Posted by: Pauline | September 9, 2018

Upcoming events: week of September 10

This Week

Tuesday, September 11

10:15 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, September 12

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

Thursday, September 13

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers

Saturday, September 15

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, September 16

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

Looking Ahead

Wednesday, September 19

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

Sunday, September 30

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Joint worship service with Morning Sun church at Lake Odessa, followed by brunch

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Posted by: Pauline | September 3, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday September 9

James 1:17-27

In popular culture, and even sometimes among churchgoing people, being religious is generally associated with various religious rituals.  People who go to church regularly, pray a lot, and read the Bible and devotional literature are considered “religious” – a designation that many people shy away from. Those activities are good, but James paints a different picture of true religion, which has at least as much to do with everyday behavior as what one does on Sundays or other specifically religious contexts.

Taking care of the needy, such as widows and orphans, requires being among them, first to see them and their needs, and then to meet those needs. In the process there will be temptations to act and react in ways that serve self rather than God, and that require careful attention to what we have been taught by God, to do what He desires instead of what may come more naturally to us.

Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

The Pharisees had a great many rules they followed, believing this made them more acceptable to God. It must have been challenging, keeping all those rules. Then again, aren’t there days when it seems like it might be easier to keep oneself “pure” by ritual washings and only eating certain foods prepared a certain way, than to be kind to rude people and patient with slow people and forgiving to mean people and not wish for what we don’t have, such as an easier life?

Jesus made it clear that eating the wrong things does not defile us, because it is what comes out of our heart that defiles us. But that also means that eating the right things, or following any number of other rules, can’t make our hearts pure, because it is still what comes out of our heart that defiles us. This passage doesn’t give us the answer to our “heart trouble,” but we know from other passages that Jesus himself is the answer.

Posted by: Pauline | September 3, 2018

Upcoming events: week of September 3

This Week

Tuesday, September 4

8 a.m. Rummage Sale set-up
No Bible Study

Wednesday, September 5

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Friday, September 7

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Rummage Sale

Saturday, September 8

8-11 a.m. Rummage Bag Sale

Sunday, September 9

9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:45 a.m. Worship Service: Camp Wyoming Sunday and Blessing of the Backpacks

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, September 11

10:15 Bible Study

Wednesday, September 12

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

Thursday, September 13

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers

Saturday, September 15

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, September 30

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Joint worship service with Morning Sun church at Lake Odessa, followed by brunch

Posted by: Pauline | August 26, 2018

Upcoming events: week of August 27

This Week

Tuesday, August 28

10:15 Bible Study

Wednesday, August 29

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Saturday, September 1

No Clothes Depot due to holiday weekend

Sunday, September 2

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

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, September 4

8 a.m. Rummage Sale set-up
No Bible Study

Wednesday, September 5

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Friday, September 7

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Rummage Sale

Saturday, September 8

8-11 a.m. Rummage Bag Sale

Sunday, September 9

Camp Wyoming Sunday and Blessing of the Backpacks

Sunday, September 30

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Joint worship service with Morning Sun church at Lake Odessa, followed by brunch

Posted by: Pauline | August 19, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday August 26

Psalm 84

While the translations we commonly use refer to God’s dwelling place as “lovely,” the Hebrew word is generally translated “beloved.” There is certainly beauty in the place of worship, but it is lovely to the worshiper primarily because of the presence of the God who is worshiped and loved. Over and over the psalmist shows intense love for God and for God’s dwelling place. It is the place longed for when on the journey, and that gives delight to the one who has entered to worship. Even to wait in the doorway is far better than to live elsewhere in luxury.

Ephesians 6:10-20

Many people today are uncomfortable with the martial imagery in this passage, remembering how over the centuries people have committed violence while claiming the name of Christ. Some have reacted to those wrongs of the past by making faith a purely private matter, just between an individual and God. But Paul reminds us that there is a cosmic struggle between good and evil, and while we may be confident of God’s ultimate victory, we do not get to sit back as spectators but are in the thick of the battle.

Lest we fall back into thinking we fight against those who believe differently, Paul reminds us that our enemies are not other people. Our armor is no threat to them unless they are enemies of truth, righteousness, faith, and peace. And since we still might try to fight the wrong enemy or in the wrong way, he also reminds us to keep praying all the time.

Posted by: Pauline | August 19, 2018

Upcoming events: week of August 20

This Week

Tuesday, August 21

2:30 – 4 p.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, August 22

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Thursday, August 23

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers

Sunday, August 26

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

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, August 28

No Bible Study

Wednesday, August 29

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Saturday, September 1

No Clothes Depot due to holiday weekend

Sunday, September 2

Guest speaker Richard Hoisington

Tuesday, September 4

8 a.m. Rummage Sale set-up

Friday, September 7

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Rummage Sale

Saturday, September 8

8-11 a.m. Rummage Bag Sale

Posted by: Pauline | August 12, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday August 19

1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14

Solomon began his reign with the awareness that he needed wisdom from God in order to be a good king. God was pleased with his desire for wisdom, and promised wisdom as well as riches and power. From the Biblical accounts of the rest of his life, we know that Solomon showed wisdom in some cases, but made terribly wrong choices in others. God gave him discernment to understand right and wrong, but Solomon still had to choose which to follow.

Ephesians 5:15-20

Christians in Ephesus are also exhorted to a life of wisdom. This means seeking God’s will rather than their own pleasures, and results in a life characterized by joyful fellowship and thanksgiving.

Posted by: Pauline | August 12, 2018

Upcoming events: week of August 13

This Week

Tuesday, August 14

No Bible Study

Wednesday, August 15

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Saturday, August 18

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

Sunday, August 19

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

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, August 21

No Bible Study

Wednesday, August 22

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Thursday, August 23

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers

 

Posted by: Pauline | August 5, 2018

Scriptures for Sunday August 12

Psalm 130

Most if not all of us can think of times when our troubles have seemed overwhelming. We can imagine what the psalmist must have felt as he cried to God “out of the depths.” We beg God for help, and sometimes our hope begins to falter when He does not seem to come through for us in the time frame we think appropriate. The psalmist is addressing God, not us, but we can learn from his example to wait and hope.

John 6:41-58

Was Jesus trying to provoke a reaction among his listeners? Who could hear him speak of eating his flesh and drinking his blood and not have a strong reaction? Those who were committed to him would continue to follow him, trusting that he had a good reason for what he said, whether they understood it or not. But any who were merely curious, or hoping for a miracle that might benefit them personally, must have found a disturbing element in his teaching this time.

Jesus could have given a message that was easier for people to swallow. But his mission was not to win people over, it was to speak the truth to those who listened, especially to those who were drawn to him by the Father.

Posted by: Pauline | August 5, 2018

Upcoming events: week of August 6

This Week

Tuesday, August 7

10:15 a.m. Bible Study
1:30 p.m. Women’s Guild: Rummage Sale planning meeting

Wednesday, August 8

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

Thursday, August 9

9 a.m. – Noon Journey Stitchers

Sunday, August 12

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

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, August 14

10:15 a.m. Bible Study

Wednesday, August 15

6:30 p.m. Bible Study

Saturday, August 18

10 a.m. – Noon Clothes Depot

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