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.


TOYS 4 TOTS

The Church will be supporting the toys 4 tots program to help local children  Bring unwrapped gifts by Sunday Dec. 14

LEO-A CELEBRATION
(CLICK ON LEO TO SEE A VIDEO)

THANKSGIVING COMMUNITY SERVCE
The annual community Thanksgiving service will be held at Burt Lake Christian Church on Nov.23


                  THANKSGIVING DINNER
The annual Thanksgiving dinner produced lots of good food.  The group did a good job of eating much of the over abundance of food!
Members attack the food table
more pictures in the photo gallery
                        LUNCH AND MOVIES

Church members will be going to Petoskey for lunch and a movie on Thursday Nov. 20.  Meet at the Church at 11:00 and we will car pool to the Petoskey senior center and attend a movie after lunch.  POSTPONED UNTIL JANUARY.



COULD YOU SING LIKE THIS WHEN YOU WERE FIVE? (CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW)










CHURCH SERMONS

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                            MUSIC
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                                     HEATHER AND NANCY
WHAT LOVE IS THIS-NANCY AND HEATHER

SHELTERED IN THE ARMS OF GOD-CHOIR

CHILDREN'S HYMN





THIS WEEKS DEVOTIONS


Loving Real People


“Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.” First John 4.8 NRSV

 November 20, 2014


         Sometimes loving people is tough.  We live in a world populated by real people who sometimes forget to bathe, who leave their manners at home and sometimes irritate those around them simply because they themselves are unhappy.
         Do you struggle to love some people?  I do.
Do you pray and do your very best, but still have moments of frustration and even anger? Ditto. 
That’s not all bad. It means we aren’t fooling ourselves. The fact we struggle to love is not an indictment of our faith and the fact we continue to try is an affirmation of our faith. We are real people trying to love real people.
        
Prayer: Lord? You know how much I struggle with this loving my neighbor thing.  Some help today would be real good.
And So Conquer We Must
“For whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith.” First John 5.1 NRSV
November 19, 2014

John Wesley was told that his “Methodist” movement would fail.  Because this movement consisted largely of the poor and the disenfranchised, it lacked the two essentials to be sustained: money and power.  Those critics were proved wrong as this movement swept over England and America and became the largest Protestant denomination in America.

There are always those who tell us why we as the church can’t succeed. Always those ready to belittle our efforts and to even mock our dreams and aspirations. They say that the world is too wicked to be overcome by a gospel of love and gentleness. Only with power can we force peace and mercy on our embattled little blue marble. Well, how’s that working so far?

  We are on our way to conquering the world with love and mercy because no other way will ever really work.

Prayer: Lord, with a small band or a great host, it is all the same to You and Your kingdom will come.
And the Rest is History

 Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, ‘Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.’ And instantly the woman was made well.”  Matthew 9.22 NRSV
November 18, 2014

 At the age of 17, Robert Heft submitted his design for a class assignment. His teacher graded it a B- .

         But the young Robert refused to accept the finality of that grade. Undeterred, the young man approached his teacher and bargained with him. If his project won first prize, the teacher would reconsider the grade. The teacher agreed.

         You see it coming, don’t you? Robert Heft’s design won first prize and most of us drive by or see one every day. It was his design that was accepted as our new American flag with fifty stars.

         Sometimes the rejections, the walls we hit or the grades we get are there to keep out those who really don’t care enough to give their best.

And the rest, as they say, is American history. 

 Prayer: Lord, whatever I find to put my hands to, let me do my best.

Or Get Out of the Way


I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it to come down to you?” Nehemiah 6.3a NRSV


November 17, 2014

         “Pastor, Sharon and her husband are doing this children’s ministry all wrong. You have to put an end to it!”
         What Gertrude said confused me. Sharon and her husband had volunteered to start a children’s Bible club on Wednesday nights at the church. Soon thirty to forty kids from the neighborhood were showing up weekly, singing Christian songs and learning Bible stories.
          I responded, “Many of these children are in church for the first time. And they are learning about Jesus.”
         “But,” Gertrude said with an air of finality, “the literature they use is not published by our denominational publishing house. So it must stop!”
         It wasn’t stopped.
         There are always those who, upon seeing something actually being done, attack it and often for reasons as lame as Gertrude’s. I’ve found my answer to this. It is not original and I often say it more gently with slightly different words, but it boils down to, “Lead, follow or get out of the way.” Amen and amen.
Prayer: Lord, when I see someone doing a good thing, help me get on the bandwagon.