Lutheran Church News — St. Luke’s (NB) & St. John’s (McComb) – Nov. 16

“Count Your Blessings” is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic – On Sunday afternoon, November 16 from 4-6, three local Lutheran congregations — St. Luke’s (North Baltimore), St. John’s (McComb), and Trinity (Arcadia) — will gather for a get-together titled: “Family, Fun, and Fellowship at Four.” The congregations will gather for devotions, music, games, and good food. The host church this time is at St. John’s in McComb.

Lutheran Church News — St. Luke’s (NB) & St. John’s (McComb)

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church

“Count Your Blessings” is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore on Sunday, November 16 at 10:15 a.m. The Junior Choir will sing a modern adaptation of the traditional song “Count Your Blessings.” The women of the congregation, will participate in worship leadership and gather an annual Thankoffering in solidarity with the Women of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). The offering is for both domestic and worldwide ministries. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m

St. John’s Lutheran Church

“Count Your Blessings” is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. John’s Lutheran Church in McComb on Sunday, November 16 at 8:00 a.m. The sermon is based on Matthew 25:14–30. Sunday School begins at 9:15 a.m. (a joint Sunday School with the McComb United Methodist Church (which worships at St. John’s while their building is being restored due to a fire.)

On Monday, November 17, members of St. John’s will participate in the setting up and organizing the annual “Community Thanksgiving Dinner” at the American Legion. The meal will be served from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

St. Luke’s (NB), St. John’s Lutheran (McComb), Trinity (Arcadia) Lutheran Churches

On Sunday afternoon, November 16 from 4-6, three local Lutheran congregations — St. Luke’s (North Baltimore), St. John’s (McComb), and Trinity (Arcadia) — will gather for a get-together titled: “Family, Fun, and Fellowship at Four.” The congregations will gather for devotions, music, games, and good food. The host church this time is at St. John’s in McComb.

Ya Done Good!

Pastor Ralph J. Mineo, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church

I’ve shared this before, but I think it bears repeating. My mother had a favorite saying that really meant a lot to me: “Ya done good!” It was like music to my ears! It was a wonderful feeling when Mom complimented me: “Ya done good!”

Pastor Ralph J. Mineo, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church

I’ve shared this before, but I think it bears repeating. My mother had a favorite saying that really meant a lot to me: “Ya done good!” It was like music to my ears! It was a wonderful feeling when Mom complimented me: “Ya done good!”

On the day of my ordination, my father gave a speech. (My mother had died a few years before.) At the end of that speech my father said: “Your mother is in Heaven, looking down today, saying to you with me, ‘Ya done good.’”

My mother had another favorite phrase, one I didn’t like to hear: “You’re rotten to the core!” In some ways my mother was a master of exaggeration. Rotten to the core?!?! I’m like an apple with nothing good about it at all?!?! Though it’s a literal exaggeration, I know I sometimes deserved the admonition!

God’s love is a “Ya done good” love. Even though we have sinned, even though we’ve fallen short, even though we’ve missed the mark, God will forgive us. God alone has the power to make us “un-rotten!”

Becoming “un-rotten” is actually a miracle made possible by God’s grace. Thanks be to God for that grace!

I believe a primary channel of God’s grace is the people of God. God often makes us “un-rotten” by giving divine love through people. The love of God is love that’s meant to be shared.

So, let’s give a strong, healthy “Ya done good” to someone else (use other words, especially if you want correct grammar!) As those who receive the blessings and grace of God, we’re called to share that love with others. We can actually help others get “un-rotten!” We can help them know that they are loved. “Love one another,” Jesus said, “as I have loved you.”

I have this idea that, one day, I’ll stand before the Throne of God in Heaven for my personal judgment. I’ll be remembering all my sins, failures, and short-comings. I probably even feel “rotten to the core.” Will God give me what I think I deserve? Absolutely not!

In a recent sermon, I referred to the show “Inside the Actor’s Studio” where one of the questions asked of celebrities near the end of every show: “What you would like to hear God say when you get to heaven.” Based on the sermon, the obvious answer was “Ya Done Good!”

Yes, I hope to hear that, but there’s a TWIST! This is what I believe will happen: God will turn, not to me, but to his very own Son, Christ Jesus, and say “Ya done good!” And THAT’S why I will be granted entrance into the eternal life God has planned for me. It’s not what I’ve done — it’s what Jesus did for me, and for all humanity! There’s no greater news that this GOOD NEWS! AMEN!

Special Guest Speaker-Ginny Gadd at Praise Chapel

We will be having a guest Minister this Sunday! Rev. Ginny Gadd, from Trinity Full Gospel in Zanesville, Ohio, will be preaching on “There’s Power in the Name of Jesus!” Ginny and her husband Tom have been a great inspiration to Theresa and our family for many years. We are looking forward to a great message, worship, and fellowship with some awesome friends and church family!

Sunday Sermon Title:

“There’s Power in the Name of Jesus” by Rev. Ginny Gadd

Note from the Pastor:

We will be having a guest Minister this Sunday! Rev. Ginny Gadd, from Trinity Full Gospel in Zanesville, Ohio, will be preaching on “There’s Power in the Name of Jesus!” Ginny and her husband Tom have been a great inspiration to Theresa and our family for many years. We are looking forward to a great message, worship, and fellowship with some awesome friends and church family!

Don’t forget to come to Sunday school! Stephen Cram is doing a wonderful job teaching the Word of God! He has been sick and dealing with cancer. The doctor’s are amazed that he is still working and teaching! Steve and his wife Gloria are a blessing! God is using them mightily! God is good all the time! Come to Sunday school and see what God is doing! Steve and Gloria believe in the power of His name!

If you do not have a home church, or do not attend a church, we would love to invite you to our church family. We are having church growth, awesome services and fellowship! Praise God! Please come and be part of what God is doing at Praise Chapel and in the community of North Baltimore. Theresa and I are looking forward to serving you and your family. Families are special to God. He wants to restore and bless the families of this area. There is still “Power in the Name of Jesus!” Come and be blessed!

Pastor Jon & Theresa Rhinehart

Praise Chapel PCG

P.O. Box 254

500 W. Broadway St.

(419) 408-HOPE (4673) Prayer & Info Line

jrhinehart67@gmail.com

http://pastorjonrhinehart.blogspot.com/

Service Times:

9:30 am Sunday School

(Adult & Children classes)

10:30 am Sunday Service “Special Guest Speaker-Ginny Gadd

(Adult & Children services)

God Bless,

Pastor Jon

Good Shepherd & Bairdstown U. M. Church News – Nov. 9

Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist and Bairdstown United Methodist Church will celebrate the 22nd Sunday after Pentecost on November 9.

Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist

Church news for Sunday, November 9, 2014

Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist will celebrate the 22nd Sunday after Pentecost on November 9, with worship beginning at 10:15 am.  Guest preacher Pastor Kelly Sterling will invite us to think about the way disciples live from the scripture text in Micah 6:6-8.  Sunday School for youth and adults is held at 9:15 am; Sunday School for children is held during worship after the children’s moments.  Please plan to join us!

Other activities at the church this week include choir practice each Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm (with cantata practice immediately following at 7:45).

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Bairdstown United Methodist Church

Church news for Sunday, November 9, 2014 –

The Bairdstown United Methodist Church will be celebrating the 22nd  Sunday after Pentecost on November 9, with worship beginning at 9:15 am.  This Sunday, guest preacher Joan White will preach “Disciples Walk With the Lord” from Micah 6:6-8.  Sunday School class is held immediately following worship.  We will also gather for our second Sunday fellowship dinner at noon.  Please plan to join us as you are able!

Lutheran Church News — St. Luke’s (NB) & St. John’s (McComb) – Nov. 9

“Jesus is Returning Soon… SERIOUSLY!” is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic this week. Following worship, members of the congregation of St. Luke’s will gather for the annual “Fund-Raising Dinner.”

Lutheran Church News — November 9

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church (NB)

“Jesus is Returning Soon… SERIOUSLY!” is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore on Sunday, November 9 at 10:15 a.m. The Senior Choir will sing a Bach anthem: “Jubilate! Alleluia!”

Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.

Following worship, members of the congregation will gather for the annual “Fund-Raising Dinner.” Proceeds for the offering at this meal will be to gather funds for the renovations and improvements of the church building. The meal is prepared by Church Council members.

Members will lead worship at Briar Hill Health Campus at 2:00 p.m.

The Church Council of St. Luke’s will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 9.

St. John’s Lutheran Church (McComb)

“Jesus is Returning Soon… SERIOUSLY!” is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. John’s Lutheran Church in McComb on Sunday, November 9 at 8:00 a.m. Sunday School begins at 9:15 a.m.

“Cling Not to the Poison!”

From a devotion by Pastor Ralph J. Mineo: “Why did God create poison ivy?” Everyone fell silent, struggling to find a reasonable answer. Finally, one of the quietest kids in the group said, “I know this one! The reason God made poison ivy”……

One of my favorite church-camp stories was a discussion on the topic: “God has a purpose for every created thing.” The camp counselor and the youth discussed the wonder and the purpose of clouds, trees, flowers, rocks, rivers, animals, and of course human beings. Eventually, one youth asked, was to teach us that there are some things we should just keep our cotton-pickin’ hands off.” Disciples of Jesus Christ get the truth of this answer! God sends reminders to us so that we might avoid sin, and the pains and consequences of sin. God created poison ivy! The poison ivy of life is a reminder to stop in our tracks and go forward with caution. One of the first things I remember learning as a Boy Scout was to recognize poison ivy. In daily living, such “poison ivy reminders” might take the form of a guilty conscience, a good friend’s counsel, remembering a teaching we heard as a child, even remembering something in last Sunday’s sermon.
Mineo cleaningHands

Unfortunately, sometimes we end up injured by not recognizing the reminders soon enough, or by intentionally ignoring them, thinking “I won’t get hurt this time” or “I can avoid the pain of this sin.” God gives us the choice to avoid the poison. God also gives us the choice to roll in the poison. When we do, the results aren’t pretty. God never wants us to fail. God doesn’t place temptations in our way, or make bad things happen to set us up for failure. God doesn’t create havoc, chaos, poisons, even a death in our lives to turn us away from God. The world isn’t God’s chess game where God moves the pieces around controlling every little thing that happens (as some ancient people believed about their multiple gods).

I believe our God is a God of order, goodness, and love. From the beginning of creation, God UN-DID chaos! God created order and time. God created us for lives of goodness and love. Jesus went to the Cross to carry our sins and offer forgiveness. As disciples, we are invited to bring our sins to the foot of the Cross of Jesus, and place our sins there. Once they’re there, and God, in Christ, forgives us, let’s keep our cotton-pickin’ hands off that sin, once and for all, no matter how appealing it may be to return to them. Cling to the Cross of Christ. Cling not to your sins. Cling not to the poison!

Methodist Church news for Sunday, Nov. 2

Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist

Church news for Sunday, November 2, 2014

 

Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist will celebrate the 21st Sunday after Pentecost, and All Saints’ Sunday on November 2, with worship beginning at 10:15 am.  Rev. Susan Kronbach will invite us to remember all those who have been the saints in our lives – teaching us about faith and life!  Sunday School for youth and adults is held at 9:15 am; Sunday School for children is held during worship after the children’s moments.  Please plan to join us!

 

Other activities at the church this week include choir practice each Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm (with cantata practice immediately following at 7:45).

 

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Bairdstown United Methodist Church

Church news for Sunday, November 2, 2014 –

 

The Bairdstown United Methodist Church will be celebrating the 21st Sunday after Pentecost, and All Saints’ Sunday, on November 2, with worship beginning at 9:15 am.  This Sunday, Rev. Susan Kronbach will invite us to remember our saints – those who have come before us to teach us about faith in God.  Sunday School class is held immediately following worship.  Please plan to join us as you are able!

St. James Women Annual Soup Sale

St. James United Methodist Women will hold their Annual Soup Sale on Saturday, November 1.

St. James United Methodist Women will hold their Annual Soup Sale on Saturday, November 1.
Soup available this year will be Chicken Noodle, Vegetable Beef, Ham and Bean, and Chili.
The soup will be sold in quarts only for $4.00 apiece, and can be picked up the morning of November 1 between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Please call 419-348-4050 or 419-257-2743 or any St. James member.

Lutheran Church News – St. Luke’s (NB) & St. John’s (McComb)

“Ya Done Good!” is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore & at St. John’s Lutheran Church in McComb on Sunday, November 2

We are Remembering the Time Change!

Lutheran Church News – Nov. 2

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church

“Ya Done Good!” is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore on All Saints Sunday, November 2 at 10:15 a.m. The congregation follows the tradition of remembering in thanksgiving the saints (believers) of the congregation who have died in the past year. The Lord’s Supper will be celebrated as traditional “Table Communion.”

Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.

The new Confirmation class will have an “Acolyte Training Retreat” on Saturday, November 1 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

St. John’s Lutheran Church

“Ya Done Good!” is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. John’s Lutheran Church in McComb on Sunday, November 2 at 8:00 a.m. Sunday School begins at 9:15 a.m.

We are Remembering the Time Change

We are remembering to set our clocks back one hour, as Daylight Saving Time ends the first Sunday in November.

UPDATE on the conversion of NBXpress

Now the work begins… A new NBXpress.com is being born.

Now the work begins… A new NBXpress.com is being born. After 5 years we are finally making a move to new software and servers! We will now be using WordPress. Please bear with us as we try to get the site re-populated and properly archived. We have plans and hopes for a much improved viewing experience!

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At this time we are not sure what will happen with all of the content that existed on the previous incarnation of NBXpress. We hope to be able to present that content as an archive in the near future.