A Point to Ponder from Pastor Jory Tobias
Having been raised in the church I always heard about people’s life verse, a passage of scripture that a person holds on to during difficulties, or that they have a personal connection with. I always felt that I was missing something or that I wasn’t a good Christian, for there was no passage that I saw as my life verse. There were parables, stories, and entire themes that I loved learning and reading about in the Bible, but there wasn’t any single passage that I felt this connection towards.
If you are feeling this way, I want you to read the next sentence very carefully. Don’t worry, this is not some sort of test for Christians, and there isn’t a list of correct verses to have a connection with, there are no wrong answers. Throughout our lives we may find one passage we feel strongly connected with, or we could find a selection of passages that help us get through a single day. Our faith is not made up of a single verse, or small sampling of verses, if it was the Bible would be mostly filler. If you have a passage that you have related to for years, that is awesome. If you have a list of verses to cycle through to make it through stressful weeks, that is also awesome.
What if you don’t have a life verse, but you want one? There is only one way to find a life verse, a piece of scripture that can motivate, encourage, or support you through your week, you have to read your Bible. There isn’t any online quiz or self-help book that will match you with a verse. For me it took two years of living paycheck to paycheck before I came across a passage, that I had read numerous times before, that I felt connected with. In Luke 12:22-31 Christ is telling his disciples not to worry about their basic needs for God will take care of them. When Annie and I ran into tight financial months I would reread the passage and rely on God to provide opportunities for me to work. This passage helped us get through a difficult time in our lives, but it will not be the only life verse we have, nor will we stop reading.
No matter where you are in life, I’d encourage you to find some time this week, pick up and read your Bible. Not to find a life verse, but so that when harder times come your way, you can be well equipped to make it though.
Upcoming Events …
There’s a new Bible study that has started! Pastor Jim Moss, Sr. is leading a group meeting 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.
Pastor Jory and Annie host and lead 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 contact Pastor Jory for more details.
The Stitching Circle will meeting on February 10th and February 24th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM in the main lobby. Bring your projects and join in the fun!
Job Descriptions are available for the position of Administrative Assistant here at Eberly’s Mill. You can find them on the table in the Main Lobby. If you are interested in the position, please submit your name to the church office no later than February 11th.
Please take time to drop a Valentine’s card in the mail to our adoptive grandparent. Nancy Fronk; Church of God Home, 801 N. Hanover Street, Carlisle, PA 17013.
The “Appreciation Brunch” for Darlene will be held on February 24th in the Fellowship Hall from 9-11 AM. Please let Terri Gross know if you will be attending. If you have not received an invitation, please see Terri as well. Thank you.
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.
Roberta Hoback will be facilitating the “All Things New” study on Mondays starting March 12th in her Camp Hill home. Books will be available the end of February. More details to come!
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.
Just a reminder. If you change your e-mail address please notify the church office so we can keep you on the list. Also, if you know someone who might enjoy this little blurb each week, pass along their address and we’ll be happy to send to them.