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   "Thou dost keep him in perfect peace,whose mind is stayed on thee,because he trusts in thee.
    Trust in the LORD for ever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock."
                                                                                 Isaiah 26: 3-4
 

 

      Although January had, on average, above normal temperatures, it was a little cooler than December's near-70 degrees warmth. But few will remember anything about January 2016 except the Snowstorm. While it brought most of the East Coast to a standstill for a few days, we, at Ground Zero, were pretty much suffocated with snow piles for a week. We're happy to note that, thanks to the efforts of a few hardy members and friends, we only had to cancel one week's worship service.
     

     There are so many things to complain about when snowbound and feeling totally helpless. For some, there is even an uneasy sense of being trapped, unable to escape. At the least, it disrupts our schedule, our plans and our inner peace.

     Yet, if one can get beyond the frustration of snowstorms or other disruptions to the routine, and the feeling of being at the mercy of your circumstances, God will provide a peace which passes all understanding. One has the choice of concentrating on how bad things are, or one can be grateful for the many events that could have, but didn't, develop.

     It's certainly difficult to be grateful for one's troubles, but the difference between constant grumbling and finding joy in little pleasures can create an atmosphere either of despair or of patience and peace. An atmosphere that affects, not just you, but any who listen to your response in adverse situations.

      Throughout the Bible, there are reminders of how God loves us - when we have troubles and when we are blessed. We can read about many individuals throughout the Scriptures. For each, it is plain that few are spared at least some times of trouble and challenges to their trust in the Lord. It is, or will be, the same for us.

     So, whether your trouble consists of a snowstorm's brief isolation or a lengthy illness or scary financial challenges, your best response? ... trust in the Lord.
Therein lies patience and peace.
 

 

This month we note the birthdays of some who formerly were part of our congregation and/or are related to folks we hold dear within our church family.  We hope, next year, that we can add to the birthdays with new members of our congregation.  That means that we all have to be alert to opportunities for invitations.

 5  -  James Hooper birthday.

 13 – James Potter birthday.

20 – Tamara Kuphal birthday.

23 – Dawn Hooper birthday.

We wish a happy birthday to each of these folks and to anyone else lurking out there keeping their birthday a secret!

 

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Dave Derbyshire had a bad fall at home with a serious bump on the head and a broken hip. After a week in the hospital, he is now in Lifequest Sub-Acute Rehab Facility in Quakertown. Keep him in prayer for healing, progress in walking again, and for a hopeful spirit.

Also suffering a fall was Newton Levine at his home. Although, fortunately, he didn't break any bones, he had many bruises and was pretty sore. Praise the Lord that his injuries weren't any worse while praying for a swift recovery.


Gloria Markle is still working to regain her strength as she recovers from extensive chemotherapy. Keep praying for a speedier recovery. And give thanks for the Stanley family who enable her to attend worship by giving her a ride to church.

Diana Cashman continues to fight through several tests of patience as she continues to undergo therapy on her shoulder as well as having been pretty flattened by a bad episode of bronchitis. Pray for a full return to health and keep her in prayer as she tries to maintain her busy schedule of work and church commitments.

Ask for the Lord to keep a watchful eye upon our military, and especially on John F. Potter, Kyle Trippeda, Paul Stofonak, Mark Washburn and Alex Falkner. Pray for protection and honor as they serve this country for us.

Keep our Holland Church in prayer. We are the church. Pray for wisdom and compassion for those in positions of authority. Pray for the presence of the Holy Spirit within each heart. And ask for opportunities to carry the Light unto those we encounter throughout the week.

Pray for those in positions of leadership in this country, that they would feel a sense of duty and honesty in carrying out their responsibilities for the welfare of all of its citizens.  And, as we think of those who are seeking election for the most important positions in our country, ask for wisdom so that our selections are according to God's will.

Pray for all those who are grieving the loss of loved ones; for those who are facing serious challenges - with their health, financially, with concerns about loved ones, or any one of the many worries that distract folks from feeling the blessings and peace of knowing the presence of the Holy Spirit.  

Pray for Peace.
 

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Prayer Concerns
God Hears and Answers Prayer

Let your prayers include, in addition to those mentioned above, our home-bound members. May our prayers and our contacts reach out so that each of them can feel a part of the church family.

         Pauline Search
         Madeline Templeton
         Sandy Nauman
         Irene Nauman

 

Thanks to the members of our Board of Deacons for keeping in touch with with our shut-ins by phone or note.

Email us with your prayer requests

Many waters cannot quench love;

rivers cannot wash it away.

If one were to give

all the wealth of his house for love,

he would be scorned.

                Song of Solomon 8:7

An early start to spring cleaning

   Although Lent starts early this year, before spring appears in many areas, it's an appropriate time for spring cleaning.  Indeed, Lent comes from old German and English words for "spring."  So, while it might be too soon to open windows or hang clothes on the line, now is the ideal time for some spiritual spring cleaning. 

   Lent calls us to examine our beliefs, confess and dispose of old grudges and selfish habits, dust off our Bibles for a new routine of study and prayer, air out our hearts and brighten up our attitudes.  "Lent cleaning" lets the Holy Spirit freshen our faith -- and its never too early for that.

 

  


 

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Jesus began his ministry by being hungry,
yet He is the Bread of Life.

Jesus ended his earthly ministry by being thirsty,
yet He is the Living Water.

Jesus was weary,
yet He is our rest.

Jesus paid tribute,
yet He is the King.

Jesus was accused of having a demon,
yet He cast out demons.

Jesus wept,
yet He wipes away our tears.

Jesus was sold for 30 pieces of silver,
yet He redeemed the world.

Jesus was brought as a lamb to the slaughter,
yet He is the Good Shepherd.

Jesus died,
yet by His death He destroyed the power of death.

 

 

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      After a one-week snow delay, we all got together. 16 active members and 2 guests were present. As noted elsewhere, new officers were elected. Also reports were given - giving was down, expenses were up - and Paul Kuphal is retiring after decades of meticulously keeping the finances under control.

     Pastor Geoff's photo is still coming, and the 2016 Operating and Benevolence budgets were approved.

     Both Shepherd Geoff and his flock are happy with one another.

     Following the meeting, everyone eagerly headed for the delicious Brunch that followed in the Prayer Room.
 

 

 
 
                       Scholarship news 
 
 2015 Scholarships were awarded to four students for their college studies this year.  Recipients were:
 
      Joseph Lewis, grandson of Bob and Nettie Rainey, who is a junior
        at Western Connecticut State, studying Music Education.
 
      Emily Wedderman, granddaughter of Bob and Arlene Wedderman;
        and a freshman at Northampton Community College, majoring in   
        Criminology.
 
      Alyssa More, granddaughter of Joan LeVine.  She is a freshman at
        Vassar College and will probably major in writing and
        communications, although undecided at the moment.
 
     Sara More, granddaughter of Joan LeVine, a junior at Juniata College.
        She is majoring in Professional Writing/Health Communications.

Each student received a $1,000 scholarship award to help defray the huge cost of getting an education.

Keep each of them in prayer as they experience the new world of opportunities, but also of temptations.

  


 

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Loose Change Sunday  
 
Don’t forget the passing of the "Make a Joyful Noise" jar at the end of the service on the first Sunday of the month.  Another of the deacons’ outreach projects, the loose coins accumulate until there are enough to send in to provide free phone cards to our men and women in the service.  One can only imagine the Joyful Noise when a lonely service person is handed a free phone card to call home and hear a familiar voice.
 
Winter Clothing Drive
 
   Our deacons, in cooperation with the members of the Finesville Bible Church, are collecting warm clothing, especially children’s coats, to meet the needs of the many people who are coming to their food pantry.  There is a basket in the Prayer Room where non-perishable food and clothing can be donated.  During this cold weather, all of us should feel our hearts warmed as we share from our abundance.  See Joan LeVine for more info.

 
 

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Christians are not men and women who are hoping for salvation, but those who have experienced it.

Love note from a young son~ "Mom, I love you so much that even God is amazed!"

Opportunities to be kind
Are never hard to find.

 

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Holland Church note cards are now available.  Five notes with envelopes for $6.00.  Featuring a lovely painting of Holland Church, you’ll want to use them often.  See any deacon.  They’re really nice and would make memorable Christmas gifts! 
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 A message from Meals on Wheels in Hunterdon:

Meals on Wheels needs volunteer drivers in your area. Serve your homebound senior neighbors a hot noontime meal. The commitment to drive is only once a month. It will take only an hour or two once a month to get that good feeling of giving. Call our office at (908) 284-0735 to offer your time or for more information. Help us, help others. Many thanks.