With a few winter months ahead of us just wanted to mention all the resources available at church to wile away some hours until spring arrives or any time.
We recently were gifted by a generous donor, who uses our facility, about 50 jigsaw puzzles!! They are located presently in the Family Life Center plus additional puzzles are in the hall by the office.
In that same area are an amazing variety of DVD’s from Sally Dobrunz collection.
Our main library in the Family Life Center has many choices and by Pastor’s office are 3 loaded shelves called “The Swap Library” that also has a huge selection.
Enjoy a book or DVD - all we ask is that you return the item to it’s proper location.
Also, don’t forget to check the church calendar for pickle ball and darts - great coed activities!
Tender Loving Care
It’s time to freshen up our TLC list and are looking for those who want to continue to participate or join us anew in this ministry to our church family.
Please fill out the flyer in your mailbox detailing all the opportunities to serve members - choose 1 or more and return to Carol Froesel’s mailbox. Men & women are invited to participate. Call Carol if you'd like more information (314-822-1365)
Article by Joel Hempel
Fish with What You Have
When I was ten, my older brother Bill talked me into entering the Stark County Youth Fishing
Fair in Ohio. At seventeen, he was already an accomplished fisherman. I had no interest in
fishing. But, trusting my big brother, I let him sign me up.
The rules for this fishing contest were simple: Use only a bamboo fishing pole and worms as
bait. Standing around Crystal Park Pond with poles in hand were a couple hundred kids. At the
sound of the horn, the fishing began. No sooner did my bobber hit the water when it was yanked
downward by some mysterious force. Not knowing what was happening, I stood there!
“Pull up!” My brother commanded.
“What?” I didn’t know what he meant.
Before I could figure out what was happening, Bill’s hands grasped mine, and with a sudden
jerk, we (with only my hands touching the pole and his hands gripping mine), “I” caught a
thirteen-and-a-half-inch Yellow Bullhead Catfish. After instructing me on how to take the fish
off the hook and place it onto the stringer, I carried it down to the judge’s tent. And how did I
do? Well, you are welcome to come over and see my second-place prize, a tacklebox minus the
tackle I now use for tools.
A couple of years ago, I taught a class called “This is My Faith Story.” The course intended to
prepare the class to “fish for people,” or as St Peter put it, to “. . . always be prepared to give an
answer to anyone who asks about the hope that is in you . . .” (1 Peter 3:15). Although I was the
teacher, I was also a student with my fellow Glendalians. What did I learn? Well, just like I can’t
fish for fish like my brother, when it comes to fishing for people, I am no Scott Jonas!
I think it is absolutely wonderful that as Pastor Scott is fishing in the rehab pond (as he put it), he
is so naturally outgoing and friendly that he knows the names of a dozen therapists and thirty
fellow patients, and looks for ways to be and share the Gospel! Even though his left side is not
yet what he and his therapists are working towards, he is ministering with what he has. I don’t
know what I admire more, his outgoing nature, attitude, or courage. I’m just pleased he is who he
is. And my guess is he would say the same about each of us.
When fishing for people, God does not call us to be Scott Jonas. He needs us to be the gifted
persons we are, to fish with what we have, and to trust he is working through us as we care for
others in the name and with the love of Jesus.
Pastor Scott is right; we can trust the Holy Spirit to do the work of evangelizing as we pray for
opportunities to offer a gentle and respectful Gospel testimony.
Next Sunday's Bible Readings
Isaiah 58:3-9a; 1 Corinthians 2:1-16; Matthew 5:13-20
This Sunday - 1/29
Lector: Stephanie Chapa
Communion: John Steele
Greeters: Ron & Carol Froesel
S/V: Ken Clark
Ushers: Jeanne Lipinski, Jonathan Chapa, Tony Petzoldt