Meals on Wheels News: December 2022

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“The Sisters” — Cheryl, Donna, and Kim — prepared a meal of chicken spaghetti, a carrot/raisin/pineapple salad, toast, and a fig bar for dessert for the Meals on Wheels recipients. Charlie and Kay delivered this delicious meal. Thank you all!

From the Pastor’s Desk: December 2, 2022

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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1-5 John’s take on Jesus coming into the world was that He was light driving out darkness. John has barely begun his gospel narrative before introducing this cosmic conflict as the reason God the Father sent the Son. With a confident foreshadowing of the story’s end, John assures us who will ultimately come out on top. “That light shines in the darkness, and yet the darkness did not overcome it.” Right here, John sums up the season of Advent. Even amidst the great deal … Read More

From the Pastor’s Desk: November 22, 2022

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From the Pastor's Desk

The word Advent means “the coming.” Starting four Sundays before Christmas Eve is what we call the Advent season. This time is for celebrating the birth of Jesus the Christ in his first “coming” AND the hopeful anticipation of his second “coming” as Christ the King. We believe that God was born as Jesus and God will come again as Christ. We live as “in-between” people. Advent season is a time for us to be reminded of God’s presence throughout our lives. It is a time to be reminded that our lives are more than that “thing” that happens between the dashes on a tombstone. Our births, lives, and deaths are miraculous! Advent is coming! Let’s be reminded of the hope, peace, joy, and love that comes from God who was, is, and will be with us – Emmanuel. Rev. Carol D. SparksHate Hurts. Grace Heals. Love Wins!

Meals on Wheels News: November 2022

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Thank you to the ladies and gentleman for getting out on this cold November morning to cook for and to deliver to the Meals on Wheels recipients. Mom and daughter, Cindy and Kristen, teamed up to prepare a delicious meal of pork roast, cream potatoes with gravy, green beans, and a roll. Charlie and Kay were our deliverers today. Saying thank you almost seems inadequate for the service these individuals provide each week to this wonderful ministry of our church and the Alvord community. THANK YOU!!! Jo and Susan prepared a hot and nutritious meal of beef stew, cornbread, seasoned crackers, an apple, and yellow cake with chocolate frosting for dessert. Kay and Danielle delivered this healthy meal. Thank you, ladies! As always, thank you to all the individuals who volunteer their time and energy to this ministry. Cheryl, Donna, and Kim honored their mother, Polly, today with a traditional … Read More

From the Pastor’s Desk: November 17, 2022

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Throughout the Scriptures, we are reminded to give thanks to the Lord: “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever.” (Psalm 118:1 NIV) “Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.” (1 Chronicles 16:8 NIV) “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV) “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17 NIV) God is so good and worthy to be praised but the scriptures’ call to gratitude has as much to do with our hearts as it does with God’s. We set aside one day each year in November as a day to give thanks. We often gather … Read More

From the Pastor’s Desk: November 10, 2022

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Gratitude Gratitude is the heart’s response to life’s infinite blessings. God has placed us in a world full of richness and possibility. Sometimes we may miss these moments. We overlook them on our way to something we consider more meaningful. Even though we may be absent from God’s beautiful universe, God’s beautiful universe is never absent from us. The minute we look around us with natural curiosity, the moment we attune ourselves to the beauty of the heavens, the earth, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, we can experience that God is continually pouring out creativity and possibility. Have you ever had a person in your life that practiced gratitude? In a previous congregation, I met a man who had overcome advanced cancer by giving thanks for everything. When the car engine started, he would declare, “Thank you, God!” As the sun rose, “Thank you, … Read More

From the Pastor’s Desk: November 3, 2022

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“God is near, and therefore hope is near.” (Charles Spurgeon) Uncertainty may be one of the worst feelings, especially if the uncertainty involves something we care about deeply. How do we process the chaos and confusion of a pandemic, political uncertainty, or church confusion? We can look to the wisdom exemplified by Paul as he pastored the people of Athens at the Aereopagus. Aereopagus was a place filled with uncertainty. People would gather and talk for hours trying to understand and solve the issues of humanity (religion, politics, family, etc.). In this context of high uncertainty and probably a fair share of anxiety, Paul says these assuring and comforting words: 24 God, who made the world and everything in it, is Lord of heaven and earth. He doesn’t live in temples made with human hands. 25 Nor is God served by human hands, as though he needed something, since he … Read More

Meals on Wheels News: October 2022

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A big THANK YOU to our Meals on Wheels volunteers! Scott prepared a scrumptious lasagna, Jo prepared sides of salad, green beans, and garlic toast. Les, Deborah, and Pastor Carol delivered the meals. If you see these individuals out and about, make sure to tell them how much they are appreciated. We couldn’t be successful in this ministry to our community without volunteers. Also, please thank David Goodwin and Erica Cervantes Steger for their service, as well. Our Meals on Wheels recipients received a special treat on Thursday. As usual, our chefs didn’t disappoint. Joy and Kim prepared a sumptuous meal of turkey and dressing, cream potatoes with gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, and a roll, with cake for dessert. Thank you to Deborah, Les, and Pastor Carol (not pictured) for delivering these meals. Cheryl, Donna, and Kim provided meatloaf, cream potatoes, pea salad, cornbread, and a cookie for the … Read More

From the Pastor’s Desk: October 20, 2022

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During my devotion this week, I read an excerpt from Mother Teresa’s book, “In the Heart of the World.” I was deeply touched by her sentiment and wisdom. I wanted to share it with you. At a seminary in Bangalore, a nun once said to me, “Mother Teresa, you are spoiling the poor people by giving them things free. They are losing their human dignity.” When everyone was quiet, I said calmly, “No one spoils as much as God himself. See the wonderful gifts he has given us freely. All of you have no glasses, yet you all can see. If God were to take money for your sight, what would happen? Continually we are breathing and living on oxygen that we do not pay for. What would happen if God were to say, ‘If you work four hours, you will get sunshine for two hours.’ How many of us … Read More

From the Pastor’s Desk: October 13, 2022

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From the Pastor's Desk

Let us be sincere in our dealings with each other and have the courage to accept each other as we are. Do not be surprised by another’s weakness or preoccupied with another’s failures. Rather, see the good in each other. Each one of us is created in the image of God. Jesus said it beautifully: “I am the vine; you are the branches.” The life-giving sap that flows from the vine through each of the branches is the same. John 15:5 Rev. Carol D. SparksHate Hurts. Grace Heals. Love Wins!