September 2017

Upcoming Events:

Sept 3 – Congregational meeting after the worship service – rescheduled (see below)

Sept 10 – Holy Communion – Grandparent’s Day

October 13-14 (Fri-Sat) – Primetimer’s Retreat at the Hus Encampment, Caldwell; Forms are in the foyer and on the Unity website Calendar.

Oct 21 (Sat) – Fall Synodical Committee meeting at the Hus Encampment – 9 a.m.

Community Event: Sept 3 – St. John’s of Fayetteville church feast, meal other activities

LOOKING AHEAD:

October 22 – NO SERVICES due to Lickskillet

Nov 5 – Service AT INDUSTRY FIREMEN’S HALL – 9:00 a.m. – “Honor Our Veteran’s” service

 

Pastor’s corner:  “A new command I give you:  Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  John 13:34-35

The meaning behind Jesus’ command is that we are to love one another by showing love to one another.  Actions speak louder than words.  It is not to say that we aren’t to tell people we love them, but that our love for them is seen better by actions than words.  If you are loving someone with works, they will know that you love them.

As I look at what is happening in our society today the problem and the solution is pretty clear. There is too much talking and not enough loving by action.  There is an old adage that rings true in today’s society.  “It’s better to remain silent and let people think you are dumb than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”  Another that is appropriate is that “you can’t fix stupid.”  Things have gotten out of hand in our society because there is simply too much talking.  The solution is to start loving.

For every time that Jesus told anyone that He loved them, He showed them by actions and works many times more.  The solution for us today is to follow that example.  If we start showing our love for one another by actions and works we can stop a lot of the nonsense that is tearing our society apart.  The time is now to start showing the love of God by what we do.  Remember, preach the Gospel always, but use words only when necessary.  More actions and deeds for love will go a lot further in helping our society than words.  So, start loving and we can make our society a lot better.

In Christ’s Love, Bro. Mike​

 

Prayer Concerns: Those who are traveling, Servicemen and women, Our shut ins, Liz Treybig, Our country and its’ leaders, Rev Nello Strickland, Our Missionaries, Sandra Stepan, Flood victims, Sylvia Vavra, Beth Hataway, Family of Billie Dennis

Church news:  From the Elders: Due to the threat of severe weather from Hurricane Harvey, the congregational meeting that was scheduled for Sunday, Aug 27 has been rescheduled for Sunday, Sept 3 after the worship service. Items on the agenda include the Referendum items from the convention (letters have been sent to all members regarding the items), election of a Representative to the Synodical Committee and to consider making a call through the PRC to Rev Joe Emerson to be the Pastor of our church. Absentee ballots are available, contact Liz Ripple. As always, if you have any comments, suggestions or concerns please let the Elders know.

The Christian Sisters’ Society:  The Christian Sisters will have a meeting in October, date to be announced. The donating of monetary donations will be discussed along with plans for the February 17, 2018 fundraiser. Please be thinking of items for the raffle! The deadline for items is Oct 29 – see Liz Ripple. If you would like to join the Christian Sisters’ Society or have any questions about some of the activities, please contact Liz. Dues are ($20). All ladies age 16 and over may become a member. You do not have to be a member of the church to join.

The Prime Timers Retreat for ages 40+ will be held on Oct 13-15. Registration forms are in the foyer and on the Unity website. Everyone is encouraged to attend for fellowship, food, entertainment, games and prizes. It will be held at the Hus Encampment in Caldwell. The Camp Pastors will be Rev Whitney and Rev Charles Amos.

Sympathy – Our deepest and sincerest sympathies go out to Linda Dennis and family on the death of Linda’s mother, Lydia “Billie” Dennis, 87, of Fayetteville, who passed away on July 31, 2017. May God’s peace bring comfort to this family during this time of sorrow and loss.

Sunday School – Martha & Jerry Dove continue to lead the adult class in various studies and discussions. Class is held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Everyone is welcome!

Joint “Honor our Veterans” Worship service – Nov 5, 9 A.M. at Industry Firemen’s Hall: On Sunday, November 5, we will pay tribute to our Veteran’s – those living and deceased – during our joint worship service with Industry Brethren Church. It will be held at the Industry Firemen’s Hall. The guest speaker for the event will be announced soon. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please let Liz Ripple or Liz Treybig know. We are in the planning stages for this event. We will also need volunteers to help get the hall set-up on Saturday, Nov 4.

For those who are attending: to have your name in the program or the name of a loved one that you want a candle lit for, please contact Liz Ripple by Oct 22. After that date, you will still be able to be recognized at the service, but your name will not be in the program.  After the service, a brunch will be served in the fellowship hall. We will need help with the food – a sign-up sheet will be in the foyer soon. If you would like to write a biography, please include: Full name, branch of service, rank, years served, places where you or loved one were stationed and any other information you would like to share (where you grew up, went to school, your profession, who you married, list your children, where you live now, etc) BRING PICTURES! Thank you all in advance for your support and we hope to see you at this special event. Please keep all our active duty military personnel in your prayers. If you have any questions about this event, contact Liz Ripple or Liz Treybig from Industry Brethren.

Collecting Supplies for the Military:  Everyone is invited to collect the following items that will be sent from our church to an individual serving in the military over-seas: Non-aerosol deodorant, non-aerosol bug spray, flea collars, baby wipes, razors, Visine, hand sanitizer, sinus/allergy medicine, Advil, Tylenol, lip balm and foot care products. Personal size packets of tissue, band aids, instant drink mixes, q-tips, pens, paper, envelopes, seeds/nuts, trail mix, disposable cameras, and LETTER/CARDS of Encouragement. Smaller sizes are easier to ship and for individuals to carry. The following items will not be acceptedBatteries of any kind; Anything OPENED or USED; Candy or snacks that would melt.

Also – PLEASE – do not put perfumed items (soap, other) with food items. FOOD ITEMS should be kept SEPARATE from other items. Please put your donations in the box in the church entryway. Questions? – contact Pauline Ott.

Church Cookbooks & Plates – Church cookbook – $20.00 donation of which all proceeds go to the building fund. Commemorative church plate – $25.00 donation. If you would like to purchase either of these, please contact Liz Ripple. If you would like to have it shipped to you, please send the purchase price plus $5.00 for cookbooks or $6 for plates for shipping and handling to FBC, PO Box 11, Fayetteville TX 78940.

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