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Silence and Solitude

Silence and Solitude

As part of a discipleship group here I spent four hours in silence and solitude last Saturday. Four other people also did something similar last week. I knew Saturday morning would be the only time I could do it so I got up and got right to it. I did a couple of Franciscan prayer exercises including listening to a 10-minute I Am meditation exercise which I found on YouTube. I have since forwarded that exercise to several people I thought would enjoy it. I eventually found my way to the Appalachian Trail, found a rock to sit on, and spent time in prayer and relaxing in the presence of God. I found my time very enjoyable and certainly worthwhile. It helped that I stopped by Starbucks on my way to get a cold brew coffee.
It isn’t every Saturday that I can carve out four hours like that but when I can I find that I am deeply blessed. If you want to hear more about my experience or talk about things you could do, just talk to me. I love to share this kind of thing. God is good.

Have a great weekend,
Allen L. Close

Sermon: “Don’t be afraid”
Hebrews 2:14-18


*Masks are now optional.

ANNOUNCEMENTS


PREACHING TODAY

Allen Close


SUNDAY WORSHIP AT THE BUILDING

Worship service starts at 10:30 a.m., individually packaged communion supplies are provided.


AGAPE GROUPS

Are now meeting! Sign-up sheets are posted on the bulletin board beside the Library.

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Sunset

One thing Puerto Vallarta is known for is their sunsets. The sun sets each night right over the ocean. It is like the sun sinks into the sea each night. While we were there, some nights were cloudy so we didn’t get to see. On the nights when it was clear enough, however, it was spectacular. On our last night there we some clouds on the horizon that seemed to form a pillow for the sun to set on and the sky was such a deep red. I had never seen anything quite like it. We realized that the heavens also declare the glory of God in Mexico.
We had a great time on our vacation and were able to really relax. We got to do and see a lot of cool things in a place we had never been. I always find it faith-building to see God at work in different places of the world. I must admit that it made us feel better to know that we live in the mountains so when we were leaving we did not feel so much like we were leaving the mountains behind. It is good to be home.

Looking forward to Sunday,
Allen L. Close

Sermon: “Our Wonderful Savior”
Hebrews 2:5-13

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Praise The Lord

Praise The Lord
Praise the Lord for this glorious day,
It is beautiful in every way.
Praise Him for the skies above,
For all His reflections of purest love.


Praise the Lord for the rivers and seas,
For the buzzing of the bees,
As they make delicious honey,
More precious than a pot of money!


Praise the Lord for the animals and birds,
For cheery faces and life giving words.
Praise the Lord for family and friends,
For the spirit’s life that never ends.


Praise the Lord for you and me,
For the ability to hear and see.
Praise Him for our precious health,
More important than material wealth.


Praise Him for all creation,
For helping us to go beyond limitation.
Ro reach out to the unknown world,
Hold us as the future is gently unfurled.


Praise the Lord for His unending love,
For all the support from Heaven above.
And as we go out on our way,
Let’s praise the Lord for each new day!


-Barbara Manning

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God’s word

June 27, 2021

God’s Word

One of the things about being a preacher is that when you finish preaching or teaching your way through a book you must put it away. Last night I finished teaching through the book of Luke and now I will put it away for several years. I have been teaching it for fifteen months every Wednesday on zoom. I won’t be able to do that again for several years. There is a sadness that comes with this.
I am also getting close to finishing the book of Acts on Sunday mornings. When I finish that I will put away the writing of Luke and move on. Again, I feel a sense of sadness. There is so much more, however, so I look forward to moving on even as I miss what I just did.
I have this kind of a relationship with the word of God. I remember certain books that I have studied with a sense of both love and longing. I love the richness of different books and the way they expose you to different aspects of God and his will. I also long to work through them with you. Some we have already covered, and others are waiting in line. Praise God for the rich beauty of his Word.

Have a great week.
Allen L. Close

For those that have been fully vaccinated against COVID, the wearing of masks or face coverings is now optional.
If you have not had the COVID vaccination, we respectfully ask that you continue to wear a mask or face covering.

ANNOUNCEMENTS


SUNDAY WORSHIP AT THE BUILDING:

Worship service starts at 10:30 a.m. Masks and hand sanitizer are available in the foyer. Individually packaged communion supplies are provided.

AGAPE GROUPS:

Are now meeting! Sign-up sheets posted on the bulletin board beside the Library.

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We Love Our Young People

Last night I had the privilege of joining Alfred and the teens for a service project and swimming party. Fourteen teens, plus Alfred and I, started at Westwood Hills Elementary school where they had asked if we could help them out by cleaning up the parking lot. The kids had shovels, brooms, and blowers and got it done. From there we went to Rob and Shirley’s to eat and swim. It was so nice to see the kids all having fun
together. Fellowship matters to all ages.


The elders would like to restart our Wednesday nights together. On Wednesday, July 7, we are going to have an event so that we can get feedback from the parents of our children about what we would like to do. I will be leading an intergenerational Bible exercise and the parents will meet and discuss with Stephen, Alfred, and some of the elders to talk about ways we can make Wednesday night better. Please make plans to join us if you are in town. We really do want to hear what you have to say.

Have a great weekend.
Allen L. Close

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Back Home

June 13, 2021

Back Home

How nice it is to have elders that can fill in for me when I am away. Glenn and Jim taught my class and Brent and Rob preached. I have listened to both sermons and they both did a great job. I was especially pleased that Rob could tackle a tough subject like he did and do it with grace and balance. That is not easy. My thanks to each of our elders.
My trip to Texas was very worthwhile. At my meetings with Mission Alive, I was able to be with a group of people that are both challenging and encouraging. The preacher at the University Church of Christ at Pepperdine was there and I enjoyed talking with him and asking him all sorts of questions. Fellowship is a beautiful thing.
I was also able to visit with family that I hadn’t seen for a few years. We had many heavy discussions and were able to renew our love for each other. Family is a beautiful thing.
Now, it is good to be home. Laura picked me up in Richmond on Monday and we have had a normal week, which is just what we wanted. I pray each one of you is doing well and enjoying the blessings of God.

Allen L. Close

Sermon: “The Inner Person”
I Timothy 6:6-10

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Where Does God Live?

June 6, 2021

Where Does God Live?
Do you remember how old you were when you learned that God does not live at the Church building? I remember singing the song, “The Lord Is In His Holy Temple,” as a way to get us to be quiet. I also remember people telling me not to run in God’s house. I don’t have a problem with these things except it is part of what led me to believe that God lived at the building. Often Laura and I will run into one of her students and they always looked surprised that she is not at the school. They absolutely believe she lives there. They wonder what she is doing at Target.
I for one am glad that God does not live at the building. When I think about the problems people share with me, none of them are at the building. They are out in the world where we live and work. Considering where our problems are it is comforting to me to know that God can be found at work and in our homes and at all the places where we play. We serve a God that is with us every hour of every day. He is in no way limited to a day or a single location. Praise God.

Have a great weekend.
Allen L. Close

ANNOUNCEMENTS


PREACHING TODAY:

Rob Griffin


SUNDAY WORSHIP AT THE BUILDING:

Worship service starts at 10:30 a.m. Masks and hand sanitizer are available in the foyer. Individually packaged communion supplies are provided.


AGAPE GROUPS:

Are now meeting! Sign-up sheets posted on the bulletin board beside the Library.

For those that have been fully vaccinated against COVID, the wearing of masks or face coverings is now optional.
If you have not had the COVID vaccination, we respectfully ask that you continue to wear a mask or face covering.

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Grand Reopening

May 16, 2021

Grand Reopening

May 16 is finally upon us. We get to resume our classes in person. I am so ready. I must admit that I have enjoyed the extra hour in the morning, but I have not enjoyed having class by myself. Sitting in front of the window teaching class and having a discussion with myself gets old real fast. So many times I have said, “I wish I could get your feedback on this – I would love to hear what you would have to say.” I am also very happy to know that our kids are going to get back to our classes. We have the most dedicated Sunday school teachers I have ever seen. It may make your morning more hurried, but I think it is totally worth it.
I wonder how long it will be before we take being together for granted. Maybe never. Maybe we will remember the fourteen months we were apart and will cherish our time together. That is my plan.

See you Sunday.
Allen L. Close

Sermon: “How To Treat Each Other”

I Timothy 5:1-8

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Celebration Fellowship Outside with Food, Fun, and Games.
No need to bring anything unless you want to bring some outside games.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SUNDAY SCHOOL: Resumes today!

SUNDAY WORSHIP AT THE BUILDING: Worship service starts at 10:30 a.m. Masks and hand sanitizer are available in the foyer. Individually packaged communion supplies are provided. Seating is spatially distanced with extra seating in the foyer and fellowship hall where there are TVs that will livestream the worship service.

AGAPE GROUPS: Will start meeting next Sunday, May 23rd. Sign-up sheets posted on the bulletin board beside the Library

A Mother’s Love

A Mother’s Love
By Carol Matthews

A mother loves right from the start,
She holds her baby close to her heart.
The bond that grows will never falter,
Her love is so strong it will never alter.

A mother gives never ending love,
She never feels that she has given enough.
For you she will always do her best,
Constantly working, there’s no time to rest.

A mother is there when things go wrong,
A hug and a kiss to help us along.
Always there when we need her near,
Gently wipes our eyes when we shed a tear.

A mother’s prayer means so very much,
Believing in God and his gentle touch.
Keeping you safe both day and night,
Your mother’s prayer will time it just right.

So on this day shower your mother with love,
Gifts and presents are nice but that is not enough.
Give your mother a day to have some peace of mind,
Be gentle, be good, be helpful, and be kind.

Sermon: “The Strength Of Women”

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Classes

May 2, 2021

We are edging closer to restarting our Sunday morning classes. I am very ready for this. I am on some kind of zoom call or taping just about every day of the week. I am ready for in person classes again. I hope you feel the same way. I am ready for the give and take of teaching a class with everyone in the room together. If you have watched my taped class at all you have heard me say several times that I wish we could have discussion about whatever I am talking about. I realize that we have enjoyed the extra hour to get ready before service, but I think the value of us studying the word of God together is worth the effort.
I am also excited to have our children back in class. We have so many dedicated teachers that are so good at engaging the kids in learning the stories of the Bible. We have missed the energy that kids bring. I hope you will restart the habit of getting your kids here so they can be part of our teaching experience.
I look forward to seeing you on May 16.

Have a great weekend.
Allen L. Close


Sermon: “Stepping into God’s Mission”
I Timothy 4:11-16

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