Posted by: Pauline | May 21, 2017

Upcoming events: week of May 22

This Week

Tuesday, May 23

No Bible Study

Wednesday, May 24

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

Thursday, May 25

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers

Sunday, May 28

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service with guest speaker Richard Hoisington

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, May 30

10:15 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, May 31

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Saturday, June 3

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, June 4

Pentecost Sunday – Wear RED!

Posted by: Pauline | May 15, 2017

Scriptures for Sunday May 21

2 Corinthians 5:11-21

Theologians have used the phrase “wonderful exchange” to describe what Christ has done for us. He took our sin, and gave us His righteousness. It is wonderful that He would do that for us, and wonderful that we have new life in Him. It is no wonder that Paul seek to spread the word of this offer God makes, that in spite of our sinfulness we can be reconciled to God.

Romans 10:1-4, 11-15

Paul has laid out clearly the theology of salvation in the preceding chapters. Now he sums it up, “for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” But that won’t happen, he realizes, unless people hear the Gospel, and that won’t happen unless someone is sent to preach to them.

 

Posted by: Pauline | May 14, 2017

Upcoming events: week of May 15

This Week

Tuesday, May 16

No Bible Study

Wednesday, May 17

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

Saturday, May 20

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, May 21

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

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, May 23

No Bible Study

Wednesday, May 24

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

Thursday, May 25

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers

Posted by: Pauline | May 7, 2017

Scriptures for Sunday May 14

Colossians 3:12-17

Earlier in the chapter, Paul has listed the sinful behavior that Christians need to rid from their lives. There are churches that seem to focus particularly on the getting-rid-of-sin aspect of Christian living. Some other churches don’t like to seem judgmental or negative and only focus on the verses which follow, exhorting Christians to positive behavior.

But both are important. We have to end the sinful habits that displease God and hurt ourselves and others, and we also have to replace those habits with habits of holiness. The kind of life Paul describes might seem, to some, an unreachable ideal. But Paul clearly expects people to follow his teachings, and by the encouragement of one another and the power of the Holy Spirit, we are able to.

Philippians 1:3-11

Two important themes in Philippians are joy and sharing, and Paul starts out with a joyful prayer because of the Philippians’ sharing in the ministry of the Gospel. They share financially in the spread of the Gospel, they share in the grace of God, and they obviously share a close emotional bond with one another and with Paul.

Paul has mostly good things to say about the Philippian church, but even they are not a perfect church. Paul exhorts them to abound more and more in their love, with increasing knowledge and discernment of what is best, and he also expresses confidence that God will complete His work in and through them.

Posted by: Pauline | May 7, 2017

Upcoming events: week of May 8

This Week

Tuesday, May 9

10:15 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, May 10

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

Thursday, May 11

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

Sunday, May 14

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

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, May 16

No Bible Study

Wednesday, May 17

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

Saturday, May 20

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Posted by: Pauline | April 30, 2017

Scriptures for Sunday May 7

Ephesians 4:31-32

Throughout the Bible, we are called to be like God, who created us in His image. God could have been harsh with us, giving us only what we deserved. But in His grace He forgave us, and we are likewise to forgive others, rather than wanting to see them hurt just as they hurt us.

Matthew 18:21-35

What Paul gave as a command about forgiveness, Jesus expresses in a story. One who has been forgiven a great debt, then turns around and refuses to forgive a much smaller debt, shows that he does not really appreciate the grace he had received.

Posted by: Pauline | April 30, 2017

Upcoming events: week of May 1

This Week

Tuesday, May 2

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

Wednesday, May 3

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Saturday, May 6

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, May 7

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service including Communion for all ages, and recognition of graduating seniors
Worship Committee meeting following the worship service

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, May 9

10:15 Bible Study

Wednesday, May 10

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

Thursday, May 11

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers

Posted by: Pauline | April 24, 2017

Scriptures for Sunday April 30

Ephesians 5:6-21

Paul draws a sharp contrast in this passage between two ways of life, represented by light and darkness. As stark as the contrast is, however, he does not suggest that it is always easy for us to know the right thing to do. He warns against being deceived, and urges us to use discernment and be careful in our walk.

He also makes it clear that this is not a solitary walk we take alone. He is addressing us as members of a church, and we have a responsibility not only for our own walk but to allow God to speak to others through us, as well as hearing Him speak to us through them.

Matthew 18:15-20

Jesus provides practical steps for dealing with the kind of moral issues that can severely damage our lives and our testimony as believers. But churches today make little use of his instructions, whether out of fear of being overly harsh, an aversion to conflict, or simply because in so many churches, people really don’t know each other all that well. And because in our modern, mobile society, it may seem easier to find a new church – or no church at all – than to go through the messy, sometimes painful process of resolving problems the right way.

Posted by: Pauline | April 24, 2017

Upcoming events: week of April 24

This Week

Tuesday, April 25

No Bible Study
1 – 5 p.m. Presbytery meeting

Wednesday, April 26

4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot
6:30 p.m. Bible Study
6:30 p.m. Youth Group
6:30 p.m. Session Meeting

Thursday, April 27

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers
7 p.m. Handchimes practice

Sunday, April 30

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service
Youth Group walk dogs at Burlington Humane Society after church
6:30 p.m. Movie Night, showing “Second Hand Lions”

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, May 2

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

Wednesday, May 3

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Saturday, May 6

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Posted by: Pauline | April 16, 2017

Upcoming events: week of April 17

This Week

Tuesday, April 18

No Bible Study

Wednesday, April 19

10 a.m. Journey
No Bible Study

Sunday, April 23

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

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, April 25

10:15 Bible Study
1 – 5 p.m. Presbytery meeting

Wednesday, April 26

4:30 – 6 p.m. Clothes Depot
6:30 p.m. Bible Study
6:30 p.m. Youth Group
6:30 p.m. Session Meeting

Thursday, April 27

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers
7 p.m. Handchimes practice

Sunday, April 30

Youth Group walk dogs at Burlington Humane Society after church
6:30 p.m. Movie Night

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