THE FRIENDLY WHITE CHURCH ON THE HILL



Topinabee Community Church is in the midst of change and renewal!  We have remodeled our Education and Nursery rooms as we move forward raising our young ones in the faith.  We are reaching out to the un-churched with advertising and direct mail.  We are getting ready to re-launch our Summer Services - an alternative time to Worship in the Faith.

In the midst of change, we can be tempted to let little things and non-essential issues grow out of proportion and steal our joy.  Let us never take our eyes off of why God placed our church here:
-to deepen our personal relationship with God       through Christ
       -to help others discover forgiveness and joy in Christ
       -to help others in need

Topinabee Community Church is an interdenominational church. We are dedicated to living and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.

Have faith. It all comes right. Pastor Mike


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VBS 2015 ANOTHER SUCCESS
Miss Lisa and Miss Nancy and several volunteers had another successful Vacation Bible School.
More pictures in the photo gallery
FATHER'S DAY
JUNE 21

BOBBY IS FIRST IN LINE FOR PIE!
MORE PICTURES IN THE PHOTO GALLERY

TCC ANNUAL MEETING

The annual Church meeting will be held on July 19th

 COMMUNITY TCC PICNIC
The TCC picnic will be July 26

A MOTHERS DAY TRIBUTE
BY HEATHER AND NANCY



BIBLE READINGS
Bible readings for June 29-July 3 can be found under the Bible Readings tab on this site.


“THE WAY WE WALK”



Topinabee Community Church is offering informal small group adult Bible studies this spring.  Interested participants can call Karen Vance at 989-245-6080.  The gatherings begin at 1:00 on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. and will explore topics such as ‘Speaking Wisely’, ‘Growing Through Life’s Challenges’, and ‘Prayer’.  Join us in our friendly walk through the Bible.



CHURCH SERMONS

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Andrea and Andrew sing Above All




THIS WEEKS DEVOTIONS

Meant to Be Used
“For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.” Mark 8.35 NRSV
June 25, 2015
        
         There was a much-acclaimed violinist named Niccolo Paganini. When his will was read, it was noted that he willed his violin to his home city of Genoa. The only stipulation was that the violin was never to be played again.
         The city kept the bargain. Over the years worms, and the effects of sitting in a case damaged that amazing violin. It has been noted that a violin must be handled, polished and used to remain what it has been created to be.
         As the violin, so are we. If we withhold our compassions, our generosities and our talents, they will erode and cease to be usable. Only when we give ourselves away do we truly live and become who we were meant to be.      
      
 Prayer: Lord, teach me that in giving I gain far more than I give away.
A Strange Bedtime Story
Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ and he said, ‘Here I am!’” First Samuel 3.3b-4” NRSV
June 24, 2015
        
         I woke up in the middle of that night in 1974. The phone was in my hand and there was only the dead silence from the receiver. “Weird,” I said out loud and tried to go back to sleep. That next morning was Sunday and I needed my rest before that busy day started.
         That Sunday seemed to go well. The choir was on top of its game. The sermon went smoothly, receiving scattered “Amens” as Baptists are prone to voice. So I was feeling pretty good as I shook my parishioners' hands as they exited.
         A young man and wife came through the line and suddenly they both embraced me.
         “Thank you,” they both said. “We’re sorry to call you in the middle of night, but your advice was just what we needed. God bless you pastor!” and they moved on.
         I never remembered what I said and I sheepishly never asked them. God is sure a great and merciful God, even when we are more than half asleep. But, just in case, I moved the phone so I would have to get out of bed to answer next time.
      
 Prayer: Lord, when we sleep, You are working in our lives. 

Not This Time
For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: Anyone unwilling to work should not eat.” 2 Thessalonians 3.10 NRSV
June 23, 2015
        
         “Not this time,” the pastor said to the young man. Once again this young man had gotten himself into a bind and had come asking for material support.
“Isn’t the church here to help people? Isn’t that why you're here?” the young man replied angrily.
         The pastor looked at him for half a moment and then said, “No. The church is here to serve God.  There is a difference. The good news is that by serving Him, we do help people. But this is on His terms, not yours. I cannot serve God by enabling your habits of self-destruction.”
         “Who are you to judge me?” shouted the young man as he left.
         The pastor had come to that moment that pastors, and many others, find themselves. That moment when they send people away empt-handed.
         It is difficult and painful to make a decision like this. It should be. Even when we know it is the best thing for that person’s ultimate good, it should always leave us a little uneasy and our hearts a little sore. Sometimes that is the price we pay for doing the right thing. Otherwise, it might become too easy.      
      

 Prayer: Lord, I really need Your wisdom in those moments.


I Know You Think You Heard Me
“Then the Lord answered me and said: Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it.” Habakkuk 2:2 NRSV
June 22, 2015
         Years ago, I read a cartoon from The Far Side. In the picture, a cat was sitting by the driveway as the car left. The family dog had his head hanging out the window, a big smile on his face. He taunted the cat shouting, “Nah, Nah, Nah! I’m going to get tutored!”
         Yikes! That was a miscommunication.
         Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve listened over and over to a badly garbled phone message that left me unable to respond. I received an email that actually said the opposite of what was decided. I also took part in the usual conversations where each of us had to ask the other to repeat what was said because it made no sense to us.
         Just a reminder that we often think we’re clear when we are not. And we go on our way assuming that the other party got it. Let’s take the extra time to make sure we are all on the same page this week.
      

 Prayer: Lord, actually, You are very clear in what You want from us. We just don’t always want to listen.