Dear Congregational Family,
1. Fall Festival: This Saturday, our entire church family is invited to the Cox Farm for a wonderful time of fun, food and fellowship! There will be games, hayride, pumpkin carving, apple pie baking, and more! Address: 1007 Route 481, Monongahela, PA 15063
2. Salt Ship: Last week while I was dropping Jen and the kids off in the Upper Peninsula of MI, we happened to see the Algoma Niagara, a Great Lakes Freighter arrive in port with a load of salt to be used on the roads this winter in MI. It was interesting to watch thousands of tons of salt be unloaded (see picture below).
I was reminded of a couple Biblical passages which speak about salt:
a. Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth.” Salt is used as a preservative. It also can sting or irritate when coming in contact with an open wound. As Christians we are to bring the healing and preserving message of the Word of God to the world. We also recognize that the message might “irritate or sting” the open wounds of sin.
b. In the Old Testament, some offerings were to be “seasoned with salt” and in the New Testament, we are instructed that our “conversations are to be full of grace, as though seasoned with salt.” We are to let the Holy Spirit flow through our words, so that we might offer up to God a “sacrifice of praise” from “the fruit of our lips.”
3. Yom Kippur: As the sun goes down this evening, Yom Kippur begins. It is the “Day of Atonement” which is the most holy day of the year in Judaism. God established this day as recorded in the Old Testament, and it was on this day, that sacrifices were to be made to “atone” (forgive) for the sins of the people. All of the ancient sacrifices pointed ahead to the one and lasting Sacrifice which was Jesus Christ, the Holy Lamb of God. Since Jesus’ death and resurrection, no sacrifices of lambs are ever needed again. Pray for the non-Christian Jewish people during this holy time, that they might recognize that Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice who came to atone for the sins of the world.
4. Mid-Fall Sermon Mini-Series: This Sunday we will be starting a four-part sermon series from the book of II Timothy. This was the last letter of the Apostle Paul, and was written to Timothy concerning “Keeping the Faith” as he lived and ministered in the challenging city of Ephesus.
5. Sermon text for this Sunday is II Timothy 1. The title is “Unashamed of the Gospel.”
God bless you as we continue,
“Growing Together in our Faith as the Family of God”