A Word From Our Pastor

Try a Waffle House Kind of Love

If given a choice on where to eat, it is very unlikely I would choose the Waffle House. If the place is suggested, often have to control my eyes from automatically rolling into the back of my head. I don't know why that restaurant is so low on my list. Maybe it is because they do not offer pancakes.

Although I am not a fan of Waffle House, I have eaten there numerous times. It is a place that will be open 24 hours. They even serve breakfast at the dinner hour, if you desire. Also a hit among quite a few people I know (mostly men) is the breakfast option of pork chops and steak with eggs.

Among memories that make me smile, Waffle House has quite a few. My fond memories of the Waffle House have very little to do with the food, or the small crowded eating space. It is really about time spent with people I love. With maybe one exception, my visits to Waffle House have been to accommodate someone else's desire. If going to Waffle House will make someone happy, why not go?

Making another person happy can be such a small thing. If we think about it, it is the small things in life that can make or destroy us. It was simply a piece of fruit in the garden that got a couple evicted from their home. Only a few silver coins initiated the betrayal of a friend. When having a bad day, a compliment can turn it around or an ill spoken word can send you over the edge.

It seems to me we would be wise to intentionally aim for that which could improve the atmosphere rather than destroy. How about we choose to share a little thing called love? That four letter word when put in practice can truly make a world of difference. It may not come easily. Focusing on loving the other as much as we love ourselves will take effort our on part. But loving the other is exactly what God expects of us.

A little thing called love. That is the goal. My dining at Olive Garden can occur anytime, but the pleasure of sharing memories with people I love is time well spent. Did you say let's dine at the Waffle House? That's fine by me. Just ignore my eyes. I really want to go where you want to go.

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not in-sist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a

Dr. Thacker


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Normally the Youth meet for Sunday night worship from 5-7 pm (including dinner)! During the summer the schedule pauses for special events (listed below)

Explore the Terrain

Traveling in Israel last month was, to say the least, an eye-opening experience. Scriptures are illuminated in more powerful ways because now I can connect the text to a real place. Moreover, after viewing the terrain of Jerusalem, Isaiah 45: 2 - 3 has brand new meaning.

"I will go before you and level the mountains, I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron, I will give you the treasures of darkness and riches hidden in secret places, so that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel who call you by your name."

I will also never again accuse Moses and the children of Israel of being inept because they wandered in the wilderness for so long. I do not doubt that their journey was longer than it should have been, however, I do not completely fault them for taking as long as they did. And it is no wonder that the Israelites grumbled and complained walking those hills and valleys, and the wilderness that I saw was unwieldy and sure to test the greatest athletes. But also, the landscape was variegated, interesting, and absolutely beautiful.

In our lives here in the United States, it may feel that sometimes we are wandering in the wilderness. But do not be afraid to explore uncharted territory. Stake out the terrain, because there is abundantly more to be experienced and to be known. For the God who calls us by name will level the mountains and give us treasures...

Love.
Peace and Blessings,

Lahronda Little


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9:45 a.m. - Sunday School
11:00 a.m. - Children's Church – is held after the Children's message in the 11:00am Worship
Service except on first Sunday, everyone stays in the sanctuary for the
celebration of Holy Communion.
4:00 p.m. - Youth Band Practice (WC)
4:30 p.m. - Youth Fellowship (FH)
5:00 p.m. - Youth: Express Worship (LCH)


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Oreo's Blog

Valentine's Day is this month. So, how are we going to share our love? How are we going to "lead generously"? One way to lead is sharing Jesus in your heart with everyone you meet. Have you seen the movie, "Frozen?" Do you remember how Olaf (a snowman) lit a fire to save Anna? Do you think that was a act of love? What about when Anna risked her life to save Elsa? You don't have to risk your life to show your love — (and please remember Frozen was not a real story). Jesus is real and he gave His life because he loves you so much. Do you love it when I share what is in my heart each week? Do you know that other kids and adults love what you share from your heart just as much as you love what I share with you? You are loved! Please share the Love!

Love, Oreo

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