Notes from Brother Jay

The Back to School Celebration

It happens this Saturday, July 15, right here at Ocilla UMC.  From 9:30 until around 11:30, children from 5 to about 10, (K to 5th grades) will swarm around looking to receive the blessings of Christ via fun, fellowship, school supplies and a “brown bag” lunch.
     Jesus loves children!  All three synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke) carry the same story, this version is Luke’s:

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What It Means To Be Free

       This Tuesday, we celebrate a great day in the history of the United States.  July 4th, 1776 is known throughout the country as the day we rejected British rule and declared ourselves to be a self-governing sovereign nation.  Many of us will shoot off some fireworks, eat something from a grill, and enjoy family as we enjoy this yearly tradition.
        In the preamble of the Declaration stating the intentions of the 13 original colonies, the founding fathers invoked the idea of “truths” which exist independently from human opinion, coming instead from “their Creator.”  You’ve heard it.  It is said to be “one of the best known sentences in the English language:”

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10 Ways To Be A Miserable Church Member

Somebody shared this with me and I found within it some wisdom I wanted to share.
 
#1 Forget that your pastor is a sinner. Yep. Dwell on the fact that he is not perfect as often as possible and make sure to meditate on all his faults.

#2 Forget that the entire leadership is made up of sinners. While you are thinking about all your pastor’s weaknesses be sure to look for all the weaknesses in all the leadership. Criticize their every decision and talk to others, but don’t ever go to them with your concerns.

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