Rev. Steven Chambers 10/22/18

DSCF0198What a privilege it was to hear Rev. Steven Chambers this morning.  No one slept through that sermon!  It touched so many themes that we’ve discussed in the past year.  We  were really inspired.

Thanks to Lorna for bringing him to the island this summer for the Teen Camp Meeting and for Rev. Charlotte for inviting him to preach in Chilmark.  We enjoyed meeting his Mother, Sister and Niece , Hannah, who came all the way from R.I. this morning for the service.DSCF0201Another special blessing this day was the music Lia Kahler offered, her amazing voice filling the sanctuary with Spirit.

Steve Garnaas-Holmes at Rolling Ridge..

Has the change of seasons got you down?

Is the turmoil and chaos of our current political environment left you hopeless?

Do you wonder where God is in these uncertain times?

Have you lost your spiritual groove and would you like to get it back?

Join retreat leader Steve Garnaas-Holmes  on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 9:30am-3:30pm for this truly special Day Apart Retreat.

Come and be set free to discover hope and encounter the Beloved.

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Peace Quilts “Pop Up ” at coffee hour.

Sunday, Sept 16 saw coffee hour  cheered up with beautiful quilts and hand made products from Haiti. 20180916_10071420180916_100719During the “Mission Moment” in the service, Carolyn Stoeber had described her work with Peace Quilts which offers women jobs and future economic stability as part of this co-operative. The work was received enthusiastically. DSCF0171DSCF0172DSCF0173

Carolyn is also our contact for the Lilivois School project near Port au Prince to fund afternoon instruction for children and adults  who cannot afford to go to school during regular tuition class hours.

September Devotional from D.S. Foster

September 2018 – Bite Your Tongue

Read Together:  “He who goes about as a tale-bearer reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy conceals a matter.”  Proverbs 11:13

The United States government has a branch called the Central Intelligence Agency, better known as the CIA.  This agency is responsible for conducting top secret missions of the United States. In order for anyone to become a CIA operative, they must undergo severe testing and training – everything from physical fitness and reaction time to IQ tests.  After four weeks of very intensive training, the applicants are unexpectedly tested.

These men and women are captured by those who they believe are the enemy.  They are interrogated intensely for days to see if they will reveal the secret of who they are. If they withstand this final test, they officially become a CIA operative.  If they reveal their secret, they will never have the opportunity to become an operative.  They have proven themselves to be untrustworthy – unable to keep a secret!

Proverbs tells us that a talebearer reveals secrets, but a trustworthy man conceals them.  A recruit’s grueling weeks of giving it everything he or she had to become a CIA operative are all in vain if that recruit is unable to keep a secret.  Just as a tiny spark can set an entire forest aflame, the book of James reminds, an untrustworthy tongue can spoil an entire friendship or bring intense hurt to a person we love.

Discussion Starters:  How do you feel when someone shares a secret with you?  Why is it difficult to trust someone who gossips?  Who are people you know you can trust?  Why?

Lifeline:  Ask God to help you think before you speak, to put a guard on your mouth.

Reflections

Blessings Always, (Numbers 6:24-26)

Rev. Dr. Andrew L. Foster, III.

Ahn and Bodge visit

July saw the return of two of our previous pastors.  Seongmoon Ahn and his family returned to celebrate his ordination with us, his first congregation.

0708181102-1-1Sien and Soyune have a new brother since living in Chilmark.  Hasty photo doesn’t do them justice.

Arlene Bodge joined us for worship another Sunday and the congregation was thrilled to see her well  there as well as at the sunset worship service in Oak Bluffs that was part of the youth camp meeting that weekend.

We’ve been blessed with these lovely leaders!