Hey Levi… Follow Me!

Finally, a snow free weekend is on the way!  Woohoo!

This Sunday we’re taking a look at Jesus as he called his first disciples.   Jesus didn’t score any points with the church of that day when he called a scoundrel named Levi to follow him.  Many folks really thought Jesus had lost it when he showed up at a party Levi had thrown for his friends.

But Jesus had a point to make about the Kingdom of God.   Something to do with new wine, and new wineskins.   By shaking things up Jesus showed us what the Kingdom was really all about!

Are we ready for Jesus’ new Kingdom?   Come find out!

See you Sunday!

– Pastor Mac

Be Brilliant!   Click here to read God’s Word before Sunday morning!

Shovel, worship, shovel…..

DSC_0010That seems to be the pattern this week!   Fortunately the weatherman is promising clear skies for Sunday morning.  Not so much for Sunday night into Monday… the early forecast speaks of blizzard conditions on their way!  Yikes!

I’m glad to know that we’ll have time to gather in worship this Sunday, because this week we’re wrapping up our series on Romans 8.   Paul ends with a huge promise about just how powerful and lasting God’s love is for us.  It’s a deep and uplifting promise, and you don’t want to be driving around in a blizzard without it!

See you Sunday!

– Pastor Mac

Living with Hope…

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The dictionary defines hope this way:  “to cherish a desire with anticipation; to desire with the expectation of fulfillment.”

Hope is indispensable.  Without hope we’re stuck with a vision of life that is little more than an observation of our current conditions.   If the winds are favorable (good job, good health), we are happy.   If the winds are against us, we’re down in the dumps.

Hope changes that formula.   Hope gives us the ability to see beyond the storm clouds that sometimes swirl all around us.

This Sunday we’ll talk about real hope in the life of a Christian.  Don’t miss it…

See you Sunday!  – Pastor Mac

We have a busy time ahead!

c619a601-0da6-4075-bdc4-2222e0638e0eCome tonight for a potluck meal and an evening of challenging Team Trivia.  Bring a friend!   (Kids are welcome, we have a special activity planned for the young ones!)

This Sunday we’ll dig back into Romans 8…  the critical chapter that brings everything into focus for Christians.  Do you ever struggle with temptation? Come and hear Paul’s best advice on the things that tempt our souls, and how to resist them!

We also have more free study guides available for our Small Group / Home Study: 10 Minutes in GENESIS.   Last week we had quite a run on them!   This format is new for us…  a text designed for either Small Group participation or individual study.   Be sure to grab your copy in the Fellowship Hall this Sunday.

Lastly…  I’m hoping to have a special guest joining our Praise Team this week… maybe even two!   As I said… there’s a lot going on these next few days.  See you on Friday; see you on Sunday!

– Pastor Mac

Book of Romans

The Book of Romans:  Paul’s hand written ‘Owners Manual’ for the early Christians in Rome.  It’s all here: Sin, Grace, Death, Resurrection, New Life…

Romans 8 has often been called ‘the core’ of understanding for our faith.   It begins with a declaration of absolute forgiveness, then digs in deep to describe the life of a follower of Christ.

Need a solid start to the New Year?  Ready to get your life in Christ back on target?   Come this Sunday as we dig into ‘the core’ of the Christian Life!

Don’t miss the beginning of a new Message Series: ‘Life on Target’.  Starting this Sunday!

See you soon!

– Pastor Mac

We all need priorities in life. What are yours?

We all need priorities…  It’s how we keep our life in order.   Imagine living even a single day without them.  What would you do first?  Eat breakfast?  Go to work?  Put on your shoes?     We are constantly setting priorities… even when we don’t realize it!

Following Jesus also means setting priorities.   Which things are most important?   That’s a question Jesus answered for us.

Come learn the most important priorities in the life of a Christian… this weekend!

See you Sunday!

– Mac

Christmas is beautiful, but it isn’t always easy…

Christmas-300x216Lights!   I have lots of Christmas lights.   Clear ones, mostly… my wife prefers white lights glowing on the tree.   But I also have my secret stash of colorful bulbs, those big old red and green ones that burn your fingers when you touch them.

Unfortunately they’re all still in our Christmas box, resting in tangled masses.  I haven’t had the time to get them up.  It’s arduous work, climbing up and down ladders to hang Christmas lights.  Maybe this Saturday…

Christmas is beautiful, but it isn’t always easy.

Along that same line:  There’s a reason why there are no bubbly Christmas songs about Joseph.    His is a difficult journey to the stable.   Joseph must make some tough choices to ensure Jesus will come from King David’s family tree.

Following God’s plan is beautiful, but it isn’t always easy.

This Sunday we’ll dig into that other Christmas story…. the one where we see the birth of Jesus through Joseph’s eyes.  It isn’t the easiest journey… but it culminates in a beautiful thing: The birth of the child who’s come to save his people.

Come and help us celebrate things both ancient and new this Advent.

See you Sunday!

– Mac

Be Brilliant!  Read Matthew 1:18-25 by clicking here.

Mary… I’ve got something to tell you.

089665ca-eddf-4a79-93ed-6b354f66d0fcThat’s pretty much sums up the introduction of the greatest news in history, news that changed Mary’s life in a heartbeat.   Nine months later that news would change the life of every person ever born, including yours and mine (though only a few shepherds knew it at the time!).
The angel informing Mary of her role in God’s plan of Salvation is a magnificent example of something that occurs again & again in scripture:  
God accomplishes great things through ordinary people.    

What’s our part to play in God’s work of restoring Creation?  Do we even have a role?  Or are we called simply to be spectators of God’s redeeming work?   (Hint: The answer may be:  “All of the above”)

All these questions arise as we celebrate the announcement that changed the world forever:  Mary is with child!

Come and help us celebrate things both ancient and new.

See you Sunday!

– Pastor Mac

Advent & Baptism… So much is happening this Sunday!

Advent & Baptism…

So much is happening this Sunday!

It’s the first Sunday of Advent.   The church will be all decorated for the season (I hope you’ll join us for the “Hanging of the Greens” party on Saturday evening!)  We’ll be lighting an Advent Candle during worship and digging into Isaiah’s prediction of a coming savior.   Our praise team will be leading us in music that turns our hearts towards Bethlehem.

We’re also celebrating a baptism and voting on / welcoming two new members!
It promises to be a great day of worship.   Come and help us celebrate things both ancient and new.

See you Sunday!

– Mac

What are you Thankful for this year?

Here we go… plunging toward the highest calorie meal of the entire year.   I recently read an article that linked each item on a typical Thanksgiving table with the distance you’ll need to walk to burn off those calories.   It’s quite sobering, to say the least!

– Glass of Eggnog: 8071 steps
– 1 Cracker with Cheese: 1647 steps  (Just one!)
– 6 oz of Turkey: 8000 steps
– 1/2 cup of Stuffing: 4235 steps
– Slice of Pecan Pie: 11294 steps

Yikes!  Pass the salad, please!

Thanksgiving is more than calories.  It’s a time to say thanks to God.   Thanks for what we have.  Thanks for the ways we’ve seen him move in our lives.  Thanks for his Son.

This Sunday we’ll focus on being thankful people.   You’ll have an opportunity (though it’s not mandatory by any means) to briefly share about blessings you’re thankful for this year.

Join us in giving thanks.   This Sunday at 10am.

Peace ~ Pastor Mac