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This weeks "gold nugget" comes from II Corinthians 5:17 which says, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new."
This time of year I'm reminded of a testimony of someone who came to know the Lord just before Halloween. Although Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter have Christian roots or Biblical principals to support them, that cannot be said regarding Halloween. Therefore many Bible believing Christian, after studying the origin, purpose and actions surrounding this day do not acknowledge or support it. However, with the ignorance of a brand new babe in Christ in mind, I thought this testimony was worth sharing.
Having been baptized, one of her coworkers asked her what it was like to be a Christian. She was caught off guard and didn't know how to answer; but when she looked up and saw a jack-o-lantern on the desk, she answered, "It's like being a pumpkin." Of course, the coworker asked her to explain that one! "Well, God picks you from the patch and brings you in and washes off all the dirt that is on the outside that you got from being around all the other pumpkins. Then He cuts off the top and takes all the yucky stuff out from inside. He removes all those seeds of doubt, greed, hate, etc... Then He carves you a new smiling face and sets His light inside you to shine for all to see. It's our choice to either stay outside and rot on the vine or come inside and be something new and bright."
I thought that was a good illustration of the impact salvation has on a person. I hope you enjoyed it , but more importantly......experienced it!
Holy Name of Mary Church, Montrose, will celebrate the November 1 Feast of All Saints with a vigil Mass at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 31 and a Mass at 7:00 a.m., 12:10 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 1.
Friday, November 1 is also the First Friday and Eucharistic Adoration will begin after the 12:10 p.m. Mass and continue until Benediction at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 2 followed by a Mass at 9:00 a.m. which is also All Souls Day the day to remember all departed loved ones. On Sunday, November 3, after the 10:30 Mass, or at about 11:45 a.m. as a continuance of the All Souls remembrance, everyone is invited to the Blessing of Graves at the parish cemetery. Father James Nash serves as Pastor of Holy Name of Mary.
Theresa Karminski Burke, Ph.D. and her husband Kevin Burke, M.S.W., founded Rachaels Vineyard in 1994. In 1986 Theresa had started the first therapeutic support group for post aborted women with the founding of The Center for Post Abortion Healing which, in 1995, was expanded into a format for weekend retreats.
Rachaels Vineyard Ministries (www.rachaelsvineyard.org), a division of American Life League, Inc. will hold a retreat in our area for women who are troubled by a decision to abort. Some women experience post-abortion syndrome, a sense of depression and anxiety that can last a lifetime. Common signs of post-abortion syndrome are extended grief and heartache over the procedure and feelings of loss and victimization. Many have problems processing the trauma and deny or repress her thoughts and feelings. When a traumatic abortion experience is not acknowledged, a psychological barrier is erected and an emotional toxicity is perpetrated. In addition to denial and avoidance, a woman may experience numbing, amnesia, phobic responses and interpersonal distancing. Other symptoms of post abortion syndrome include guilt feelings, dreams and nightmares about the baby, flashbacks of the abortion, remorse, low self-esteem, sexual coldness, abuse of alcohol and/or drugs, promiscuity, depression and a withdrawal from their church.
The upcoming retreat, which will be held at St. Gabriels Retreat Center, Clark Summit November 1 3, will be focused on emotional and spiritual healing, helping the women to forgive themselves as well as accepting forgiveness from God. The retreat is private and available to any man or woman grieving an abortion. Lodging and meals are provided. Participants are asked to contribute only what they can afford toward the actual cost of the weekend. For more information or a registration form you may call 570 756-2915 or 570 207-2228.
A very special evening program will be held at Montrose Bible Conference on November 12. This "Ladies Night Out", with a theme of Abundant Joy, will provide a refreshing break from normal busy schedules.
Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm in Dreyer Lodge Tea Room and after the meal Carrie Brush, vocal soloist, will be in concert. The program will conclude at 8:00 pm. Childcare is available (feed children before arrival please). Reservations requested.
The registration desk will open at 5:30. Contact Montrose Bible Conference at (570) 278-1001 or 1-800-598-5030 for reservations.
Come, sing old favorite hymns at the Franklin Hill Presbyterian Church on Saturday, November 9, at 7:00 p.m. This is the little white church on the hill, located near Milk Can Corners on Franklin Hill Road between Route 29, Lawsville Center and old Route 11, Summersville.
This will be an old fashioned sing-along, with beloved hymns sung by the congregation. A variety of special selections will also be presented by people using their talents for the Lord. A free will offering will be taken for a building fund. Fellowship and cookies will be shared following the evening of music.
Please join in making a joyful noise, and let the rafters ring with music!
The South Montrose Community Church Players are pleased to bring another delightful comedy/mystery dinner play, "A Case of Time," Friday and Saturday, November 8 and 9; seating begins at 6:15 p.m., play begins at 6:30 p.m.
Dinner reservations are required, please call Lois Moore at 278-3230.
The play will take place at Ticka Tocka Restauranta in the Fellowship Hall of the South Montrose Community Church, Rt. 29, South Montrose, (next to Robinsons South Town Market).
The churches in the Mountain View area are looking forward to producing their third annual cantata. All voices are needed. They will also need a few actors for a dramatic presentation. This year's cantata is "A Child is Born, Child Divine", by Dennis and Nan Allen.
Rehearsals will begin on Thursday evening, November 7, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Greenwood St., Hop Bottom (across from the borough park). Come and join your friends and neighbors for some good singing and fellowship. Call 289-4468 or 289-4640 for more information.
The Great Bend Hallstead Lutheran Church has moved to 302 Main Street, Great Bend, PA. With the new worship location the church will be able to offer more weekly Bible studies, worship services and activities. On Tuesdays, from 7-8 p.m., Pastors Bode and Werly are conducting classes on the basic teachings of the Christian Church. All are welcome to attend. Refreshments served.
For more information call: (570) 289-4468, (607) 698-8104, or (570) 789-5154.
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