November 12, 2017
Good morning and may the grace of God be part of your waking. (Gladys read the whole of this devotion).
What a busy weekend thus far starting with Friday. With multiple people coming and going in the hospital to a crazy group of people gathering to open the doors to a wonderful fair and supper, it was busy. On the behalf of Bev J and Carol S I thank everyone who participated in making this once again a large community and church event. While it did seem slower than years previous the love, fellowship and attitude was a joyous occasion. Thank you to all!!! The leadership of the crafters would like to offer all who come today to church the opportunity to come downstairs after the service and enjoy: offering most things at half price. What a deal and opportunity to support this church and its functions. Lots of cheese for sale (not discounted)
Please lift up prayers for the Wedge family as Mike had surgery to remove an obstruction in his bowels. Deb Leighton for speedy recovery. Please look at your bulletins for others we need to be praying for daily.
Nov 12 - EOCC dedication Sunday
Nov 12 Education Meeting 11:30
Nov 12 - 12pm Youth gathering 12:30 Praise and Worship (sanctuary all
Nov 12 Noontime (taking down of Fair) WE NEED YOUR HELP
Nov - 19 Trustee's Meeting 11:30
Nov 19 12pm Youth gathering 12:30 Praise and Worship
Nov 24th setting up Poinsettia tree
Nov 26 Deacon's Meeting
Nov 26 - 12pm Youth gathering 12:30 Praise and Worship
Dec 2nd - Christmas Parade Bangor (see education team for more
Dec 3rd - Advent Begins
Dec 3rd - 4:30 pm Pot Luck Dinner, Carols and Lighting of the
Christmas tree. (Alyson Coffin)
Dec 10 5pm Lasagna Dinner (sponsored by Missions Board)
Dec 10 6pm - Christmas Pageant Sunday School youth
Dec 24th - Sunday service & Christmas Eve services
One of my favorite Books in the Bible is from the Book of Ruth. As I read this Book it reminds me that God makes miracles out of what seems insignificant: fragile faith, a little kindness, and ordinary people. Often in my ministry I find an unexpected blessing in the form of something that would seem small. A short while ago a congregant sent me the message below at a time when I felt a bit overwhelmed. (they were not aware how the timing would be perfect) I sat there and read this and everything seemed to fall off my shoulders. I thought I would send this to all of you as we enter a busy season of life. So, this morning;
I wish you a day of ordinary miracles. . .
A fresh pot of coffee you didn't have to make yourself.
An unexpected phone call from an old friend.
Green stoplights on your way to work or church.
I wish you a day of little things to rejoice in.
The fastest line at the grocery store.
A good sing along song on the radio.
Your keys right where you look.
I wish you a day of happiness and perfection.
Little bite-size pieces of perfection that give you the wonderful feeling the Lord is smiling on you.
Holding you so gently because you are someone special and rare.
I wish You Peace, Happiness and Joy.
I have found the little things people do for each other are the big things that make a difference. Never feel what you give in love is not enough, it does make a difference!! I hope to see you all this morning as we honor the Veterans connected with this church and celebrate our life in Christ. Have a great day, Pastor Carl
Almighty God, thank you for the surprises of life. As my relationship with you grows so does my vision in the beauty and amazing world in which we live. Thank you for the people you have surrounded me with. Lord may my life reflect your love and may your love carry my life. I ask for this in Jesus' name, Amen