Monday, November 20, 2017

All (2): Freedom

11-12 Nov 2017, Christ Mountain Top
Call to Worship, Psalm 126
Children, Matthew 19.16-30
Message, Matthew 6.18-34
Mission Moment, Gary Shupp testimony

Me and my blood test – prying my fingers open
Proverbs 30:15  The leech has two daughters; "Give, give," they cry.
      Bondage to fear, anxiety
      Living defensively

Last week, first half of the chapter:
      Spirituality is not about performance – praying, fasting, giving
            “to be noticed” = Greek, theater
            “hypocrite” = Greek, actor
      Spirituality is not about manipulation or control
            “they have been paid in full”
      Spirituality is about devotion to God
            Because God is devoted to us

This week, second half of the chapter, specifically addressing connections between wealth and anxiety, a very interesting nexus. There are four parts, which Frederick Bruner describes as
            The two treasures
            The two eyes
            The two lords
            The two anxieties (Bruner, 319)

This freedom in our seasonal themes: Thanks, Giving.

Sunday School Bells: Jesus Loves Me

Friday, November 17, 2017

Norway to Liberia: Let there be Light

Children sing during a celebration marking the gift of solar power, funded by the United Methodist Church in Norway, to the Bishop Judith Craig Children Village in Liberia.
By Julu Swen
Nov. 9, 2017 | MONROVIA, Liberia (UMNS)
The Bishop Judith Craig Children’s Village is now washed with light from more than $35,000 worth of solar-powered electricity donated by The United Methodist Church in Norway.
The lights enabled by the electricity will enhance the lives of the children, students and the surrounding community of Juazon, home to the village.
“With this electricity, our lives will be improved, including the security of our facilities,” said the Rev. Robert N. Sieh, director of the children’s village.
... “The village and the people of the village is all that the children have, and it is not the will of God that anyone should be poor,” Skjorshammer said, challenging the church to open the doors of opportunity for the children to step through.

Confirmation Class to Philly

St George's Church, with a communion chalice given by John Wesley (founder of Methodism) and historical reenactors. Liberty Bell. Great time. Thanks to Kim for organizing!

Youth Halloween Party (1)

Lots of fun!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Giving Thanks (Turkey Dinner Edition)

We here at Christ Church have something special going on. When the yellow sheets go out looking for help for our Annual Turkey Dinner, I’ve learned not to get nervous in the numbers early on, because come the first Saturday in November, the total response is unbelievable.
               Although there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes in preparation, Saturday morning starts very early. The first thing I do is go into the dining area—it’s beautiful—all set-up and ready to go. Every year I have the same feeling—a feeling of awe—goosebumps on my arms—how wonderful. I then say a prayer of Thankfulness for all the people who have helped so far, and all who have signed-up for this day. I ask our Lord to be with us that we provide a good meal, friendly service, hospitality to all who attend, and that we don’t run out of anything.
               Each area takes on its own life: Ticket Sales, Beverage Room, Relish Area, Pie Room, Sanctuary, Dining Room, and of course the “Kitchen”. All of these working areas put together make for a successful Turkey Dinner.
               At the end of the day, I am prayerfully thankful for each and every one of you for giving of yourself to do God’s work.
               With God’s blessings, we really do have something special going on.
Your sister in Christ,

Donna Strittmatter

Friends Can Make It Happen

So excited for our partnership with Angela and Friends Can Make It Happen - distributing shoes to the homeless!