“By Our Actions, We will Share Christ’s Love!”
– PICTURE BOOKS FOR MEMORY PATIENTS – Thurs, July 11
– KNITTING MINISTRY – Thurs, July 11
– MEN’S BREAKFAST – Fri, July 12
– LIGHTS FOR LIBERTY – Fri, July 12
– “YOU ARE WELCOME HERE” – ECUMENICAL COMMUNITY VACATION
BIBLE DAY CAMP – Mon, July 22 – Fri, July26
– FUMC VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL – Mon, Aug 5 – Thurs, Aug 8
– PASTOR’S COLUMN
PICTURE BOOKS FOR MEMORY PATIENTS – This popular and fun mission group will meet on Thurs, July 11 to work on picture books for memory patients. We have a plethora of pictures but need you to help create the books. Please plan to join us between 9:30 and 2 that day. Can’t come for the entire time? Not a problem. Can come for the whole time? Bring your lunch!
Neither rain, nor shine, nor summer activities will deter our KNITTING MINISTRY – Please join them on Th, July 11 (date changed due to holiday) from 2-4 at June Robinson’s home for knitting and crocheting with love for others.. Don’t know how to knit or crochet? There are plenty of patient, talented ladies who will be happy to teach you!
MEN’S’ BREAKFAST – join us for discussion and fellowship at the Valley View Hospital cafeteria at 7:30 a.m on Fri, July 12.
LIGHTS FOR LIBERTY is a coalition of people, many of whom are mothers, dedicated to human rights, and the fundamental principle behind democracy that all human beings have a right to life, liberty and dignity. We are partnering with national, regional and local communities and organizations who believe that these fundamental rights are not negotiable and are willing to protect them. On Fri, July 12 a candlelight vigil will be held nationwide protesting human detention centers. Here in Glenwood Springs, the vigil will be held in Sayre Park from 8-9 p.m. If you’re able and so inclined, we encourage you to participate. If you’re not able to attend, put a lighted candle in your window to show your support.
“YOU ARE WELCOME HERE” – ECUMENICAL COMMUNITY VACATION BIBLE DAY CAMP – It’s not too late to register for a free, ecumenical, community, vacation Bible day camp July 22-26, Mon-Fri, in Glenwood Springs. Taught by volunteers from St. Stephen Presbyterian Church of Fort Worth, our own Pastor Carol and Lori Kollman, and volunteers from four other Glenwood churches, the camp will feature arts and crafts, games, Bible stories, movies, music, science and water activities.
Free lunch and snacks, too! Brought to you by the Glenwood Springs Ecumenical Group, which comprises Defiance Church, First Presbyterian Church, First United Methodist Church, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.
For more information or to REGISTER BY JULY 15, contact the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church’s office (970-945-6848) or online athttp://www.glenwoodvbc.com
Don’t forget our own FUMC VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL will be held Aug 5-8, Mon-Thurs. For more information, go to http://glnwoodumc.com
Many years ago my Dad taught me to appreciate something – woodworking. He had a degree as an industrial arts teacher – but never taught – and would piddle about in the garage occasionally making or fixing or adjusting … something. When I was about 12, I remember him saying, “I’ve always loved working with wood much more than with metal. There’s something about the feel of wood – it’s life still comes through in the feel and look of the grain.” (This particular memory came back to me the other day as I worked on creating a ‘Pet Zoo’ out of cedar and redwood for our granddaughter’s stuffed animals.)
I couldn’t agree more. During my Junior year in High School I took wood shop from a slow-talking Texas-born teacher, Mr. Packenham. I enjoyed it so much I took it again as a Senior. In addition, for my Senior year Mr. Packenham recruited me to be a student assistant during another class period each day – my job was to keep the maintenance up on several machines and make sure things stayed neat and swept. To make matters even better, I had a free period with no class that fell between my “official” class and my assistant class, so I got to spend three hours every day making sawdust out of innocent pieces of wood! I learned a lot and came to appreciate the sensory reality that my Dad had told me about – in a beautiful way, the wood’s appearance somehow communicated something about its life.
As I worked on the ‘zoo’ and Dad’s words came to mind, I realized that the life of a disciple shares something of the attributes of a piece of wood that is made into something useful or helpful … or beautiful. Like wood, in the ‘grain’ of our lives (how we live each day) we communicate much about our life and living. A follower of Jesus does so by treating everyone with kindness and consideration – even when they cut you off in traffic, or the line at the cash register is really long, or the service at a restaurant is really slow, or any one of a zillion other things that give us the choice of reacting in frustration and pettiness or consideration and caring.
Also, no two pieces of wood are alike – there are differences in grain pattern and coloring that make every piece unique. It’s the grain pattern that often determines what a piece of wood is used for … will it be a top for a decorative box or a drawer front on a desk or dresser? Those are usually reserved for the most beautiful grain patterns. Other pieces may make up the structure and lend strength to the project. Jesus followers are unique, as well – no two alike with each having a different set of skills and abilities – like grain in a board. When those skills and abilities are used to glorify and serve God, we find ourselves lending strength and structure, or modeling the qualities of Jesus himself.
Bottom line? You are beautiful and loved by God in a unique and wonderful way. Becoming part of God’s work not only uses your strength and beauty but communicates to others an infectious love of giving and serving. We are the ones that pass on what it means to accept God’s Grace and make Christ the center of our life. My Dad’s words opened my eyes to a new way of looking at something – and added something enjoyable and creative to my life. Your words and actions can open the eyes of others – and show them what happens when Jesus is in charge.
Oh, and, even if you consider yourself a warped or rough board … Grace is spiritual sandpaper capable of bringing out the beauty in all of us – even those like me who still need a lot of work!
See you in church.