SCRAPBOOK CROP AT MEADOWBROOK
Meadowbrook is hosting a Scrapbook Crop on Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 9 AM to 9 PM in the Fellowship Hall. It will be open to church attendees as well as to the community. Proceeds will benefit our Student Ministries to help finance their events and activities. Registration forms are available on-line, on the bulletin board in the foyer, or by contacting crop coordinator Cindy Gerstenlauer, email@example.com.
What is a Scrapbook Crop
One of my favorite past-times is to get together with my friends and work on scrapbooks. These crops are the modern day equivalent to the quilting bee or barn-raising parties of the past. It’s an opportunity for social interaction, artistic inspiration and friendly collaboration, as well as a time to be productive. So, a scrapbook crop is a get-together for those who like to create scrapbooks while enjoying the company of others who share their interests. Some people work on making homemade cards. The nature of scrapbooking is that it is usually a lengthy process. Many crafters feel that if you are going to go to all of the effort of planning and packing up your supplies it should be for the chance at a large block of uninterrupted scrap time. This allows for the time to arrive, unpack, work on the albums, catch up with friends and family, enjoy some great food, and still not feel rushed. People usually return home relaxed, refreshed, and excited to share their accomplishments with their loved ones. The beauty of scrapbooking is that each person is making an album that suits them alone. Beginners and more advanced scrappers can comfortably sit in a crop together. Each person will take an idea you give them and make it their own at their own level and in their own style. Scrappers typically like to share their ideas, pages, techniques, and creations with each other. Supplies and equipment are often shared. When people are inspired it takes very little else for them to enjoy the day.
How Meadowbrook Members Can Help
Even more value can be added to the event by knowing you are helping others by your attendance and participation. Volunteer opportunities will be in the Sunday Bulletin and will be posted on the bulletin board in the foyer.
SHARING WITH STEVE
I have been preaching a series of sermons about good and bad investments. The series is a look at the seven deadly sins and the quality that will combat or offset the sin. A recent bad investment was “gluttony” and the offset characteristic was “balance.” Both sermons used Ecclesiastes for scripture. The teacher of Ecclesiastes tried everything in abundance and found out that it was meaningless. He tried power, riches, pleasure, wisdom, etc., and he tried them in abundance. His conclusion was that all of these things meant nothing. It was meaningless, a chasing after the wind. The sermon dealing with “balance” used Ecclesiastes 3 for scripture. This is the famous scripture concerning time, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: . . .”
Several things have happened recently that have caused me to think more about this passage. Last week one of my good friends lost his father. When receiving the news he and his wife were with their daughter who had just given birth to their grandson – “a time to be born and a time to die.” As we traveled over Labor Day we saw fields becoming ready for harvest. Michigan peaches are in and soon Michigan apples will be available – “a time to plant and a time to uproot.” As we read the news we see armed conflict. We see “justification” and attempts at ceasefires – “a time for war and a time for peace.” Summer has just concluded. Our children rode bikes, went to camp, slept in, went swimming, etc. School has started and life changes – “a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them.” Your child is growing up. You use to kiss them goodbye when they went to school; now it is just a hug. Soon they will be “too big” for that and you will wonder, “Where has my little child gone?” – “a time to embrace and a time to refrain.” The old school clothes are now too small. New supplies and a new backpack must be purchased – “a time to keep and a time to throw away.” Most children fight the urge to pay attention in class and keep quiet. It is especially difficult starting back to school and seeing old friends, but the teacher constantly reminds the kids to keep quiet and pay attention – “a time to be silent and a time to speak.”
We live lives that are often full of busy schedules. We become confused over priorities. We allow the world to dictate to us what we do and what we say. The battle is constant and sometimes overwhelming. As I look at Ecclesiastes 3 I realize that there must be balance in my life. Some of this will come naturally; at others times I will have to manufacture it. God has given me this time and with it the means to use it wisely. His Spirit is given to lead and guide us. So I move on. The teacher of Ecclesiastes understood that we are here to honor and revere God (Eccl. 3:14). As we begin this new school year and move from summer into fall may we live lives of balance, trusting God and following His leading.
A Word from Philly-D: The school year is upon us and the Student Ministries is about to launch into our fall programming. This year we are focusing on a couple things during our Engage Gatherings on Sunday Evenings. We are starting off the school year with a party on Sept. 7th. The following Sunday we are kicking off a series called “Unsung Heroes” where we look at several low profile heroes of the Bible that played a huge role in the grand story but didn’t have much Scripture devoted to them. We end that series and then kick off a brand new one called “Divergent” that plays off the popular teen books and the movie. We are looking forward to being together again, enjoying the fellowship, and engaging with each other and Scripture. I pray our students will be encouraged and challenged by the things they hear and experience this fall.
JR. CHURCH: In September we are starting a new series for our Jr. Church program about RESPONSIBILITY. We
teach the kids that there’s a difference between waiting for an opportunity and having the responsibility to open the door. Each Sunday we offer both a Sunday School class and a worship program for all children ages 3 to 5th and 6th grade.
SMALL GROUPS: Starting on September 17th we will resume our Wednesday small group meetings during the adult Bible study time. We meet from 7-8 p.m. every other Wednesday. Guys meet in Philip’s office and are going to be studying the Fruits of the Spirit. Girls meet in Steve’s office with Phyllis and are going to be doing a book study. Small groups are a time where we come together in a more intimate environment and share life with one another and grow spiritually.
VBS – LIVING INSIDE OUT: This year’s VBS program took 5 of Jesus’ parables and told how we can live boldly for Jesus and choose what’s right. We had 65 kids registered and had 55 show up. We will be holding a meeting to evaluate how this year went and talk about next year’s theme. Thank you to ALL who helped make the week such a success.
ENGAGE GATHERINGS: These are our Sunday night teen gatherings mentioned in the above article. We will be kicking off the year on September 7th with a party and “water baseball.” All our students are encouraged to invite their friends for this fun evening and celebration of the year to come.
- Ruth Cagle – Sept. 2
- Ron Meegan – Sept. 5
- Rick & Pat Sipe (Ann.) – Sept. 6
- Philip Johnson – Sept. 7
- Mike & Linda Tingley (Ann.) – Sept. 10
- Hector & laura Urteaga (Ann.) – Sept. 12
- Dave & Toni Deaton (Ann.) – Sept. 13
- Judy Broek – Sept. 16
- Patricia Davis – Sept. 17
- Karen Hippensteel – Sept. 27
All ladies and their guests are invited to the Sisters in Service Afternoon Tea on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 11:30 a.m. We want to introduce our ladies to the SIS group that meets on the 4th Monday evening through the winter and encourage you to join us.
A sign-up sheet is posted for you to write your name and the names of anyone attending with you. All attendees will be assigned to tables in order to balance out the seating arrangements.
Please respond by Sept. 14 to join us for a delightful afternoon of food and friendship.
The Red Cross will be here on Monday, Sept. 29 between 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. Since this replaces a blood drive that was cancelled a couple of months ago, for this drive only appointments will be taken by the Red Cross. To make an appointment, please visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: Meadowbrookchristian, or call 313-530-0375. Please see Theresa if you have any questions.
The men’s bi-monthly breakfast will take place on Saturday, September 13, at 8:30am. Tom Schwartzenberger will be making his famous made from scratch pancakes. There will also be sausage, coffee, and juice. The men always enjoy these times together. Plan now to come and share with us. After eating we have a time of devotion/study and prayer. There is a sign-up sheet in the foyer. There is no cost for this breakfast. For more information please see Steve.
Due to the Brooksie Way that takes place on Sunday morning, Sept. 28, the road will be closed in front of our church building. Therefore, we will be holding a service instead on Saturday evening, Sept. 27 at 6:00 p.m. Prior to the service, we will be having a fellowship meal. Please be paying attention for future announcements about the menu and what you can bring. The meal will start at 5:00pm. This is a wonderful evening of food, fellowship, worship, and body life. Mark your calendars now so that you don’t forget.
For the meal on Saturday, Sept. 27, we will again be having a pig roast. Phil and Rob Newton will be cooking the pig. The meal will start at 5pm. Be watching for the sign-up sheet in the foyer. We did this last year and had a great time. See you then!
After a summer hiatus the Meadowbrook LIFE Groups are ready to start again. These adult groups meet during the week for study and fellowship. We have three groups. The Couture group meets on Wednesday evenings. The Schwartzenberger group meets on Thursday evenings. The Cox group meets on Friday evenings. The Cox group meets on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month. The other groups meet every other week and will start the week of September 7th. There is more information in the foyer.
The Wednesday evening adult Bible study will start on Wednesday, September 17, at 7pm in the fellowship hall. Our Wednesday evening youth program is also starting on that day. We are waiting a couple of weeks to start so that the youth will begin to get use to their school schedules. More information about the youth groups can be found on the youth page. We are in the middle of a study concerning the Israelites and the time they spent in captivity and their return to Jerusalem. We have finished Ezra and are into the study of Nehemiah. We will conclude this study by looking at Esther. Come and share with us as we seek to better understand God’s dealing with His people and how that can affect us.
The season is coming to a close, but the yard still needs to be maintained. The grass is still growing, but slower. The schedule for September is as follows: Green Team – Aug31-Sept. 6; Red Team – Sept. 7-13; Blue Team – Sept. 14-20; Orange Team – Sept. 21-27; and Green Team – Sept. 28-Oct. 4. We appreciate our lawn maintenance technicians and the good job they do keeping the lawn cut and trimmed. Our thanks goes to Ron Meegan for heading this up and to Dan Bright for serving as the equipment maintenance coordinator.