December 15, 2019 – Cataumet

ANNOUNCEMENTS Advent Story Time: The Bourne church is opening its doors for a story time for pre-school children during Advent. At 10 am on Wednesdays, starting December 4th and continuing on the 11th and the 18th. All are welcome. ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENTS Bible Study is on Thursdays, 1pm, in the Perry Room at the Bourne church. EVENTS EVERY WEEK Sunday 7:45 am Choir practice Sunday 9:00 am Worship Sunday 7:30 pm AA Meeting Monday 7:30 pm NA Meeting Tuesday 7:00 pm AA Meeting Thursday 7:00 pm NA Meeting Saturday 9:00 am Osteo...

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December 15, 2019 – Bourne

                   THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISH Sunday, December 15th:          11:00 AM                      Worship Service                                                     12:30 PM                      Wrap & Tag PartyMonday, December 16th:         10:00 AM                      AptuxcetWednesday, December 18th:   10:00 AM                      Advent StorytimeThursday, December 19th:         9:30 AM                      Men’s Breakfast                                                       1:00 PM                      Bible StudyFriday, December 20th:            12:00 PM                      Library Princess PartySunday, December 22nd:         11:00 AM                      Worship Service                                                       2:00 PM                      Piano Recital ALL FAMILY TO FAMILY food and gifts (new and unwrapped) are due back todayADVENT STORY TIME for pre-school aged children At 10am on Wednesday December 18th.THE PIANO RECITAL will be December 22nd at 2pm.BACKPACK PROGRAM shopping lists are on the table in Crain Hall, with school vacation coming up, your help is needed.PRAYER GROUP meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month in the downstairs nursery at 10 am.BIBLE STUDY meets on Thursday at 1pm in the Perry...

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December 8, 2019 – Bourne

                    THIS WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE PARISHSunday, December 8th:           11:00 AM –  Worship ServiceMonday, December 9th:            6:00 PM  –  Finance Meeting                                                       7:00 PM  –   Church CouncilWednesday, December 11th: 10:00 AM  –  Advent Story time                                                     10:00 AM  –  Prayer GroupThursday, December 12th:       1:00 PM  –  Bible StudySunday, December 15th:        11:00 AM  –  Worship Service                                                     12:30 PM  –  Wrap and Tag Party HEIFER ORDER forms are available today after church, please see Marsha. ALL FAMILY TO FAMILY food and gifts (new and unwrapped) need to be returned by next Sunday December 15th, ADVENT STORY TIME will begin for pre-school aged children At 10am on Wednesdays, December 11th & 18th. THE PIANO RECITAL will be December 22nd at 2pm. BACKPACK PROGRAM shopping lists are on the table in Crain Hall, with school vacation coming up, your help is needed. PRAYER GROUP meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month in the downstairs nursery at 10 am. BIBLE STUDY meets on Thursday at 1pm in the Perry...

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December 8, 2019 – Cataumet

Family gift giving: Please remember to have your new, unwrapped gifts ready for wrapping by Dec. 15. Advent Story Time: The Bourne church is opening its doors for a story time for pre-school children during Advent. At 10 am on Wednesdays, starting December 4th and continuing on the 11th and the 18th. All are welcome. ADDITIONAL ANNOUNCEMENTS Bible Study is on Thursdays, 1pm, in the Perry Room at the Bourne church. EVENTS EVERY WEEK Sunday 7:45 am – Choir practice Sunday 9:00 am –  Worship Sunday 7:30 pm – AA Meeting Monday 7 :30 pm – NA Meeting Tuesday 7:00 pm – AA Meeting Thursday 7:00 pm –  NA Meeting Saturday 9:00 am –  Osteo...

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Sermon – 12/8/2019

Tracy Jaekel, Ed.D. 12/8/2019 Growing a LOVE Disciple Luke (21:5-19) shares dire predictions of utter LOSS… destruction of governments and beloved temples and betrayals. He stresses that God will prevail not governments or buildings. Isaiah 12 softens this message with hope. Although you, God, were angry with me, your anger has turned away and you have comforted me. This is a time of worry and concern. Every fear seems to revolve around loss: Our churches are losing membership, our Pastor is leaving, our cherished old churches are expensive to keep up, and even the National Methodist church may change. Our District Resource Training last Saturday offered a new way to think about this problem: Mike Breen suggested: If you try to build the church, you will rarely get disciples. But if you make disciples, you will always get the church. Dr. Teel presented at a RISEM Resource Conference on Growing LOVE Disciples. What an interesting thought. I had this image of me planted deep in the earth and slowly popping up until I was a mature LOVE Disciple. What is meant by a Love Disciple? We know that a Disciple is a student and follower of Christ. When I googled Love Disciple, it referred me to Jesus’ words in the Gospel of John 13:34-35, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” While it is clear that we are to Love, true love is often difficult to do. What stages of development does a student of Jesus’ Love go through to become a Love disciple? In 1Corinthians 13 Paul talks that the first stage is being like a child and then growing into a man. Seeing things unclearly from the outside and growing to see Tracy Jaekel, Ed.D. 12/8/2019 things with greater insight from the insight. In my attempt to understand the stages of growth of being a Love Disciple, I decided to use the framework of child development since this is my area of expertise. So, I’d like to share the story of Me and my growth as a LOVE Disciple. Piaget, a Child Development specialist, shares that during early infancy, babies are extremely egocentric. The infant has no concept that the world exists separate from his very restricted perspective. The baby’s caregiver and his food are all there in the world revolving around him, even though he doesn’t see them. The baby I am working with now is at this stage. I love, that he will look at me intensely with the most delighted look on his face. I’ll make a noise and he will laugh. This is LOVE. But then the little guy will shut his eyes and start screaming. He wants food and he wants it now. I was like this as new Love Disciple. I felt unbelievable love and commitment to God through my Baptism. My baptism took place at the age of 13 years after years of worrying that I would die and go to hell before I could get up the courage to be baptized. When I rose out of the cold lake after a minute of oxygen deprivation, I felt truly washed clean. Dr. Teel encourages us to revisit why we became a Christian and joined the church. I was now washed...

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