Newsletter

Newsletter

If pastoral care is needed at any time, please contact Rev. Tanner at:

Home: 570-586-8162 or Cell: 570-430-2793

Sue: 570-954-5846

Please always leave a complete message if no answer we may be on the other line or away from the desk and will return your call ASAP.

 

Church directories are always available. If you would like one please see Sue or call the church office.

 

The Board of Deacons continues to collect canned goods and non-perishable food items for the Safety Net in Scranton.

 

 

 

 

The Co-op Farmers Market in Scranton is back for its 85th season starting Monday, July 15th! Join them every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12 PM to 6 PM to shop the freshest, locally sourced produce, delicious sweet treats, and so much more! Farm fresh is the very best!

 

While You’re Away

Taking regular vacations is key to our well-being. It’s important to spend time with loved ones, experience physical and mental refreshment, enjoy changes in scenery and routine, and prepare for future productivity.

Just remember: God’s work goes on all summer long. When you’re on vacation, your friends at church miss you. No one else can fill your unique role in the congregation. Your presence and gifts help the church thrive. So please give your regular offerings before you leave for vacation. And if you have the opportunity, try to attend church while you’re away. Have a wonderful summer!

 

Redeeming ‘wasted’ time

In Just Like Jesus, Max Lucado writes that the average American spends a total of six months waiting at stoplights, eight months opening junk mail, 18 months looking for items we’ve lost and five years standing in line.

All the while, many of us grumble: “What a waste of time! I could be doing something much more important! Where are my keys?”

But Lucado suggests that we give these moments to God. Rather than whispering to ourselves, we can speak to God in prayer. “Simple phrases such as ‘Thank you, Father,’

 

‘Be sovereign in this hour, O Lord,’ ‘You are my resting place, Jesus’ can turn a commute into a pilgrimage,” he writes. “You needn’t leave your office or kneel in your kitchen. Just pray where you are. Let the kitchen become a cathedral or the classroom a chapel. Give God your whispering thoughts.”

When we do this, “the common becomes uncommon,” Lucado adds. What’s more, “wasted” time becomes valuable; boring waits become meditative; the lost — your time, if not also your keys — is redeemed.

 

 

GODWINKS

During times of trouble, we should be on the lookout for Godwinks. That’s one way for God to communicate with us. In fact, one of the best things about Godwinks is that they are like a handrail along your way, giving you hope when answers are not forthcoming . . . assuring you that everything is going to be okay.

 

A POSITIVE PRAYER

“Please help me with NOTS that are in my mind,

my heart and my life. Remove the have nots,

the can nots and the do nots…

erase the will nots, may nots, might nots that may find a home in my heart.

And most of all, Dear God, I ask that you remove from my mind, my heart and my life, all of the AM nots

that I have allowed to hold me back…  especially the thought that I am not good enough.”

Author Unknown

 

Would you not agree that NOT is not a word

we should choose to employ… unless utterly necessary?

May every positive prayer be answered this week,

Godwink, after Godwink, after Godwink!

 

 

 

rest_6741 Can’t pray? First Rest!                                                                                                                                                    Weariness can seriously hamper our attempts to pray, says Bonnie Gray, author of Whispers of Rest. “We are a generation who doesn’t know how to express our souls to God, even though we drive ourselves exhausted, doing for Jesus.” The solution, she says, is to stop and rest. The stressed-out, despairing prophet in 1 Kings 19 is a prime example. “God knew Elijah needed physical rejuvenation first — in order to hear his gentle voice, whispering in a gentle breeze,” Gray notes. Guarding against the depletion of spiritual, physical and emotional resources can improve our ability to hear God’s voice, too. “When you find it’s hard to pray, don’t be afraid,” says Gray. “You’re standing at the very cusp of who God longs to connect with. The real you. Take the time to rest. You’re worth it.”

 

Both the regular and large print editions of Our Daily Bread are now available – if you you would like one, contact the office and we will be sure you receive it.