Posted by: Pauline | November 23, 2014

Upcoming events: week of November 24

This Week

Tuesday, November 25

No Bible Study
7 p.m. Ecumenical service at the United Methodist Church

Wednesday, November 26

No Bible Study
4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot

Saturday, November 29

6 p.m. 1′s & 2′s at the church for Hanging of the Greens

Sunday, November 30

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

Looking Ahead

Wednesday, December 3

11:30 a.m. JOURNEY Holiday Lunch – All women of the church are invited

Wednesday, December 24

6:30 p.m. Christmas Eve music program
7 p.m. Christmas Eve service

Posted by: Pauline | November 16, 2014

Scriptures for Sunday November 23

Ezekiel 34:11-16

Ezekiel uses a familiar metaphor, depicting God as the shepherd. He seeks out sheep that have been scattered, lost, injured, and weak. While these five verses focus on the hope and comfort of being cared for by God, the larger context of the chapter includes judgment on those responsible for the sheep having fallen into such dire circumstances to begin with.

Psalm 100

This psalm, often used as a Call to Worship, also reminds us that we are the sheep and God is the shepherd. Unlike the passage in Ezekiel, there is no mention of going astray or of judgment. It is all about the joy of worshiping God, recognizing that we belong to Him and that He takes good care of us.

Those who do not believe may find it strange to find joy in belonging to someone. But for those who trust in God and have seen His good providence, it is a joy and a comfort to be His.

Ephesians 1:15-23

 This passage is packed so densely with theological truths, and written with so many connected phrases and clauses, that it is easy to lose track of the details of what Paul is saying. Unpacking them takes some effort, but it is worth the effort to deepen one’s understanding of the greatness of God and what He has done for us.

Posted by: Pauline | November 16, 2014

Upcoming events: week of November 17

This Week

Tuesday, November 18

10 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, November 19

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

Thursday, November 20

7 p.m. Handchime practice

Sunday, November 23

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

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, November 25

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

Wednesday, December 3

11:30 a.m. JOURNEY Holiday Lunch – All women of the church are invited

Wednesday, December 24

6:30 p.m. Christmas Eve music program
7 p.m. Christmas Eve service

Posted by: Pauline | November 15, 2014

Getting close…

Our building project is getting very close to being able to start using the new fellowship hall. By the time I post this, it’s probably going to be much closer. Here you can see the fellowship hall itself, which is almost done except for setting up chairs and tables, and the kitchen and entry hall where the rest rooms are.

new building

November 9, 2014

November 9, 2014

November 9, 2014

new building

November 9, 2014

Posted by: Pauline | November 13, 2014

You are invited…

Christmas Party Invitation

Posted by: Pauline | November 9, 2014

Scriptures for Sunday November 16

Psalm 123

Many people in contemporary society, sometimes even in contemporary churches, have a problem with the imagery used in this psalm, that of a servant looking to the master, as a fitting picture of our relationship to God. Many people prefer to think of themselves as strong, independent and self-sufficient. To think of oneself as a servant seems demeaning.

But in this psalm, as in much of Scripture, there is a clear distinction between the proud and arrogant, who are the enemies of God, and the humble and lowly, who receive God’s grace.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Scriptures describing the day of the Lord use a variety of images, since after all the subject is so full of mystery for us that we need some way to relate it to our own lives. Paul alludes to Jesus’ own statements about the day coming like a thief in the night, as well as using the metaphor of labor pains to describe something that comes on suddenly.

He also uses the contrasting images of light vs darkness, sobriety vs drunkenness, alertness vs sleepiness, and deliverance vs wrath, to help the Thessalonians more thoroughly grasp their identity in Christ and live according to it.

Matthew 25:14-30

When we realize that one talent represented twenty years wages for the average worker, it’s easier to see why one servant was afraid to take risks with such a large sum of money. In burying it, he was following the normal practice of the day for keeping treasure safe, just as today we would deposit it in the bank for safekeeping.

He was, however, failing to fulfill the responsibilities he had been given. Someone today who asked a stockbroker to invest one million dollars, only to find out much later that nothing had been done, would be upset and consider this failure, not achieving the expected gains, as a significant loss.

Our service to God will naturally vary according to the different abilities and gifts He has given us. But He expects faithfulness in what He calls us to do for Him.

Posted by: Pauline | November 9, 2014

Upcoming events: week of November 10

This Week

Tuesday, November 11

10 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, November 12

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

Thursday, November 13

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

Sunday, November 16

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

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, November 25

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

Wednesday, December 24

6:30 p.m. Christmas Eve music program
7 p.m. Christmas Eve service

Posted by: Pauline | November 2, 2014

Scriptures for Sunday November 9

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 | November 2, 2014

Upcoming events: week of November 3

This Week

Tuesday, November 4

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

Wednesday, November 5

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Thursday, November 6

9 a.m. – noon Journey Stitchers

Sunday, November 9

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service including Communion
6 p.m. 1′s & 2′s at the church, including a talk led by Jeannie Mott on her visit to the Holy Land

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, November 25

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

Posted by: Pauline | October 26, 2014

Scriptures for Sunday November 2

1 Thessalonians 2:9-13

Matthew 23:1-17

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