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Friday, August 11, 2017

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (8/13/17)

Scripture for Sunday
John 6:56-69 (ESV)  
Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. [57] As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. [58] This is the bread that came down from heaven, not as the fathers ate and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever." [59] Jesus said these things in the synagogue, as he taught at Capernaum. [60] When many of his disciples heard it, they said, "This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?" [61] But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, "Do you take offense at this? [62] Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? [63] It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is of no avail. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. [64] But there are some of you who do not believe." (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) [65] And he said, "This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father." [66] After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. [67] So Jesus said to the Twelve, "Do you want to go away as well?" [68] Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, [69] and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God."  

Questions for Reflection
1. What is something that you enthusiastically started but were later tempted to quit?
2. For what causes have people willingly suffered and even died?
3. How did many of Jesus’ disciples respond to His teaching? (6:60)
4. Who did Jesus say could come to Him? (6:65)
5. What was Peter’s reply to Jesus’ question? (6:68-69)
6. What teachings of Jesus have you found difficult to understand or accept?
7. What makes some of Jesus’ teachings difficult to understand and follow?
8. What might cause someone to stop following Jesus?
9. What has kept you from turning away from Christ?

Monday, August 7, 2017

Scripture for Sunday (8/6/17)

Scripture for Sunday
Psalm 146:1-10 (ESV)  
    Praise the Lord!Praise the Lord, O my soul!
    [2] I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
         I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
    [3] Put not your trust in princes,
         in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.
    [4] When his breath departs he returns to the earth;
        on that very day his plans perish.
    [5] Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
        whose hope is in the Lord his God,
    [6] who made heaven and earth,
        the sea, and all that is in them,
     who keeps faith forever;
        [7] who executes justice for the oppressed,
         who gives food to the hungry.
     The Lord sets the prisoners free;
        [8] the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
     The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
         the Lord loves the righteous.
    [9] The Lord watches over the sojourners;
         he upholds the widow and the fatherless,
        but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
    [10] The Lord will reign forever,
        your God, O Zion, to all generations.
     Praise the Lord!

Isaiah 43:16-21 (ESV)  
    Thus says the Lord,
        who makes a way in the sea,
        a path in the mighty waters,
    [17] who brings forth chariot and horse,
        army and warrior;
    they lie down, they cannot rise,
        they are extinguished, quenched like a wick:
    [18] "Remember not the former things,
        nor consider the things of old.
    [19] Behold, I am doing a new thing;
        now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
    I will make a way in the wilderness
        and rivers in the desert.
    [20] The wild beasts will honor me,
        the jackals and the ostriches,
    for I give water in the wilderness,
        rivers in the desert,
    to give drink to my chosen people,
        [21] the people whom I formed for myself
    that they might declare my praise.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Scripture for Sunday (7/9/17)

Scripture for Sunday
Psalm 13:1-6 (ESV)  
    To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
    How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
        How long will you hide your face from me?
    [2] How long must I take counsel in my soul
        and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
    How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?
    [3] Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
         light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
    [4] lest my enemy say, "I have prevailed over him,"
        lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.
    [5] But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
        my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
    [6] I will sing to the Lord,
        because he has dealt bountifully with me.

Rev. 6:9-11 (ESV)  
When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne.  [10] They cried out with a loud voice, "O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?"  [11] Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

VBS & Camp-out, July 7-8

Vacation Bible School and Camp-Out
July 7-8, 2017

2017 FPC VBS for our church family begins on Friday, July 7th.  We will meet at the church at 2:00 PM to carpool to the campsite at the McMillan cabins.  We will spend the night and have scheduled events on Saturday.  Fish Fry for the entire church family on Saturday night at 6 PM (eat at 7 PM) then clean up and disband.

Please RSVP for camp-out ASAP to Jim or Laurie, Molly, Teena, Sandra or Linda Moss or with the church office by July 5th.  If your child is under 8 and spending the night, they need an adult chaperone, so please plan on that.

Supply list: bug spray, sunscreen, cap or hat, river shoes, tennis shoes and socks, change of clothes, swimsuit, large towel, flash light.   Life jacket.   Bring an extra washed T-shirt (plain) for craft.  Put your name on everything.  NO electronics please.  If you are spending the night bring a sleeping bag, your preference for mattress or cot, and pillow. 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Scripture for Sunday (7/2/17)

Next week is our week to make sandwiches for the children of our community. We need 4 or 5 volunteers to make about 90 sack lunches each day. Please let Jim know if you can help. Children and youth are welcome to help. I am headed to Sam's today to buy supplies.

Scripture for Sunday
Romans 8:18-39 (ESV)  
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.  [19] For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.  [20] For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope [21] that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.  [22] For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.  [23] And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.  [24] For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?  [25] But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. 
[26] Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.  [27] And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.  [28] And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.  [29] For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.  [30] And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. 
[31] What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?  [32] He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?  [33] Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies.  [34] Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised— who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.  [35] Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?  [36] As it is written,
    "For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
        we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered."
 [37] No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  [38] For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,  [39] nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (6/25/17)

Scripture for Sunday
Psalm 8:1-9 (ESV)
    To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of David.
    O Lord, our Lord,
        how majestic is your name in all the earth!
    You have set your glory above the heavens.
        [2]  Out of the mouth of babes and infants,
    you have established strength because of your foes,
        to still the enemy and the avenger.
    [3] When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
        the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
    [4] what is man that you are mindful of him,
        and the son of man that you care for him?
    [5] Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
        and crowned him with glory and honor.
    [6] You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
         you have put all things under his feet,
    [7] all sheep and oxen,
        and also the beasts of the field,
    [8] the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
        whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
    [9] O Lord, our Lord,
        how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Questions for Reflection
1. What do you like most about the outdoors?
2. What lessons about life have you learned from nature?
3. What did David find most amazing about God’s creation? (8:3-4)
4. How do people get all of their power and responsibility? (8:3-6)
5. What attitude did David have about himself and all people? (8:4)
6. What does this psalm tell us about self-esteem and responsibility?
7. How does our attitude toward creation reflect our perspective of God?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

June 2017 Newsletter

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June 2017 Newsletter

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~ Carmen