A Point to Ponder from Pastor Jory Tobias
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The first chapter of Genesis details God creating the entire universe in the span of six days. A question that has haunted Christian circles is, “was the author of Genesis referring to literal days?” There are a multitude of books both affirming and refuting a six-day creation based on the biblical text, but that is not why I’m dwelling on this passage this week. At the very end of the passage, after humanity is created, we have the seventh day, and on this day God rests. Six days of work followed by a day of rest, this day is often referred to as the Sabbath or Shabbat.
Observing the Sabbath, meaning taking a day to rest and refrain from our work, is one of the Ten Commandments. By the time of Christ, we see strict observance to this Commandment where people are counting their footsteps so not to over work themselves and break the law. For many people in our area, they remember a time when restaurants and shops were closed on Sunday. While we may be tempted to point our fingers at the store owners or at the younger generations for this change I’m reminded of something my mother repeatedly told me, “whenever you point your finger at someone you have three pointing back at yourself.” So, the question becomes, how have I been keeping the Sabbath?
You would be surprised how many stories of pastors who seem to have everything together, unexpectedly burn out because they didn’t take time for the Sabbath. Setting aside one day out of the week to rest is something that has become harder for most people in our society. We have our emails connected to our phones, that we always have with us, and you know your boss wants a reply asap. I would encourage you this week, pick a day that works for you, and your spouse if applicable, and don’t schedule anything on that day. Go outside for a walk, go to a café and have some coffee, spend some time in prayer and the Word. Don’t work, rest. You aren’t being unproductive, you are being the most productive when following the example God has set before you.
Upcoming Events …
The Gospels study led by Pastor Jim Moss, Sr. continues to meet on Sunday evenings at 6:00 PM in the sanctuary. The course will be 16 sessions designed to give participants an understanding of who Jesus is as presented in the Gospels. Four sessions will be devoted to each gospel with selected passages emphasized to help understand the person of Jesus.
The church officers are reminded of the next meeting of the Governing Board on Monday, March 5th at 7:00 PM.
Pastor Jory and his wife, Annie, are hosting a Bible Study for young adults on Monday evenings in their Grantham home. It starts at 6:00 PM, and if you are interested, please talk to Pastor Jory for more details.
Roberta Hoback will be facilitating the “All Things New” study on Mondays starting March 12th in her Camp Hill home. Books are available in the Main Lobby.
Our “Thanks and Best Wishes for Pastor and Family” event will be held on Saturday, March 3rd from 3:00 – 5:00 PM in the Eberly’s Mill Fellowship Hall. Food and beverages will be provided. Pastor Jim’s last Sunday will be the following day, March 4th.
Easter Food Box Donations are needed. The Women’s Ministry is again collecting for Easter food boxes to give to needy families in our community. They will be assembling the boxes on Saturday, March 24th at 9:00 AM. Please have your items here by March 18th. You may place your donations in the side foyer. If anyone would like to make a monetary contribution to help with this project, please give donations to Kathy Glenn or Audrey Basehore.
Order forms for the next Pretzel Sandwich sale are in the Main Lobby Kiosk. Please return order and money to Audrey Basehore or Kathy Glenn by March 18th. Sandwiches will be ready for pickup on March 27th at noon.
The annual Eberly’s Mill Palm Sunday luncheon will be March 25th. The luncheon will be a potluck style carry-in. Eberly’s Mill will provide beverages and table service. The Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 1 through 5th grade will take place at 1:00 PM.
A special Holy Week service will be held on Maundy Thursday, March 29th at 7:00 PM. Pastor Jim Moss, Sr. will be leading worship and we will observe the ordinances of feet washing and communion.
Forms are available to place orders for Easter Flowers. Completed forms and money must be returned to the basket in the Main Lobby no later than March 18th. Please refrain from placing order forms in the offering plates.
Save the Date! This year’s Polar Blast Vacation Bible School will be held on the weekend of June 22-23. Please save your clear gallon milk jugs and place them in the container provided in the side foyer.
The Lemoyne center of New Hope Ministries has an ongoing need for the following items: peanut butter, soap, shampoo, paper towels, toilet paper, mustard, ketchup, mayo, and ranch dressing. We are supporting New Hope by collecting these items and delivering them to the pantry. Donations can be placed in the pink tub in the side foyer.
The Church of God Home is looking for donations of personal care items. There is a detailed list of the specific items in your Sunday program. Please consider picking up a few things to pass along. You can bring them to church and place them in the box located in the side foyer.
Remember…we have gift cards available from the four major grocery stores in the area. You can purchase the cards in the foyer from the volunteer stationed there and use them like cash when you buy your groceries. A percentage of your purchase will go directly to our building/elevator fund. You will need to use cash or a check to purchase the gift cards. The cards come in denominations of $25, $50, or $100.
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