2015 Scholarship

schl14cWe are now accepting applications for the 2015 College scholarship. The scholarship is for members of First Congregational Church of Lake Worth who are beginning or continuing college or vocational education. You can find the guidelines and application here or pick up a copy at the church campus.

The Daily: Monday March 2, 2015

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Psalm 105:1-11, 37-45 (NRSV, The Message); Genesis 21:1-7 (NRSV, The Message); Hebrews 1:8-12  (NRSV, The Message)

The Lord dealt with Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as he had promised. Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the time of which God had spoken to him.        Genesis 21:1-7 (The Message)

The promise is fulfilled. It seems that when we look back from where we stand, the promise is fulfilled. It is not always the way we thought it would be fulfilled, but it always is fulfilled. Has that been your experience?

In our prayers: Mark Stanford, Ron Pearson, Kelly Craig, Miriam McIlvaine, Dot Zook (fell and injured head)

 

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PrideFest 2015

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We will once again have a table at PrideFest of the Palm Beaches, reminding the LGBT community in Palm Beach County that we stand with them and that God loves them unconditionally. If you would like to take a shift at our table, see Barry Nicholson

Changed Names

You can see this week’s bulletin here.

The Daily: Friday February 27, 2015

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Psalm 22:23-31 (NRSV, The Message); Genesis 16:1-6 (NRSV, The Message); Romans 4:1-12  (NRSV, The Message)

psalm22-26Here in this great gathering for worship
I have discovered this praise-life.
And I’ll do what I promised right here
in front of the God-worshipers.
Down-and-outers sit at God’s table
and eat their fill.
Everyone on the hunt for God
is here, praising him.
“Live it up, from head to toe.
Don’t ever quit!”         Psalm 22:25-26 (The Message)

Now that’s worship! What would it be like to be like to amongst of people who were all “on the hunt for God.” That image has captured me.

In our prayers: Mark Stanford, Ron Pearson, Kelly Craig, Miriam McIlvaine, Dot Zook (fell and injured head)

 

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The Daily: Thursday February 26, 2015

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Psalm 22:23-31 (NRSV, The Message); Genesis 15:1-6, 12-18 (NRSV, The Message); Romans 3:21-31  (NRSV, The Message)

After all these things, this word of God came to Abram in a vision: “Don’t be afraid, Abram. I’m your shield. Your reward will be grand!”    Genesis 15:1

“You reward will be grand!” It sometimes gets old hearing. But when we absorb and internalize that the reward is coming - and it is coming – everything is put into perspective. Abram and Sarai had to wait and wait – their names were changed, God’s name was changed (join us this Sunday to hear more!) – but the reward did come.

In our prayers: Mark Stanford, Ron Pearson, Kelly Craig, Miriam McIlvaine, Dot Zook (fell and injured head)

 

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The Daily: Tuesday February 24, 2015

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Psalm 77 (NRSV, The Message); Job 5:8-27 (NRSV, The Message); 1 Peter 3:8-18a  (NRSV, The Message)1peter3-13

Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good?          1 Peter 3:13

Well, maybe some will. Peter leaves room for that possibility in the verses that follow. However, his logic seems solid. “OK, so even if you do suffer for doing what is good, you’re still better off, right?”

I do what is good, what is right, a lot of the time. There are other times however, more than I would like to admit, where I choose what is expedient, what is beneficial to me, over what is right.

In our prayers: Mark Stanford, Ron Pearson, Kelly Craig, Miriam McIlvaine

 

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Supplies for Faustina

In May, our own Faustina Appiah is returning home to Ghana. We want her to return home in style, so we are collecting items that she can use for housekeeping AND which she can use to stock a small shop she will be running to support herself. All during the month of March we will be collecting:
Personal hygiene products (mouthwash, toothpaste, tooth brush, hand sanitizers)
Cleaning Detergents
Soap
Tea/Coffee/Ovaltine
Sugar
Tomato Paste
Canned meats – Sardine/Mackerel/Corned Beef/Tuna
Soft Drinks – Caprisuns, Juice Boxes. Etc.
Stationery (envelopes, pens, pencils, erasers, totes, glue, rulers
Hair Products)
Lotions
Paper Products (toilet roll, paper napkins, Kleenex)

The following may also be sent, please check with Steve or Grace Lipman or Carol Lewis before bringing:
Washer and Dryer, Microwave, Iron

Entering the Wilderness

You can find the bulletin here and the sermon notes here.

The Daily: Thursday February 19, 2015

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Psalm 25:1-10 (NRSV, The Message); Psalm 32 (NRSV, The Message); Matthew 9:2-13  (NRSV, The Message)

Later when Jesus was eating supper at Matthew’s house with his close followers, a lot of disreputable characters came and joined them. When the Pharisees saw him keeping this kind of company, they had a fit, and lit into Jesus’ followers. “What kind of example is this from your Teacher, acting cozy with crooks and riffraff?”

Jesus, overhearing, shot back, “Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? Go figure out what this Scripture means: ‘I’m after mercy, not religion.’ I’m here to invite outsiders, not coddle insiders.”            Matthew 9:10-13 (The Message)

My Jesus is after mercy, not religion. My Jesus is about being with real people in all of their messiness. My Jesus is about inviting outsiders, not coddling insiders. Hard work, awkward work, messy work.

In our prayers: Sophie Brandt (recovering from hip surgery), Mark Stanford, Ron Pearson, Kelly Craig, Miriam McIlvaine

 

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