Today is just another day in the life of God’s People. It may not be one you will enjoy…nor one that you hate…but it is just another day. Think of it, if and I say IF we are what scholars call, “THE TERMINAL GENERATION”…WHICH MEANS THE LORD WILL RETURN IN OUR LIFETIME; then it is surely not just ANOTHER day!! If you knew that was going to happen…how would your life change? What would you say to your loved ones? What would you say to co-workers? What would you say to the barber…the grocery people…the cop who stops you for exceeding the speed limit??? Well, one day – that is exactly what will happen…are you ready?
This Sunday will be communion time. Many of you may know this time as “The Lord’s Supper”. That works also! This wonderful ceremony has lots of different ideas on how it is done…and lots of ideas on WHY it’s done. At CHURCH ON THE ARROYO, we celebrate it each time we have a holiday. Since this (just past) is the 4th of July time, we will have it again. Look, it won’t “Save” you…it won’t cover your sin…it won’t make you perfect. It is not magic!! The ceremony…or event, if you will, is designed to get us closer to God. It celebrates His Death, Burial and Resurrection… His Death! It celebrates what He did for you and me. Jesus held it the night before His arrest…the night before all His trouble began in Jerusalem. If you have never celebrated this wonderful time, I feel for you. There is nothing like it…nothing even close.
And the PDF version: Bulletin_7_1_18
Wed. evening 6-27-2018. Tonight will be the last Bible Study for the summer. We will return 8/8/18. I intend to “bone up” on a few subjects I have been dying to bring as a study. Among them is a historical (sort of) study of Jerusalem. It became the capitol of Israel under King David, but before and after him the city had a rich and bloody history. We will attempt to learn about that. Another is the subject of suffering… namely, how can a loving God allow so much suffering yet maintain He loves us? Another is a full study of the book of Lamentations, and what it may mean to us today. See ya soon…
You may have noticed we experienced a power failure around midnight last night, lasting about 3 hours. The culprit was a power pole fire at the Channel View RV park that started around 7:30 pm. Here’s how the incident unfolded: The Fire Department was dispatched by 911 at 7:50. The chief arrived a few minutes later, followed by the pump truck and firefighters at 8:00. Since the power was still on, the Fire Dept could not extinguish the fire immediately. Hosing water onto live power lines is a no-no. A Magic Valley Electric Co-op crew arrived around 8:45 and used fire extinguishers to put out the fire. The pole was severely damaged and the Co-op crew retired to a safe distance, waiting for backup to repair/replace the pole. With power still on, the fire re-ignited and continued burning the pole until it broke off. The broken portion was held aloft by a line feeding over to the RV park. There was no immediate danger of the fire spreading and the Co-op crew elected to leave power on to avoid a blackout in the area. By 11:45, the Co-op backup crew had still not arrived, the wind was picking up a little and the fire was starting to pose a threat from dropping embers. The Fire Department determined that the situation was too dangerous and instructed the Co-op crew to cut the power. The fire was well and truly extinguished by the pump truck crew. Fortunately, within minutes of putting out the fire, the Co-op construction crew arrived with a new pole, equipment and what looked to be at least 8 cherry pickers. They got to work and the power was restored after 3 or so hours. We don’t have any photos of the incident but here are a sampling of what pole fires look like and what ensuing damage can occur.
A telephone pole on fire, exterior.
Pole fires usually start by an arc tracking across an insulator to ground over the wooden pole. The arcing is not sufficient to trip the circuit, but is hot enough to set fire to the pole. Salt from the sea air and dirt settle on the insulators. After a long dry spell, this accumulation becomes heavy. When there is a short rain which is not hard or long enough to wash off the accumulation, the rain water dissolves the salt, mixes it with the dust and creates a path for the electricity to arc and track across the pole, igniting it in the process. This is fairly common close to the ocean, in fact Port Mansfield Fire Department inform us that 80% of their fire calls are for pole fires.
Thank you to the Arroyo City Fire Department for their prompt response and vigilance in protecting our community.
The bulletin is a little early this week, giving you plenty of time to make your plans for Sunday!
And the PDF version: Bulletin_6_24_18
Happy Father’s Day to all you long suffering dads out there. Thank you for all you dedication and love. May God bless you all and make His face to shine upon you.
The nation’s first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in the state of Washington. However, it was not until 1972 (58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official) that the day honoring fathers became a nationwide holiday in the United States. Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June each year – this year June 17th.
There are other holidays celebrated in June, some a little more obscure than Father’s Day, here’s a list:
- Statehood Day – Friday, June 1, 2018
- Jefferson Davis Birthday – Sunday, June 3, 2018
- Jefferson Davis Birthday – Monday, June 4, 2018
- D-Day – Wednesday, June 6, 2018
- Lailat al-Qadr – Sunday, June 10, 2018
- Kamehameha Day – Monday, June 11, 2018
- Army Birthday – Thursday, June 14, 2018
- Eid al-Fitr – Friday, June 15, 2018
- Bunker Hill Day – Sunday, June 17, 2018
- Bunker Hill Day – Monday, June 18, 2018
- Juneteenth – Tuesday, June 19, 2018
- West Virginia Day – Wednesday, June 20, 2018
- World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought – June 17, 2018
- Eat Your Vegetables Day – June 17, 2018
We won’t presume to explain these, but don’t forget to eat your veggies today!