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  1. The sanctuary at Fairview is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. I love that place! The Spirit of God is definitely in that place! But my back porch is my sanctuary at home. I go there in the morning with my coffee to think about what’s going on today. I go there in the evening to think about what I’ve accomplished — or not accomplished — today. I go there to listen to the birds’ songs and watch them fly. I go there to talk to Jesus and listen for His response.
    I go there to meditate on His words, and to pray.
    Tonight I am praying for my sister’s husband, Danny. He has metastatic renal cell carcinoma. I had to look that up to see what it meant. Turns out, it means he has stage IV cancer in his kidney that has spread to other organs. He had surgery 5 days ago, and the docs were going to try a liquid diet today to see if his organs would process it properly.
    Please, Jesus, help him to recover from the surgery and to give him strength to fight this disease. Please, Jesus, give my sister strength to face whatever is ahead. Please, Jesus, be with his children, so precious in your sight. Please, Jesus, give us all understanding, comfort, and peace.

  2. So, I finally resolved the problem with viewing this site on mobile devices. Whew! And it was so easy I missed it entirely for months!
    If you’ve been following us on Facebook you know that all Sunday worship and classes must be outside now. We had received approval to worship in the Fellowship Hall, and actually did one Sunday when it looked like a storm was headed our way. But with the rise in Covid cases in the county we have been restricted to only outside worship again.
    But it’s actually pretty nice with a breeze blowing through and the birds chirping to encourage Randall with his message. And everyone is so considerate of the face mask and distancing restrictions.
    I’m so grateful that God is still watching over us and showing us how to come together in His name during this difficult time.
    No matter what this world throws at us, “Our God Reigns”!

    1. So, after I posted on July 13th we received another message from the conference telling us that because of the increase in Covid cases in the county we can no longer have outside services under the picnic shed. Sooo sad! But we will still have a few essential folks live-streaming from
      the sanctuary. So join us on Facebook or Zoom. And keep praying!

  3. ” The ethical decision is always the fearsome decision. When something matters enough that we are afraid of the consequences – afraid that even the honorable choice could result in harm or loss or sorrow – that’s when ethics are involved.” …Henry W. Bloch
    …that’s when prayer is a priority.

  4. Verse of the day (July 4, 2019) from Bible Gateway:
    Psalm 33:12 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
    12 Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord,
    the people whom he has chosen as his heritage.

  5. June 16,2019 on the Christian Year Calendar is designated as Trinity Sunday. But it is not actually celebrated, only intended as a day to recognize the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit as the three-in-one entity basic to our Christian beliefs.
    It has been said that to attempt to discuss the meaning of the Trinity would be heresy, because the concept is too deep, beyond the grasp of human comprehension. Far be it from me to try to explain it, other than to say that once the Holy Spirit has been made known to a person, that person is not the same.
    The new person searches for God’s will and opens his heart and mind to the love of Jesus, grateful for grace and mercy extended to us through Jesus’ sacrifice, and always aware of others’ needs. The new person follows Jesus’ command, to love one another. The new person sees someone in need, reaches out a hand to them, and reaches out his other hand to God, bridging the gap between the lost or hurting and the One who will always be there for them.
    The new person sees God’s beautiful creations all around, in nature, in music, in the innocent faces of children, in the smile of a neighbor. The new person talks with God in quite moments, and rejoices and praises with His children. The new person is secure in knowing that the Holy Spirit will lead them in the way they should go.
    What is the Trinity? No, I do not have the understanding or the words to explain it; I just know in my heart that the Father created me, the Son saved me, and the Holy Spirit sustains me.

  6. My youngest granddaughter, Sophie, was baptized today. There are no words to describe the joy in my heart right now. Thank you Pastor Cindy, Mrs. Anita, Mrs. Vicki, and all those who have helped to lead her to this place. Thank you, Jesus for her salvation! And thank you for Erica and Lexi, precious children of God, for their baptism and salvation!

  7. I want to share something that my mother sent to me years ago when my daughter was small. I have no idea who the author is. It shows the way our children see their mothers, and the influence mothers can have on their children. My own mother is with Jesus now, but I can still feel her influence over me many times each day, and I know that she still prays for me. Happy Mother’s Day!!!

    When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately wanted to paint another.
    When you though 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 little things can be the special things in life.
    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 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 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 felt you kiss me good night and I felt loved and safe.

  8. Ash Wednesday, in the Christian church, is the first day of Lent, occurring 6 1/2 weeks before Easter (between February 4 and March 11, depending on the date of Easter). In the early Christian church, the length of the Lenten celebration varied, but eventually it began 6 weeks (42 days) before Easter. This provided only 36 days of fasting (excluding Sundays). In the 7th century, 4 days were added before the first Sunday in Lent in order to establish 40 fasting days, in imitation of Jesus Christ’s fast in the desert.
    It was the practice in Rome for penitents to begin their period of public penance on the first day of Lent. They were sprinkled with ashes, dressed in sackcloth, and obliged to remain apart until they were reconciled with the Christian community on Maundy Thursday, the Thursday before Easter. When these practices fell into disuse (8th–10th century), the beginning of the penitential season of Lent was symbolized by placing ashes on the heads of the entire congregation.
    In the modern Roman Catholic Church, the ashes obtained by burning the palms used on the previous Palm Sunday are applied in the shape of a cross on the forehead of each worshipper on Ash Wednesday. Worship services are also held on Ash Wednesday in Anglican, Lutheran, and some other Protestant churches. Eastern Orthodox churches begin Lent on a Monday and therefore do not observe Ash Wednesday.

  9. No pain, no gain, right? Sometimes it seems difficult to orchestrate church events and meetings because many people have other responsibilities and plans. But God made us all unique, and what a wonderful thing that is! We all have different interests and talents and concerns, but one thing we share as Christians is the belief that Jesus will take care of it if we pursue His will. So we strive to come together in His name, compromise where necessary while maintaining a Christ-like attitude and, in the end, He will prevail!

  10. Here’s one about groundhog day!

    How did Groundhog Day Originate?
    The tradition can be traced to Candlemas, an early Christian holiday. Those who celebrated Candlemas decided that clear skies on the holiday meant a longer winter. The Germans eventually began to believe that if the sun made an appearance on Candlemas Day, a hedgehog would cast a shadow – predicting six more weeks of winter. When German immigrants arrived in Pennsylvania, they found a large number of groundhogs. So they decided that the groundhog, which resembles the European hedgehog, could predict the weather.
    The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club was in founded in Punxsutawney, Pa., in 1887 by a group of groundhog hunters. The editor of the Punxsutawney newspaper was a member of the club, and he claimed that Punxsutawney Phil was the only true weather-predicting groundhog. Eventually the furry Pennsylvania rodent, known as Punxsutawney Phil, became famous.
    So, what is Candlemas?
    Candlemas is an ancient festival marking the midpoint of winter, halfway between the shortest day and the spring equinox. In pre-Christian times this day was known as the “Feast of Lights” and celebrated the increasing strength of the life-giving sun and winter giving way to spring. Christians commemorate the ritual purification of May forty days after the birth of her son Jesus. On this day, we remember the presentation of Jesus Christ in the Temple. Forty days after the birth of a Jewish boy, it was the custom to take him to the temple in Jerusalem to be presented to God by his thankful parents.
    February 2nd was the day of the year when all the candles that were to be used in the church during the coming year were brought into the church and a blessing was said over them, so it was the Festival Day (or ‘mass’) of the Candles.
    Candles were important in those days not only because there were no electric lights. Some people thought they gave protection against plague and illness and famine. For Christians, they were and still are a reminder of something even more important. Before Jesus came to earth, it was as if everyone was ‘in the dark’. People often felt lost and lonely. Afraid. As if they were on their own with no one to help them. Then came Jesus with His message that He is with His followers, always ready to help and comfort them. As if He is a guiding light to them in the darkness. Christians often talk of Jesus as ‘the light of the world’, and candles are lit during church services to remind us of this.

  11. Found this on Wikipedia:

    The phrase, “Will you be my valentine?” is used on Valentine’s Day to ask someone if they want to spend the day together and exchange gifts. The phrase is not usually associated with asking some to be in a committed relationship. This is why it is a tradition to give Valentine’s Day cards to classmates and friends in school. Exchanging these gifts is not a symbol of furthering a relationship but the agreement to celebrate friendships and relationships with others.
    Valentine’s Day is observed in honor of Saint Valentine. Although there were many saints with the name Valentine, the holiday is in celebration of the saint who was executed and buried on February 14. His crime was helping and protecting Christians during a time when Roman Paganism was the dominant religion. One of his biggest crimes was performing wedding ceremonies for Christians. This is why Saint Valentine is linked so heavily to romance.
    Despite the fact that he was executed by Roman Pagans, he was later martyred by the Catholic Church in A.D. 270. One story told by the church about Saint Valentine is about him curing the daughter of his jailer from an illness. Saint Valentine left the jailer a farewell card that was signed, “from your Valentine”. Giving people Valentine’s Day cards is a remembrance of this.
    After he was martyred, his bones were sent to a priest in Dublin in 1836 as a gift from Pope Gregory. The church where the bones are held is a pilgrimage site for those wishing to honor St. Valentine. Couples often travel to the site symbolically seeking the blessing of St. Valentine. Relics of St. Valentine can also be found in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Rome, the Church of St. Peter and Paul at Vysehrad in Prague, and in the parish church of St. Mary’s Assumption in Chelmno, Poland. St. Valentine is recognized as the Patron Saint of engaged couples, bee keepers, epilepsy, greetings, young people, travelers, love, fainting, and plague.

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