OK…so here we are another Wed. evening. I will soon teach a group of people just like many of you. They come from (mostly) Arroyo City. They are people who have worked most of their lives, and again, most are retired. I am teaching them about “Spiritual Gifts”… what are they? Who has one? Why do they exist?, and how do they get one or more? If you wonder where these are in the Bible you’ll find them in 3 places: Romans 12; I Corinthians 12; and I Peter 4. You may not find this list includes every gift you ever heard of, but it will include most of them. Tonight we will look at some pitfalls in the administration of Gifts…some questions about which are still in use (all or some)…why would a Gift no longer be in use…are some “better” than others…stuff like that. In 3 weeks I will begin a lengthy study on HEAVEN. We all have been looking forward to this study, and again I invite you to come. Here’s my promise: You will not be singled out, embarrassed, nor asked to give your opinion unless you want to. I will not sit you on the front row…won’t call on you to answer a question…won’t do much more than thank you for coming. It is not our aim to embarrass you, nor to get money from you, nor to trick you into coming to church. You have a right not to come! But know that we would like to have you and will keep inviting you.
The PDF version: Bulletin_8_13_17
It’s Wednesday evening as I write this…getting ready to teach Bible Study and wanted to let you know what’s coming. Sometime just after the first Wed. evening of September I am going to begin a study of Heaven. It has been on my mind for some time now and I’ve been reading up on other people’s opinions of this wonderful topic…and believe me when I say, opinions are out there…and go from one “end to another”. Will we look like we now do? Will there be animals in Heaven? Will there be a “second chance” for those who rejected Christ here on earth? Will we recognize our family and friends? Man I’ll tell you…there are opinions on things I never thought of!! It will be a fun time. Will I see you there?
A week or so back we published a post on Trainy McTrainface and Boaty McBoatface. Well here’s the sad story of Birdy McBirdface.
While cleaning up at the Fire Department garage, we found a very young chick crawling around on the floor weakly chirping. Despite a thorough search in and around the building, no nest could be found. Not being able to put the little thing back in its nest, we took it home where Diane immediately named him Birdy McBirdface and put him in a shoe-box with shredded paper and a light bulb over for warmth.
She fed and nurtured little Birdy McBirdface for 5 or 6 days but to no avail. He died and we tearfully buried him in the yard.
We have no idea what kind of bird he was, but he touched our hearts and we were very sad to see him go.
Join the Fire Department on Labour Day weekend for community fellowship and enjoy some ice cream at the same time. Everyone is invited – come on down!
And the PDF file: Bulletin_8_6_17
A big thank you to Judy and the kitchen crew for a wonderful spread of goodies for Annette and Bob’s open house last week. I for one over indulged, but enjoyed every morsel.
Join us on Sunday for enlightenment from Bob and a hug from Annette!
Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was our 16th President from March 1861 until his assassination by John Wilkes Booth in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War – its bloodiest war and perhaps its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. In doing so, he preserved the Union, paved the way to abolition of slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy. He was a native of Hodgenville, Kentucky and grew up on the western frontier in Kentucky and Indiana. Largely self-educated, he became a lawyer in Illinois. Because of his opposition to slavery, Lincoln’s victory prompted seven southern slave states to form the Confederate States of America before he moved into the White House. As they say, “the rest is history”.
Arguably one of the best known presidents, Lincoln has left us some stirring speeches – the Gettysburg address being probably the most famous. Here are some shorter quotes from him:
You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.