8.20.2014

The Story

Do you have a hard time reading the Bible? Do you get stuck on the details and lose track of the bigger picture?

If so, then The Story is just the thing for you!

Frankfort Church will embark on this new adventure beginning Sun, Sept 28. Each week, we will read a new chapter of God's story of love for us, his beloved children. And you'll have a couple opportunities to gather together with other folks to talk about where you see yourself in God's story of love.

There are books for kids, teens, and adults (including large print). Check out the table in the back of the sanctuary to look at the options. Sign-ups officially begin Sun, Aug 31 ... but you can be an early bird, if you want!

"It is absolutely crucial, therefore, to keep in constant touch with what is going on in your own life's story and to pay close attention to what is going on in the stories of others' lives. If God is present anywhere, it is in the stories that God is present. If God is not present in those stories, then they are scarcely worth telling." --Frederick Buechner 

8.19.2014

Unbelief











I am saying just this: go to him the way the father of the
sick boy did and ask him. Pray to him, is what I am saying.
In whatever words you have. And if the little voice that is
inside all of us as the inheritance of generations of unfaith,
if this little voice inside says, "But I don't believe. I don't
believe," don't worry too much. Just keep on anyway. "Lord,
I believe; help my unbelief" is the best any of us can do really,
but thank God it is enough.

- Frederick Buechner, from The Magnificent Defeat



Back to Church Sunday & Ice Cream Social


Join us on September 14 for "Back to Church Sunday"--

whether you've missed a couple of Sundays,
been gone for the summer,
or haven't gone to church for years,
WE WANT TO WELCOME YOU BACK!!

11:00AM worship
12:00PM ice cream social
(bring your favorite ice cream topping to share!)

8.18.2014

The Faithful Women Conference @ Paris Church

"Join us for 'The Faithful Women Conference: God Makes All Things New!' with the some of the best Christian women speakers, singers, ministries, and entertainers you will find!" 

Fri, Sept. 12th - Sat, Sept 13th  
127 Steubenville Pike Burgettstown (Paris) PA 15201

For information and tickets ($10), call 724-729-3450.

8.13.2014

Suicide Prevention Helps

Scripture to share: “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” (Phil 4:13)

Prayer to use with/give to someone talking about suicide: 
God of all life, bless and comfort all those who are thinking of ending their lives. Instead of fear, give them peace. Instead of suffering, give them hope. Instead of pain, give them love. Show them the hope of the days ahead, the courage to make a new beginning, and Your love (and mine) to strengthen their desire to live.  In Jesus’ powerful name, Amen.  

1-800-SUICIDE  http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline   (24 hours/7 days a week, trained counselors, online chatting)

1-800-448-3000  http://www.boystown.org/hotline
Boys Town Hotline (24 hours/7 days a week, trained counselors, online chatting, for TEENS/PARENTS/FAMLIES)

1-888-VET2VET  http://www.veteranscall.us/
Vet2Vet (24 hours/7days a week, trained counselors, online chatting, especially for MILITARY VETERANS)


Major list of suicide prevention links:
http://suicideprevention.wikia.com/wiki/USA

Some Thoughts

 
Quote of the Day: Suicide

The most famous suicide in the Old Testament is King Saul's. He was doing battle with the Philistines. The Philistines won the day. They killed his three sons, and he himself was wounded by archers. Fearing that he would be captured by the enemy and made a mockery of if he survived, he asked his armor-bearer to put him out of his misery. When the armor-bearer refused, he fell on his own sword (1 Samuel 31:4).

Judas Iscariot's is of course the most famous one in the New Testament. When Jesus was led off to Pilate and condemned to death, Judas took his thirty pieces of silver and tried to return them to the Jewish authorities on the grounds that Jesus was innocent and he had betrayed him. The authorities refused to take them. They said that was his problem, and Judas, throwing the silver to the ground, went off and hanged himself (Matthew 27:3-5).

Taking your own life is not mentioned as a sin in the Bible. There's no suggestion that it was considered either shameful or cowardly. When, as in the case of Saul and Judas, pain, horror, and despair reach a certain point, suicide is perhaps less a voluntary act than a reflex action. If you're being burned alive with a loaded pistol in your hand, it's hard to see how anyone can seriously hold it against you for pulling the trigger.

~originally published in Whistling in the Dark and later in Beyond Words


8.09.2014

A Call to Prayer

3326 State Route 18 Hookstown PA 15050
I feel very small compared to the vast amount of brokenness and suffering I see in our world. And that smallness tempts me to throw up my hands in despair ... but I am reminded that Mother Teresa once said, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”

So I invite you to this "small thing" we can do with "great love"--a service of prayer and communion, Sunday morning at 10:00AM at Frankfort Presbyterian Church (PA).

It won't be fancy but the prayers will be earnest and from the heart. I hope you will join me and continue to pray long after the service has ended.