Some of you may be wondering about the new pavilion located outside by the playground. Well, here is a little summary of how it came about:
Ricky Bruno is a 15 year-old sophomore at Exeter Senior High School. He went to Community UCC as a preschooler and is a Boy Scout of Troop 333, which meets here Monday evenings.
Ricky decided to pursue the rank of Eagle. To do this, he must complete an Eagle Project. An Eagle Project is a demonstration of leadership. He must plan, organize, lead, and manage a service project the helps the community.
If you attended Exeter May Day, You may have seen the Community UCC Church booth at the celebration. During the event he raised most of the funds needed to make his project a reality. Ricky also was able to receive donations and discounts for other materials and services needed to complete his project.
By now you have figured out that the 20x20 pavilion is Ricky Bruno’s service project. We are very proud and honored that Ricky is working on achieving the rank of Eagle here at Community UCC.
Please join me in thanking him for a fantastic job and praying for his success in achieving the rank of Eagle.
Watch for more details as we wait to more news
The Friendly Church A young couple sought a church in which to worship. They visited a church one Sunday and later complained to a retired pastor, “No one in the congregation welcomed us. After the service, the pastor stayed in the chancel and spoke only to those who sought him out. No one was at the door to greet us when we arrived or when we left. Of course, we won’t go back there.”
How friendly is your church? It’s as friendly as you make it. Why not engage anyone who appears to be a visitor with a warm handshake, a smile and your name. Find out their name and later make a note of it so you can greet them by name the next time you see them. Introduce the visitors to others in the congregation and guide them to any fellowship event after worship.
Remember that no act of kindness toward others is ever wasted.
Monday Morning Prayer The alarm clock has wakened me, dear God, but I want to talk with you before it rings again. I need to thank you for this comfortable bed and a good night’s sleep, for good health and strength, for an enjoyable weekend, for a wonderful church and worship service yesterday, for friends and family who care and love, for you and all that you bring to our lives, for the opportunities to serve you.
Be with me throughout this day and the week ahead. Let me do my work honestly, willingly and responsibly. As I meet people, help me to see them as your children and your loved ones.
I know you will lead me in whatever circumstances this day holds. I look forward to the adventures you and I will share together. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
from Prayers, Hymns and Poems
Door-Opener When the book of Acts (see 16:25-26) reports that Paul and Silas sang in the Philippian jail at midnight, it doesn’t record whether they were basses or tenors. It doesn’t even report if they sang on key. It simply says they sang. And as they sang, there was an earthquake and the prison doors were opened.
Many of life’s doors open more easily when we sing. So why not open some doors by joining the choir?
Salt is necessary for the human body and has also been used as a preservative for meat and other foods. In the Bible, salt represents permanence, loyalty, fidelity, use-fulness, value and purification.
In Matthew 5:13, Jesus tells his followers they are the salt of the earth. But, he adds, “If salt has lost its taste .... it is no longer good for anything.” What was Jesus’ message? Choose the correct answer below.
A. Jesus’ friends should remember him when they put salt on their food.
B. Jesus’ friends are important, but if they fail to serve him and tell others about him, they will have neglected the roles he has for them.
C. Bad salt is good for nothing.
D. Christians should have a positive influence on the world.
Schweitzer’s Glad and Willing Heart Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) was a German-French physician, Christian theologian, musician, author and philosopher who spent many years as a medical missionary in West-Central Africa. In 1953 he received the Nobel Peace Prize.
When Schweitzer died, writer Norman Cousins penned a tribute to this Renaissance man. He mentioned Schweitzer’s prolific use of his many talents. Toward the end of his article, Cousins wrote: “But beyond these explanations, it seems to me there is something else about Schweitzer. The best way I can say it is that somehow or other, he seemed to understand what God wanted from him, and he responded with a glad and willing heart.”
As Schweitzer explained: “The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”
The Bronze Serpent or Brazen Serpent on a Cross is a symbol for Jesus. In John 3:14-15 (NRSV), Jesus said, “And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.”
Jesus was referring to an Old Testament story, when God sent poisonous serpents because the Israelites grumbled impatiently in the desert. “And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Make a poisonous serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live.’ So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live” (Numbers 21:8-9, NRSV).