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


HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE


Thursday, April 2nd 
TCC hosts the Maundy Thursday service
 all are welcome
6:15 potluck (table service provided)
7:00 service

Friday, April 3
  Good Friday
11:00 Wolverine Congregational
1:00 Berean Bible Church



Sunday, April 5:  
Easter
9:30 am Breakfast

11:00 Worship


WEEKLY BIBLE READINGS
  Pastor Mike is offering regular scripture readings Mon through Fri. with a brief commentary provided by him.  It will begin with First John 1.1-5 with notes of explanation following.  
You can read these readings by going to the by-law tab of this web site.

Lent and Holy Week: A Digest of Meanings
 The parishioner asked me, “Why do we call it Monday Thursday? That is so confusing!”  She wasn’t the first or the second to ask this question. In fact, since the church I was raised in did not observe this day, I misunderstood it for years. This common mispronunciation brought back to mind the need to remind ourselves of what we are observing and why.

Lent. The time of preparation of the Easter season which begins on Ash Wednesday. It is observed for approximately six weeks (40 days) before Easter Sunday. The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer through prayer, repentance of sins, doing good, and self-denial. In recent times, there has been an increased observance of not giving up something good as a form of sacrifice, but a renewing of one of the Christian virtues. This is a tradition of the church with no specific scriptural reference. Many churches observe it and many do not.

Ash Wednesday.  The first day of Lent. Ashes are placed on believer’s heads on Ash Wednesday, most often by being marked on people’s foreheads as a visible cross. The words (based on Genesis 3:19) used traditionally to accompany this gesture are: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” This is a tradition of the church with no specific scriptural reference. Many churches observe this and many do not.

What is “Maundy Thursday”? A common misunderstanding results from the mispronouncing of this day. They call it “Monday” Thursday. The word is Maundy and comes from the Latin word mandatum , which means “commandment.” This is a reverence to Jesus command that we love one another. Some churches call it great or Holy Thursday. It is a remembrance of the Passover meal Jesus celebrated with his disciples the night before his crucifixion.
Good Friday. This is remembered as the day Jesus was crucified, died for the sins of an unbelieving world and was buried. But why is it called “Good”? Some Christian traditions take a different approach. For instance in Germany, the day is called Karfreitag, or “Sorrowful Friday.” For those of us speaking English, the origin of the term “Good” comes from an older name, “God’s Friday.” The church retains the name Good Friday because the suffering and death of Jesus, as terrible as it was, marked the culmination of God’s plan to save his people from their sins.
Holy Saturday. This is the Saturday of Holy Week. It is also called the Great Sabbath, Black Saturday, or Easter Eve. It is the day before Easter and the last day of Holy Week as we anticipate for Easter. It honors the day that Jesus Christ’s body lay in the tomb.

Easter Sunrise Service. The first Easter Sunrise Service recorded took place in 1732 in the Moravian congregation in Saxony, Germany. After an all-night prayer vigil, the unmarried men of the community went to the town’s cemetery and sang hymns celebrating the Resurrection.  Then “Easter Morning” or “Sunrise Service” spread around the world with the Moravian missionaries. There is no specific scriptural reference to a service at sunrise. However, a tradition arose in the early church to baptize at sunrise on Easter.

Easter or Resurrection Sunday. A service built around the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus. It is the proclamation that death no longer is final and sin is conquered. “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” 1 Corinthians 15.55

Have faith. It all comes right. – Pastor Mike


CHURCH SERMONS

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MUSIC
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NANCY, HEATHER, PAUL AND MIKE
MORNING IS BROKEN


THIS WEEKS DEVOTIONS


So What Happened?
“Plans are established by taking advice.” Proverbs 20.18 NRSV
March 26, 2015
There was a period in my life where I made a series of mistakes. None of them were disastrous in and of themselves, none involved immorality or breaking the law, and yet the culminating result was costly.
It was some time later I realized the common denominator in all the mistakes was that I didn’t listen. In each decision, I was so sure that I was right, I dismissed any thought or alternative that wasn’t mine.
This understanding of myself came to me because of an interview with former college and professional basketball star Bill Walton. During Walton’s sophomore and junior years, his UCLA team won back-to-back national championships. With basically the same team and a year more experience, everyone expected them to win again his senior year. They didn’t. What happened? “We stopped listening to the coach,” he said.
There are some smart and widely experienced people around us. They just might have an idea we need to hear. 
Prayer: Lord, remind me that listening is a good thing.
The Flight of the Monarch
Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve…  but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24.15 NRSV 
March 25, 2015
The latest episode of NOVA followed the incredible migration of Monarch butterflies. Each year, millions fly thousands of miles to a very small area in Mexico from their starting points in the American Midwest and the southern area of Canada.
Once there, they mate and then die. That trip is not the most amazing part. Their offspring then fly part way back north. They mate and die. Then their offspring fly only part way back and then mate and die. It is the third generation that makes it back to the starting point. And then their offspring fly all the way to Mexico, and so it goes year after year.
At this point, our science has no idea how a generation of butterflies who have never been to a place, return to that same area in Mexico over and over again. These creatures do so without schools or “How To” manuals. It is instinctual. 
We are not like that. We must be taught everything. While that might seem a lot harder than just being born with the ability, we were also given something, in my opinion, far greater. We were given free will. If we go south or north or choose to stay right where we are, it is our decision. It is not built into us, it is a choice.
It is an amazing gift, this free will. And it is terrifying, dangerous and most wonderful.
Prayer: Lord, help me choose the best way for myself and those around me today.
The Scent of Spring Flowers
“For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing...a fragrance from life to life.” 2 Corinthians 15,16 NRSV
March 24, 2015
When I walk in the spring, I’m almost overwhelmed by the scent of flowers and flowering trees. The textures of sweetness vary from neighborhoods to the woods and back again.
I don’t know their names. I cannot cite genus. I simply inhale the intoxicating fragrances.
In a world full of ugliness and nostrils assaulted by the stench of sin, people need the sweet aroma that faith can bring. Christ promised there was something better and we, for better and worse, are the carriers of that sweet perfume called genuine hope.
We may call ourselves Methodist, Church of Christ or Pentecostal, but people do not care what our genus is. They only care that we offer something better, something they need.
 Prayer: Lord, let me be the one to show Your love today.