July Newsletter 2018
Minister’s Reflection– Jeffrey Lang
In Matthew 6, Jesus says:
Be especially careful when you are trying to be good so that you don’t make a performance out of it. It might be good theater, but the God who made you won’t be applauding.
When you do something for someone else, don’t call attention to yourself. You’ve seen them in action, I’m sure – ‘play-actors’ I call them – treating prayer meeting and street corner alike as a stage, acting compassionate as long as someone is watching, playing to the crowds. They get applause, true, but that’s all they get. When you help someone out, don’t think about how it looks. Just do it – quietly and unobtrusively. That is the way your God, who conceived you in love, working behind the scenes, helps you out.
Each of us is called to walk a fine line between living out our faith in public while being aware of our inner motives. As we pursue ways to serve and uplift those around us, at the same time, we are simultaneously challenged by Jesus to attend to our desire for approval. Our motivation ought to be ministering to others for the sake of helping, not to earn the accolades or approval of onlookers. Long ago, some described this calling as ‘disinterested benevolence.’
I don’t know that we can entirely remove every psychological motivation for doing good. Nonetheless, the real witness we should be concerned with as we go about living out our faith is the Divine. Our motive for helping other people is the love we might be able to share for love’s sake alone. The way Jesus frames it for us, the doing of good is its own reward. Not human approval, but the inner transformation that happens as we live into the example of God in Jesus Christ is our aim in the Christian life.
Youth Schedule 2018
August 19: Outdoor Service & Blessing of the Backpacks 10:30 AM- Children are encouraged to bring their backpacks to the morning worship service at ARMCO park in shelter 2 for a special prayer and blessing as the new school year begins.
August 22: Youth Group with Diana Spencer 6:30 PM
August 26: Youth Sunday 10:30 AM
September 14-15: Back to School Lock-In for Older Elementary and Junior High,
7 PM Friday night through 8 AM pick up Saturday morning
October 4: Blessing of the Animals Service 7 PM all ages
October 24: Halloween Party & Ghost Hunt 6:30 PM older elementary and older
October 28: Youth Hosted Chili Cook Off 5 PM
Older elementary and older youth will help host a chili cook off.
October 31: Halloween at WSUPC
Be sure to stop by the church and manse for candy when trick-or-treating!
November 11: Christ the King Night 6:30 PM
Older Elementary and Junior High – Bible Study & Pizza
November 26: Youth Group Area Event at WSUPC with Diana Spencer 6:30 PM
November 28: Greening the Church 6:30 PM – children & youth
December 23: Christmas Pageant 6 PM
All ages of children & youth are invited to participate in presenting a traditional Christmas pageant.