February 23, 2003
Dear Rest Haven Sunday School Members,
I hope you are all well.
I am heartened by the fact that we are far enough through the off season
it is time to put together a Sunday School schedule for next summer.
Copies of this letter and the 2003
schedule are being distributed electronically. If you receive your copies
via the United States Postal Service, that indicates we do not believe
we have a current e-mail address for you.
As always, I have tried to accommodate
requests I received for changes in the schedule, and, no doubt, also as
always, I have probably managed to disappoint someone. If necessary,
please just trade around to make this schedule fit yours, but please let
whoever will be presiding on the Sunday for which you are responsible for
the lesson know of any changes.
Since last year, John Derrick has
created a web site for the Sunday School, and we have done our best to
update the address list. We have sent e-mails and faxes, made phone
calls, attempted to contact family members of Rest Haven residents, and
otherwise endeavored to compile information we hope will be useful to all
of us from time to time. Please go to the web site at http://www.unc.edu/~jderrick/sundayschooladdress.html
[since changed to: http://jderrick.bravepages.com/resthavensundayschool.html]
and check your address and those of others of which you have knowledge.
We would like to make this list as complete and current as possible.
With Johnís graduation in May, we
may also need to find a new home for our web site. We expect
that, although he will be in Thailand teaching next year, John can continue
maintaining the site wherever he is and wherever the site is, but we doubt
we can continue to keep it on a server at UNC. There has been no
charge for the site thus far, and we can probably reconstitute it elsewhere
at no cost if we are willing to permit advertising, but advertising on
this site is not to my taste and may not be to yours either. However,
the ďForumĒ portion of our current web site already has advertising.
Please let me know if you have access to a site where we can place this
for free or, if not, whether you believe it sufficiently worthwhile to
incur a modest cost (my understanding is that it would be less than $100.00
per year) to find it a home. Unless I receive a ďnoĒ answer from
some of you, I will assume the response is that it is worth the cost, but
I would prefer no cost at all.
Last year I was asked to prepare
a letter for distribution to all residents at Rest Haven encouraging their
participation in our services and requesting consideration for the brief
periods each Sunday when we meet. A copy of the letter I have drafted
is also posted on our web site or is enclosed if you are receiving this
by U. S. mail. It is somewhat similar to the letter we distributed
in 2000 to announce the celebration of our fiftieth anniversary.
Please let me know of any changes you believe we should make in this letter,
and I will revise it and make sufficient copies for distribution to every
house at Rest Haven in May.
I look forward with pleasant anticipation
to seeing all of you at The River this summer. Each of you is important
to the continued success of our Sunday School. Without your help
presiding, teaching, and attending, we would not be able to continue in
this important tradition. Thank you.
REST HAVEN SUNDAY SCHOOL - 2003
DATE PRESIDING LESSON
May 25 Smiley Smiley
June 1 Bilbro/Davis
June 8 Derrick
June 15 R. Smith
June 22 Smiley
June 29 R. Smith
July 6 Bilbro/Davis
July 13 Derrick
July 20 Bilbro/Davis
July 27 Derrick
August 3 R. Smith
August 10* Smiley
August 17 Bilbro/Davis
August 24 Derrick
August 31** W. Smith
* Picnic Sunday
** Business meeting following service
As always, the schedule can be as
flexible as you like, but please arrange for an alternate and notify whoever
is to preside if you will not be presenting the lesson on your assigned
Letter to Neighbors:
Dear Rest Haven Residents and Friends,
As you may know, the Rest
Haven Sunday School meets each Sunday morning at 10:30 Memorial Day weekend
through Labor Day weekend. When the weather permits, we meet
outdoors on the bank of the river. During inclement weather, we meet
in one of the cottages. This year we will have our annual picnic
following the service on August 10.
Our members are Rest Haven year
round and seasonal residents from a variety of religious backgrounds and
traditions. Our services are informal and relatively brief, and beach
attire is appropriate. We seek and find spiritual renewal, and we
enjoy a sense of community heightened by our participation in this over
fifty year old institution. If you have questions about our Sunday
School, please visit with us one Sunday this summer or speak with any of
We hope you will accept our invitation
to join us on Sunday mornings and for our picnic. If you or your
guests will not be worshipping with us, we ask that boats and jet skis
please keep a respectful distance during the hour of our worship.