November 17, 2019

Finding God in the Amazing Times of Life

Usually in articles like this, the writer is encouraging you to find God in the tough times, the hard times. Not this article! I want to remind you to celebrate God in the amazing times as well. (And – honestly – often the “tough” and the “amazing” times are mixed together, so don’t miss the amazing parts.)

My “tough and amazing” moment came when my wife, Kathy, was terribly sick with dementia, to the point where she could no longer talk. I took her to our church assemblies anyway, knowing that she could hear and, hopefully, benefit from other people’s words. Certainly she enjoyed the fellowship! So, Sunday after Sunday, we would go and she would not speak at all.

Here’s the amazing moment: Until one Sunday morning the song leader began the assembly with “O They Tell Me of a Home.” (It’s in our songbooks, number 539.) After more than a year of silence, Kathy began to sing the alto line of this hymn perfectly (and from memory) in a big, strong voice. She sang the whole song. Every verse. Each and every chorus. (It turns out our brains store musical language separate from spoken language.)

Many of us that day shared tears of joy (and amazement) over that moment. In case you’re wondering: Kathy didn’t sing any other songs that morning, or any other time after that.  But, for that one moment an amazing thing took place. And, to this day, I still cry tears of amazement when we sing “O They Tell Me of a Home.”

NEVER let your tough times keep you from finding God in the amazing moments!

Ron McQuinn

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Nov 17   (Sun) Plaza Bible Study, 3pm

Nov 18   (Mon) Ladies Night Out, 5:30pm at Chili’s

Nov 18   (Mon) Ladies Prayer and Fitness Class, 5:30-6:30pm

Nov 18   (Mon) B-12, 7pm, Fellowship Hall

Nov 19   (Tue) Ladies Bible Class, 10:00am, Fellowship Hall

Nov 20   (Wed) Fellowship Meal, 6pm in the FLC

Nov 20   (Wed) Bible Classes, 7pm

Nov 24   (Sun) Assemble and distribute Thanksgiving Baskets, 12-2pm.

SYMPATHY is extended to Pat Redd and family at the death of her brother, James Harrison of Alachua, who passed from this life on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Please keep the family in your prayers. Pat wishes to thank you all for the many cards, and expressions of sympathy and caring.

CHRISTMAS FOR THE COMMUNITY We are having our 23rd annual Christmas for the Community Lunch in the FLC on Sunday Dec. 8th from 12-2pm after morning worship service! We will be having Christmas lunch, gator basketball team signing autographs, pony rides and Santa Clause handing out gifts to the nearly 150 foster children in Alachua County. Please fill out a form in the foyer to get a gift for a child and sign up on the display in the foyer for needed food items for the lunch.

U.C.B.I. We will be taking a break from classes for the holidays and will begin lesson 13 on January 14, 2020. The class schedule will be complete on April 7.

BLESSING BAGS are a caring and useful way to extend kindness to those who are in need. Items for the bags can be donated in the bin in the hallway and prepared bags are in the End Zone.

FELLOWSHIP MEAL This Wednesday is our monthly covered-dish dinner at 6pm in the Family Life Center. Plan to bring a dish and join in this time of feasting and fellowship together before Bible class.

YG NEWS Parents & YG…Be sure to come out to tonight’s Dinner & Devo for an opportunity to meet Patrick Sisk, Family & Youth Minister candidate, and his family…The Vairo’s, 6pm.  If you haven’t already, be sure to let Bret Dampier know that you plan to come.  See you tonight!

GATORS FOR CHRIST Today after worship we will have a “Friendsgiving” lunch for all students in our Family Life Center! This Wednesday 7-8:30pm is our College & Post Grad “Peak of the Week” Bible Class on our new “Who’s Your One” Series by Gabe Lopez & Chad Holway. Men’s (at Gabe Lopez’ home) & Women’s (at Suzanne Holloway’s home) Small Group Dinner Bible Studies will be Thursday at 7pm. Go to www.GatorsForChrist.org for directions.

2019 THANKSGIVING BASKETS MINISTRY Come join the fun as we work together to assemble and distribute the baskets in the Family Life Center next Sunday, November 24, from 12:00 to 2:00 PM. Contributions are still being accepted for this ministry. Please memo your check “Thanksgiving Baskets.”

TEACHER OPENING IN FAITH CITY We have an opening for a co-teacher in the Sonrise Diner on Sunday mornings beginning in late November. In our rotation system, teachers teach for three weeks in each five-week cycle. Please see Donna Martin or Trish Zylinski if you are interested.

JOB:  OVERCOMING TOUGH TIMES Wednesday night men’s class (beginning 20 Nov, ending 18 Dec.) In this five-week series we will “zoom in” on Job’s struggles – physically, financially, emotionally and spiritually – to learn why “bad things happen to good people”, and how our relationship to God is key in overcoming those “tough times”.  Any men are encouraged to join us as we discuss our life challenges and how God’s promises, power, and patience help us “press on toward the goal”.  Remember to bring your Old Testament since we will be closely examining details of Jobs life and interaction with his friends, family and Father.

PANTRY ITEMS NEEDED:  Mac n Cheese.

ELDER’S CORNER

1 Peter 5:2 “Be Shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care…”

Ecclesiastes 1:10 asks, “Is there anything of which one can say, Look, this is something new? It was here long ago; it was here before our time.” Politics, homosexuality, promiscuity, murder, stealing, lying — you name it, it was here before us. Does God like it? No, but do remember that God is still in control. Do not worry. God will take care of his children.

Lendon Suggs

Private prayer with an Elder(s) is available down front following the closing song or by appointment.

Please remember our sick and shut-in with cards, visits or a phone call and keep them in your prayers.

Hospitals: (this past week)

Special Care Facilities:

Mary Banks, Annetta Beazlie, Onley Bowers, Ernestine Courtney, Mary Jo English, Katherine Guttery, Joan Jaudon (Palm Gardens), Jodi McKim, Lanelle Waters, Edna Watson (Hospice), June Wiles, Virginia Witt

Others:

Donald Allen, Korena Brumley, Jan Carr, Douglas Guntor, Brooke Hinckley, Larry Hood, Larry Jonas, Carol Massey, Bennilene Pennisi, Bob Stancliff, Rick Worley, Ruth Wyatt, John Zylinski.

Prayers for the safety and strength of all those in harm’s way serving our country and community.