Tuesday, November 29, 2011
As the Women’s Mission Team Leader, I wanted to take a minute to let you know what is coming up in this ministry:
COATS FOR KIDS – the church is collecting slightly used or new coats through the end of December. There will be a blue bucket in the lobby at church or you can bring it to the Women’s Christmas Luncheon on December 10th (Kelly’s Tavern). If you know anyone that has a need for a coat for their child, go to the link above for dates, instructions, and distribution sites.
CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR CHILDREN - we are purchasing gifts for children in need in our adopted “Wickford” community. Pick up a tag in the lobby at church which will have instructions on what the child needs and bring it back by December 11th. Also, you can participate in delivery of these items which will be on December 17th throughout the neighborhood.
New International Version (NIV)
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Saturday, November 26, 2011
He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.
I John 2:9–11
The new commandment of which John speaks is the greatest commandment of all: to love.
‘What is the greatest commandment?’ the young lawyer asked the Master.
And Jesus said, ‘How do you read it?’
‘Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and soul and mind and strength,’ the lawyer answered.
‘That’s it,’ Jesus said. ‘And the second is like unto it: Love thy neighbor as thyself’ (Matthew 22:36–39).
The fresh word for you and me is that we are to love, for if we say we’re walking with the Lord and are close to the Lord but have hatred in our hearts towards our brother, then something is not right.
It’s a wonderful thing to be able to say, ‘To the best of my knowledge, I’m not bitter towards anyone, mad at anyone, or angry with anyone because I know what a sinner I am. I know how much I’ve failed. I know how gracious God has been to me.’ When that’s our heart, we know things are right.
Friday, November 18, 2011
For many of us, Thanksgiving begins an extremely hectic time of year with Christmas lurking so tightly on its heels. Many of you I have talked with have already begun your Christmas shopping and started decorating your house while others refuse to introduce Christmas until the close of Thanksgiving Day. Whatever your position, the craziness of scheduling parties and events is beginning to crowd your calendar and demand your time. So how do we do it all and do it well? I do believe it is the question we all ask ourselves at some point and desire in the pit of our hearts.
So, first, we are coming up on Thanksgiving Day. For many of us, it is about the food, fun, and family time. I mean, we imagine the smell of homemade pies baking in the oven, all the great sides and the perfect turkey like mom use to make and the memories of our families getting together in front of the TV or in the kitchen. For some this is a totally foreign concept and Thanksgiving Day is just another block on the calendar. In either case, it is what we remember and if it is a memory we want to pass on to our families or a legacy we want to leave for our family then by all means do it! However, if we choose to leave a different legacy for our family because something old needs to die in order for something new to live, then let me encourage you today to do it!! You have this incredible opportunity to choose what Thanksgiving will look like for your family! So be thankful God chose us out of the world and allows us to leave a legacy for Him with our kids and our families! This year choose a Christ centered Holiday season for your home and your family. Make a plan now to have a time of thanksgiving for what Christ has done for you, whether it is at the table before or after you eat, or while you’re gathered in your family room. God inhabits the praises of His people and when we choose to lift up thankful hearts to Him, it is praise. I assure you that when we lay our heads on our pillows Thanksgiving night and we have lifted our hearts of thanksgiving up to God and not just devoured a bunch of turkey and stuffing and homemade pie, we will have done Thanksgiving well!!! Talk to God today and ask Him what He wants your legacy for your family to look like this Thanksgiving then do it and do it well!!
May God bless you and your family this Thanksgiving. More importantly, would you and your family bless God this Thanksgiving?
Leader of the Women’s Minstry