A New Resolution
It’s been 30 days since the new year began. Can you believe it? Wow! Time does fly by fast, doesn’t it? According to a recent article form U.S. News, “approximately 80% of resolutions fail by the second week of February.” Did you set a new year’s resolution? If so, how’s it going? If not, allow me to suggest one for you that I’m sure will result in blessings beyond measure. Resolve to building stronger relationships with those closest to you: your family members. The Bible from the onset tells us that the biggest blessing God has ever given is that of family (see Gen 1:27-28; Psalm 127). It also indicates that the family has been the Devil’s favorite battleground from the beginning, even until today (Gen 3:1-8; Job 1). That’s why the Bible is riddled with counsels on how to preserve this God-ordained institution (Exo 20:8-12; Pro 1:8; 22:6; Col 3:20; Eph 6:1-2; etc.). In 2019, the Seventh-day Adventist Church world-wide is celebrating 100 years of organized ministry focused on the family. A special sharing book titled “Hope for Today’s Families” has been published specifically to reach out to families with the message of hope so much needed today. Each one of you will be receiving a complimentary copy on February 9 during our worship hour. Don’t miss out on this blessing and feel free to invite your friends and neighbors to receive this special gift as well. Along with that our church has decided to join in celebrating the blessings of family throughout 2019 by sponsoring a number of programs and resources specifically for families to solidify the hope we have in Jesus. Stay tuned and make arrangements to take advantage of these special programs and don’t forget to invite your friends, co-workers, and neighbors! Together we will build a bond that will sustain us through these times until we see the realization of our Blessed Hope in Jesus Christ our Lord. May God find us faithful! Maranatha!
Pastor Richard Piñero
I close my eyes and take a deep breath; the smell of campfire smoke is on the air. I hear loved ones talking and laughing. I open my eyes and smile since our Fall Church Camping trip is finally here! The group is full of excitement and joy as we begin our weekend of worship and bonding. There’s something special about bringing in the Sabbath by singing praises to our Lord while sitting around a campfire surrounded by nature and friends. Getting up Sabbath morning to breakfast over an open fire, forming a circle of camp chairs as we sing praises and open The Word of God in study. Sharing a picnic style potluck, enjoying Sabbath afternoon activities, and closing Sabbath together. My soul rejoices in the knowledge of the soon coming of our Lord when every day will be like a Camping Sabbath! I pray God let us reach all so they can come and join with us before it’s too late!
Family Ministries – Parenting Seminars: Month of March
Seminars will be held on Sabbath afternoons: March 2, March 9, March 23 and March 30. See Sharon Hickman for details.
Women’s Ministries Brunch: Sunday, March 3
10:00 at the church
Adventures “Lock-in”: Saturday, March 9
See Sheila Freeman for details.
Family Game Night: Saturday, March 23
For the month of March
March 2: Jeff Marlow
March 9: Pastor Rollin Hixson
March 16: Pastor Richard Piñero
March 23: TBA
March 30: TBA
March 3: Women's Ministries Brunch
March 9: Adventurer's "Lock-in"
March 23: Family Game Night
Aaron (AJ) LeSage – March 7
Alla Covaleac – March 9
Mary McBrayer – March 9
David Koliadko – March 17
Cindy Carlisle-Urczyk – March 18
Brandon Godwin – March 20
Carmelita Grasso – March 23
Andrew Merck – March 23
Tammy Nowak – March 23
Joseph Grasso – March 27
Julie Ann Batorski – March 28
Evan Rodriguez – March 30
Alan and Jeanne Cagle - March 1
If we've missed someone please let us know!
Be Still - Helen Cagle
The Art of Parenting
Sharon and I want to extend a personal invitation out to each family to join us as we discuss and learn more about parenting together in March. Please mark your calendar and plan to stay after regular church service March 2nd, 9th, (skip a week), 23rd and 30th. We will be following the interactive program called The Art of Parenting. Please come and share your experience and struggles as we learn together more about God’s advice for parents. Here are a couple of excepts from the program to frame the planned discussion.
“From our observations and experience it seems that most parents today have three basic goals for their children: We want our children to be safe. We want them to be happy. We want them to be successful. But how do we achieve those goals? You only have so much control as a parent. No matter how much you protect your children, they will still be touched by danger, by injury, by sickness. You can give them happy moments and memories, but you can’t prevent them from experiencing sadness or hurt or fear or disappointment. You can help them build useful skills and a strong work ethic, but at some point they will leave home and make their own choices; you won’t be able to control the outcomes. That’s why passing on a living faith is so important.”
“…here are eight truths… [or] certainties that will provide context…”
1. All that follows [in the program]… is reflective of how God parents us, His children.
2. Parents are complex.
3. Children are complex.
4. Parenting is heart work. (bold emphasis added)
5. There is no one-size-fits-all formula for parenting
6. No one raises perfect kids. Even God.
7. There are only two things guaranteed in life. First, God’s love will never end… Second, discord disruption and death will be with us for life, infecting all families and all relationships.
8. Your work is not finished when your child turns eighteen.
Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them. - Psalm 127:3-5
Elder Eric Hickman
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