THE PASTOR'S KEYBOARD
When was the last time you studied your Bible? I don’t mean threw it up in the air and wherever it came down you read for 3 minutes. I mean actually “studied.” Or maybe I should ask… have you “EVER” actually “STUDIED” anything in the Bible? Maybe it’s just me but if that’s the case… well… that seems somewhat problematic, doesn’t it? Given the fact that the primary way that God communicates with us is through His Word… Um… How are we supposed to have any idea what God is about if we are not immersed in His Word? The truth is… we can’t.
Relying on our memories from 3rd grade Sunday School to know anything about God is just… well... um… na´ve. Relying on our “conscience” to inform us about God is just… well… um... na´ve. Relying on television ministers to inform us about God is just… well… um… na´ve. Relying on our friends to inform us about God is just… well… um… na´ve. Get the picture?
Maybe you used to have a personal devotional time, but you have just gotten away from it… well??? Get back to it. Or maybe you have never been able to discipline yourself to look at the scriptures regularly. Here are a few ideas:
- If you are a computer or smart phone person, it’s fairly simple to find a program that will send you Bible texts or studies every day on your phone or computer at no cost.
- Find an accountability partner.
- Have reasonable goals so you don’t set yourself up for failure… i.e. begin with 5 minutes a day of study.
- Get involved in a Bible Study. The church has two of them… one for men and one for women.
- Be creative… no one is watching or grading you.
One of the great ongoing questions for Christians goes something like this: “How do I know what God wants me to do?”
Well… 5 minutes a day might help you answer that question.
The following items were approved in October:
- Communion and Session dates, and the calendar for 2018.
- Fundraisers by the Kitchen Committee, including a cookie sale on Dec. 16.
- Allowing Mike and Rachel B. to use the kitchen and fellowship hall for a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Nov. 26. They are adopting a baby from China and proceeds from the dinner will help offset costs.
- Confirmation class will start in mid-November.
- Community Thanksgiving service will be Nov. 19 at 3:30 p.m. at Central Highlands.
- Communion will be Oct. 29 instead of Nov. 5.
- The family Christmas Eve service will be at 4 p.m. with two other services, a contemplative service at 8 p.m. and a traditional candlelight service at 11 p.m.
Rev Little would like to meet with parents and students (7th grade and older) who are interested in Confirmation class. We will meet after church on Nov 19th. If you have any questions please call the church office.
LOOKING AHEAD TO CHRISTMAS EVE
We’re going to try something a little different this year. Instead of our 7:00 Family service on Christmas Eve we are going to go with a 4:00 p.m. time. Our second service in the evening will now be at 8:00 with the usual 11:00 candle-lighting service. So Christmas Eve will look something like this:
- No Sunday School
- 10:00 a.m. Worship
- 4:00 p.m. Family and Children service
- 8:00 p.m. Contemplative/contemporary service with Candle lighting.
- 11:00 p.m. Traditional Christmas eve with Candle lighting and Communion.
Because it is difficult to spread the word about
these kinds of things…
please tell friends and neighbors about our services!
Please join us for Sunday School at 9:00 a.m. and our Worship Service at 10:00 a.m.
If you would like to be notified via email when a church member or a close relative of a member (parent, child, or sibling) passes please call the church office. We promise we will not give your email address to anyone, nor will we abuse it.
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