The Gathering PASTORS’ PEN
Psalms 1:1-3 “Blessed is the man…who delights in the law of Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.” Over this past summer’s drought we have all witnessed the devastating results to the grass, trees, crops, animals, and many others… that go long term without water and must bear great heat. They are all starving for that wonderful and God given “life-giving…strength-giving…growth-giving” power of water. Without it, they all grow brown with death, brittle to the touch, and easily broken and toppled to any outward forces. And fruit from their lives…well we know personally the emaciated, dried up, choked out, and withered fruit is sparse, and even in most cases, non-existing. The “Drought of 2012” that seems to have hit most of The United States of America reminds us all as a Christian Nation also to the drought-like results that can affect us all in our spiritual lives as well. Our lives…our hearts, souls, minds, and wisdom… whether (weather…pun is intended) we know it or not, longs for the life-giving sustenance of the quenching power of God’s Spirit and Presence…Living Water to our souls. That Living Water is never withheld from us. God is always here with us making Himself available to us and for us. It is simply we ourselves who remove Him or fail to find time to drink up His life-giving power. Sometimes we are seemingly too busy for Him, while other times we simply take Him for granted and assume we go through this life on our own power and through our own efforts. Eventually we become weak, tired, weary, stressed, brittle, fruitless, and our lives grow dead in spirit and whatever outside forces attack our lives we are soon broken or overcome. Oh how my soul longs for my God, as a deer longs for the water so my soul longs for my God! I believe that as a Christian I will stand the tallest, strongest, and most fruitful…when I have first spent my time watered by the life-giving presence of God…in His Word and Presence through Prayer. It is true of us as a church and as a nation as well. May it be said of us, “that we know that they are of Jesus for we can see that they have been with Jesus.” To be great for God we must first be with God! As we think of the coming year and years let us be a person…and persons together planted in the fields of life that “make a good crop.” Let us be…“like a tree planted by the streams of water, which yields its fruit in season, whose leaf does not wither, and whatever we do it prospers.” May God be with us all…more importantly… may we be with Him and in Him. Pastor Ed
COMING EVENTS HOG ROAST/ALL CHURCH PICNIC We will again be having a Hog Roast and all church carry-in picnic this year on Sunday, August 19, at 4:30 p.m. at the Life Center. Everyone should bring a carry-in dish plus lawn chairs. Activities will begin at 4:30 p.m. and we will eat at 6:00 p.m. There will be children’s games, youth games, and adult games. There will be a “slip and slide” for all ages. A music group, “KBOP,” which includes our own K.C. Kaericher, will be performing. There will be lots of food and fun, so don’t miss this! Everyone is welcome!
We will again be offering Upward Sports Flag Football and Cheerleading this fall for K-Fifth grade kids. The games will be on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 6:00 p.m. The games will begin on September 4 and 6 and will run for eight weeks. Evaluations will be on August 2 and 4, and training begins on August 11. If you would like more information about the program for your child, or if you would like to volunteer to help, please contact Aimee Brinson at 343-4770.
On Wednesday, August 15, the Primetimers will visit the World Missionary Press and the Quilt Gardens. The World Missionary Press in New Paris prints and ships millions of Christian materials all around the world. After lunch we will go to Middlebury to view the Quilt Gardens at several locations. Lunch will be at the Back Home Café in New Paris, ordering from the menu. The bus will pick up at Greencroft at 9:15 a.m., and we will leave the church at 9:45 a.m. We will return around 4:30 p.m. If you have questions, please call Bob Morris at 534-2791.
Calling….all people who have compassion, patience, and the ability to listen. We will begin a fall training session for the Stephen Ministry. Classes begin on Monday, August 20, and end on Monday, December 17. This is a 50-hour class that will begin at 6:30 p.m. and convene at 8:30 p.m. You will learn about feelings, listening, confidentiality, boundaries, and many more exciting aspects of the Stephen Ministry. Applications will be available at the downtown office and at the Life Center Welcome Desk. Applications are due to Pastor Brenda by August 5.
TGIW MEAL AND CLASSES The TGIW meal and classes will start up again on Wednesday, September 5, 2011 at the downtown campus. Everyone is welcome. The meal is at 5:00 p.m., and classes are at 6:15 p.m. Children’s classes are available at 6:15 p.m. downtown: child care will be available for birth-toddler, and activities for children pre-school-5th grade will be available. The senior and junior high youth group meets at the Life Center at 6:00 p.m. There will be five adult classes offered for the fall term, from September 5 through October 24, 2012: 1. Dave & Connie Brinkruff and Jeromy & Kim Sheets will be leading a Homebuilders series entitled, “Building Your Marriage to Last.” 2. Aaron & Brenda Wilkinson will be leading a class on “The Art of Marriage.” 3. Rick Crowder will be leading a class on Financial Peace University by Dave Ramsey. This is a new format which is now for 9 weeks and 1 1/2 hour sessions. 4. Pastor Brenda will be teaching a Disciple class on the Old Testament prophets and the New Testament letters of Paul. 5. Pastor Ed will be doing a Bible Study on “The Sermon on the Mount” - Matthew 5:1-7:29. It will be a study about the words, teachings, and wisdom of Jesus from the greatest sermon ever preached. The Disciple University calendar for 2012-2013 is: Sept. 5-October 24 - Fall classes (No TGIW on October 17) Oct. 31-Dec. 19 - Advent classes (No TGIW on November 21) January 9-Feb. 20 - Winter classes Feb. 27-April 24 - Spring classes (No TGIW on March 20) (No TGIW on April 3)
YOUTH NEWS “Please join us for Sunday morning worship on August 5. The youth will be leading the service and have some very nice things planned. The service will be based on James 2:17 which says, ‘In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.’ Please come with open hearts, open minds, open hands, and support for the wonderful youth that we have in this church.” -Brad Miller, Youth Pastor
DRAMA MINISTRY We are having an interest meeting for anyone wanting to be involved in any way with a drama ministry. The meeting will be held at the Life Center on Tuesday, August 14 at 6:30pm. This is a chance to talk about the ministry, share ideas and learn more about what we would like to do in our worship services with drama. If you have questions, please contact Steve Campagna through email at email@example.com or by telephone at the church office.
CHOIR Now is the Time to Join Choir!! The Downtown Choir is reconvening for the fall on Wednesday, August 15 at 7:15pm in the sanctuary. We would love to have YOU join us! We will be previewing new music for the fall, our Christmas program in December, and talking a little bit about this year’s Living Word production in March. If you are interested in joining us or have questions, please contact Steve Campagna through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at the church office, 533-9518.
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THANK YOU!! “Thank you to Dick and Jackie Hinckley for making the incasement for the register at the back door entrance, and for fixing the railing to the stairs. We appreciate your work!” “Thank you to Dennis Bailey and Brent Lehman for trimming all the shrubs/bushes and doing lawn work at the downtown campus.”
YOUTH PRAYER WALK On Sunday, August 12, the youth will be participating in a Cluster-wide School Prayer Walk. They will be leaving after the 10:30 morning worship service and will travel to Faith United Methodist Church for a cookout and gathering. At 2:45 pm they will gather with anyone from the church who’d like to join them at Goshen High School. They will be walking around the school praying for the whole Goshen School system.
Hi Everyone, Frances Jessup moved to a new facility in Goshen on Saturday, July 14. She was requiring more care than was available at the assisted living unit in Greencroft. She would love to get cards from as many people as possible. The cards will provide encouragement to Frances during her transition to her new home. Blessings to each of you and thank you for helping Frances in this way. If you write the note with a black sharpie pen and use double spacing, it will be easier for Frances to read. Regards, Frances’ Family Frances Jessup 1212 Waterford Circle, Apt. 709 Goshen, IN 46526
HAPPY AUGUST BIRTHDAYS! August 1 Danielle Stutsman Mark Waggoner Susie Warner Val Anglemyer Marty Buckingham Dennis Gunden August 2 Ned Gruver Harvey Hansen Dorothy Hess Phillip Schwab August 3 Melody Hartman Griffin Miller August 4 Debbie Day Samantha Fackelman August 5 Aleeza Hite Tim Miller Barbara Murray Sarah Carroll August 6 Brad Park Scott Salisbury Stephen Salisbury Tony Peffley Tammy Norton August 7 Trevor Grant August 8 Denny Paff Suzanne Lisor August 9 Lisa Sutter Derick Oâ€™Beirne
August 10 Gordon Miller Maxine Pressler Ashley Brown Cody Minnis August 11 John Faas August 12 Fannie Mabie August 13 James Caldwell Larry Springer August 14 Denise Potter Jane Yoder Lois Fidler David Hart, Jr. Jeff Yoder
August 21 Linda Miller Mary Rock Ryan Lambright August 24 Elaine McCann August 25 Mitch Herschberger Greg Robbins Lowell Stine August 26 Alyson Good August 27 Sue McDonald
August 15 Peggy Burnworth Linda Wilson
August 28 Martin Detwiler
August 16 Paul Wiess, Jr. Curt Jones
August 29 Bob Maison Tom Davis
August 17 Walter Aschliman Steve Pettit Jeff Griffin
August 30 Cathy Smith Rachel Parsons Tenorio Casey Owen
August 18 Mildred Schrock Julia Galloway August 19 Beth Ann Miller August 20 Betty Stengel Bonnie Adams
THINK ABOUT IT! What kind of motor vehicles are mentioned in the Bible? Answer: Jehovah drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden in a Fury. Davidâ€™s Triumph was heard throughout the land. Also, probably a Honda, because the apostles were all in one Accord.