Schapville Zion Presbyterian Church.
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Newsletter 

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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