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From the Laptop of Pastor Jane
This past Sunday we had the opportunity to reflect on several verses including Paul’s letter to the Philippians regarding “contentment”! Let me share his words with you for just a moment from 4:11-13. “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in what-ever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. For I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”
What a great statement to live by; “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content”. Imagine to be content in ALL situations? Sometimes I am hoping for 50%. How about you? Contentment does not come easy but yet if we work hard each day on our attitude and self-discipline, God is able to help us find the con-tentment Paul found through Christ.
So how do we do it?
C Christ – Our focus must continue to be on Him through every circumstance.
O Ocean – Find those sacred places to escape the stress and pressure of life.
N Nurture – Place others first, using our time, talents and energy to touch a life for Him through serv-ing.
T Time – Spend time with YOU, learning to be comfortable in our own skin.
E Erase – Forgive others and ourselves and truly “let it go”.
N Need – Know your needs, not your wants. Wants come and go but when you live a simple life around needs, it takes away extra stress and does not destroy our peace and contentment.
T Time – Remember how precious each moment is and do not let anything steal the joy of Christ.
All these statements are easily said, not done but to follow them more closely surely must come through our relationship with Christ and the strength He gives us.
As I personally reflected on “contentment” in my own life, I realized the more I nurture others, the easier it is to be content. Perhaps it is taking the focus on my own challenges but it surely has been a true answer to dis-covering His joy and peace for me.
While on vacation I read an amazing book on the life of a Centenarian, those who are 100 years young or older. As they interviewed each, many shared how following their faith walk, and following the above suggestions, made a true difference in their life span. They all spoke about the attitude they had for life and its challenges and also about self-discipline even at 100 plus.
I loved each story but I want to leave you with this point that truly has made me ponder more and more about nurturing. This one woman shared how she made it her business to “Adopt a Senior” throughout her life. Although you would think it was her that made the difference in that senior’s life, it was the senior who imparted their wisdom in their friendship, teach-ing her about the true meaning of contentment. When I think about our seniors in our church and also those that have gone to be with Jesus, I could not agree more!
So today I challenge each of us to “Adopt a Senior” and spend some time with them for contentment and a true friendship lies with each. And if you need the name of a senior that could use a friend, just let me know. I promise, there you will find His peace and joy, as God reveals contentment like never before.
Above all, remember all contentment begins with a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Blessings, Pastor Jane
WE PRAY FOR
Restored Health: Children of Tuvalu, Chona Lentini (Rose Belizarios’s sister), Debbie Lowe, Ethel Van Der Horn, Diane Buonomo, June Bierwas, Barbara Conklin, Trudy Verblaauw, Rich and John Rebecky, Kim Komar-nicki, Sheila Zieger, Sherrie Piroso (Bonnie Voellmy’s cousin), and Chris Masi
Shut-ins: Claire Wallenburg, Helen Nerder, and Joan Betsy
Mission and Military: The Good Shepherd Mission; Barbara and Hilary Gierman at Camp Lebanon; Hilltop Haven; Jaelon Santillan-Magat and all those serving in the military
W.I.N.: The pantry is currently in need of
Small or regular jars of jelly & peanut butter
Chef-Boyardee products & canned chili
Canned fruit & vegetables (no corn or string beans)
Canned meats & Condiments
Coffee, instant coffee, & tea
Rice, rice mixes, & instant potatoes
Dried milk, water & fruit juices
Personal care products & cleaning supplies
The pantry does not need beans, soup, or pasta. Mon-etary donations and paper bags sleeved in plastic or bags with handles are always welcome.
Holy Grounds Café: . Beginning June 2nd, the café will be open from 9:00 to 9:40 a.m. each Sunday for prayer and from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. for a cup of coffee and fellowship. Come spend a few moments in prayer with Our Lord and/or enjoy a few minutes catching up with friends! If you would like to bring a treat to share one-Sunday, please let Rose Belizario know. Thanks!
Joanne’s Joy: . Reminder: Gift card orders are taken on the first Sunday of each month.
Young at Heart Summer is approaching quickly, so please mark the following dates on your calendar for our “Breakfasts.” Place and time will be announced as we get closer to the dates:
July 9th, `10:30 a.m. at Pompton Queen Diner, Pompton Plains (Route 23 North)
July 23rd, 10:30 a.m. Lenape Diner/Café in Oakland, Route 202 across from Portabella’s.
August 6th and 20th, places to be announced..
Women’s Retreat: “Time in a Bottle” (October 4th to 6th. ) At the present time we have 20 women signed up for our annual retreat at St. Joseph by the Sea. Since our space is liminited to 22, please le me know if interest as soon as possible. (The cost is $225 which covers lodging Friday and Saturday in a single room, 5 meals, and a wonderful retreat by the sea.)
Morning Worship Service each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Please join us.
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
July 9th—YAH Breakfast at Pompton Queen Diner, 10:30 a.m.
July 14th—Pastor Herb preaching, followed by “Coffee and …”
July 14th-20th—Mission Trip
July 23rd—YAH Breakfast, 10:30 a.m. at Lenape Diner/Café in Oakland.
July 26th—Family Movie Night, Sight and Sound presentation of “Joseph”, 7:00 p.m. on the large screen.
Please join us and tell your neighbors and friends about our Family Movie Night, July 26th, starting at 7:00 p.m. The Sight and Sound presentation of “Joseph” will be shown on the big screen. Popcorn, snacks, and drinks available. Admission is one non-perishable item for the W.I.N. pantry. Our own Uber transportation will be available for those who do not wish to drive at night. Mark you calendars for August 30th, when the Sight and Sound presentation, “Story of Ruth” will be shown.
Our Mission Trip
Our youth and chaperones will be leaving on their Mis-sion Trip to Frederick, Maryland on July 14th and return-ing on July 20th. Thank you to everyone who supported them. Our mission travelers are David Smith, Pastor Jane Harlan, Trisha Colyer, Alex Rosamilia, Michael Carravaglia, Noah Vazquez, Alexa Vazquez, Gianna Furnari, Jeri Meyer, Moises Castillo, and Carolyn Castillo. If you would like to send them a note of encouragement and support, the address is: Tuscarora High School, 5312 Ballenger Creek Pike, Fred-erick, MD 21703. Notes should be mailed no later than July 15th.