THE FRIENDLY WHITE CHURCH ON THE HILL


Welcome to Topinabee Community Church. Our mission is simple – to help people develop and maintain an intimate relationship with God. We are a non-denominational church made up of people from a wide variety of religious backgrounds.

We are not perfect, but we are all genuinely seeking a way to celebrate what Jesus has done, is doing, and will do in our lives. We believe that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)

We hope you will have the opportunity to join us as we enjoy fellowship with God. You will be welcomed, accepted as you are, and encouraged to grow in Christianity.

                                         LEARNING OPPORTUNITY

Topinabee Community Church is offering a new class for 10 year olds and up.  The class will center on basic Christian beliefs and the Bible.  It will be held from 10:00-10:45 am starting Sunday, October 12, 2014.  Anyone 10 years old and up is invited to join us as we learn about and grow closer to God.


               
         

FALL BIBLE STUDY
This fall there will be a 9 or 10 week Bible study "Experiencing God".  This will explore a personal relationship with God.  It will begin Tuesday evening, Sept. 16 at  6:15.  If you can not make a night feel free to join in as your schedule permits.  A light supper will be served at 5:15.








CHURCH SERMONS

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MUSIC
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NANCY AND HEATHER
CELTIC ALLELUIA


THE AMERICAN WAY



PIANO SOLO
Piano solo by Keith Green-prelude by Heather Duncan


WE BELIEVE


Bobby, Nancy, Heather and Andrew








THIS WEEKS DEVOTIONS


Joyful Friends
“Go, eat your bread with enjoyment, and drink your wine with a merry heart; for God has long ago approved what you do.” Eccl 9.7 NRSV
September 18, 2014
There are those people we just like being around. They are happy with their lives and are willing to let us in. I am unashamedly delighted when circumstance brings me into their company.
The key to their happiness is not that they are somehow immune to the vagaries of life. None of us are. The same hardships invade their lives as they invade ours. The key is that they are loving people. They love other people, they love pets, they love music or art or sports or books. They love to cook and they love to paint and build houses. They love in expression and in spirit; they love in behavior and generosity. There is no secret to joy. There is only the choice to love.
These people have chosen the best portion, to love. And loving has brought them joy in return. If you are fortunate enough to know people like that right now, delight in the time with them and let it rub off on you!
Prayer: Lord, joy, like all Your good things, comes by giving ourselves.

Three Needs
See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are.” 1 John 3.1 NRSV

September 16, 2014 
  Ten years ago I came across an article concerning our needs as determined by modern psychologists and psychiatrists.

         Need one: We need to know that there is a Higher Power than ourselves.

         Need two: We need to know that this Power gives us purpose in life and that we are not merely the outcome of chance and the randon coming together of atoms.

         Need three: We need to belong to a family or community and not exist alone.

         Apparently, our needs as human beings haven’t changed much during the passing of the millenniums. The good news is we as the church have the answer to all those needs.

         We worship the one true Power, God the Creator of Heaven and Earth. A God who calls us to a life of service and faithfulness within a community we call the church.

         Therefore, let us shake off the discouragement we sometimes suffer when the media or the world tries to belittle us or when some try to marginalize our beliefs. We have what the world needs.

 Prayer: Lord, keep me mindful that it isn’t a cliché when I say the world needs Jesus. It is what it is.

 



Pretense and Falsehoods
“So then, putting away falsehood let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors.” Ephesians 4.25a NRSV
September 15
“I’ve been trying to get a hold of you for almost two weeks,” she said.
I said nothing but smiled. I wasn’t quite sure of how to deal with the pretense.
“Must have just missed you each time I called,” she said, handing me the papers.
         I wondered to myself as I took the now late forms from her, how odd that my answering machine, call forwarding and caller ID failed only when she called.  But no, none of my modern gadgets failed, it was just an excuse she was giving.
I think she was really wanting to say: “I meant to call you. I should have, but I didn’t. Can we just go on from here?” So, we did.
It has taken me a long time, I mean a really long time, to learn the value of: “Sorry. I goofed. What can I do to make it right?”
Trust me, those words are very powerful and modern technology will never make them out of date.
Prayer: Lord, it is still sometimes hard to say I messed up. Still need help here.







The Same Wind

“Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favor, but evil comes to the one who searches for it.” Proverbs 11.27 NRSV

September 4, 2014
When I am content, the wind is cool and gentle on my face. When I am discontented, it seems just to blow dust in my eyes.
When I am content, the wind plays the chimes on my back porch. The random melody is pleasing. When I am discontented, the tones are dissonant and jar my hearing and grate my nerves as I wait for them to resolve the chord.
It is the same wind. Only it is I who perceive it differently.
There may come things today to hurt or bother me. But more often than not, I find what I expect to find. 
Prayer: Teach me to seek the good always.


Not Always Our Ability
 Do not say, ‘Why were the former days better than these?’
For it is not from wisdom that you ask this.” Ecclesiastes 7.10  
September 3, 2014
I looked up from my computer screen at the empty chairs at the workstations next to mine. The second chair on my right was empty. Darn, we lost Bob.
Bob was quick with a joke, friendly and very well-read. During the first two weeks on the job grading standardized tests from a state on the east coast, we talked a lot. He was smart and, like everyone else working there, well-educated in the traditional sense.
And yet he was gone. I scanned the room and we were fifteen people short since we left work the Friday before.
Each person hired had the requisite degrees and experience. The problem was not ability, but flexibility. The rules for grading the tests were set by the educators from that particular state. During the training, hands would go up and folks would give excellent reasons why the accepted answers were not what they should be.
Then would come the final answer from those overseeing the project. “It is what it is. Grade accordingly.”
But there were some who simply could not adapt and, eventually, they were let go.
Methods change all the time. The way things worked before may not be the way they work best now. Success doesn’t come just from our abilities, training or even our smarts. It comes with the decision to see things as they are and the willingness to change.
Churches close, businesses fail and relationships become strained because we refuse to be flexible and accept that change is universal.
So, let’s take a deep breath or two, and then see what new things today has for us. 
Prayer: Lord, You created a dynamic universe. Help me see it as it is.


Honest Work
“Seek the LORD...seek righteousness, seek humility...” Zephaniah 2.3
September 2, 2014
         I was between pastoring positions and looking for work to tide me through. A friend suggested I apply for a job working with needy young people. This job had the added benefits of being physical labor and outside. I had pastored and taught school for so many years that I really enjoyed the change. And the young people blessed me far more than I helped them.
I was surprised when people commended me for taking the job. Several actually commented on how impressed they were that I would take such a job with low pay and well beneath my education and background.
True humility is not thinking poorly of ourselves. It is not saying, “I am worthless and can do nothing.” That is false humility at best and a lie. For we are not worthless and there are many things — good things — we are capable of doing.
True humility involves knowing ourselves and our abilities. Knowing that we can do even better than we are doing and yet sometimes to take a place that is lower than expected. To perform so-called menial tasks and rejoice that we have done something good.
No job is beneath us that is honest work.
Prayer: Lord, we often need to be reminded that honest work is a virtue and helping is always a righteous act.