The Pastor’s Part . . . May/June, 2017

As I look back upon Easter joy and carrying that rejoicing forward into our lives sharing Jesus, a poem written by Barbara Janis comes to heart.  I share it with you with her permission:

You Could Say

You could say……..
I wasn’t there when the cross was made,
I didn’t join the wooden beams,
I didn’t force the iron spikes,
Or drive them past his mother’s screams…
I didn’t braid the thorn spined crown,
Or place it on His head,
I didn’t yell “Crucify, Crucify!”
Or stand by idly as He Bled!
I wasn’t the one who painted the sign,
That mocked His sacred name,
You’ll have to look somewhere else,
To find the ones to blame!
I wasn’t there to deny Him thrice,
Or then run away and hide,
I didn’t take the sharp edged sword,
And thrust it in His side!
I didn’t hear His final words,
As thunder ripped the sky,
I didn’t see His mother’s face,
Or watch her as she cried!
You could say ” It wasn’t me,”
But that would be a lie…
It was for each and everyone of us
That He was crucified!!!!
Our sin brought Him to this world,
Inside a virgin’s womb,
Our sin hung Him on the cross,
And sealed Him in the tomb!!
God’s love was so much stronger
Than our reckless hate,
He didn’t end on the cross
But pushed open deaths dark gate!!
He Arose Praise God to ignite our souls,
And in its brilliant flame,
All the dark places in our hearts,
Were cleansed and freed of blame!!!
So let the Joyous news ring out,
His Glory to Proclaim!!!
Rejoice, He has our salvation won,
There is power in His Name!
So let the Joyous news ring out,
Things will never be the same,
Rejoice, rejoice because He said,
He’s coming back again!!

Rejoice, salvation is won!  Our hearts burn within us like those disciples walking to Emmaus in last Sunday’s Gospel.  Let the Joyous news of our Risen Savior ring out in what we say and do!  And remember, He’s coming back again to bring us to be forever with Him!  Alleluia, Christ is risen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Message from Pastor Craig

 

With March comes Ash Wednesday and Lent.  Each year someone will ask, “Where does Lent come from anyway?”  Lent gets its name from an old English word meaning spring, the time when the days lengthen, thus “lent.”  The earliest Christians observed the 40 hours in which Jesus lay in the tomb with special devotions and prayers.  Later the period was increased to two weeks and then finally to the 40-day period (Sundays are not included because they are in Lent and not of Lent because they always celebrate the reality of Easter) to which we have become accustomed.  Since the 5th century, Christians have observed this period of preparation leading up to the celebration of Easter.

 

Interesting also about Lent is the observation I read recently that this 40-day period of Lent represents a tithe (10%) of our calendar year.  Just as the biblical tithe of produce or income was expected to be devoted to God in thanks and praise, so also it seems appropriate that a tithe of our year, our time, be set aside to focus on the saving work of our Lord Jesus Christ.  But the challenge for we moderns is that time has become our new currency and there’s just too little of it.  For hurried and harried folks like you and me, it just might be easier to give money than our time.  Often times Lent is simply forgotten:  midweek soup suppers and worship is sparsely attended, Lenten devotions are ignored, prayer simply falls by the wayside.  We find it hard to fit Lent into our busy schedules.

 

But without the spiritual discipline of Lent we pay the price.  Just as we are poorer when we don’t put our goods into the service of our Lord, we are equally impoverished if we don’t place our time into God’s hands.  No wonder our world is spiritually falling apart.  Our disregard for Lent is simply a symptom.

 

But it doesn’t have to be that way for us.  With Lent we have opportunity to walk with our Lord: to gather in Lenten soup fellowship, to worship with fellow pilgrims along the Lenten way, to worship our loving Father who sent His Son for us, to daily devote (ion) time to prayer.  We can take the time to drink deeply of the grace of God in Christ, who bore our sins on his shoulders even to the cross.  Lent is our time to grow in faith.  If not Lent, when?

 

FREE COMMUNITY DINNER & BOWLING

A good time was had by all on February 18th!!  At 4:00pm a classic hot dog & beans dinner was served followed by a fun time of bowling at Sparta Lanes.  Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and talent to this event!!

SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY

SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY – February 12th, 2017.  More than 80 containers of soup were donated to help support our Crossroads Community Food Pantry.  A free will offering was collected for the soup and $775.00 was raised.  Thank you to everyone who helped make this fundraiser a success!

Thanksgiving Community Dinner

Pictures from our Community Dinner held on November 19, 2016.  We had over 80 people attend and enjoyed meeting many new people from the community!!  Please join us for our Christmas Dinner on December 17th starting at 4:00pm.

2/12/17 – Souper Bowl Sunday at Holy Faith

SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY – February 12th, 2017.

More than 80 containers of soup were donated to help support our Crossroads Community Food Pantry. A free will offering was collected for the soup and $775.00 was raised. Thank you to everyone who helped make this fundraiser a success!!

A New Year’s Resolution


Here’s my first shot at blogging! A New Year’s resolution of sorts! You know it’s here… so…

Happy New Year! Can you believe it? Another year past! There have been joys, right? And I’m sure there have been tears as well!

Have you heard the story of two little teardrops floating down the stream of life? One said to the other, “Who are you?” It replied, “I am a teardrop from a woman who loved a man and lost him. Who are you?” The first replied, “Well, I am a teardrop from the woman who got him!”

Life is like that. We cry over things we can’t have. If we only knew it, we would probably cry more if we had received them. I think Paul had the right idea when he wrote, “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” (Phil. 4:11) Paul could say this because he knew that whatever the situation, God’s love for him would never fail.

What great news! We enter this new year knowing that all things will work together for the good of those who love Him because He first loved us! Every moment of 2017 will be a blessing because it will be under the God who didn’t spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all! Certainly He will give us all things needful!

Let go of the anxiety! Let go of the fear! Look to Jesus! In Him our past is forgiven, our present is blessed and our future is assured.

Pastor Craig

February 2017

My dear mother had a saying.  So much came easily to her, especially cooking and art.  She was wonderfully creative at both.  Not I!  Frustrated by my inability to come up with an idea for an art assignment, I would turn to her for help.  “Here’s an idea son.  Try doing it this way…  Easy as a snap” as she would then snap her fingers.  She was right.  It would be “easy as a snap.”

            I was reminded of mom as I watched a feat that involved finger snapping.  From the expression on Satoyuki Fujimura’s face, his accomplishment was not as easy as a snap.  This Japanese university student set a new Guiness World Record for the most finger snaps in 60 seconds.  He surpassed the previous record – 178 snaps per minute – while taping an episode of the TV show Tantei Knightscoop.  Simply amazing as he snapped his fingers, the sound of each snap clear and crisp, slowing down at the end with his 296th snap.  While it involved finger snaps, it was definitely not as easy as a snap.

            Much of life is not as easy as a snap.  In our lives and in our work together as part of Christ’s body the church, I will be the first to admit that significant hard work is involved.  On February 26th, Holy Faith celebrates her 55th anniversary.  From the founding fathers and mothers down to the present day, many have worked together to carry out our mission of “Sharing God’s Love through Our Holy Faith!” But all of the building of faith at Holy Faith has been built upon Jesus Christ our Lord.  He has empowered and continues to make possible the work of faith for these 55 years.  Come and celebrate with us.  The celebration begins at 9:15 a.m., with a potluck lunch to follow.  At the luncheon we will also dedicate the newly refurbished kitchen that God has blessed us with.  The work of salvation, certainly not as “easy as a snap”, required the death of God’s Son, Jesus.  And the sharing of that Good News is the most rewarding and gratifying work folks could ever have!  It’s kingdom work that has forever importance!  Pastor Craig