Announcements and Up Coming Events
Mon. Mar.13 at 7pm Drama Practice
Tues. Mar. 14 at 7pm Bible Study & Prayer
Wed. Mar.15 at 10am Prayer Time
Wed. Mar.15 at 7pm Baptism Classes
Fri. Mar.17 at 6:30pm Youth Group
Fri. Mar.17 at 7pm Deacons Meeting
Sun. Mar 12 & Mar. 19 no Donut Club
Choir Practice Sunday Mornings at 9:30am
There will be a Ham,Baked Bean, Scallop Potato Supper Saturday April 1st from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. The meal includes brown bread, Apple Crisp or Ginger Bread for dessert. Price 10 under $6.00 Adults $12.00. The sign up poster will be located in the church foyer . All donations can be given to Ellen Saunders or Jean Baker. Any questions contact someone on the fundraising team.
Justin Russell’s birthday did not make our March calendar, it is March 23 please mark it on your calendar!!!!
–March, April, May 2017 — Regular Print
–January, February, March 2017 — Large Print
“Love Offering” Box on foyer table for your generous donations which are greatly appreciated.
If you have an announcement for the bulletin please email Phyllis by Thursday mornings at email@example.com
Also if you are fairly new to our church family Phyllis would love to have your birthday and anniversary dates, email them as well
Submitting to God
When we submit what and where we are to God, our rule or dominion then increases. In Jesus’ words from the parable of the talents (Matt. 25), our Master says, “Well done! You were faithful with a few things, and I will put you in charge of many things. Share what your Lord enjoys”; that is, share the larger direction or governance of things for good (cf. Luke 16:1–12). For God is unlimited creative will and constantly invites us, even now, into an ever larger share in what he is doing. Like Jesus, we can enter into the work we see our Father doing (John 5:17–19).
In accord with his original intent, the heavenly Father has in fact prepared an individualized kingdom for every person, from the outset of creation. That may seem impossible to us. But we do have a very weak imagination toward God, and we are confused by our own desires and fears, as well as by gross misinformation. It is a small thing for him.
As we learn through increasing trust to govern our tiny affairs with him, the kingdom he had all along planned for us will be turned over to us, at the appropriate time. “Come you who are under my Father’s blessing and take over the government assigned to you from the beginning” (Matt. 25:34).
Accordingly, in the last chapter of the Bible we see God’s purposes in creation come round full circle in eternity: “The Lord will be their light, and they shall reign for ever and ever” (Rev. 22:5).
Does God Hear Us?
Do Jesus and his Father hear Buddhists when they call upon them? They hear Anyone who calls upon them. “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Ps. 34:18). There is no distinction between “Jew and Greek,” between those who have “it”—however humans may define “it”—and those who do not, “for the same one is Lord of all, abounding in riches to all who call upon him” (Rom. 10:12).
You cannot call upon Jesus Christ or upon God and not be heard. You live in their house, their ecos (Heb. 3:4). We usually call it simply “the universe.” But they fully occupy it. It is their place, their “kingdom,” where through their kindness and sacrificial love we can make our present life an eternal life. Only as we understand this, is the way open for a true ecology of human existence, for only then are we dealing with what the human habitation truly is.
And the God who hears is also one who speaks. He has spoken and is still speaking. Humanity remains his project, not its own, and his initiatives are always at work among us. He certainly “gives us space,” as we say, and this is essential. But he continues to speak in ways that serious inquirers can hear if they will. We need not, as earlier described, stagger onward in darkness concerning what is truly good and really right. We need not fly upside down. There is a right-side up, and we can find it.—But we don’t have to. We are free. For now.