October 20th E-votional

Our car radios are usually turned to either WTOP or NPR, usually depending on who was driving the car last.  This week, NPR has been on and it is their membership drive.  If you listen to public radio, you know what I am talking about.  It is the week or two when they are constantly asking you to donate.  After about fifteen minutes, it gets old quick.  I think this is one of many reasons churches only talk about stewardship once a year.

It’s a shame because a theological understanding of stewardship is vital to our spiritual life.  Psalm 24:1 reads, “The earth is the LORD’S and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it.” When we understand that God has blessed us immensely, that all we have is from God, we begin to realize that we are to use our gifts, whatever they may be to further the ministry of Jesus Christ.  We are to use our gifts to God’s glory.  I’m not necessarily talking about giving of our gifts to the church, although I hope you do give freely of your time, talent, and treasure.  I’m talking about being the church in the world, about using our gifts in a way that makes a difference.  One of the most famous verses in the Bible is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that whoever believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”  God’s love is a love made clear in a selfless act of given.  Our stewardship simply, yet profoundly, imitates God’s example of giving and of sacrifice.  It is no wonder that Jesus told the rich, young ruler that he should sell everything and give the money to the poor before following Christ.  It is no surprise that Jesus lifted up the widow who gave her final two coins to the temple.  A healthy understand of stewardship is an essential part of our faith.

As we prepare for consecration Sunday this Sunday, we should be thinking about stewardship.  We should realize that pledging is a way of putting God first in our lives.  When you get your income for the month, you pay your bills first.  When you have a pledge, ideally, you include it there.  You take it into account when making financial decisions.  You aren’t giving to God out of what is leftover.

So often, we think about stewardship and giving as what God expects us to do.  I think another way to look at it is what has God empowered us to do.  Stewardship is using the gifts that God has given us, whether they be time, talent, or treasure, and using them to God’s glory.

1 Timothy 6:17-19   17 As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.  18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share,  19 thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.

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October 19th News and Notes

Trunk or Treat

We will be having Trunk or Treat this Saturday, October 22nd at 4:00.  We are asking members to decorate their cars so community children can go car to car and “trunk or treat”.  If you are planning on attending, please email Hadeacon@gmail.com

Consecration Sunday

This Sunday is Consecration Sunday.  Please prayerfully consider what you will pledge to the church in 2017.  We will have a potluck following worship.  Please sign up for the potluck here.

Hanging of the Greens

Mark your calendars!  This year, we will have the hanging of the greens after service on November 20th.  We will also have a soup supper accompanying it.

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 and the Christian Spiritual Formation committee.  If you are interested in chairing one of these committees, please see Chris Deacon.

Two Week Outlook

Wednesday, October 19th

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

Thursday, October 20th

  • Mens Night Out, 6:30, Mike’s Crab House

Saturday, October 22nd

  • Trunk or Treat, 4:00-6:00

Sunday, October 23rd

  • Worship, Consecration Sunday, 10:00 AM
  • No Sunday School
  • Celebration Potluck following worship

Wednesday, October 26th

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

Thursday, October 27th

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

Sunday, October 30th

  • Worship, Joan Berry filling the pulpit
  • Sunday School, following worship

Tuesday, November 1st

  • Parish Board Meeting, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, November 2nd

  • Christmas Play Practive, 5:45 PM
  • Choir Practice, 7:30 PM

Looking Ahead

  • October 22nd: Trunk or Treat
  • November 20th: Greening of the Church
  • December 18th:  Christmas program
  • June 18th: Church in the Park
  • July 9th-15th, 2016: Mars Hill Mission Trip
  • July 24th-28th, 2016: Art & Music Camp

October 13th E-votional

As a father, I love watching Hannah grow and learn in the church.  Lately, whenever it is time for the offering she rushes to the front of the church.  The first time she did it, I thought she saw the other kids coming to take up the offering and she wanted to do what they were doing.  Instead, she was excited about putting her offering into the plate!  Every week, we give her fifty cents (depending on the availability of change!) to teach her stewardship.  Honestly, she has no concept of money yet, she doesn’t realize that she could use it to buy something else.  Still, she cannot even wait until the plates were passed to her, she had to run up to them!  As both a pastor and a father, it makes my heart sing.

I wish we all approached the offering like that, with joy, with excitement.  So often, we don’t even think about it.  It becomes routine.  Many people give out of guilt or obligation. Those are terrible reasons to give.  We should give to support the ministry of the church, true.  But we should also give out of joy and thanksgiving for all that we have been blessed with!  There are churches in Ghana where the offering plates are not passed.  Instead they are left up at the front of the church and people dance to the front of the church to give their offering!  Can you imagine being so filled with joy that you danced your offering forward?

As we approach Consecration Sunday and you consider your pledge for the coming year, approach your pledge not with obligation, not with guilt, not with the boredom that comes with routine, but with prayer, excitement, joy, and thanksgiving.

2 Corinthians 9:6-7 “The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver”

 

October 12th News and Notes

Trunk or Treat

We will be having Trunk or Treat on October 22nd at 4:00.  We are asking members to decorate their cars so community children can go car to car and “trunk or treat”.  If you are planning on attending, please email Hadeacon@gmail.com

Consecration Sunday

October 23rd is Consecration Sunday.  Please prayerfully consider what you will pledge to the church in 2017.  We will have a potluck following worship.  Please sign up for the potluck here.

CSF committee meeting

The CSF committee is meeting this Sunday following Sunday School.

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 and the Christian Spiritual Formation committee.  If you are interested in chairing one of these committees, please see Chris Deacon.

Two Week Outlook

Wednesday, October 12th

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

Thursday, October 13th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 7:45 AM, Nautilus Diner

Friday, October 14th

  • Ladies Luncheon, 11:30 AM
  • Book Club, 7:00 PM

Sunday, October 16th

  • Family Crisis Center due
  • Worship, 10:00 AM
  • Sunday School, following worship
  • Christian Spiritual Formation committee meeting after Sunday School

Wednesday, October 19th

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

Thursday, October 20th

  • Mens Night Out, 6:30, Mike’s Crab House

Saturday, October 22nd

  • Trunk or Treat, 4:00-6:00

Sunday, October 23rd

  • Worship, Consecration Sunday, 10:00 AM
  • Celebration Potluck following worship

Looking Ahead

  • October 22nd: Trunk or Treat
  • December 18th:  Christmas program
  • June 18th: Church in the Park
  • July 9th-15th, 2016: Mars Hill Mission Trip
  • July 24th-28th, 2016: Art & Music Camp

October 6th News and Notes

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 and the Christian Spiritual Formation committee.  If you are interested in chairing one of these committees, please see Chris Deacon.

Two Week Outlook

Sunday, October 9th

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

Wednesday, October 12th

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

Thursday, October 13th

  • Men’s Breakfast, 7:45 AM, Nautilus Diner

Friday, October 14th

  • Ladies Luncheon, 11:30 AM
  • Book Club, 7:00 PM

Sunday, October 16th

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

Wednesday, October 19th

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

Thursday, October 20th

  • Mens Night Out, 6:30, Mike’s Crab House

Looking Ahead

  • October 22nd: Trunk or Treat
  • December 18th:  Christmas program
  • June 18th: Church in the Park
  • July 9th-15th, 2016: Mars Hill Mission Trip
  • July 24th-28th, 2016: Art & Music Camp