at the Beaver Falls High School.
VBS at FPC – June 12- 15
This year’s VBS theme is “Maker Fun Factory” and will run from 9:00am – 11:30am on June 12-15th at First Presbyterian Church in Beaver. Registration opens in May for kids ages 4 (by September 1st) to entering 6th grade; registration forms will be available on the SOMA table. If rides are needed or you are interested in helping with VBS, email Kristen at kristen.slebodnik@gmail.com.
Open Hours Volunteers Needed
We are looking for some more volunteer staff for Open Hours at The Well, especially with extended Friday hours and summer schedules. Contact Dave (daveslebodnik@gmail.com) if you are available to lend your time on Friday mornings/afternoons once a month. 
Pastor March’s Sabbatical – June 4 – September 3
Pastor Marc will be taking a three-month sabbatical this summer as a time to rest and pursue his studies. Don’t worry – we will continue as a worshipping body while he is away! Please see the attached Sabbatical FAQ for more of the details about this time period.
We are recording our Sunday messages once again! You can listen to them here. That same link can also be found at the bottom of our website. 
Each morning this week, read Ephesians 2:18-20, and ask God to show you the depth of his grace in your life.  Then, ask God to open your eyes to how you can show that same depth of grace to others as you go through your day.

If you’ve got something to share with SOMA‘s community by way of prayer request or a call for help from the body, let me know and I’ll put those here.

Haiti Mission Trip
Simone, Kamera, & Amanda shared with us this Sunday that they will be going to Haiti in May with Haiti H2O and their need for financial support in order to make the trip happen.  If anyone wants to support them in their learning, they can make out a check to SOMA with ‘Haiti’ in the memo.
Lisa Washington
Lisa asks for prayer for her family to have unity. 
Please continue to pray for Tyler and Maci’s relationship with each other and with family, particularly Maci’s mom.


You can contribute financially toward SOMA‘s mission, either one-time or regularly, by clicking here. The same link can also be found at the bottom of our webpage @ www.thesomagathering.org.

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