June 2016

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June 27, 2016

Dear Church,

 

Evangelism is not a scary prospect, a sales pitch or a dire warning. You don’t need to take a class on the who’s, when’s and how’s of sharing Jesus. There is a much better way. God has equipped us with his Holy Spirit to share our own stories- the good, the bad and the real, of how God has intersected in those stories. When we start sharing what God is doing every day in our lives, we invite others to participate in our ‘God moments’. Christ has called us to be ‘His Witness’-not his Judge or attorney. A Witness is a person who has seen or experienced something. But prior to the act of ‘witnessing’ we have to become a witness. The word becomes flesh! One becomes the substance of the gospel as well as the spokesperson of the Gospel. Perhaps the words of Emerson speaks this truth “what you are speaks so loudly, I cannot hear what you are saying!” Jesus said a city on a hill cannot be hid, he did not say should not.

· Navajo Dozen leaving 10th July for a week. Please keep us in prayer 

· Honduras 3rd week of July

· Curry on the Green July 21st Thursday, Start inviting

· July 28th @6:30 pm ‘worship through reading’ (Luke and Acts)

Sunday School and Men’s group will not meet during the month of July

· Thank You Rita for organizing the white water rafting!!. Let’s do it again! Thank you Ellen Mckeen for the new Directory

Our Church is blessed with so many gifts, unique and ready to share.

 

Be Encouraged

Mathews

 

 

 

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Dear Church,

June 21, 2016

So the question – our motivation for serving Christ – what is it ?  You feel good about it. You think you have a responsibility to ‘do’ good because of all he has done for you. You owe one to God. Or all these ‘adds’ to our final grade. If our motivation is not couched in Christ’s love for us and our love towards him, not only will our ministry will not meet human needs nor glorify God, but it will also be a burnout experience. When Jesus met the multitude he was moved with compassion (Matt 9:36).  Paul tells the Corinthians what compels his ministry is “love of Christ” (2 Cor 5:14). When God works through us and in us we are also charged by his abundant source of Holy Spirit and we are nourished. If the worker doesn’t get a blessing out of the work, we need to pause and rethink. What is our motivation? Serving God isn’t a punishment; it’s a nourishment, however tiring it may look and sound. Jesus said “My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to finish his work”(John 4:34).

Let’s continue to lift each other in prayer, especially for our mission trips; families suffering from loss, illness and legal uncertainties and for the salvation of ALL.

Be Encouraged

Mathews

 

 

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Dear Church

June 13, 2016

The Hebrew writer says ‘ Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it’ Who are the strangers among us? A ‘stranger’ is a person whom one does not know or with whom one is not  familiar. Hospitality is part of our Christian fabric, the church grew because it welcomes strangers into its midst. The world shouts out ‘be wary of strangers and those who are different from us’ . Jesus welcomed despised prostitutes, cheating tax collectors, smelly fishermen and touched the blind, the lame, the paralyzed, the demon possessed and even the ‘leper’ with his radical inclusiveness. All this while we say be ‘familiar’ before we reach out to you or clean up your act before we accept you. Jesus said I am willing to reach out to you at your point in life, he says I am willing to receive you in your struggles. He came to ‘seek and save’. When we say NO to hospitality we are sending a message ,not only do we not endorse your point of view, we don’t even accept you as a person . This lack of acceptance crushes opportunities for us to bring out the Gospel. Acceptance of a person does not mean endorsement of his/her lifestyle. When we confuse the two, we destroy the very space God works in. The Gospel changes people through you and me. We are conduits of Jesus presence. 

Curry on the Green, Thursday @ 6pm on the Green. A wonderful opportunity for hospitality- invite friends and strangers! come early!! to help with set up and greeting

  Navajo Missions- Special offering Next Sunday (Mission participants will bring in $300/- each in addition to the designated mission funds we are still short of $4000) – The team of 12 from MTSCC and Redemption Rutland will do Vacation Bible Studies, local outreach, minor constructions and  curry dinner fellowships for the people of Navajo Nations.

  Please keep this date! July 28th Thursday @6:30 pm for our ‘Read the Bible’ – A worship experience of reading through Luke and Acts!

  White Water Rafting, Saturday June 25th!!

  OCC Collection items, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap and washcloths

 

Congratulations to all our graduates! May God guide your paths and keep you in his love.

 

Be Encouraged.

Mathews

 

 

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Dear Church

June 5,2016

Are our lives preparing us for our death? Paul tells Timothy ‘For I am already being poured out like a drink offering and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness…not only for me but to all who have longed for his appearing’ (2 Tim 4:6-8)

He compares his whole life (thoughts, words and actions) as an offering to God also probably referring to his shedding of blood in martyrdom.But the fact of the matter is he faces death calmly in full assurance of his eternal reward, there is that joyful simmering anticipation of meeting Christ. On reaching there the crown of righteousness will be given not only to him but to all those who have loved Christ’s appearing. If a person really, really longs for the coming of Christ and lives in the light of that event, he/she will be rewarded! Eternity with Christ, stamped on our hearts.

 

Let’s continue to pray for our community, especially the non believers, for God to prepare their hearts to receive the gospel, for chains of addiction and abuse to end and for our Lord to lead each one of us (you and me) into their lives with the light of Jesus

Be Encouraged

Mathews