Sharing with Steve
This month I want to share with you some odds and ends.
I wanted to share with you a devotion from My Utmost For His Highest, a devotion book by Oswald Chambers. Copyright laws prohibited me from putting it in the article, so I will have to encourage you to go to www.utmost.org and click on the devotion for January 20. This particular devotion tells how the Spirit of God makes our life fresh. This is one of the best year long devotional books out there. I recommend everyone getting a copy for your personal use.
Our new series, The Real God, has gotten off to a good start. Our new format of the teaching video and children’s story was well received. This will happen on the first week of each four week session. Let me remind you that if you miss the teaching video, that they are available on Right Now Media. Meadowbrook has a subscription to this site and anyone can join under our name for free. Please contact the office for more information. This is an excellent site with thousands of videos for teaching and learning. I have been very impressed with the quantity and quality of the materials available.
I am reading a new book entitled Letters to the Church by Francis Chan. This is an easy read, but will really make you think about how we do “church.” In our effort to make the church “successful,” or “attractive,” or “relevant,” have we departed from what the Church was supposed to be? Francis Chan challenges our thinking and makes us take a long look at what we are doing. I highly recommend this book.
This past Sunday I showed a couple of videos for the children’s Sunday School. One was the animated story of Abraham and Isaac. God tested Abraham by asking him to kill his son. I was reminded of how God works, and it is not according to my time schedule. There were so many times that God could have stopped the action and just given the sacrifice to Abraham, yet God waited until the knife was raised. In the past and currently, I wish that God would let me know what is going on. I want to say that my faith in the Lord is strong, but a little heads up would go a long way to strengthen that faith. Yet God is often quiet and then waits to the last moment to intervene. I know (or think) that this is for my own good and spiritual growth, but it does not help my anxiety level. So I echo the words of the father of the demon possessed boy when expressing his hope to Jesus, “I do believe, help me in my unbelief.”
THE REAL GOD SERIES SCHEDULE
We have gotten off to a good start with our new series, The Real God, by Chip Ingram. The first Sunday went well with our new format, a teaching video and a children’s story for the kids. The schedule for February is as follows:
Sunday, February 3 – Seeking God – New Testament sermon
Sunday, February 10 – Seeking God – Final sermon
Sunday, February 17 – The Goodness of God – Teaching Video, Family Sunday
Sunday, February 24 – The Goodness of God – Old Testament Sermon
The Real God books have been ordered, but are on backorder. We should get them the first part of February. If you want a book please sign up for one in the foyer. They are $10 a piece. Continue to keep this series and the year in your prayers.
We will be having a Super Bowl Party on Sunday, Feb. 3, at 6pm in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is to bring serious appetizers and pop to share. The football game will be on the big television in the Fellowship Hall. Kick-off is at 6:30pm. If you do not like football bring cards or board games. You will have company. In the past some of the ladies have worked on their projects for Sisters-in-Service. You can look up from time to time and watch the new commercials. Plan now to attend. We always have a good time.
ADULT BIBLE STUDY
The adult Bible study continues in February. We will be meeting the 13th and the 27th. We have just started a new study on the Gospel of Mark. We have finished the introductory material so we will be starting with Chapter 1. We meet every other Wednesday evening during the school year at 7pm in the Fellowship Hall. We spend about fifty minutes in study and then close with a prayer time. Mark your calendars and plan to join us. This is a great way to learn about God’s Word.
TCM (Taking Christ to the Millions) International reaches people in Eastern Europe and Central Asia through evangelism, leadership training of internationals, benevolence, radio, print media, and encouragement. This month, volunteers from the US will travel to Hause Edelweiss to prepare campus and buildings for another academic season. Harold Keck, Lead Pastor at Seymour Heights Christian Church in Tennessee, having recently returned from his third stint as a short term worker at Haus Edelweiss, says the following; “The ministry of TCM provides a little taste of heaven. Hearing prayers in different languages and fellowshipping and worshiping with brothers and sisters with strange accents draws our hearts away from self and shifts its trajectory toward an amazing God who loved the world so much that He sent His son. It continues to bring about a growing ‘kingdom of God’ awareness in our lives.”
SIS prepares College Care Packages
Sisters in Service will be preparing “Care Packages” for our college students who live away from home, on Monday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m. College students living at home will receive gift cards. All women are invited to join us for this annual project.
If you can’t attend but would like to contribute items for the boxes or cash donations for shipping expenses, you may drop off items in the foyer before the meeting. Some items you might consider for the Care Packages are: cocoa mix, microwavable soups and oatmeal, peanut butter, individual size boxes of cereal, granola and protein bars, dried fruits, nuts, pretzels, cookies, small cans of juice, etc. Also consider pens/pencils, notepaper, toothpaste, hand/body lotion, tissues, etc.
Preserve those pictures, write it down…
Memories Are All That’s Left!
A scrapbook is like a journal or diary, but in picture-form. It allows you to place all your special memorabilia such as concert tickets, birthday cards, special newspaper clippings, and so on, in one place. Sharing your story through scrapbooking can help you not only document the important moments in your life, but help you remember and appreciate them as well. The older we get, the more we realize that life goes by so fast and our memories tend to fade. Scrapbooks can mean a lot to future generations and make great gifts.
Meadowbrook will be hosting its 5th Scrapbooking Crop on Saturday, April 13 from 9 am to 9 pm. It is a fundraiser to benefit the Teen Ministry at Meadowbrook. People tend to be much more productive at a scrapbooking ‘crop’, as it is a dedicated time to devote just to this task without the distractions of everyday life. It is also much more fun to do this in a social setting. People talk, laugh, and share, all the while being productive, and go home with a great sense of accomplishment.
You also don’t have to be a scrap booker to come. Some attendees work on other types of crafts, like card making, knitting and crocheting. Meadowbrook’s crop has become popular for a number of reasons. The meals are good, homemade foods made by members of Meadowbrook church. The raffle baskets are many, attractive, and have a variety of items in them. People also appreciate the help they receive loading and unloading their cars. (Scrappers bring a lot of stuff!)
To be successful, we need as many teens to help as possible that day, as well as adult participation. Please be watching both the bulletin and the bulletin board for more information and sign up opportunities. You can also talk to crop coordinator Cindy Gerstenlauer.
Lothar & Arleen Rossol (Ann.) – February 2
Leanna Thomas – February 3
Dave Deaton – February 5
Kaye Thompson – February 6
Nathanael Cox – February 15
Shalon Cox – February 22
Zain Cox – February 22