September 23rd E-votional

Last Sunday, we talked about Abram and God’s promise of descendants.  Abram, a man of faith, questioned and doubted even in the face of God’s promised.  Abraham isn’t the only member of his family who struggles.  Genesis 32:24-32 tells us about Abraham’s grandson, Jacob.  Jacob is traveling and finds himself alone at night and a man begins to wrestle with him.  Depending on the interpretation, this man was either an angel or more often God.  They wrestled throughout the night until daybreak.  When the man saw that he couldn’t win the wrestling match he dislocated Jacob’s hip.  Jacob still would not let go until the man blessed him.  God blessed Jacob and changed his name to Israel because he has striven with God and humans and prevailed.  However, Jacob always had a limp from where his hip had been dislocated. 

These stories about Abram and Jacob are important for us to remember.  There are times our lives when we will encounter tragedy.  Abram reminds us that questioning and faith are not mutually exclusive.  Jacob shows us that at times, we may find ourselves wrestling with God. This is not an easy task, nor is it always a pain-free task.  However, just as Jacob did not give up, once we start wrestling with God, we shouldn’t give up.  We should hold on until the end.  What will the end result be?  Sometimes, it is a blessing.  We have no idea what form that blessing may take.  The scriptures don’t tell us how Jacob was blessed, just that he was.  Sometimes, it is a limp, a small pain that isn’t always noticeable, but that we will always carry with us.  Often, like Jacob, it is both.

There will be times in all of our lives when we suffer pain, loss, grief, unanswered prayers.  When we find ourselves in these periods, we can take solace in scripture.  Abram can remind us that it is possible to question God while still remaining faithful.  Jacob reminds us that when we wrestle with God, we must see it through, even if there is no definitive resolution.  However, when we do wrestle with God, if we leave with a limp, blessing, or both, we are forever changed.

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September 21st News and Notes

New Sunday School class

We are starting a Pre-K/Kindergarten Sunday school class and are looking for a teacher.  If you are interested in helping out, please let Chris know.

SEEDS returns

SEEDS will begins tonight.  Please see the sign up sheet in the Narthax to help provide for the kids.

Trunk or Treat

We will be having Trunk or Treat on October 22nd.  Mark your calendars and plan on decorating a car or passing out candy!

 Sunday School

Sunday School classes have begun.  All classes will follow the Narrative Lectionary.  Chris Deacon will be teaching the adult class. Shirley Bickel will be teaching the youth class and Jan and Gene Barbato will be teaching the elementary.

Homework Club

We are in the process of exploring starting a homework help club at Northview Elementary to reach out and help our community.  We need to have a feel for how many people we will have to help out. The club would be Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30.  If you think you might be able to help out, please email ckdeacon@yahoo.com and let me know how often you think you will be available.

Committee Chairs

We are looking for people to chair the Ministry Support committee,  Children, Youth, and Family committee and the Christian Spiritual Formation committee.  If you are interested in chairing one of these committees, please see Chris Deacon.

Two Week Outlook

Wednesday, September 21st

  • SEEDS, 6:00 PM
  • Choir Practice, 7:30 PM

Thursday, September 22nd

  • Men’s Breakfast, 7:45 AM, Nautilus Diner
  • Women’s Night Out, 6:30 PM, Old Bowie Town Grill

Sunday, September 25th

  • Worship, 10:00 AM
  • Sunday School, following worship
  • Chat and Chew following worship

Wednesday, September 28th

  • SEEDS, 6:00 PM
  • Choir Practice, 7:30 PM

Sunday, October 2nd

  • Worship, 10:00 AM
  • Sunday School, following worship

Tuesdayday, October 4th

  • Board Meeting, 7:00 PM

Looking Ahead

  • September 21st: Seeds begins
  • October 22nd: Trunk or Treat
  • December 18th:  Christmas program
  • July 9th-15th, 2016: Mars Hill Mission Trip
  • July 24th-28th, 2016: Art & Music Camp

September 15th News and Notes

Crisis Center Meal

We still have several openings for this Sunday’s Crisis Center meal.  You can sign up here

Bowie House of Worship Tour

This Saturday from 12-4, the city of Bowie is having a House of Worship tour.  If you would like to bake cookies to have at the church or to spend some time here in case anyone drops by, please email ckdeacon@yahoo.com

New Sunday School class

We are starting a Pre-K/Kindergarten Sunday school class and are looking for a teacher.  If you are interested in helping out, please let Chris know.

SEEDS returns

SEEDS will begin back on Wednesday, September 21st

 Sunday School

Sunday School begins back Sunday, September 18th.  All classes will follow the Narrative Lectionary.  Chris Deacon will be teaching the adult class. Shirley Bickel will be teaching the youth class and Jan and Gene Barbato will be teaching the elementary.

Homework Club

We are in the process of exploring starting a homework help club at Northview Elementary to reach out and help our community.  We need to have a feel for how many people we will have to help out. The club would be Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30.  If you think you might be able to help out, please email ckdeacon@yahoo.com and let me know how often you think you will be available.

Committee Chairs

We are looking for people to chair the Ministry Support committee,  Children, Youth, and Family committee and the Christian Spiritual Formation committee.  If you are interested in chairing one of these committees, please see Chris Deacon.

   Two Week Outlook

 Thursday, September 15th

  • Mens Night Out, 6:30 PM, TJ Elliotts

Friday, September 16th

  • UPB bookclub, 7:00 PM

Saturday, September 17th

  • Bowie Houses of Worship Tour, 12-4

Sunday, September 18th

  • Worship, 10:00 AM
  • Sunday School, following worship
  • Crisis Center Meal

Wednesday, September 21st

  • SEEDS, 6:00 PM
  • Choir Practice, 7:30 PM

Thursday, September 22nd

  • Men’s Breakfast, 7:45 AM, Nautilus Diner
  • Women’s Night Out, 6:30 PM, Old Bowie Town Grill

Sunday, September 25th

  • Worship, 10:00 AM
  • Sunday School, following worship
  • Crisis Center Meal

Looking Ahead

  • September 11th, Kick-Off Sunday Celebration
  • September 17th, Bowie Houses of Worship Tour
  • September 21st: Seeds begins
  • December 18th:  Christmas program
  • July 9th-15th, 2016: Mars Hill Mission Trip
  • July 24th-28th, 2016: Art & Music Camp

September 7th News and Notes

Kick-off Sunday Celebration

September 11th we will kick-off our church year!  We are planning on having a festival after church with all sorts of games and events.  There will be: facepainting, balloon animals, water ice, a bounce house, karaoke, and more!  Plan on inviting friends!  Cost will be one non-perishable food item for the Bowie Food Pantry.  The person who brings the most guests will get to pick a song for Pastor Chris to sing karaoke!!

Set up

We need help setting up for the kick-off celebration before worship Sunday.  If you are available, please be at the church by 8:45

 New Sunday School class

We are starting a Pre-K/Kindergarten Sunday school class and are looking for a teacher.  If you are interested in helping out, please let Chris know.

SEEDS returns

SEEDS will begin back on Wednesday, September 21st

Canopies needed

If you have a canopy that the church could use for kick-off Sunday, please let Chris know.  Thank you!

 Sunday School

Sunday School begins back Sunday, September 18th.

Homework Club

We are in the process of exploring starting a homework help club at Northview Elementary to reach out and help our community.  We need to have a feel for how many people we will have to help out. The club would be Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30.  If you think you might be able to help out, please email ckdeacon@yahoo.com and let me know how often you think you will be available.

 Committee Chairs

We are looking for people to chair the Children, Youth, and Family committee as well as the Christian Spiritual Formation committee.  If you are interested in chairing one of these committees, please see Chris Deacon.

   Two Week Outlook

Thursday, September 8th

  • Mens Breakfast, 7:45 AM, Nautilus Diner, Crofton

Sunday, September 11th

  • Set-up, 8:45 AM
  • Worship, 10:00 AM
  • Kick-off Celebration, 11:00 AM

Wednesday, September 14th

  • Choir Practice, 7:30 PM

Thursday, September 15th

  • Mens Night Out, 6:30 PM, TJ Elliotts

Friday, September 16th

  • UPB bookclub, 7:00 PM

Saturday, September 17th

  • Bowie Houses of Worship Tour, 12-4

Wednesday, September 18th

  • Worship, 10:00 AM
  • Sunday School, following worship
  • Crisis Center Meal

Wednesday, September 21st

  • SEEDS, 6:00 PM
  • Choir Practice, 7:30 PM

Looking Ahead

  • September 11th, Kick-Off Sunday Celebration
  • September 17th, Bowie Houses of Worship Tour
  • September 21st: Seeds begins
  • December 18th:  Christmas program
  • July 9th-15th, 2016: Mars Hill Mission Trip
  • July 24th-28th, 2016: Art & Music Camp

September 2nd Weekly E-votional

As I said in last week’s sermon, Hannah had recently discovered The Peanuts Movie.  I was skeptical at first, but it is very true to the Peanuts that I grew up with.  When Hannah falls in love with a movie or show, that is all she will watch for a while, so I have seen The Peanuts Movie more times than I care to admit.

There is one scene near the beginning when the kids are playing outside because of a snow day.  They notice a moving van pulling in and race to a fence to watch who the new kid might be.  Each child talks about who they hope the new kid is.

Schroeder hopes for a kid that loves Beethoven.  Lucy hopes he appreciates her natural beauty.  Linus just hopes the new kid has an open mind about the great pumpkin.  Charlie Brown hopes, “the new kid has never heard of me he would know nothing of my past imperfections.  It’s not often you get the opportunity to start over with a clean slate.  This time things will be different.”

A clean slate.  That’s what Charlie Brown wants. All his friends have seen his social mishaps and mess ups and remember them. But with a new kid, there is a chance for a fresh start!

There are times in all of our lives when we wish we could wash away our past imperfections, have our mistakes forgotten.  In Christ, we have a clean slate.  Our past sins and imperfections are not forgotten, they are forgiven.   Each day, we are given the fresh start that Charlie Brown desperately hopes for.  But there’s a catch.  Notice the last thing Charlie Brown says, “This time things will be different.”  Yes, God forgives our sins when we repent of them.  But repenting is more than asking forgiveness.  Repenting means to “turn away” from.  God forgives our sin but expects that this time things will be different, that we turn away from our sinful ways.  We are all given a clean slate, we should take advantage of it!

Isaiah 1:18  “Come now, let us argue it out, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be like snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”