with.” There is an especially large amount of very nice Christmas décor. This may be the year to go all out and really decorate inside and out.
We have been too busy this year to plan and prepare a Harvest Festival dinner and live auction so the membership has a “silent auction” going on in the foyer. We have many beautiful and interesting items at auction to raise funds for various projects. The church office is open from 8:00 a.m. till noon and anyone wishing to bid on an item is welcome to come in and check out the goodies.
The church office will be closed on 11-11 for Veterans Day.
Kaitlyn Gordon came to church on crutches; she told us she had a dislocated
kneecap. What a trying thing for a small child to face. Kaitlyn you are in
many prayers this week.
The children’s lesson was about the “Golden Rule.” We may have a lot of rules to follow, but the Golden Rule is one of the best.
Laura Leatherwood talked to youngsters about how we should treat each other. She said try to think about how the other person feels. We should care about people and be kind to them.
Rev. Ken Lunsford took his sermon from Luke 6:20-31. These verses tell about the Beatitudes. Luke’s version is scaled down from the Sermon on the Mount, which appears fuller in Matthew.
Jesus starts with “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled.”
But there is a down side. Jesus notes that those who coast through this world, those who are well off and happy should anticipate a reversal of fortunes in heaven. It is not their status that is the problem. It is because they are content where they are in life. They drift along without spirit, devoid of connection and compassion.
The church today is full of protesting “Protestant” people focused on protesting against things instead of having a positive, propelling conviction that is eternally looking forward to the next new Kingdom of God. Protestantism can only continue as a “kick start” movement, heading down new roads and open to new expressions of the Spirit.
Christ goes on His message to tell His disciples “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” Even when they drove nails into His flesh, He prayed for His adversaries and He forgave them.
Christ ends his message with “Do to others as you would have them do to