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Living Water PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pat Ireland   
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 12:56

In this season of Thanksgiving let us be especially thankful for clean water and for the opportunity to share it with others.

The congregation has been helping prepare materials and now Pastor Pat is leaving with a Presbytery team to Azacualpa, Honduras.  There they will install a water purification system in a village who currently uses river water.  Thanks to all who have worked so hard to make this trip possible.  You can watch for updates on Facebook.

The Ministry continues even while the pastor is gone.

Elexa Dawson will bring the message on Sunday Nov. 15th.

Betty Brown will preach on the Sunday Nov. 22nd.

Please join us at 10:30 on any Sunday as we worship and praise together

so that we can serve God's people throughout the week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 13 November 2015 22:51
 
Lent 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pat Ireland   
Thursday, 26 February 2015 17:18

 

Lent is the forty days before Easter.  Six weeks, less Sundays, when we celebrate the resurrection.   Forty days has been considered a special and holy number.  It rained 40 days and 40 nights on Noah’s ark.   The ex-slaves wandered in the desert 40 years and Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness lasted for 40 days.

In the early church (circa 300AD) new members were received at Easter, the highest holy day of the Christian Calendar, the celebration of Jesus' resurrection.  So the 40 days before Easter was a time of preparation for new believers and the faithful.

Lent is a time of impending death.  Like a family dealing with a terminal illness (sin) this is a somber time.  We use dark colors, black for death and purple for blood and royalty.   Some churches avoid blooming flowers, others strip the church of all decorations.  We use a different candle arrangement, putting out light as we get closer to Good Friday.  (The reverse of Advent)  Other’s avoid Alleluia’s in worship to mark the seriousness of the season.

We each try in our own way to enter into the impending death so that we can enter into the resurrection of Easter.

Because Jesus fasted and prayed, Christians have fasted and prayed.  This is especially so in Lent.  Sometimes this takes the form of special church events, studies, personal devotions, or resolutions.

Giving up something for lent is a symbolic form of fasting.  Some have suggested we fast from: violence or TV or fast from a harmful habit, or attitude.  Catholics used to give up (fast from) meat during lent.  More recently, Protestants have discovered the spiritual value of fasting in one of several forms.

Many people fast and pray through Lent.  Lent can also be a time for generosity and caring.  If you are looking for a spiritual practice that goes deeper than giving up chocolate, consider this!This year our congregation is following the lead of the Presbyterian Women and joining in a different kind of fast.  Each week we are bringing a designated food for our local Food Pantry.

Lent 1 February 22 Canned Vegetables Lent 4 March 15 Soup, stew, peanut butter, etc

Lent 2 March 1 Pasta/Mac and Cheese Lent 5 March 22 Prepared Meals

Lent 3 March 8* Canned Fruit Palm Sunday 3/29 Breakfast items,

Easter 4/5 Healthy Snacks Granola bars, Juice boxes,  Peanut Butter, Popcorn

The Calendar for Lent began with Ash Wednesday.  We were marked with ashes as a sign of our mortality and repentance.  Lent ends with Holy Week:  Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday (the last Supper), Good Friday (the crucifixion), Black Saturday (there is no light, Christ is in the tomb) and, of course, Easter (our celebration of the resurrection).

We look forward to the Easter Sunrise Service at Camp Wood followed by fellowship and worship at the church at 10:30.

Spring is a season for new life, new growth from what seemed dead.  Lent is the time to prepare the garden of your heart.  To break up what is hard, water what is dry and plant seeds for God to grow in you.  “Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” (John 12:24)

May your Lent be a blessed and growing time.                                                      Pat

*   Don't forget Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 8th.


Last Updated on Thursday, 26 February 2015 18:15
 
Monday Morning PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pat Ireland   
Monday, 15 December 2014 22:39


 

God of new beginnings, guide me through the seasons of the coming year. Whatever joy or hardship I face, let me face it standing with you.   Whatever building up or tearing down that I encounter, let me take action under your care.     For you are the creator of every season.    Amen.

 

New Year's & Epiphany

We will install our new elders to session and celebrate Communion as we begin the new year on Sunday, January 4, 2015.   Please join us.

January, 2015

Pat and her family will be enjoying a family reunion in Costa Rica in January.   They will fly out on Thursday, Jan 8 and return on Thursday the 22nd.  We hope you will be here to welcome our guest preachers: Rev. David Robinson and Elder Pat Larkin.

Adopt a Child

Thanks for all the who helped in purchasing and receiving and distributing gifts to 38 children.  In addition we served 30 children through the Kids Christmas Store and provided ample food for 50+ families.  All of this witness the living one in our midst.


 

Until further notice: "Celebrate Everything"

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 January 2015 15:11
 
A Season of Gratitude PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pat Ireland   
Monday, 27 October 2014 17:44

 

A newly arrived soul in Heaven was met by St. Peter. The saint toured the soul around Heaven. Both of them walked side by side inside a large workroom filled with angels.

St. Peter stopped in front of the first section and said, "This is the Receiving Section. Here, all the petitions to God said in prayer are received."

The soul looked at the section, and it was terribly busy with so many angels sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper sheets from all the people of the world.

They walked again until they reached the 2nd section, and St. Peter told the soul, "This is the Packaging and Delivery Section."

Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for are packed and delivered to the persons who asked for them down on earth."

The soul saw how busy it was. There were so many angels working in that room, since so many blessing were being packed and delivered to Earth.

Finally at the farthest corner of the room, the soul stopped at the last section. To the surprise of the soul, only one angel stayed there idly, doing nothing.

"This is the Acknowledging Section," St. Peter told the soul.

“How is it that, there is no work here?"

"That's the sad thing," St. Peter answered. "After the people received the blessings they asked for, very few send their acknowledgments."

"How does one acknowledge God's blessing?"

"Simple," St. Peter answered. "Just say, "'Thank you, Lord'."

 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 13 November 2015 22:47
 
Season of Peacemaking and Evangelism PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pat Ireland   
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 19:19

Presbyterian Women celebrated Christmas in October by purchasing comforting

stuffed Teddy Bears, etc.   These comfort toys will be distributed by

Sheriff Rich Dorneker and his deputies when they have a crisis involving a child.

May they comfort the kids and support our officers.

THANKS to all who participated in this project.

 

Come see what else we are up to.  Worship with us Sunday at 10:30 AM.

Fellowship at 9:45.

 

 

May God bless you with enough foolishness

to believe that you can make a difference in the world

so that you can do what other's claim cannot be done to bring about

justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.

A Franciscan Benediction

 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 October 2015 15:56
 
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