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May 03rd, 2017
The Smell of Money
With spring fully upon us, there is a flurry of activity all around getting the fields ready for a new season of growth and harvest. If you have any doubt, just open your window, and the wind is likely to gift with a waft of proof - the smell of manure that has been sprayed on the fields around us! When I was growing up in Middle Georgia with dairy farms scattered around us, we called it "the smell of money!" I've been told that many folks around here call it "fresh country air." Whatever cute name we give it, there is no denying that the smell of manure freshly sprayed on a field - no matter how beneficial it may be in the end - is not a pleasant one.
In life, there are plenty of times that feel as bad as those fields smell. These are far from pleasant times to live through: broken relationships, grief over lost loved ones, health crises, stress added upon more stress. While we would never choose such times, they often wind up being times that both try us and help us grow. We figure out who we really are. We find the true measure of our strength. We grow to be able to endure even greater burdens. We hear God's voice even more clearly calling us forward. Like manure on a field being prepared for a new crop, the trials of life are unpleasant but help us to grow stronger in time.
May God bless you with renewed and growing faith even in the midst of the most difficult of times! Blessings on the journey, Jim
Words of Wisdom - New Worship Series
How do we overcome the things standing in the way of our getting to a deeper faith? What do we need more than anything else to be able to grow in faith? How do we prepare ourselves and our faith for the uncertainties the future holds? Which directions should we choose in our journeys of faith? Join us in worship over the next few weeks to delve into the wisdom of the Book of Proverbs to answer these questions and more. This Sunday, we kick it all off by learning why it is wise to "Run for Your Life!"
Living in Community
Thank you, Ralph and Liz, for helping to lead worship during the Pulpit Swap this past Sunday!
Thanks to Lee and Mike for painting the nursery!
Thanks to Dianna for leading and hosting our Bible Study!
Thanks to Ralph for representing our church at the Food Pantry and leading devotions this week!
If you would like to lead devotions at the Food Pantry one Monday this month,
please let Pastor Jim know.
This Week At Port Church
Monday, May 1
9:30 am - Bible Study at Dianna's
Tuesday, May 2
9:00 - 11:45 am - Office Hours
7:00 pm - Bible Study at Dianna's
Thursday, May 4
9:00 - 11:45 am - Office Hours
Sunday, May 7
9:30 am - Worship with Communion
"Words of Wisdom: Run for Your Life!"
11:00 am - Sunday School
12:00 noon - VBS Training
June 4 - Graduation Sunday
June 26-30 - Vacation Bible School
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