November 2016

 

 

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November 28, 2016

Dear Church,

 

In the story where Jesus heals a boy possessed by demons(Mark 9:19-29) the boy’s father asks Jesus “would you heal my son?” And Jesus says “everything is possible for him who believes”. The boy’s father makes an honest confession, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief.” It’s like saying “Jesus, I am trying but I am full of doubts”, or, “I would like to believe but I am struggling with the impossibility of the outcome”. Despite this Jesus goes ahead and heals the man’s son. Isn’t that the truth, when Jesus is in the equation we don’t need perfect righteousness? As Tim Keller says, what we need is ‘repentant helplessness’, to access the presence of God. When you pursue God in repentant helplessness you will have worship and you will be ready to face the reality of God’s awesomeness in your life! Be honest with your struggles before God.

 

  1. Advent life group focused around songs, prayer and advent scripture meditation begins this Thursday, December 1st, from 6:30-7:30 in the Sanctuary (Only for this week due to free Indeed).  
  2. Free Indeed Outreach– December 3rd @ 9 am to 12 noon. Many tasks to be done, see Sally to help or just show-up.
  3. Christmas in the Park- 6 PM on Sunday, Dec. 11.  Dress rehearsal at 5:15. All are welcome to be shepherds or angels.  Rita is looking for live animals– sheep or goats .(She’s  asked for a camel for several years but never have any luck getting one!- this could be the year!).
  4. Poultney Food Shelf needs volunteers for 3 hours per month. Contact Maureen Dwyer. 
  5. All other ongoing ministries as scheduled unless otherwise specified

‘If you say to Jesus “I will follow you wherever,” you can be sure that where he points will be out of your comfort Zone’- Not A Fan

Be Encouraged

Mathews

 

 

 

 

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November 21, 2016

Dear Church

God’s grace and sense of timing rarely operates according to our schedule. God’s timings are far above our grasp and so when we try to ‘impose’ our timing and schedule on God very often we will struggle to feel loved and ignored by him. We see in Mark 5, Jairus, a synagogue ruler comes to Jesus pleading for his daughter’s life. On his way Jesus heals a woman who touched the hem of his garment. Realizing that power had gone out of him he wanted to find out who touched him, on finding who did it Jesus stops and have her tell “the whole story” of what had happened. Now think of Jairus anxiety while all this is happening, this woman who has been healed is getting all the time and attention. When there is a  medical emergency at his home Jesus is behaving like a reckless doctor. Any emergency room doctor will tell us first you take care of the dying girl and then come back to the woman. Jesus looks at Jairus calmly and says “Don’t be afraid; just believe”(Mark 5:36). Jairus was invited into a Journey of faith far more than Jairus had anticipated. On returning home, Jesus did abundantly more than what Jairus could imagine in his life. Right now in your life you may be ready to give up, but wait! be patient. There may be a crucial factor in God’s tapestry that you may not see now that God alone sees!

‘Fans grow tired of trying to maintain an outer appearance that doesn’t match an inner passion’- Not A Fan

Be Encouraged

Mathews

 

 

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November 14,2016

Dear Church,

In Psalm 16: 8, David says ‘I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken’ . A believer’s certainty is that God will keep them from being moved off of his chosen path. This is a unique sense  of security felt by believers. Some of you today may be seeking God’s direction in your life, for God to reveal his ‘answer’ to your mountain. We are not exempt from the day-to-day experience of pain, trouble and failure. But we can move forward with confidence that God will reveal his plans and purposes in our lives provided our priorities are heavenly in nature. It is in the human nature to make our own plans and then ask God to bless them. But that is not what the Bible says. ‘I know the plans I have for you’.   It doesn’t say ‘I know the plans you have for you’. By seeking the Lord and his way of living, we will gain insights that will help us make the right decision and live the way God desires. David had this umbilical relationship with God who instructed him every way of his life.  Psalm 16:7 ‘I will praise the Lord, who councils me; even at night my heart instructs me’. Whose council are we seeking today? Who instructs our hearts?

·         Prayer gathering for Jaxson Wednesday from 9-10am at the sanctuary

·          Annual Church Deep Cleaning Party  – This Saturday, Nov. 19, 9am – Noon. Join the fun and tackle the jobs not done by our weekly cleaning service. We will focus on washing windows, baseboards, fingerprints on walls, children’s furniture and anything else you may notice. Cleaning products and tools will be provided, but feel free to bring your favorites. Come when you can, leave when you must. 

·         Please read the Free Indeed attachment

·         OCC Trip to Baltimore, contact Tony Lamberton if you so desire to go!

·         5 Week Advent life group starting December 1st Thursday at the church. This will be an informal life group focused around songs, prayer and advent scriptural meditation. Please invite people from the community to be part of this. 6:30PM – 7:30 PM  ( Strictly keep time)

·         Thanksgiving Special worship – November 23rd at 6:30 pm

·         Adult Sunday School, Men’s Discipleship groups, Ladies Bible study-  These are all vital to discipleship; please connect.

·         Redemption Church had their first worship in the new facility, Praise God!!

Be Encouraged

Mathews

 

 

 

 

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November 7,2016

Dear Church,

Ironically both the groups of people in Matthew 25:44 asks essentially the same question to Jesus, “When did we see you…?”. When we have received Jesus into our lives (saved), we will minister to those around us without realizing that we are ministering to him/her. It is a habitual reflection of who we are rather than what we do. It is a reflection of our belongingness in Christ. The sad but true reality of those who have not received Him will not minister to those around them, and they will not realize it is Jesus they are neglecting.

 

·         Men’s Group meeting tonight at 6:30 pm in the basement youth room.

·         OCC Packing Party, this Saturday, 9am-11:30 at the fellowship Hall.

·         Mid- week life group starting this month, dates will be announced.

·         First step Pregnancy annual banquet, Friday November 18th

 

‘Fans grow tired of trying to maintain an outer appearance that doesn’t match an inner passion’- Not A Fan

 

Be Encouraged

Mathews