June 2017

 

June 26, 2017

Dear Church

Romans 8:28 says “ And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,[a] for those who are called according to his purpose.” It says All Things, not some things or selective things. The Bible is full of examples of men and women who struggled and through their pain God brought healing and restoration. God did not haphazardly allow Joseph’s brothers to throw him into the pit. He is sovereign, he had thought it, considered its consequences, weighed it  and checked it against the plum line of his plan. He foresaw the good that this would ultimately accomplish, the lives that could be helped and even saved. Then and only then did he, in his sovereign purpose, allow such harm to come upon Joseph. Had the incidence not produced God’s glorious purpose, God would not have allowed this to happen. God’s will does not take us to places where his love cannot sustain us and achieve his sovereign purpose. All things work for good for those who are called, even things that are seemingly ‘bad’. 

*Curry Dinner this Thursday at 6 pm on the Green, Invite people. We need volunteers to transport curry, set up tables and chairs and servers. Please let me know if you could help Thursday

*All Sunday School classes and Men’s small group will be off for the month of July

*Keep Navajo Mission, Honduras Mission, August VBS @ MSCC  and the Curry Dinners in prayer- These are our Summer outreaches.

*Thank -you for the volunteer interest for the August VBS! Together we will proclaim Christ to the children in MTS and surrounding towns

Be Encouraged

Mathews

 

 

June 19, 2017

Dear Church,

When I say that there is a gift of woundedness, you may be wondering what in the world is he talking about. The process of allowing Jesus to truly transform our lives means we have to learn obedience through suffering (Heb 5:8). It is here in our full fellowship with Christ that he gives us the gift of woundedness. I am not suggesting that we need to invite ourselves into getting wounded for Christ. If we are going to be steadfast followers of Jesus we are sure to experience wounding and injustice and how we handle these ‘temporary sufferings’ can be a pivotal point in our sanctification. When God ‘allows’ us to be wounded what is exposed is our human boundaries. Our wounding drives us for His sufficiency. This is a make or break point, where the path narrows, where transformation happens. People leave faith or church vowing never to come back or serve or lead or contribute. So let us be aware that our woundedness is critical, we either become like Christ and forgive, and persevere or we are taken captive by our wounding and like a disease we allow our hurtful memories and experiences to negatively affect our spiritual life. We becomes emotional wrecks and this, like a cancer, destroys our spiritual joy. Apart from Jesus, the wounding that life inflicts is incurable, but in Jesus it becomes a gift where Christ is formed in us!

·         Men’s Group tonight at 6:30 pm

·         Next Curry Outreach June 29th, On the Green! Invite Everyone. Lets fill up the Green

·         Thanks you for your generous Navajo offering! If you have missed out please put in the Navajo Box

·         Those interested in volunteering for a Possible VBS  in Middletown Springs Please let me know by replying to this email. This will be a great opportunity to reach so many children in and around Middletown. We want to do this only if there is enough volunteer interest, so let me know.

·         OCC collection items notebooks, pencils, pens, sharpeners, crayons- Contact Ellingsens

 

Romans 3:5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

 

 

Be Encouraged

Mathews

 

 

 

 

June 12, 2017

Dear Church,

Jesus says, Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give it to you as the world gives’ (Jn 14:27). How is this peace distinguished from what the world gives. The peace that the world gives is defined in the absence of conflict. The Holy Spirit driven ‘shalom’ is peace in all circumstances. When you lose a loved one, when your home is foreclosed, when relationships are tarnished, Shalom overwhelms our lives. Philippians 4 says  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Are you starting this week with conflicts and stress? Jesus is saying he will give us peace if we are willing to receive Him into our lives. In every situation present your request to God and his peace will ‘guard our heart and minds’ in Christ. What a wonderful assurance!

 

There will be a special Navajo mission offering this Sunday. Please support this mission

Next Curry Dinner June 29th 2017 – Start inviting. Let us proclaim the Gospel!!

‘Now Remain in my love’ – Jesus (John 15:9)
Be Encouraged

Mathews

 

 

 

 

 

June 5, 2017

Dear Church

 

The change we generally resist is the change that we think will make our situation worse rather than better.  Things like moving to a bigger house, getting a better job, or even buying a newer car we do not resist, because we think it will improve our situations. The change which we  generally loath are changes that involve loss, both physical and psychological. Yet along with change comes growth and potential for newness. The same God who orchestrated  change in our lives leads us to a better place. Psalm 23 uses words like ‘he leads me’, ‘he makes me lie down’, ‘he guides me’, ‘Even though I walk’, ‘you prepare a table’, ‘you anoint my head’ etc. to denote that God is constantly guiding and leading as we navigate life. We have the example of Jesus. In less than a week, he went from being the leader of many to being abandoned by all. You talk about change that was it, but God elevated him to the Highest place (John 10:11 & Philippians 2:8-9). Are you going through change, not all changes are pleasant, but God always leads his chosen to a better place. Trust in Him!

·         Men’s group meeting tonight at 6:30

·         Navajo Mission Trip- July 9-15 – Please Support this Church Mission by prayer and your financial support in the Navajo Box!

·         FCA (Fellowship Of Christian Athletes) Power Camp for children aged 7-12 in Rutland/ $Cost 60/ Faith based with tons of outdoor/ June 26-30/ register at nefcamps.org

Soccer,Basketball, Lacrosse, Running

 

“I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me”- Jesus

 

Be Encouraged

Mathews