Here I am again …
Have you been enjoying this beautiful fall weather? Then prayers of thanksgiving as well as harvest safety are certainly in order!
The Christian Church folk had great weather for the dedication of their new building Sunday. We sent a plant of congratulations to them in the name of our congregation. Hope some of you had a chance to take part in the festivities. “Miracle” was the word of the day for them. May it also be a word for us!
I indicated some changes might be in store for the youth groups. Because of school activities, the senior high group will not be meeting this week or next. Some of them, though, will be gathering on Thursday to decorate pumpkins for folks in Oakland Manor. The junior youth group ate at 6:00 p.m. instead of 6:30 p.m. this week in order to work in a field trip to Treynor. They will resume meeting at their usual time next week.
Making it to worship is always a worthwhile experience, an event pleasing to God. But if you like to sing, the 31st will be a special event for you. We are having a worship song fest, and you are invited to come prepared to request your favorite hymns. Also our children will be presenting some special numbers.
For this Sunday (24th)
• Scripture: Luke 10:25-37
• Sermon title: Heartfelt Compassion
1. What virtue or quality of character was Jesus highlighting in this parable?
2. In what ways, if any, are you like the robbers – cold-hearted, ruthless, selfish, etc.
3. In what ways, if any, are you like the scribe or Levite – observers, skirting trouble, avoiding involvement, etc.
4. In what ways, if any, are you like the Good Samaritan – compassionate, helpful, self-giving, etc.
5. Why do you think Jesus choose a Samaritan to teach about neighborliness and compassion?
If you are using the stewardship study book be ready to discussion chapter 6 this Sunday.
LOVE & JOY
Rev. Mark Haverland, has been appointed to serve the Macedonia- Wheeler Grove-Henderson charge through June. Please pray prayers of encouragement for him and these churches—they’ve faced some serious and unexpected losses this year. Also pray for and join in celebration with the Christian Church folk as they dedicate their new building this Sunday. And don’t forget to pray for harvest safety, as well.
Again I thank those of you who assisted with the funerals for Janis Dobernecker and Addie Mae Smith. I’m sorry that in my last email I forgot to thank those of you who ministered to these families by providing sound and projection expertise, music and food.
Our cluster charge conference was held at the Carson UMC this week. Most persons attending felt it was a positive experience. Sorry you had to miss!
Be alert—the youth group schedule for the 20th MAY be changed.
For this Sunday (17th)
• Scripture: Matthew 6:25-34
• Sermon title: First Things First
1. The study book refers to a biblical lifestyle. What’s that? See what Jesus has to say in Matthew 6:23.
2. This bible passage tells us not to worry about various things but to seek God’s kingdom instead. Could it ever be right to be worried, concerned, or anxious?
3. On page 85 of the study book is a list of Richard Foster’s principles to help guide our lifestyle choices and financial decisions. How can you apply this principle to your life—Shun whatever would distract you from your main goal of seeking first God’s kingdom.
4. If kingdom seeking is not your main goal in life what is getting in the way?
These are some tough but important thoughts for reflection. Be sure to pray for guidance as you consider them.
LOVE & JOY
Rev. TEXtor .
It’s me again …
This is just a brief note since I’m still playing catch-up from vacation.
Be sure to include the families of Janis Dobernecker, Don Hering, and Addie Mae Smith in your prayers.
Also keep in mind our cluster conference this coming Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Carson UMC. Plan to attend if at all possible.
For this Sunday (10th)
• Scripture: Matthew 28:1-6
• Sermon: Easter Eyes
1. The study book emphasis for this week is to stay out of debt as much as possible; the sermon emphasis is that there is one debt we can never repay, nor should we want too! How does the scripture selection illustrate the sermon emphasis?
2. What might we see when we look through Easter Eyes?
Many thanks to Ward Young, Debbie Rollins, and others who assisted with worship while I was gone. Also thanks to Merlin Jones for representing our church so well at Addie Mae’s funeral.
Do you like to sing? Then you won’t want to miss our October 31st worship song fest.
LOVE & JOY