Judi Green, testing for cancer, friend of Carla Coates
Yolande Jones, ankle fusion, Pat Borcherding's cousin
Charles and Barbara Sampson- both at home; ongoing health issues
Phyllis Torr- is back at Riverside Convalescent Home in West Point following hospital stay
Wilbur Wallace, recovering from open heart surgery, former member, son of former minister Rupert Wallace and wife Alene; brother of former music minister, Dan Wallace
Audy Barnett for Don Barnett, who is experiencing swelling in legs and hip pain.
Congratulations to Rex and Joan Gay on the birth of their granddaughter, Briella Grace Gay, born October 25th
We want to express our sympathy and extend our prayers to Larry Ing & Maryn Kuehnel in the passing of Larry's brother/Maryn's uncle, David Ing, who died on Monday, October 27th.
We also express our sympathy and extend our prayers to Virginia Gnatowsky & Marty Holland in the passing of Virginia's niece/Marty's cousin, Rachel Jordan, who died this morning, October 29th.
Offering Report from last Sunday- General Fund- $2,578.00; Build Up The
Thursday- G.L.O.W. donations including apples should be dropped off at the church building between 11 am and 1 pm. Questions, see Barbara West.
Friday- G.L.O.W. Halloween Alternative for children, age 12 and younger.
Caramael apple making, games, refreshments, Trunk or Treat, which means LOTS of candy. Children may wear a non-scary costume. G.L.O.W. stands for God Lights Our Way. Times are 6-8 p.m.
Sunday- DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS! YIPPEE! HOORAY! EXTRA HOUR OF SLEEP! NO SLEEPING DURING THE SERMON! Set your clocks BACK one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night unless you want to set your alarm for 2:00 am to set your clocks. I would suggest doing it before you go to bed!
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD is here. Provide gifts for an impoverished child. Pack a shoebox with toys and other gifts. Shoeboxes with brochures are available in the foyer. Deadline to return your shoeboxes is November 16th. This year's goal is 130 shoeboxes (we did 126 last year)! See Dawn Worsham for details.
Reflections- "The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing." -Zephaniah 3:17
The Pastor's Perspective
We all pray some. We pray to stay sober. We pray that the biopsy will be benign. We pray when the money runs out before the month does. We all pray some.
And we should pray at those times. God invites us to. I Peter 5:7
says- "Cast all your cares upon Him because He cares for you."
But wouldn't you like to pray more? Shouldn't we pray more? Prayer shouldn't be reduced to our spiritual fire alaram- pray only in case of emergency, should it? No, it should not.
How about praying just to talk with your Heavenly Father? How about offering up a prayer to say thanks when you feel gratitude in your heart for even the smallest of blessings? 1 Thessalonias 5:18 says- "give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." All circumstances.
That means that we will pray when there is no crisis.
We are to pray when there is a crisis, but a crisis should not be the only time we pray. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says to "pray continually".
Psalm 118:24 says- "This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." How about taking a few moments when you first wake up and offering God thanks for the new day He has given you and ask Him to help you be aware of opportunities to serve Him? At the beginning of your day, commit your day to the Lord. And then, at the close of your day, take a few moments and offer up another prayer of thanks, thanking the Lord for bringing you through the day, the blessings of that day and the opportunities you had to be a blessing to others.
Our prayers don't have to be long. But they should be often. Pray continually the Bible says. Pray for your crisis but also pray when there is no crisis.
This Sunday's message in our You'll Get Through This Series is entitled, "You'll Bounce Back". Remember, I have a guest speaker who will share the platform with me this Sunday! I can hardly wait to introduce him to you!