Author: Jennifer Harper
To me, dogs are some of the best of creation. They want nothing more than to be present with their people and they’re loyal first and last. There are dogs with fine pedigrees and good form; our dog Zoe had neither, but what she lacked in bloodline she more than made up in personality and zest for life.
The first time we saw her, she was a filthy-gray color and cowering among many other dogs at the Payson Animal Rescue. Her mother was a tiny Terrier and her father was a large who-knows-what, and she spent the early part of her life in a wretched home, trying to make her way among 27 other dogs and never enough food to go around. Abusive humans, aggressive dogs and no resources are a trifecta of suffering. Finally, one day, she was taken to the good people at the shelter. And there she stayed until one Labor Day eight years ago. Read more
We’ll gather for worship and prayer on Saturday, November 4th, from 5 PM-6 PM in the sanctuary. If you’ve never attended one of these prayer times, you can know that in this peaceful environment, there’s no pressure for anyone to have to pray in front of the group. It’s a great time to prepare our hearts for corporate worship on Sunday and engage in personal reflection and seeking the Lord together.
Pastor Christine leads Fusion’s Coffee & Bible study on Sundays at 9:00 AM for all students in 7th-12th grade. Currently they’re studying along with the sermon series. Students, bring your Bible and favorite coffee mug and come to the Office Conference room for study, snacks, and the hot beverage of your choice–the Keurig will be ready to go…
I have….for instance, when I’m not exercising or sticking to my diet, and I just had a “run in” with a relative. Have you ever felt like you’re just not worth much of anything? Guess what, that was me this morning. I came to work and started reading the prayer requests and praying for each one. The Lord began to help me pray for each one and I began to sense His love and concern for each one in a very special way, giving me prayers to pray that my faith could believe. My heart began to respond and feel His love and concern for all who are His (me included). When you need a touch from the Lord, cry out for Him to touch someone in need, and you can get the blessing of His touch as well.
Why do we get so “down on ourselves,” when we don’t perform like we think we should? His love sees through all the “stuff and fluff” and knows that we long to feel His touch and sense His presence. Thank you Lord, that Your love is not limited by our ability to “feel” it. When we believe that You and Your love is the same all the time, the correction is ours to make. When we reach out to You for others, You can use our gesture to reach us in a way that we don’t open for ourselves.
Father, You will always find a way to reveal Yourself to a child in need. Sometimes we just need to be aware and confess our need. You are always ready to connect “Spirit to spirit” when we trust You more than our feelings. However, You delight in refreshing us in all areas of our lives. Help us to believe that we are one with You and each other in Your sight because of all You accomplished when You walked on earth and lived in a body like ours. Thank you, Lord Jesus; You believe in us as we grow and mature in our believing in You.
SWC is excited to partner with Operation Christmas Child again this year, facilitated by Lynda Gustafson. This is a great outreach that meets the needs of children all over the world and shares with them the love of Christ. This year, we’re focusing on gifts for Boys and Girls, ages 10-14 years. If you’d like to get involved, please see the OCC “tree” in the foyer and pick up a reminder card for needed Shoebox donations. Please no liquids or candy; you are welcome to bring your donations to the SWC foyer on any Sunday.
Our OCC packing party is on Sunday, November 12th in the SWC Community Center; come any time between 1 PM-5 PM and pack as many or few boxes as you’d like.
Kids Thrive every Sunday at SWC! Ministry Through the Arts offers children in K-6th grade an opportunity to develop their creative gifts for God’s glory. This program offers ministry training in Worship Dance or the Chosen Kids’ Choir, Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM in the His Kidz auditorium, room 204.