Sharing With Steve
I have just got done reading an excellent book, The Prodigal God, by Timothy Keller. He is the minister of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. The book is about the portion of scripture that we call the parable of the prodigal son. The author takes exception to that title. Jesus never used that term. This is a parable about a man and his two sons. The term “prodigal” is so often misused. When we use the term we usually mean someone who is wayward and that is not what it means. The word means “recklessly spendthrift.” With that definition the younger son was “prodigal.” He took the inheritance and spent it recklessly. But the father was also “prodigal.” He gave the younger son his share of the inheritance (when he did not have to) and then accepted him back into the family with full rights. That is fairly “reckless” in itself. The elder son responded to this “reckless” love by becoming upset with his younger brother and his father.
The father is obviously God. He “recklessly” loves us to the extent that He gave His Son to die for us on the cross. And when we sin he welcomes us back into His home. We rarely identify ourselves with either son. We like to think that we are better than the younger son and not has harsh as the older son. We reserve the term “prodigal” for those people who have fallen away and live in serious sin without acknowledging that we are all lost. We are all separated from God. We are all prodigals. And of course we are not like the older son who is so judgmental, unforgiving, and unloving. Yet we are probably more like him than the younger son. We go to church, give our money, do all the work, and we labor for the Father. We expect, in return, to be given the inheritance and the party. We have worked and we deserve it. We forget about the love of the Father and the joy of being with Him. We get caught up in our work and forget the relationship we are to have with the Father. We get upset when we do not get our “due.”
To live like either brother is wrong. Pleasure and self-gratification only lead to misery and loneliness. The flip side is no better. To live a life of moral superiority and works leads to legalism. The Father desires to have both sons in the household. He forgives the one and begs the other to rejoice. We are like both sons. How will we respond to the Father?
Mimi Romaella – November 1
Bridget Kochan – November 9
Debbie Stallings – November 10
Andrea Schwartzenberger – November 16
Bill Bradford – November 23
Tristian Cox – November 24
Patti Bradford – November 29
Saturday, November 9, at 8:30am will be our men’s breakfast. We will be having a cooked breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits, gravy, and beverage. We will continue watching testimonies from “Average Joe’s.” We will close with a time of prayer. There is a sign-up sheet in the foyer. For more information please see Steve Martin.
The 2019 annual meeting will be held following the morning service on Sunday, November 10. The minister, elders, and deacons will be giving reports. The financial budget for 2020 will be presented. Voting will take place for the budget, elders (if applicable), and deacons (if applicable). This meeting usually lasts about one hour. Thank you for your support of Meadowbrook. If you have any questions, please see Mike Tingley or Jaysun Thomas.
Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child
You can find the display for Samaritan’s Purse “Operation Christmas Child” (Shoebox Ministry) in the front lobby. Please go online to www.samaritanspurse.org for further information about this annual event.
We will have 2 different shoebox sizes this year to accommodate larger items such as soccer balls or stuffed animals. Soccer balls and pumps will be available for purchase and are located in the church office (See Steve). More information about those items will come later. The cost of shipping is $9 per shoe box. You are strongly encouraged to make your payment online and print your label. That way you can track where your shoebox was sent. Sisters in Service is willing to assist in paying for shipping if needed. Please return your shoeboxes to the church by November 10th. If you have any questions, please contact Carol Howell or Lynn Ross.
Thanksgiving Baskets for
Lighthouse of Oakland County
Lighthouse of Oakland County provided Thanksgiving baskets to 1,500 families last year in Oakland County. This year Meadowbrook is partnering with them to help provide food for these baskets.
Please drop off your donations in the foyer on any of the following Sundays: November 3, 10 & 17. Following is a list of food they are most in need of:
Canned yams*, Canned vegetables, Canned fruit, Canned soup, Broth,
Canned cranberry sauce, Gravy, Evaporated milk*, Pie crust mix*, Box/Can Potatoes, Muffin Mixes, Cake Mixes, Frosting*, Pumpkin Pie Filling , Stuffing, Jello.
*tend to run low on these items*
If you would also like to donate money or grocery store gift cards to help Lighthouse purchase turkeys for these baskets, please put your donation in the designated can on the collection table. If donating by check, please make payable to: Lighthouse Emergency Services (your gift is tax deductible).
Thanks for being a blessing to needy families here in Oakland County!
Any questions, please see Linda Tingley
Thanksgiving Dinner at Meadowbrook
We will gather around the Thanksgiving dinner table this year with our church family on Sunday, Nov. 17, right after church service.
As usual, this is a planned-menu dinner. A sign-up sheet is posted indicating the dishes to bring. All dishes should be pre-cooked and will be warmed up in the morning. Please consider bringing your casseroles in throw-away containers, if possible, which helps in the clean-up and your own wonderful containers won’t be forgotten in the kitchen.
Recipes are provided in some cases and are on the table below the bulletin board. For those making turkey, it should be cooked, sliced and white and dark meat separated.
Everyone is asked to sign up for two items, except those who roast a turkey. Singles need to bring only one item.
Questions? Please see Elaine Bright, Theresa Meegan or Mimi Romaella.
What is Plarn?
When Sisters in Service meets on Monday, Nov. 25 at 6:00 p.m., they will be working on a project to benefit homeless people. In order to make life a little bit more comfortable for those unfortunate people on the streets, SIS will get together to make sleeping mats of “plarn” which will be provided to organizations that distribute the mats. Plarn is plastic yarn using plastic bags that not only utilize strips cut from the bags but also helps keep the bags out of landfills. When tied together the bags are crocheted to make mats approximately 3’ by 6’. It takes about 500 to 700 bags to make just one mat. Can’t crochet? Then volunteer to prepare the bags by cutting and tying. SIS will be cutting bags at the Nov. 25 meeting and some of the gals will take the strips to crochet. Also, bags can be prepared at home throughout the next months. Please see Elaine Bright for instructions.