Monday, August 10, 2009

9 August 2009

Prayer Intercessors are available to pray for you next to the cry room after the service.

EVERYBODY who works with youth or children in any capacity needs to have an updated background check. Consent forms are available in the foyer; please fill one out and take it to Skip Owen to be notarized.

Copies of the Voice of the Martyrs magazine are available in the foyer to take home and/or distribute to family and friends. Please feel free to take a copy.

Awana starts on September 9th, and we need volunteers! Talk to Cathy Anderson or Mary Corbett for more information.

The All-Church Retreat is tentatively scheduled for November 20-22, which is the weekend before Thanksgiving. Please call the church office, email, or take the survey on the church website to let us know whether or not this will work for you.

God calls us to produce much fruit so that we will not be cast into the fire because we do not. He constantly compares human souls with vines. He says, “My beloved has a vineyard on a hill in a fruitful place.” And, “I planted a vineyard and put a hedge around it.” Obviously he called human souls the vineyard, around which he puts the security of his commandments and his angels as a hedge…he desires that we also hold fast to our neighbors with love like vines, and to rest on them, with the highest desires, in order that we may reach the greatest heights of lofty teachings, like climbing vines…Our soul is “dug around” when we lay aside the cares of the world that burden our hearts. Therefore, the one who has laid aside carnal love and the desire of possessions and has deemed desire for small glory of greatest contempt has been dug around and liberated
from the vain burden of the spirit of the world.

-Basil the Great, c. 370