CHURCH MISSION STATEMENT
We are called to bring people into a personal relationship with God through his son, Jesus Christ.
We accomplish this by bringing others into the community of the church through genuine friendship and fellowship. In this loving fellowship we grow in faith through the Word, community, prayer and worship.
WEEKLY BIBLE READINGS
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TOYS 4 TOTS
The Church is collecting toys for the Toy's 4 Tots program. Place your gifts in the box
in the entry way by Dec.11.
Elizabeth has been a rock in the foundation of this Church for many years. She has served as Church Treasurer for many, many years. She also served the Topinabee Community for several years as the township librarian and township clerk.
Elizabeth was recognized at the Church service and afterword's with a cake and a gift. Thanks for all your service, Elizabeth. She will continue handing out programs at Church.
The Noteables will perform their annual Christmas Program at the Topinabee Church on Dec. 4 at 5:30 pm. The evening will feature vocals for the Christmas Season by the Northland Noteables and a dinner. A $25 ticket includes the dinner and show. All proceeds will go to the Eat for Heat program. Tickets are available from Kathy @ 238-8161.
THE FOOD IS READY
THE DESSERT IS REALLY READY!
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“And now, O Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in you.” Psalm 39.7 NRSV
November 28, 2016
Sunday we began the observance of Advent with the lighting the candle we called Hope.
Doctors say we can live several weeks without food.
We can perhaps live three days without water, but who can live a single day without hope?
But let not our hope be in the amazing technology of our age, nor in dynamic leaders or sympathetic bureaucrats.
Our hope should not be in our hands that become arthritic or our minds that wander.
Nor should we trust the passing breath of wind that is fame, or the weakest of all the gods, money.
Let our hope be in the name of the Lord.
Prayer: Lord, my trust in in You.
My Road to Thanksgiving
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18
November 22, 2016
We find genuine thankfulness in many ways. And sometimes being thankful comes from the most difficult of experiences. As a child, I was loved, protected, fed regularly, had a roof over my head and a family support system. Whereas I was pleased with the arrangement, I had experienced nothing different.
As I went out on my own and had jobs that I didn’t particularly love and certainly were not my life’s ambition, I grumbled often. One day, a serious injury left me unable to work. As I recovered, I found a deep gratitude that I could work again.
Like many, I thought that genuine freedom from responsibilities and doing what I wanted, the way I wanted, when I wanted, would be a blast. There was pleasure in that way, but it was also hollow. Now I’m thankful that I am needed at home and at work. It creates within me the soul and mind of the man I always wanted to be.
I’m still human and sometimes feel put out when my responsibilities crowd my schedule and my thinking. However, at the end of the day, there is often a smile on my face and joy in my heart.
The holiday we call Thanksgiving is almost here, but thanksgiving is already in our hearts or that day will only be food and football.
Prayer: Lord, thanks!
One of the things I remember best about Thanksgiving, besides the endless supply of great cooking, is the laughter. Spending time with friends and family is always a joyous occasion. It doesn’t take long for the funny stories and the teasing to erupt and laughter soon becomes the music of the day.
I remember one occasion that I traveled many hours to be with family. I really didn’t want to go. I was fighting a cold and a headache. The very idea of being in a house with boisterous people, even friends and family, seemed a chore. But soon upon arriving, all my hurts were gone. A doctor might say the physical act of laughing stimulates endorphins, the natural painkillers of the body, thus curing me. Or perhaps the doctor would tell me the laughing dilated the blood vessels in my head and thus relieved pressure and cured the headache.
Me? I think it was being with friends and family that reminded me how blessed I was and being under the weather was a little thing after all.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for family and friends who lighten our hearts.
Thankful for the Trials
Forced to diversify, the farmers turned to the humble peanut. Thank you George Washington Carver! Within a generation, the farmers were more prosperous than ever, all because of a disaster.
A monument was erected years later, and at the base of the monument appears the following inscription:
“In profound appreciation of the Boll Weevil and what it has done as the Herald of Prosperity this monument was erected by the Citizens of Enterprise, Coffee County, Alabama.”
I have taken much comfort in this and stories like it. They are real life examples of what James is saying and reminds me that the people and things I fought against the most or even dreaded, oft times were the authors of the best things in my life.
The Legend of the Dark Seeds
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts; so I am helped, and my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.” Psalm 28.7.NRSV
November 16, 2016
There is a legend of a man who sought out the barn where Satan stored the dark seeds, also known as the seeds of discouragement. There they waited for the right season to be planted into someone and thus damage that life and often the lives around that person.
As he continued his investigation in that dreary structure, he found a desk. Going through the drawers, he found a manual entitled, “Where to plant and where not to plant these seeds.”
He thumbed through the pages, each telling the best season to plant. They went by many names, such as times of self-pity, self-absorption, and self-indulgence among others.
Finally, he came to the last page titled, “Where not to waste the seeds.” There was but a single sentence: “Never waste the seeds in the heart of a thankful person, for those seeds will never sprout or grow.”
This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad. It really ticks off the devil and some of the mean people sitting around us. Just saying.
Prayer: Lord, thank You!
For What We Have
Too Committed to the Church
“But strive first for the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6.33 NRSV
Many years ago, my father entered the political arena. Illinois created a Regional Superintendent position and my father decided to run for that position.
During the campaign, the man running against my father decided on a unique attack on Dad’s ability to do the job.
My father stumbled onto this strategy while campaigning in a small town. A man walked up to my father and said, “I was just talking to your opponent. He said you were a deacon in your church and although you’re a good man, he said you’re too committed to your church and community service to have the time to take on the job of Superintendent. We’ve never met. I’m the pastor of the First Baptist church here and you have my vote!”
My father won each time he ran for that position. In the long run, committing ourselves to the work of God is never a liability.
Prayer: Lord, You and me, all the way.