Saturday, October 9, 2010

Communion, Picnic and More

Dear Grace Church,

I have three announcements for you in regards to this weekend or month (October 10th):

Tomorrow morning at Grace Church we will celebrate communion at the end of the Lord’s Day service. We welcome every believer to join us as we remember the covenant that He has made with us through the death of Christ and celebrate the reality that He has made us His children having forgiven and accepted us by grace.

Come share a fun afternoon of food, fun and fellowship tomorrow (October 10th).

If you weren’t planning on coming or if bringing food is too much, just come as you are!

There will be:
•           Adult games and prizes
•           Children’s games and prizes
•           Horse rides
•           Hayrides
•           Face painting
•           Rodeo entertainment

Starts at 1 PM (or after church) 

Please bring food to share (dessert and main dish are provided)
Bring chair or blanket to sit on and clothes that can get dirty

When? Friday, October 29th from 6:00-8:30 PM

This is a night designed for women of the church to refresh, rejuvenate, and reflect so that they might serve God and their families more fully and to have some quality quiet time with the Lord. A spa package will include relaxation and stretching, personal private prayer, and the choice of a facial massage and spin cleansing, or a hot stone relaxation back massage.

This will be a time of introspection not a time of fellowship so there will be no talking. J  

You may bring your Bible and find a quiet corner to curl up into when you are done if you choose.

A freewill offering will be taken.

There will be a signup sheet in the back starting next Sunday.

It will be, first-come-first-serve, when the sign up is full the spa will be closed.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Licking the Label of a Can of Peaches

I mentioned this analogy in my sermon last Sunday. Here is the quote from Joy at the End of the Tether (Wilson):
So the message here is twofold. God is the One who gives things, and God is the one who gives the power to enjoy things. These are two distinct gifts...just as a can of peaches and a can opener are distinct gifts. Only the first is given to the unbeliever. The believer is given both, which is simply another way of saying that he is given the capacity for enjoyment. (17)

Wilson is referring to Ecclesiastes 2:24-26:
There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment? For to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he has given the business of gathering and collecting, only to give to one who pleases God. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.