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Dreaming 1/28/15

Good Morning,

It has been a long time since we’ve been able to have our Wednesday evening activities but it looks like today is the day!  We hope you’re able to join us this evening at 5:00 for dinner and then jump in on the other activities going on.  The teens and children will have their regular activities and we’ll be meeting in the sanctuary at 6:00 to being a brand new study for anyone else that wants to join us.

One other note of information and a request for help.  Cheyenne Heltcel and her children will be moving into a home they have rented this coming Sunday afternoon and they are in need of some strong hands and backs to help.  They will be moving in immediately following the second service on Sunday morning and if you can lend a hand for a couple of hours it would be greatly appreciated.  All who can help will meet in the foyer immediately following the second service, at about 11:45 a.m., and we’ll get instructions and go from there.  We have a couple of pickup trucks and a trailer so we just need the muscle.  Thanks in advance.

Last week Kaylee Bryan shared an excerpt from a book she has been reading that tracks very closely to where we’ve been going as we seek God’s direction for the vision He has for us and for Angus Church.  The book is entitled Interrupted:  When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity by Jen Hatmaker.  I have copied the excerpt she sent to me below.  I want to urge you to take a few minutes and read it . . . and then re-read it because it says some powerful things.  By the way, “ANC” is simply the church she and her husband Brandon lead.

“I am here to tell you: the best stuff put out “by ANC” is simply a collection of what our people do in their real lives. There is no substitute for a gathering of missionaries in love with God and their community— no church can reach as far, no organization can be as effective, no mission can burn so hot, no one leader can accomplish as much. I know now more than ever that an organized church is simply a loose structure to hold us together; people are truly the church. They are its life and breath and strength. It is you. It is me. The kingdom advances in our small neighborhoods and small acts of love and small moments of faithfulness and small feats of courage. It is not encapsulated in programs and top- down structures but activated through the body of Christ daring to be faithful everywhere we’ve been planted. This is not about Brandon and Jen Hatmaker, church planters, because we are ordinary and our church is imperfect, same as yours. This is about the bride of Christ. Church simply provides a nice context for us to live on mission together. It’s not about your church and how it is thrilling or failing you. Rather, what kind of bride are you helping to prepare? With the glorious addition of you and your gifts, is she becoming radiant? Shane Claiborne wrote, “There is a movement bubbling up that goes beyond cynicism and celebrates a new way of living, a generation that stops complaining about the church it sees and becomes the church it dreams of.  And this little revolution is irresistible. It is a contagious revolution that dances, laughs, and loves.” [85]

I hope you read about the fact that you and I are the bride of Christ and about what kind of bride you are helping the church to become . . . radiant and beautiful.  But I especially love the quote at the end by Shane Claiborne where he says, “There is a movement bubbling up that goes beyond cynicism and celebrates a new way of living, a generation that stops complaining about the church it sees and becomes the church it dreams of.”  There are a LOT of people complaining about the church that is, but I think it’s time to start living, dreaming as he says, the church that we and God have been dreaming of.  God is giving us a dream and I think He wants to have us begin to live that dream.

The church isn’t perfect – in fact, it’s FAR from perfect.  But God IS perfect and this is His bride – let’s begin to dream His dream for the Church; let’s begin to dream His dream for Angus; let’s begin to dream His dream for us!

I love you and I’m dreaming with you.

Rick

Upcoming  Activities

Today, Wednesday January 28 – Tonight we will be resuming our regular Wednesday activities.  ALL of our regular Wednesday activities will take place beginning with dinner at 5:00.  We hope to see you here!

Sunday February 1  – The month of February is a month for looking at God’s stewardship of our lives.  I am excited to share with you the things that God has been sharing with me.  I’m looking forward to seeing you at 8:45 in the gym or 10:30 in the sanctuary.  And don’t forget the Hispanic services at 4:00.

If you can help Cheyenne and her kids move into their new place plan on meeting in the foyer of the building Sunday morning immediately following the second service at approximately 11:45 a.m.  The whole thing shouldn’t take more than a couple of hours!

Friday & Saturday February 27-28 – Feed My Starving Children will have their third Mobile Pack here in Lincoln County.  It will take place at Mt. Annies in Ruidoso.  Last year in the two Mobile Pack’s here in the county, we packed and sent out over 200,000 meals!  We hope you will be a part of this next Mobile Pack.  You can go online today and sign up for a 2 hour shift for either Friday night February 27 or Saturday February 28 at the following website:  www.fmsc.org/mobilepack/events Then go down to New Mexico and click on the link to Ruidoso, Coyote Howling February 27-28, 2015.



TODAY – Wednesday January 21, 2015

Good Morning,

Sue gave this to me this morning, reminding me of what I’ve read a number of times and reminding me of what’s important.

“Longfellow could take a worthless sheet of paper, write a poem on it, and make it worth $6,000 – that’s genius.
Rockefeller could sign his name to a piece of paper, and make it worth a million dollars – that’s capital.
Uncle Sam can take gold, stamp an eagle on it, and make it worth $50 – that’s money.
A mechanic can take material that is worth only $5 and make it worth $50 – that’s skill.
An artist can take a fifty-cent piece of canvas, paint a picture on it, and make it worth $1,000 – that’s art.
God can take a worthless, sinful life, wash it in the blood of Christ, put His Spirit in it, and make it a blessing to humanity – that’s salvation.”  Unknown

Each Wednesday morning I have the privilege of having breakfast with pastors from the Capitan area.  This morning there were 7 of us, typically 6-8 come together almost every week.  We have committed to this for the fellowship, for accountability and for encouragement and prayer.  Almost without fail, each week I come away more challenged and determined to listen to the Lord and follow Him.

This morning, once again, what I found is that most of us, if not all of us, are in the same place.  We’ve been seeking God for what He wants and as we sit and talk it reminds all of us that what we have to offer is of very little value in the eternal perspective.  The thing that continues to amaze me is that God is speaking to ALL of us in much the same way.

I’ve been challenging you to listen to the Lord.  We spent the first two weeks of this year in an emphasis of prayer and fasting, seeking God’s direction for Angus Church and for each of us personally.  My prayer is that you’ve been listening for what God is saying to you.  My concern is that too often we wait to see what “the pastor” or “the leadership” or “someone else” have to say and we aren’t really listening ourselves or somehow we don’t think that God will speak to us or that we aren’t smart enough or valuable enough or good enough to hear from God ourselves.

I have the responsibility to listen to God and lead this congregation as He leads me – but folks, I am not going to answer to God for your obedience to His voice to you personally; that is on you.  I’m not trying to say this in an accusing manner or a negative manner, but I’m pleading with you, don’t wait for me to give you all of the answers.  God is speaking to you.  He wants to talk to you.  He has something to say to you.  It will affect you personally; in the grand economy of God it will affect the greater body of Christ as well, but there is a word for you.

I urge you not to substitute genius, or capital, or money, or skill or art (or anything else for that matter – I hope you see where I’m going here) for salvation, for God’s voice to you!

Listen to God today – seek direction from God today – wait on God today – hear His voice today – today . . . today . . . today!

Rick

Upcoming Activities

Today, Wednesday January 14 – Tonight we are planning on resuming our regular Wednesday activities weather permitting.  ALL regular Wednesday activities will take place UNLESS we are hindered again by snow.  Plan on regular activities beginning at 5:00 with dinner unless you hear otherwise.

Sunday January 25 – We continue in our emphasis on Vision and seeking God’s direction for what He has for Angus Church and for us indivdually.  I have some very exciting things to share with you this week.  We would love to see you in one of our two morning worship services, 8:45 in the gym or 10:30 in the sanctuary or in the afternoon Hispanic service at 4:00.

Friday & Saturday February 27-28 – Feed My Starving Children will have their third Mobile Pack here in Lincoln County.  It will take place at Mt. Annies in Ruidoso.  Last year in the two Mobile Pack’s here in the county, we packed and sent out over 200,000 meals!  We hope you will be a part of this next Mobile Pack.  You can go online today and sign up for a 2 hour shift for either Friday night February 27 or Saturday February 28 at the following website:  www.fmsc.org/mobilepack/events Then go down to New Mexico and click on the link to Ruidoso, Coyote Howling February 27-28, 2015.