Monthly Archives: August 2006

God is in Contol

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Music and Lyrics by Twila Paris

This is no time for fear
This is a time for faith and determination
Don’t lose the vision here
Carried away by emotion

Hold on to all that you hide in your heart
There is one thing that has always been true
It holds the world together

God is in control
We believe that His children will not be forsaken
God is in control
We will choose to remember and never be shaken
There is no power above or beside Him, we know
God is in control

History marches on
There is a bottom line drawn across the ages
Culture can make its plan
Oh, but the line never changes
No matter how the deception may fly
There is one thing that has always been true
It will be true forever

He has never let you down
Why start to worry now?
He is still the Lord of all we see
And He is still the loving Father
Watching over you and me

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“Don’t Worry America, Mum’s Got Your Back”

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I spoke with K last night and she said, rather proudly, that an announcer on BBC America said the above statement.

Danger is always a tactical option for our enemy
The news coming out the last twelve hours has once again reminded us all that danger and death is a stark reality in a world consumed with following man-made and demonically influenced ideologies (from simple selfishness to terrorism). Our out-of-control world will always remain that way as long as we insist on ignoring our Creator God and His plan.

When we don’t embrace God’s plan we are escorted into following the god of this world’s plan. Satan’s plan is to steal, kill and destroy all and any good thing – including people, especially people.

But God is in Control
In 1994, Twila Paris wrote a song titled God Is In Control after obsessing about the world’s instability.

God spoke to Twila’s heart. “He said, ‘Just remember, people do what they will, but at the end of the day I’m the One with the ultimate authority. Remember that I am in control.’ ”

Oh, yeah. God is in control, Twila thought. The overused phrase had almost become a cliché. But as Twila reflected on the meaning of those four words, it hit her. We as humans sometimes choose to do terrible things. But the truth remains: He is in control.”

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for Your all consuming care for us and that sometimes we get to visibly see that care.

Thank you, Lord, for friends (like Great Britain) who look out for us at a time when people in other nations and even in our own, denigrate* our government, our help and our way-of-life.

Mighty God, please use this latest terrorist attempt to bring people to You and to help us to place our trust in You in a bigger way. Help us to believe and live like You are in control. Help us to live in a more selfless way in order to do Your will on Earth like it is being done in Heaven.

Finally, Merciful Saviour, bring sweet relief and the appropriate salvation to the family and friends who are left behind after terrorist attacks everywhere and specifically to those of 9/11.

Amen.

* I think there is a huge difference between denigrating, maligning and defaming America and openly discussing, in a polite helpful way, our “growth” areas.

He Called Me Daughter Not By My Sin or Disease

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The woman in Luke 8 had been bleeding for 12 years. Because of this bleeding, the people in her community were forbidden to touch her. That’s a long time to be ill and that’s a long time to live without human touch. Luke 8:43-48

These past 12 years I’ve spent all my money on finding a cure for something incurable. I didn’t give up though! I couldn’t give up. Even though I was ceremonially unclean and forbidden to be in crowds, I just had to get to Jesus.

No one else could heal me.

“Jesus won’t heal you,” others told me. “He heals by touch and He won’t touch you.”

Maybe He could. Maybe He would. He’s had compassion on other unclean people.

Somehow I made my way through that swell of humanity and was able to purposefully touch the fringe of His cloak. When I did that! When I did that, the bleeding stopped immediately!

Jesus asked, “Who touched me? Power has gone out from me!”

His disciples chided Him saying that many people were crowding and pressing against Him.

But He knew. And I knew what had happened.

I was hoping I could go away unnoticed, but since I couldn’t, I fell to His feet. Right there in front of everyone, I told Him why I touched Him and how I was instantly healed. I was mortified and frightened and I couldn’t look at anyone. I wondered what the Master would do.

“Daughter,” Jesus said.

He called me daughter?! Maybe it’ll be okay that I purposefully touched Him in my unclean state.

Daughter? A term of endearment? All these years I have suffered rejection from my family and friends because of my unclean state. They said I must be sinning and that God wants nothing to do with me. And that’s why they stayed away from me too.

Daughter? This Master, this Healer cares about me? All these years I’ve been going to doctors who couldn’t help me. I was no-one. And now Jesus calls me daughter.

Daughter,” He said, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”

Oh, I’ll go in peace all right. And in joy and thanksgiving. Thank you, Son of Man. Thank you for looking at me as a person and not as a sin or a disease. Thank you for looking at me as a daughter and healing me.

I’ll look at You as more than a Master . . . more than a Healer. To me you are my Salvation.

“Daughter,” what touch from Jesus the Messiah do you earnestly need today? If you want to share your need, I will pray with you.

CNC: Updated and Fresh But Still Biblical

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Oh, we’ve had an awesome time planning (these past few weeks) the fall happenings at church.

I don’t have time now to go into it (on my way to a meeting and then work), but let me tell you, friendship starter, church cookbook and series on Community Matters are just the beginnings of building Community at Cordova Neighborhood Church!

Check the church website, weekly bulletins, monthly CrossRoads and here for the upcoming stuff.

This is an exciting time to be a part of our church.

Please continue to pray for wisdom, unity, and strength.

Have I whet your appetite? Good, mine is!!!

“Starter” Is One Ingredient In Building Community and Cookbook

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Something’s growing at CNC.

It’s easy to create.
It’s bubbling with life.
And it’s meant to be shared.

It’s Friendship Bread. Also known as Amish Friendship Bread and Herman bread.

According to Wikipedia, Amish Friendship Bread, “is the chain letter of the baking world [or like zucchini from summer gardens]. The idea is very simple: a friend gives you a cup of yeast culture (also known as “starter”) and a copy of instructions. Following the instructions, you add sugar, flour and milk and it rises.”

“Eventually, you end up with 4 cups of the starter. You use one to make bread, keep one to start a new cycle and give two to your friends. Each of your friends also gets a copy of the instructions for what to do with the yeast starter. The latter part makes it somewhat like a chain letter.”

The idea is simple: use some, keep some and give some away. A recipe like this can quickly get out-of-hand and that’s what Women’s Ministry is proposing. In fact, let’s see how out of hand we can get. And how quickly we can do it.

Pass it on
Do you think it’s possible for every woman of the church to receive starter? All those on the mailing list? Wouldn’t this be a fun way to connect with others? An unusual way to build community? Let’s see if we can pass it on to all the Family by the end of October.

“Hello, my name is Susan. It’s good to see you at church today. I’d like to give you a little something. It’s a Friendship muffin, (aha, you didn’t know you could make muffins with it, did you?), a bag of starter and a recipe to make your own muffins or loaf of bread.”“When you’ve made your bread, you can give your friends a sample and the starter that made it! Then your friends can make their own and pass it along to their friends. This is why the bread is called “friendship bread”.[1]

But wait, something else is growing at CNC.

It’s a cookbook. Women’s Ministry is collecting recipes for an all-church cookbook.

So while you’re passing out samples and starter, how about passing out reminders to submit recipes (need them by August 15) and reserve a copy of the cookbook. Hardcopy forms are on the Secret Sister bookshelf; an electronic form can be received by e-mailing cncwomensministry@yahoo.com.

Be sure to grow and pass on the starter you receive. Even better yet, why don’t you start your own chain? The recipe for the starter and bread is in a separate post. When you’ve passed it on, please let me know by commenting here or click on Cookbook and comment on the post titled – Friendship Bread – Pass It On.

Let’s see how long it does take us to pass it on to all the CNC community.

Maybe at CNC we could call it Community Bread. ‘Cuz that’s what we’re doing with our sharing – building community. That’s what we’re doing with our cookbook – building community. That’s what Pastor will be preaching on – building community.

Why? Because Community Matters in the short-haul, long-haul and in Eternity.

[1] http://www.armchair.com/recipe/bake002.html

13 MUST Do’s For Community People at CNC (2006)

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1. Kids, bring your stamps to church, August 13, for the final count. As of August 8th the girls were in the lead. Turn them in to Lynette or your Sunday School teacher.

2. PEP people have plans to attend lunch and a show at Garbeau’s on Sunday, August 13. If you have any questions, contact Myrna.

3. Submit your recipes (up to three) by Tuesday, August 15. Contact Marsha for forms or queries. You can email her cncwomensministry@yahoo.com.

4. Attention all YOUTH – your Thursday groups will return to Rudat Hall on August 17. Middle Schoolers meets at 6 pm and High Schoolers met at 7 pm. Of course Bryce is the one with the answers for these events.

5. Interested in Missions? Come to the next meeting held at CNC on August 20th at 7 pm. Let Jeff and Jessica know if you have any questions. You can reach them at the office 635-5592, x 15.

6. Sign up for Family Camp at Union Valley Reservoir on August 25-27. To save your spot call Mark W.

7. Couples Weekend to Remember Conference is happening on two dates in October: 13-15 and 20-22. Contact Andy and Christy for more information. If you can make this happen – DO! The time away, the encouragement and the biblical advice you’ll receive will enhance your relationship with each other.

8. For men only – save October 27-29 for a great weekend at Alliance Redwoods. Contact Mark A. for more information.

9. Bring to church your old cell phones and used ink jet cartridges. Let the Women’s Ministry dispose of them for you. So far we’ve collected about 7 phones and 60 cartridges. Thank you for supporting us in this fundraiser.

10. Women’s Ministry is still taking names for those who are able to participate as meal volunteers. We are developing a list of people who can occasionally take a meal to a family/person in need. Let Reggie know of your interest. Email her at cncwomensministry@yahoo.com.

11. Find a small group to be a part of – as a leader or attendee. Both are needed. There’s a list of groups in the church office. Contact Susan for questions or “Yes, I’d love to be a small group leader.”

12. Pick up a revised church directory from the office. The phone numbers it contains are for your use. Invite some folks over for a BBQ, coffee break at La Bou, midnight bowling, or play date at a local park. Use the addresses to send a few encouragement, thank you or glad to meet you cards this week.

13. Do one thing this week to encourage one of our pastors or their wives. The church website (at the bottom) has some great ideas. I’ve included some of the links here , here and here for your convenience.

All Church Cookbook is Simmering On the Stove (2006)

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“First you make a roux” is the way many Cajun and Creole one-pot main dishes start. And there is no further explanation of making a roux. Making roux and all the dishes that start with one is a hand-me-down tradition.

Passing down recipes from one generation to the next is a hand-me down tradition that occurs in all cultures. This ritual binds one family member to the next. It forms a connection; links the past to the present and then to the future.

Community is formed. And community matters.

This is one reason why Women’s Ministry is putting together an all church cookbook. We are collecting more than instructional how-to’s on making certain foods. So there are three more reasons we are putting together this ccokbook.

We are collecting memories: “This pork chop casserole was one my grandma always made when we visited because my dad thoroughly enjoyed eating it. I, however, was fed up and once asked, “Grandma, is this all you know how to cook?”

We are remembering those who have passed on: “While working in the nursery one morning, Betty and I started talking about recipes using persimmons. She told me that every Christmas she sent persimmon cookies to her family because it was the most requested one. Betty brought in the recipe for me to try and I loved it… The best part is having the handwritten recipe card from her to cherish.”

We are sharing the best recipes from each family: “Sometimes when I look at a new cookbook, I’m not sure what will turn out well. But when I look at recipes in a cookbook like this, I know my kids will eat it.”

Please submit all recipes by August 15, 2006. We want to have the books back in time to buy as Christmas gifts.

Pick up a hard copy form at the Secret Sister bookcase at church or email cncwomensministry@yahoo.com for an electronic form. You can also call Marsha Thompson if you have any questions.

Please share with me other ideas as to why collecting recipes for an all church cookbook is a good idea.

Well, I’m going back to the stove to do some more work on the cookbook.