Every Sunday morning an elder is in the prayer room during worship praying for our church and those in worship. If you have any special prayer concerns you can leave them on the table in the prayer room. Please be discreet about your concerns.
MONTHLY FINANCES AT A GLANCE
Through Octoberr 2018
Under for the year
Children ages 3 through 8 are dismissed after the Children’s Sermon to join two adults for about 40 minutes for a time of crafts or a game, a Bible story and maybe a snack. Signup sheets will be available in church on Sundays. There must be two adults each week to be with the students. All teachers are required to have their clearances.
LOCAL CHURCH CLOSURE
The First United Presbyterian Church in Boston held its final worship on Sunday, October 28, 2018. A number of items from that church were brought here and are now on display on the communion table in our chapel.
FROM THE PEWS
Personalizing The Word
New International Version (NIV)
Living as Those Made Alive in Christ
1 Since, then, I have been raised with Christ, I will set my heart on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
2 I will set my mind on things above, not on earthly things.
3 For I have died, and my life is now hidden with Christ in God.
4 When Christ, who is my life, appears, then I also will appear with him in glory.
5 I Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to my earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. [b]
7 I used to walk in these ways, in the life I once lived.
8 But now I must also rid myself of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from my lips.
9 I shall not lie to anyone, since I have taken off my old self with its practices
10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
12 Therefore, as one of God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, I choose to clothe myself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
13 I will bear with all people, especially God’s chosen people and forgive everyone
even if I have a grievance against someone. I choose to forgive as the Lord forgave me.
14 And over all these virtues I will put on love, which binds all of God’s people all together in perfect unity.
15 I will let the peace of Christ rule in my heart, since as a member of one body I have been called to peace, and be thankful.
16 I purposely choose to let the message of Christ dwell within me richly as I teach and admonish others with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in my heart.
17 And whatever I do, whether in word or deed, I will do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
The Chancel aides for the month of December are Jann M. and Debbie P.
The deadline for the January “News From the Mount” is December. 10th. Anyone needing to put an article in the newsletter for the month of January must turn the article in to the office no later than December 10.
CHURCH OFFICE HOURS
Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and closed on Fridays. The office will be closed Dec 24-26th.
Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life
by Tish Harrison Warren
Most of our lives are unexceptional, routine, maybe even boring. So is there a way to find God in our everyday routines? A way to find the sacred in the little things we do each day? Author Tish Harrison Warren believes that we can and should do so.
Her chapters are written about ordinary parts of a day - waking, making the bed, brushing teeth, eating leftovers, even losing keys, fighting with her husband and sitting in traffic. But then she takes those ordinary parts and finds the practical theology that they contain. Making the bed, for example, is an act of routine and ritual and compares in the author’s view to liturgy. (Wikipedia defines liturgy as “a communal response to and participation in, the sacred through activity reflecting praise, thanksgiving, supplication or repentance.”) Eating leftovers she subtitles “Word, sacrament, and overlooked nourishment.” She states that both “Word [scripture] and sacrament are profoundly related to food.”
This book challenges us to view our lives as worship and the ordinariness of our days as service to God. It is very readable and relatable.
Reviewed by Ellen L.
USE OF CHURCH PROPERTY
If you borrow tables or chairs from the church, remember, please make your request through the Fellowship Committee call the office at 412 751-8479.
If you/committee are planning to have a meeting, PLEASE schedule your meeting through the office. Knowing the date, time and number of expected attendees helps to be certain that the space is available and who is responsible for the group.
If you are interested in contributing to the Newsletter with an article for publication please submit your notes to the office. Since this is a “forum”, there might be some give and take if folks are interested. Also, good Christian book reports are greatly welcomed. The deadline is the 15th of the month except for December when it is the 10th.
Please notify the office if you are moving or will be temporarily away so records can be kept updated and mail is delivered in a timely fashion. Also, returned mail has a cost to the church.
Even though you may be on vacation – the church is not. We still must pay utilities, insurance and etc. Food Bank items may be deposited in the box in the Narthex or at the lower parking lot entrance. Paper products are especially welcome. Continue to visit the Abitibi bin with your recyclable papers.