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.
                          

                                    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.  It will be held on Sunday or Tuesday evening at 5:45 or 6:15.  Vote on your night and time in the Narthex.



SPECIAL EVENING PROGRAM





The Haines family provided a excellent musical worship service a the Church.  The meal and program was enjoyed  by all.

SUMMER BIBLE STUDY
A summer Bible Study will begin June 25 at 11:oo and continue through  the summer.  This study will delve deeper into the scriptures.  Debra Chapoton will lead the study.


CHURCH SERMONS

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

MUSIC
CHECK THE MUSIC TAB FOR CHOIR PERFORMANCES


NANCY AND HEATHER
The music for Father's Day "Bless My Father" was written and arranged by Heather Duncan

Bless My Father

ART MILL SINGS "JESUS LOVES ME"
JESUS LOVES ME


Music by Heather and Andrew Duncan
WONDERFUL CROSS


Music by John & Lucy Bergin and Heather
A CLOSER WALK WITH THEE


THIS WEEKS DEVOTIONS
Our Name is Safe
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” Isaiah 43.1 NRSV
August 21, 2014
“Richard Michael Sanders!”
Hearing my whole named called by my dad, I knew it wasn’t going to be good!
Other times, upon hearing my name, I heard compassion, concern, friendship and love. I’ve experienced many different emotions with the same words, with the same name.
Someone sent this quote to me years ago from a little boy named Billy: “When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You know that your name is safe in their mouth.”
Our name is safe. When God calls us, when God speaks our name, the representation of who we are, we are safe. Even when God must call our whole name because we have disobeyed, there is ultimate love in God’s voice and we are forever safe.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for having called me by name.

The Stuff of Our Destiny
“Set a table for Fortune and fill cups of mixed wine for Destiny.” Isaiah 65.11 NRSV


August 20, 2014
I often struggle against circumstances. Missed opportunities, health issues, unexpected bills and a host of aggravating things and events that stand between my goals and me.  Surely they are of the dark one and to be avoided at all costs.


Or are they? What if these unpleasant circumstances, these aggravations that slow my march actually make up some of the material of my appointed destiny?
What if, for today, my destiny is to be denied easy access to my goals? Perhaps to the point of causing me to take a long detour through places and events that I see no point to and yet they become the very path of God.


That which gets in the way of the life I would chose is often life itself. In understanding that truth, I gain unexpected wisdom and strength and my love and faith in God deepens.
Prayer: Today I understand, tomorrow I may forget. Remind me, O Lord!



Eyes That See
 You are living in the midst of a rebellious house, who have eyes to see but do not see, who have ears to hear but do not hear;” Ezekiel 12.2 NRSV
August 19,
Walking, Mrs. Applegate came upon young Marybeth. The child was walking her dog and singing a happy song. Clearly the child had no sense of reality. Did she not know that life wasn’t always a walk on a beautiful, late summer’s day with your pet to keep you company?
“Young lady,” she said to the child who politely ended her singing and came to a stop. “You need some sound advice from someone who has lived many more years than you. Yes, this is a beautiful day, but autumn is coming and the leaves will fall from the trees. And the cold of winter and snow will cover the ground. This sidewalk will become treacherous and your dog’s feet will freeze on the ice. Prepare yourself for the sure coming of winter.”
And so Mrs. Applegate left little Marybeth to ponder the changing of the seasons. Marybeth thought and smiled as she remembered that the leaves would turn marvelous colors and swirl when the wind blew. And she remembered her uncle’s apple orchard and the amazing apple cider he would make.
Then she thought of the snow and how she had ridden her sled down the hill time after time until tired, she went home to her mother’s homemade chili.
And smiling, with a new spring to her step, she renewed her walk singing a Christmas carol to her dog.
  When we look for the hard or unpleasant, the good or bad, we see them. Have faith. It all comes right.
Prayer: Lord, help me see that within even the greatest challenge, lies even greater wonder and delight. 

But I Meant to Do That
So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead." James 2.17 NRSV


August 18, 2014
Recently I sat in the audience as a young woman shared that she had been concerned about accomplishing something in her life. Then she got the advice that helped her through it. Someone said to her, “It is your intentions that matter, not what you accomplish.”
Say what?! This makes it to my personal Top Ten List of Worst Advice Ever.


         “But I intended to pay the bill.” The lights were turned off.
“I meant to do my homework.” F is for failure.


“I meant to apply for that job.” We stay under or unemployed.
Good intentions are a starting place, but the follow-through is required if our intentions are to have any meaning. It is in the actual effort we learn and grow.


 Prayer: Lord, I’m going to try some things this week. I may not succeed as well as I wish, but I will learn to do better the next time.