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    Today’s Reflection WONDROUS GOD, your saving help is the rock on which our hope is built and our shelter in times of trial. May the memory of your faithfulness sustain...

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  • Proverbs 19-21  
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Living Treasures

Living Treasures

The "Living Treasures" is a group of adults aged 60+, who meet on the third Thursday of each month for lunch and fellowship at 12:00 in the Fellowship Hall. The meal will be provided for a nominal fee ($5). We have a good time. Come join our fun!

For more information contact Pat Deavor at 872-1578.

Living Treasures
Usually the 3rd Thursday of each month

DATES FOR 2013:

January 17th
February 21st
March 21st
April 18th
May 16th
June 20th
July 18th
August 15th
September 19th
October 17th
November 21st (Thanksgiving Dinner provided for our Seniors)



Senior Pastor's Message

Worship in God’s Word at Church Street United Methodist Church

"Love's Power"

In the book, "Stories for the Heart", Alan Loy McGinnis shares a story entitled "Love's Power".  All of us have an opportunity to experience that power through those who love us ~ especially our Lord.

Viktor Frankl, a Viennese Jew, was interned by the Germans for  more than three years.  He was moved from one concentration camp to another, even spending several months at Auschwitz.  Dr. Frankl said that he learned early that the only way to survive was to shave every morning, no matter how sick you were, even if you had to use a piece of broken glass as a razor.  For every morning, as the prisoners stood for review, the sickly ones who would not be able to work that day were sent to the gas chambers.  If you were shaven, and your face looked ruddier for it, your chances of escaping death that day were better.
Their bodies wasted away on the daily fare of 10 1/2 ounces of bread and 1 3/4 pints of thin gruel.  They slept on bare board tiers seven feet wide, nine men to a tier.  The nine men shared two blankets together.  Three shrill whistles awoke them for work at three am.
One morning as they marched out to lay railroad ties in the frozen ground miles from the camp, the accompanying guards kept shouting and driving them with the butts of their rifles.  Any one with sore feet supported himself on his neighbor's arm.  The man next to Frankl, hiding his mouth behind his upturned collar, whispered:
"If our wives could see us now!  I do hope they are better off in their camps and don't know what is happening to us."
Frankl writes:
That brought thoughts of my own wife to mind.  And as we stumbled on for miles, slipping on icy spots, supporting each other time and again, dragging one another up and onward, nothing was said, but we both knew: each of us was thinking of his wife.  Occasionally I looked at the sky, where the stars were fading and the pink light of the morning was beginning to spread behind a dark bank of clouds.  But my mind clung to my wife's image, imagining it with an uncanny acuteness.  I heard her answering me, saw her smile, her frank and encouraging look.
A thought transfixed me:  for the first time in my life I saw the truth as it is set into song by so many poets, proclaimed as the final wisdom by so many thinkers.  The truth ~ that love is the ultimate and highest goal to which man can aspire.  Then I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart:  the salvation of man is through love and in love.
And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love.  But the greatest of these is love.  1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV

Pastor Reba

 

 

 

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Rev. Reba Wiley, Senior Pastor
Rand Smith, Director Youth & College Ministries
Gordon Welch, Music Director and Organist
Daneen Turner, Director of Children's Ministries
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