November 11, 2018
Good morning, and a salute to all the Veterans.
The Veteran's Day parade will begin at 10:15 in Brewer with a brief stop at the viewing stand around 10:45. Will see some of you there I hope. Well it certainly has been a busy week here with the fair, the New Coat drive, Operation Christmas Child, and organizing the upcoming Thanksgiving baskets to name a few things.
With the help of many the Turkey Pie supper part of the fair had to be considered a great success as we sold out and then some. Thank you to all who stepped up and helped and I apologize to some who came to help and found too many people already there. We’ll do better. The fair was also attended well and I look forward to talking with Carol to hear her story. Thank you to all.
As many of you know California is experiencing a major fire and one of our sister churches in Paradise, Ca. Craig Memorial Congregational Church, was in the direct line of the fire. I reached out to offer prayer and emotional support as did the the Northern Calf. Moderator.. Below is correspondence form Andrew the pastor at the church. Please keep them in prayer.
Thanks for your concern Bob. Please keep us in your prayers. All the people I've talked to made it out safely but it was scary, with flames on both sides of road and traffic trickling along. We have one member no one has been able to track down, and she's been listed as missing on the news. She's our big concern right now. Hillary and I are fine. We're staying in the guest bedroom of a family in Chico. I'll let you know once I find out about our building. There's a good chance it's burned down, but I haven't heard a definitive word yet.
God bless you in your ministry, Andrew in Chico
Nov 11 No Adult Bible Study this morning; 9:45 Sunday School: 10 am Church service, Veterans Day ; Education Meeting; Youth Group 12:15 pm
Nov 11 12ish Tear down Craft fair.
Nov 12 Veterans Day parade: Step off is at 10:15 in Brewer. (reviewing stand 10:40ish)
Nov 14 9am Prayer meeting 5pm Bible Study; 6 Pm Vespers 6:40 Choir Rehearsal
Nov 18 9am Adult Bible Study; 9:45 Sunday School: 10 am Church service, Veterans Day ; Trustee Meeting; Youth Group 12:15
Nov. 18 Eccumenical Thanksgiving celebration. 6PM
Nov 21 9am Prayer meeting 5pm Bible Study; 6 Pm Vespers 6:40 Choir Rehearsal
Nov 22 12PM Free Thanksgiving Dinner at the EOCC (all are welcome) sign up with office.
Nov. 25 No Adult Bible Study this morning; 9:45 Sunday School: 10 am Church service Christ the King Sunday; Deacons Meeting; No Youth Group 12:15 pm
Recently I sat with a member that asked what is going on in society, how far have we wandered from the teachings of the church and scripture. While he did not mention EOCC I see us in the same situation and a microcosm of society. As I prayed upon this conversation and read scripture, the passage in Proverbs spoke to me. Like the prophets of old it is not an easy or popular topic to speak on, but are my devotions always suppose to be?
30 I happened upon the field of a lazy person, by the vineyard of one with no sense.
31 Thorns grew all over it; weeds covered the ground, and the stone wall was falling down.
32 I observed this and took it to heart; I saw it and learned a lesson.
33 “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little lying down with folded arms”—
34 and poverty will come on you like a prowler, deprivation like a man with a shield.
As one reads Proverbs a theme of contrasting lazy people with the diligent is often seen. Laziness is often associated with folly which results in destitution. Often times people read this only in the physical sense but if we look at Jesus and some of the prophets use of the vineyard this Proverb can speak to us in our inner lives as well and as the inner life of a church.
In terms of a physical vineyard, these were the results the Proverb described: “Thorns grew all over it; weeds covered the ground, and the stone wall was falling down.” When we apply this to our spiritual life and the life of the church the results I believe are the same and we are seeing this in our churches and throughout society.
So what do we do? I would say that each of us needs to prayerfully reflect on how we view the Word and its power as well as our membership within the understanding of what is a church. Over the next few weeks the devotion will talk about these questions as it pertains to Proverbs 24. Not an easy topic but hopefully enlightening to the question. I hope to see you later this morning.
Just heard from my sister Tanya that my niece has given birth to her daughter. Both doing well.
O God, Father in heaven, thank you for new life our family has experienced and I ask you also to remind me that the life to which you call me is a good life, one that produces greater purpose, satisfaction and joy. Deliver me from the urge to be lazy in following you. Father, help me to hear your Word over the words of this world. Lord I thank you for my church family. I ask you Father to forgive me if I misspeak or offend Your Word in anyway. Forgive me for my sins and help me to love others more deeply and unconditionally. Lord God, I ask this in Your Son’s name. Amen.