Yesterday’s daily reading (hope everyone has kept their Lenten bookmark) was Psalm 81. I am especially challenged in reading the central stanza of this Song of Praise, in which we read the following (New International Version).
Hear, O my people, and I will warn you – if you would but listen to me . . . You shall have no foreign god among you; you shall not bow down to an alien god. I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.
Historically, this psalm reflects on the time of Mose's trek through the wilderness and the people’s less than constant devotion to God. Thus are the people of God reminded about the danger of idolatry – of worshipping false gods.
In reading this passage, I can’t help but wonder who and what the gods we have today are – that which keeps us from a constant devotion to the one true God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Is it a political figure or position that we vow ultimate allegiance to? Is it the obsession with fame and fortune reflected in the most popular TV shows of our time? Perhaps, the alien god to which we bow down is addictive behavior – to whatever it is we find ourselves addicted to. Just who, or what, are the gods whom we’ve found ourselves replacing the one true God.
These are good questions – apt challenges – for the Lenten season. I encourage each of you to use your Lenten bookmark as a guide to your daily scripture devotions. Today’s is from John’s gospel, Chapter 7, verses 14-39. Is Jesus the Christ, the people wonder. What do you think?
Until then . . .
Shalom Pastor Dave
March 19, 2017
To meet our budget we need to bring in $5625 per week.
8:15 - 36
10:45 - 69
Melissa Mok, loss of mother
Blessings for Robert & Diane Richards on their 53rd anniversary
Family and friends of Louis Williams who passed away Saturday
Continued good health for Mary Kinnan
Courtney & family
Thanksgiving for Marjory Samet's successful heart catheter
Thanksgiving for Patsy Johnson's improvement in physical and mental health
McBurnett family dog, Katy
Our search committee
Healing from cancer for: Bob Olsen, DJ Culkar, Joanne Boisdore, Beth Jerrigan
Continued prayers for: John Briggs, Dee Hampton, Nell Hassell, Jeff Hillery, Mary Lowe, John McGoldrick, Roland Pals, Bob Stewart
Tuesday, March 28
in the Friendship Room
EVERYONE is invited to attend.
THANK YOU to all the volunteers who helped out at the Flavor of Duncanville. First Christian Church was well represented by all our ministers and many volunteers; we appreciate all of you!
Thank you, Church, for your token of appreciation!
SUNDAY, MARCH 26 - 2pm
DISCIPLES WOMEN SPRING RETREAT - Please join us for a fun filled afternoon of fellowship and fun in creating your own take away piece of art from Mosaic Madness located at 211 S. College Street in Waxahachie. Cost is based on the project you select, which begins at $10. You must register no later than 12N on Wednesday, March 22nd. For more information about Mosaic Madness, go to their web page at www.mosaicmadness.com.
TUESDAY, MARCH 28 DW Fun & Fellowship Day
10am in the BOC room
Bring a sack lunch. Attention Ladies!! NTA-DWM NEEDS YOU!
Disciples Crossing Clean Up Day!
Where: Disciples Crossing, Athens, TX When: Monday, April 10th Who: YOU! Need Volunteers from 10am - 4pm to help SPRING Clean up the camp and hang curtains. What time: 10am-4pm, Come for the day, a couple of hours, half day, whatever fits your schedule! WHAT TO BRING:
*Cleaning supplies (what your use to clean your own house)
*Sack lunch / snacks / drinks (for yourself)
(or go get lunch in downtown Athens)
Please respond with amount of time you can help to contacts belowby April 3rd
Margaret Guequierre, Lynn Sanford, Sandra Freeman, Carolyn Scott and Bonnie Cawthon hosted the birthday party at Juliette Fowler.
Order an Easter Lily in Honor or Memory of Someone $10 each
Fill out an order form and place it in the offering plate with your check marked "lily" on the memo line. Or call the church office to place an order. Orders due by April 5.
Please bring individually wrapped candy for the Easter Egg Hunt. Candy can be placed in the church office.
Thank you for your help!
3 Sheryl Poyer
3 Dotti Pennebaker
11 Noah Higgins
13 Walt Edmonds
17 Sharon Cole
18 Roberta Smith
19 Dorothy Crowell
21 Lynn Sanford
21 Carol Sink
25 Bryen Lackey
29 Linda Higgins
OHIO AND MISSISSIPPI RIVER TRIP
Informational Meeting Saturday, April 8 at 11:00 a.m.
A group trip is being planned—traveling from Memphis, Tennessee to Louisville, Kentucky on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers on the new paddle-wheel steamboat The American Duchess. There will be stops along the river with included shore excursions. One of the stops is Paducah, Kentucky, where we will see the National Quilt Museum, the largest museum of its kind in the world.
The tour dates are April 22 to 30, 2018. This is such a popular trip that we need to make reservations early. There will be an informational meeting in the BOC classroom on Saturday, April 8 at 11:00.
If you have questions, call Rev. Eldon Irving 972-298-5442.
Recycle Your Ink Cartridges
Your empty ink cartridges can earn $$$ for the church. Please bring your empty cartridges and place them in the box on the counter in the Outreach Corner.