September 2018 - NewsletterRead Now
WORDS OF WISDOM
Do you pray every day? Praying is not meant to be a chore. Like a good habit, praying becomes easier when it’s done every day, even if it’s only for a moment. Thank you Lord, for your great patience.
Things to keep in mind:
Is what I am sayi9ng true, and is it loving?
What is my motive? Will it help anyone?
Will this reflect the character of Jesus? Let love be your goal.
It’s easy to stand with a crowd; it takes courage to stand alone.
True faith responds to the needs of others. Lift our eyes above our own thoughts and circumstances, and let us care as God cares. Then others will know what the words “God is Love” means when they see it in our lives.
As we center our thoughts more and more on God, trust displaces fear and worry. As our trust in God goes up, fear and worry automatically go down.
Want to see a portrait of Jesus? Read Isaiah 53.
Rally Day will be on September 9, It will be held at the Brighton Town Park from noon until 3 pm. There will be sign-up tables for Christian education, choir, bell choir, community supper volunteers, readers, greeters, acolytes and those who help during services.
IN REMEMBRANCE Former pastor Maggie McCarey passed on July 30, 2017. A celebration of life was held in Schenectady on August 19.
English professor, United Methodist Minister, published author, radio show host, social activist, feminist theologian, artist, mother, spiritual guide, holistic healer, genealogist. These simple labels cannot come close to expressing the essence of Maggie McCarey. She often reminded us that each of us is a part of and intimately intertwined with Spirit and that to know others is to know both yourself and Spirit on a deeper level. If you were lucky enough to find yourself doing some carpentry task or painting a wall or moving a box for Maggie, then you came away from the experience enriched.
Everyone whose life journey she intersected was improved, some subtly and others profoundly. If your loved one was dead or dying, you received not just her comfort but something more: transformative insight that might help you well beyond your current misery.
Against insurmountable odds, Maggie fought bravely against life threatening illnesses because she would never submit to the tyranny of anything that she recognized as detrimental to a life journey.
Maggie always insisted that we not look back at the past with regret but always move forward. For those of us that Maggie leaves behind, moving forward will be far more difficult without her.
SARANAC LAKE ECUMENICAL FOOD PANTRY
September is peanut butter and jelly month. Please add your donation to the red shopping cart at the back of the sanctuary.
CHURCH COUNCIL - IMPORTANT MOTIONS
RECENT DONATIONS TO THE COMMUNITY SUPPER
AUGUST 2018 UPDATE – ECUMENICAL COUNCIL OF SARANAC LAKE
The Council met on August 6th at the High Peaks Church. Here are some highlights of the meeting:
The sale will be held on Thursday September 27 & Friday September 28 from 9am to 7pm, Saturday September 29 from 9am to noon. All items left at the church must be in good condition, no rips, and no stains. All small electrical items must work. Leave before Tuesday September 25. Thank you. Questions--call Church at 518 891-3473, Deborah J. Donaldson at 518 891-4199 or Charlotte Hall at 518 891-2129.
REMEMBER WITH A CARD
Rose Nadon: Neighborhood House, PO Box 46, Keene Valley, NY 12943
Genevieve Clarkson: Champlain Valley Senior Community, 10 Gilliland Lane, Willsboro, NY 12996
Margaret Turnbull: 3873 Burnup Road Black River, NY 13612
DID YOU KNOW…? Your church can be found on Facebook. Just go to First United Methodist Saranac Lake. (Complete with capital letters and spaces.) When the page comes up, click on “like.”
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