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.





GAME NIGHT
Another successful game night was held.  A good time was had by all! Some of the card players and pie eaters are shown below:




HOT DOG ROAST AT THE CHAPOTONS
(More pictures in the photo gallery)




                                         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.    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.  Fell free to come when you can.



CHURCH SERMONS

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MUSIC
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 HEATHER AND NANCY

CHILDREN OF THE LIVING GOD

COMMUNION SONG

NOAH FOUND GRACE


THIS WEEKS DEVOTIONS


In My First Church
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises.” Psalm 98.4NRSV
October 23, 2014
  
          In my first parish, I soon began to receive criticism concerning my sermons. It wasn’t about my doctrine, the length of my sermons or the content. The criticism was that, “Mike smiles too much in the pulpit.”
         My first reaction was that it was a foolish complaint. Then I began to think about it, reconsidered it and turned the complaint around and around in my mind. After much consideration and prayer, I determined it was indeed a foolish complaint and those who considered smiling and rejoicing in church a negative thing had simply been poorly led in the past.
         Some messages require a serious approach, but on the whole, our faith is meant to be a joyous faith.
         In my research this week, I came across this curious bit of history.
         Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., was a member of the U.S. Supreme Court for 30 years. His intellect, wit and hard work caused him to be considered the greatest justice since John Marshall. Asked about his career choice, he said, “I might have entered the ministry if certain clergymen I knew had not looked and acted so much like undertakers.”
         I think the good justice said it all.

 Prayer: Lord, may Your joy be my strength.
The Glory of the Unrealistic
“Here comes this dreamer…” Genesis 37.19 NRSV
October 22, 2014
  
          Monty’s assignment for his high school class was to write what he wanted to do when he grew up. At the time, Monty was living in a small trailer on the back of a pickup truck.
          Monty wrote about having a great ranch and raising thoroughbred horses. He received an “F”. It wasn’t his writing style or grammar, but his dream that the teacher failed. The teacher called it unrealistic for a young man in Monty’s economic situation.
          The teacher liked to think of himself as fair and offered Monty the chance to re-write his paper in a more realistic manner.
          I love Monty’s answer: “You keep the F; I’m keeping my dream.”
          There are dream killer’s in abundance out there. Sometimes they see themselves as helping us keep it “real.” Other times they are merely cynics who had their own dreams busted and now seem bent on bringing everyone down with them.
          Stay away from these who say “You can’t”. Hang with ones who say “How can I help you?”
          Most of us have not met Monty, but we might have read his book The Man Who Listens to Horses or seen the movie based on it entitled The Horse Whisperer. Sure glad he kept his dream.
 Prayer: Lord, help me keep my dreams alive.

What’s Wrong With The Church
“Stop hanging out of church like some people do.” Hebrews 10.25 MPV
October 21, 2014
         The church has too many hypocrites.
         Someone in the church hurt my feelings once.
         The church is too interested in my money.
         The church is too big to be personal. Or is it that the church is too small to offer what I need?
         The church isn’t keeping up with the times. No, wait, maybe the church is forgetting her traditions and is too much into current fads.
         Yes, all are true sometimes. Now, let’s get over it and get back into church.
         We all need the church.  Those who think they can be obedient to biblical standards while outside the local church are fooling themselves.  Yes, there are many Christians not attached to an organized church.  And they are vulnerable.
         So, if we’re unhappy with church at the moment, perhaps even thinking of staying away for a while, pray about it.  And if our church has gotten that far from what we consider sacred, there are a dozen or more within driving range of wherever we are. Start looking.
Prayer: Lord, help me be part of the solution, even when it’s more fun to sit on the sidelines and criticize.
He Just Got Lucky
“...I have learned to be content with whatever I have.” Phil 4.11b NRSV
October 20, 2014
Twelve years or so ago, I drove to our friendly white church on the hill to retrieve a book. I saw an unfamiliar lady standing in front of the church taking pictures.
         I stepped out of my truck to see if she needed anything.
         “Is it OK if I take pictures of the church,” she asked.
         “Sure, lots of people do.”
         “Do you attend here?” she asked.
         “Yes. Yes I do,” I said, suppressing a smile.
         Pointing to the church sign, she asked, “Can you tell me how a small church up north was able to get someone with a doctorate to come here?”
         I thought a moment and then said, “He just got lucky.”
         We laughed and she left with an invitation to attend church.
         Our society values the biggest and richest. Our heroes pastor mega-churches, are star athletes and entertainers with huge salaries.
         But sometimes we are placed in modest places without cameras, or thousands of adoring fans or sanctuaries that seat ten thousand. And, if we are really lucky, God lets us come back.
Prayer: Lord, thanks!