Posted by: Pauline | May 13, 2018

Upcoming events: week of May 14

This Week

Tuesday, May 15

No Bible Study
6 p.m. Believe

Wednesday, May 16

1:30 p.m. Journey
No Bible Study

Thursday, May 17

6 p.m. Believe

Saturday, May 19

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, May 20 Pentecost Sunday – wear RED

9:30 a.m. Youth Sunday School
9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, May 22

10:15 Bible Study
6 p.m. Believe

Wednesday, May 23

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Thursday, May 24

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers
6 p.m. Believe

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Posted by: Pauline | May 6, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday May 13

Deuteronomy 6:1-9

Christian parents want to pass on their faith to their children and grandchildren, but sometimes aren’t sure how to go about it, especially if they’re not sure they can answer difficult questions about their faith. This passage in Deuteronomy provides guidance for them.

First, parents need to themselves love and obey God. Then they need to be diligent in teaching God’s Word to their children, taking opportunities in all their daily activities to talk about Him and His Word. While we don’t follow the practice of some Jews in literally tying boxes containing verses of Scripture on our hands and foreheads, we want knowledge of God’s Word just as present to our thoughts and actions. And when consistently live by God’s Word, our children will learn to follow our example.

John 2:1-12

The brief conversation between Jesus and his mother in this passage is one of those places where it would be nice to have more than just the words they said. So much of what we say to each other is conveyed by tone of voice, facial expressions, and gestures.

But Scripture only gives us those words, so what we have must be enough to understand the significance of the passage. Jesus did a sign, which manifested his glory, and his disciples believed in him. There is much we might wish to know about Jesus’ life, especially before the beginning of his public ministry. But what we have is enough so that, like the disciples, we put our trust in him.

Posted by: Pauline | May 6, 2018

Upcoming events: week of May 7

This Week

Tuesday, May 8

10:15 Bible Study
6 p.m. Believe

Wednesday, May 9

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Thursday, May 10

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers
6 p.m. Believe

 

Saturday, May 12

10:30 a.m. Mother/Daughter/Ladies Brunch

Sunday, May 13

9:30 a.m. Youth Sunday School
9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, May 15

6 p.m. Believe

Wednesday, May 16

1:30 p.m. Journey
6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Thursday, May 17

6 p.m. Believe

Saturday, May 19

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, May 20 Pentecost Sunday – wear RED

 

Posted by: Pauline | April 29, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday May 6

Habakkuk 1:1-4; 3:16-19

While we don’t know anything about the prophet Habakkuk except what can be inferred from his words in this book, we can identify the time frame as shortly before the Babylonian army invaded and conquered, carrying off the Jews into exile. We know from the history recorded in 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles, as well as from the prophets who were contemporaries of Habakkuk, that the religious reform attempted by King Josiah had died with him, and that corruption, immorality, and violence were rampant. Habakkuk cries out to God to do something about it.

In the rest of the book that is not part of this reading, we learn that God’s response to the evil in the kingdom of Judah will be to bring punishment by another evil nation, the Babylonians – who, in turn, will also be punished for their evil. So it looks like things will probably get a lot worse before they get better. Yet Habakkuk ends on a note of hope. He knows God’s power and God’s goodness, and no matter how bleak his circumstances, he will find strength in God and rejoice in Him.

Posted by: Pauline | April 29, 2018

Upcoming events: week of April 30

This Week

Tuesday, May 1

10:15 Bible Study
6 p.m. Believe

Wednesday, May 2

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Thursday, May 3

6 p.m. Believe

Saturday, May 5

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, April 29

9:30 a.m. Youth Sunday School
9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service
Worship Committee meeting following worship service

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, May 8

10:15 a.m. Bible Study
6 p.m. Believe

Wednesday, May 9

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Thursday, May 10

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers
6 p.m. Believe

 

Saturday, May 12

10:30 a.m. Mother/Daughter/Ladies Brunch

Posted by: Pauline | April 22, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday April 29

Galatians 6:6-10

Sometimes our distance from the life and times of the Bible makes it difficult to understand the illustrations that are used in Scripture, but sowing and reaping are images understandable even to people who don’t make their living by farming. Any child who has planted a seed in a paper cup full of dirt, then waited for it to grow, understands that it takes time. You take care of it, giving it sun and water, but the outcome still depends on God, whether you plant one seed in a cup or acres and acres of corn or beans.

Just a little experience with gardening is also enough to understand that you can’t plant carrot seeds and expect cucumbers to grow, or sow beans and reap tomatoes. So it is no surprise to find the same principle in our lives, that we can’t spend our time and resources on satisfying ourselves and expect to reap the fruits of righteousness.

1 Corinthians 13:9-13

Commentators differ on what Paul had in mind when he wrote “when the perfect comes” (or, depending on your translation, “when completeness comes”). Some consider it to have come already, when the writing of the Bible was completed. Other see it in the future, at the second coming of Christ. The differing views often correspond to one’s belief as to whether the spiritual gifts of tongues and prophesy ended with the apostles or continue today.

Whichever way it is interpreted, Paul clearly wants the Corinthian Christians to aspire more to loving one another than to the often more visible gifts of tongues or prophesy. If what we care about is other people seeing what good Christians we are, rather than on the good we can do for others – whether anyone sees it or not – we haven’t learned the lessons of love Paul is trying to teach us.

Posted by: Pauline | April 22, 2018

Upcoming events: week of April 23

This Week

Tuesday, April 24

10:15 Bible Study
6 p.m. Believe

Wednesday, April 25

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Thursday, April 26

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers
6 p.m. Believe

Sunday, April 29

9:30 a.m. Youth Sunday School
9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service
Graduation Luncheon following church service
6:30 p.m. Movie Night

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, May 1

10:15 a.m. Bible Study
6 p.m. Believe

Wednesday, May 2

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Thursday, May 3

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers
6 p.m. Believe

Saturday, May 5

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Saturday, May 12

10:30 a.m. Mother/Daughter/Ladies Brunch

Posted by: Pauline | April 16, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday April 22

Psalm 57

Unlike many psalms where we can only guess at what difficulties the author of the psalm was facing, here we know that David was fleeing from Saul and took refuge in a cave. It was likely the event narrated in 1 Samuel 24, when Saul entered the same cave, and David had the opportunity to kill him but refused to kill the Lord’s anointed king.

We don’t know whether David composed this psalm before or after the encounter with Saul. It is evident from the psalm that his trust in God is not dependent on his current circumstances. In the midst of difficulties, he still praises God and declares his confidence that God will deliver him.

Philippians 4:10-20

In our society today, we are bombarded daily by marketing messages designed to make us want what we do not already have. Paul’s attitude of being content with little or with plenty is foreign to many of us. We may choose not to buy something, whether because we lack the money or because we choose to use the money elsewhere, but wish we could have it and feel dissatisfied when we have to do without.

Paul’s speaks of having “learned” to be content, and he points us in the right direction for learning the same lesson. It is not from his own strength of character but from Christ who gives him the strength to do all things.

Posted by: Pauline | April 15, 2018

Upcoming events: week of April 16

This Week

Tuesday, April 17

No Bible Study
6 p.m. Believe

Wednesday, April 18

10 a.m. Journey Kick-off Brunch
6:30 p.m. Bible Study
6:30 p.m. Youth Group

Thursday, April 19

6 p.m. Believe

Saturday, April 21

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, April 22

9:30 a.m. Youth Sunday School
9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service
Congregational Forum following church service, lunch provided

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, April 24

10:15 a.m. Bible Study
6 p.m. Believe

Wednesday, April 25

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Thursday, April 26

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers
6 p.m. Believe

 

Saturday, May 12

10:30 a.m. Mother/Daughter/Ladies Brunch

Posted by: Pauline | April 9, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday April 15

Job 1:1-22

To acknowledge that all that we have comes from God is common among religious people, and even to say that it all still belongs to Him, and is given in trust to us for a time, is not too hard when we still have it. But when disasters strike, we generally find ourselves feeling wronged that we have lost so much, because really we tend to think of it as ours.

Job must have felt great grief, and probably anger, but even in such a crisis he is able to remember that everything he had lost was not really his but God’s, to give or take away according to His sovereign will.

1 Corinthians 10:12-13

While most of our Bible translations use the words temptation and tempted in verse 13, they can also be translated using test/trial and tested/tried. Paul likely has both meanings in mind in this passage. Whether we think in terms of temptation or trial, we get into trouble if we think either that we are strong enough that it will be no problem for us, or if we think it is too strong for us and we give in quickly.

Paul tells us that temptations/trials come to everyone, so we should expect them and be ready. And he reminds us that God gives us what we need to stand against them, not in our strength but in His.

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