October 31, 2018
Good morning Congregation,
This week is the week for time change. We “fall” back. But what does it really change? We will still have the same number of daylight hours, we will still have the same number of darkness hours. Nothing really changes. We are stuck with what we have. All that changes is the time the sun comes out according to the clock and when it sets according to the clock.
Often, we are like that. We make changes that don’t really change anything. We shift things around, but in reality, they are the same. Unless, we change the heart. Changes are often needed in our lives, but the changes have to start at the core of who we are. What do we long after, and what do we strive for? What breaks our heart? What makes us laugh and why does it? Jesus said, in the Sermon on the Mount, that where our treasure is, there your heart will be as well!
This past week Pastor Brad talked about what does it mean to be ready to be with our Heavenly Father for eternity. He talked about eternity as not just some arbitrary date out in there somewhere for when we physically die, but it is here and now. It started when we were born. Where we spend that eternity depends on our choice to be in the eternal relationship that we are in. We are all in an eternal relationship. I, for myself reply with the words from Joshua 24:14-15 “Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” This is a choice that I have made. I do made mistakes, I sin, I miss the mark, but I strive for perfection and am made perfect through the blood of Jesus Christ.
This coming Sunday we will be looking at what it means to give of our firstfruits; giving with a plan that gives to God first and myself and my needs/wants second. You can read Deuteronomy 26 and 2 Corinthians 9. As you read these passages think about what it means to give financially as a response of thanks based on a relationship, instead of an obligation to my religion.
As a symbolic gesture of our giving, I would like to invite you to bring a food item, or items that can be given to the current mission project of KFC that helps support the Wauseon School Pantry. A list of items that are needed is attached with this letter. KFC has a goal of collecting 550 items. Items can be dropped off in the Education Workroom to support this challenge or bring it to the sanctuary on Sunday, November 4. I personally think we can collect 1,100, what do you think? They currently have collected 255 items. Let’s help the KFC reach their goal and bless the Wauseon School Pantry in the process!
God is good! All the time!!
Have a blessed day!
Fruits canned or cups
Vegetables canned or cups
Peanut butter & Jelly swirls
Mac and cheese (boxed and microwave cups)
Pasta and sauce
Pancake mix and Syrup
Canned Ravioli/spaghetti O’s
Complete meal kits (homestyle bakes)