Waterford Seventh-day Adventist Church Family Happenings!
To PREPARE for the second coming of Jesus Christ.
To NURTURE our own church members through Christian encouragement and support.
To REACH our community with the good news of salvation and the truth about God and His character.
Our "Save The Change" Campaign is moving right along! DON'T FORGET TO SAVE YOUR CHANGE FOR THIS VERY WELL WORTH PROJECT, OUR SCHOOL! Praise the Lord! Glass bowl will be in the foyer Sabbath mornings.
1. Tim Freeman will be performing a concert at the Waterford Church, Saturday, January 27th., at 7:00 p.m. Help us spread the word!
2. Vegetarian Food store is open Thursday's from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Offering: Worthington, Loma Linda, Morning Star Farms, Cedar Lake products. Store is located in the school.
3. Pastor Todd will be at Camp AuSable, attending the yearly Ministerial meetings, from January 21 - 24th. If need be, please feel free to contact one of the Elders while Pastor is away.
4. School Board meeting - Thursday, January 18 @ 6:00 p.m.
5. Church Board meeting - Thursday, January 18 @ 7:30 p.m.
Check out our awesome website: waterfordadventist.org. Our very own webmaster, John Lefler keeps enhancing it! He is getting really good with this stuff!
7. We are a praying church! And we take praying very seriously! If you have a prayer request, please send your request to Sandy Grignon at: email@example.com.
8. Bulletin information needs to be in my NOON on Thursdays. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org , or call/text Sue Harrington at: 248-762-0800.
9. Remember, we are the church of the 6 p's! Reach out and touch someone either by: Prayer, Phone (call and say hi, we missed you in church last Sabbath, or just wanting to say hello! or even a text goes far these days!), Pen - ( send a card to someone letting them know you are thinking of them! People still love to receive cards via snail-mail!), Person (go and visit someone, especially someone who hasn't been in church for awhile and/or has been ill. It will brighten their day!), Play - come to church socials or start one yourself and invite others....whether they are members of our church or not!, and P.C. - send an email to a person, letting them know that you care!
These are simple discipleship principles that go a L-O-N-G way with people, when they know that we, as a church family, care about them! Waterford is known to be a friendly, warm church family! The winter month's can be long, and even dreary sometimes. But when we reach out and touch the life of an individual or family, not only is the recipient blessed by it, so is the sender! It makes us feel good when we reach out to others, and make their day! A GREAT way to beat the winter blah's!
Birthday's For January
20 - Jackie Christian
24 - Richard Grignon
30 - Lucinda Evans
30 - Beth Maiden
17 - John and Peggy Lefler
22 - Emery and Karen Messer
Prayer and Praise
1. Continue to keep Bernie Messer in your prayers,as he is now home from the hospital.
2. Continue to keep Wally Pyles, Paula's dad, in your prayers, as he has cancer.
3. Praise the Lord that Talma Cato is recuperating at home. Continue to keep her in your prayers!
4. Keep Art Valdez in your prayers, as he is undergoing a new chemo treatment for his cancer.
5. Keep our school in your prayers as well!
Adjusting Your Pace-of-Life in 2018
“But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.’” Luke 10:40 (ESV)
I’m not a morning person.
I never have been. During my school days, I woke up at the very last minute to dress and brush my teeth before hurrying out the door. I usually reduced breakfast to dry cereal in a cup that I shoveled in my mouth once I jumped in the car.
But some days, I acted the polar opposite. On a rare occasion, I’d pop out of bed before the sun came up and be ready for the day, long before anyone else. These were usually field trip days. A break from the norm, an exciting adventure! Those were the days I looked forward to, and my morning routine proved it.
In our key verse today, we find Martha preparing for a break from the norm. It’s festival time in Israel, and Martha is busy with all the surrounding details that come with it. Festival time was a big deal. It was appointed by God and carried specific directives about how, when and where to celebrate.
Then there’s Mary, Martha’s sister, who seemed completely oblivious to the added demands of this big moment. While Martha hustled and bustled, Mary “sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching” (Luke 10:39b, ESV).
Mary’s actions seem insignificant on the backdrop of the big festival at hand. Martha certainly thought so. Yet, the Bible records a different perspective.
In response to Mary’s choice to slow down and sit at Jesus’ feet, our key verse says, “But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me’” (Luke 10:40).
First of all, can’t you just see Martha with her hand on her hip, tapping her foot? Oh my goodness, she’s throwing a temper tantrum at Jesus! I love how Jesus does not appear to point His finger at her and usher a stern, “No ma’am!” Instead, He gets straight to the heart of the matter.
Jesus exposes Martha’s heart and the anxiety bubbling beneath the surface. Then He turns to Mary simply sitting near Him and calls it good.
Did you catch that? Scripture labels the “big” moment a distraction. Jesus points to the “small” moment as the good portion.
Our days are filled with things that excite us and things that feel dull and mundane. Sometimes we pace our days according to the agenda before us. The big moments pull us out of bed and usher us full-speed ahead, while the small moments call for us to linger and perhaps enjoy one more cup of tea. But sometimes, I think we get it backwards.
From the perspective of God’s throne, I don’t know if big and small moments even exist. Instead, every moment is “from him and through him and to him,” (Romans 11:36a, ESV).
As we begin this new year, let’s approach every moment as one God has appointed for His glory. Let’s leave room in the pace of each day to linger in our quiet time listening to Jesus. Let’s slow down ... even when we feel pressed by life’s seemingly “big” moments to neglect what we perceive as small.
Eventually I learned to become a morning person. Now, when I wake up I choose not to catalog the day’s events and decide if I want to get up or go back to sleep. Instead, I start by talking with my Lord. My time with Him sets the pace for the day, and that alone makes getting up worth it!
Lord, I give You this day. I’m excited for all You have planned for me today. I trust You will use every moment, big and small. Help me to adjust my life to Your priorities. Set my pace so it complements, not competes with, Your purposes. Help me to walk in step with Your Spirit. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Psalm 118:24, “This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” (NKJV)
Proverbs 16:9, “A man’s heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.” (NKJV)