Sharing With Steve
I have been thinking about my own mortality lately. I do not mean this in a morbid way. I turned 65 this week. That does not really bother me. I am one day older than the day before. But now I do have to think about Medicare and what the future holds. I need to make decisions about insurance. I am keeping a closer eye on social security and retirement funds. As mentioned last month one of my friends and members here at Meadowbrook passed away at 50 years of age. Several weeks later one of our long time faithful members passed away after battling Parkinson’s. It is hard not to think of your own mortality when faced with these situations.
Then just recently I have reconnected with one of my college roommates. He was from the mountains of western North Carolina. He was likeable and always had a smile on his face. I went to a high school football game with him one time and we got lost coming back to school. Late night fog and curvy mountain roads makes for a much longer trip than we needed. We both had classes the next morning. When I was a junior in college he and I and two others went to Florida and we worked at the Christian Church in Kissimmee, FL. We spent a week working with the youth. We had a good time. He was a mountain clogger. It was fun to watch him clog and see the joy on his face. He returned to western North Carolina and did a lot of supply preaching. He would work during the week to make ends meet. He now lives in Brazil. He moved there in retirement to take advantage of the lower cost of living.
He is dying. He has pulmonary fibrosis. His lungs no longer work like they should. He is on 24 hour oxygen and spends a lot of time in bed. When not in bed he is in a wheelchair. He has a great attitude. He knows that he is close to ending his earthly journey and starting his heavenly one. I see no bitterness. He is still rejoicing in things that God is doing in his life and in the lives of others.
I hope that I have a similar attitude. God has been good to Phyllis and me. He has blessed us with two great daughters, a wonderful son-in-law, and three beautiful grand-children. God has blessed us with a wonderful church family. They are loving and gracious. It is a joy to minister with them. I want to rejoice in what God has done and is doing. I want to see the good in people. I want to live a life of thanksgiving.
The number of my age changed two days ago, but that did not change me. Now I am not in as good of shape as I once was. I get tired a little easier now than I used to. My 25-30 mile bike rides have turned into 15-20 mile rides. I don’t move quite as fast as I once did, but that is ok. God is good and continues to bless. No matter what comes along that is true and will remain true. We serve an awesome God.
Summer is right around the corner. I can feel it with each passing day. Sometimes it comes in leaps and bounds, with sunshine and warm weather. Other times it comes slowly as it rains and grows colder.
No matter the temperature, summer will be here.
That’s the way I’m feeling about our summer programming at Meadowbrook.
Sometimes I hear a song and I know I’ll have to bring it with me when I help Steve at camp this summer (July 16th-21st for 5th and 6th graders at Lake James Christian Assembly).
Sometimes I talk about VBS and realize it’s coming sooner than we think (August 7th-11th).
With crazy schedules, I know it can be difficult to synchronize everything so I would like to offer you another option: Email or text reminders for summer programming.
We are planning on having pool parties and movie nights, possibly even a wacky water day, but I know it can be a little overwhelming all at once.
Instead, as the calendar gets set and events start arriving on the horizon, I can text or email to let you know what to be on the lookout for, that way, in case you are helping during worship hour or you are out of town, there’s no need to worry.
Just let me know and I can make sure you get all the details for each event.
If you would like reminders via text, my phone number is (616) 304-5632. Please send me your name (in case I don’t have it in my phone) and just a simple “Please send me Summer Schedule Reminders,” and I will make sure to do that.
If you would like updates via email instead, I usually use my old college email (more out of habit now) which is firstname.lastname@example.org. Again, just a simple “Please send me Summer Schedule Reminders,” would be helpful so I don’t miss someone.
If you would like further information on any of our programs or would be willing to volunteer facilitating an event this summer, let me know. I would love to answer any questions you might have.
There is still time to support the Meadowbrook Team as they travel to Midland, MI, on Saturday, June 3, to ride in the Cycle The Campus Fundraiser that benefits His House Christian Ministries. This is a very effective ministry working on the college and university campuses in Michigan. We currently have nine people who will be riding and three who will be volunteering. There is a 50-mile ride, a 25-mile ride, and a 10-mile family friendly ride. To donate please go to www.cyclethecampus.org and click on the Midland donation button. Click on Teams and then Meadowbrook. You can donate to the team or through an individual. All of the monies raised go to the work of His House. We always have a good time on this ride. Pray for nice weather and strong bodies as we represent Christ and Meadowbrook to the best of our abilities.
You are invited to the Spring Communication Meeting at Meadowbrook Christian Church. The meeting will be held on June 4, following the morning worship service. At this meeting, we will share information, ideas and plans in the following areas:
Things that are happening now
What’s coming up (what’s next…)
Please plan to attend this informational meeting. (Note: this is not a business meeting, and we are not voting on anything.)
In addition to the information that will be shared, we invite you to bring your comments, questions, and suggestions. We welcome your participation and feedback to help us plan for the future of Meadowbrook Christian Church.
We believe it is important for every member to be aware of what Meadowbrook is about, what is being planned, what direction we’re heading. Participating in this forum is an indication of your desire to be a part of the body at Meadowbrook (in other words, you care about what is going on!)
We look forward to seeing you on the 4th.
In Christ, Meadowbrook Elders
ADULT BIBLE STUDY
Our last adult Bible Study before the summer break will be on Wednesday, June 7, at 7pm in the Fellowship Hall. We are still in our study of the Book of Judges. We have just got done with the story of Samson and are ready for the last five chapters. These deal with stories that we rarely study. This is a dark period in the history of Israel when everyone pretty much did what they wanted to do. God was an afterthought. It shows how easy it is to allow culture to influence and move away from God.
Guest Speaker: Debbie Potts
“Prickly People in the Bible”
Presentation of different characters in the Bible
and the prickly relationships they had,
revealing God’s plan for making peace with prickly people.
Cost: $23 per person
Tossed salad, Fettuccine Alfredo,
Mostaccioli, Hot Bread and Mini Pastries
Coffee and Soft Drinks
See Lynn Ross to make your reservation.
JUNE MOWING SCHEDULE
We appreciate our mowing teams and the work that they do each week. Here is the schedule for June. The week of June 4 – the Red Team. The week of June 11 – the Orange Team. The week of June 18 – the Blue Team. The week of June 25 – The Green Team.
NURSERY COORDINATOR NEEDED
We want to thank Sue Rose for her years of service in the nursery. She has been our coordinator, scheduling workers and helping teach during the Sunday School hour. Her mother is in poor health and Sue is needed to help in that situation. We now need someone to step up to the plate and serve in the nursery. For more information about the job you can talk to Sue. If you are interested please contact the office. You will need to have a background check if you have not already had one.
The church picnic will, again, be held at the shelter behind the Auburn Hills municipal buildings. The date is Sunday, July 9, immediately following the morning service. Fried chicken and beverage will be provided. There will be a sign-up sheet in the foyer to let us know how many people are coming and also to sign up for different food items. The Matt Cox LIFE Group is in charge this year. There will be games and activities as in previous years. This is always a fun time. For more information please see Lynn Ross. See you at the picnic.
Dan Bright – June 5
Pat Sipe – June 5
Jerry & Wanda Douma (Ann.) – June 12
Ron & Ruth Lindhagen (Ann.) – June 14
Matthew Zaremba – June 18
Jaysun & Traci Thomas (Ann.) – June 18
Ron & Marian Murphy (Ann.) – June 20
Sue Rose – June 20
Dick Tenniswood – June 22
Randy & Jerri Gilbert (Ann.) – June 25