3 State Route 321
(Corner Main and High Streets)
PO Box 2, Mowrystown, Ohio 45155
(937) 442.5685 Office
Studying the Word of God and sharing it with others
Rev. Mark Mong, 937-661-4580
Tena Roler, 937-446-2460
Ruth Ann Richey, President, 937-393-9359
Jack Richey, 937-393-9359
Jill Schelling, Treasurer, 937-393-4134
Deb Tissot, 937-442-2781
Daily Bible Readings
from the Lectionary
The Mission Yearbook
Book of Confessions
Book of Order
Wednesday Bible Study at 7pm
Study at 1pm
The annual school carnival will be held on Saturday, November 1 from 5-8 pm. Games, activities and a raffle will be held with all proceeds going to support the Bright Local PTL.
Our monthly euchre club resumes its play on Saturday, November 8 at 6pm. Everyone is invited to come and have a great time. Please consider bringing an appetizer and a friend to share.
From the Pastor's Desk
My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As a young boy I was often spending my free time playing with Lego'5-8s. For either my birthday or for Christmas, I was given a set and I would spend countless hours building and taking apart. But, I never seemed to have enough to build what I wanted to build. When building an airplane, I didnít have any wings. When building a fire truck, I didnít have any wheels. When building city hall, I didnít have any roof. Needless to say, I was frustrated in my building endeavors to find that I never had enough Lego blocks to build what I wanted to, I was always needing more.
But while I was always looking for more Lego blocks to build what I wanted to build, I always had the perfect number of blocks to build what someone else suggested. I might have been wanting more wing blocks to build my airplane, but I had just enough to build a helicopter. I might have been wanting more wheels to build a fire truck, but I had just enough to build a cop car. I might have been wanting more roof blocks to build city hall, but I had just enough to build a gas station. What I noticed after a while of always needing more to build what I wanted to build, I always had enough to build what someone else had in mind. Instead of Lego's being scarce, I already had an abundance of Lego's.
So too is it with us. We think there just isnít enough. Our lives just donít have enough time in them to do everything we need to do. Our lives just donít have enough resources to do everything we need to do. Our lives just donít have the energy to do everything we need to do. We need more, and we need to get it before the family next door gets it, because the world just might run out of it. There is only so much good stuff going around and before it runs out, I need to get as much of it as possible, so that I will not run out of it. We live as though everything good in this life is scarce and we had better get it first and store it up for tomorrow.
But what ifÖ? What if we were not always lacking that something whatever it is, but what if we already had an abundance of it? What if we were never missing the Lego's we needed to build an airplane because we were supposed to build a helicopter? Instead of things being scarce, what if God has already given us the abundance we need?
Many of todayís churches are aging; meaning time, energy and strength are lacking. Many of todayís churches are parents; meaning time, energy and strength are lacking. Many of todayís church have other priorities; meaning time, energy and strength are lacking. But what if instead of not always lacking those things, what if God has already given us the abundance we need?
The disciples sure thought they didnít have enough when they said to Jesus a few loaves and fish are not going to feed five thousand men besides the women and children. The disciples thought that a yearís wages still couldnít feed that many people and they surely didnít have a yearís wages and wouldnít give it up if they did. But Jesus wasnít interested in what they didnít have, Jesus wasnít worried about scarcity, Jesus knew his Father and Jesus trusted that his Father already gave him everything he needed abundantly. So Jesus took what he did have and fed thousands of people. What they already had was more than enough to do what God wanted. Jesus didnít deal in scarcity, Jesus dealt with Godís abundance.
What if we as Christians didnít deal in scarcity but instead dealt in abundance? What if instead of worrying about how we donít have people in the pews, or money in the checking account, or a leaky roof that we canít fix, what if we dealt in what we do have? Abundant gifts freely given of the Spirit of Jesus Christ to do the work of God, prepared for us, instead of the work we prepare for ourselves. What if instead of worrying about not being able to make an airplane with what we donít have, we instead build the helicopter with everything God has already abundantly given. Let us deal in Godís abundance instead of the worldís scarcity!
Daniel Frank's Prayer
May the Holy Spirit fill your minds
And release you from those evil binds
That contain us and stop us from loving God
Let Christ be seen, not through a facade
But in your church and in your lives
Love the Lord that strives
To live in your hearts forevermore
And flow over you like waves on a shore
So love the Lord your God deeply
And do not turn away so sheeply
That you miss God's love
Like just another morning dove
So go now with the Father's Word
And fly in the sky with God's herd
Of loving, following Christians