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Celebrating Community and Life Together| Rev. Baxter Chism.
We had a great time as a church family at the Lowell Spinner's game on August 10th. The Spinners beat Vermont so it was a night of victory. Looking back on the Summer of 2019, I will always cherish the fun we had. Thanks to Erin Anderson and our Outreach Committee for planning the event!
It's been a great summer but I'm excited that fall is almost here. Most of the weather services have the high temps during the day from the upper 60's to the low 70's this weekend. The low temps are supposed to be in the upper 40's or 50's. We will get a taste of fall before summer comes to an end.
A lot of fun things happen when fall arrives. The Patriots' first game is just around the corner and will they win another Super Bowl? For those of us who love college football, that starts as well. It is time for me to get some new Auburn Tigers gear to wear. Football and fall just go together like peas and carrots.
More important than the weather and the sports some of us love is that we get back into our normal church routine. School starts and everybody will be back from vacations. Our Rally Sunday will be on September 8th and our Choir will be back! This time of year is full of energy and excitement.
A new thing we will be doing is introducing small group opportunities. Mary Lou Adams has done a lot of work with small groups this summer. I'm very thankful for our leadership. So please continue to look for wonderful opportunities for all of us to connect to a small group very soon.
I know this is not Pentecost but to me, the excitement in the church is very similar to what we have every fall. One may also compare it to starting a new year with new hope. Chapter 2 of the Book of Acts captures an excitement I wish we all had. The Holy Spirit came on Pentecost. Peter delivered a wonderful sermon and many became followers of Christ. We also know that fellowship and the joy of being together were shared. At the end of Chapter 2 it says, "Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.'
I think one of the blessings of being together, especially in a small group setting, is that we get time to slow down from the hectic pace of life. We are given time to take care of our soul. We also are given a setting to walk life with others by "enjoying the favor of all people" because sometimes we may feel lonely. But most of all we are given the time to be in the presence of God in a beautiful setting.
When I think of the end of Acts 2 I think about authentic community. And when I think of authentic community I think about the "kin-dom" of God, a beautiful place where we live life together as we follow Jesus. We openly affirm all people in their joy and pain and their imperfections. Our hearts seek to connect closer and closer to God and also to those we worship with every week. And we carry this spirit with us when we encounter new people because God is doing something new in us.
Yes. I'm excited that fall is almost here. It is very exciting that God is doing new things through us and around us. My heart rejoices that I get to experience it firsthand.
For those of you reading this that have been away for a while, don't be scared to jump back in this fall season. It is a wonderful time of the year!
We Still Need a New Cherub Director!| Mercy Delgado.
Marilyn San Clemente has done a fabulous job as Interim Director of the Cherub Choir (K-3rd grade) this past year, but alas, a new Sunday School year is about to begin! We need someone to volunteer to work with these talented young singers – piano skills are very helpful (at least to play the melody line), but not essential, as Lucinda will play for the performance and final rehearsals.
This iconic church post just requires a love of music and children. Lucinda and others in the Music Ministry are on hand to train, support, and help out in any way possible.
We need volunteers! If you want to get involved with the Music Ministry and love to work with kids, this is a great opportunity for you. Some music skills, as well as skill working with children, are needed. We will provide an accompanist.
Please prayerfully consider volunteering for this worthwhile ministry, one that is such an integral part of our TCC worship service!
New Evening Women’s Group!| Mary Lou Adams.
You are invited to attend the first meeting of a new Women’s Group on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at 6:30 pm in the Vestry.
This initial meeting will be to organize and socialize in Christian fellowship.
Please join us!
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Tough Love| Rev. Baxter Chism.
A little tough love for someone isn't a bad thing. Every day parents, for example, around the world, show tough love to their children. Parents that parent are seeking to prepare their child or children for the future. Do you remember when someone showed you tough love?
In Luke 12:49-53 I sometimes interpret this passage as a tough-love example. Jesus talks about division. Division is tough because it means someone chose a side. And sometimes when we choose to practice the teachings of Christ in our lives it can cause division with those closest to us.
A lot of people think being a follower of Christ will be all rosy and such. The reality is some parts of being a follower are rather challenging. Jesus is showing some tough love to those that are listening. He uses divisions in families as the central example. If you are going to share the good news, there might be some in your family not ready to hear it. Hence you may find yourself on the other side. And that can be difficult.
No, Jesus was not telling us that families should break up over the gospel. However, you might be called to live out your baptism in ways challenging to your family. This may cause disagreements.
So let's look at some of the things Jesus did that were against the cultural norm of His day. He ate a lot with sinners. On the Sabbath He would heal people. Jesus loved the Samaritans even when they were not supposed to be loved. Time after time, He told those listening not to judge others and love them like yourself. Forgiveness was a topic Jesus referred to often. There are so many other examples I can use.
Followers were supposed to practice all these things!
So what does this mean for us right here and right now? A lot of times we may justify our actions and thoughts toward others for whatever reason. But maybe Jesus is telling you and me that those are contrary to living in the kingdom of God. Are we living out the principles He taught?
Some of my biggest growth moments in life were when someone told me the truth about myself. You may know the feeling. A person tells you the truth and you have a sinking feeling. You know it is right.
Jesus was showing tough love to His followers. Tough love moments are a good thing. They can be God-shaping moments in our lives. We are all better for them.
Jesus said in John 8:31-23, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
Summer Refreshments on the Lawn!| Mercy Delgado.
Please join the congregation on the front lawn of the church for Summer refreshments and homemade treats! Come enjoy some peach cobbler and some lemonade!
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