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Bulletin Inserts from 5/5/19

The Ladies Bible Study at the gym will be on Friday the 12th at 10 a.m. with lunch being served afterwards at Lori’s home since it’s the last class before summer break.

Tea Time for the Ladies will take place at the Hanover church on Saturday, May 18th from 9:30 a.m. to Noon.  Call Claudia to RSVP, (717) 353-3639.  On the same day, there will be a Tea and Luncheonat the Richland church in Johnstown from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include a Study on Proverbs 31.  RSVP by May 11th by calling (814) 266-2840.  Bring a Bible, a favorite tea cup, and a friend.

Camp Manatawny Events

Family Camp – May 24th -26th.  Enjoy a Memorial Day weekend of fun & fellowship.

Open House – May 25th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  All are welcome to come visit and tour the camp and learn what programs are available.

Camp Sonshine – June 1st -2nd – is a safe and healthy camp experience for those with special needs, and it’s free.

You may have missed the ‘early bird’ but there are still Multi-Camper, Multi-Week, and First-Time Camper discounts to enjoy.  See Manatawny.org for full details or to register.

The 28th Annual Bible Forum arrives at the Gettysburg church May 30th – June 2nd.  Speaker Don Bunting will present A Survey of the Bible.  All are invited to attend.  See lobby for times and directions.

Honeycomb Givers

Let us look briefly at three kinds of givers and the results of their giving:

1) The Flint

To get anything from the flint, you must hammer it.  And even then, you generally get only chips and sparks.  It gives “nothing” away if it can help it, and even then, only with a great display.

2) The Sponge

To get anything from the sponge, you must squeeze it.  It is good-natured.  It readily yields to pressure, and the more it is pressed, the more it gives.  Still, one must press.

3) The Honeycomb

To get anything from the honeycomb, one must only take what flows from it.  It takes delight in giving, without pressure, without begging or badgering.  It gives its sweetness freely.

There is another difference in the honeycomb.  It is a “renewable” resource.  Unlike the flint or sponge, the honeycomb is connected to life; it is the product of ongoing work and creative energy.

One of the reasons “honeycomb givers” are able to give freely, is that they are aware that their lives are continually being replenished.  They believe that what they give away will soon be regenerated. As long as you are connected to the Source of all giving (James 1:17), you can never run dry. When you give freely, you will receive in like manner (2 Cor 8:1-5, 12-15).

As Christians, let us strive to be “honeycomb givers” in service to our heavenly Father by demonstrating a live, active faith.

It's Only Natural

Several of our members came together this weekend to study, connect, and to sing & praise God at a local park.  Connecting with God through nature is, well… only natural.

How often in the scriptures do we find Jesus sitting beside a lake, withdrawing to the wilderness or the mountainside, or sitting in an olive grove to pray and rejuvenate (Matt. 13:1, 14:23, 26:36, Lk 5:16).  Jesus connected to His Father there, and His creation.

Romans 1:20 and Psalm 19:1 tell us that nature is one of the clearest ways God has shown Himself to us.  And indeed, He has made it so amazing and spectacular from the greatest of planetary bodies in space to the minutest part of our inner beings as if to say, that no matter what we admire or investigate we are sure to find Him in His handiwork there.

 

Bulletin Inserts from 4/28/19

Take a Minute to Pray

 It’s Monday morning and you’re a Christian.  What do you do?  If you think about it for more than a minute there’s a good chance you feel inadequate in your prayer life.  For some reason Christians don’t apply principles that work in all other areas of life to their spiritual lives.  No one expects a new father to know what a grandfather knows. No one expects a rookie ball player to know what a veteran knows. Yet, for some reason Christians read about Jesus praying all night, and, knowing that they can’t do that, just give up on prayer as a regular part of their lives. They end up only praying in emergencies and at the dinner table. What are those principles that Christians don’t apply? Start with the basics. Practice them regularly. Seek regular improvement. 

1 Peter 4:11, “If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”

God doesn’t expect more than your ability. So, what are the basics of prayer?  Make it a practice each day.  Pray about those things that God is most concerned about. These would include, your Family, the Government and the Church. You can include here spiritual needs like wisdom, strength and forgiveness. These are the subjects closest to God’s heart. You can be certain that when you pray about these things that He is listening.

Seek regular improvement. This involves learning more about the mind of God. Your regular Bible reading will help in this.

Who knows whether you’ll ever be able to pray all night like Jesus? That’s not the goal. The goal is to please God. Implied in the regular practice of prayer is devotion, trust, faith, hope & love that have always been the marks of God’s people. It pleases God when we pray. It must not be derailed by unrealistic expectations on our side.  Take a minute right now and pray.

Congratulations to our future Leaders & Leaderettes!

‘Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe (1 Tim. 4:12).’  You have the purest faith that all Christians should emulate – it’s fearless, trusting, and believing that all is possible with God.

 Many biblical leaders were called in their youth to do great things.  Samuel was led to chastise the high priest Eli for honoring his sons above God; a young David’s courage felled a great Philistine and ignited the hearts of Israel for the Lord; and faithful Daniel defied the king to honor the true King, leading to a decree that all should worship ‘the God of Daniel.’

Like the young lad who shared his lunch with Jesus and it became food for the multitude, be willing to give Him what He asks of you – great or small – and He will work wonders with you and through you to the glory of our Father.  Believe it!

 

Bulletin Inserts from 4/21/19

Please see the Calendar page on our website for all upcoming events.

Gold Verses Fool’s Gold

During the California gold rush (1848), there were many men whose hearts leapt with joy when they found gold, only to discover that what they had really uncovered was fool’s gold.  It was called that, not only because it lacked the necessary qualities of gold, but because it fooled the novice. As a result, sellers would have difficulty in convincing a novice that his discovery was not the real thing.

On the other hand, an experienced gold digger could easily determine the validity of a find with just a glance. He had learned through experience, to differentiate between real gold and fool’s gold.  He was never afraid to have his claim tested, and he wasn’t going to waste his time digging for worthless metal.

Asking some people to test the validity of their religious convictions, seems to almost be an insult to them. There are many people who are satisfied to be deceived with a religion of fool’s gold – a cheap imitation.  The Bible does give us some warning about this. 

Galatians 1:8-9, “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed  As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.”

Let’s not be “carried about with every wind of doctrine,” but be honest searchers of “the faith” (Acts 17:11, Ephesians 4:13, Romans 10:17.)

For Sale: 

Bowl Cozies to benefit Ohio Valley University & Christian Education.  See Faynelle for $1 dish scrubbies or bowl cozies, $5 for one or two for $8.

Children’s Books – Charli has another box of books available for sale including Jonah, his latest.

 Time to Register for Summer Camp!

Camp season is upon us at Camp Manatawny.  You may qualify for one of several discounts available:  a Multi-Camper Discount (for 2 or more family campers), a Multi-Week Discount (for those in grades 5-9 who register for more than 1 week), a First Time Camper (is welcomed with $25 off), and an Early Registration Discount (allows all who register and pay by April 30th a cost of $295 for the entire week).

Payment plans are available as well.  If you are unable to meet the cost requirements, please meet with an Elder to discuss options or ‘campships’ with Manatawny.  *A $4 processing fee applies to all registrations.

A Look at Good Things to Come…

Ladies Retreat – May 3rd & 4th is $35 ($10 for girls 12 and under)

Family Camp – May 24th-26th is $100 for a family of 4 to enjoy this Memorial Day weekend of fun & fellowship

Open House – May 25th from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. gives future campers a glimpse of what programs & facilities are available to them.

Mens Retreat – September 27th & 28th is $35 ($10 for boys 12 and under)

Camp Sonshine – June 1st-2nd offers a safe and healthy camp experience to those with special needs for free.

Senior – Elementary Camp Weeks run June through August and offer something for everyone.

Please see Manatawny.org for full details and to register.