Dear Friend of FPC,
I have been working through an older daily devotional called "The Way" by E.Stanley Jones, long time missionary to India. In this devotional, Dr. Jones explores in some detail what it means to follow God's way. He shares with us what scripture has long taught that there is a way that most people follow and that way leads to death and loss. And then there is The Way, The Truth and The Life as seen in the person of Jesus. When we try to live our own way, life breaks us down and leads us further away from God. When we discover God's Way of living, of understanding and of being then we discover real truth and real life. This discovery about The Way is not just to be understood or become another piece of knowledge but is meant to be pondered, lived and experienced at every level of life. Dr. Jones shares 5 stages that we pass through in getting from our ways to The Way: 1. Contact - we come into contact with God's way and experience a new revelation about how life can work...we discover God's plan for our life. 2. Conflict - we discover that our way always conflicts with The Way of God; they are always incompatible. We sense the disconnects and struggle with breaking away from our way to follow His Way. God's Way reveals to us the disconnects in our way and the consequences of following and insisting on our way. 3. Conversion - God helps us through and live in His Way. God begins to change us both in an instant and through a process that helps transform our habits and character so that we both desire His Way and begin to live into His Way. 4. Cultivation - In agriculture and gardening there is process that results in harvest. Physically, that process requires pruning, weeding, feeding and nourishing the plant. And spiritually the same is true; God cultivates in us His way and helping us to grow spiritually. As we find ourselves aligned with His Way we discover The Way to grow spiritually and to please God. 5. Contribution - As we grow spiritually in The Way, we discover that God's Way produces spiritual fruit. Jesus said that if we would learn the secret to abide in Him we would bear much fruit, spiritually. In the early book of Acts, the Church grew because they were in tune with The Way, God's Way. Over the years, churches begin to slip back into the pattern of this world and try and do things their own way and the end is always decline in church attendance, membership, living for Christ, and victory over temptation in our lives. So throughout Church History, God calls His people back to His Way, the Way, The Truth, and The Life; when the people of God re-connect with His Way, they experience life and the Church grows again. We were made for God's Way. We sometimes prefer our own way. When we do things in our lives, our families or even in our churches a way that seems so good, but is not The Way we learn that God will allow us to follow our own way but not without consequences. Real Life and Real Truth are only to be found in The Real Way. God shows us this in a variety of ways and calls us to it. I pray that the Church Universal will re-discover The Way and begin to live it. Blessings in the House.
Upcoming Events (For full schedule of events, please see our website)
Save these Dates!
It may be hard to believe, but summer is here! Mark your calendars for these exciting church events:
- BIKE CLUB: Our next scheduled ride will be Sunday, July 29th at 3 PM. We will be riding the Wabash Cannonball Trail. Bikers can park at Monclova Elementary School. This is a great trail - completely paved, flat, and goes directly in to Oak Openings Metropark. Hope to see You there! Put a note in Jim Calderone's church mailbox with your name and contact information (cell phone, e-mail). Contact info is important, in the event we need to cancel a ride due to inclement weather. Ride locations will be announced in the bulletin and on the FYI weekly e-mail.
- ANNUAL WOMEN'S RETREAT - SAVE THE DATE - FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 27, 28, 2012 AT THE PINES RETREAT CENTER, FREMONT, OHIO - Our Theme will be: "What does the Lord require of you? But to do justice and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God." (Micah 6:8) Chris Wolfe, PC (USA) Justice and Peace Vice Moderator of Presbyterian Women and commissioned lay pastor will lead our retreat. We will have time to relax and unwind, walk the labyrinth, enjoy the beautiful campus of the Pines, use our art skills and even find time for a massage, And of course, we will have fabulous fellowship with our FPC sisters.
We have need of one person to serve on a team of ushers for our sanctuary service. Usher teams serve once every five weeks. If we have enough interest, we would also like to start sixth usher team and need four or fifth volunteers to do this. Ushers help in our worship service by handing out bulletins, collecting the offering, as well as assisting those in need. If you are willing to serve as an usher please contact Deacons Ben Driver or Cindy Vogel. (email@example.com)
Due to the move date and getting our phones, computers and other office aspects transferred back to the Church...this will be a strange week. In case of emergency contact Pastor Clint on his cell phone at 419-450-2341.
In the next couple of weeks with the move back into the church scheduled there will be a reduced FYI going out. During the rest of the summer we will do some features on upcoming ministry opportunities coming to the Church. We will send FYI updates out that have a new pastor's corner and any new announcements and prayer requests. Blessings to you.
Habitat For Humanity Build Opportunities
MO! Missions and Outreach has voted favorably to help fund a Habitat Build as a part of our missions opportunities to Connect Christ and Community in the Toledo area. We just learned of three opportunities to volunteer and would like to know if there are those that have a preference in terms of which project to support. The three builds are: a new build partnership in June/July; a new build partnership in August/September; and a Rehab project in October/November. Please contact Pastor Steve if you have a preference or if you would like to volunteer. Blessings on the house!
JUMP START PRAYER GATHERING
Each Monday morning at 7 am a hardy group of people from FPC gathers together in the Chapel to serve as Prayer Warriors for God. We gather prayer requests, join together in prayer, and bring back reports of how God is answering our prayers. What an encouraging and invigorating time! Some weeks the needs are many and other times there are fewer spoken or written requests. But the sweetest aspect of these Mondays is to just spend some time in the presence of God. We have seen some exciting answers to prayer. We have continued to pray for our contractors who are working on the building as well as for those who gather for the AA meetings each week. One of the things we pray for is that all who enter our building, for whatever reason, would experience a special touch of God's grace and presence. There is plenty of room at the altar in the Chapel to pray and join us. If you come you will be blessed. This week we especially want to pray for the middle school students and adults going to Massaneta Work Camp.
Lord, We pray for our teens and adults who we send out in your Name and authority to do and be the gospel this week. Bless them and those they will go to be with. Make this a great week for your kingdom. Amen.
|JOYS AND CONCERNSPrayer Concerns
Marge Bonner Home with Hospice
Bonnie Richards Swanton Health Care
Lois Driver Home
Lucy Marquardt Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek
Anabel Stubbs Struggling with Shingles attack
Mary Cramer Home at Swan Creek trying to recover
June Baker Home at Swan Creek trying to recover
Our home centered member of the week is Marge Bonner. Members may send a card or note to her at 809 Ransom St., Maumee, OH 43537. Please keep Marge in your prayers.
Continue to pray for Kathleen Sheets as she does interviews and goes through the pastoral candidating process. Her address is 26 Gunther St., North Adams, MA 01247. for those of you who would like to write and encourage her.
18th Gary Brown
19th Susan Martin
20th Jackie Kuntz, Stacey Tolbert
21st Lucille Marquardt, Samuel Rice, Hailey Schurr
23rd James Joslin, Steve Nelson, Marjorie Pendleton
24th Mike Heck, Mindy Overmyer
25th Chaz Price
26th Todd Armstrong, Janet Russ Jones
30th Nora Kirk
31st Lois Grasser, Anne Hirsch, Beth Kinney, Robert Vogel
20th Daniel & Tricia Shirk
22nd Mark & Shannon Weimerskirch
23rd Bob & Sherry Stiles (35th)
24th Bill & Dorothy Bonser (47th)
In Worship this Week: Sunday, July 22nd
8:00 a.m. in our Chapel Service. Pastor Clint Tolbert is preaching. Elder Bryce Harbaugh will serve as Liturgist. Red Swalla will be our pianist.
9:00 a.m. at the Edge Service in Fellowship Hall. Pastor Clint Tolbert is preaching.
10:15 a.m. in our Sanctuary Service. Pastor Clint Tolbert is preaching. Elder Mary Siefke will serve as Liturgist.