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

Hello students. Hope this finds everyone hanging in as this school year is almost coming to an end. Spring reminds us of the new life we have in Christ. Rejoice!

Elmer Kline, a bakery manager in 1921, was given the job of naming the company’s new loaf of bread. As he struggled to come up with something “catchy,” he found his answer in an unlikely place. While visiting the grounds of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he stopped to watch the International Balloon Festival. Later he described the sight of the beautiful hot-air balloons launching into the sky as one of “awe and wonderment.” The thought stuck, and he called the new product Wonder Bread. To this day, the packaging for Wonder Bread is brightened by colourful balloons. However more than bread or balloons, the word in one dictionary defines wonder as “cause of astonishment or admiration.” Events surrounding Jesus certainly have this word at the forefront. Jesus’ arrival into this world is described by Luke saying people “marveled.” As we approach Easter, this too can be an exercise in WONDER.

A woman and her 4-year-old son were at church. Her son yells out, “Mommy I have to go pee.” She says, “Shhh, we don’t say that. We say ‘I have to whisper’.” Her son says, “Okay.” The very next week the little boy and his father were at church. His son leans over and says, “Daddy, I have to whisper.” His dad says, “Just whisper in my ear.”

For most of the 2,000 year history of the church, only priests got to personally read the Bible, but now billions of us have access to this holy book. In spite of this, many believers are more faithful to reading their daily newspaper than their Bibles. It’s no wonder we don’t grow. We can’t watch television for three hours, then read the Bible for three minutes and expect to grow spiritually. Many who claim to believe the Bible “from cover to cover” have never read it from cover to cover. But if you will read the Bible just fifteen minutes a day, you will read completely through it once a year. Up to the challenge?

A woman saw an ad in the local newspaper which read: “Purebred Police Dog $25.00.” Thinking that to be a great bargain, she called and ordered the dog to be delivered. The next day a van arrived at her home and delivered the mangiest-looking mongrel she had ever seen. In a rage, she telephoned the man who had placed the ad. “How dare you call that mangy-mutt a purebred police dog?” “Don’t let his looks deceive you ma’am,” the man replied, “He’s in the Secret Service.”

MAY YOU LIVE A HUNDRED WARM SUMMERS. (an ancient blessing)  

A young Indian student once wrote to a missionary friend who had gone home to England. Trying to find the right phrase to finish off, he looked in the dictionary. Instead of the “May the Lord preserve you” the missionary was surprised to read: “May the Lord pickle you!”

In colonial North America, William Penn had a reputation as a benevolent Quaker who dealt fairly with Native Americans. When he returned to England, his sons stayed behind. They did not share his integrity. Soon they contrived a scheme to cheat a Delaware tribe. The sons produced an old contract in which the Indians had agreed to sell a portion of land that a man could walk in 1½ days. When the tribe consented to honour their ancestors’ agreement, Penn’s sons were delighted. They hired three of the fastest runners they could find. One of the men covered a distance of 65 miles in 18 hours. They totally disregarded both the letter and the spirit of the agreement. (Obeying the letter of the law is good; obeying the spirit of the law is better).

According to a Wall Street Journal article, Hemant Mehta wanted to find out if he was “missing something” as an atheist. So the DePaul University graduate student went on eBay with this proposition: He would spend one hour of church attendance for each $10.00 bid by the highest bidder. A former evangelical minister won with an offer of $504.00. (Wonder how it’s going?)  

Young people in Singapore at one time aspired to have the 5 Cs. Cash in the bank. Career for the future. Car to drive. Condominium to live in. Credit card to travel with. A recent newspaper report indicated that there is now an updated version of the five Cs: Connectivity to be tuned in. Choices, and the more the merrier! Cheek – doing things our own way. Causes, because it is hip to help. Consumers who spend first and pay later. Instead of the five Cs, Agur, the writer of Proverbs 30, asked for two Gs from God: His grace and goodness. Which will we aspire to follow? (Did you know it is against the law to buy chewing gum in Singapore?)

When the Pastor at a local place of worship got fed up with all the excuses folks give for not attending church, he offered his own list: Ten Reasons Not To Wash.”

  1. I was forced to as a child.
  2. People who wash are hypocrites – they think they are cleaner than everybody else.
  3. There are so many different kinds of soap; I can’t decide which is best.
  4. I used to wash, but I got bored and stopped.
  5. I wash only on special occasions, like Christmas and Easter.
  6. None of my friends wash.
  7. I’ll start washing when I get older and dirtier.
  8. I can’t spare the time.
  9. The bathroom is never warm enough in winter or cool enough in summer.
  10. People who make soap are only after your money.

SEEK THE LORD WHILE HE MAY BE FOUND, CALL UPON HIM WHILE HE IS NEAR. Isaiah 55:6

Miss you. Take care and God Bless!

Love and prayers,

Bar River and Echo Bay United Churches

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