Posted by: Pauline | July 5, 2015

Upcoming events: week of July 6

This Week

Tuesday, July 7

NO Bible Study

Wednesday, July 8

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

Thursday, July 9

9 a.m. – Noon JOURNEY Stitchers

Sunday, July 12

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 a.m. Worship Committee meeting
6 – 8:30 p.m. VBS

Looking Ahead

July 12-15

Vacation Bible School

July 16

VBS Swim Party

Posted by: Pauline | June 28, 2015

Scriptures for Sunday July 5

2 Corinthians 12:2-10

No one likes being weak, either weak physically or lacking influence or resources to accomplish our goals. Like Paul, we often pray for the source of the weakness to be removed so that we will be strong. But as with Paul, God may leave us in weakness so that we learn to rely on His strength, and so that it may be obvious to others where the strength comes from.

Mark 6:1-13

The people of Nazareth seem to have been looking for better credentials that Jesus had – at least as far as they could tell. They weren’t willing to be overly impressed by him.

The people of the towns Jesus’ disciples went to may not have been all that impressed by them, either. Carrying no money with them, they had to depend on people’s hospitality.

Jesus could have put on some kind of impressive show for the people of his hometown, and he could have sent his disciples out in a manner that would impress people. But it was to be God’s power that would be seen, not the abilities or possessions of those who preached in His name.

Posted by: Pauline | June 28, 2015

Upcoming events: week of June 29

This Week

Tuesday, June 30

10:15 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, July 1

4:30 p.m. Mission Committee
6:30 p.m.Bible Study
7 p.m. meeting on Ways to Increase Attendance at Church

Saturday, July 4

Clothes Depot closed for the holiday

Sunday, July 5

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service including Communion for all ages

Looking Ahead

July 12-15

Vacation Bible School

July 16

VBS Swim Party

Posted by: Pauline | June 21, 2015

Scriptures for Sunday June 28

Psalm 13

Most people go through times in life when they feel as David does as he begins this psalm. It seems as though God has forgotten us. We can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, and we wonder why God doesn’t do something about it.

In such times it can be difficult to pray, let alone to praise God. But David has learned from past experience that God is faithful, and he trusts God to deliver him looks expectantly to that day of rejoicing.

2 Corinthians 6:1-13

It is apparent in this letter that Paul is hurt by the Corinthians’ attitude toward him. Often when we fell hurt by others in this way, we react by withdrawing our friendship and perhaps hurting them in return. Paul, however, makes it clear that his affection for the church remains as strong as ever. He wants what is best for them and is willing to suffer if necessary in pursuing this goal.

1 Peter 3:8-12

Peter also calls upon believers to do what does not come naturally. We tend to quarrel, but he tells us to have unity. We think of ourselves and our own needs but he tells us to be humble. We respond to harm and insults by wanting to do the same back, but he tells us to return blessing instead, because we are called to something higher.

Posted by: Pauline | June 21, 2015

Upcoming events: week of June 22

This Week

Tuesday, June 23

10:15 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, June 24

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

Thursday, June 25

9 a.m. – Noon JOURNEY Stitchers

Sunday, June 28

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

Looking Ahead

July 12-15

Vacation Bible School

July 16

VBS Swim Party

Posted by: Pauline | June 14, 2015

Scriptures for Sunday June 21

John 14:1-14

It is common to read these verses as being about where we go when we die, and about how to get there. Certainly Jesus’ words do promise an eternal home with God. But the focus of the passage is not on where we are going, but on our ongoing relationship with God.

Jesus speaks a number of times in this and the following chapters about “abiding.” We abide in Him, and He abides in us. The word translated “rooms” or “dwelling places” in verse 2 (“mansions” in the KJV, which at the time the KJV was written simply meant “dwelling places”) is the noun form of the verb translated “abide.”

So we are assured that even though Jesus is no longer present here on earth in the same way he was at the time he spoke these words, there is always a place for us with God, so long as we trust in Him and make a place for Him in our lives.

Matthew 6:5-15

Jesus teaches his disciples both how not to pray – like the hypocrites or like the pagans (Gentiles) – and how to pray. The hypocrites are focused on themselves and other people’s opinion of them, rather than on God. The pagans are focused on a deity, but whatever god or gods they pray to are not ones in whom they can trust to answer their prayers.

Jesus’ followers know they have a Father who is both sovereign over all and loving toward His people. He both can and wants to meet their needs, so they can pray simply and in confidence to Him.

Posted by: Pauline | June 14, 2015

Upcoming events: week of June 15

This Week

Tuesday, June 16

10:15 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, June 17

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

Sunday, June 21

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

Looking Ahead

July 12-15

Vacation Bible School

Posted by: Pauline | June 7, 2015

Scriptures for Sunday June 14

Psalm 20

This psalm is a prayer for the king, perhaps as the day of a battle approaches. There are many who might trust in the military power represented by horses and chariots, but the king and those who pray for him know that the only deliverer worth trusting in is God.

Mark 4:26-34

Many people in Jesus’ time were expecting the kingdom of God to be ushered in by a decisive show of military power. Jesus presents a very different picture, of a kingdom that develops as quietly and unseen as a seed growing in the earth, starting from something so tiny it might be considered insignificant, but slowly growing in both size and influence.

2 Corinthians 5:6-17

Paul contrasts two ways of looking at things. One is “by sight,” concerned with outward appearances, and is “according to the flesh.” The other is by faith, concerned with what is in the heart. All of us once saw things according to the flesh, but in Christ, we have become new creations and we are learning to see things in a new way.

Posted by: Pauline | June 7, 2015

Upcoming events: week of June 8

This Week

Tuesday, June 9

No Bible Study

Wednesday, June 10

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

Thursday, June 11

9 a.m. – Noon JOURNEY Stitchers

Sunday, June 14

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service
11:45 a.m Worship Committee meeting
2 – 5 p.m. 1’s & 2’s at the Lease’s (theme is Flag Day – wear something patriotic)

Looking Ahead

July 12-15

Vacation Bible School

Posted by: Pauline | May 31, 2015

Scriptures for Sunday June 7

Psalm 138

Giving thanks is a theme of many psalms. One aspect of this thanks-giving that we may sometimes miss is that it is more than an inward feeling of gratitude. Giving thanks in the psalms – and throughout the Old Testament – involves praising God aloud so that others come to know about God’s greatness and His goodness to us.

2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1

Despite knowing the importance of giving thanks, both for our own spiritual health and to share God’s goodness with others, it is sometimes difficult to do. Paul and his companions have been suffering a variety of hardships, which he lists elsewhere in this letter. Many people in such circumstances would lose heart and lose hope.

Paul’s hope is not in circumstances, however, but in God. He sees God’s grace at work through it all, and gives thanks that God’s grace is reaching more and more people.

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