Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Fives

1. Sermon Series - This Sunday we are continuing our preaching series entitled, The 11, based upon a book by Rev. Leonard Sweet. To live our life alone not only robs us of wonderful experiences and fellowship, it is almost impossible. We need to people to walk with us, support us, and absolutely love us along the way. We need others to help us be the best person we can be, the person God intends for us to be. For the next several weeks we are going to look at the types of people we need in our lives as a way of helping you identify who in your life fills those roles for you. It is sure to be an exciting time of discernment and maybe even a bit surprising. For a schedule you can click here. Invite a friend and I hope to see you all there!





2. FAD Night - FAD (Faith and Discipleship) Night has started again! FAD Night is a time for us to share a simple meal together and then break off into our groups; children, youth, and adults. After that we come back together for a time of music and prayer. FAD Night runs each Thursday from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

We are still in need of volunteers to cook the simple meal. We would like to set up a team of at least 8 different people to cook on a rotation to help ease the workload. As of now we have six. If you are interested please call the church office or email us by clicking here and let us know. FAD Night was a wonderful experience in the Spring and we need you to help us keep it that way.

Also, to RSVP for FAD Night, so our wonderful cooks can plan, please call the church office, sign up at the Connection Table, or email the office by clicking here.





3. New Bible Study - As FAD Night gets started again, so does another Bible Study opportunity as we go Scriptural this time with the Immersion study of the Gospel of Luke. Journey inside the pages of Scripture to meet a personal God who enters individual lives and begins a creative work from the inside out. Shaped with the individual in mind, Immersion encourages simultaneous engagement both with the Word of God and with the God of the Word to become a new creation in Christ. Immersion, inspired by a fresh translation--the Common English Bible--stands firmly on Scripture and helps readers explore the emotional, spiritual, and intellectual needs of their personal faith. More importantly, you’ll be able to discover God’s revelation through readings and reflections.

This class will be offered each Thursday at 10am and again in the evening as part of our FAD night, in the Fellowship Hall, from September 4th - October 23rd. It is never too late to join and we would love to have you be a part of this time!





4. Advent Challenge - Last year's challenge was so incredibly successful and so many lives were touched by this act of generosity, the leadership of the church wanted to do it again this year. Once again our goal between now and Christmas Eve is to raise $5,000 to be split between a local and global charity. Of our goal, $2,900 will go to our global charity, Stop Hunger Now, as we strive to host another meal packaging event to help those children around the world that are suffering from malnourishment. The other $2,100 will go to our local mission, a Church Has Left the Building event, scheduled for early 2015. Please prayerfully consider how you might give, above and beyond your normal giving, to support this challenge so we may reach out and share the love of Christ with other people. If you want more information about this challenge, including updates for how much you have raised, please click here.





5. Sunday Fellowship Lunch - We are so blessed every Sunday to enjoy lunch on the grounds here at Druid Hills. We have the opportunity to gather in Fellowship Hall after worship and break bread with one another and enjoy a tremendous time of fellowship and friendship. The only way this sacred time happens is because of you. You bring the food, you pitch in to clean up, you invest in this time in so many ways. Each week a different group in the church takes a turn providing the food and cleaning up the Hall.

Over the years the membership in some of these groups have declined to where much of the work on a particular week is falling to just a few. I want to encourage each of you to consider joining these people to help out one or two weeks a month. Bring a dish to share, grab a rag afterwards to clean the tables, or pitch in in any other of the numerous ways you have the ability. By each of us continuing to work together, we can continue to enjoy the beauty and blessing of Sunday lunch together! Thanks for your consideration.



Have a great weekend and I will see you soon!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Midweek Moment

Yesterday, my wife showed me this comic...

Source - http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2007/08/17/365-reasons-to-love-comics-229/

...and I just had to chuckle. I have always loved Peanuts and the religious backdrop that often appears and this particular strip is no different. Here these young people begin quoting the book of Job. As I read through it I could see how Mr. Schultz was trying to bring to light a few of the misconceptions that all too frequently accompany this book.

Job was a man of great faith that had to endure an awful situation. What made his situation so awful was that all of what happened to Job was due to no fault of his own. Sometimes bad things happen to good people and it is not their fault, it is not God's plan, it just happens. My message for you today is simply this; God loves you. God only wants the best for you and for your life to be filled with joy. This does not mean bad things will never happen to you because they will. But what is does mean is that God is not the cause and that God will walk with you through the chaos and see you through to the other side.

I invite to share this message of God's love with someone this week. After all, we can all use it from time to time and you may be just the person God calls to bring a little joy to someone else.

Have a great week and I will see you Sunday!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Bible Challenge 09/14 - 09/20

Greetings All!

This week we will continue our reading in the book of Jeremiah. There are six main sections to this book and this week we will finish up the first one and move all the way through the fifth section. Here's some of the highlights: Chapters 26-29 are biographical material and deal with Jeremiah's interactions with other prophets; chapters 30-33 contain God's promise of restoration including Jeremiah's "new covenant" which is interpreted differently in Judaism versus Christianity; chapters 34-35 are mostly about interactions with Zedekiah and the fall of Jerusalem; and in the fifth section (chapters 46-51) we begin to see the divine punishment to the nations surrounding Israel.

Here is the schedule:

14, Sunday: Jeremiah 20-23

15, Monday: Jeremiah 24-27

16, Tuesday: Jeremiah 28-31

17, Wednesday: Jeremiah 32-35

18, Thursday: Jeremiah 36-39

19, Friday: Jeremiah 40-43

20, Saturday: Jeremiah 44-47

May God add His richest blessings to the reading, the hearing, the understanding and most importantly the living out of His holy word. Amen.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Fives

 1. Sermon Series - This Sunday we are continuing our preaching series entitled, The 11, based upon a book by Rev. Leonard Sweet. To live our life alone not only robs us of wonderful experiences and fellowship, it is almost impossible. We need to people to walk with us, support us, and absolutely love us along the way. We need others to help us be the best person we can be, the person God intends for us to be. For the next several weeks we are going to look at the types of people we need in our lives as a way of helping you identify who in your life fills those roles for you. It is sure to be an exciting time of discernment and maybe even a bit surprising. For a schedule you can click here. Invite a friend and I hope to see you all there!





2. FAD Night - FAD (Faith and Discipleship) Night has started again! FAD Night is a time for us to share a simple meal together and then break off into our groups; children, youth, and adults. After that we come back together for a time of music and prayer. FAD Night runs each Thursday from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

We are still in need of volunteers to cook the simple meal. We would like to set up a team of at least 8 different people to cook on a rotation to help ease the workload. As of now we have six. If you are interested please call the church office or email us by clicking here and let us know. FAD Night was a wonderful experience in the Spring and we need you to help us keep it that way. Also, to RSVP for FAD Night, so our wonderful cooks can plan, please call the church office, sign up at the Connection Table, or email the office by clicking here.





3. New Bible Study - As FAD Night gets started again, so does another Bible Study opportunity as we go Scriptural this time with the Immersion study of the Gospel of Luke. Journey inside the pages of Scripture to meet a personal God who enters individual lives and begins a creative work from the inside out. Shaped with the individual in mind, Immersion encourages simultaneous engagement both with the Word of God and with the God of the Word to become a new creation in Christ.

Immersion, inspired by a fresh translation--the Common English Bible--stands firmly on Scripture and helps readers explore the emotional, spiritual, and intellectual needs of their personal faith. More importantly, you’ll be able to discover God’s revelation through readings and reflections.

This class will be offered each Thursday at 10am and again in the evening as part of our FAD night, in the Fellowship Hall, from September 4th - October 23rd. It is never too late to join and we would love to have you be a part of this time!





4. Advent Challenge - Last year's challenge was so incredibly successful and so many lives were touched by this act of generosity, the leadership of the church wanted to do it again this year. Once again our goal between now and Christmas Eve is to raise $5,000 to be split between a local and global charity. Of our goal, $2,900 will go to our global charity, Stop Hunger Now, as we strive to host another meal packaging event to help those children around the world that are suffering from malnourishment. The other $2,100 will go to our local mission, a Church Has Left the Building event, scheduled for early 2015.

Please prayerfully consider how you might give, above and beyond your normal giving, to support this challenge so we may reach out and share the love of Christ with other people. If you want more information about this challenge, including updates for how much you have raised, please click here.





5. Sunday Fellowship Lunch - We are so blessed every Sunday to enjoy lunch on the grounds here at Druid Hills. We have the opportunity to gather in Fellowship Hall after worship and break bread with one another and enjoy a tremendous time of fellowship and friendship. The only way this sacred time happens is because of you. You bring the food, you pitch in to clean up, you invest in this time in so many ways.

Each week a different group in the church takes a turn providing the food and cleaning up the Hall. Over the years the membership in some of these groups have declined to where much of the work on a particular week is falling to just a few.

I want to encourage each of you to consider joining these people to help out one or two weeks a month. Bring a dish to share, grab a rag afterwards to clean the tables, or pitch in in any other of the numerous ways you have the ability. By each of us continuing to work together, we can continue to enjoy the beauty and blessing of Sunday lunch together! Thanks for your consideration.



Have a great weekend and I will see you soon!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Bible Challenge 09/07 - 09/13

Greetings All!

This week we will conclude our reading in the book of Isaiah and begin reading in Jeremiah.

And finally we see a testimony from Isaiah about the kind of healer that the Messiah would be: "The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;" - Isaiah 61:1

Like Isaiah, Jeremiah was also a prophet to the southern kingdom of Judah and lived in Jerusalem. His name meant "Yahweh exalts" and sometimes he was called the "weeping prophet." He was the son of a priest from Anatot in the land of Benjamin and lived in the last years of the kingdom of Judah, witnessing its fall to Babylon including the destruction of Solomon's Temple. For twenty five years he had predicted God's coming judgment and tried some outrageous stunts to get people to listen to him and repent, but to no avail. We would consider that today to be a failure; and yet Jeremiah was not a failure because he was faithful to proclaim God's Word.

There are six main sections to this book. By the end of this week we'll have worked our way through most of the first section (chapters 1-25 dealing with the main part of Jeremiah's message). Next week we will get into more biographic material and Jeremiah's interactions with other prophets.

Here is the schedule:

07, Sunday: Isaiah 58-61

08, Monday: Isaiah 62-65

09, Tuesday: Isaiah 66 - Jeremiah 3

10, Wednesday: Jeremiah 4-7

11, Thursday: Jeremiah 8-11

12, Friday: Jeremiah 12-15

13, Saturday: Jeremiah 16-19

May God add His richest blessings to the reading, the hearing, the understanding and most importantly the living out of His holy word. Amen.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Friday Fives

1. Sermon Series - This Sunday we are continuing our preaching series entitled, The 11, based upon a book by Rev. Leonard Sweet. To live our life alone not only robs us of wonderful experiences and fellowship, it is almost impossible. We need to people to walk with us, support us, and absolutely love us along the way. We need others to help us be the best person we can be, the person God intends for us to be. For the next several weeks we are going to look at the types of people we need in our lives as a way of helping you identify who in your life fills those roles for you. It is sure to be an exciting time of discernment and maybe even a bit surprising. For a schedule you can click here. Invite a friend and I hope to see you all there!




2. FAD Night - FAD (Faith and Discipleship) Night has started again! FAD Night is a time for us to share a simple meal together and then break off into our groups; children, youth, and adults. After that we come back together for a time of music and prayer. FAD Night runs each Thursday from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

We are still in need of volunteers to cook the simple meal. We would like to set up a team of at least 8 different people to cook on a rotation to help ease the workload. As of now we have six. If you are interested please call the church office or email us by clicking here and let us know. FAD Night was a wonderful experience in the Spring and we need you to help us keep it that way. Also, to RSVP for FAD Night, so our wonderful cooks can plan, please call the church office, sign up at the Connection Table, or email the office by clicking here.





3. New Bible Study - As FAD Night gets started again, so does another Bible Study opportunity as we go Scriptural this time with the Immersion study of the Gospel of Luke. Journey inside the pages of Scripture to meet a personal God who enters individual lives and begins a creative work from the inside out. Shaped with the individual in mind, Immersion encourages simultaneous engagement both with the Word of God and with the God of the Word to become a new creation in Christ.

Immersion, inspired by a fresh translation--the Common English Bible--stands firmly on Scripture and helps readers explore the emotional, spiritual, and intellectual needs of their personal faith. More importantly, you’ll be able to discover God’s revelation through readings and reflections.

This class will be offered each Thursday at 10am and again in the evening as part of our FAD night, in the Fellowship Hall, from September 4th - October 23rd. For more information and to sign up, please pick up a registration form in the narthex, call the church office, or click here.





4. Advent Challenge - Last year's challenge was so incredibly successful and so many lives were touched by this act of generosity, the leadership of the church wanted to do it again this year. Once again our goal between now and Christmas Eve is to raise $5,000 to be split between a local and global charity. Of our goal, $2,900 will go to our global charity, Stop Hunger Now, as we strive to host another meal packaging event to help those children around the world that are suffering from malnourishment. The other $2,100 will go to our local mission, a Church Has Left the Building event, scheduled for early 2015.

Please prayerfully consider how you might give, above and beyond your normal giving, to support this challenge so we may reach out and share the love of Christ with other people. If you want more information about this challenge, including updates for how much you have raised, please click here.





5. Sunday Fellowship Lunch - We are so blessed every Sunday to enjoy lunch on the grounds here at Druid Hills. We have the opportunity to gather in Fellowship Hall after worship and break bread with one another and enjoy a tremendous time of fellowship and friendship. The only way this sacred time happens is because of you. You bring the food, you pitch in to clean up, you invest in this time in so many ways.

Each week a different group in the church takes a turn providing the food and cleaning up the Hall. Over the years the membership in some of these groups have declined to where much of the work on a particular week is falling to just a few.

I want to encourage each of you to consider joining these people to help out one or two weeks a month. Bring a dish to share, grab a rag afterwards to clean the tables, or pitch in in any other of the numerous ways you have the ability. By each of us continuing to work together, we can continue to enjoy the beauty and blessing of Sunday lunch together! Thanks for your consideration.



Have a great weekend and I will see you soon!