The Messenger – October 2021

Dear Church Family and Friends,

October arrives, and as many of you are preparing to head to your warmer weather homes, to avoid the harshness of our winters, I would like you to know

we will, most certainly, miss your presents with us, in worshiping and in witnessing for Christ as a church family. My hope and my prayer are that you will continue to meet with others, in your praise and worship of God, and continue to be good witness’ of Christ.

Today, as I was praying for your safe travel and your continued growth in Christ, I was reminded of what Paul wrote to the Corinthians.

In 1 Corinthians 1:10 Paul wrote: “I appeal to you, brothers, and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.”

While writing this letter, it came to my mind of the first time I heard you could have a personal relationship with God. I knew you could believe in God. I knew you could fear God. I knew you could worship him. But I had never realized that you could know God in a close, personal relationship.

While I’m always grateful for that discovery, I soon realized God wants us to have something more than just a personal relationship with him. Instead, it’s even better to have a shared relationship with him. While we can obviously know and experience God alone, I believe, like Paul, that we can experience him more fully with other believers.

So, while you’re at your winter residence I would encourage you to consider these words of Paul. Please keep in mind that, when you are worshiping, you might be able to worship God even more effectively when you do it with others.

If you are celebrating God’s goodness, wouldn’t you agree it’s more meaningful when you celebrate with people you love? And when you are hurting, for some reason having others nearby seems to ease the pain.

Remember, instead of just seeking to know God by yourself, commit to pursue him with others. Consider joining a Bible study group. Maybe it’s with close and trusted friends. Maybe it’s with people from another church family. So that while your away from us you will, as Paul wrote: ”in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.”

Church family make this month not only about connecting with God, but also with others. Today don’t settle for just knowing God from your perspective. Experience the richness of Christ-centered community.

In His Service,

Pastor Joe

Grace — what a gift!

Grace strikes us when we are in great pain and restlessness. It strikes us when we walk through the dark valley of a meaningless and empty life. It strikes us when our disgust for our own being, our indifference, our weakness, our hostility, and our lack of direction and composure have become intolerable to us. It strikes us when, year after year, the longed-for perfection of life does not appear, when the old compulsions reign within us as they have for decades, when despair destroys all joy and courage.

Sometimes at that moment a wave of light breaks into our darkness, and it is as though a voice were saying: “You are accepted.”     —Paul Tillich

 

Advice From A Pumpkin

Be well-rounded.
Get plenty of sunshine.
Give thanks for life’s bounty.
Have a thick skin.
Keep growing.
Be outstanding in your field.
Think big!          —Ilan Shamir

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sunday School – 8:15 AM in the Community Building

Choir Practice Every Thursday at 1:00pm

You may reach Pastor Joe at 570-465-7303 or his cell #570-267-4570

Every Thursday Pastor Joe will be at the church from 2-4pm if you need him

Sunday October 3rd – “Feed-a-Friend mission starts

Sunday, October 3rd – World Communion Sunday

Thursday, October 14th – Presbyterian Women Meeting – 11:00am

Tuesday, October 19th – Session meeting – 9am in the Community Building

Wednesday, October 20th – Men’s Action Group Meeting – 8:00am

Tuesday, October 26th – Newsletter Deadline

Sunday, October 31st – Reformation Sunday

Please sign up to host one of the social hours on the Sunday after Communion Service on the first Sunday of the month. Hosting only means setting out what is brought and cleaning up afterward. It does not mean bringing everything to share.

The PW is selling Franklin Hill Presbyterian Cookbooks called “Recipes From The Hill” at $10.00 each. All proceeds go to missions. Please purchase one for you and a friend. See Debbie Stalker.

Don’t forget to check out our Website – we now have a Donate Button through PayPal – just click on the button on the home page and make your donation!

Don’t Forget to check your mailbox – as you enter the vestibule on the wall to the left.

Plastic Grocery Bags – Please give bags to Bonne Travis – these are used to crochet sleep mats for the homeless.

Men’s Action Group ***For help with small projects for church family and neighborhood, please call Pastor Joe Travis at #570-465-7303 or email him at e.s.travis@gmail.com

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