Posted by: Pauline | October 26, 2014

Scriptures for Sunday November 2

Joshua 24:1-3, 14-25

When Joshua challenges the people of Israel to “choose this day whom you will serve,” he makes it clear that there is no choice about whether to serve, only whom to serve. The word “serve” includes the meanings of loyalty, obedience, and worship. We may not remain loyal or obedient to one person or cause over the long-term, but everyone serves someone or something, whether the true God or one of our own imagining, or some ideal or goal to which we devote our time and resources.

Psalm 78:1-7

Parents always hope that their children will continue in the religious tradition in which they were raised. (Even parents who think it best to raise children apart from organized religion, and let them choose for themselves as adults, probably hope their children will adopt the same “broadmindedness” in regards to faith.) But while rituals may be continued as a matter of habit, genuine faith is only passed on when one generation declares to the next what God has done for them, both in the recent past and throughout the long history of God’s people.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

This passage has fueled much speculation among some Christians as to the timing and nature of Christ’s return. Paul’s focus, however, is on hope. For the Christian, death is not the end of the story. Whether we die before Christ’s return, or if He comes during our lifetime, our future is with Him.

Posted by: Pauline | October 26, 2014

Upcoming events: week of October 27

This Week

Tuesday, October 28

10 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, October 29

6:30 p.m. Bible Study
6:30 p.m. Youth Group Craft Night

Saturday, November 1

10 a.m. – noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, November 2

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service and Youth Sunday School
Noon – 2 p.m. Fall Festival, including lunch from noon – 1 p.m.

Looking Ahead

Sunday, November 9

6 p.m. 1’s & 2’s at the church, including a talk led by Jeannie Mott on her visit to the Holy Land

Tuesday, November 25

7 p.m. Ecumenical service at the United Methodist Church

Posted by: Pauline | October 22, 2014

Scriptures for Sunday October 26

2 Timothy 1:8-14

Near the end of his life, Paul writes to encourage a young minister of the Gospel. Based on his exhortations, it seems that Timothy may be prone to fear, to being hesitant in proclaiming the Gospel when that proclamation leads to the stigma of imprisonment, as it did for Paul.

Paul reminds him not only of the wonderful message of the Gospel, that by grace we are delivered from sin and death to life and immortality, but also that having been entrusted with this message, Timothy is responsible to keep this trust and pass it on faithfully.

Ephesians 2:1-10

In this passage, Paul describes vividly our dreadful state prior to salvation and our glorious position in Christ. He also makes it plain that we are not saved by good works, but we are saved to do good works.

1 Peter 2:4-10

In the Mosaic law, the priesthood was restricted to a small number of Israelites. Only males of the tribe of Levi and the family of Aaron were priests, and even they could be disqualified by physical deformities or, temporarily, by ritual uncleanness. In contrast, under the new covenant established by Christ, all believers are called priests.

Posted by: Pauline | October 19, 2014

Upcoming events: week of October 20

This Week

Tuesday, October 21

10 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, October 22

4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot
6:30 p.m. Bible Study
6:30 p.m. Youth Group Craft Night

Thursday, October 23

9 a.m. – noon Journey Stitchers
7 p.m. Handchime practice

Sunday, October 26

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service and Youth Sunday School
11:45 a.m. Congregational/Corporation meeting

Looking Ahead

Sunday, November 2

Noon – 2 p.m. Fall Festival, including lunch from noon – 1 p.m.

Posted by: Pauline | October 18, 2014

Building project update

From the outside, it’s hard to see that much has changed recently. But lots of work has been done on the inside.

First is a view into the new building, down the corridor leading into it from the “yellow room.” It may be hard to tell from this picture, but the walls in the corridor have been painted. The next picture is the main body of the new building, what will be our new fellowship hall. These walls are not yet painted but will be soon.

corridor into new building

October 12, 2014

new fellowship hall

October 12, 2014

Posted by: Pauline | October 12, 2014

Scriptures for Sunday October 19

Romans 5:6-8

Paul tells us in this passage that, from a human point of view, we would not have much reason to expect Jesus to die for us. We were “weak,” meaning incapacitated, unable to do anything that would merit God’s favor. We were “ungodly,” meaning irreverent and impious, failing to give God the respect and obedience due to Him. And we were sinners, turned away from God to go our own way.

Yet we see the extent of God’s love, that in spite of all that, Christ died for us.

1 John 4:8-11, 16-19

Love is not just one facet of God’s character. It is such an essential aspect of God’s nature that John says, not just once but twice in this passage, that God is love. Because that is true of God, the person who has come to know God is also characterized by love. This love displaces the fear that so often drives the behavior of those who have not known love.

John also emphasizes the fact that our love is a response to God’s love. We could not love God if God did not love us first, and make a way, through the Son, for us to be reconciled to God.

John 3:16-17

These familiar verses belong to the passage where Jesus spoke with Nicodemus the Pharisee. The Pharisees believed that God loved Israel, but Jesus came to bring God’s love to the entire world. The people of Israel traced their ancestry back to Abraham, who had been willing to sacrifice his only son Isaac, until God provided a ram in his place. So Nicodemus would have understood the significance of God giving His only Son to die in our place.

Posted by: Pauline | October 12, 2014

Upcoming events: week of October 13

This Week

Tuesday, October 14

10 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, October 15

1:30 p.m. JOURNEY
6:30 p.m. Bible Study
7 p.m. Session meeting

Saturday, October 18

10 a.m. – noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, October 19

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

Looking Ahead

Sunday, October 26

Congregational/Corporation meeting following the worship service

Sunday, November 2

Noon – 2 p.m. Fall Festival, including lunch from noon – 1 p.m.

Posted by: Pauline | October 9, 2014

Scriptures for Sunday, October 12

1 Peter 1:13-16

The word “holy” is used a lot in church, but sometimes without really knowing what it means. Since we are called to be holy, because God is holy, we need to understand what it means.

Holy means set apart, and we say that God is holy because He is above, beyond, and distinct from what He has created, as well as set apart from sin, completely free of moral wrong. We are also to be set apart to God, dedicated for His use, and cleansed from our sin by Christ and growing in our likeness to Christ.

Isaiah 6:1-8

Accounts of people’s visions of God always fall far short of adequately describing the experience. Isaiah puts into words what he can: a God so immense that the mere hem of his robe fills the temple, unearthly beings that serve and praise God, a voice that makes the Temple itself shudder.

Overwhelmed with the greatness and holiness of God, Isaiah is terrified, realizing how sinful he is himself. What follows is cleansing and then commissioning, but those only happen when Isaiah has first seen the truth about God and the truth about himself.

Posted by: Pauline | October 8, 2014

Upcoming events: week of October 6

This Week

Tuesday, October 7

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

Wednesday, October 8

6:30 p.m. Bible Study
6:30 p.m. Youth Group Craft Night

Sunday, October 12

9:30 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service including Communion
11:45 a.m. Worship Committee Meeting
6 p.m. 1’s & 2’s at the church, showing the movie God Is Not Dead

Looking Ahead

Sunday, October 26

Congregational/Corporation meeting following the worship service

Sunday, November 2

Noon – 2 p.m. Fall Festival, including lunch from noon – 1 p.m.

Posted by: Pauline | September 28, 2014

Scriptures for Sunday October 5

Psalm 33

This psalm begins with joy and ends with hope, and in between gives us numerous reasons for praising God and trusting in Him. He created the universe and everything that lives. He continues to rule over the earth, and He rules in righteousness and justice. Without God, all the supposed wisdom and strength of nations comes to nothing. With God, there is hope no matter how dire the present situation.

John 15:9-17

Jesus is giving commands to his disciples, but he is giving them as to friends, not servants. He gives commands so that they will live the way he has taught them and that he has modeled for them, a life of love and joy.

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