Blessed to Be a Blessing

CROS Walk 2014

IMAG0336Congratulations to our walkers involved in the 20th Annual End Hunger walk to support CROS Ministries. A record-breaking $35,000 was raised to help end hunger in Palm Beach County. You can read the Palm Beach Post article here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Evening of Worship and Prayer November

glennonsmallYou are invited to join us as we begin a new tradition at First Congregational United Church of Christ. Each month on the third Wednesday we will gather together to worship and pray. We will sing hymns and simple songs, engage a series of teachings on “The Art and Practice of Prayer,” and lift up one another and our world in prayer. Let’s take the opportunity to turn our hearts toward God and practice together living in His presence.

On Wednesday, November 19th at 6:30 PM,  we come together to pray and sing and hear a brief teaching on “Pray Ceaselessly” by author and blogger Glennon Doyle Melton, a member of Naples United Church of Christ who writes at momastery.com.

Annual Meeting 2014

hands_2399cOur congregational Annual Meeting, for the purpose of approving our budget and electing officers for 2015, will take place after our worship service on Sunday November 16th. All are invited to attend and members are requested to be present to vote.

Partners in Ministry Sunday

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On Sunday, November 9th, we will finish up our series “Blessed to Be a Blessing”  with a celebration of our ministry together here at First Congregational Church of Lake Worth. We will consecrate our financial faith promise gifts for 2015 as well as recognize the ways so many are involved in ministry within our church and in the community. We will then celebrate together with a lunch after worship. We look forward to celebrating together with you>

The Daily: Monday October 13, 2014

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Today’s Lectionary Readings: Psalm 97 (NRSV, The Message); Exodus 32:15-35 (NRSV, The Message); Jude 17-25 (NRSV The Message)

But you, dear friends, carefully build yourselves up in this most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit, staying right at the center of God’s love, keeping your arms open and outstretched, ready for the mercy of our Master, Jesus Christ. This is the unending life, the real life! Go easy on those who hesitate in the faith. Go after those who take the wrong way. Jude 20-23 (The Message)

The readings from Exodus and Psalms were pretty tough. In Exodus, the same Moses who was pleading for – and lecturing God about! – the lives of the people of Israel, comes down from the mountain throwing around tablets and slaying those who aren’t “on God’s side!” Psalm 97 continues the theme with a God who is a consuming fire.

I was glad to get to Jude, encouraging us to continue building our life of faith, and urging us to snatch those who wander OUT of the fire instead of slaying them! Building up a life of faith and going after those who wander – that’s a calling I can get behind!

In our prayers: Mark Stanford, Meredith Button, Paul Bennett, Ron Pearson, Susan Frisby, Julia (Stephanie’s daughter)

How can your church family be praying for you today? Leave your requests in the comments below.

Click links below to read these daily devotionals:

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People on a Journey

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Intergenerational Worship

IMG_2099This Sunday, we worshipped together as multiple generations as we engaged the topic of the Ten Commandments. Thank you to all our children who participated in worship and to Janet Lisle and Cathy Austen who helped get them organized!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Evening of Worship and Prayer October

Fr-Richard-RohrYou are invited to join us as we begin a new tradition at First Congregational United Church of Christ. Each month on the third Wednesday we will gather together to worship and pray. We will sing hymns and simple songs, engage a series of teachings on “The Art and Practice of Prayer,” and lift up one another and our world in prayer. Let’s take the opportunity to turn our hearts toward God and practice together living in His presence.

On Wednesday, October 15th at 6:30 PM,  we come together to pray and sing and hear a brief teaching on “Prayer and Surrender” by Franciscan priest and spiritual teacher, Father Richard Rohr.