| E-Bulletin of Brunswick Church November 20, 2019|
Consecration Sunday is this Sunday. Some what asked me “What are we consecrating?” The answer is that we want to move from a system of thinking many Christians have about “stewardship” of the church as paying dues. Consecration Sunday is called that because we commit to the practice of being a follower of Jesus Christ by using our stewardship of our time, talents and treasure to deepen our spiritual lives with God. God does not just want your money. He doesn’t need it. What he wants is for us to us the disciple of giving to his ministry in ways that make us grow as disciples. So what we are consecrating our lives for God. Please pray with me:
Mighty Lord, there are marvelous things that I do not know, nor can I comprehend: things that happen in my life, and things that happen in my friends’ lives, and things that happen in the world. I pray to be thankful when I hear of all of them, to appreciate everything that comes across my path. So often life hurts, and I get angry or upset; I do not understand, yet you ask me to be thankful for everything, and have faith.
So I thank you now, Lord, for all those occasions when I have forgotten or have been so caught up in emotions that I could not. Help me to be thankful, I pray, when the rains come on the just and the unjust, that you care so much about me, that the rains come to chasten, to build character and godliness in me. And help me to live as a mirror of your Son, so that I might reach others.
Building to Stand the Test
Sermon from Nov. 17
Exodus 16:1-18/Malachi 3:10
The “T” Word
Preacher Elder Sue Wright
Join us next week in the lower commons for you chance to talk to and ask questions to the preacher about the sermon that week. Everyone is welcome to come and ask questions about the sermon.
The idea for this service came out of discussions at some of our small groups. During the small group bible studies, one of the questions that has been asked is, “What is the preacher going to preach on from this text?” and a natural follow up is “Why?” So, if you are wondering why that particular emphasis was chosen or anything else about the sermon, this is your chance. Hope to see you there.
Our sessions will be
December 1, 8, 15, and 22.
“Cancer” used to be a dirty word: taboo, unspeakable! Not so any more.
Every month, your church ministers with folks who are affected in various ways, by various forms of this disease. They share experiences, insights, hopes, fears, encouragement, sympathy, resources, and faith.
Next gathering: Friday evening, December 6, 7:00-8:15 pm, in the lounge area outside the old sanctuary. Patients, caregivers, relatives, friends, survivors, and bereaved: All are welcome. Especially newcomers.
Questions? Comments? Email Pastor Ted: email@example.com
A “Welcome” Idea for Kim,
our New Associate Pastor
We on staff thought it would be a nice idea to a have a jar called “The Daily Prayer Jar” on Kim’s desk for her when she arrives! Individual prayers can be written and placed in her jar on slips of paper. Let her know you have her in prayer, or share a blessing with her. Please look on the table in the Commons for the jar. If you would like to participate, write a prayer and slip it into the jar. Prayers may be signed or anonymous. You may also send them to the office by email: firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be added to the jar on your behalf. Please indicate that these are for Kim to receive!
You Are Invited!
Saturday, November 23, 1-3 PM
Advent Wreath Making &
Christmas Cookie Decorating
Come join us for traditional Holiday fun. All ages are welcome. Learn about the Advent wreath, make one for the family, and come decorate some Christmas cookies. All in time for your Thanksgiving Festivities!
Free to Attend.
Questions? Contact email@example.com
Be on the look out for information about our short four week Advent bible study groups. They will begin the week of December 1.
Sunday, November 24th, is Consecration Sunday. We will have a combined Sunday morning worship service at 10:30 am followed by a Celebration Luncheon. Rejoice with us at the great things God is doing in and through Brunswick Church. This is the time to review our gifts from God and reflect on how we can share our gifts in support of God’s work through the missions and ministries of our church. It looks to be an exciting and fun event so you don’t want to miss it. We will supply the main dish, but we need you to help out with side dishes. Please contact the office to tell us what you are bringing at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office and leave a message.