Join Us for Worship Sunday mornings!
Sunday Morning Schedule:
Adult Studies, 9:30 am
Worship, 10:30 am
Children’s Sunday School, 10:30 am
Youth Fellowship, 5:30 to 7 pm
Mark Your Calendars Now for these upcoming events!
Pumpkin Patch Opens on Sunday October 15.
The pumpkins are here.
Pumpkin Patch Hours:
Monday – Friday 11 – 6
Saturday 10 – 6
Sunday 12 – 6
Sunday, October 29, 2017 is Reformation Sunday.
Join us for worship at 10:30 as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
Friday, November 3, 2017 is our next Family Fun Night.
Do you have a favorite game? Come out for dinner and bring your game to share with others on our next Family Fun Night. We provide the dinner (pulled pork sandwiches and all the fixings) you provide the family fun. Reservations are not required but appreciated. Contact Carey Gerstner by phone or email, 596-1151 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 3:00pm is the UCM Festival of Church Music.
Join the United Campus Ministries at Pope Chapel for a free concert! UCM’s annual fundraiser features performances by churches around the peninsula, handbell ensembles, and a combined choir of 100 voices. An offering supporting UCM will be received. Parking available in the parking garage and behind Pope Chapel.
Today marks the kickoff for the 2017 Stewardship Campaign. We will be focusing on different aspects of stewardship throughout the month of October and in doing so, we hope to celebrate the wide variety of gifts during the pot luck gathering we will have following the 10:30 service on Stewardship Sunday, November 5, 2017. I believe that each of you should have received a mailing regarding the different aspects of the Stewardship Campaign and those are giving God my day, giving God my worship, giving to God my spiritual gifts and giving to God my income. For a few minutes today, I would like to speak to you on the topic of ”giving God my day”.
Oswald Chambers said, “Sacrifice is not giving up things, but giving to God with joy the best we have.” David Adam observed that “no longer possessed by possessions, we may become open enough to become possessed by God.” Finally, Neil Chappell noted that, “When someone takes advantage of us, it is the moment to practice the servant life. You know, when someone’s being a bit cheeky, or taking a liberty, pushing our patience, it’s time for a pause, a deep breath, a quiet prayer and the audacity to live generously.” In today’s world, it is unusual to see someone who remains still and silent. Silent is an anagram of the word listen and we should all practice listening while we allow ourselves to be still and silent.
Cell phones, tablets, radio and television are all competing for our attention and time. We all feel like we are running at about 100 miles per hour at times. When someone remains still, it reveals a willingness to value personal quiet time. As it is stated is Psalm 46, He says “be still and know that I am God”. If your personal quiet time can be spent with God, you will benefit. There are no I-pods, radios, TVs, cell phones or other hand-held devices that we so regularly see people using. To be still and sit quietly in the company of God takes practice. In the Bible, Jesus says that his followers hear his voice and we all need to reserve a time and place each day to hear the whisper of God as it allows God to put thoughts into our minds. As one person has stated, “God speaks every day! What is the quality of your antenna?” God certainly invites us to hear and respond and from the often-ragged edges, we can move closer to the center of life and closer to God.
As I, and we, spend quiet time with God each day, it allows us to know that we are treasured and loved by God. Devotional prayer allows each of us to listen, speak, forgive and accept the gift of forgiveness. In response to our prayers, God may encourage us to take a risk, apologize or make the tough decision with which we may be struggling. We may be urged to get help, slow down, stop running, ask, accept or speak the truth. The list of these possibilities is limitless but most importantly, practicing devotional prayer allows us to be …just be …with God and ourselves. We should all strive to meet the goal of giving God our day. It isn’t easy but something that is worthwhile rarely is.
I have not provided you insight or examples of how it is that each of us should be “giving God my day”. I feel like that is something that is personal to each of us but I will say that doing so provides a calming, relaxing and cleansing quality to my life. I think and hope it will do the same for you.
Thank you for giving a moment of your time to me this morning as we begin the 2017 Stewardship Campaign.
Help our Preschool by spreading the word!
Hidenwood Presbyterian Preschool takes advantage of fundraising opportunities that are offered through local businesses and products we use frequently. There is no additional cost to you and it helps our school tremendously. Anyone can participate in these programs, so please be sure to ask all of your family members and friends to participate. It’s so incredible that even those across the country, through e-mail or Facebook, can help!Learn More