Friday, September 19, 2014


The fall newsletter is now in the mail. You can also view newsletters online and sign up for e-delivery only. Go Green, Save Green, See Color! Newsletters, other documents, and videos are available on our Resource/Video page.

In this issue, worship themes for the fall, how to sign up to serve in worship, pics of new members and baptisms, the youth ministry schedule (subject to change), Pastor JP's oat pecan pancake recipe, mission notes, and more.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Youth Mission Trip Slide Show

Two of the pics from the slide show presented on Sunday. It was a wonderful week of hands-on-service in the name of Jesus. Contact Joanne Hagner for information on next year's mission trip! And, check out the Resources/Video page or these direct links for the slide show: pptx, ppsx.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Ebola outbreak - assistance

Our partner, Mission Central, is collecting the following items to provide direct help in response to the West Africa Ebola outbreak. You may bring your gifts to the church at any time. Check out the full story!

Latex Gloves & Face Masks must be hospital grade

Heavy Duty Latex Gloves (Hospital Grade)
Rubber Boots
Clorox Products
KleenGuard Breathable Liquid & Particle Protection Coveralls
Face Masks (Hospital Grade)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Thanks to our wonderful servers (and eaters) on our Aug 31 pancake breakfast.

Monday, September 15, 2014

"Daily Bread", Plenty Enough: Practicing Prayer (2)

Practicing Prayer (2): “Daily Bread”, Plenty Enough  
2014/09/14 Christ Church, Mountain Top
Prayer, Psalm 104 (selections)
Children, Exodus 16
Message, Matthew 6.5-13, 31-34; Matthew 14.14-21

Lord’s Prayer – Our Father
      Last week: Our Father … on earth, as it is in heaven
      Practice: how we are transformed
      Post the Lord’s Prayer, pray it daily (or more)
      Pray with your body – hands raised – praise, priority

Structure of the prayer
      3 petitions (name, kingdom, will)
      3 petitions (food, forgiveness, deliverance)
      In the middle: “On earth as it is in heaven”

“On earth, as it is in heaven”: Spiritual versus Spirtualizing
      So heavenly minded as to be no earthly good?
            I’m thirsty … for the Lord (Michael Junior)
            It’s windy today … the wind blows … so is everyone …
      But we believe in resurrection – not just immortality of soul
      And, believe in creation – “it is good”
      Timothy Keller: the most material of faiths
Prayer … spiritual, not spiritualizing
      Translation of “epiousion” (daily) (Peterson, 147-150)
            A “Holy Ghost” word?
                  (500 of the 5000 words in the NT were unique)
            “supersubstantial” (Origen)
            Oxyrhynchus, 1897
                  Daily = today’s, fresh

All in the Family ... Duet

From Sunday 31 Aug. Thanks for the beautiful gift!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

"Our Father", Priority and Praise: Practicing Prayer (1)

Practicing Prayer (1): “Our Father”, Priority & Praise    
2014/09/07 Christ Church, Mountain Top
Mark 14.32-42, Romans 8.12-27

Lord’s Prayer – Our Father
      Not just information, but transformation
      Transformed by practice – by doing stuff

Practicing prayer
1.     Post it: mirror, sun visor, coffee maker, fridge
2.     Pray with body – expand posture – lifted hands
a.     Talking with your hands
b.    Al Gore doing the Macarena
c.     Penn State game – the wave
d.    Lifting holy hands to the Lord

Praise : raised hands as Child to Parent
      Jesse: “hold-ja”
      “You’re the best dad in all the world” (#1 Dad mugs)

Andrew Murray, of us: “You are created in Christ to pray. It is your very nature as a child of God; the Spirit has been sent into your heart – what to do? To cry Abba Father.” (92)
      Abba – every language has words for father/mother, no teeth required

Friday, September 12, 2014


An update from the September 3 UMCOR Hotline:

Since mid-summer, the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS), also referred to as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has created havoc in Iraq, targeting ethnic and religious minorities for apparent extinction.

The United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries is both providing assistance to those who have fled and advocating for the human rights of those under attack. To date, its United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has provided $262,300 in emergency assistance to communities displaced and pushed north by IS. 

Those especially in harm’s way are ethnic and religious groups, mostly in northern Iraq, particularly Kurdistan. They include Christians, Turkmen and Yazidis. Read more about these populations here.

UMCOR, which assists those in need without regard to religion, race or national origin, is working with regional partners to provide food and water to communities impacted by the violence.

You can help. Please pray for peace in Iraq. Your gift to UMCOR International Disaster Response, Advance #982450, supports UMCOR's emergency response efforts in Iraq and elsewhere around the world. 

Build Your Kingdom Here

The Living Room Sessions band.

Thursday, September 11, 2014


A 2005 view of Ground Zero in NYC. Remembering the victims of hatred all over our world.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Flippin' Pancakes

Thanks to the team - Michael, Ken, Carrie and team leader Robin (not pictured) - who prepared "JP's famous pancakes" (Aug 31).

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Candidate

Mark's candidacy toward ordained ministry was affirmed by a vote of the church membership during the Food and Fellowship hour on Sunday 10 August.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Trash Collectors

Roadside and park cleanup crew ... finishing off at Mountain Freeze (Aug 10).