These articles are bet2008Olympicster than the rocky start last year. There are more of them, too. August is a must-take-to-heart-and-live-out guide for new parents, older parents, and the rest of us, as well.

On the left is the logo of the summer Olympics held in, you guessed it, Beijing, China. Also, there was an election in the United States but I do not feel comfortable talking about it except to say it was a win for sin. The real issues far outweigh that election event.

January

A Fond Farewell; Norman Mefford left us to live in a far better place on the January the 8th. He gave me these two pieces for The Christian Chatter on Sunday, the 6th. They are below in loving memory of a good and faithful servant. I should add ‘long serving’ too for when I was a child, Norman came to church early and built the fires in both coal stoves in the Sanctuary so the rest of us could worship in comfort.

Author'current comment;  I made an exception to deleting names in Norman's case with his daughter's permission.

 

A Prayer of Saint Francis
O Lord, our Christ, may we have Thy mind and Thy spirit; make us instruments of Thy peace.

Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is discord, union;
where there is doubt, Faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen. St. Francis

Heaven’s Grocery Store
I was walking down life’s highway a long time ago, when one day I saw a sign that read “Heaven’s Grocery Store.” As I got a little closer the door came open wide. And when I came to myself, I was standing inside.

I saw a host of angels, they were standing everywhere. One handed me a basket and said “My child shop with care!”

Everything a Christian needed was in that Grocery Store. And all you couldn’t carry, you could come back the next day for more.

First, I got some Patience, Love was in the same row. Further down was Understanding, you need that everywhere you go. I got a box or two of Wisdom, a bag or two of Faith, I couldn’t miss the Holy Spirit for it was all over the place.

I stopped to get some Strength and Courage to help run the race. By then my basket was getting full but I remembered I needed some Grace.

I didn’t forget Salvation for SALVATION, that was free. So I tried to get enough of that to save - both You and Me. I started up to the counter to pay the grocery bill. I thought I had everything to do my Master’s will.

As I went up the aisle, I saw Prayer and I just had to put that in for I knew when I stepped outside, I would run right into Sin. Peace and Joy were plentiful; they were hanging near, so I just helped myself.

Then I said to the Angel, “How much do I owe?” He smiled and said, “Just take them everywhere you go.” Again, I smiled at him and said, “How much, now, do I really owe?” He smiled and said,

“MY CHILD, JESUS PAID YOUR BILL A LONG TIME AGO.”

 

February

Just a Thought; In our Sunday school lesson of January 20th we discovered God does not always answer our prayers in a way we understand. This is an example.

There was a man clinging to his rooftop during a flood. He prayed that God would send him deliverance. Pretty soon a man in a rowboat came by. "No, thanks," the man on the rooftop said, "I'm waiting for God to save me." Later, a family paddled up to him on a raft. He gave the same answer. Then a helicopter dropped him a rope ladder, but the man gave the same reply. Finally waves close over the rooftop and the man found himself standing before God's throne. "I prayed to you, Lord!" he protested. "Why didn't you save me?"

"I sent you a rowboat, a raft, and a helicopter," the Lord replied. "What did you expect?"

Recipes – It has been suggested that we include a recipe when space permits and a good recipe comes along.

Zucchini Bread.

3 c, self-rising flour, 1 c. oil, 2 c. sugar, 1 c. crushed pineapple, 2 tsp. cinnamon, 2 c. grated zucchini, 1 tsp. vanilla, ½ c. raisins, 3 eggs, ½ c. nuts or walnuts

Mix well flour, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, eggs and oil. Then add remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour into a greased pan. Bake at 350º from 40 to 60 minutes or until wooden pick comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes and remove from pan.

(When I was a boy that wooden pick was a broom straw from a well used broom.) 

 

March

Message to Visitors; Attendance on Easter Sunday is usually higher than most Sundays. Extra copies of The Christian Chatter were made hoping that’s true this year, too. We hope you enjoyed the service today and invite you back next Sunday and any other Sunday you can come. You are always welcome.

Easter Time; Easter (March 23) is always the 1st Sunday after the 1st full moon after the Spring Equinox (which is March 20 this year). This dating of Easter is based on the lunar calendar that Hebrew people used to identify Passover. That is why it moves around on our Roman calendar. Based on this, Easter can actually be one day earlier (March 22) but that is very rare. The last time Easter was on March 22 was 1818. The next time will be March 22 in the year 2285 (277 years from now). We never saw nor will ever see it happen. This year is the earliest Easter any of us will ever see the rest of our lives! The next time Easter will be March 23 will be the year 2160 (220 years from now). You have to be 95 or older to have lived through the last one, 1913.

How well do you know the Bible?; Take a few minutes to find out. In the following paragraph there are 16 books of the Bible. Some are found in whole words, others across 2 or 3 words. See what you can do. Have fun.

I once made a remark about the hidden books of the Bible. It was a lulu, kept people looking so hard for the facts. I will quickly admit it usually takes a minister to find one of them. But for others it was a revelation. Some were in a jam, especially since the names of the books were not capitalized. But the truth finally struck home to numbers of readers. To others, it was a job. We want it to be a most fascinating few moments for you. Yes, there will be some really easy ones to spot. Others may require judges to help them. And there will be loud lamentations when it is found. A little lady says she brews a cup of tea so she can concentrate better. See how well you can compete. Relax now, for there really are 16 books of the Bible in this story.

The answer will be printed next month so now everyone has another reason to come to Church next month. 

 

April

Mother’s Day; Sunday May 11 is Mother’s Day. Please bring a mother with you on Mother’s Day. We are not picky. She does not have to be your mother; she does not even have to be a mother. Fathers are welcome, too. 

Books of the Bible puzzle answer;The answer is:

I once made a remark about the hidden books of the Bible. It was a lulu, kept people looking so hard for the facts. I will quickly admit it usually takes a minister to find one of them. But for others it was a revelation. Some were in a jam, especially since the names of the books were not capitalized. But the truth finally struck home to numbers of readers. To others, it was a job. We want it to be a most fascinating few moments for you. Yes, there will be some really easy ones to spot. Others may require judges to help them. And there will be loud lamentations when it is found. A little lady says she brews a cup of tea so she can concentrate better. See how well you can compete. Relax now, for there really are 16 books of the Bible in this story.

 

May

Mother’s Day Spiritual Origin; The majority of countries that celebrate Mother’s Day do so on the second Sunday of May. On this day, it is common for Mothers to be lavished with presents and special attention from their families, friends, and loved ones. But it hasn’t always been that way.

Only recently dubbed “Mother’s Day,” the highly traditional practice of honoring Motherhood is rooted in antiquity. Past rites typically had strong symbolic and spiritual overtones. Societies tended to celebrate Goddesses and symbols rather than actual Mothers. In fact, the personal human touch to Mother’s Day is a relatively new phenomenon. The maternal objects of adoration ranged from mythological female deities to the Christian Church itself. Only in the past few centuries did celebrations of Motherhood develop a decidedly human focus. 

Anna M. Jarvis’ Mother’s Day; After Anna Reeves Jarvis died, her daughter Anna M. Jarvis campaigned for the creation of an official Mother’s Day in remembrance of her mother and in honor of peace. In 1908, Anna petitioned the superintendent of the church where her mother had spent over 20 years teaching Sunday School. Her request was honored, and on May 10, 1908, the first official Mother’s Day celebration took place at Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia and a church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The West Virginia event drew a congregation of 407 and Anna Jarvis arrange for white carnations – her Mother’s favorite flower – to adorn the patrons. Two carnations were given to every Mother in attendance. Today, white carnations are used to honor deceased Mothers, while pink or red carnations pay tribute to Mothers who are still alive. Andrew’s Methodist Church exists to this day and was incorporated into the International Mother’s Day Shrine in 1962.

Father’s Day; Sunday, June 15 is Father Day. Please bring a father with you on Father’s Day. We are not picky. He does not have to be your father; he does not even have to be a Father. Mother’s are welcome, too.

Dedication; This issue of The Christian Chatter is dedicated to my mother, Audra Booth, who with God’s help, made half of me what I am today. Many of you remember Mom, most simply as ‘Bob.’

 

June

Father’s Day; The idea of a Father’s Day began in Spokane, Washington was that of Sonora Smart Dodd. It came to her while listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909. Her father, William Jackson Smart, born in June, after her mother died, had raised her. Sonora wanted her father to know how special he was to her. The first Father's Day celebration was in Spokane, Washington on June 29, 1910.

Father's Day was recognized by a Joint Resolution of Congress in 1956. In 1972, President Richard Nixon established that the Father's Day observance was to be the third Sunday of June. So Father's Day was born in memory and gratitude by a daughter who thought that her father and all good fathers should be honored with a special day just like we honor our mothers on Mother's Day. 

Father’s Day;
God took the strength of a mountain, the majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun, the calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature, the comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages, the power of the eagles’ flight,
The joy of a morning in spring, the faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity, the depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities, when there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete, and so He called it . . .Dad.

Dedication; This issue of The Christian Chatter is dedicated to my father, Allen Booth, who with God’s help, made the other half of me what I am today. Many of you remember Dad, most, simply as ‘Bootie.’

 

 July

THANK HIM RIGHT NOW
For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. Psalms 91:11

DEAR GOD:
I want to thank you for what you have already done.

I am not going to wait until I see results or receive rewards,
I am thanking you right now.

I am not going to wait until I feel better or things look better,
I am thanking you right now.

I am not going to wait until people say they are sorry or until they stop talking about me,
I am thanking you right now.

I am not going to wait until the pain in my body disappears,
I am thanking you right now.

I am not going to wait until my financial situation improves,
I am going to thank you right now.

I am not going to wait until the children are asleep and the house is quiet,
I am going to thank you right now.

I am not going to wait until I get promoted at work or until I get a job,
I am going to thank you right now.

I am not going to wait until I understand every experience in my life that has caused me pain and grief,
I am going to thank you right now.

I am not going to wait until the journey gets easier or the challenges are removed,
I am thanking you right now.

I am thanking you because I am alive.
I am thanking you because I made it through the day’s difficulties.
I am thanking you because I have walked around obstacles.
I am thanking you because I have the ability  and the opportunity to do more and better.
I am thanking you because you have not given up on me.

Provided by one of our congregation, author unknown.

 

August

WHEN YOU THOUGHT I WASN'T LOOKING; Written by a former child, not me;

A message every adult should read, because children are watching you and doing as you do, not as you say.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately wanted to paint another one.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you feed a stray cat, and I learned that it was good to be kind to animals.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you make my favorite cake for me and I learned that the little things can be the special things in life.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I heard you say a prayer, and I knew there is a God I could always talk to and I learned to trust in God.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you make a meal and take it to a friend who was sick, and I learned that we all have to help take care of each other.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you give of your time and money to help people who had nothing and I learned that those who have something should give to those who don't.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you take care of our house and everyone in it and I learned we have to take care of what we are given.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw how you handled your responsibilities, even when you didn't feel good and I learned that I would have to be responsible when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw tears come from your eyes and I learned that sometimes things hurt, but it's all right to cry.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw that you cared and I wanted to be everything that I could be.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I learned most of life's lessons that I need to know to be a good and productive person when I grow up.

When you thought I wasn't looking, I looked at you and wanted to say, 'Thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn't looking.'

LITTLE EYES SEE A LOT!

Each of us (parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, teacher or friend) influence the life of a child. How will you touch the life of someone today? Read again the all capitals line and be careful in all you do and say.

 

September

God's will and grace; To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did. When God takes something from your grasp, He is not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better. Concentrate on this sentence - The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.

 Teaching; After a job interview by the school administration, the teaching prospect said, "Let me see if I've got this right:

"You want me to go into that room with all those kids, correct their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse, monitor their dress habits, censor their T-shirt messages, and instill in them a love for learning.

"You want me to check their backpacks for weapons, wage war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases, and raise their sense of self esteem and personal pride.

"You want me to teach them patriotism and good citizenship, sportsmanship, and fair play, and how to register to vote, balance a checkbook, and apply for a job.

"You want me to check their heads for lice, recognize signs of antisocial behavior, and make sure that they all pass the state exams.

"You want me to provide them with an equal education regardless of their handicaps, and communicate regularly with their parents by letter, telephone, newsletter, and report card.

"You want me to do all this with a piece of chalk, a blackboard, a bulletin board, a few books, a big smile, and a starting salary that qualifies me for food stamps.

"You want me to do all this and then you tell me...

"I CAN'T PRAY?"

Some beauty tips; For lovely lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.

Laughter – Laughter is like changing a baby’s diaper: it does not permanently solve any problems, but it does make things more acceptable for a while!

Lightning – My mind often works like lightning; one brilliant flash and then it’s gone again.

 

October

Cell phone or Bible?; What would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone?

What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?
What if we flipped through it several times a day?
What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?
What if we used it to receive messages from the text?
What if we treated it as if we couldn't live without it?
What if we gave it to Kids as gifts?
What if we used it when we traveled?
What if we used it in case of emergency?

This is something to make you go - Hmm...where is my Bible?

Oh, and one more thing; unlike our cell phone, we don't have to worry about our Bible being disconnected. Jesus already paid the bill.

Makes you stop and think; where are my priorities? And no dropped calls!

 

2008CartoonNovember

Unwanted Cell Phone Calls - All cell phone numbers were released to telemarketing companies. Soon you will start to receive sale calls. YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone: (888) 382-1222. It is the National DO NOT CALL list. It will only take a minute of your time and will block your number for five (5) years. You must call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked. You cannot call from a different phone number.

Author'current comment; I don't think this worked, then or now. 

Reverend Carl Townsend; I got an e-mail from our previous Pastor, Carl Townsend with this in it, nothing else.

“We truly take a lot for granted. Forget the football "heroes" and movie "stars. Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you, Jesus Christ and the American Soldier One died for your soul; the other for your freedom.”

Author'current comment;  Pastor Carl left us for the better life some time ago. I am sorry I don't have the date.

There was no December issue.