Pastor's Desk

Pastor's Letter November 4, 2018

By CJ Harkness
This week we will explore two familiar passages and wrestle with two demands that God makes of his people. How is it that we find balance between our demand for personal responsibility and our demand that those who have been blessed take responsibility for those who have not. I will argue that many a political divide is forged in disproportionate attention to one or the other. Our task is to find balance as we look each day to discern the difference between Lazarus and the lazy servant.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

 

Greetings in the Name of our Lord!

 

I trust that the Lord has been blessing you really good!  This week I was overjoyed to see a great number of our church members present to serve the community through the Berea Community meal.  Some had to fight traffic and all had to bear the weather but we were well represented and showed all who came that People's Community Church shows up when it is time to serve.  God bless each of you who came or donated desserts for the evening.  People were blessed by your sacrifice of time energy and resource.

 

I would like for our prayer focus this week to center around both this week's election and the tragic hate crimes that have affected our nation.  While I make no attempt to sway your political leanings, I do encourage each member of this church to participate in this civic responsibility.  More importantly, I charge us all to prepare for responsibility in two ways.  First, spend time in prayer seeking God's will and guidance concerning your vote.  Be careful to approach the throne of grace with an openness to His will and not hopes that His will lines up with yours.  Second, please take the time to inform yourself on issue and candidates at the national, state and local level. We must be careful to resist the temptation of being compelled by political adds which tug at our emotions.  The best way to offset this temptation is information.

 

Secondly, I ask that we remain in prayer for those the Jewish community in the aftermath of the shooting in Pittsburgh.  I also ask that we pray for the two African Americans who lost their lives to hate in Kentucky.  Finally, let's continue to lift those whose lives have been threatened through the explosive devices which were sent to leaders across the country.  We must seek God's love and peace, lest we become that which we despise.

 

This week we will explore two familiar passages and wrestle with two demands that God makes of his people.  How is it that we find balance between our demand for personal responsibility and our demand that those who have been blessed take responsibility for those who have not.  I will argue that many a political divide is forged in disproportionate attention to one or the other.  Our task is to find balance as we look each day to discern the difference between Lazarus and the lazy servant.

 

May God bless and keep each of you,

 

Your Pastor,

 

CJ 

 

Voter Registration The next election date is Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

– this is from Cuyahoga Count Voter Registration website for your guidance and participation in the voting process of 2018:

 

Voters must be registered in Cuyahoga County in order to vote in any election. In order to vote in Cuyahoga County, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be a United States Citizen;
  • You must be at least 18 years old on the day of the General Election;
  • You must be a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days;
  • You must register to vote at least 30 days before an election to be eligible to vote.
  • 17-year-old residents can register and vote in a Primary Election if they will be 18 on or before the General Election. 17-year-olds can vote for candidates only.

 

Vote by Mail

Who can vote by mail? 
Every voter registered in the State of Ohio can vote by mail.

 

 

Why should I vote by mail? 

  1. Avoid the lines on Election Day. 
  2. Take your time researching the candidates and issues. 
  3. Vote in the comfort of your own home! 

 

How do I vote by mail?

  1. Submit a vote by mail ballot application (click the link above). 
  2. We will mail your ballot to you with a return envelope.
  3. Vote your ballot and return it before Election Day. 

 

When is the deadline to vote by mail?

  • Your application must be returned by 12:00 p.m. on the Saturday before Election Day.
  • Your ballot must be returned by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day or postmarked by the post office by the day before Election Day.

http://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/voter-registration.aspx

 

Business Meeting

Next Sunday, November 11, 2018 following worship. A light meal will be served. All MEMBERS are encouraged to attend.

 

Installation Sunday:

Reverend CJ Harkness will be Installed on Sunday, November 18, 2018. Please join us during this special occasion.

 

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Gather Together—Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Please join us for a FREE Thanksgiving meal.

Thursday Nov. 22. Serving from 11am – 1pm

People's Community Church—631 N. Rocky River Dr. Organized by Daune Jaynes

Sponsored by THE BEREA CITY CLUB!

 

Interested in volunteering, delivering to shut-ins, or donating desserts? We would love for you to join us! A sign-up sheet will be on the ushers' table the first Sunday of November.

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Bible Reading for Next Week's Lesson

November 5, through November 11, 2018

 

Mon:  Psalm 24:1-6—Reject Deceit, Seek God's Face.

Tue:  1 Peter 2:18-25—Live Openly and Honestly.

Wed:  Genesis 27:1-4—Isaac Prepares to Bless Esau.

Thurs. Genesis 27:5-17—Rebekah Diverts Isaac to Bless Jacob.

Fri:    Genesis 27:30-40—Esau Loses His Blessing.

Sat:    Genesis 27-46—28:5—Jacob Charged to Marry Cousin.

Sun:    Genesis 27:5-10, 18-19, 21-19—Jacob Receives Isaac's blessing though Deceit.

 

He did not recognize him, for his hands were hairy like those of his brother Esau; so he proceeded to bless him.

 

--Genesis 27:23, NIV

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