December 3, 2012 Newsletter
New Beginnings at New
VOLUME 1, ISSUE 2
Four members met on Wednesday, November 28 on
improving church attendance and participation. This was our second meeting
following the decision to enter into a period of prayer, listening and
discussion. Attending both meetings were Curtis Felkel, John Fairey, Glenn
Simpson and Art Whetstone. Highlights of the meeting are as follows:
- Bible school will be held at New Hope next year. It has been
rotating between Bethel and Cattle Creek for the last five years with
good attendance. It was felt that the New Hope session should be open to
all regardless of church affliation.
- A meeting of community church leaders will be pursued. Crosland
Baptist and Central United Methodist are having problems as are we. It
is in the best interests of all who serve the Lord to find ways to work
together for the good of the community.
- A special newsletter will be sent after each meeting updating
activities and progress and to inspire others to join us. This is the
second newsletter. The current mailing list will be updated and email
will be used wherever possible.
- A District Leadership Conference will be held in January at Claflin.
Several plan to attend.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday, December 12
at 2 p.m. at the home of Art Whetstone, 214 River Drive.
John Sherrill was traveling back roads America on
assignment from Guideposts magazine when he stopped at a restaurant with a
sign "All Foods Grown Locally". When John commented "That must take a lot
of planning", the owner replied "No, I don't do a lot of planning. I
listen. When I spend my time listening for guidance instead of planning,
I'm more relaxed, have more fun, and in the end achieve more than I would
God has a plan for us. "For I know the plans I have for
you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and
a future". - Jeremiah 29:11. So how do we discover God's plan?
"Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to
you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." -
So we Pray, Listen and Seek. Then we can
expect Joy and Peace. The Bible doesn't have much to say about having fun
or about happiness. Those are emotions that can come and go. Joy, Peace
and Contentment come from seeking God's will and finding His plan for you.
Jesus tells us to "Seek ye first the kingdom of God". Again seek
is the action word here. Note that he did not say the kingdom would be
handed to you. You may receive salvation through his amazing grace and
even make it to heaven, but Jesus is talking about receiving the kingdom
here on earth right now. Consider also the beatitude, "Blessed are those
who hunger and thirst after righteouness". He did not bless the righteous
or promise righteousness outright as he well could have. He tells us to
hunger and thirst for it. Seek, Hunger, Thirst. God will make sure you
find His kingdom on earth and with it Joy, Peace and
Somewhere Out There
Somewhere out there is a five-year old boy who
doesn't know that right now plans are beign made by a congregation he's
never heard of to offer a neighborhood vacation Bible school that will
change the direction of his life. The songs he will sing will stick in his
mind, the stories of Jesus will enliven his imagination. The puppet show
will make him laugh, the teacher will make him feel loved and welcomed,
and the hospitality of those followers of Christ will so touch his mom and
dad that they will take a small, unexpected step toward
- from Remember the Future, by Bishop
Robert Schnase, 2012
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