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Thursday, July 2, 2015

July 2015 Newsletter

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Have a Happy 4th of July!!
Carmen

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (7/5/15)

We are back from a wonderful vacation in Florida where we were able to spend time with my mother and father and visit Walt Disney. Yesterday we celebrated the life of Diana Sue Snodgrass. Late this afternoon we are heading to Laurie's parents to handle some business there and will return Friday afternoon.  ~ Jim

Scripture for Sunday
Acts 22:22-29 (ESV)  
Up to this word they listened to him. Then they raised their voices and said, "Away with such a fellow from the earth! For he should not be allowed to live." [23] And as they were shouting and throwing off their cloaks and flinging dust into the air, [24] the tri-bune ordered him to be brought into the barracks, saying that he should be examined by flogging, to find out why they were shouting against him like this. [25] But when they had stretched him out for the whips, Paul said to the centurion who was standing by, "Is it lawful for you to flog a man who is a Roman citizen and uncondemned?" [26] When the centurion heard this, he went to the tribune and said to him, "What are you about to do? For this man is a Roman citizen." [27] So the tribune came and said to him, "Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?" And he said, "Yes." [28] The tribune answered, "I bought this citizenship for a large sum." Paul said, "But I am a citizen by birth." [29] So those who were about to examine him withdrew from him immediately, and the tribune also was afraid, for he realized that Paul was a Roman citizen and that he had bound him. 

Questions for Reflection
1. What rights does your citizenship give you that people of other countries don’t have?
2. Why did the commander tell Paul that his citizenship had been bought? (22:28)
3. How did Paul cap the commander’s comment? (22:28)
4. Why did the commander become alarmed? (22:29)
5. Why was Paul’s Roman citizenship an asset?
6. How did Paul show good judgment in the middle of an extremely stressful situation?
7. What about you gives you unique opportunities to talk with others about Christ?
8. In what ways can we show respect to others even when they treat us disrespectfully?

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (6/14/15)

Scripture
Acts 20:13-38 (ESV)  
    But going ahead to the ship, we set sail for Assos, intending to take Paul aboard there, for so he had arranged, intending himself to go by land. [14] And when he met us at Assos, we took him on board and went to Mitylene. [15] And sailing from there we came the following day opposite Chios; the next day we touched at Samos; and the day after that we went to Miletus  [16] For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he might not have to spend time in Asia, for he was hastening to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentecost.
    [17] Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him. [18] And when they came to him, he said to them:
    "You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia  [19] serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials that happened to me through the plots of the Jews; [20] how I did not shrink from declaring to you anything that was profitable, and teaching you in public and from house to house, [21] testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. [22] And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there, [23] except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me. [24] But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. [25] And now, behold, I know that none of you among whom I have gone about proclaiming the kingdom will see my face again. [26] Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all of you, [27] for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. [28] Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. [29] I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; [30] and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. [31] Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish everyone with tears. [32] And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. [33] I coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel. [34] You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me. [35] In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"
    [36] And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all. [37] And there was much weeping on the part of all; they embraced Paul and kissed him, [38] being sorrowful most of all because of the word he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they accompanied him to the ship.

Questions for Reflection
1. If you knew that this would be your last day with your loved ones, what would you want to say to them?
2. How do you usually say good-bye?
3. What did Paul say in review of his ministry in Ephesus? (20:18-21)
4. What were the future responsibilities of the Ephesian elders? (20:28-35)
5. How did the elders display their deep love for Paul? (20:36-38)
6. How did Paul and the elders say their good-byes? (20:36-38)
7. How does Paul’s life and work challenge you?
8. How did the Holy Spirit help Paul?
9. How does the Holy Spirit lead and guide us?
10. What does it mean to commit someone else to God?

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

June 2015 Newsletter

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June 2015 Newsletter

Have a great day!
Carmen

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (6/7/15)

We will be having Men's Breakfast Saturday at 8:00am

We will have a luncheon on June 14th with a ceremony to dedicate the plaque, in honor of our veterans, that has been placed by the church sign.  The church will provide fried chicken. Please bring a dish to share.

Come to Fellowship Hall for coffee then prayer @ 9:15 each Sunday then stay for Sunday School.

Sunday School starts at 9:45 for all ages Angela Ervin is there to provide child care for those too young to attend a class.

Scripture
Acts 19:23-41 (ESV) 
About that time there arose no little disturbance concerning the Way. [24] For a man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought no little business to the craftsmen. [25] These he gathered together, with the workmen in similar trades, and said, "Men, you know that from this business we have our wealth. [26] And you see and hear that not only in Ephesus but in almost all of Asia this Paul has persuaded and turned away a great many people, saying that gods made with hands are not gods. [27] And there is danger not only that this trade of ours may come into disrepute but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis may be counted as nothing, and that she may even be deposed from her magnificence, she whom all Asia and the world worship."
[28] When they heard this they were enraged and were crying out, "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!" [29] So the city was filled with the confusion, and they rushed together into the theater, dragging with them Gaius and Aristarchus, Macedonians who were Paul's companions in travel. [30] But when Paul wished to go in among the crowd, the disciples would not let him. [31] And even some of the Asiarchs, who were friends of his, sent to him and were urging him not to venture into the theater. [32] Now some cried out one thing, some another, for the assembly was in confusion, and most of them did not know why they had come together. [33] Some of the crowd prompted Alexander, whom the Jews had put forward. And Alexander, motioning with his hand, wanted to make a defense to the crowd. [34] But when they recognized that he was a Jew, for about two hours they all cried out with one voice, "Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!"
[35] And when the town clerk had quieted the crowd, he said, "Men of Ephesus, who is there who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is temple keeper of the great Artemis, and of the sacred stone that fell from the sky? [36] Seeing then that these things cannot be denied, you ought to be quiet and do nothing rash. [37] For you have brought these men here who are neither sacrilegious nor blasphemers of our goddess.  [38] If therefore Demetrius and the craftsmen with him have a complaint against anyone, the courts are open, and there are proconsuls. Let them bring charges against one another. [39] But if you seek anything further, it shall be settled in the regular assembly. [40] For we really are in danger of being charged with rioting today, since there is no cause that we can give to justify this commotion." [41] And when he had said these things, he dismissed the assembly.

Questions for Reflection

  1. To whom does “the Way” refer? (19:23)
  2. Who was the ringleader against Paul and the Christians? (19:24)
  3. On what basis did Artemis make a case against those of the Way? (19:25-27)
  4. To what group did the silversmith present his case? (19:24-25)
  5. Why did the silversmith’s talk create such an uproar? (19:27-29)
  6. How did the city clerk bring order to the crowd in the Ephesian theater? (19:35-40)
  7. What reasons did the city clerk give for dispersing the mob? (19:35-41)
  8. What underlying motive did the silversmith have for his protest?
  9. How do Christians sometimes compromise the kingdom of God for money?
  10. How can a person make idols out of work, money, or success?
  11. In what ways can money become more important to us than it should?
  12. What price did Paul and his friends pay for doing what was right?

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (5/31/15)

Diana Snodgrass is having surgery today at noon please keep her in your prayers.

We will have a brief called session meeting following church Sunday to hear a report from Rick Wilson about Grace Place.

Our 5th Sunday special program will be held May 31 during the Sunday school hour starting at 9:45. Breakfast will be served then Dr. Franklin House will share with us a story from one of his mission trips to the Marshall Islands. The children and youth of the church will be singing as well about the Fruits of the Spirit.

Come to Fellowship Hall for coffee then prayer @ 9:15 each Sunday then stay for Sunday School.

Sunday School starts at 9:45 for all ages Angela Ervin is there to provide child care for those too young to attend a class.

Scripture
Acts 18:1-17 (ESV) 
After this Paul left Athens and went to Corinth.  [2] And he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. And he went to see them,  [3] and because he was of the same trade he stayed with them and worked, for they were tentmakers by trade.  [4] And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and tried to persuade Jews and Greeks.
[5] When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was occupied with the word, testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus.  [6] And when they opposed and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, "Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent. From now on I will go to the Gentiles."  [7] And he left there and went to the house of a man named Titius Justus, a worshiper of God. His house was next door to the synagogue.  [8] Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together with his entire household. And many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized.  [9] And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, "Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent,  [10] for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people."  [11] And he stayed a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
[12] But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews made a united attack on Paul and brought him before the tribunal,  [13] saying, "This man is persuading people to worship God contrary to the law."  [14] But when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, "If it were a matter of wrongdoing or vicious crime, O Jews, I would have reason to accept your complaint.  [15] But since it is a matter of questions about words and names and your own law, see to it yourselves. I refuse to be a judge of these things."  [16] And he drove them from the tribunal.  [17] And they all seized Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him in front of the tribunal. But Gallio paid no attention to any of this.

Questions for Reflection

  1. What makes you most impatient?
  2. How do you express your feelings when you are frustrated?
  3. When you are disheartened, what usually encourages you?
  4. What did Paul have in common with Aquila and Priscilla? (18:3)
  5. What did Paul do every Sabbath in Corinth? (18:4)
  6. What did Paul spend his time doing when Silas and Timothy arrived? (18:5)
  7. Why was Paul able to stop tentmaking when his friends arrived from Macedonia? (18:5)
  8. When the Jews opposed Paul, how did he react? (18:6)
  9. In Corinth, why did Paul turn to the Gentiles? (18:6-7)
  10. How do Christians take for granted their freedom to practice their faith?
  11. What encouraging encounters and experiences did Paul have while in Corinth?
  12. What means has God given you to be an encouragement to others?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (5/24/15)

Scripture
Acts 2:1-13 (ESV)  
When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.  [2] And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. [3] And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. [4] And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. [5] Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. [6] And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. [7] And they were amazed and astonished, saying, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? [8] And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? [9] Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, [10] Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, [11] both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God." [12] And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, "What does this mean?" [13] But others mocking said, "They are filled with new wine."

Questions for Reflection

  1. When the Holy Spirit filled the believers, what did they do? (2:4)
  2. Who was staying in Jerusalem? (2:5)
  3. How did the God-fearing Jews visiting Jerusalem react when they heard Christians speaking their languages? (2:6-11)
  4. What languages were the Jews from Galilee speaking? (2:9-11)
  5. What was the topic of conversation among the crowds? (2:11)
  6. Besides being amazed, how did the crowd react to the unusual happening they witnessed? (2:12-13)
  7. If you saw the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, how do you think you would have responded? Why?
  8. How does God use us to witness to others?
  9. When has God enabled you to do something that you didn't think you could do?