A Word from Mike…
Job 38.36 Who has put wisdom in the inward parts, or given understanding to the mind?
Two Saturday’s ago I had the blessed honor to preach the ordination service for a friend of mine. In the days of her young adulthood she seemed to have a Midas-like touch. She was academically gifted, sang with a beautiful voice, and was very attractive. She became Miss Indiana and competed in the Miss America Pageant. Then one day, while driving her prized red corvette, a semi-truck hit her at full speed from behind, as she sat at a stop sign. The result was tragic, and while she looked the same, she had to have part of her brain removed. The part of her brain that was removed was the temporal lobe which scientists insist contains our ability to believe in a God, and to feel compassion towards others. Some refer to this lobe as “The God Spot” and the procedure of removal as a “Godectomy.”
Part of the obstacles she faced following the surgery included epileptic seizures. Seizures that turned her parents from the pride of having a daughter who had appeared in the Miss America Pageant to the shame of having a daughter whose seizures they interpreted as demon possession.
As sad as this story sounds, the full story is even worse. However, in her Job-like assault, she received a Godly call and is applying it to her life journey. What seemed to be a curse, has turned into the opportunity to be a blessing to others. In a recent book she wrote the following: “Finding a way to give back is the next bright thing to do as you are discovering the beauty inside of you. Bright doesn’t necessarily translate as intellectual brilliance, but as that which brings light and goodness to yourself and others”.
I pray for you that type of brightness, that type of HOPE, in this advent season.
Thanks for sharing the journey,
On Wednesday evening, November 30th, There will be Wednesday night Youth Group with worship music, a lesson over Prayer, and the students will participate in Communion to end the service. Dinner will be provided at 6 p.m. and the lesson will start at 6:30.
On Sunday evening, December 4th, The youth will meet for Bible Study and a fun activity at 5 p.m.
A big thank you from Dustin and Mitsy to all the students that went shopping for Christmas for others. You all are greatly appreciated!
Dustin will be hosting a Christmas Lock-in December 17th. The students will Participate in a gift exchange with a price range of 5-20 dollars. The lock-in will be a Saturday night, so the students will be expected to attend the first church service the following morning, and will be able to be picked up afterwards to get some much needed sleep. More details will come later!
If you have any students that are interested in youth group, Dustin would love to talk to them about what is going on. Also, if you have any bright ideas for ways that the youth experience can be improved for students, he is all ears. Dustin’s number is 918-637-4407. Please feel free to reach out!
If you are interested in helping with the Wednesday night Youth meal, please contact Beverly Rubino at 426-2685 for details. Thank you!
See You There!
Looking for a “Few Good Volunteers” to be formally trained in the absence of the Administrative Assistant. It would require a commitment of 1 day every 2 months for continuation training and less than another 5 days to fill in during vacation/sick days.
If you’re interested or have any questions, please call Cindy Schaefer @ 259-9377.