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.




YOUTH NIGHT
OCT. 22,  6:00 PM

Free dinner, fire truck tour, games and raffle
Drop your kids off while you go to parent teacher conferences.

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

(WAIT FOR IT TO LOAD-CHECK THE SERMONS TAB FOR MORE SERMONS)

MUSIC
CHECK THE MUSIC TAB FOR CHOIR PERFORMANCES


 HEATHER AND NANCY

COMMUNION SONG

NOAH FOUND GRACE


THIS WEEKS DEVOTIONS


A Future with Hope

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” Jeremiah 29.11 NRSV

October 16, 2014

It is sometimes difficult, but ultimately necessary for me to fix in my mind that God means the best for me, regardless of my present circumstance. I too easily buy into the world’s idea of what that means.
The best does not mean ease. I am confident that hard work and perseverance are qualities that God wants for me, and these are qualities He purposefully encourages by the circumstances He allows to come my way.
For my character to grow, I must be faced with the opportunity to take the lesser path.
For my faith to grow, I must go through times without immediate answers.
For my love to grow, there must be times of self-sacrifice.
Trust that God loves us and what He sends our way is for our ultimate good. 
Prayer: Lord, it is good to know that whatever comes my way, You are with me. 
The Sawdust Trail
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3.1NRSV
October 15, 2014
It was a hot and humid late summer’s evening. My family had traveled about an hour to another community, the name of which is lost to me. My parents were singing at an “Old Fashioned Revival Meeting” as it was called
A large tent was set up in the parking lot of that Baptist church. Although not yet 10, I pulled my weight by helping set up folding chairs. Then someone came and scattered sawdust over the main aisle.  “The Sawdust Trail” was a metaphor for repenting of one’s evil ways and turning to Christ. It was all new to me and kept me interested for a while
The sun was setting as the music began and the crowd gathered. I could not understand their fascination. We sat just feet away from a fine insect-free church building with air conditioning. Instead, it sat empty as we re-enacted a powerful time from church history when such revivals were persuasive and well attended.
But there were practical reason it was done the way it was. Most churches could not hold a large crowd, especially those in the country. Churches were not air-conditioned and on hot, humid nights, outside was better. The sawdust? These meetings were often held in fields and the sawdust made a path that was reasonably dry.
But now it was a re-enactment of something that had purpose once, but no longer drew the un-churched, only those wanting to relive something in their past.
Nostalgia is often pleasurable and full of fond memories, but it is a poor master to serve. 
Prayer: Lord, I’ve had some great yesterdays. Now, what’s on the menu today? 
The Start of a Thing
“Therefore thus says the Lord God, 
See, I am laying in Zion a foundation stone, 
a tested stone, 
a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation.” Isa 28.16a NRSV
October 14, 2014
The summer of my fifteenth year, I began working for Russell Laur. He owned a number of rental houses and I spent the next several summers painting, repairing and roofing some of them.
The least pleasant job was roofing. The work was hard and always hot. First I had to tear off the old shingles which were tossed down to be gathered up later and then disposed of. I was up and down the ladder countless times with the new, heavy shingles over my shoulder. Finally, I was ready to start laying the new shingles. The things I wouldn’t do for a buck!
The most important step in roofing is the first: you must start the first shingles exactly right. If you don't, your mistakes will grow with each shingle and be very visible. So I spent a great deal of my time and effort getting the first corner and rows right.
So it is that the beginning of a thing, its foundation, must be sure and straight. A new job, a new relationship, balancing our expenses to our income, whatever it is, we must begin it right.
A life that is not centered on the reality of God ends the same way as a poorly-started roof: Messed up, visibly crooked to all and prone to leak when the rain comes.
Prayer: Lord, let me begin this day right: Yes, Lord.  
Driving the Church Bus
“Now there are varieties of gifts… and there are varieties of services… and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone.” I Corinthians 12.4-6 NRSV
October 13, 2014
After I had been at First Church for a while, I was asked to take my bus driver's test. I refused. I refused several requests over that first year. At first I refused because I had too much to do with a new church and learning about the new community where I pastored.  
The next year when asked, I refused because I was confident that once I could legally drive the bus, the small pool of volunteers might soon dry up and, as often happens, it would become the pastor’s job.    
But finally I refused because saying “yes” to a ministry opportunity is not always the best answer.  Sometimes we need to go to the people who aren’t doing ministry and offer them the opportunity to serve. Some will turn us down, but others will say “yes”.   
That bus never missed a Sunday because it lacked a driver the whole time I was pastor there.


Prayer: Lord, I always want to say “yes” to You.