Great Paint Your Heart Out

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A group from First Congregational participated in a Paint Your Heart Out on Saturday, August 1st. We joined about 50 others from the community in painting the house of one of our Lake Worth neighbors. The home owner gets a fresh coat of paint, the neighborhood is improved a bit, and we get the chance to show God’s love in a practical way. Thanks Janet, Marty, Deborah, Jacob, Andres, and Jason!

Movie and Potluck Night

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Join us Friday evening, August 21st for a church family movie night! We will gather at 6:30 PM to eat (just bring enough to share of whatever you are best at) and at 7:00 PM, we’ll start the movie McFarland, U.S.A., an inspirational film based on the true story of a cross country coach in a small California town who transforms a team of athletes into championship contenders.

School Supply Drive 2015

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We are once again collecting school supplies for both North Grade Elementary School. This school serves a largely disadvantaged student population and every little bit helps. Please consider picking up some of these items during your next trip to the grocery or discount store and bring them to church with you this Sunday:

12 – # 2 Pencils
24 – Crayons
2 – Glue Sticks
1 – Box of Tissues
1 – Pink Eraser
8 – Broad Tip Markers
1 – Pair of Fiskers Scissors
1 – Pencil Case
1 – Wide-Ruled Spiral Bound Notebook
2 – Pocket Folder
12 -Pencil Crayons
2 – Pkg Wide Ruled Loose Leaf Paper
1 – Pkg. Washable Felt Markers
1 – Pair Scissors
10 – Duo-Tangs
1 – Pkg. Lined Paper
1 – Pkg. Plain Paper
8 – Lined Notebooks
2 – Blue Pens
1 – Red Pen
1 – Ruler
1 – White Glue
2 – 1″ Binders
8 – Subject Dividers
1 – Scientific Calculator
1 – Geometry Set
1 – Pocket Dictionary
1 – Pencil Sharpener
3 – Highlighter Pen
Composition Books
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The Daily: Sunday August 2, 2015

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Psalm 51:1-12 (NRSV, The Message); 2 Samuel 11:26—12:13a (NRSV, The Message); John 6:24-35  (NRSV, The Message); Ephesians 4:1-16 (NRSV, The Message)

“Don’t waste your energy striving for perishable food like that. Work for the food that sticks with you, food that nourishes your lasting life, food the Son of Man provides. He and what he does are guaranteed by God the Father to last.”    John 6:27 (The Message)

Again with the bread. Jesus had just fed the multitude and then withdrew to, more than likely, be with the Divine, to pray. The disciples jazzed about the food making machine went to find him. Jesus, knowing their hearts, says this is about the bread isn’t it? Guys, there is more to this than bread. I am here to connect you with the source of bread, the Divine.

Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life. The person who aligns with me hungers no more and thirsts no more, ever. John 6:35 (The Message)

In our prayers: Mark Stanford, Faustina, Doug MacWilliams, Bereavement: Ann Yokie

 

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The Daily: Saturday August 1, 2015

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Psalm 51:1-12 (NRSV, The Message); Judges 6:1-10 (NRSV, The Message); Matthew 16:5-12  (NRSV, The Message)

Haven’t you realized yet that bread isn’t the problem? The problem is yeast, Pharisee-Sadducee yeast.”    Matthew 16:11 (The Message)

For Jesus, at least in this instance, the bread is not the problem. “C’mon guys,” he said, “remember when I fed the five thousand?” Jesus here is talking about the yeast, what’s inside, the little bit that gets spread through the mix and makes all the difference. I’m often about the bread, the product. I get anxious about it, I want to make sure it is going to be there. Jesus is so often talking about the inside, the heart.

In our prayers: Mark Stanford, Faustina, Doug MacWilliams, Bereavement: Ann Yokie

 

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