Trust in God

A God sighting from Peggy Nelson:

Many of you know that I have been dealing with Meniere’s disease for some time. One of the symptoms is nausea which is quite debilitating for me. At the beginning of February I made a trip to Massachusetts to care for my sister Nancy and her two boys. I was not sure how I was going to handle it with my Meniere’s but I went knowing that Nancy and boys needed me. I put my trust in God to get me through. And that He did – my nausea disappeared right after my plane landed in Massachusetts. I did not have any problems the whole time I was taking care of Nancy. I returned to Michigan at the beginning of April and I’m sorry to say that my nausea has returned. But I also want to say that God is amazing – He made sure I was OK while Nancy and boys needed me!

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Coffee, Snacks and FAITH5 Returns!

Come to the fellowship hall after worship (beginning April 15) for some coffee, snacks and sharing of God stories. This is a chance to develop real relationships with others in our family. All are welcome and encouraged to join. At about 11:45 am we will break off for other spiritual enrichment activities – Twelve Ordinary Men book study; confirmation; faith enrichment for our younger ones.

Two God Sightings

God sighting for this week – actually two from Margaret Ash:

Audrey, Jim and I went to Kroger to buy the hams, pies, dinner rolls and extra items needed to complete the Spring food boxes for the Randolph families – (Many thanks to Thrivent Financial for helping us with this project – Audrey’s Action Team Seed money helped us buy items for our food boxes.)  When we got the check out, we thought we were about $25 over our budget. When the final total was tallied, we ended up $20+ under budget! God always provides for our needs.

On Palm Sunday, I received a check from Holy Trinity’s Women of the ELCA treasurer  for my out-of-pocket expenses for the Celebration of Women Brunch. I was busy getting ready for coffee hour and setting up to pack the food boxes for Randolph. I put the check in my back pants pocket and forgot all about it until late afternoon when I was home. I went upstairs to check the pocket on my slacks and the check was not there. I went back to church to retrace my steps – nothing!! As I exited the church, I asked St. Anthony (my catholic friends introduced me to St. Anthony a few years ago and we have become good friends!!) to give me some help in finding my check. I glanced to my right and saw a piece of paper stuck in the barberry bush – but it was not the check. However, my eyes shifted beyond the barberry bush and I saw a small piece of paper lying on top of the little shrub. Yes – it was the check!! God is always good and always provides!

What Our Confirmation Kids are Saying

What part of the service did you like best?

  • The music, because it helps me understand what the service is more about.  [1-7-18, Haylee S.]
  • The music and saying the skit because it helped me visualize what the service was more about. [1-14-18, Haylee S.]
  • I liked it when the children sang.  [1-14-18, Audrey W.]
  • The sermon, because I like learning about God. [1-14-18, Faith C.]
  • Children’s message – the one kid went up and was cute and funny. [1-21-18, Faith C.]
  • I liked hearing the stories of Jesus on earth.  [1-28-18, Ben W.]
  • I liked the second reading because it had a good meaning and message. [1-28-18, Blake W.]
  • The music because it helps me understanding better and enjoy it more while learning. [1-28-18, Haylee S.]
  • The part I liked the most is Psalm, because it shows how God gives us everything. [1-28-18, Audrey W.]

How does sermon relate to your life?

  • The sermon today related to me that Jesus is the guiding force in my life and his light will always shine bright. [1-7-18, Haylee S.]
  • Today’s sermon was about how God turns evil to good and his blessings are everywhere. If we follow and invite people to learn and pray, it’s only the beginning.  [1-14-18, Haylee S.]
  • It related to my life by now you have to trust people/things to happen. Also how you need to trust the Lord. [1-14-18, Audrey W.]
  • We invite family over for dinner just like Phillip does. You know that you don’t have to see God to know that he’s with us. [1-14-18, Faith C.]
  • I sometimes bring a friend to church. Saying my prayers. [1-21-18, Faith C.]
  • Jesus taught, and got rid of demons. We discussed the book of Mark.  [1-28-18, Ben W.]
  • It relates to my life because my parents teach me with authority. I’m also taught by Jesus and his authority. [1-28-18, Blake W.]
  • Today’s sermon was about how Jesus taught with authority and how he has power over any evil. Jesus commands us to love one another and has the power to free our lives. [1-28-18, Haylee S.]
  • The sermon relates to my life by how Jesus is in authority. For example, Jesus is in authority like my parents. [1-28-18, Audrey W.]

Collected comments from January 2018 submitted by Susan Mount-Campbell, Ed Team

Move Closer to the Light

At our last Outreach meeting, Debbie LaFontaine shared a meditation adapted from Letters, Volume I by Cecil H. Skibbe (copyright 1991) titled “Move Closer to the Light.”  The message was so impactful that we felt it was worth sharing.   Since this is a copyrighted article and cannot be reprinted in it’s entirety, the following is a synopsis of the message.

The storyline in the opening two paragraphs centers around the early days of train travel.  During the day, a flagman would stand in the middle of the street with a STOP sign to stop all oncoming traffic as the train approached.  At night, a flagman would wave a lantern to stop the traffic.  One night, there was an accident at the railroad crossing that resulted in a lawsuit.  The prosecuting attorney called the flagman to the witness stand.   Three separate times during cross examination he asked him “On the night of the accident, when you saw the car approaching, did you wave the lantern?”  Each time, the flagman replied, “Yes, I did wave the lantern.”  The railroad company won the case.  Following the trial, the defense attorney was having a conversation with the flagman and he told him that he was concerned when the prosecuting attorney kept asking him if he waved the lantern.  He asked the flagman, “Did you wave the lantern?”  “Well, said the flagman, what worried me was that he might ask, “Was the lantern lit?”

The Bible contains numerous references to light.   In Psalm 119:105 we are told that God’s Word is “a Lamp unto our feet and a Light unto our path.”  Matthew 5:14-16 tells us “You are the light of the world.  A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

As individuals, we do not possess light in our own right.  We are more like reflectors who share Jesus’ light to the world.  The devotion concludes with the statement that not all of us can be chandeliers hanging in significant places.  Sometimes we are 40-watt bulbs in the background.  However, it is important to remember that no matter where our light shines, Jesus is there lighting the way for us.

When we were little children, in Sunday school we all learned the song “This Little Light of Mine.”  Do you remember the lyrics?

This little light of mine
I’m going to let it shine
This little light of mine
I’m going to let it shine
This little light of mine
I’m going to let it shine
Let it shine, all the time, let it shine

All around the neighborhood
I’m going to let it shine
All around the neighborhood
I’m going to let it shine
All around the neighborhood
I’m going to let it shine
Let it shine, all the time, let it shine

Hide it under a bushel? No!
I’m going to let it shine
Hide it under a bushel? No!
I’m going to let it shine
Hide it under a bushel? No!
I’m going to let it shine
Let it shine, all the time, let it shine

Don’t let Satan [blow] it out!
I’m going to let it shine
Don’t let Satan [blow] it out!
I’m going to let it shine
Don’t let Satan [blow] it out!
I’m going to let it shine
Let it shine, all the time, let it shine

Keep your lights shining!! Go and share your God stories!!

 

Participate, Engage, Witness, Start today (PEWS)

Blessings,

Your Outreach Team

God Stories: Spiritual Gifts

God is active in our lives in big and small ways. However, even in small ways, there is a larger thread of God’s activity that runs through our lives if we just look for it.

Holy Trinity Member, Paul Stratton writes:  Today I lost my glasses. That is not uncommon for me, as I carry them in my pocket and often they fall out. Today I looked everywhere I had been and could not find them. Then, in a moment when my mind was blank and thinking of nothing in particular, I remembered hearing something fall into the garbage as I lifted out the bag of recyclables. At that time I looked and could not find anything to account for what I heard, so I dismissed what I had heard and went about my business.  After recalling that experience, I looked into the trash and found my glasses between the garbage and recyclable bags under a plastic grocery bag.

How can this be a story of God being active in my life? Did God direct me to look there? My interpretation is that God gave me a gift of “sensitivity” that has been active in all of my life and may in part be a talent I used as an observer of human behavior while doing therapy. I notice some things that many people would not notice or would ignore.

I thank God again for giving me the gifts that make me who I am. Now it is up to me to use those gifts to do God’s work during the time I have in this life.