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Schapville Zion Church Newsletter February 2018

 

Dear Ones,

This month we celebrate Valentine’s Day and begin our Lenten journey on the same day.  It may seem like an odd combination, but Jesus said, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"

I had a young woman say to me one time, “Christians don’t have a lock on love; I love my husband and my kids.” 

She does, but she cannot love them with the fullness that she was meant to enjoy.  Because she isn’t a person of faith her love is open to all the ups and downs, the pitfalls of living in a fallen world. 

When our love is in Christ it is a different love, a God given love.  A love so radical it required a new word, “Agape.”  A word that before the New Testament writings did not exist.

This new perception of love is based on the needs of others and is not limited by their deeds.  In other words, “I love you no matter what you say or what you do.”  Thomas Aquinas expresses it as “to will the good of another.”  It is agape that allows to love and forgive our enemies.

This new concept of love to which each of us is called is not easy.  But it is more precious than silver or gold.  It changes hearts and lives.  It not only the lives of those who receive agape love, but those who give it.  May you give and receive God’s love in Christ today and every day.

Blessings and love,

Pastor Dottie

 

Prayer Changes Things

Please remember to pray for those in need of prayer. 

Colossians 4:2, “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

 

Those in the Mission Field

Those in Ministry

Healing

Josh C., Mike H., Jeff W., Krista, Dan G.

Continued Healing

Jack (home for rehab)

Those who Mourn

Traveling Mercies

Snowbirds and Students

Wisdom

God’s Protection & Provision

Our friends in the Yukon

Mercy

Comfort

Encouragement

Dixie, Vandigo family

Peace

Praise

God answers prayer!

 

Thank You!

Dear Ones,

On behalf of our community of faith, I would like to thank the members of our session who have retired this year: Steve Deliberto, Barb Kuhl and Diane Marcure.  Your service to this community of faith is deeply appreciated.  We are grateful for the humor and expertise you shared with all of us in your leadership roles.  We thank your families as they not only assisted you in your duties but encouraged your service. 

Blessings and love,

Pastor Dottie

 

The Poetry Corner

 

“Love is of God”

 

Beloved, let us love: love is of God;

In God alone hath love its true abode.

 

Beloved, let us love: for they who love,

They only, are His sons, born from above.

 

Beloved, let us love: for love is rest,

And he who loveth not abides unblest.

 

Beloved, let us love: for love is light,

And he who loveth not dwelleth in night.

 

Beloved, let us love: for only thus

Shall we behold that God Who loveth us.

 

Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)

He was a Scottish churchman and poet. He is remembered as a prodigious poet and hymn-writer.

 

 

January

Dear Ones,

As we come to another New Year, it is a good time to take a moment to take look at our relationship with Jesus Christ.

As you consider your relationship with Jesus Christ, here are three clarifying question.

Is there evidence of God’s presence in your life?

How real has God been this week to your heart?

How clear and vivid is your assurance and certainty of God’s forgiveness and unconditional love. To what degree is that real to you right now?

Are you having any particular seasons of sweet delight in God?

Do you really sense his presence in your life?

Do you really sense him giving you his love?

Is there evidence of Scripture changing you?

Are you reading your Bible regularly?

Are you finding certain biblical promises extremely precious and encouraging?

Which ones?

Are you finding God’s calling you or challenging you to something through the word, in what ways?

Is there evidence of a growing appreciation for God’s mercy?

Are you finding God’s grace more glorious and moving now than you have in the past?

Are you conscious of a growing sense of the evil of your heart, and in response, a growing dependence on and grasp of the preciousness of the mercy of God?

We spend a lot of our time just going about our daily routine.  In this mid-winter, while things are quiet it is a good time to think about God and measure the depth of our relationship.  Winter invites us to go deeper into our relationship with Christ.  There are several ways to seek the Lord’s face.  You can spend more time in God’s Word, you can read the Word, you can pray God’s Word, you can even sing God’s Word to bring it deeper into your spirit.  There are devotionals that are available, suited to every approach to faith.  There is prayer and meditation, spending time in God’s presence and love.  The outreach to others is the expression of a growing understanding of God’s mercy and grace.

In 2018, my prayer for you, is that you grow in God’s grace and mercy.  That your life be filled with God’s love and hope.

Blessings and love,

Pastor Dottie

 

Prayer Changes Things

Please remember to pray for those in need of prayer.  Colossians 4:2,  “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

 

Those in the Mission Field

Those in Ministry

Healing

Josh C., Austin P., Jeff W., Jack, Erin, Donna

Continued Healing

Those who Mourn

Rosemary and her family

Traveling Mercies

Wisdom

God’s Protection & Provision

Mercy

Comfort

Encouragement

Christian Unity

Peace

Praise

New life, Melanie and David E. celebrate the birth of their son, Zachery.

God answers prayer!

 

Thank You!

Dear Ones,

Dan and I want to thank you for coming to our Open House.  We enjoyed seeing so many of you fellowshipping together in our home in the spirit of the season.  We also want to thank you for your special congregation gift.  We will use it in a special way. Thank you so much, for the prayers, cards, and gifts.  As always, Dan and I are deeply touched by your prayers, your generosity and kindness.

Blessings and love,

Pastor Dottie

 

The Poetry Corner

 

“The New Age”

 

When navies are forgotten

And fleets are useless things,

When the dove shall warm her bosom

Beneath the eagle’s wings;

 

When the memory of battles

At last is strange and old,

When nations have one banner

And creeds have found one fold;

 

When the Hand that sprinkles midnight,

With its dust of powdered suns

Has hushed this tiny tumult

Of sects, and swords, and guns,

 

Then hate’s last note of discord

In all God’s world shall cease

In the conquest which is service

In the victory which is peace!

 

Frederick Lawrence Knowles (1869-1905)

He was born at Lawrence, Massachusetts, September 8, 1869, and graduated at Wesleyan University in 1894 and Harvard University in 1896. He worked in the editorial department of Houghton Mifflin Company and with the staff of L. C. Page and Company as literary adviser. In 1900 he accepted a similar position with Dana Estes and Company. Mr. Knowles was the author of two volumes of verse: "On Life's Stairway", 1900, and "Love Triumphant", 1904. In addition to his own work in poetry he was the editor of several excellent anthologies.

 

Calendar January 2018

01/01   New Year Blessings

01/02   NO Men’s Breakfast

01/06   Epiphany of the Lord

01/07   Baptism of the Lord Worship/Communion 10:00 AM

01/09   Men’s Breakfast resumes 8:00 AM @ fellowship hall

01/14   Session meets in fellowship hall immediately following worship

01/16   Covenant Group 12:00 pm TBA

01/18   Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins

 

Men’s Breakfast meets on Tuesdays at 8:00 AM in fellowship hall.  Small group meets on Sunday 7:30 PM at the DuBois farm, please call the church or Connie DuBois for directions and information. 

 

Jeremiah 29:11 11For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

 

Schapville Zion Church Newsletter

 

 

Dear Ones,

This is a special story, I wanted to share with you, written by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson, it reminds us of the greatest of all Christmas gifts, Jesus the Christ.  Enjoy!

Though money didn't flow as freely as the rain that winter, my parents worked with joyful anticipation to give my brother and me a Christmas present we would never forget. They scrimped for months and then spent more than they could probably afford for a Marx electric train.

Then the day before Christmas, a cousin stationed at a nearby military base pulled into the driveway. Opening the trunk of his car he lifted out a large heavy box. My brother and I could hardly wait to see what it was. On Christmas morning we opened it first. Eagerly we unwrapped an expensive new electric train set. Wow! You had to pull us down off the ceiling. A Lionel train, too! Then we opened the presents from our parents--another electric train. Ho hum. And not nearly as extravagant as the one from our cousin. Guess who’s we played with most?

Mom and Dad were hurt. The outlay for an unmarried Air Force lieutenant was nothing compared to the sacrifice my parents had made. But all we saw was the glamour of an expensive train. We counted our parents' gift as merely a nice accessory.

Our heavenly Father spends many a disappointing Christmas. Amidst the glittering ornaments and flashing Christmas lights, the hurry and hustle of shopping and wrapping and family get-togethers, parties and presents, trees and turkeys--who really cares about His gift? What gets more attention from us: our Father's gift of life in Jesus Christ or the quickly-wrapped department store gifts from our cousins?

Thank you, Father, for Jesus. Thank you for the abundant life that we, His disciples, can enjoy now. Thank you for sending us a most expensive gift--your own life. Thank you!

Dan and I, pray your Christmas will be filled love, grace and peace.

Blessings and love,

Pastor Dottie and Dan

Advent

Schedule

December 3rd, 1st Sunday of Advent

Hanging of the Greens and dessert, immediately following worship

December 10th, 2nd Sunday of Advent

10:00 am, Cantata

Pastor’s luncheon at the manse immediately following worship

December 17th, 3rd Sunday of Advent

Session meets in fellowship hall immediately following worship

December 20th, 7:00 pm Blue Christmas

Worship with Communion, cookies and cocoa immediately following worship

December 24th, No morning worship. 

7:00 pm Christmas Eve

Candlelight Worship with

Communion

December 25th, Christmas Blessings

December 31  Hymn Sing

 

 

Prayer Changes Things

Please remember to pray for those in need of prayer.  Philippians 4:6-7, “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

 

Those in the Mission Field

Those in Ministry

Healing

George, Josh C., Jack

Continued Healing

Peg, Erin, Kathie & Tony, Fran

Those who Mourn

Traveling Mercies

Wisdom

God’s Protection & Provision

Mercy

Comfort

 

Encouragement

Denise’s parents in their new home

Peace

Praise

God answers prayer!

 

Thank You!

Dear Ones,

Thank you so much, for the prayers, cards, and gifts I received for my birthday.

As always, I am always deeply touched by your prayers, your generosity and kindness.

Blessings and love,

Pastor Dottie

 

The Poetry Corner

 

“Christmas in the Heart”

 

It is Christmas in the mansion,

Yule-log fires and silken frocks;

It is Christmas in the cottage,

Mother’s filling little socks.

 

It is Christmas on the highway,

In the thronging, busy mart;

But the dearest truest Christmas

Is Christmas in the heart.

Anonymous

 

In Appreciation for Anonymous

We often learn meaningful lessons from Anonymous.  It is Anonymous who sometimes brightens our day with cheerful or funny thoughts.  So often it is Anonymous who gives treasure, or time not seeking thanks but seeking only to give.  This Christmas give thanks for Anonymous!

 

November

Dear ones,

I know that if you have not already received one, you will receive a stewardship letter soon.

As your pastor, I just wanted to thank you for your faithful support of our community of faith.

Your prayers, the generous donation of your time and treasure is deeply, appreciated by me and our session. 

II Corinthians reminds us: “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”  

I know that many of you are on fixed incomes and give sacrificially.  Please know that your sacrifice does not go unnoticed.

We at the session make a prayerful effort to use the gifts that you provide wisely.  We try to keep our local expenses under control, so that we can do as a congregation what we are called to do by Jesus Christ, which is to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless heal the sick and visit those in prison.

It is through your generosity that we can support places like Riverview Center; our Child Fund grandchild, Yeri; the Bering Witness.  There are the hygiene, school and clean-up kits distributed across our country and across the world.  We also support our Presbytery, Synod and General Assembly.  In addition, there are the special Presbyterian missions you support.  Locally, there is the food pantry, CROP Walk and Sonshine Center.  For our congregation the building fund and the cemetery fund receive your support.  I know that I have probably missed a mission or situation that you have all worked hard to support.  Our outreach is so wide-ranging. 

It can only be this extensive because of your generous spirit and your commitment to God. 

We are approaching Thanksgiving Day; Dan and I pray you will have a Thanksgiving filled with God’s blessings.  For those of you who will be on the road may God grant you traveling mercies. 

As your pastor, again, thank you and God bless you.

Blessings and love,

Pastor Dottie

 

Prayer Changes Things

Please remember to pray for those in need of prayer.  Philippians 4:6-7, “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

 

Those in the Mission Field

Those in Ministry

Healing

Bobby, Erin, Theresa M., Kathy W. George (Janet K’s brother) as he has surgery

Continued Healing

Fran H. Darrin & Kirby, Donna B., Tony & Kathy A.

Those who Mourn

Richard G., on the death of his dear friend Marlene H., the Bischel family on the death of their beloved Sally, Cheryl and her family on the death of their beloved Butch

Traveling Mercies

Wisdom

God’s Protection & Provision

Mercy

Comfort

Encouragement

Erin’s family as she is recuperating in France.

Peace

Praise

God answers prayer!

 

Thank You!

Dear Ones,

Just as the season of fresh vegetables and fruits is coming to an end, the home prepared can goods have appeared at the manse.  The tomatoes, salsa, applesauce and other canned items are wonderful. 

Thank you all, your prayers, your generosity and kindness to Dan and I are deeply appreciated.  Thank you again, for all you do.

Blessings and love,

Pastor Dottie and Dan

Coffee Donations

Many of you have been very generous in bringing tins of coffee for our fellowship time before church.  We thank you for your generosity. 

It has come to the attention of the worship committee that there are those who would like to share in the cost of our coffee.  If you would like to make a freewill offering to help defray the cost of coffee there will be a container on the counter to receive your offering.  Thank you all for your generous spirits.

 

The Poetry Corner

 

“Thanks Be To God”

 

I do not thank Thee, Lord,

That I have bread to eat while others starve;

Nor yet for work to do

While empty hands solicit Heaven;

Nor for body strong

While other bodies flatten beds of pain.

No, not for these do I give thanks!

 

But I am grateful, Lord,

Because my meager loaf I may divide;

For that my busy hands

May move to meet another’s need;

Because my doubled strength

I may expend to steady one who faints.

Yes, for all these do I give thanks!

 

For heart to share, desire to bear

And will to lift,

Flamed into one by deathless Love-

Thanks be to God for this!

Unspeakable! His Gift!

Fanie Alford

 

About the Author

I was unable to find any biographical information on Fanie Alford.  She speaks to us, saying in God’s eyes, it is not only how grateful we are for what we have but how grateful we are to be able to use what we received from God to His glory.  Reminding us of Jesus’ words in Luke: “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” 

 

 

Dear ones,

 

I know that if you have not already received one, you will receive a stewardship letter soon.

 

As your pastor, I just wanted to thank you for your faithful support of our community of faith.

 

Your prayers, the generous donation of your time and treasure is deeply, appreciated by me and our session. 

 

II Corinthians reminds us: “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”  

 

I know that many of you are on fixed incomes and give sacrificially.  Please know that your sacrifice does not go unnoticed.

 

We at the session make a prayerful effort to use the gifts that you provide wisely.  We try to keep our local expenses under control, so that we can do as a congregation what we are called to do by Jesus Christ, which is to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless heal the sick and visit those in prison.

 

It is through your generosity that we can support places like Riverview Center; our Child Fund grandchild, Yeri; the Bering Witness.  There are the hygiene, school and clean-up kits distributed across our country and across the world.  We also support our Presbytery, Synod and General Assembly.  In addition, there are the special Presbyterian missions you support.  Locally, there is the food pantry, CROP Walk and Sonshine Center.  For our congregation the building fund and the cemetery fund receive your support.  I know that I have probably missed a mission or situation that you have all worked hard to support.  Our outreach is so wide-ranging. 

 

It can only be this extensive because of your generous spirit and your commitment to God. 

 

We are approaching Thanksgiving Day; Dan and I pray you will have a Thanksgiving filled with God’s blessings.  For those of you who will be on the road may God grant you traveling mercies. 

 

As your pastor, again, thank you and God bless you.

 

Blessings and love,

 

Pastor Dottie

 

 

 

Prayer Changes Things

 

Please remember to pray for those in need of prayer.  Philippians 4:6-7, “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

 

 

 

Those in the Mission Field

 

Those in Ministry

 

Healing

 

Bobby, Erin, Theresa M., Kathy W. George (Janet K’s brother) as he has surgery

 

Continued Healing

 

Fran H. Darrin & Kirby, Donna B., Tony & Kathy A.

 

Those who Mourn

 

Richard G., on the death of his dear friend Marlene H., the Bischel family on the death of their beloved Sally, Cheryl and her family on the death of their beloved Butch

 

Traveling Mercies

 

Wisdom

 

God’s Protection & Provision

 

Mercy

 

Comfort

 

Encouragement

 

Erin’s family as she is recuperating in France.

 

Peace

 

Praise

 

God answers prayer!

 

 

 

Thank You!

 

Dear Ones,

 

Just as the season of fresh vegetables and fruits is coming to an end, the home prepared can goods have appeared at the manse.  The tomatoes, salsa, applesauce and other canned items are wonderful. 

 

Thank you all, your prayers, your generosity and kindness to Dan and I are deeply appreciated.  Thank you again, for all you do.

 

Blessings and love,

 

Pastor Dottie and Dan

 

Coffee Donations

 

Many of you have been very generous in bringing tins of coffee for our fellowship time before church.  We thank you for your generosity. 

 

It has come to the attention of the worship committee that there are those who would like to share in the cost of our coffee.  If you would like to make a freewill offering to help defray the cost of coffee there will be a container on the counter to receive your offering.  Thank you all for your generous spirits.

 

 

 

The Poetry Corner

 

 

 

“Thanks Be To God”

 

 

 

I do not thank Thee, Lord,

 

That I have bread to eat while others starve;

 

Nor yet for work to do

 

While empty hands solicit Heaven;

 

Nor for body strong

 

While other bodies flatten beds of pain.

 

No, not for these do I give thanks!

 

 

 

But I am grateful, Lord,

 

Because my meager loaf I may divide;

 

For that my busy hands

 

May move to meet another’s need;

 

Because my doubled strength

 

I may expend to steady one who faints.

 

Yes, for all these do I give thanks!

 

 

 

For heart to share, desire to bear

 

And will to lift,

 

Flamed into one by deathless Love-

 

Thanks be to God for this!

 

Unspeakable! His Gift!

 

Fanie Alford

 

 

 

About the Author

 

I was unable to find any biographical information on Fanie Alford.  She speaks to us, saying in God’s eyes, it is not only how grateful we are for what we have but how grateful we are to be able to use what we received from God to His glory.  Reminding us of Jesus’ words in Luke: “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” 

 

 

 

 

 

October 2017

 

 

Dear ones,

“Memories light the corners of my mind, Misty water-colored memories of the way we were.  Scattered pictures of the smiles we left behind, Smiles we gave to one another for the way we were.  Can it be that it was all so simple then, Or has time rewritten every line If we had the chance to do it all again, tell me, would we, could we?” Barbra Streisand, “The Way We Were”

Remembering can bring us great comfort.  The English word ‘remember’ occurs 166 times in the Bible.  There are things God wants us to remember, especially His deeds of lovingkindness.  But in our remembering, we must be careful not to dwell on the past.  We don’t live there.  We live in the present.  Some of our memories do not encourage us for the future, they are based in guilt and shame.  Perhaps that was what Paul talking about in Philippians 3:13, “forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.”  For Paul, that meant forgetting his former life in Judaism.  It meant forgetting his past as a persecutor of the church.  It was the very act of forgetting allowed Paul to strain toward what was ahead.  Had he dwelt in the past, he would linger in his pain and guilt it would impeded his ability to not only live in the joy of his new life but it would have limited his effectiveness as an evangelist and church planter.

Jesus reminds us, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”  My prayer for our church is that we would be straining toward what is ahead and as Paul said, “forgetting what is behind.”  May the Lord God use us in this very day for His glory.  May God make us more like His Son Jesus Christ, so that we can be a light to the world today.

Blessings and love,

Pastor Dottie

 

Prayer Changes Things

Please remember to pray for those in need of prayer.  Philippians 4:6-7, “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

 

Those in the Mission Field

Those in Ministry

Healing

Tony A., Fran H., Barb K., Carol F.. Shar, Edna, Bill B., Butch & Cheryl, Ernie, Raumond

Continued Healing

Those who Mourn

Elaine Dibi on the death of her husband

Traveling Mercies

Cora

Wisdom

God’s Protection & Provision

Victims of the recent hurricanes, floods, earthquake and fires.

Dayna & her daughters as they move to Utah

Nick A. still seeking employment

Mercy

Comfort

Sally and Dwight, as Sally makes her final journey home.

Encouragement

Jennifer V.,

Peace

Praise

God answers prayer!

 

 

Thank You!

Dear Ones,

The beautiful plantings on our grounds are lovingly cared for by a group of volunteers known as the “First Friday Ladies.”  October will be their last gathering until early spring.  On behalf of our congregation, thank you for all you do to beautify the land around our church and cemetery. 

. Thank you again, for all you do.

Blessings and love,

Pastor Dottie

 

The Poetry Corner

 

Destiny, from “Raphael”

 

We shape ourselves the joy or fear

Of which the coming life is made,

And fill our future’s atmosphere

With sunshine of with shade.

 

The tissue of the life to be

We weave with colors all ur own,

And in the field of destiny

We reap as we have sown.

John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892)

 

About the Author

John Greenleaf Whittier was an American Quaker poet and advocate of the abolition of slavery in the United States. Frequently listed as one of the Fireside Poets, he was influenced by the Scottish poet Robert Burns. Whittier is remembered particularly for his anti-slavery writings as well as his book “Snow-Bound.”

 

 

Lent is a time to prepare to understand and experience Christ's resurrection from the dead.

It is the time when we are invited to remember Christ's life and His earthly ministry.  To hear anew, His words.  To fill our hearts and minds with His stories and His truths.  We are called to walk with Jesus on that final journey to Jerusalem.

We have several traditional ways of experiencing Lent.

Lent is a time of giving up.  Fasting is a form of self-denial which traditionally involves the limitation of foods we eat or an abstaining from meat or favorite foods.  It is not a diet.  The omission of certain foods is to for the purpose of focusing attention on God’s presence in our lives.   Fasting has long been a practice of many Protestants. John Wesley thought this an important practice.  Fasting is not limited to foods in the 21st century.  One can fast from social media, from certain activities, anything that you feel is distracting you from focusing attention on God.

Lent is time for giving.  Almsgiving provides us the discipline of giving to others and can take many forms. We are called to give out of joy and thanksgiving for what we have rather than out of guilt we may feel over the poor and sick. Almsgiving during Lent can include money for missions such as One Great Hour of Sharing, hours spent in a food kitchen, or care packages for military serving overseas.

Lent is a time of honest reflection and moving closer to God.  Lent calls us to spend more time in prayer.  To confess our sins and ask God to reveal areas of our lives that need His transformation.

Get ready. Prepare. Commit 40 days to focusing your attention on God’s presence in your lives.  Easter Sunday is coming! Lent will prepare the way for a joyous Easter Celebration.  The resurrection is coming!

Blessings and love,

Pastor Dottie

 

Prayer Changes Things

Please remember to pray for those in need of prayer.  Hebrews 4:16 encourages us: “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

 

Those in the Mission Field

Memduh and his family

Those in Ministry

Healing

Sue R., Dennis A. (Carol E.’s brother), Jane, Pat M., Roy C., Jodie, Lillian, Steph H., Gary F.

Continued Healing

Those who Mourn

The family of Bob Breed, the families of three teens killed in an accident in Monroe

Traveling Mercies

Wisdom

God’s Protection

Our children

God’s Provision

Mercy

Comfort

Dennis & Denise A.

 

Encouragement

Ryan W., Rachel W.

Peace

Praise

God answers prayer!

 

Thank You!

Dear Ones,

I want to take a moment to thank those who pray for our congregation.  Those prayers are what enable us to continue to do what God calls us to do.  To reach out, to provide comfort to others.  To have meaningful worship.  To share in fellowship.  And most importantly to move closer to God.  Thank you.

Blessings and love,

Pastor Dottie

 

The Poetry Corner

 

LIFE'S WEAVING

My life is but a weaving

between my God and me;

I may not choose the colors,

He knows what they should be;

 

For He can view the pattern

Upon the upper side,

While I can see it only

On this, the underside.

 

Sometimes He weaveth sorrow,

Which seemeth strange to me;

But I will trust His judgment;

And work on faithfully;

 

'Tis he who fills the shuttle,

He knows just what is best;

So I shall weave in earnest

And leave with Him the rest.

 

At last, when life is ended,

With Him I shall abide,

Then I may view the pattern

Upon the upper side;

 

Then I shall know the reason

Why pain with joy entwined,

Was woven in the fabric

Of life that God designed.

By Anonymous

This poem by an unknown author was part of our Confirmation Class’ lesson in February.  We were invited to look at the back of a piece of tapestry to see how a weaving seems to have no rhyme or reason from the back.  But when it is turned right side up, there is a beauty and grace to the tapestry.  There is a lesson of God’s love woven in these comforting words.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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