I hope everyone had a good summer. We slow things down around here for a month or so, because we are SO-O-O-O active as a church during the school year. It is wise to pause and refresh. The one problem with taking time off is that we begin to erode spiritu-ally. So, this fall we are going to be looking at being God’s people as partners in advancing and establishing the Kingdom on Wednesday night Bible study from the book of Joshua. Sunday morning messages will be looking at being God’s leaders in dealing with spiritual erosion in our personal lives as well as the lives of those we impact.
Spiritual erosion is real, just as erosion is real in our backyards. The word erosion comes from a French word “erodere” which means to gnaw away. A noun form of this word is “rodent’ or more specifically, “RAT.” A rat hides in the decay of society and gnaws away at things. It carries diseases which can bring plague.
Erosion means to slowly eat away and deteriorate. You might notice that the buying power of the “Almighty” dollar is being eroded every year. Maybe you have seen erosion in mountains or even in your yard as water, wind, and ice wear away top soil or rocks. (It is what broke up our parking lot over the years)
Spiritual erosion by definition is the slow deterioration of a person’s spiritual life by the natural processes of the world around us. I take tours in peoples’ lives and I watch for signs of spiritual erosion in people, and may I say that everyone needs to pay attention to their spiritual life because spiritual erosion is happening all the time.
I watch people and see some of us are moving from a strong spiritual life marked with worship, servanthood, and study, and things are slowly changing and we are eroding back towards a more worldly thinking and moving toward spiritual bankruptcy. Silently, spiritual erosion sets in, like erosion near the banks of a river. The gods of this world – af-fluence, prestige, position, materialism and leisure all erode our spiritual lives. We become spiritually lazy.
It all happens slowly. Erosion is never loud and never obvious. In fact, it is seldom noticed until something bad happens. Like the tiny cracks in walls, it hardly seems worth our time and attention. Erosion is never sudden. Spiritual erosion isn’t either. No building suddenly crumbles. No church suddenly splits or becomes a dying church. No marriage sud-denly comes apart. No kid suddenly goes bad. No nation suddenly comes apart. No business suddenly becomes mediocre. No church suddenly loses its focus on Jesus.
Little by little, moment by moment, decision by decision, slowly, almost impercepti-bly, erosion occurs, gaps grow wider, spiritual decay sets in along with moral erosion. As the apostle Paul states, “let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. No tempta-tion has overtaken you that is not common to man.” We who live in this day need to take heed, lest we fall. We are no different than the people 2-3,000 years ago. Our toys have changed, but ways of losing our spiritual life haven’t.
Everything is different, but nothing has changed. Everything has changed, but noth-ing is different. So, this fall we are going to focus on being God’s leaders in a world that suf-fers terribly from spiritual erosion, and so we can stop spiritual erosion in ourselves, and begin to rebuild those places which have been eroded in us.
If I don’t see you in church, well that is one of the signs of spiritual erosion. . . .
CALLED CONGREGATIONAL MEETING SEPTEMBER 8, 2013 10:30 AM WORSHIP SANCTUARY
Purpose: to elect Carol Kennedy to the unexpired term of Elder Pat Penhallegon
and Mark Gadberry to the unexpired term of Deacon Kristi Brown
9:15 SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES HELD IN SCHOOL BUILDING
INFANTS THROUGH 2 YEAR OLD CLASS: Nursery in WC
PRESCHOOL (3-6 Y/O): Room 1 (SB)
Jackie Kauffold, Gayle Nazarian
1ST AND 2ND GRADES: Room4 (SB)
Jeff Byers , Amy Newsome
3RD, 4Th, 5th GRADES: Room 9 (SB)
Steve Rayner, Ginger Wortman
6th, 7th and 8th GRADES: Upstairs North (WC)
Bobby Carlson, Tara Nickerson
9TH-12TH GRADES: Upstairs South (WC)
Cody & Aly Woodrum, Wayne Durbin
SUBSTITUTES FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH: Sarah Koester,
Sue Lines, Mary Cardascio, Marcia Willhite, Melysa Niebrugge ,
Kylie Reynolds, Derrick Schnitger, Nick Adkins, Kevin Rosborough
ADULT CLASSES 9:15 ALL CLASSES HELD IN WORSHIP CENTER
RM 3: PRAYING CIRCLES AROUND YOUR CHILDREN with Mark and Chris Gadberry
This class starts September 15
RM 5: BAIT OF SATAN with Tammy Wright and Debe Adkins
RM 1: THE TRUTH PROJECT: Dirk and Bev Shelton
ROOM 11 (SB) MEN’S BIBLE STUDY: Steve Smith and Bob Hauskins
RM 4: WILD AT HEART with Ron Hanks and Chuck LeMons
RM 9 (SB): FORGOTTEN GOD with Lori Carlson and Rhonda Hodge This class starts September 15
ADULT CLASS 10:45, ROOM 1 WC: Imogene Swanson
CHILDREN’S CHURCH: Pam Haycraft, Shari Hanks, Connie Shively, Marsha Creek, Theresa Kuzel, Chris Nazarian, Derrick Schnitger
JUNIOR HIGH CLASS (6TH-8TH GRADE):
This class will be studying the Bible out of the Faith Weaver Curriculum published by Group Publishing. They will be stud-ying the life of King David and how he walked with God. They will meet in the North Upper Room classroom WC.
SENIOR HIGH CLASS (9TH – 12TH GRADE):
This class will see what questions the youth have about their faith, God, and the world. Their Bible Study will be based up-on finding the answers to these questions.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT ACTIVITIES
SENIOR HIGH YOUTH LEADERS: Cathy Having, Jeremy and Sara Fair
JUNIOR HIGH YOUTH LEADERS: Nick and Michelle Adkins
HARP AND BOWL (3 YR-5TH GRADE): Kim Robinson, Jon Robinson, Tammy Laughery, Steve Rayner
Attendance and registration for Children’s church will now take place in the Atrium PRIOR to the 10:45 AM service. You must register your child before 2nd Service!!
Wednesday Night Kids Harp and Bowl
We invite you to join us as we have fun and worship The Lord.
We meet on Wednesday nights from 6- 7pm in Woodland Chapel in the Education building. We sing, dance and play instru-ments as we glorify our Lord.
Please join us at Kids Harp and Bowl. Mom and Dad can go to Jack’s Bible study and you can have fun!!
POTLUCK – Sunday September 22, 2013 Immediately following 2nd Service
Please bring a potluck sized dish according to the category that coordinates with the first letter of your last name:
Vegetable and Fruit Trays provided by Deacons
Meals On Wheels
Week of September 9-13 has been assigned to Lampstand Church. We have 8 delivery routes this week to be filled with volunteers
Monday, September 9—3 routes
Tuesday, September 10—1 route
Thursday, September 11—2 routes
Friday, September 12—2 routes
Please contact the Church 217-428-8839 if you are interested in delivering meals.