Do you have days when you just want to hang your head in despair at the way our world is going? I know that I sure do. I ask myself what has happened to decency, to kindness, and to respect. When did it become okay with us to call other people names? To demean others who don’t agree with us? To label others and lump them into a single category in order to denigrate them?
As easy as it is to despair over the way our world is going, we must not give in to that despair. As Christians, we are called to something bigger; something better. We must challenge ourselves daily to bring light into the darkness, to share a word of kindness with someone who desperately needs to hear it, and to intervene on behalf of those who are being demeaned in any way. Being a Christian is more than sitting in a pew on Sunday morning. It is about seeing all others as what they are: beloved children of God. All of humanity is made in the image of God, and though we might struggle to see that in others (or perhaps even in ourselves) we have to keep trying.
Ultimately, it comes down to aligning our actions with our faith. Everything we say, everything we post, every encounter we have is an opportunity for us to practice our faith. We won’t despair. We will keep trying, each and every day, to be whom we are called to be as followers of Jesus Christ. Maybe we can help change the way the world is going, one faithful action at a time.
Grace and Peace,
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
George Paul Hehr, Jr.
Sanctuary Choir meets for practice in February on Sundays at 10:30 AM in the choir room.
The Youth Group invites you to a special Valentine’s spaghetti dinner for all members of the congregation. At 6:30 PM, on Friday, February 14, please come and enjoy a wonderful dinner, and some fun fellowship the youth have planned for you.
Please make reservations with Tina at 234-2961 by Sunday, February 9, so that the youth know much food to fix. There is no charge for the dinner.
Adult Bible Study
Adult Bible Study continues on Monday, February 3 at noon. We are doing an interesting study of the Book of John. Please plan to attend, bring your lunch if you would like, and enjoy a time of learning and fellowship. All are welcome!
Session meets on Monday, February 10th at 7:00 PM at the church.
Wear Red to Church Day
Everyone is encouraged to wear red to church on February 9 to promote awareness of heart disease in women. A picture will be taken of those who wear red following Worship for display at the February 24 Go Red for Women Celebration. Everyone is invited to the community-wide reception at the Harrison County Extension Office. Doors open at 5:15 PM, dinner served at 6:00 PM, guest speaker HMH Cardiologist Matthew Shotwell, M.D. will begin at 6:00 PM.
All Committee Meetings
On Sunday, February 9 ALL committees will meet after Worship. Lunch will NOT be provided.
Ash Wednesday Service
On February 26 at noon, a worship service with the imposition of ashes will be held in the chapel followed by a soup and sandwich luncheon provided by the Deacons in the fellowship hall. We will be finished in time for you to return to work! All are welcome to come as we prepare our hearts and minds to observe Lent.
AMM Circle will meet on February 5 at 10:00 AM at the church.
Presbywebs will meet on Tuesday, February 11 at 7:00 PM at the home
of Sue and Kitty Lake. Mary Beth Alexander will lead discussion for
Meetings at The Main Cup
The Main Cup Board Meeting is at The Main Cup on Wednesday, February 5th at noon.
In January, we were able to donate $110.15 to the Flora Shropshire Animal Shelter
Cedar Ridge Service
Flock 3 (Geese) will assist Rev. Olt with the
Cedar Ridge Service on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 2:00 PM.
End of the Month Meal
We are in need of a host for the February End of the Month Meal.
There is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board in the first floor hallway. Can’t host February? Other months are available!
Ruth Antle, Charlie Antle, Clayton Arnold, Lauren Cammack, Betty Deibel, Betsy Haley, Mildred Hehr, Kelli Mastin (Woody Richie's daughter), Janet McCauley, Harold Tribble, Devon Williams
Food Pantry Item for February