March 2017

March 27, 2017

Dear Church

Goliath is introduced by Samuel as  a champion , over nine feet tall, who had a bronze helmet and a coat of scale armor weighing 125 pounds. He had a bronze javelin slung on his back and his shield bearer went ahead of him. He stood and shouted to the Israelites everyday  and, on hearing him, all the Israelites were terrified. The whole Israelite army, when they saw the man, ran like a chipmunk into their camp. Until David comes to the scene. He looked at the same person described above and saw things differently. What he saw is described in 1 Samuel 17:26  26 David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” What a difference perspective can make! David saw a mortal man defying the living God. He looked at this situation with heavens eyes and defeated the enemy with heavens strength. Who and what giants are you facing now in your life? Don’t be afraid or intimidated by your problems, start looking at it with heavens eyes. Heavens strength will always follow…

 

·         This is the largest contingent ever taking part in a Banquet  from our Church, 34 people have signed up!! This will be a huge encouragement for Teen Challenge and also sends a strong message as to what we as a church stand for! Contact Dan McKeen to sign up.

·         Youth Group Climbing Rocks, this Saturday. April 1st, Contact Emma L

·         Navajo Mission Trip. Final list meeting next Sunday during soup time. Down stairs room.

·         OCC collection items now are soap and washcloths, contact coordinator Betsy Mitcheson for more info.

·         New Sunday School class starts in two weeks, contact Stan Achey for more info.

·         Missions Honduras, contact Rob Bach. (July 22nd- July 30th)

 

Followers should have some come after Jesus stories that make people say, That’s crazy.

                                                                                                          – Not A Fan

 

Be Encouraged

Mathews

 

 

 

 

March 20, 2017

Dear Church,

 

Go first to God. Why do we want to consult our doctor, financial adviser, professor or even our pastor before we approach God. Hebrews 1: 2 tells us that ‘in the last days God has spoken through his son, whom he has appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe’. Now think about this for a moment. If Jesus could create the universe, then no part of our life is out of His control. Do not exclude this reality from our daily struggles. God is speaking through His son right now in our lives. Talk to Him in prayer, listen to His prompting through the Word and through the whisper of His Spirit. From this perspective try to evaluate all other wisdom given by all the above mentioned people. But go first to God.

·   Teen Challenge Banquet: April 1st , at the Rutland Christian School @ 5pm. Contact Dan Mckeen

·   Teen Rock Climbing: April 1st, Contact Emma Lamberton

·   Men’s Group Meeting Today 6:30-8:30

·    Church cleaning services will be now every Thursday morning instead of Friday (Dan Ellingson will be the liaison for any change or recommendations )

·    “Engaging Emotions” a one day seminar and workshop in West Lebanon on Saturday April 1st, given by CCEF New England. For more information you can contact Barbara Severy or email the coordinators at newengland@ccef.org (the best way) After today the price goes up. Kendall and Barbara are going if you want to ride with them.

** For those of you who have not yet known Winsome Moran died peacefully at 4:20 PM  Yesterday, with James and his family at her side. Our prayers goes out to the family and for all those ministering to their needs.

 

59% of Vermont population are unchurched. You talk about an opportunity!!!

 

Be Encouraged

Mathews

 

 

March 13, 2017

Dear Church,

 

Paul writes his letter to the Philippians during his Roman imprisonment. The Christians are concerned about Paul’s well being in prison. Yet he writes to them this incredible verse ‘I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want’ (Phil 4:12) to this he adds ‘I can do everything through him who gives me strength’. The ‘secret’ of contentment is not drawn from the  circumstances we are in but rather on whose power we draw our strength from. When we are struggling in our lives can we rely on God’s promises and the guidance of His Spirit. If our contentment is dependent on our attitudes and appetites of our carnal nature discontent will follow us wherever we go and whatever we do. Let’s face life through ‘Him’ who strengthens us.

·         TEEN CHALLENGE BANQUET: to support their great work and celebrate the opening of their Rutland office, the public is invited to this special dinner, Saturday, April 1, at the Rutland Area Christian School. Price is $20/person – you may pay at the door. Doors open at 5pm, dinner at 6 pm. So far, 16 people from our church are going. It will be a delicious and informative evening. Contact Dan McKeen for questions 235-2340 danell@vermontel.net.

·         Navajo Mission Trip, Information meeting coming Sunday 3/19/2017, during soup.

·           2017 Curry Dinner May 31st 2017 launch with His Little Feet Children’s Choir on the Green “Sons and Daughters” tour will feature a choir of 20 children from Ethiopia, Kenya, Haiti and India. The choir travels the country, speaking up for children who do not have a voice (Proverbs 31:8) and providing tangible response opportunities.  Mark the dates and start inviting!!!

**Teen Progressive Dinner was well attended . Tons of fun!  Next venture Rock Climbing, April 1st, spread the word around. Thank you Emma and Mimi for organizing it!

 

‘Saying yes to following Jesus meant saying no to a quiet life of privacy’

 

 

Be Encouraged

Mathews

 

 

 

 

March 6, 2017

Dear Church,

You remember the beach scene in John 21. Jesus after his resurrection appears before Peter and a few other disciples. Jesus leads Peter through an experience that would remove the cloud of his vehement denial of Jesus. Peter disowned Jesus three times and three times Jesus asks the question “do you love me”? When Peter answered ‘yes’, Jesus told him to feed his sheep and take care of his lambs. It is one thing to say ‘I love you Lord’ but the real test is our willingness to serve him. When he finally got this, Peter the fishermen became Peter the fiery evangelist. Peter the reckless becomes Peter the “rock”. Our Job may be a manager, accountant, carpenter, nurse, social worker, writer, student or a Pastor. Our calling, Christ’s messengers. We should never allow our jobs to overshadow our calling. Our love for Jesus is authenticated by our willingness to serve him. Like Peter when was the last time we had an encounter with Jesus, when our true feeling and motives were brought out in the open and we were out shined by a renewed urge to serve him?

·         Men’s group meeting tonight @ 6:30-8:30

·           A praying Life Seminar- Saturday March 11th, Loudon NH, 8:45-3PM , www.seejesus.net or contact Barbara Severy

·         Two small groups: A Small Group, led by Dave Carr, will meet  Thursday,  7 pm at Dwyer’s house. A second Small Group is being offered,  led by Stan Achey, using The Truth Project video series, Wednesday, 7 pm  at the Church.

·         Youth Group progressive Dinner Sunday, 12 @ 5:30, contact Emma

2017 Curry Dinner May 31st 2017 launch with His Little Feet Children’s Choir on the Green

“Sons and Daughters” tour will feature a choir of 20 children from Ethiopia, Kenya, Haiti and India. The choir travels the country, speaking up for children who do not have a voice (Proverbs 31:8) and providing tangible response opportunities.  Mark the dates and start inviting!!!

 

 

Please take a renewed effort to find time for Sunday School, small groups and other Church ministries. My office will always be open to anyone who wants to talk, pray or have an idea for ministry. We love new ideas! Continue to pray for  one another!

 

Be encouraged

Mathews