Echo Bay United Church

echobay united.com

P.O. Box 447 Echo Bay, On P0S 1C0 (705) 248-2801

United Church of Canada | London Conference

April 2009

Wow – last letter of the year. All the best on your exams! Hope your Easter was happy!

You know you are living in 2009 when …..

You accidentally enter your PIN on the microwave.

You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.

You have 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three.

You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.

Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that you don't have their e-mail addresses.

You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.

Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't even have the first 20 or 30 years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.

P.S. That last one was more for the older generation.

If your lips would keep from slips, five things observe with care:

Of whom you speak, to whom you speak, and how and when and where. Anonymous

Secrecy, lawsuits, and the latest technological advances are part of a news item some have called “the greatest achievement of the past 1,000 years.” This isn't a recent story of spy satellites or computer programs. It's the story behind Johannes Gutenberg's first-ever printing press – in 1455! Gutenberg had tried to keep his invention top secret until it was completed, but a lawsuit by heirs of one of his investors revealed what he was working on. His press was a technological marvel that would make possible the mass printing of literature. When Gutenberg finished his press, the first book he printed was the Bible. That single event would eventually make the Bible by far the most widely distributed book in the world! Prior to 1455, it had been preserved by making meticulous one-at-a-time copies, but since then the Bible has been mass-produced. Why has this one book attracted so much attention? Why was it Gutenberg's first choice? And why are millions still printed every year? It's simple – the Bible is a supernatural book, the written revelation of God to man. God has inspired and preserved it, and He continues to lead people to develop new ways to spread its remarkable message of salvation. Thank you Lord, for the press and for the Bible!

Why did Jesus fold the Napkin?        
Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection? I never noticed this................
The Gospel of John (20:7) tells us that the napkin, which was placed over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown aside like the grave clothes. The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin was neatly folded, and was placed at the head of that stony coffin. Early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, 'They have taken the Lord's body out of the tomb, and I don't know where they have put Him!' Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb to see. The other disciple outran Peter and got there first. He stooped and looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there, but he didn't go in. Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus' head was folded up and lying to the side. Is that important? Absolutely! Is it really significant? Yes! In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day. The folded napkin had to do with the Master and Servant and every Jewish boy knew this tradition. When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it. The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant would wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating, and the servant would not dare touch that table, until the master was finished. Now if the master were done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers, his mouth, and clean his beard, and would wad up that napkin and toss it onto the table. The servant would then know to clear the table. For in those days, the wadded napkin meant "'I'm done”. But if the master got up from the table, and folded his napkin, and laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table, because..........
The folded napkin meant, "I'm coming back! "
He IS Coming Back! Over à

 

Charles Schultz Philosophy

1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world. 
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners. 
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America Pageant.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best 
actor and actress. 
6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners. 

How did you do? 
The point is none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. 
These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. 
But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners. 

Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one: 
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school. 
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time. 
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile. 
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special. 
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
Easier? 
The lesson: The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards.

They are the ones that care. 

Have an awesome summer!

Love and prayers,

 

Bar River and Echo Bay United Churches

www.echobayunited.com

 

 

 

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