From the Pastor’s Desk: June 30, 2022

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From the Pastor's Desk

Appreciating Others’ Talents and Skills “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.” – 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 NIV We all have different skills and talents given to us by God. Each of these skills and talents is important in the world and in the church. Part of treating others with respect is being able to appreciate their talents and skills. Everyone brings something to the table. For example, some people might shine when speaking in front of a crowd, while others may dread being in front of a large group of people but know how to hold a good one-on-one. One person might have artistic abilities that can be used for good in the church, … Read More

Meals on Wheels News: June 2022

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Meals on Wheels

Cheryl, Donna, and Kim fixed dinner club enchiladas, charro beans, rice, and sopapilla cheesecake. Kacie and Judy delivered and checked on our Meals on Wheels group. Today was a good day. Thank you, Jesus! Amen Caddie and Collie helped BB ( Bonnie Foreman) prepare and deliver Meals on Wheels today. They have been brought up knowing how to serve God’s children. Jo and Lucy cooked summer favorites: crispy chicken, steamed potatoes, baked beans, carrot & cucumber salad, and cinnamon muffins. Janice, Shelly, and Kay always enjoy delivering and visiting with our MOW community. Thank you, Lord, for the rain.

From the Pastor’s Desk: June 24, 2022

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From the Pastor's Desk

Respecting Others and Treating Them With Dignity “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” – Romans 12:10 NIV Treating others with dignity and respect entails treating others as worthy. Sometimes Christians may be perceived as judgmental or hypocritical by people with different beliefs. This is one reason it is important to honor others and not look down on anyone — so others can see a good witness for Christ, and we do not contribute to a bad reputation for the Christian faith. The Bible encourages us to honor others above ourselves and to love one another. Treating others with respect and dignity is an excellent way to show that love. Rev. Carol D. SparksHate Hurts. Grace Heals. Love Wins!

2022 Vacation Bible School: July 12-14, 2022

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Vacation Bible School Passport to Peace

2022 Vacation Bible School: Passport to Peace July 12-14, 202210:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Kids ages 3 to 5th grade are invited! Join us for Passport to Peace Vacation Bible School on July 12-14, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Kids ages 3 to 5th grade are invited. Register now! A small snack will be provided each day for attendees. Families are invited to join us for our big VBS celebration on Sunday, July 17, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Online Registration

From the Pastor’s Desk: June 9, 2022

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From the Pastor's Desk

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13:34-35 NIV Knowing that we are all made in the image of God should prompt us to see value in others. God calls us to love one another. Seeing value in everyone is not the same as agreeing or being best friends with everyone. Instead, it means showing all people the love of Christ through what we do and how we treat them. Each person brings value to the world and to God’s kingdom. We all have a purpose, and we should treat all people mindfully and with great respect because God has deemed them of value. Rev. Carol D. SparksHate Hurts. Grace Heals. Love Wins!

From the Pastor’s Desk: June 2, 2022

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From the Pastor's Desk

Made in God’s Image Billions of people live on Earth today, each created by God with a unique story. At times, it is easy to forget that each person we encounter in our day-to-day lives is God’s handiwork and deserves to be treated with love, dignity and respect. “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” – Genesis 1:27 NIV God created humans in His image. We have the distinction of being designed on the model of our creator and Lord. As such, we are treasured by Him. As Christians, we should take note that those around us are also made in the image of God. That person in line at the grocery store, that face on social media, that server at dinner — all are made in God’s image, and God cherishes them all. They … Read More

Meals on Wheels News: May 2022

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Meals on Wheels

Martha and Gay fixed meatloaf, potatoes, green beans, corn, and goody bags. Just add sweet tea. 😉 Deborah, Les, and Kay enjoy delivering. Veronica helps with scheduling. It takes a village. 😉❤️🙏🏼 Cheryl, Donna, and Kim enjoyed fixing a summer lunch today. Hawaiian chicken salad, vegetables, chips, and Paula Dean’s Not Yo‘ Mama’s Banana Pudding for dessert. Charlie and Kay delivered. May the prayer of my heart always be: Make me a servant today. 🙏🏼 Janice fixed pork loin, scalloped potatoes, corn, and rolls. Lucy made her famous cookies. Roy is always there to pitch in whenever and wherever he is needed.

From the Pastor’s Desk: May 26, 2022

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From the Pastor's Desk

The gospel tells me that Jesus can make me truly righteous with a righteousness that is acceptable and enduring in God’s sight, one that will stand up at the final judgment. Jesus alone gives me this firm and authentic gospel hope. And Jesus also gives me a perfect example of godly speech and humble service. The Gospels record many of Jesus’s conversations, and we see in them what it means to be perfect in speech. Because he is the truth (John 14:6), Jesus always spoke honestly, never deceiving through passive-aggressive speech or other means. Jesus never tried to meet his own needs through his words. Instead, he consistently served others through what he said. Rev. Carol D. SparksHate Hurts. Grace Heals. Love Wins!

From the Pastor’s Desk: May 19, 2022

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From the Pastor's Desk

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. (Ephesians 5:21) Our relationships change and become more complicated as we grow. We start out as children with parents and (probably) siblings and cousins. Then, as time goes on, friends, neighbors, coworkers, spouses, in-laws, and more come into the picture. As relationships change, we need time to adjust to new roles. It is not always easy to look up to a new boss who used to be your peer, nor for a newlywed to appreciate the close bond that his or her spouse may have with family. Paul says, “In your relationships with one another, you should have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.” Christ gave up his glory in heaven and humbled himself to become a human being like us. As a result, we have a Savior “who has been tempted in ­— every way, just as we are — … Read More