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
Our Monthly meeting of the Euchre Club will be Saturday June 7 at 6pm, please bring an appetizer to share. The Club is open to anyone that wants to have a good time.
Vacation Bible School
Our annual Vacation Bible School will be held from June 9 - June 13 from 9am to 11:30am. The opening and closing will be held at the Mowrystown Church of Christ located on West Main Street. Children from Pre-School to 6th grade are welcome to attend!
From the Pastor's Desk
My Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Each and every time we take a trip somewhere, we leave something behind. On our trip to Grandmas and Grandpas, we leave behind a comb or toothbrush. On our trip to the zoo, we leave behind sunscreen and sunglasses. On our trip to the grocery store, we leave behind those plastic bags we mean to recycle. Each and every time we go somewhere on a journey, we always leave something behind.
Just as we leave something behind going on a journey to the mall, so too do we leave something behind going on our Christian journey following Jesus Christ. But the things we leave behind are not combs or toothbrushes, sunscreen or sunglasses, or even plastic bags, the things we leave behind to follow Christ are quite different. When Jesus calls Peter to become a fellow fisher of people with him, the scriptures report that when they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him (Luke 5:11). They didnít leave a sweatshirt or a pair of jogging shoes behind, they left everything behind. They left their boats behind, they left their careers behind, they left their reputations behind, they left their old life behind and they even left their families behind in order to follow this Jesus who calls them.
To enter into a new partnership with Jesus who called them to share in his life and ministry, Peter had to leave behind the old life sitting on the docks. He had a new career catching people therefore everything in regards to catching fish had to be left behind. He had a new master, therefore everything in regards to his old master had to be left behind. He even had a new family, therefore everything in regards to his old family had to be left behind. In order to begin a new life with Christ, Peter had to leave behind everything regarding the old life behind. He just simply couldnít catch people while he was catching fish.
If we are to enter the new life and the new partnership with Jesus who also calls us to share in his life and ministry, we need to learn to leave behind our old life sitting on the docks. We are called to a new career serving God, therefore we must leave the old career serving ourselves behind. We are called to a new way of life loving and serving God, therefore we must leave the old way of life loving and serving ourselves behind. We are called to be a part of a new family of God, therefore we must leave the old family of the world behind. If we are to enter the new life of Christ, we must learn to leave the old life of sin and death behind.
The reality of our Christian journey is that we are stuck in the space between the old life of the world and the new life of Christ. We have one foot in the world and one foot in Christ. What we spend every moment of every day struggling with is the leaving the world behind and the striving for Christ ahead. We wrestle daily with leaving the old life behind and embracing the new life before us. The good news for us who struggle is that we never struggle by ourselves, we struggle together with Jesus Christ. We never wrestle by ourselves, we never serve by ourselves, we never live by ourselves. Everything we do, we do together with him. Peter was called to be a fisher of people, but good news for Peter, Jesus was right beside him fishing too!
Therefore, let us who struggle with the journey of discipleship take great comfort in the good news that Jesus asks nothing of us which he has not already done and continues to do himself. We do not struggle in a vacuum, we struggle together with He who alone left all of heaven behind to seek the new life ahead. So let us struggle on, and let us entrust ourselves to the care and ministry of our Lord and our Brother who continues to struggle with us each and every day of our lives. If he keeps calling, let us keep following.
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