Echo Bay United Church

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

United Church of Canada | London Conference

October 2008

Hey hey students! It's that time of year again where we want to say hi and how ya doin'. We'll try to send out a monthly letter filled with random stuff that may tickle your brain.

God Gives every bird it's food, but He does not throw it into its nest.

Bill, a college student, was a new Christian. One Sunday, he visited a church near campus. He walked in barefoot and was wearing a T-shirt and jeans. The service had already started, so he walked down the aisle looking for a seat. Finding none, he sat down cross-legged on the floor – right in front of the pulpit! The congregation became noticeably uneasy. Then, from the back of the church, an elderly deacon got up and with his cane, slowly made his way to the front. Every eye followed him. The minister paused and there was total silence. As the old gentleman approached Bill, he dropped his cane and sat down beside him so the young man wouldn't have to worship alone. Many in the congregation were deeply moved. When we learn to think as Jesus thought, we see people through the same eyes as that godly deacon.

No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face. John Donne

All too rarely, airline attendants make an effort to make the in-flight “safety lecture” a bit more entertaining. Some real examples of airline cabin announcements follow:

•  “There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are only 4 ways out of this airplane.

•  As the plane landed and was coming to a stop at Ronald Reagan airport, a lone voice came over the loudspeaker: “Whoa, big fella. WHOA!”

•  On a flight with no assigned seating, (you just sit where you want) passengers were apparently having a hard time choosing, when a flight attendant announced, “People, people, we're not picking out furniture here, find a seat and get in it!”

•  In the event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, masks will descend from the ceiling. Stop screaming, grab the mask, and pull it over your face. If you have a small child travelling with you, secure your mask before assisting with theirs. If you are travelling with more than one small child, pick your favourite.

There was this Christian lady that had to do a lot of travelling for her business so she did a lot of flying. But flying made her nervous so she always took her Bible along with her to read and it helped relax her. One time she was sitting next to a man. When he saw her pull out her Bible he gave a little chuckle and went back to what he was doing. After awhile he turned to her and asked “You don't really believe all that stuff in there do you?” The lady replied, “Of course I do, it is in the Bible.” He said, “Well what about that guy that was swallowed by the whale? She replied “Oh Jonah. Yes I believe that, it is in the Bible. He asked, “Well, how do you suppose he survived all that time inside the whale?” The lady said, “Well, I don't really know. I guess when I get to heaven I will ask him.” “What if he isn't in heaven?” the man asked sarcastically. “Then you can ask him.” replied the lady.

BEFORE YOU CRITICIZE SOMEONE, YOU SHOULD WALK A MILE IN THEIR SHOES. THAT WAY, WHEN YOU CRITICIZE THEM, YOU'RE A MILE AWAY AND YOU HAVE THEIR SHOES.

Lieutenant Paul Galanti, a US Navy pilot, spent 6 ½ years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam . The experience has given him a heightened sense of ordinary privileges that most of us take for granted. Speaking of his life today, nearly three decades after being released, Galanti says, “There's no such thing as a bad day when there's a doorknob on the inside of the door.” After 2300 straight days in a locked cell, you might consider the privilege of walking outside whenever you please to be one of life's greatest luxuries. Psalm 119:71 states: “It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes.” Times of suffering can bring a greater love for God …..

“Tell me doctor, how much time do I have left to live?” “Well, it's hard to say but if I were you, I wouldn't start watching any serials on TV.”

ASPIRE TO INSPIRE BEFORE YOU EXPIRE

No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe. It's not only their unbelievable stature, nor the colour, which seems to shift and vary under your eyes, no, they are not like any trees we know. They are ambassadors from another time. John Steinbeck

Hikers in California 's Sierra Mountains are surprised to encounter 10-foot-high fences with barbed wire stretched around the top. What do they see inside the fence-surrounded enclosures? Some vital communication equipment like a radio tower? No, they see only a few gnarled trees, maybe just a twisted stump with a few needles. A sign reads:

DO NOT ENTER. BRISTLECONE PINE PROTECTION ZONE. PLEASE PROTECT THESE TREES. THEY ARE THE OLDEST LIVING THINGS ON EARTH.

Pamphlets explain that these pines were flourishing when Jesus walked on earth, and that the oldest were seedlings at the time of the Exodus from Egypt . Eventually, though, regardless of how carefully they are protected, those trees will die. They are not destined to live forever. But Christians have the certainty of everlasting life. To be sure, our bodies will die. Yet by God's grace and power, our souls will never perish.

IF YOU TELL THE TRUTH, YOU DON'T HAVE TO REMEMBER ANYTHING.

There is no real joy in “Getting Stuff” – and that grim truth applies equally to billionaires and bag ladies. Whether you're piling up coffers of gold coins or shopping carts full of plastic bags, a simple truth applies: a human being can only use so much crap in a lifetime. The real happiness comes from giving it away – there's even scientific proof of that. Researchers at the University of British Columbia targeted a group of youths and “gifted” them with cash. Half the group got to keep the money; the other half was directed to pass it along to others. The second group reported significantly higher feelings of satisfaction and happiness than the first. A follow-up survey of 600 adults showed that rates of happiness increased proportionally with the amount of money people gave away, not the amount they had earned or spent on themselves.

Love and prayers,

Bar River and Echo Bay United Churches

 

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