Calendar

Calendar: Leadership Development Workshops in Concord, NC

3rd – James Rodney Quesenberry, Jr.

4th – Dawn Armstrong, Judy Lowder, Shirley Moose

6th – Stewart ("Buzz") Thigpen

12th – Christopher Maciel

13th – Sandra Drake

14th – Janice Owens

15th – Dale Drye, Gay Lee

20th – Ginger Knight

22nd – Wayne Thompson

23rd – Jason Gurley, June Long

24th – Deb Peters

25th – Jeremy Wilson

26th – Pat Crowell, Angie Irwin, Kiersten Jacobs, Renee Steadman

27th – Laney Merinkers, Frances Jones

28th – Jean Cox, Elizabeth Medina

 

4th – William & Amelia Jones

14th – Bub & Martha Safrit

18th – Glen & Judy Dial, Bob & Sherry Small

25th – Tim & Tammy Kepley

JOY SEEKERS

In northern Minnesota several years ago, some women formed a “joy circle.” They settled into a routine of meeting every couple of weeks to share joys they’ve noticed. Their aim, amid our troubled world and chaotic lives, is to deliberately focus on the positive. The women don’t simply hope to stumble upon good news among the outrage, bitterness and tragedy surrounding us; they actively seek out joy and report it to the group.

Joy is a fruit of the spirit named in Galatians 5:22-23. As Christians, we don’t ignore or dismiss life’s struggles and sorrows, and neither do joy-circle participants. But God promises that life is stronger than death, and Jesus’ resurrection is proof. With the Holy Spirit’s help, we can make a spiritual discipline of seeking and sharing joy — and thanking God for it. – HEIDI MANN

 

 

ANCIENT GUIDANCE ON PRAYER

When we pray, we are not to pray for ourselves alone. We do not say, “My Father, who art in heaven” or, “Give me this day my daily bread”; we do not ask for our own trespasses alone to be forgiven; and when we
pray that we may be delivered from evil, we are not praying only for ourselves either. Our prayer is for the general good, for the common good. When we pray, we do not pray for our own single selves; we pray for all God’s people, because they and we are one.

 

 

A CHURCHLESS CHRISTIAN

In response to the question “Can I be a Christian without joining the church?”

Someone once said it’s as possible as being:
A student who will not go to school. An author without readers.
A soldier who will not join an army. A tuba player without an orchestra.
A citizen who does not pay taxes or vote. A parent without a family.
A salesman with no customers. A football player without a team.
An explorer with no base camp. A politician who is a hermit.
A seaman on a ship without a crew. A scientist who doesn't share his findings.
A businessman on a deserted island. A bee without a hive.
-AUTHOR UNKNOWN-