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.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES
Service will be at 7:30 pm


ADVENT SEASON IS HERE


ANDRE BOCELLI AND THE MORMAN CHOIR
BEAUTIFUL MUSIC


POINSETTIAS
Poinsettias my be ordered from Sharon Ridley for $7.  Delivery will be on Dec. 21

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



                  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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                                     CHRISTMAS CANTATA




(PIANO AND BASSON DUET PERFORMED BY KATHY SANDERS PARENTS)



THIS WEEKS DEVOTIONS

Fever and Chills
For Job has said, ‘I am innocent.’” Job 34.5a NRSV

December 18, 2014
         My fever spiked to a 101 plus on Tuesday night.
As the flu season approached, I became very diligent in washing my hands and keeping those hands away from my face.
         The chills were particularly annoying, especially when those chills were followed by the sweats.
         I got my flu shot in plenty of time to protect me from the flu.
         Bummer.  It is a fact of life that we can do everything we know to prevent something painful from occurring and fall short. We can obey all the protocols, follow the experts' advice and still end up shivering under the blankets, head pounding and being so weak that traversing the stairs is an adventure.
         Bad things are not always our fault. We aren’t being punished nor were we careless.  Sometimes there is no blame, just a nasty little virus.      
Prayer: Lord, help me do all I can do "...and then to stand." OK, maybe in this instance lying down is better.

 Red Flags
 “To whom shall I speak and give warning, that they may hear? See, their ears are closed, they cannot listen.” Jeremiah 6.10a NRSV
 December 15, 2014
 I exited my car in the lower levels of the hospital parking facility and trudged over to the elevator.  I noticed rust on the door frame and several other places. I pushed the button and waited. Odd sounds signaled the elevator’s arrival to my floor.
Once there, the door opened about six inches and stopped.  Then the elevator clunked all the way down to the level of the floor. The door opened halfway, began to shut, then finally and grudgingly opened all the way. I turned and took the long flight of stairs.
I know that elevators are regularly serviced and inspected. I am sure it passed inspection. But it had just warned me that something wasn’t perfect. With an elevator, perfection is my expectation.
Life sometimes gives us red flags and we should pay attention.  During the pre-marital interview, she sat in my office telling me how much in love she was with her fiancĂ©.  “I know he has two felony convictions, but he really is a good guy at heart.” Red flag! And no, I’m not making this up.
Talking with the mechanic, he said, “Yes, I saw the blinking red light, but I thought it would be OK to drive over the weekend.” Red flag! Now, open your wallet!  
A red flag does not always mean “no”, but it always means “stop”.  Take another look, think about it, pray about it and if you have any doubt, there is no doubt. 


Prayer: Lord, I confess that too often I’ve ignored the warnings because my wants have overridden my common sense.