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Bringing People Into The Caring Community Of Christ
May 25, 2016 - "Above Average" Edition

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Hello ComBappers:

Our good neighbours, Melvin and Lynda, moved out of our four-plex this weekend.  They spent a lot of time sitting outdoors, enjoying the spring, summer, and fall weather, coffeeing, and relaxing.  Melvin was retired and diligently looked after most of the snow shovelling responsibilities for our building, did the lawn cutting, usually set the garbage bins out or put them back after collection, and just generally kept an eye on things.  He and Lynda always shared a friendly greeting with us as we came home or headed out on our way somewhere.

Good neighbours are a treasure.  We occasionally shared some baking with them or remembered them with a wee gift and card at Christmas time -- but I can't count how many times Terry or I would mention, "We need to have Melvin and Lynda over for a meal".  Those were good intentions, but I'm embarrassed to say that we didn't progress past that ... until they we learned they were moving.  So, we kicked the intentions into gear and invited them over for a ham supper on Victoria Day.  We had an absolutely lovely evening with them, and really were thankful we had made the effort. 

Their appreciation reminded me of a book I read years and years ago called, "It Takes So Little To Be Above Average", by Florence Littauer. Little gestures of friendliness or kindness can go a long way ... and making those efforts can move us beyond good intentions
into something that actually counts.

Let's honor God by being "above average" in loving others.

Penny


Bringing People Into The Caring Community Of Christ
May 25, 2016 - "Beating Addiction" Edition

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Hello ComBappers:

Teen Challenge is coming to our church on Sunday!  Their visits are always very inspirational.  I suspect all of us have at least one family member or friend who struggles with addictions.  It's a very real problem in our world ... but there is indeed hope available.  Come on out this Sunday to hear some testimonies of God's amazing grace.  Invite a friend or two!

Please bring some food for a potluck lunch afterwards.  This will be a great opportunity to chat with the Teen Challenge students.  We have been collecting groceries to send home with them.  If you want to bring some, please bring them on or before Sunday morning. 

Penny


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Bringing People Into The Caring Community Of Christ
May 16, 2016 - "Heroes of Faith" Edition

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Hello ComBappers:

Adam Driscoll's sermon yesterday challenged us to stay strong and keep running the race of life - being aware that it is a marathon, not a sprint.  There are "heroes of faith" all around us and in the scriptures, people whose lives and stories give us strength to stay motivated and carry on.  We need to be serious about this journey, this competition, to which Jesus has called us.

During the message, two or three people immediately came to my mind as heroes of faith who inspire me, but even now I can think of more - several of you who have endured suffering and heartache and yet are persevering, throwing off distractions, and running the race with unwavering resolve.

To quote Adam's closing comments:  "We are not alone.  It isn't on our own strength.  There's a spirit within us that every time we stumble, every time we fall, it says to us, 'Get up.  Get up, and win the race.'"


Penny

Last Sunday's Service:

Video from Sunday's service
Audio from Sunday's service


Bringing People Into The Caring Community Of Christ
May 9, 2016 - "Post-Mother's Day" Edition

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Hello ComBappers:

I saw a posting on Facebook last night that said,
"For the one who has lost a mother, for the mother who has lost a child, for the one who longs to be a mom: 
You are not forgotten this Mother's Day."


Sigh.  As special as Mother's Day can be, it can also be a very painful time for some women.  I longed to add a line to that Facebook post - "for the mother who is trodding through discouragement and heartache".  Parenting can be a joyful experience, but it also can be a tremendously difficult one for those with a child/children with physical or mental illness, a self-destructive lifestyle, or a lack of connection to the family.  I was blessed with a good day yesterday (although I confess I have had a couple of those tearful Mother's Days in the past).  There were dozens upon dozens of photos on Facebook of friends celebrating special times with their mother or children.  However, it's important to remember those who didn't have a good day.  Why not take a minute now, see if you can think of someone who has lost a mother, lost a child, longs to be a mom, or is trodding through discouragement - and pray for her?  Maybe even send her a "thinking of you" note or rose.  Sometimes that little bit of encouragement can make a huge difference in someone's life.  Romans 12:15 says, "Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn."

P.S. - Thank you to Lynn Kruger for the delightful reading she did yesterday as our Mother's Day gift to the congregation.  I've included it at the end of this Update, but you can also listen to the audio (link below).

P.S.P.S. - The sermon by Adam Driscoll is also well worth a listen!

Penny

Last Sunday's Service:

Video from the Sunday morning service
Audio from the Sunday morning service

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