NEWS and UPDATES from our CHURCH
FROM THE PASTOR
A new year is upon us. Already. Didn’t we just do this?? It seems that time really does go by faster and faster as we grow older. I wonder what the message is in this sense of time rushing by – what spiritual message, what message of the heart is unfolding for us as we feel time rolling us faster and faster into yet another year. Perhaps it is that now, more than ever, we need to deliberately stop our activity, pause, take time to be aware of what is around us, and be thankful. Our lives are overrun with information (much of it unwanted and useless!) and with the push of society to be “doing, doing, doing” all the time. This isn’t what Jesus taught us. He never rushed. He never said to anyone calling upon Him, “Can I get back to you on that?” He often took times of solitude and prayer to gain His perspective, to listen for the call on His life, to follow the leading of His Father. If Jesus needed to do this, how much more do we need to stop, to listen, to pray, to look around at all the abundance of our lives and fall on our knees in gratitude.
Several Christmases ago, I received a small journal and a lavender pen. I decided to make this little book my gratitude journal. Each day I would write at least three things for which I was grateful – from grand sunsets to the pleasure of a cup of tea. I kept it for months…and then slowly forgot about it. One week in Advent this season, I picked it back up and decided that I need to do this again, to keep doing it, to remind myself of what joy there is in my life in the small as well as the big blessings. Ann Voskamp wrote “1,000 Gifts” encouraging her readers to keep gratitude journals…3 thanksgivings a day for 365 days will equal over 1000 entries. It changed her life. It certainly enhances mine in ways that often surprise me.
Today’s entry begins: time to pause. And for that, I am grateful.
BELIEVE: Living the Story of the Bible to Become Like Jesus
the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00.
RAY VANDER LAAN SERIES
The fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:00 we will be using these DVDs as focus. We begin with “God Heard Their Cry” learning about the Hebrew people, their culture and their history in Egypt and during the Exodus. Perfect for both history buffs and Bible study friends.
FRIDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY
Our study is on the first and third Fridays of the month at 10:30. We are currently watching various Christian and Biblical movies to spur discussion and prayer. All are welcome to join us.
A word from Martin Churchmouse
I wonder what this New Year will bring. I am hoping: snow, more cheese, time with friends, and lots of time with my Sunday School classmates. See you there!!
NEWS FROM THE WOMEN’S GROUP
We will meet Friday, January 13 at 10:30. This is a “care group” providing extra touches of God’s care to our church family and beyond. All women of the church are invited to participate.
NEWS FROM THE LIBRARY
Got a lot to be thankful for? We are thankful to have such good books and DVDs to share. Stop by the box of new items in the back of the sanctuary to make your choice.
Rev. Rae, Ray Grady, Sandy Eichelberg, Donna Gilman and Deb Kowalewski have been meeting to draw up a Covenant for our church. Congregational churches are formed by covenanting with one another before God to be together in Christian worship, fellowship and service. It seems that our church never had one – or that it has been lost. So this group has worked hard to come up with a covenant that we believe speaks for this congregation. This draft covenant will be sent to congregants in the mail this month. We are open to comments and hope to have a final document ready to be voted on at our Annual Meeting in February 2017. Please watch your mail!
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