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“Your attitude should be the same as Christ Jesus.”- Philippians 2:5

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. It is more important than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than whatever anyone might say or do. It is more  important than appearances, giftedness or skill. The remarkable thing is that we have the choice to create the attitude we have for that day. We cannot change our past. We cannot change the way people act. We cannot change the inevitable. The one thing we can change is the only thing we have control over, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what actually happens to us and 90% how we react to it.  -  Charles Swindoll

 

Dear Friends,                                                                                                                                   October 2017

Grace and peace. When I was in seminary at Boston University I took the subway and bus often and wondered what was happening in the life of all the commuters. Most of the time people would just zone out and not make eye contact with anyone. However….there was a time I was on the  T (subway) and heard an operator      announce in a joyful and encouraging tone…” Good Morning Ladies, Gentlemen and Children- we are running on time- its a beautiful day-the birds are singing and I have a song in my heart- -thank you for riding on my train- and have a great day!’  And then he sang a few words. Everyone’s attitude changed immediately.  People smiled and looked at each other and started to talk with one another. The train operator’s attitude, tone of voice and kind words truly effected everyone. His upbeat attitude made a huge difference and it was contagious. I didn't get a chance to thank him but I am sure there was a faith behind his great attitude. Philippians 2 reminds us to have the same attitude as Jesus- humble, kind, joyful, loving, sacrificial. I am  always amazed how things change when you approach a situation with the right   attitude. “Elevate the Room” is the lesson that Nancy is teaching the Sr. High Sunday School Class. That when you walk in a room you bring a new standard- a new      attitude- as you bring hope, light, peace, joy in the Name of Jesus. When life   squeezes you- when life is tough- what is inside you will come out. Is the attitude of Jesus inside of you? When Jesus walks into a room he elevates the room. When Jesus enters your life he elevates your room. We need to ask the Lord for a better attitude each day so we can have an impact on the world.  I remind people to discern their attitudes through faith in Jesus. If you have a bad attitude your faith in Jesus will reveal it and provide a way out of it. It certainly is not easy but with God all things are possible. Check your attitude in every situation and ask God to bring the attitude of Christ to you.  I visited someone recently who is going through cancer treatment and she was filled with a positive attitude of joy and hope because of her relationship with Jesus. Her Christ-like attitude inspired me to be as upbeat and spirit filled.

I am excited with the progress we have made with Our Time to Build capital campaign. You will find an update in this Messenger newsletter. We will expand the campaign to the entire congregation in the near future once we have our architect chosen and artists renditions of the addition. The addition- which includes an elevator- will finally make our church building completely handicap accessible. It will let the entire community know that we care and are welcoming to everyone.  The plan will include a large gathering/fellowship area that will increase our hospitality ministry.  I thank all who have already committed to the project and for all of the church leaders that are organizing the Our Time to Build campaign.  Let us ask the Lord to bless our efforts in making this much needed addition a reality in 2018.

Our 2017-2018 Pledge theme is BLESSED to be a BLESSING.  Our Pledge Sunday will be on November 5th- All Saints Sunday. It is a tradition now in our church to  answer the question - “How are you?” with “I am blessed.” The word ‘blessed’ can be translated ‘happy’.  So we are saying that we are blessed/happy because we are in a relationship with God in Jesus Christ. That no matter what is happening in life we can feel the love, hope, peace and joy of walking with Jesus. When you give and serve in the Name of Jesus you will experience a happiness that comes from God. 

After much prayer we have decided to postpone our fall Lay Witness Mission weekend. There were a number of factors but primarily it was due to scheduling    conflicts and timing. We are planning for a special Sunday on October 22 where we will be inspired by a number of Lay people sharing their witness of how God has worked in their lives. Come and be inspired by the stories of faith- that God has and will transform lives.

Our annual Annual Blessing of the Animals will look different this year. It will be part of our Sunday morning worship at both services- October 29th. We are asking people to bring in a photo of a living or deceased pet that will be placed on or near the altar.  This way more people can participate in the blessing and we can honor those animal family members who are in Heaven-  including Marilyn Leffler’s angel golden retriever- Autumn Marie. So bring in a photo (please add the name of your pet on the photo) of your pet- living or deceased to the office anytime the week before our Animal Blessing on Sunday October 29th.

Also- please mark your calendars and save the date for our Annual Church Conference- on Wednesday November 8th at 7:30pm in the sanctuary. Your presence will be a blessing.

May you have the same attitude as Jesus no matter what the situation is. Let us call on the Lord for help when we find ourselves giving in to a bad attitude. The Holy Spirit will reveal when we are not of the same mind-set as Jesus in our daily life. You are not alone in trying to be faithful  to God with how you approach things. As Charles Swindol says - I am convinced that life is 10% what actually happens to us and 90% how we react to it.  

In Christian Love,   Pastor John

Sunday Worship Schedule  

Join us for a traditional worship service @ 9:00am with age appropiate Sunday School classes for kids ages pre-k through high school.  Our 10:30am service resumes on September 17th. 
Come early and join us for a hymn sing at 8:45 am.  
 
Refreshments and fellowship time at 10 am.