news and events
news and events
Every Tuesday (unless indicated) - Clothing Room open from 1-4 pm, Son Shine Shop open from 11 am - 2 pm
Every Wednesday (unless indicated) - Bible Study, Wed. Night Classes, Family Night Supper beginning at 5 pm.
February 8 - UMW Mission Study - Springhill UMC
February 10 - Son Shine Circle meets at 5 pm
February 17 - President's Day Holiday, church office closed
February 18 - Nursing Home Visitation at 10:15 am
February 19 - Young at Hearts Luncheon/Program at 11 am
February 20 - DAR Meeting in Friendship Hall at 3:30 pm
February 23 - KK/Xtreme SMORES Party at 5 pm in Fellowship Hall
February 26 - Ash Wednesday Service at 5:30 pm
I Am Resolved:
A Rule of Life
A common practice at this time of the year is to make New Years' Resolutions, a list of goals, best intentions, which we wish to keep in the upcoming year. Some resolve to quit a nasty habit like gossiping). Others resolve to take up a new habit (like serving somewhere in the church). And still others resolve to improve an existing habit (like reading the Bible more). The funny thing about NY Resolutions is: they are made and easily broken.
Well, a few years ago, I gave up New Years' Resolutions for a Rule of Life, a commitment to live my life in a specific way. My Rule of Life includes spiritual habits (praying the Daily Office, keeping Sabbath, etc), healthy habits (diet and exercise), and relational habits (plans to improve my relationship with spouse, children, and friends). In each of these areas, I write specific ways I plan to live out and live into God's calling on my life as husband, father, friend, and pastor.
What if? What if we gave up making New Years' Resolutions and instead, prayerfully re-commited ourselves to God? What if? What if we made commitments about how our time, our talent, and our treasure will be invested to glorify God? What if? What if we made relationships -- with God and with others -- a priority in 2020 and gave ourselves completely to make it happen? What if Jesus became the focus of our Rule of Life?
In 1869, Palmer Hartsough penned a hymn that has been on my mind as we move closer to 2020. You may recognize it:
I am resolved no longer to linger, charmed by the world's delight,
Things that are higher, things that are nobler, these have allured my sight.
I am resolved to go to the Savior, leaving my sin and strife;
He is the true One; He is the just One; He has the words of life.
I am resolved to follow the Savior, faithful and true each day;
Heed what He's saying, do what He wants me, He is the living way!
I am resolved to enter ther Kingdom, leaving the paths of sin;
Friends may oppose me; foes may beset me, still I will enter in.
I am resolved, and who will go with me? Come, friends, without delay;
Taught by the Bible; led by the Spirit; we'll walk the heav'nly way.
I will hasten to Him, hasten so glad and free;
Jesus, Greatest, Highest, I will come to Thee!