Posted by: deercreekcharge | February 10, 2012

A Drive-Thru God? (Sunday, 12 February 2012)

Hey there! Thanks for stopping by the Deer Creek Charge! We are so excited to have you! You are always welcome here…no matter who you are or aren’t, what you’ve done or left undone, what you’ve said or left unsaid…you are welcome here.

I want you to think about something. How often do you use a drive-thru? As I’m driving up and down the road, I will sometimes stop at Chick-Fil-A to grab a sandwich. I look at the drive-thru line to decide if it is too long, of if it would be better to go in. When I deposit checks or withdraw cash from the bank, I go to a full-service ATM. My bank doesn’t have many branches—instead, it’s serviced by an ATM. I have friends who are now using their smart phones to deposit checks in the bank by taking a picture of it. Gas stations—when was the last time that you went inside to pay the cashier instead of pay at the pump? I get frustrated the rare time I’m driving in New Jersey and have to fill up—you are not allowed to fill your own tank. I get angry. Imagine this: How nice would it be to have a drive-thru grocery store—1 gallon of milk, a loaf of bread, and a pack of toilet paper, please. Plastic bags. Thank you.

I think that in some ways, these conveniences are nice—I really appreciate being able to go to the bank when I want to, instead of normal business hours. I like that when it’s raining, I can sit in the car and get my food. But I also think that this “instant” culture—microwaves, drive-thrus, internet, TV…information and items are available at lightning speeds…this “instant” culture is a detriment to faith and church life. I think many people think of church as something on their “to-do” list—went to church, stopped at the grocery store, sat down to watch the football game. We want our faith to be as simple and as easy as going to the drive-thru. We don’t want to have to get out of the car or the pew and actually engage. We want to sit tight and wait for someone to bring us stuff. We’ve gotten lazy.

So what are we going to do about it? Well…come out this Sunday and find out! We’ll be looking at the story of Naaman being healed (2 Kings 5:1-14) and Jesus healing a leper (Mark 1:40-45). Check them out if you get a chance. We’ll also be starting our preparation for Easter…yup…the Christian season of Lent, a 40 day time of preparation for Easter, will be starting in 2 Sundays. So, in preparation for the season of preparation (yeah, I know…), we’ll also be looking at a commitment sheet of ways to help yourself prepare. It’s linked to this post here: My Preparation for Easter Worksheet .

There’s LOTS of great stuff going on…and PLENTY of food…we LOVE to eat (and have some pretty good cooks too!). Join us for one or for all…bring a friend…or random person you meet on the street…ALL are welcome here! See you soon!

Announcements:

Offering Envelopes: Are now available at Deer Creek and Mt. Tabor. Please pick yours up if you have not. Also…if you miss a week, don’t forget to “make up” the missed week(s) when you return. You may be gone, but the church still counts on you to meet our bills and obligations. Everyone counts…every amount counts. Thanks from the financial folks.

Help feed the Homeless at the Day Shelter (New Hope UMC, Edgewood) on the 3rd FRIDAY of each month (next: THIS FRIDAY). We need people to make, deliver, and serve food. Mt. Tabor will be leading this effort. A sign up sheet is on the bulletin board.

Soup and Sandwich Dinner will be held NEXT SUNDAY at 5:30pm at Deer Creek. Sign up TODAY for what you can bring. A freewill donation will be collected for the Homeless Shelter. Please be generous! Sponsored by the Women’s Circle. (Don’t forget to bring containers—Gladware, etc.—for leftovers!!)

Lenten Bible Studies will be starting soon! If you would like to participate, please see Bonnie TODAY. We will be looking at “24 Hours That Changed the World” on Mondays, at Deer Creek at 10:00am, starting Feb. 20. Books: $11. If there is sufficient interest, we will duplicate the study at night at Mt. Tabor. A minimum of 3 participants is needed.

Fat Tuesday Pancake Dinner will be held on Tuesday, February 21 from 5-7pm at Mt. Tabor. See Sandy Taylor if you can help. A freewill donation will be collected.

Ash Wednesday Worship to kick of the season of Lent, will be held on Wednesday, February 22 at 7pm at Mt. Tabor. This will be a COMBINED community service. Rev. Mark Groover, Clark’s Chapel and New Hope UMCs, will bring the message. Please plan to be there to show our guests hospitality. See Bonnie if you can help

***If you have last year’s palms, you can bring them on February 12 or 19.***

An Old Fashioned Hymn Sing, sponsored by Centre UMC, Forest Hill, will be held on Sunday, February 26, at 7pm. All are welcome. A reception will follow.

Summer Camp Brochures are available at both churches. Children K and up are invited to attend. Scholarships are available. Adults needed to counsel. See Bonnie for details.

Don’t forget the on-going food drives at both Deer Creek and Mt. Tabor!

Prayer List at Deer Creek: Placing someone on the prayer list? Please bring their address (mailing preferred, email ok) and give it to Janet so that we can send them a card to let them know we are praying for them—joys or concerns!

Worship Fun Fact! The palms from last year’s Palm Sunday are burned to make this year’s ashes for Ash Wednesday. If you have old palms, please consider bringing them to church next Sunday. Also, please come out on Ash Wednesday to complete the cycle. Children are welcomed and encouraged to attend! (Children’s message/bulletins available).

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