This week I’ll be here Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (later in the day due to the Council meeting).  Call the church if you’d like a visit. Tuesday Night: Bible Study at the church at 7:00 p.m. Pastor’s Office. COMPASS group at 7:00 p.m. at a member's home (contact Church Office for location details). Wednesday:  Spotlight on Faith 9:30 a.m. Pastor’s Office. Scripture passages: Isaiah 49:1-4, 6b  and John 1:29-42 (For Sunday 1-19-14)

Seeing What Others Aren’t Seeing

Reid Blackburn is a photographer who saw things others hadn’t noticed.  He took note of the upswelling of Mt. St. Helens.  He died near the mountain’s base as it erupted in May of 1980.   This picture of his was taken from a plane above the mountain about five weeks before the mountain blew off its lid.  The photos he took on this day from the plane remained forgotten inside film canisters until very recently.   Someone found them, opened them, and developed the film very carefully.   The photos Reid Blackburn took the day of the eruption were destroyed in the blast.   He saw what others only heard about later.


John the Baptist saw something that others hadn’t noticed:  The Holy Spirit descending from heaven and it remained on Jesus.  John got the picture.  The event is earthshaking.   John knew it.   The world would never be the same.  In a snap he recorded amazing acts of God.  He shared the story.  What he saw is described in John 1:29-42.  As we experience something of the living Christ will we keep it hidden away in a canister for safekeeping or will we be empowered to share life differently, take risks of life’s venture, and be open to God’s freshness?  Someone found the amazing singular photo embedded in film hidden away and forgotten.  This someone opened the canisters and developed the film very carefully.  Isn’t it God’s time NOW to open what we’ve reserved inside for safekeeping and share this with others?  John the Baptist shared the story we can do the same!

Pastor Curt

Click here for proposed bylaws changes (to be discussed and voted on at the annual meeting, Jan. 26).

All boards and committees must have their annual report to the church office by Sunday, January 12 (please email electronic versions to The annual meeting will be held on Sunday, January 26.

January 6 is celebrated as the Day of the Epiphany, which marks the end of the 12-day Season of Christmas. On the Sunday closest to the Day of the Epiphany (Jan. 5) we explore the story of the magi from the gospel of Matthew. The word “epiphany” comes from a Greek word meaning “to make manifest” and on this Sunday we continue the celebration of Christmas and encourage all ages to embrace the gift of God’s vision made manifest in Jesus.

[From Seasons of the Spirit]

Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:3


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