For the week
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 through Monday, January 20,
Honor high school youth with a lunch at your church to exchange stories,
"...you are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you ..." ~ Isaiah
Note: This evening’s CWF I meeting at 6:30 PM will be held in the fellowship
Out to Lunch will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, January 15, at noon at Sirloin
Stockade. Please join us for food and fellowship!
Faith and Film
At Eternity’s Gate
Thursday, January 16, 6 p.m.
“At Eternity's Gate is surely the most empathetic film ever
made about Vincent van Gogh, the tortured genius and deeply spiritual artist
who opened our bodies, minds and souls to the wonders of a sense-luscious
world. Master director Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the
Butterfly) has created a remarkable film out of the passionate acting of
Willem Dafoe as Van Gogh.” – Film Review by Frederic and Mary Ann
Communion Message on
"Gratitude," Sunday, January 12, 2020
by Elder Erica Gray
As Pastor Ruth mentioned
last week, our denomination has chosen to make mental health a topic of focus this
year. Many times when we mention “mental health”, we might first think of issues
concerning mental illnesses: depression, anxiety, substance abuse, addiction; even
topics like Alzheimer’s and dementia. But what about mental WELLNESS? What does it mean
to be mentally well? How, or CAN we even, improve our own mental wellness?
Over the course of the past year, several recurring themes have crossed my newsfeed
that have to do with the concept of Gratitude. While each article took its own
spin on what gratitude might mean or feel like to a person, each had a similar vein:
Gratitude is one of the most common traits of a person who is at peace, who is mentally
well, and while we cannot control all of the factors in our lives, we can actively work
to cultivate gratitude. And this is important because the emotion of gratitude
generates a climate of positivity that reaches both inward, creating internal peace,
and outward spreading peace to others. It fosters both physical and psychological
health, even among those already struggling with mental health issues. The
expression of gratitude can repress negative emotion cycles and in brain scans actually
show lasting changes in the prefrontal cortex region of the brain responsible for
future experiences of gratitude. The intentional task of feeling grateful
literally helps you feel more grateful in the future.
What better place for us as Christians than to start, or continue, an intentional
mindset of gratitude than at this very table. Let us take a brief moment to perhaps
close our eyes and count, on our hands, thinking of 5 things for which we can thank our
Heavenly Father. Our families, our church, our health, our jobs, all of our
blessings we can thank Him for. Let us begin our new year with an intentional
mindset of gratitude, so that we may feel peace within ourselves and exude peace to
BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
THIS UPCOMING WEEK
6:30 p.m. ~ CWF I
Wednesday, January 15
2 p.m. ~ CWF kitchen committee meeting in the fellowship hall
Noon ~ Out to Lunch at Sirloin Stockade
6 p.m. ~ Elders meeting
7 p.m. ~ Choir
Happy Birthday Leah Ann Enzendorfer!
6 p.m. ~ Faith and Film (At Eternity's Gate)
6:30 p.m. ~ Boy Scouts
Happy Birthday Brandon Daughaday, Lyn Ryan!
Friday, January 17
Happy Birthday Henry Kwan!
Sunday, January 19
9:30 a.m. ~ Sunday School
10:30 a.m. ~ Worship
Happy Birthday Jennifer Donnelly!
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY
7 p.m. ~ Home Bible Study
7 p.m. ~ CWF II
Happy Birthday Blake Morris!
Tuesday, January 21
7 p.m. ~ Far West KY DMF in Mayfield