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
Topinabee Community Church is an interdenominational church. We are dedicated to living and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.
HANGING OF THE GREENS
Sunday November 29
CHRISTMAS MUSIC SPECIAL
"The Notables"-an area music group will perform at the Topinabee Church on Sunday Evening Dec. 6 at 5:30. This Christmas music special will include a dinner. Profits from the program will go to "eat for heat".
Tickets are $25 and are available from Kathy Sanders, Lynn Balazovic or Nancy Love.
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A New Thankfulness
“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 NRSV
November 23, 2015
There is much about Thanksgiving I’ve always enjoyed and plan to do so again. The feasting and the gathering of family are things I’ve been blest with all of my life. But over time, I’ve learned to be thankful for more than that and, indeed, to be thankful for things I once considered a burden.
I grumbled about working a job that I did not love or that did not live up to my expectations. That is until I could not work at all because of a serious injury. Now I’m simply thankful I can work. Yes, I grumble occasionally and then I remember and rejoice.
In the past, I longed for the freedom to go where I could, when I could. I sought a freedom from responsibility. Now I rejoice that I am needed at home and at work. It helps create within me the soul and mind of the man I always wanted to be.
May your Thanksgiving Day be a day of gratitude crowded with friends and family and food!
Prayer: Lord, thanks!
Late Start, Strong Finish
“Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to the skillful; but time and chance happen to them all.” Ecclesiastes 9.11 MPV
November 16th, 2015
Anna took up painting when she was already eighty years old. We know her best as Grandma Moses. Eventually many of the best galleries in New York City exhibited her work and some of her paintings were reproduced on millions of Christmas cards.
At this apex of her painting career, she was interviewed and was asked how it felt to be so famous.
“Oh, I don’t think about fame much. I keep my mind on what I’m going to do next. I have a lot of catching up to do!”
What a great attitude. Not the excuse we often use, saying too many years have come and gone for us to change our ways or start that career we always wanted. And certainly not that infamous phrase, “I'm too busy for that.” No. She looked forward to the challenge.
If we want to do well, it’s best to keep our eyes on the joy of what comes next, whether in work or life. I’ve discovered that if I do so, the rest takes care of itself.
Prayer: Lord, let my passion be for doing the best I can, not merely for the recognition that may come.
Does Jesus Save?
“There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.” Act 4.12 NRSV
November 17, 2015
“Jesus Saves!” cried the street corner preacher I passed by as a college student. I saw the contempt on a passersby’s face who clearly thought we had grown past such thinking.
“Jesus Saves!” I read that on the bumper of the car in front of me at a light in Ann Arbor one day. The driver had cut in front of me and was leaning on her horn in a vain effort to get traffic to move.
“Jesus Saves!” Perhaps, upon hearing that from a pulpit, we have considered moving to a more open-minded church down the road?
“Jesus Saves!” The ultimate expression of God’s love for a hurting, hopeless and dying world. Yes, Jesus is the way, the truth and life itself.
Prayer: Lord, our failures, both hidden and open, convince us that we are a people still in need of a Savior.
Ghosts that Haunt Us
“For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.” Psalm 51.3 NRSV
November 18, 2015
The Crash Test Dummies (the rock group, not the dummies in cars) have an album entitled, “The Ghosts That Haunt Me.” The lyrics tell of past deeds that still haunt the singer. We can resonate with that. For some of us, our past mistakes, failures and sins are the ghosts that haunt us. Sometimes the memory of them slips into our consciences and we shudder and wonder how we could have done or said those things.
What are we to do with these ghosts now that Halloween is over?
First, we acknowledge them, for they are real. It is useless and counter-productive to pretend they never happened.
Second, let them inform us and teach us, for perhaps the greatest waste of time and energy is to repeat the same mistake over and over.
Third and finally, we must never let them paralyze us from doing what is right today.
Remind the magicians peering through their crystal balls into our past that the past is over. Now is the time to live and do it right. Let us always move forward, tipping our hats to the past as we leave it in our dust.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for the lessons I’ve learned and survived. Show me how to pass the lessons along.
“They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me… and I will love them and reveal myself to them.” John 14.21 NRSV
God has chosen a different way for us. The Word tells us that to know God better, we first obey God’s clear directives. That may sound backwards, but that is our human reasoning, not God’s. Besides, humanity has already proven that we don’t follow even when we see, hear and touch.
This week we will encounter a moment. In that moment there will be the opportunity to react and follow the clear teaching of God or we will choose to disobey and live a lesser way. It is when we obey that we gain an intimate knowledge of God. The Word says, “To those who hear my commandments and keep them, to those I will reveal myself to them.”
Prayer: Lord, I guess it may be true that believe is to finally see.