Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Our Newest Acolyte

Isabella enjoys the duties of an Acolyte. She brings smiles to our faces and joy to our hearts as she brings in the light of Christ.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

It's Not About Me

Why do we go to church?

For a long time I thought it was to be fed, instructed, encouraged, and enabled to make it through the following week with renewed spiritual strength. But that's just a byproduct.

Hebrews 10:24-25 reveals the main reason for attending church. "Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another."

It's never about me. The second I put the focus on myself, I am outside of God's purpose. I should go to church for the good of other people. Who knows how God can use me as a blessing? But if all I'm thinking about is what I can get out of the service, it's likely I'll be of no use to anyone else, including God. When I look for ways to encourage others, that's when I am flooded with blessings from God.

We've had only 21 people in church the past two Sundays. The missing people aren't just home sleeping in. Some are very ill and others are recovering from operations. There are vacations and people who have to work on Sunday. A few were even missing for the district-wide youth fast in Weatherford.

If you haven't been able to come to church, know you are missed and we look forward to worshipping with you again soon.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Adminstrative Board Meeting, 10/3/10

Patrick opened the meeting with prayer.

Minutes from the September meeting were read and approved.

Treasurers report:
Building Fund----$7398.63
General Fund-----$2340.09

The stove sold for $50, new memorial gifts of $175.00 and an $11 rebate from Cotton Electric.

Women's Circle got a $50 check from John Vana's daughter which will be used for future funerals and when someone needs help with their water bill.

Trustees sold the old stove for $50.00. We need to plan a work day to do a few things around the church. Ken Wellhouse has made 40 pew Bible holders.

Choir will do the Christmas Program that Virginia wrote several years ago. It has familiar songs and won't require much practice.

Pastor's Report:
Charge Conference is October 18 at 7:00 p.m. Please bring finger foods.

We will have the outreach lunch for Indiahoma High School students on Wednesday, October 27. The menu is BBQ brisket sandwiches.

The district wide food drive culminates on November 6th. We should plan an activity on that Saturday and disburse the food. Advertising ideas: put it on school Marquis and make fliers.

District Conference is Sunday, November 7th.

Small Churches workshop is THU November 11th in Elgin.

Our Invitation to the Old Testament will begin in January.

Fall singing in Snyder on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

No Old Business or New Business.

Virginia closed the meeting with prayer.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Bridging the Gap

Today's scripture verses in celebration of World Wide Communion Day were I Corinthians 11:17-26.

Corinth was the ancient Las Vegas. Located on an isthmus. It had ports on both sides of the city, on the east was the Aegean Sea and on the west was the Adriatic. Sailors were constantly flowing in and out of the city looking for a good time and ready to blow off some steam. (Were the ancient times really that different from today?)

What a place for Paul to establish a church! But a city that definitely needed a church.

Chapter 11 of First Corinthians addresses the Lord's Supper and the way it was being abused. At that time the Lord's Supper was a full meal, not just a bite of bread and a sip of juice. Some people were abusing this sacred remembrance of our Lord. Instead of an act of reconciliation, they came for a party of gluttony and drunkenness. Having no concern for others, they ate and drank as much as they could without concern for anyone else.

The problem was self interest, self absorption, selfishness. Paul told the people that if they no longer have the healing blood of Christ in their hearts then they cannot be a part of the body of Christ.

Patrick went on to tell some interesting information about some of the famous bridges in the world. The Brooklyn Bridge, The Golden Gate Bridge, the Mackinac Bridge and Akashi-Kaiky┼Ź Bridge in Japan, the longest suspension bridge in the world. (Patrick said that in 1998 when the bridge was built, the construction cost 500 billion yen which at today's exchange rate is approximately $6 billion dollars.)

That's an expensive bridge! But the most expensive bridge is the altar of God. The gap between God and man is immeasurable. The cost to bridge that gap is the body and blood of Christ.

My hope is that if you were unable to worship and celebrate World Wide Communion Day with us this morning that this sermon summary will help bridge the gap of your absence. We missed you and hope to see you soon.