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

A MOTHERS DAY TRIBUTE
BY HEATHER AND NANCY


AN INTERVIEW WITH GOD

BEAUTIFUL RENDITION BY THE CELTIC WOMEN-5 PART HARMONY


BEAUTIFUL VIDEO

"ONE PAIR OF HANDS"

BIBLE READINGS

Bible readings for April 27-May 8 can be found under the by-laws tab on this site.


“THE WAY WE WALK”



Topinabee Community Church is offering informal small group adult Bible studies this spring.  Interested participants can sign up during April at the church or by calling 989-245-6080.  The 6 week home gatherings begin in May and will explore topics such as ‘Speaking Wisely’, ‘Growing Through Life’s Challenges’, and ‘Prayer’.  Join us in our friendly walk through the Bible.





NURSERY
A committee led by Suzie Kuhl has remodeled the nursery.  This is a much improved facility and we congratulate them for their work to up-date our facilities.
Bob and Karen assemble the crib

CHURCH SERMONS

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MUSIC
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Andrea and Andrew sing Above All






THIS WEEKS DEVOTIONS

Say No to Trouble
 “And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one.” Matthew 6.12 NRSV
May 13, 2015
         Sometimes it’s hard here on this blue marble spinning around a warm, yellow star. Some of our trials we bring on ourselves, some are thrust upon us. We endure and overcome. But there are hard things that we don’t have to go through. It is perfectly fine to ask God to get us out of that jam. And sometimes in His infinite grace, God does.
         In the time of the Kings, the prophet said to his assistant, “I want you to go and anoint the new king.” His assistant was petrified. “If I do that, the present king will kill me!”
         The prophet doesn’t say, “Ah! That is your lot in life. Go and die my son!” Nope. He tells the young man to go, anoint the new king and then run!
         And so he does. He anoints the new king and puts himself into high gear and is gone in a cloud of dust and a hardy Hi-Yo Silver, away! I hoped he lived a long and happy life after that. (See 2 Kings 9.1-3)
 
Prayer: Lord, today, block the troubles that would come my way.
 Our Debts
 “And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors." Matthew 6.11 NRSV
May 11, 2015
         Have you ever been in someone’s debt? Most of us have. Perhaps it was a bank, a mortgage company or our credit cards. Now, what happens when we get behind on our payments? Letters, phone calls, each one a little less friendly are likely to ensue. All that goes away once we pay the debt. Then we answer the phone without trepidation or worry about the power being turned off.
         Our sin debt is not the same. Each moral failure, each untruth, each hurtful action builds one upon the other and the problem is that we cannot repay that debt. We can’t write a check big enough to cover it.
         Several years ago, a columnist for a major publication found his sin debt crushing him. His sins, his moral failures had become a burden too great to bear. He was sitting at his desk and shared all the agony he was going through with a colleague who simply said to him, “Isn’t this what Jesus came for?”
         This columnist felt the need to write later to those who could not understand how he, a former atheist, could now turn to Christ. He wrote that Jesus came to pay the debt he could not pay and lift the burden he could no longer carry himself.
That is the way it has always been. Ask and you shall receive. Have faith. It all comes right.
 Prayer: Lord, As strong as we are, as smart as we are, we cannot wipe our slate clean. But You can. Thanks!
Praying For Our Needs
“Give us this day our daily bread.” Matthew 6.11 NRSV
May 7, 2015
          “Pastor, I do not think it right to pray for myself. It’s so selfish. I only pray for others.”
          We were sitting around a table at my first church, enjoying a potluck and conversation after worship. I was twenty-three, new to pastoring and knew there was a lot I needed to learn.
          I also knew the lady who said this was dead wrong and suffered from false piety or had been badly taught.
          So I quoted this verse to her. She responded by saying, “But don’t you think it really means...” I cut her off politely, for she was many years my senior.
          “I believe Jesus meant exactly what he said. Pray for your daily needs.” I doubt I convinced her. Apparently, Jesus was having the same problem with her.
          Jesus never told us that our needs were not important. Indeed, Jesus included asking for what we need in the great model prayer the church has labeled The Lord’s Prayer.
          We must never fear or hesitate to ask a loving Father for what we need. But let’s also be prepared for Him to show us the difference between need and want.
Prayer: Lord, we have bills to pay and obligations to meet. We ask for what we need, trusting You as we exercise our work ethic and common sense.
Thy Kingdom Come
 “Your kingdom come. Your will be done,
 on earth as it is in heaven." Matthew 6.10 NRSV
May 6, 2015
What form will God’s kingdom take and when does it come? Some say that when we pray this part of the Lord’s Prayer, we are praying for the End of Days and the coming of our Lord in splendor and power. 
I believe in the reality of that. But I also remember that Jesus said that the Kingdom had already come near with Him. As much as I believe in the Second Coming, I also believe that the kingdom of God is wherever his people gather and proclaim words of justice, forgiveness, mercy and grace.
I have no power to bring the End of Days or God’s final restoration of a world at perfect peace, without sin, crime and violence. But I do have the power – through the Holy Spirit and the word of God – to plant a small colony of heaven here and now.
So do we all. Keep praying, keep working and have faith. It all comes right.

Prayer: Lord, come into our place in the world and bring Your justice and peace. Amen.