Posted by: Pauline | February 7, 2016

Scripture for Sunday February 14

Mark 10:17-31

This passage makes many people uncomfortable, at least in our relatively affluent society. We don’t feel rich, not like the young man in the story, but we worry that God may want us to give away more than we are comfortable doing.

And why does Jesus tell the young man, apparently in answer to the question about eternal life, to give away his wealth to the poor? Isn’t eternal life a gift received by faith, not something we obtain by good works?

However uncomfortable it makes us, however, we had better let God speak to us through it, rather than turning away, like the rich young man, to find something we are more comfortable with.

Posted by: Pauline | February 7, 2016

Upcoming events: week of February 8

This Week

Tuesday, February 9

10:15 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, February 10

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Tutoring Program
4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot
7 p.m. Ecumenical Ash Wednesday Service

Sunday, February 14

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service

Looking Ahead

Wednesday, February 17

6:30 p.m. Youth Group

Saturday, February 20

10:00 – Noon Clothes Depot

Wednesday, February 24

4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot

Sunday, February 28

Youth Group Luncheon (baked potato bar)
Posted by: Pauline | January 31, 2016

Scripture for Sunday February 7

Mark 8:27 – 9:8

Perhaps they had all been thinking it, but Peter was the one who put it into words. Jesus was the promised Messiah, that the Jews had been waiting for so long. He had finally come to put things right. But it wasn’t going to happen the way Peter and the others expected. The way to put things right led through suffering and death.

The scene on the mountaintop was probably more along the lines of what Peter had in mind, Jesus revealed in glory. But it soon became clear that was only a foretaste of some future glory, and the way ahead still led through suffering and death.

Posted by: Pauline | January 31, 2016

Upcoming events: week of February 1

This Week

Tuesday, February 2

10:15 a.m. Bible Study
1:30 p.m. Women’s Guild

Wednesday, February 3

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Tutoring Program
6:30 p.m. Bible Study
6:30 p.m. Youth Group

Saturday, February 6

10:00 – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, February 7

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10 a.m. Choir Practice for Ash Wednesday service
10:45 a.m. Worship Service
“Souper Bowl Sunday” – bring soup and/or money (offerings go to the Food Pantry)

Looking Ahead

Wednesday, February 10

4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot
7 p.m. Ecumenical Ash Wednesday Service

Wednesday, February 17

6:30 p.m. Youth Group

Saturday, February 20

10:00 – Noon Clothes Depot
Posted by: Pauline | January 24, 2016

Scripture for Sunday January 31

Mark 5:21-43

Jesus had time for both the leader of the synagogue and an unnamed woman who had no place in society. He delayed on his way to Jairus’ house to talk to the woman, but he also didn’t let that delay keep him from healing Jairus’ daughter, even though she had died in the meantime.

Jesus also required the same from both Jairus and the woman – faith. Faith brought both of them to Jesus, falling at his feet. Faith enabled the woman to dare to touch Jesus despite all social rules to the contrary. Faith enabled Jairus to continue on with Jesus even after receiving the news of his daughter’s death.

Posted by: Pauline | January 24, 2016

Upcoming events: week of January 25

This Week

Tuesday, January 26

10:15 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, January 27

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Tutoring Program
4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot
6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Sunday, January 31

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 Congregational Meeting
Luncheon after the Congregational Meeting
6 p.m. Movie Night, watching War Room

Looking Ahead

Wednesday, February 3

6:30 p.m. Youth Group

Saturday, February 6

10:00 – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, February 7

“Souper Bowl Sunday”

Wednesday, February 10

7 p.m. Ecumenical Ash Wednesday Service
Posted by: Pauline | January 17, 2016

Scriptures for Sunday January 24

Mark 5:1-20

Many of the people healed by Jesus had friends and family who cared about them, who brought them to Jesus for him to heal. But the demon-possessed man in this story had no one. His uncontrollable behavior had caused the people of the community to drive him away, so that he lived among the tombs with the dead instead of the living.

His only “company” was the multitude of demons that had taken up residence in his body, and though he probably would very much have liked to get away from them, he was unable to, until a foreigner showed up, Jesus of Nazareth.

As formidable as the demons were, as uncontrollable as they had proved in all previous attempts to subdue the man, they were no match for Jesus. He commanded them to leave the man, and they went. Presumably in selecting the pigs for their next host, they had not planned on being immediately dumped into the lake, but in doing so they certainly demonstrated their inability to do anything but destroy.

Posted by: Pauline | January 17, 2016

Upcoming events: week of January 18

This Week

Tuesday, January 19

10:15 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, January 20

6:30 p.m. Bible Study
7 p.m. Session Meeting

Thursday, January 21

7 p.m. Handchime practice

Sunday, January 24

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service

Looking Ahead

Wednesday, January 27

4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot

Sunday, January 31

11:45 Congregational Meeting
Luncheon after the Congregational Meeting
6 p.m. Movie Night, watching War Room
Posted by: Pauline | January 10, 2016

Scripture for Sunday January 17

Mark 4:1-34

The crowd of people listening to Jesus was huge, so much so that he had to get in a boat and go out on the water to teach the crowd. But Jesus knew that not everyone listening wanted to hear the truth of his message. Some came for healings or other miracles. Some came from curiosity. Some came to carry word back to those who became Jesus’ enemies of what he was saying.

So Jesus did something that may seem strange. Instead of stating clearly everything he wanted to explain, he taught in parables, stories that used everyday images to convey a message that was not so obvious. Anyone could understand the surface story, but only those who pursued its deeper meanings heard his real message.

Even today, people disagree on the meaning of some of Jesus’ parables. What exactly do the four soils represent? Who is the farmer represent in the parable of the growing seed? What are the birds that are attracted to the mustard plant?

One thing we can see clearly from all these stories is that seeds grow because God makes them grow, not because of human efforts. We often don’t understand what God is doing or where God is working, or why one ministry prospers while another does not. But when God’s work comes to fruition, we will see it and we will probably be amazed.

Posted by: Pauline | January 10, 2016

Upcoming events: week of January 11

This Week

Tuesday, January 12

10:15 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, January 13

4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot
6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Saturday, January 16

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, January 17

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service

Looking Ahead

Wednesday, January 20

7 p.m. Session meeting

Wednesday, January 27

4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot

Sunday, January 31

11:45 Congregational Meeting

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