Archive | October 2014

Busy Weekend at Hand

JCC has a fun, busy weekend coming  up. You won’t want to miss out on these delightful events

 

Trunk-or-Treat-FUMCTRUNK OR TREAT – think of it as your one stop Halloween shopping experience. A parking lot full of cars heavily laden with ridiculous amounts of sweet, sugary goodness, a place to let the kids make a pit stop while you take a breather, grab a cup of steaming coffee or cocoa to thaw out, and sign them up for a drawing for prizes for three different age groups. Best of all it’s come and go so  you can hit all the other places on this annual all important holiday candy seeking pilgrimage. Come visit us from 5:30-8:30 PM tonight!

 

 

 

 

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COFFEEHOUSE – the theme this month is Appreciating  Our Pastors. Bring a dish to share and spend the evening listening to the Marv Glenn band while we honor the pastors with a sumptuous feast and all the free hot beverages and Italian Sodas you can hold. Join us at 5 PM Sunday night

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New Men’s Ministry Leader

steve n portia 2The JCC Men’s Ministry is designed to equip men to be the Mighty Men of God that God has destined them to be. The ministry was started by Smitty Smith and featured a monthly Saturday morning breakfast with worship and a teaching time. When Smitty and his wife Suzanna returned to Hawaii Ed Ash took over the leadership for a season, and the meeting time was moved to the 3rd Friday night  of the month. After a few months of prayer and deliberation regarding the direction of the Men’s Ministry, the  JCC leadership is  pleased to introduce our new Men’s Ministry Leader, Steve Webb. Steve and his family, who are part of the Biker Church ministry team, have agreed to take on this leadership role as well. Steve and Pastor Marlan have been cooking up some great things for the ministry, and it will be exciting to see what God does in the lives of the men at JCC.

New Members

new memb 2Sunday was New Member Day at JCC. Five people were recognized and welcomed as the newest members of the JCC family. Pastor Marlan introduced the individuals and then the church leadership team prayed over them and encouraged the congregation to pray for the new family members as well. Welcome to the family, Grace Bolt, Ron and Vanda Hoecher, and Carl and Tammy Kancir; thanks for being a part of the team!

 

Living Sacrifice

Being a sacrifice  is not a very happy, feel good topic, but it is a reality of the Christian walk. If all we listened to were messages that provided positive strokes and warm fuzzies we would be ill prepared to stand for Christ when times  become tough. Click on the arrow to listen to Sunday’s message by Pastor Marlan on what it means to be a living sacrifice.

 

 

 

Here is Sunday’s bulletin – there’s alot going on, so keep it handy to remind yourself of this week’s events.  JCC Bulletin 10-26-14

Regret

I don’t know about you, but there are many things that I wholeheartedly regret that I’ve done in the past. Today’s devotional by Francis Frangipane brings an encouraging message to those who struggle with regret.

 

“Removing the Burden of Regret

“Why did I disobey the Lord?”

“If only I had kept my mouth shut.”

“If only such and such hadn’t happened, my life would be so much better.”

Regret. Nothing so chains us to our past failures like regret. I know too many Christians who were running well yet at some point fell into sin. The worst thing is they knew better. They were not ignorant of Satan’s devices yet they fell. The outcome of their failure was that in the very place where their joy once shone brightly now a wearisome oppression exists. This oppression looks like an aspect of repentance, but it is not. It is demonic. It is a vision-stealer forged in the fires of hell.

I’m not saying that we should never have regret or that regret doesn’t have a legitimate place in our contrition. Yes, we should have remorse and godly sorry for the things we have done wrong, but there is a difference between godly sorrow and demonic oppression. If we have repented for our sins and truly grieved over them, then it is time to cast the burden of regret onto the Lord. It is time to let it go, even as the Scripture commands us to cast our care upon the Lord “for He cares for you” (1 Pet. 5:7 NKJV).

Let us never forget: Jesus is not just the Savior of new converts; He remains our Savior, committed and faithful to the end throughout our lives.

To Set Prisoners Free
Still, we cannot allow regret to become a demonically manipulated weapon used against us. It will paralyze our walk with God. I’m thinking of parents who feel they failed in raising their children, or church or civic leaders who have stumbled and fallen into sin. There are great people who have fallen — who have been buried spiritually under the weight of self-condemnation and regret.

Christ came to set captives free, even when those captives have created a mess of themselves. Consider King David who, in reflection upon his life, wrote, “I have been young and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken” (Ps. 37:25). Remember, this is the same man who, between the seasons of having “been young” and now becoming “old,” committed the most heinous sins of adultery with Bathsheba, and then to cover his sin, he ordered the murder of Uriah, her husband.

Yet looking back on his season of repentance, David realized that, though disciplined and judged as he was, he was not “hurled headlong.” Through it all, the Lord had held firmly to “his hand” (v. 24). Consider: even in David’s sin, the Lord did not him let go!

Instead of rejecting David, the Lord worked to restore him. Yes, there were consequences. The Lord warned that because of David’s sin “the sword shall never depart from [David’s] house” (2 Sam. 12:10). Evil would be raised up “against [David] from [his] own household” (v. 11). This was fulfilled by David’s son Absalom.

Yet even as David fled Jerusalem — even in his brokenness and grief and being cursed by his enemies (2 Sam. 16:5-15) — we see a remarkable quality to David’s heart. Grieved and humbled before men, David strengthened himself before the Lord. In his cleaving to the Lord, he wrote a song that was full of confidence in God. For all the struggles and pain that he brought upon himself, here was a man who sinned but was not living in the grip of regret.

The subheading of the third Psalm tells us it is “the Psalm David wrote when he fled Absalom.”

O Lord, how my adversaries have increased!
Many are rising up against me.
Many are saying of my soul,
“There is no deliverance for him in God.” Selah.
But You, O Lord, are a shield about me,
My glory, and the One who lifts my head.

It strikes me as amazing that, even after all the things David did wrong, the Lord was still a shield about him. And while his head was downcast, the Lord was the One lifted his head.

A New Covenant of Grace
When we come to Christ, we come to the One who has promised to never leave us nor forsake us (Heb. 13:5). You and I, even as Gentiles, have been chosen by God, who personally promised to rebuild and restore the tabernacle of David (Acts 15:15-17). For those who are in Christ, He promises, “I will give you the sure mercies of David” (Acts (13:34 NKJV).

I’m saying it is time to rise back up — wiser and more discerning but completely free of the chains that have bound us. I’m thinking also of Naomi, the mother-in-law of Ruth, in the genealogy of David. Naomi suffered the loss of so much, yet in her latter years, she found again the blessing of the Lord so that the women praised the Lord as Naomi’s redeemer and prayed, “May he also be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age” (Ruth 4:15).

And this is my prayer for you as well, that the Lord would be a “restorer of life” to you and the One who is your “nourisher,” even in “your old age.” As you grow wiser and more humble, may the Lord remove from you the burden of regret.”

 

(c)2014 Francis Frangipane  Used with Permission  http://francisfrangipanemessages.blogspot.com/2014/10/removing-burden-of-regret.html

Coffeehouse

Coffeehouse is coming up again soon, so gather up some friends and a covered dish to share and come on over to 4335 Laurel Street Sunday, November 2nd at 5 PM.  We will be honoring our pastors that night, so if you’re a JCC member bring a card and/or gift to bless Pastor Ruth and Pastor Marlan.

Forgiven!

Today’s devotional by Holley Gerth reminds us that God is a gracious loving, forgiving God.

“I messed up. Again.

I sat on the back deck thinking about what a failure I’d been. What must God think of me?

I began to write about my mistake. I finished and looked at the black and white evidence that I had fallen short yet again. Then I seemed to hear a whisper in my heart.

“Rip out the page.” I paused and listened closer. “Rip out the page.”

“God, what are You saying? What do You mean, rip out the page? I need to record this mistake. I need to remember it.”

Again the clear message came. “Rip out the page.”

I touched the white page of my journal, now covered with writing. Then slowly I pulled from top to bottom. The paper made a sharp sound as it separated from the journal. Only a few fragments of white paper remained where my mistake once had been. The picture couldn’t have been clearer.

Forgiveness. Mercy. Grace.

They were right there on the clean, white pages of my journal.

God seemed to whisper to my heart again. “All of the mistakes and failures you remember, all the secrets you run from, all the regrets and remorse… they are all gone. Every one of them has been torn from the story of your life. You are forgiven. You are accepted. You are loved.”

I realized at that moment that God loves me. He doesn’t just tolerate me. He doesn’t just put up with me because I’m a Christian and He has to. He really, truly loves me.

So wherever you are, whatever mistake you have written in the journal of your life, know that God has ripped it from the pages.

There’s only love.

There’s only grace.

The story of your life is far different than you imagined…and the Author loves you far more than you ever dared to dream.”

 

(c) 2014 Holley Gerth Used with Permission  http://holleygerth.com/wonder-youre-really-forgiven/