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Monday, June 27, 2011

Follow & Go
Gail spoke on the Great Commission at the end of the Gospel of Matthew on Sunday.  In it Jesus charges his disciples to go, make disciples of all nations, teaching obedience to  Jesus' commands.  How do we carry out this comission on a day to day basis?  What does our own discipleship look like?  Trusting in Jesus' teaching, can we find the courage to follow where he leads?  It is easy to become absrobed in our daily routines and forget to spend time in communion with God.  Seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit would surely help my following.  As we grow in our relationships with God and one another our following can grow as well.   It takes time and care and attention to build all our relationships.  Learning to love as God loves does not exactly come naturally.  In Gail's talk she spoke of evangelizing as including others.  I especially liked that definition.  Where and how can I include others in the love God has given to all of us?  Gail also observed that we cannot wait until we have everything all figured out internally before setting out to follow Jesus.  We have Jesus' assurance of authority and presence with us at every moment.  Let us follow and go where God leads.  Live in the peace and assurance of Christ always.  Amen.     

MJG 
11:03 am est

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Jesus loves the little children

The children and youth presented our worship service this past Sunday (with help from a few).  What joy they bring with their precocious, wide open minds and hearts.  We who are older envy their amazing energy.  They get out to the playground at every opportunity.  We have been very blessed with warm, sunny weather in recent days so opportunities abound.  School will be out by the end of this week and summer activities beckon.  We thank God for the joy and delight that the children bring to life.  May we find some of that joy as we travel through our days and weeks.  The peace of Christ be wih you all.  Amen.  

9:53 am est

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Spirit Make Us One

Sunday was Pentecost and we celebrated God's sending the Holy Spirit to Jesus' disciples gathered in Jerusalem.  With the sound as of a mighty wind and the appearance as of flames of fire above each disciple, they were filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in tongues.  There were many in the city from other lands who were amazed to hear God's word spoken for their understanding.  Pastor Gail expressed it as, sense being made of the cacaphony of voices.  "Spirit make us one" was a phrase in the anthem and I have been meditating on the meaning of one on and off since Sunday.  What do we mean when we ask the Holy Spirit to make us one?  I know I often feel divided over various aspects of life. Perhaps I need to be made one in my thoughts and actions, a wholeness of being with confident direction.  Certainly, asking for guidance from the Holy Spirit would help when I become conflicted.  Looking for God's presence and peace to still the cacaphony of my own thoughts and make sense out of them.  The Lord our God is One and Him only shall you serve.  Beloved Father, guide me in service to you.  May the peace of Christ and presence of the Holy Spirit fill us all.  Amen.   

9:52 am est

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

I SEE THE LORD

Seeing and knowing.  I see God in all the beauty of the Earth, the trees and grass, flowers and fruit, dogs and cats and all living creatures.  Do I know God though?  I ask this of myself today being aware of how little time I have been spending in prayer, talking to and listening for God's voice.  When I take time to slow down from the rush and care of daily activities my heart is rewarded with a renewed sense of peace.  Yet, what does it mean to know God?  Or to know anyone?  I feel the trust issue sneaking in here again.  If you knew me would you still care about me?  I hide so much from others and from myself too.  Perhaps some of you do as well.  Pastor Gail is so joyous and open, yet I am not at a point of knowing her well.  Sometimes such openness frightens me and makes me feel my lack in that regard.  Over the years I have slowly come to know that God loves me as I am in any given moment and this knowledge helps me to accept myself and strengthens me to go forward.  May we all go forward in the knowledge of God's love for us.  Let the peace of Christ surround you in all that you do.  Amen. 

MJG 

9:40 am est


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YOGA MONDAYS

Chair Yoga
Designed for those who find it difficult to sit on the floor.
Mondays at 10:00a

 
Beginners Yoga Class
Mondays from 5:30-6:30p
Gentle Iyengar Hatha Yoga
Classes include guided breathing, stretching,
postures and relaxation.

(mats and blankets provided)

Yoga with Linda
A more advanced yoga class
Mondays at 7:00p
All classes are $8 each per session
 Wear loose comfortable clothing to all classes
Contact church office for more info

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a festive booth at the Tea & Craft Show

Meetings, events, and activities
at Ogden Baptist.
See the Newsletter for further information!
 
 

Choir
All singers are welcome! 
December practices, Wednesdays at 7:00p
12/6
12/13
12/20

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decorating for Christmas

December Calendar 2017

December 2017  
 
Saturday, Dec 2 - Open House, 2:00-4:00P, 
                        meet pastoral candidate
Sunday, Dec 3  - Sunday School 9:30a
                           Worship 10:55a   Communion                       
Congregational Meeting follows worship - vote on calling Rev. Iaquinto
    Monday, Dec 4 - Chair Yoga 10:00a
                 Yoga 1 5:30p & Yoga 2 7:00p
    Tuesday, Dec 5 - AA meets 7:30p
    Wednesday, Dec 6 - Kid's Faith Discovery 6:00p
                                Bible Study 6:00p                             
Sunday, Dec 10 - Sunday School 9:30a
                         Worship 10:55a 
 Congregational Meeting follows worship - budget meeting
    Monday, Dec 11 - Chair Yoga 10:00a
                 Yoga 1 5:30p & Yoga 2 7:00p
    Tuesday, Dec 12 - Deacons & Trustees, 6:30p
                               Church Council, 7:30p
                                       AA meets 7:30p                     
   Wednesday, Dec 13 - Kid's Faith Discovery 6:00p
                                Bible Study 6:00p
   Thursday, Dec 14 -   Laurel Guild Christmas Party 6:30p   
Sunday, Dec 17 -  Sunday School 9:30a
                         Worship 10:55a 
   Monday, Dec 18 - Chair Yoga 10:00a
                 Yoga 1 5:30p & Yoga 2 7:00p

   Tuesday, Dec 19 - AA meets 7:30p
   Wednesday, Dec 20 - Kid's Faith Discovery 6:00p
                                Bible Study 6:00p
Sunday, Dec 24  -  Sunday School 9:30a
                         Worship 10:55a
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 7:00p 
    Monday, Dec 25 - MERRY CHRISTMAS!
   Tuesday, Dec 26  - AA meets 7:30p
   Wednesday, Nov 27 - Kid's Faith Discovery 6:00p
                                Bible Study 6:00p
Sunday, Dec 31  -  Sunday School 9:30a
                              Worship 10:55a
                            HAPPY NEW YEAR