January 26th Weekly E-votional

What is your dream job?  Near the top of my list would be team chaplain for the Tennessee Titans.  Do the Titans have a team chaplain?  I really have no idea.  But if they do and the call…let’s just say I would have some discerning to do!  A lot of people dream of being involved in the NFL.  Some people dream of playing, some people dream of coaching, and some people even dream in being a team chaplain!  That is why I was surprised to read this morning that Rocky Seto was stepping down.

If you are asking who Rocky Seto is, you are not alone.  I had never heard of him before this morning.  He is the assistant head of the Seattle Seahawks.  At 40 years old, he is a young couch with a team that is always competitive.   His entire career is ahead of him.  So why would he step down?  It turns out he is stepping down to enter the ministry.  He is walking away from an extremely well paying job that many people dreamed of, because he couldn’t ignore Christ’s call any longer.

This story raises two questions that we should all ask ourselves.  The first question is, “What are we willing to sacrifice for Christ?”  What would we give up for our faith?  What would we give up to serve Christ?  Christ sacrificed himself on our behalf and history is filled with those who have sacrificed for Christ.  People have sacrificed careers, families, wealth, friends, time, and even their lives.  What are you willing to sacrifice for God?

The second question this story raises is, “What is God calling us to in our lives?”  I don’t think God calls all of us to professionally ministry, but God does have a calling for each one of us.  What is it that God is saying to you?  What is God calling you to do?

It is important that when we answer these questions, we are honest with ourselves.  By answering these questions we see where our faith is, we see what our faith means to us.

 

Luke 5:9-11  “For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken;  and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.”  When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.”

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January 25th News and Notes

Officer retreat

We will have an officer retreat on Saturday, January 28th.  All current and previous committee chairs are invited from 9-12 and board members from 9-3.  We will be looking at our current committee structure.  Please email ckdeacon@yahoo.com to confirm you are attending.

Soup-er Bowl Challenge

It is the Falcons vs the Patriots in Super Bowl LI on February 5th! Starting Sunday, our Souper Bowl challenge will resume! There will be a basket on one side of the sanctuary for the New England Patriots and one for the Atlanta Falcons on the other side! Vote for the team that you think will win by putting canned goods in their basket! Pastor Chris will match the canned goods of the winning team! All food goods will go to the Bowie Food Pantry. Remember the food pantry is in need of canned soup, canned fruit, and applesauce!

New Member Class

We will be having a new member class soon.  If you are interested, please let Chris know.

SEEDS

Seeds is our Wednesday night children’s program.  We are asking the congregation to provide dinner.  We are looking for people to provide main dish, bread, or salad.

Warm Nights

On Saturday, March 18, 2017, UPB will provide the meal for warm nights hosted by Village Baptist Church.  We have been asked to prepare beef stew, salad, bread, and dessert.  Please sign up in the Narthex and plan to drop off your food offering directly at Village Baptist Church, 1950 Mitchellville Road, Bowie, Maryland, 6pm on Saturday, March 18.  Please bring the stew in a crock-pot with liner. 

Two Week Outlook

Wednesday, January 25th

  • Seeds, 6:00
  • Choir Practice, 7:30

Thursday, January 26th

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

Saturday, January 27th

  • Leadership Retreat, 9:00 AM

Sunday, January 29th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Christian Education immediately after worship

Wednesday, February 1st

  • Seeds, 6:00
  • Choir Practice, 7:30

Sunday,February 5th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Sunday School immediately following worship
  • Crisis Center meal due

Tuesday, February 7th

  • Worship Team, 4:00
  • Parish Board Meeting, 7:00

Wednesday, February 8th

  • Seeds, 6:00
  • Choir Pracitce, 7:30

Looking Ahead

  • March 1st: Ash Wednesday, Lent begins
  • April 16th: Easter
  • April 29th: Christmas in April
  • June 25th: Church in the Park
  • July 9th-15th, 2016: Mars Hill Mission Trip
  • July 24th-28th, 2016: Art & Music Camp

January 12th News and Notes

Interfaith Service

The Interfaith Council of Southern Maryland will hold a Martin Luther King, Jr service at Christian Community Presbyterian Church (CCPC)  on January 15th at 10:00.  There will be a workday to follow at Champ House.

Seeds

Seeds will return Wednesday, January 18th at 6:00

Congregational Meeting and Chili Cook-off

January 22 is the date of the annual congregation meeting and chili/dessert cook-off.   The cook-off is held to raise money for the Mars Hill Mission Trip in July.  The most popular chili dish and the most popular dessert are determined by voting with dollars.  The chili dish and the dessert dish with the largest amount of dollar votes will be the winners of the cook-off.  Please plan on attending and providing a dish.  We are asking people to provide a chili dish or a dessert that feeds 8.  We also need salads, rice, corn bread and rolls.  Chili toppings, chips and drinks will be provided.

Officer retreat

We will have an officer retreat on Saturday, January 28th.  All current and previous committee chairs are invited from 9-12 and board members from 9-3.  We will be looking at our current committee structure.  Please email ckdeacon@yahoo.com to confirm you are attending.

Two Week Outlook

Sunday, January 8th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Chat & Chew immediately after worship
  • Childrens Sunday school immediately after worship
  • Removing Christmas/Advent decorations immediately after worship

Friday, January 13th

  • Ladies Luncheon, 11:30 AM

Sunday, January 15th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Sunday School immediately following worship
  • Crisis Center meal due

Wednesday, January 18th

  • Seeds, 6:00
  • Choir Pracitce, 7:30

Thursday, January 18th

  • Mens Night Out, 6:30, TBA

Sunday, January 22nd

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Annual Congregational Meeting
  • Chili and dessert cook-off

Wednesday, January 25th

  • Seeds, 6:00
  • Choir Pracitce, 7:30

Thursday, January 26th

  • Mens Breakfast, 7:45, Nautilus Diner, Crofton
  • Women’s Night Out, 6:30, Bowie Town Grill

Looking Ahead

  • January 22nd: Annual Meeting
  • March 1st: Ash Wednesday, Lent begins
  • April 16th: Easter
  • June 25th: Church in the Park
  • July 9th-15th, 2016: Mars Hill Mission Trip
  • July 24th-28th, 2016: Art & Music Camp

January 11th E-votional

Yesterday, the jury in the Dylan Roof trial came back and recommended that he receive the death penalty.  I’m not going to discuss the merits of the death penalty in this or any other case, because I’m not sure how I really feel about it.  I have had several friends say that justice is being done because Roof deserves the death penalty.

We often think about what we or somebody else deserves.  We focus on what we think is fair.  We often think we don’t get what we deserve, we don’t get what is fair.  Do you know what?  We are right!  We don’t get what we deserve.  We should be very thankful for that.

Scripture tells us that all of humanity is sinful, that we live in a broken world.  Romans 3:23 reminds us “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  No matter how hard we try, we all sin, we all fall short of God’s glory.  That sin separates us from God and creates a divide that we cannot cross, no matter how much we try.

So what does this have to do with what we deserve?  Romans 6:23 tells us that “the wages of sin is death.”  This is referring to eternal death, separation from God.  Sin creates a gap between God and we can never bridge it.  That is what we deserve.  Luckily, we don’t get what we deserve.  Luckily for us, Jesus Christ saves us from the wages of sin.  This isn’t done because we deserve it, but out of God’s love and grace.

So, no, we don’t get what we deserve and we should thank God for it!

1 John 4:9-10  “God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him.   In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.”

 

 

January 6th E-votional

As a pastor, people occasionally ask me why they should go to church.  “After all,” they say, “can’t I worship God just as well when I am in nature or at my house?  Do I have to go to church to worship God?”  On one hand this is true.  We don’t have to be in church to worship God.  In fact, as I often say, we are called to worship and glorify God in anything we do, anywhere we are.

On the other hand, as Christians, it is important that we do attend church.  The Christian faith is a communal faith.  It is very difficult to be a Christian alone.  When Jesus sent out the disciples, he sent them out in pairs.  Jesus told the disciples that whenever two or more are gathered in his name.  1 John 1:7 says, “but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.”  In going to church, we continue to live and worship in community.

Going to church is a way of providing and receiving spiritual support.  In going to church we receive exposure and instruction to the Word of God.  This provides us spiritual support as well as spiritual nourishment.  Additionally, our fellow church members provide accountability for us.  They are there to support us when we find ourselves in difficult times and they are there to lift us up when we stumble.

Worshipping at church together with a congregation also is expression of our love for God.  Additionally, it is a sign of obedience to God.  God has commanded us to keep the Sabbath holy.  While there is more to the Sabbath than church, by starting our day and our week in worship, it helps us remember to set aside time for God.  We are also told in the book of Hebrews that we should not “forsake assembly together”.  We are called to gather together for worship on a regular basis.

There are many other reasons why people go to church.  If you haven’t been to church in a while, maybe this will persuade you to return.  If you are one of our faithful who we see every week, then maybe like me, you have had people ask why they go to church.

As we enter into the new year, it is a good time to rededicate ourselves.  It may be deciding to go to church again or increasing your prayer time or trying to read the Bible daily, we all have room to grow.

January 5th News and Notes

Sunday School

Sunday School will resume this Sunday for the children.  There will be no adult Sunday School this Sunday.

De-Greening of the Church

We will be removing the Advent/Christmas decorations from the church this Sunday immediately following worship.

Interfaith Service

The Interfaith Council of Southern Maryland will hold a Martin Luther King, Jr service at Christian Community Presbyterian Church (CCPC)  on January 15th at 10:00.  There will be a workday to follow at Champ House.

Seeds

Seeds will return Wednesday, January 18th at 6:00

Congregational Meeting and Chili Cook-off

We will have our annual congregational meeting on Sunday, January 22nd following worship.  We will also have the chili and dessert cook-off, benefiting the Mars Hill mission trip on that day.

Officer retreat

We will have an officer retreat on Saturday, January 28th.  All current and previous committee chairs are invited from 9-12 and board members from 9-3.  We will be looking at our current committee structure.  Please email ckdeacon@yahoo.com to confirm you are attending.

Two Week Outlook

Sunday, January 8th

  • Worship, 10:00
  • Chat & Chew immediately after worship
  • Childrens Sunday school immediately after worship
  • Removing Christmas/Advent decorations immediately after worship

Wednesday, January 11th

  • Choir Practice, 7:30

Thursday, January 12th

  • Mens Breakfast, 7:45 AM, Nautilus Diner

Friday, January 13th

  • Ladies Luncheon, 11:30 AM

Sunday, January 15th

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

Wednesday, January 18th

  • Seeds, 6:00
  • Choir Pracitce, 7:30

Looking Ahead

  • January 22nd: Annual Meeting
  • March 1st: Ash Wednesday, Lent begins
  • April 16th: Easter
  • June 25th: Church in the Park
  • July 9th-15th, 2016: Mars Hill Mission Trip
  • July 24th-28th, 2016: Art & Music Camp