A Special Note of Thanks
It is my custom to write Thanksgiving letters during this season to individuals whom I feel a deep thankfulness for because of our interaction during the past year. I can't do that in this case because I would need to write a letter to each and every one of you.
You and all the otehrs who make up this congregation have poured out love and acceptance upon me like I have never experienced before. I am giving God praise and offering prayers of thanksgiving that you are a vital part of my life now. This has been a great year for me because of how you ahve allowed God to move through you in every day things.
I am looking forward to seeing God fulfill his dream for this church through the teamwork of his Holy Spirit, you, and myself. May God be praised!
Our society is a consumer based society. It is all about; “What do I get?” So when you begin to talk to people about coming to church with you (i.e. inviting) they will want to know what this church has to offer them.
This is where some of us get embarrassed. We can’t offer the outstanding teen program that dazzles our teens with more religious entertainment than they can handle. We can’t offer the big budget productions that are the substance of some weekly worship experiences. We can’t boast of big crowds of attendees. In short we sometimes have the attitude of coming up short in what we can offer our friends and neighbors or the community.
What we have to offer is our smallness. What are people looking for in a church? It is connection with God and people. Real connection comes from loving our visitors into our circle so that they become truly connected to us and us to their lives. We offer support that works because we can be real and one on one with them. We offer the handshakes, the smiles, the hugs, the prayers, the tears, whatever is real in a relationship that is based on God’s mercy, forgiveness and love. We can quickly integrate new comers into a wholesome community that will practice loving each other as much as we love ourselves.
We have nothing else to offer than the Love of God in practical human form given to them through us. Can you offer that to someone outside the church?
Trunk or Treat 2017
Trunk or Treat 2017 is in the books! We appreciate everyone who volunteered and all of our special guests who came out to join in the fun!
This is only our second year to host Trunk or Treat, so we're still learning and tweaking things as we go. We have lots of notes to work off of from this year and are looking forward to making things even better next year.
Heart to Heart Volunteer Card
Don't forget to volunteer to be a Greeter or a Caretaker as part of our Heart to Heart initiative. If you need a volunteer card to fill out, please let us know and we will make sure you get one!
Politics in Perspective
The last several weeks in American politics have been filled with vitriol and divisiveness, that our country is tearing itself apart. We need to pray for our government leaders that they may have the guidance to choose the right course of action. That they will be able to unify us once again as a nation and begin the healing process.
While politics plays an important part in our lives, it is not the end all be all. Recently, Eric Erickson, a writer for Fox News, recently shared a post on his Facebook page about why, as he lays in a hospital bed, that politics doesn't matter.
"I have to tell you that American politics really does not matter when you have kids and are dying. You begin to seriously ask yourself what you want your kids to know if you’re gone. My kids, were they to learn about me from Google, would really only know what people who hate me think about me.
Click here to read his whole post.
We need to always keep things in perspective and recognize the important thing. We can't always control the political climate in our country, but we can pray for wisdom for our leaders and healing for our nation,
Pastor Powell gave us his recipe for sourdough bread as part of his sermon. For those interested in having the recipe, but who didn't get an insert or lost it, you can find the recipe below.
Yield: 1 large loaf
How to Pray for Government Leaders
1. Pray that they be aware of sin (their own and our country's). May that lead them to repentance and God's forgiveness.
2. Pray that they would realize their inability to fulfill their task and seek God's wisdom and strength to do what is right in the sight of God.
3. Pray that they would reject all counsel that violates spiritual principles.
4, Pray that they not fall victim to trends of socialism and humanism but lead in reversing those trends.
5. Pray that they would put their personal agendas and ambitions aside for the sake of the country as a whole.
6. Pray they realize the character that comes from earnest prayer and being in God's Word.
7. Pray that they would be reminded daily and know for sure that they are accountable unto the Almighty for the decisions they make.
8. Pray that they would be reminded daily and know fur sure that they are accountable unto the Almighty for the decisions they make.
9. Pray for their families that God's own peace might rule their homes.
This is where you will be able to find write ups following our major events and the information found on our occasional bulletin inserts. We always try to post information on our social media feeds, but here we will visit our events more in depth and perhaps even have a Q&A session once in a while.. So follow along as we adventure together on this Heart to Heart Life!