Monday, April 16, 2012

Sundry Business

Yes, this is a direct rip-off of the email I sent, but here it is anyway!

We are now officially more than halfway through the book, so it is time to start thinking about the future. I had a couple of ideas this morning but want you to come up with topics, studies etc. that you are interested in. My first idea, based on that wonderful prayer at the beginning of Chapter 6, was Tozer's book The Pursuit of God. Then, as I was turning around to put something away, my eye fell on a book that I have but haven't done yet by Kay Arthur, Lord, Give Me a Heart for You.  It is a study of 2 Corinthians in the usual Kay Arthur style. (From the title, I was assuming it was a Psalm or David study, but when I looked at the book more closely, I was wrong.) I know we talked about some other things before we chose our current study, but I am not remembering what they are right at this moment. If you remember or have suggestions, please let me know and we can start discussing them.

In David's January 22 sermon where he laid out the vision for the church, he mentioned that all the Bible study groups should have at least one service project during the year. The handout for that included a list of possibilities. I am sure that some of us know of other ones also. We should probably be looking at what it is that we can do as a group, so here is David's list:
Partner with the Salvation Army - volunteer time to ring the bell at Christmas
Volunteer time with Habitat for Humanity - give several days a year helping a deserving family with their new home
Volunteer time with Meals on Wheels - bless our home-bound citizens by delivering a hot meal
Organize a blood drive for the American Red Cross
Volunteer to work with a children's grief support group at Ele's Place
Help the ministry at Family Life Services Clinic & Pregnancy Center by helping meet their need for receptionists, mentors, organizers, event planners, data entry people, and prayer team members
Volunteer with Food Gatherers - help in their warehouse, hold a penny drive, make thank-you cards, or staff a shift at the community kitchen
Help at the Ronald McDonald House by cooking meals for the families, assisting with house maintenance, or assisting in special event planning
Get involved with Ozone House - help with needs around the house, be a "crisis line" volunteer
Help with the gardening at Wishing Tree Gardens and be a part of providing healthy fresh food to local people in need
Help others on their journey of grief by sharing from your own personal experience through The Kite Network, a "peer support organization"
Volunteer to help at one of the area's shelters for the homeless or victims of domestic violence (Delonis Shelter, Interfaith Hospitality Network, Ozone House, Prospect Place, SafeHouse, Staples Family Center0
If you have some other ideas, please email them to us or bring it up in Sunday School. I will also check with my daughter the social worker to see if she has any ideas.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Chapter 6

As I have been examining Chapter 6, it occurs to me as no surprise that far too much of my time is spent worrying/considering me. And I don't consider myself (after nearly 35 years of being married and nearly 33 years of being a parent) as someone who always thinks of myself first in everything. But I do think that maybe I think of the wrong entities first. Instead of myself, I tend to think of my family first, which may sound really unselfish and nice but is not thinking of the Lord of the universe, the God who gave His life for me, first. This needs to change!

On page 100, Francis Chan has a quote from a book by John Piper about heaven. As I read that quote the first time, I was very saddened by the fact that a lot of the time I think I feel that way. It is only in my better moments (of which there are very few) that I really feel that all that matters about being in heaven is being in the presence of God. I think I need to pray for more "better moments"!