Pastor's Pen - Carol's Notes - Numbers - Youth - Pantry
The Pastor's Pen
The Exodus begins with Moses, floating in a Basket down the Nile, then raised by Pharaoh’s daughter. Moses kills a man, has to flee for his life & meets God at the Burning Bush. God tells Moses, “Go, Tell Pharaoh, Let My People Go!” The Wait is Over! God raised up a Deliverer to Lead His people to the Promised Land. But Pharaoh said, “Whoa, Wait a minute,” as he rebelled against God. So Moses & Israel (& us) had to learn to Wait on God.
Duties Continue while we Wait on God. Israel expected immediate Deliverance, so they stopped working & waited. Some Christians expected the Rapture to occur May 21, so they stopped working & waited (new Date is Oct.). There’s still Work to do, so we continue to Worship Work, & Witness until He Returns. While we are Waiting, God called us to remain Faithful.
Difficulties may Occur while we Wait on God. Pharaoh said, “No more Straw, but same number of Bricks,” more Problems. Troubles & Trials will increase (for us) until He Returns. Some Christians get impatient, complain, quit working, or fall away from the faith. While we are Waiting, encourage others to Trust God.
Delays Do Not Mean Failure while Waiting on God. Some people doubted, Moses complained, but God was still working. Deliverance was coming, God’s Promises never Fail, even though they (or we) couldn’t see, God was & is doing something & He wants us to get involved with Him. While we are Waiting, don’t question God’s Promises nor His Plans.
God has Promised & He has Never Failed us! In His Time.
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When I went to the basement a few days ago to get a new jar of home-canned pickles, I was surprised by how many unused jars of green beans we still have. As I stood there looking at the dates on the jars, I was stunned at how quickly time had passed and how those beans still looked as good as when they were canned. A lot of work went into those beans, but there they sat unopened, their purpose unfulfilled.
Sitting in close proximity to the jars of beans were some empty canning jars, dusty from sitting on the basement shelf. These empty jars and unopened beans made me think about life in Christ and how like those dirty, empty jars we are. Those jars are currently serving no purpose except for taking up space, but once I take them off that shelf, out of the darkness of the basement, thoroughly wash them and fill them with good food, then they are serving their purpose. However, the plan is not complete until during the cold of winter that jar is opened, its contents poured out to be enjoyed and the jar emptied to be made ready for use another time. Aren’t we glad we found our way out of the darkness into God’s light, we allowed him to cleanse us and fill us with His goodness and spirit, even refine us in the fire, and pour us out in His service. Don’t be like my canning jars and unopened beans – dusty and unfulfilled. Let’s be so filled from the garden of God’s goodness that we’re “drinking from the saucer because our cup has overflowed.”
By the time you read this I will have been to Mississippi to celebrate with my brother, Wade, and his wife their 50th wedding anniversary. From there it’s on to Oak Island, NC, for “girls’ week” at the beach with my daughter, three oldest granddaughters and two nieces. It will be fun to share this time together before they all head back to school and two of them off to college. I hope to get recharged and renewed and ready for the busyness that the approaching end of the year brings for the choir.
Ya’ll have an amazing August – check on Bill while I’m away – and don’t forget, Keep Singing!
Carol (Judges 5:3)
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Sunday School - 58 + 15 (Nursing Home)
June Receipts - $12,188.44 / Disbursements - $11,441.77
Building Fund - $12,025.33 / Scholarship Fund - $14,983.05
YTD Receipts - $164,208.37 / YTD Expenditures - $163,259.83
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Teen Girl’s Bible Study
Beginning Monday, August 1st, 7:00 pm
& every Monday night for six weeks.
“Me, Myself & Lies” deals with our destructive, unrealistic, self-talk. Jennifer Rothschild takes us through the things we commonly say to ourselves. She teaches us to practice Godly and Biblical self-talk. She helps us clean out our “thought closet”.
!! ALL GIRLS, PLEASE JOIN US !!
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Please help our Pantry by donating!
We appreciate your kind & generous response to our need for more food!
Anything you can donate will be greatly appreciated!
JANUARY - Canned Green Beans, Sweet Peas, Corn, Carrots, Mixed Vegetables, Canned White Potatoes, Canned Sweet Potatoes, Dried Beans (any kind)
FEBRUARY - Canned Peaches, Fruit Cocktail, Pears, Applesauce, Chicken Noodle, Beef Vegetable & Tomato Soup
MARCH - Tuna, Beef Stock, Chicken, Salmon (All meats MUST be canned)
APRIL - Grape Jelly/Jam, Peanut Butter (smooth)
MAY - Comet/Ajax, Pine-Sol, Laundry Detergent, Dish Detergent, Paper Towels
JUNE - Baby Food (please check date), Baby Shampoo, Baby Soap, Baby Lotion, Baby Powder
JULY - Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Shampoo, Bar Soap, Solid Deodorant
AUGUST - Canned Spaghetti O’s, Dried Pasta (elbow, spaghetti & rice), Oatmeal (plain), Cereal (breakfast)
SEPTEMBER - Pickles, Catsup, Mustard, Pancake Mix, Pancake Syrup
OCTOBER - GETTING READY FOR THANKSGIVING! Turkeys, Stuffing Mix, Canned gravy, Canned Sweet Potatoes
NOVEMBER - Stuffing Mix, Canned Gravy, Canned Sweet Potatoes, Canned Vegetables & Canned Fruit
DECEMBER - To be Announced
Post list on your refrigerator as a reminder of what is needed for each month
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