Church Family Newsletter | June 24, 2022
I think this is really important. It is so easy to list off all the problems and complaints every day. We all have them. But I'd rather acknowledge the good things. They might be simple things, but they are still blessings. So, here are a few of mine this week:
- My kids are having a blast while at summer camp.
- Gwyn and I got to squeeze in a couple of dates - a movie and a belated anniversary dinner. (Grateful for the staff that gave us a gift card at Christmas that helped pay for the majority of that meal.)
- Gwyn was able to visit the Haughins while I was able to attend my first swim meet and cheer Michele on.
- I was able to stroll through Half Price Books and pick up a whole bunch of new stationery card sets. (I'm a nerd like that. I LOVE cards, pens, and pencils.) I even bought a new puzzle! (Not that I've finished my other puzzles at home.)
- I have a sun umbrella to protect me from the raging sun.
- New community kids went to camp this week. And the kids that couldn't go to camp this week due to illness are able to jump in on another camp next week.
- Families are registering their kids for haircuts, backpacks, and school supplies.
- A few kids are registered for our Musical Vacation Bible School. (And I have to trust that God will send us more.)
- I have been blessed to see our staff and church members caring for one another and our community.
- I'm happy to see our men in our TLP growing and thriving.
Scripture tells us over and over again to rejoice in the Lord - always - in his salvation, in suffering, in his works, in his righteousness, in all the good things.
This shouldn't take long, but I encourage you to spend some time thinking about God's goodness in your life. This past Sunday was Father's Day. If you think of your Heavenly Father, how can you not thank him for lavishing us with good gifts.
Yes, there will be opposition from the enemy. But the enemy will try to attack those who are doing the right things for themselves and for the Lord. So even in those circumstances, thank God.
Major AnnMarguerite Jones
Imago Dei (The Image of God)
Two seemingly unrelated things made a connection for me this week.
Firstly, my girlfriend (wife) of over five decades was browsing what Facebook calls “memories” and came across a photograph of me. The photograph was not well-composed, a piano lid obscured parts of me, it had other people in it, it was not centered vertically or horizontally, and was not particularly well lit. But she liked it. She liked it so much she asked if I would print it for her!
I did, but all the other stuff was distracting. She just wanted the “me” part.
So knowing I am not lacking in computer skills, she wanted me to “extract” myself from the background and straighten myself up and draw attention to my eyes! Before you think you’re trapped in some unrealistic romantic novel, she also wanted me to remove an unsightly red spot on my nose she did not find particularly attractive! Through the magic of Pixelmator, all these things were eventually accomplished. Then she said she wanted a “proper” photograph printed and framed.
So I sent off the jpg file, ordered a frame, matt, non-reflective glass, and gave a credit card number. And, lo and behold! A few days later, FedEx delivered a package for her.
Thankfully she is pleased. “It’s just you!” she said.
“No, it’s not!” I said, “I am standing next to you looking at it”. (Sadly, I’m pathetically pedantic that way.)
“But it’s your eyes!”, she exclaimed.
I didn’t want to ruin a good thing by pointing out that actually, my eyes were looking at a picture of my eyes!
The second thing that captured my interest was a news report that an engineer at Google had become convinced that a piece of artificial intelligence (AI) programming he was working on had become self-aware and was now a sentient being. He wanted to make sure that its “human rights” were being protected. He was trying to teach it transcendental meditation!
The company has disclaimed any truth to his beliefs and is compassionately getting help and support for him. But before you scoff, let me point out that computers already exceed human capabilities in a myriad of ways we just take for granted. We already use computers to write computer programs that it would take humans centuries to replicate by hand. I am also convinced that sometime in the future we will create programs that can function with human levels of “intelligence”.
But they can never be “human”. They will always lack an essential ingredient.
“So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27 NIV
That essential ingredient is the “image of God”. If Artificial Intelligence is created by mankind, it will inevitably bear the “image” of mankind, not of God.
In the same way as that image (photograph) of me reminded my wife of who she knew me to be, we being made in the image of God should show aspects of who God is. One of the reasons we were created was to be billboards, photographs, paintings, reflections, and yes, images of aspects of His glory.
What aspects of God do you (or others) see in your life? What is God really like?
“God is love.” 1 John 4:8 NIV
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23 NIV
The two scriptures I just quoted are obviously far from being an exhaustive list of the characteristics of God, but they are certainly a good place to start.
As the hymn writer wrote:
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face;
And the things of earth
Will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.”
I quite often find myself in a limited public spotlight. My prayer is that people who see me, will not see me, but will see Jesus in me.
Do you resemble your creator?
Soli Deo Gloria
Blessings on you and yours,
A Video Message from Father's Day Sunday
Learning to Love: Suicidal Ideation
This is the last of this series "Learning to Love" that has been put on by the SAY (Salvation Army Youth) Network.
Thoughts of suicide and navigating a suicide crisis can create great panic and fears in those impacted by it, so rather than avoid the discomfort and fear, we strive to learn and de-stigmatize suicidal ideation and suicide by hearing from Emily Anderson and S. Blake Lanier, LCSW.
"The church is beneficial in that it::
- connects people to a sense of community;
- connects people to a reason for hope; and
- connects people to a reason to live.
Care, connection, and community is what will save lives." S. Blake Lanier
"Suicidal ideation it is not uncommon. When faced with these thoughts, Individuals will always find way to cope with the pain. As a body of Christ, we can help our youth find resources, practice healthy coping skills, and be a positive connection in their lives. Suicide is preventable. And the church can be a part of saving lives." Heather St. Aime
This will take you to Jim Black's collection of articles since starting the newsletter.
Visit of General Brian & Commissioner Rosalie Peddle
Father's Day Chili Cook-Off & Root Beer Floats
Sports Camp Drop Off at Camp Del Oro
Michele's Swim Meet at Forest Park Swim Club
CAMEO Craft - Summer/Beach Themed Wreaths
Recording of the General's Public Meeting
This Week's Schedule
- 9:00 AM - Praise Team Rehearsal - Chapel
- 10:00 AM - Sunday School - Classroom 3
- 10:15 AM - Prayer Time - Prayer Room
- 11:00 AM - Worship Service - Chapel
- 12:15 PM - Refreshments & Fellowship - Fireside Room
- 6:00 PM - Men's Bible Study - Fireside Room
- Women's Bible Study, Band Rehearsal, and Songsters Rehearsal are on summer hiatus.
- 10:00 AM - CAMEO: Bible Study with Commissioner Debi Bell - Fireside Room
- 8:30 AM - Campers leave for Music Camp
- NOTE: Bring a disposable packed lunch.
Backpacks and supplies will be given out on Saturday, July 23rd. See the flyer below. Free haircuts will be provided by the Paul Mitchell Design Team. Students wanting a haircut will need to make an appointment. There are limited spaces. Use the link below.
Free haircuts for students before going back to school in the fall.
All California Men's Retreat
LOCATION: Hume Lake Christian Conference Center https://hume.org/
REGISTRATION: Those interested in going must let us know as we need to send in our preliminary numbers to DHQ by June 23.
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