5 FEB 2017

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February 5, 2017


       Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the magnitude of the task given to you?  Have you ever felt inadequate to meet the challenge facing you?  Have you ever hoped that God would bypass you and call someone else who you think is more qualified or better equipped for the task?

      The people of God have a history of initially rejecting God’s call because their assessment of themselves is less than God’s assessment of their abilities.  But God over the past 4,000 years has decided that the people God has called could make a difference.  A childless, elderly couple could be parents to multitudes of descendants. A man who thought he stuttered could stand before the most powerful king on earth and speak.  An insignificant son of an insignificant family from an insignificant tribe could lead 300 soldiers against an army of what appeared to number in the hundreds of thousands and with weapons of clay pots, lamps and trumpets, the enemy could be driven from the land.  A teenage shepherd boy could defeat a 9-foot trained, armed soldier.  A young man could sleep unharmed in a den full of hungry lions.  Three young men could walk unharmed in a blast furnace.  A poor couple could be God’s choice for raising his own son.  A disciple who denied that he ever knew Jesus could become its greatest evangelist on that first Pentecost Sunday.  A persecutor of the church could become its greatest defender and missionary.  We may not feel like we can be the difference makers that God needs, but with God’s help that difference can become a reality.

      I hope that you will read Matthew 5:13-20 and think about Jesus’ teaching as we wrestle with Jesus’ expectation that we become “Difference Makers.”  As you prepare for worship, come expecting to encounter the living God as we partake Holy Communion.  


       I think that our Groundhog Dinner was a great success!  I have heard from many others who thought so as well.  THANK YOU!  THANK YOU! THANK YOU! 

      I want to thank everyone who sold tickets.  Our pre-paid ticket sales appear to have been more than they have been in at least the past couple of years.  I want to thank everyone who provided and collected auction items.  It appears that our auction sales exceeded last year.  I want to thank everyone who provided desserts and prepared the food.  The meal was delicious!  I heard nothing but compliments on the food and the service.  I want to thank those who handled the sausage, cut the sausage, sold the sausage and cooked the sausage.  The sausage was great.  (We have some sausage left for sale but not much.  If you want some sausage, Jim Morton will be available after worship on Sunday.)  I want to thank those who received the tickets and served the food for dine-in and carry-out.  No had to wait in line very long.  Most of the time, they were served as quickly as they arrived.  I want to thank those who delivered meals to those unable to get out.  I want to thank everyone who purchased supplies, set up for the dinner, tore down that evening and cleaned up the Fairground Building.  I want to thank the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts for their hard work and service.  What a blessing they were!  What a gift!  I want to thank those who collected the money, counted the money and deposited the money.  I want to thank those who saw to it that everything got back to where it belongs and that unused items were returned.  I want to thank the persons who stored the left-over food in such a way so it could be shared with Lunch on Noble.  I want to thank those persons who for the past month have been working behind the scene so our Groundhog Dinner could be a reality.  I think that the Groundhog Committee did an excellent job of planning the Groundhog Dinner and Holly Rice, our chair did a great job of allowing everyone to fulfill their assignments.  I know that it was a lot of work.  I know that many of you were exhausted by the end of the day. I want to thank all of you who in anyway made this year’s Groundhog Dinner such a success.  THANK YOU!  THANK YOU! THANK YOU! 

      When we have deposited all the funds, have sold all the sausage and have paid all the expenses, I will provide a report for you.  But for me, the success of our Groundhog Dinner was not how much fun we had working together.  It was not the rich fellowship that enjoyed by those who worked.  It was not the funds that the Board of Trustees will receive to help us better support the mission and ministry of our church.  The greatest success was that your service showed the presence of Jesus Christ.  The hospitality and service that you offered showed the light of Jesus Christ.  People left the Groundhog Dinner with a smile on their face.  It was a great event.  It was a great experience.  I was able to connect with people who have not been active in our church for a while.  I had people talk to me about our church.  I had some requests to begin a ministry.  I had some share prayer concerns.  We were able to be church and have fun doing it.  I call that a Win – Win!  THANK YOU!  THANK YOU! THANK YOU! 


       We will be starting a Confirmation Class for youth in 5th through 8th Grade on Sunday, February 12th at 4:00 pm.  We will meet in the Fellowship Hall.  If you know of any youth in our church in 5th through 8th Grade, please invite them to join us on February 12th.

      Confirmation is the opportunity that our church provides for our youth to help them better understand what it means to be a Christian.  This is the journey to help our youth transition from a faith that was given to them to a faith that is owned by them.  Confirmation is not a destination.  It is another step in the life-long journey of our growing relationship with a living God.