Today we were able to purchase twenty chairs for the community meetings. These chairs will be used this fall/winter when we are working on our video series.
Discussion on the sacramental aspects of the family unit.
Randy will continue the discussion on spiritual warfare.
Last year I did the YMCA thing through the winter, and I really enjoyed it. I was planning on doing that again this year, but could not afford it.
Now I’ve joined an exercise initiative at work modeled on the TV program “the great race” (I’ve never seen the program and know nothing about it). At work you get 1 mile of “credit” for every 15 minutes of continuous exercise that raises your heart rate. So now I’m using the treadmill, walking, etc. to earn mileage points at work.
I don’t know why, but I need this kind of external motivation to get me to “do the thing”. Whatever works I guess.
No meeting this day.
Fourth discussion of the sacraments. In addition to studying and discussing communion we will probably celebrate communion this week.
Being led by the Spirit (Randy)
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Moderator: Paula. We’ll be discussing ways in which the soul becomes damaged, and how it can be healed.
Tu B’Shevat, the 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar (February 9th on our calendar), is the day that marks the beginning of a “New Year for Trees.” This is the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle.
Legally, the “New Year for Trees” relates to the various tithes that must be separated from produce grown in the Holy Land. These tithes differ from year to year in the seven-year Shemittah cycle; the point at which a budding fruit is considered to belong to the next year of the cycle is the 15th of Shevat.
Jews mark the day of Tu B’Shevat by eating fruit, particularly from the kinds that are singled out by the Torah in its praise of the bounty of the Holy Land: grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates. On this day Jews remember that “Man is a tree of the field” (Deuteronomy 20:19). Therefore we will be eating some of the fruits of the Holy Land with our lunch, just for something different.
There will be no meeting on this Sunday.
Paula and I spent the weekend at Matt and Erika’s, meeting our new grandson. It was a really good weekend.
We shared breakfast and the movie “The Star of Bethlehem” with our church family at Oil City Branch. The movie didn’t project as well as I had hoped, but it was great fellowship nonetheless.