September 13, 2009

@ Farmland Conservation Club


The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control...... (Galatians 5:22,23)
God loves you just the way you are, but He refuses to leave you that way.  He wants you to be just like Jesus..... If our bodies malfunction, we seek medical help.  Shouldn't we do the same for our hearts/souls, our attitudes, [our character]?  Jesus can change our hearts.  He wants us to have a heart like His.... The distance between our hearts and His seems so immense.  How could we ever hope to have the heart of Jesus?  ....You already do.  One of the supreme promises of God is simply this:  if you have given your life to Jesus, Jesus has given Himself to you.  He has made your heart His home..... The same One who saved your soul longs to remake your heart.  His plan is nothing short of a total change us into the likeness of the Savior.... Consider His compassion; reflect on His intimacy with the Father; admire His focus; ponder His endurance.... Fix your eyes upon Jesus.  Perhaps in seeing Him, we will see what we can become.
--Max Lucado


Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;   Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;   Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.


Sometimes Christians are called to turn the world upside down, to bring the exact opposite of what we find in our world.  St. Francis' prayer is a bold one, asking for strength to give of ourselves to meet the needs of others.  He recognizes that it "is in giving that we receive,” that as we give of ourselves, we receive the peace and blessing of our risen Lord Jesus.  We cannot earn eternal life, but we are pardoned from the sins that block our claim on it. 



Peace Prayer Balloon Message

…released in memory of all who have died due to the September 2001 terrorist attacks on the USA and the subsequent conflicts around the world; with prayers for their grieving loved ones, and in hope and longing for a world made new by Christ’s love, a world filled with “the fruit of the Spirit, which is love, joy, peace….”  (Galatians 5:22,23)

At Cinnamon Rolls and Coffee: Mary Emily and Loren Lilly with Brian taking a photograph of the photographer....... Name tags were made by cutting out your favorite fruit.  L to R: Grace Retter, Kendra and Marcia Holliger, Karen Peters and Letha Cox.

Ron Ferguson helping Grace put her name in the guest book with Marsha Kritsch and Kendra looking on. Cinnamon rolls and coffee fellowship time before worship.

The pineapple nametag girls: Suzanne Weber and Pam Ferguson This day was Kevin Hale's birthday.  He is sitting with his mother, Judy Hale.

Mary Curtis (Pam Ferguson's mother from Nampa, Idaho) Ellen Craig and Joy McIndoo (Pam Ferguson's aunt from Bishop, California) before worship. Mary Ketring was worship leader and Brian Lilly, song leader.

Worship in the woods...... Preparing to launch and launching the peace balloons.

Watching the balloons fly west of the Conservation Club.  We received an email from a family two miles south of Bentonville, IN (south of Connersville) who recovered Gary Austin's balloon and an email from a farmer outside of Annville, KY (southeast of Lexington, over 300 miles from here!) who on 14 September found Kate Jessup's balloon in their hayfield. The Welcome Class hosted the potluck after worship by providing sloppy joes, hot dogs and beverages.

Friends were encouraged to bring a vegetable or salad and apple dumplings were made baked for the event. Mary Curtis and Joy McIndoo visiting after lunch with Reed Ketring.

Mary and Joy with Austin and Letha Cox. Matthew Coon watching Michael Densmore make 5 gallons of homemade ice cream with his small tractor.

Bob Hogg, Michael and Virginia Densmore. The Pelser's playing Frisbee.

Tim Hines with his two sons, Enoch and Nolan, flying kites.