“Connecting Your Home With Your Church”
First Church of Christ
330 N. Vesper St., Lock Haven, PA 17745
Pastor: Steve Salmon
Secretary: Judith Kitchen
Sunday Worship: 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. (informal)
Sunday School for All ages: 10:30 a.m.
Bible Study: Tues. at 9:30 a.m.
Prayer Group: Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.
Youth: Wed. at 6:00 p.m.
Bible Study: Wed. at 7:00 p.m.
OUR PURPOSE STATEMENT
The First Church of Christ exists to
“Worship God, Evangelize the Lost,
And Serve One Another”
Happy Birthday, December Friends!
Ella Mae Poorman
The Delight-Filled Life
Last night I watched the third Republican presidential debate. I don’t know how much is actually
accomplished through debates, but they at least provide a little entertainment. Maybe that is the real
problem. We don’t like to sit down for more than a few minutes unless we are being entertained in some
way. Political debates should be opportunities to highlight the differences among the candidates, but they
have become more like shows. One of the candidates compared the debate to a political cage match. In
a cage match, you don’t learn much about the combatants views on the economy, but a lot of people find
them enjoyable. We should aim higher than simply finding entertainment from the passing things of this
God calls us to more. He calls us to love. We are to love Him and love the people around us. He calls us
to obey as an expression of that love. Jesus’ last words on earth comprised a command: tell the world
about Him. One thing he didn’t command us to do was to seek entertainment; nevertheless, it seems to
be a great need each of us has. I believe that every need we have, especially emotional needs, are
designed to turn us toward God. We can find entertainment in the arts, or television or movies. Music can
delight us and lively conversation can make us feel more alive. We do well to seek them, but with a
realistic expectation of their abilities to fulfill. At their best they whet our appetite for the real joy and
delight that we can only achieve through the knowledge and worship of our Creator God. It is in Him that
we find true fulfillment, joy and delight.
In His word we are commanded to delight in God and in the things that reveal Him to us.
Job struggles with the discipline of finding delight in God for obvious reasons. His friends urge him to
seek his delight in God, but he is wracked with pain, both physical and emotional. The point of the Book
of Job is that God is the only source of true delight. Life, whether easy or difficult never brings the delight
God desires for us.
The Pslamists repeat the command to delight. We are called to delight in the LORD Himself (37:4), and
in obedience to God (40:8). The 119th Psalm is a lengthy poem calling us to delight in God’s word.
In the New Testament the word often used to convey this idea is “rejoice.” Paul reminds us to rejoice
hope (Romans 12:12) and with one another (Romans 12:15). Love, he writes, rejoices in truth (I
Corinthians 13:6). In his second letter to the Corinthians he simply reminds us to rejoice (13:11). Perhaps
listing the reasons for rejoicing was simply impractical there since followers of Jesus have so many.
My prayer for myself and for you is that regardless of the joys or burdens that we might face every day
our first and greatest source of delight we will find in the presence of God in His creation, and in His
Word and even in us through His Holy Spirit.
Wow! Can you believe it; we celebrated our sixth annual fall festival.
None of it would be possible without each and every person who helped
from those who offered donations of items, set-up tables and chairs,
game operators, food prepares, singers; the list goes on and is nearly
endless. It is always amazing to see how each one of us joined together
in unity can make such a powerful impact in our community. It reminds
me of 1 Corinthians 12: 12-14 “Just as a body, though one, has many
parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we
were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews
or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.” In addition, I
feel we are actively fulfilling the great commission (Matthew 28:19-20
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the
name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and
teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I
am with you always, to the very end of the age”) planting countless
seeds for the kingdom of God. While we may not immediately see the
growth, we trust that God will continue to water what was begun as
good work in His name. This year we reached over 130 children and
their families! This is the largest number so far! Thank you to each and
every one of you. It is in many working together that we are able to do
something so awesome for our community! Thank you! As the apostle
Paul often said “I always thank my God for you because of his grace
given you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Corinthians 1:4
Linda Forster- Chair Fall Festival
'Tis the Season!
Baby Dedication 9 AM service Nov. 15
Pumpkin Rolls made Nov. 16, 17, 18
(Plain is $9 and with nuts $10)
Elaine Barth Christmas Concert Nov. 22 7 PM
Annual Congregational Meeting Nov. 29
Family Christmas Dinner 4 PM Dec. 13
Great Day of Christmas Music Dec. 20
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Dec. 24 7 PM
Christmas Day Service 10 AM
End of Year Bash 10:30 AM Dec. 27
(Sorry this newsletter is so early. I am scheduled for surgery on Monday the
of Nov. then will start chemotherapy followed by radiation. Please keep
me in your prayers as I fight cancer again.)
On Saturday, October 17th we held our 6th annual Family Fall Festival. 139 children registered. This did not count
their parent and in many cases parents in this total. We took almost as many pictures at our photo booth. The
cotton candy machine was very popular as was the train ride and bounce house. It was a bit chilly, but was the
largest turnout we have had in our 6 years. All crafts and games were popular. Thank God for His Blessings! Some
crafts were finished by 1:30 and Olivia's "Walking Tacos" were no more by 2 p.m. The festival closed at 3 p.m.
Everything again this year was free. Hope you enjoy the pictures. I am sorry the pictures are not in order. I do not
know why, but I hope you can enjoy anyway. Darlene