October 15 , 2020
Message from Pastor Donna
On the Blog

5 Ways to Detox Your Toxic thoughts… and have more peace. Last Sunday we talked about having the ‘mind of Christ’ as Paul urged the church at Philippi.
He describes it as a mind that is filled with lovely, commendable, truthful, honorable and excellent thoughts. The mind of Christ has peace that surpasses all understanding. How do we do that in a world filled
with overwhelming anxiety, fearmongering and political
and social unrest?

Use these steps to help you dump the toxic thoughts and have more peace:
1.   Gather information
It’s important to gather information and memories that are toxic thoughts. Emotions and words that you keep repeating are clues to your thoughts. Words are powerful. They impact your emotions in powerful ways.
Words feed your emotions and tell you that things will never change. Two of the most toxic emotions are bitterness and resentment that keep you feeling victimized. Forgiveness is a choice. Un-forgiveness are toxic seeds that choke out joy and happiness.
Understanding where these words and emotions come from makes you more conscious of them so that you can let go and thrive.
Here are some questions to ask yourself: How many ‘could have’ ‘should have’ ‘would have’ statements have you uttered today? Do you replay conversations over and over? Is your mind passive? Are you honest with yourself? Do you go through the motions of the day without being committed to a goal, saying one thing and meaning another? Is your thinking distorted?
Are you forming a personal identity around a problem or a disease? “My arthritis” “My heart problem?” “My eczema or psoriasis?” Do you ever make comments like, “Nothing ever goes right for me?” “everything I touch fails”, “I always mess up”. If you answered ‘yes’ to any one of these, then your thought life needs detoxing. It is time to take conscious control of your thoughts.
2.   Reflect
Ask yourself, what am I thinking about? What am I feeling? What words do I use with others? Take time to sort this out and journal.
What is the actual thought/emotion/word content? Approach this question with prayer and give yourself time to think through this question. Is it fear thoughts such as worry and anxiety that dominate?
3.   Journal
Patterns or words that come to mind. Pour out your thoughts on paper. Morning pages that capture your thoughts on paper can be very healing.
4.   Revisit
Evaluate and sort through what you wrote. Does it line up with higher thought from God or Spirit? Ask: Do I have a responsibility? Who do I need to forgive? Myself? Others? What have I been dreaming about?
5.   Reach
Go beyond the toxic thoughts/emotions/words...step out in faith and begin to practice the changes you want. Let Spirit, scripture and holy text come alive in your life. Here you can capture the thoughts before they take hold in your brain.
What happens when you suppress emotions? Eventually buried emotions come pouring out. Emotions bring the whole body into a single purpose which is to integrate systems.  By not overindulging emotions, you can raise your thoughts to a more positive place. With emotions: feel them and release them.

Toxic words are also sneaky. Your words reflect your attitude and express emotions.  Speak with honesty and integrity. What you do and say on the outside must reflect what is going on the inside. Repeat the above 5 steps with your thoughts, emotions, and words. 

Question to ponder: Why is it important to capture toxic words in a journal?

On the journey
Pastor Donna
Re-Opening the Church
The Phase Forward team has been planning our reopening very strategically for the last month and we are very excited. God has given the world technology and we are so grateful for the opportunity to continue to 'be' with each other via Zoom. We will not be ending social media as a venue for inviting others to join us. Besides guidelines that will be sent out to everyone for a safe and joyous worship experience as we come together, we are planning on changing our social media platform to Facebook live instead of Zoom. Zoom will continue to be the platform for meetings. If you don't follow the church on Facebook here is how you can find us:
Be sure to share our page with all your friends!
They will get notified when we have an event!

If you do not have a Facebook account and need help setting that up, please call the office and speak to Heather so we can help you. 

We look forward to seeing you soon!
Pastor Donna and the Phase Forward Team

Survey Results
Results as of 10/14/2020
1.  I/We will attend the live service starting on Sunday Nov 8th, 2020?  
Number of Response(s) Response Ratio Yes 17 68% No 7 28%

2. How many in your church party including yourself? #_____.
17 Response(s) Average attendee number 2 persons
3. I/We prefer on-line services at this time.   
Number of Response(s) Response Ratio Yes 13 56.5% No 10 43.4%

4. I/We would like on-line activities for our children.   
Number of Response(s) Response Ratio Yes 5 20.0% No 9 36.0%

5. I have access to a computer/mobile phone.  
 Number of Response(s) Response Ratio Yes 23 100.0% No 9 0.0%
6. I need help using my computer/mobile phone to access church services.       
 Number of Response(s) Response Ratio Yes 0 0.0% No 21 84.0%
No Responses 4 16.0%
7. Other questions or concerns? 2 Response(s)
#3 above, need to have both options available.
I'm not feeling comfortable until the vaccine.
Youth Group will meet every other Sunday at 5:00 PM via Zoom for the time being. The next meetings will be October 25th.

If you can’t make it or have some alternative ideas, let CC know. If you need service project hours contact her for ideas. We are still trying to solve a riddle from a game last week (we did not have the answers): “I begged the Pope to let me enter the convent when I was young, all 4 of my sisters were nuns, my parents are saints, and I am a doctor of the church. Who am I?” Any ideas??

 Job Opening

Looking for one or two members to serve on the Board of Trustees who view care and upkeep of the FCCB facilities a special ministry. The Board of Trustees is responsible for the care and custody of all church properties and provides advice to the Church Cabinet and Congregation on proposed additions, improvements or modifications of church facilities and grounds. The Board reviews and negotiates utilities, building
and personnel contracts, leases, equipment, contractors, etc. 
The Board monitors all church facility use. The Board meets on
a monthly basis at days and times agreed by the members. 
If interested, please contact Bill Beckman or Wade Anderson.


Apart We Are Together

Church Family-

Happy Fall! Kids are going back to school, some are home working other are taking on a new world! We are all still adapting our lives and adjusting to doing thing a bit differently.

We would love to see what you and your family have changed in your lives. Send us your pictures, tell what unexpected blessing has come out of this transition.

We are in this together and we hope to come together in person soon!


Stewardship Message


Thank you to all of you who are keeping up with your pledges and donations by mailing in your Sunday offerings or using the
online giving process with the link below. God's work, especially during this difficult time in the history of the human race, will test us all and will need our financial support. Those of you who are having financial difficulty during this time, keep the Faith, God will provide.

Be Safe!
Board of Stewardship
 

CHURCH OFFICE
The Church office is currently closed but the Church Secretary will be working remotely.If you are you in need of assistance or know someone that is please email our church secretary and we will be happy to assist.