September 21st News- Joy in Joy

September 20, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Series: Philippians: Finding Joy in a Broken World.

This week we will conclude our series on the Book of Philippians. To prepare, read Philippians 4:21-23.

This may not seem like a whole lot when you read it, but understand that Paul was very precise with the words he used in his letters to those he loved. You will see two words in this passage that we have talked about a lot during this series.

Can you guess what they are?

Come Sunday to find out– because they are very important in how you see God, yourself, others, circumstances, your future… Well, basically everything. That may have a great deal of influence on the amount of joy you experience in life.

As a reminder— For the month of September, we will be meeting with GFF and FCC together. It is an opportunity for us to get to know each other and for us to worship, pray, and study God’s word together.

Remember, the service will start at 10:00am as we meet with FCC.

In October, both churches will move back to their own times and service. I hope that you have enjoyed worshipping together as much as I have.

Finally, our next series is called, The Heart of the 10 Commandments. I believe that this is an excellent series to invite friends to because everyone is familiar with these commandments and, I believe, most of us don’t really understand and appreciate them. This series is a great way to lead us into the Thanksgiving and Christmas season!

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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Russell House Ministry

Sunday, September 21st at 2:00pm.

Join me at the church service at Russell House to minister to the men and woman who attend.

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PIN Ministry

We have our dates to serve in the PIN Ministry for 2014. Put them in your calendar and join us!

November 16th

 

 

September 14th News- Joy in Giving

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Series: Philippians: Finding Joy in a Broken World.

Are you generous?

Most of us would answer this question, “Yes.” We certainly would qualify it by stating that we could be more generous than we are– but we’re still pretty generous.

In Philippians 4:14-20, Paul talks about giving. See what he has to say… More importantly, come and hear what God is saying to you.

As a reminder— For the month of September, we will be meeting with GFF and FCC together. It is an opportunity for us to get to know each other and for us to worship, pray, and study God’s word together.

Remember, the service will start at 10:00am as we meet with FCC.

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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Russell House Ministry

Sunday, September 21st at 2:00pm.

Join me at the church service at Russell House to minister to the men and woman who attend.

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PIN Ministry

We have our dates to serve in the PIN Ministry for 2014. Put them in your calendar and join us!

November 16th

 

 

September 7th News- Joy in Contentment

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Series: Philippians: Finding Joy in a Broken World.

Are you content?

This can be a tricky question to answer, can’t it? Usually we are content is some area of life and discontent in another. But I believe that contentment is an elusive quarry– forever slipping beyond our grasp on a day to day basis.

In Philippians 4:10-13, Paul talks about the secret to contentment.

Aren’t you curious about the answer? Read the passage and come ready to learn how we can find contentment regardless of our circumstances.

As a reminder— For the month of August, we will be meeting with GFF and FCC together. It is an opportunity for us to get to know each other and for us to worship, pray, and study God’s word together.

Remember, the service will start at 10:00am as we meet with FCC.

Also, there will be a potluck brunch after the service. Bring something to share, or just come and eat and visit!

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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Russell House Ministry

Sunday, September 21st at 2:00pm.

Join me at the church service at Russell House to minister to the men and woman who attend.

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PIN Ministry

We have our dates to serve in the PIN Ministry for 2014. Put them in your calendar and join us!

November 16th

 

 

August 31st News- Joy in Goodness

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Series: Philippians: Finding Joy in a Broken World.

You ever hear the phrase, “No news is good news”?

Why do we believe that? Why not make a big deal out of the good news around us? it’s not because it isn’t there– it’s because we are often drawn to and captured by the negative aspects of this life.

In Philippians 4:8-9, Paul encourages us to focus on “goodness” rather than “badness”. Sounds easy– and it is in a sense. But it is also challenging because we are bombarded with “badness” every day.

Read these verses and do what they say– “think on” them.

As a reminder— For the month of August, we will be meeting with GFF and FCC together. It is an opportunity for us to get to know each other and for us to worship, pray, and study God’s word together.

Remember, the service will start at 10:00am as we meet with FCC.

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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GRACE2F HAPPENINGS

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Russell House Ministry

Sunday, August 31st at 2:00pm.

Join me at the church service at Russell House to minister to the men and woman who attend.

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PIN Ministry

We have our dates to serve in the PIN Ministry for 2014. Put them in your calendar and join us!

November 16th

 

 

August 24th News- Joy in Peace

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Series: Philippians: Finding Joy in a Broken World.

We will be looking at Philippians 4:6-7 this Sunday. I thought I was going to hit these verses last week– but God had other ideas!

As you read these verses, I encourage you to honestly assess your view of prayer in your life. With these words we get a blueprint of how to pray. But if we stop there, I think we miss the point. The focus of prayer is not the “what” (or perhaps the “how”), but the “who” and “why”.

These are important words about how we can experience peace in our lives (I think we’d all like a little more of that!).

As a reminder— For the month of August, we will be meeting with GFF and FCC together. It is an opportunity for us to get to know each other and for us to worship, pray, and study God’s word together.

Remember, the service will start at 10:00am as we meet with FCC.

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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GRACE2F HAPPENINGS

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Russell House Ministry

Sunday, August 31st at 2:00pm.

Join me at the church service at Russell House to minister to the men and woman who attend.

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PIN Ministry

We have our dates to serve in the PIN Ministry for 2014. Put them in your calendar and join us!

November 16th

 

 

August 17th News- Joy in Peace

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Series: Philippians: Finding Joy in a Broken World.

We will be looking at Philippians 4:1-7 this Sunday. These are important words about how we can experience peace in our lives (I think we’d all like a little more of that!).

As a reminder— For the month of August, we will be meeting with GFF and FCC together. It is an opportunity for us to get to know each other and for us to worship, pray, and study God’s word together.

Since we are meeting together the service time has been changed to 10:00am.

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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GRACE2F HAPPENINGS

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Russell House Ministry

Sunday, August 17th at 2:00pm.

Join me at the church service at Russell House to minister to the men and woman who attend.

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PIN Ministry

We have our dates to serve in the PIN Ministry for 2014. Put them in your calendar and join us!

August 17th, November 16th

 

 

August 10th News- Joy in the Journey

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Series: Philippians: Finding Joy in a Broken World.

This week we will be looking at Philippians 3:10-21.

Do you ever think about the future? I’m sure that we all do– a lot.

Do you ever worry about the future? The answer is probably the same…

This week we will hear from Paul on this topic– and I think that we will find some hope to experience more joy in our lives!

As a reminder— For the month of August, we will be meeting with GFF and FCC together. It is an opportunity for us to get to know each other and for us to worship, pray, and study God’s word together.

Since we are meeting together the service time has been changed to 10:00am.

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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GRACE2F HAPPENINGS

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Russell House Ministry

Sunday, August 17th at 2:00pm.

Join me at the church service at Russell House to minister to the men and woman who attend.

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PIN Ministry

We have our dates to serve in the PIN Ministry for 2014. Put them in your calendar and join us!

August 17th, November 16th

 

 

August 3rd News- Combined Service with Faith Community Church

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Series: Philippians: Finding Joy in a Broken World.

This week Troy Smith, Pastor of Faith Community Church (the church where we meet– they recently changed their name from Hilltop Community Church) will be talking about Philippians 3:1-9. I am excited that Troy is able to speak in my absence (we are visiting Sara’s family in New Hampshire this week) and also excited because his church will be joining him!

For the month of August, we will be meeting with GFF and FCC together. It is an opportunity for us to get to know each other and for us to worship, pray, and study God’s word together.

Since we are meeting together the service time has been changed to 10:00am.

As I mentioned last Sunday, the folks at FCC have a huge responsibility to keep that building up and running– and sometimes it’s nice to have some encouragement form those who get to benefit from their efforts (I am so grateful for the use of the fellowship hall on Sundays and Wednesday nights!)

Please come and support Troy this Sunday and meet the wonderful and faithful people of FCC!

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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Russell House Ministry

Sunday, August 17th at 2:00pm.

Join me at the church service at Russell House to minister to the men and woman who attend.

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PIN Ministry

We have our dates to serve in the PIN Ministry for 2014. Put them in your calendar and join us!

August 17th, November 16th

 

 

July 27th News- JOY in Friendship

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Series: Philippians: Finding Joy in a Broken World.

This week we will continue our series in Philippians by looking at Philippians 2:19-30. In this passage, notice how Paul talks about two of his colleagues. As you ponder his words, consider the friendships that you have cultivated in your life. Some lasted for a time and are now over; some still remain; others are developing right now.

What is a true friend? Who are your true friends. To whom are you a true friend?

In our culture, I believe that deep, lasting friendships are rare. There are a lot of reasons for this, but God’s design is for us to experience a deep relationship with him and with others. We’ll see if we can learn anything about this from Paul…

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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Russell House Ministry

Sunday, July 27th at 2:00pm.

Join me at the church service at Russell House to minister to the men and woman who attend.

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PIN Ministry

We have our dates to serve in the PIN Ministry for 2014. Put them in your calendar and join us!

August 17th, November 16th

 

 

July 6th News- JOY in Dissatisfaction

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Series: Philippians: Finding Joy in a Broken World.

I’m sure that the title of this week’s sermon may seem a bit paradoxical, but I think it is actually accurate. Since we live in a broken world, we will constantly be dissatisfied with many of the situations and circumstances we encounter. The key, according to Paul, is how you deal with your dissatisfaction.

To prepare for this Sunday, read Philippians 2:14-18 and ask yourself these questions:

1) What do I complain about?

2) Who do I complain to?

3) How much does my complaining help to provide a solution?

When I really ponder these questions, I realize that complaining– in and of itself–may not always be wrong. It is understanding the purpose and motivation of the complaint that can move us to a place of joy instead of defeat.

I hope everyone has a great 4th of July…

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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Grace2F Bible Study

Wednesday nights from 7:00pm-8:30pm in the Fellowship Hall

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Russell House Ministry

Sunday, July 27th at 2:00pm.

Join me at the church service at Russell House to minister to the men and woman who attend.

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PIN Ministry

We have our dates to serve in the PIN Ministry for 2014. Put them in your calendar and join us!

August 17th, November 16th