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The April 2010 eNewsletter of The FSC
 

Obituary

 

Spiritual Weight-Lifting

 
It will soon be Easter Sunday, the day we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. It can also be a day to celebrate our own resurrection from things we have been struggling with; some for a short time, and others that we may have carried with us far longer. Whatever these may be, resurrection is possible, even certain. How can we be sure of this, you may be thinking. It is because we have a power within us we may be unaware of. If we are aware, we don't fully realize just how powerful it is.
 
All of us have an inner strength that is there to be called on. Sometimes this strength is activated without our consciously realizing it; other times we have to call it forth. What is the definition of strength? It is “the state of quality of being strong: force; power; vigor; the power to resist strain, stress, etc.; toughness; durability; the power to resist attack. . .” source: YourDictionary.com.
 
There is strength of character, emotional strength, physical strength and spiritual strength. There are probably others not mentioned here. I believe spiritual strength is the most important of them all. The other types, for them to be most effective, need to be based on spiritual strength. Faith in God, in His goodness, in His love for us, and in His ability to take care of us, is the foundation this strength is built upon. When we trust in God, we know our future is secure. There is no cause for worry.
 
Oftentimes, it takes a sea-change in our lives to realize just how strong this inner strength is. My own personal recognition of this was six years ago when I had open-heart surgery. It was a complete shock to hear I needed this done, and it changed my life. It enabled me to see clearly what I had thought was important really wasn't. Life became more meaningful as I saw things with a clarity that wasn't there before. The very last thing I remember before I “went under”, was saying the 23rd psalm and verses from the 91st psalm. I was told later I put my hand on my surgeons' arm and told him the hand of God was upon him. From that center of my being the spiritual strength welled up and carried me through to a recovery faster than I thought it would be.
 
We all have this reservoir within us. When things aren't looking good, or we are faced with one challenge after another, call forth this strength. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble”. Psalm 46:1 KJV
 
There are numerous references to strength in the Bible. One concordance lists a page and a half of scriptures devoted to this spiritual attribute. “The Lord will give [unyielding and impenetrable] strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace”. Psalm 29:1 AMP. The following psalm is filled with the confidence that God is forever there for us: “But I will sing of Your mighty strength and power; yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy and loving-kindness in the morning; for you have been to me a defense (a fortress and a high tower) and a refuge in the day of my distress”. Psalm 59:16 AMP.
 
Although the topic of strength has barely been covered, the power is very real. Whatever the need, call it forth. We do not fight our battles alone. Our strength comes to us through the power of Almighty God, and it is He who is the Source. How strong are we? That answer is unique to each of us. How we respond to a situation or challenge will give us our answer.
 
In closing, make this powerful, positive statement your strength-building prescription: “The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress, and my Deliverer; my God, my keen and firm Strength in whom I will trust and take refuge, my Shield, and the Horn of my salvation, my High Tower”. Psalm 18:2 AMP. Remember this also, . . .”and be not grieved and depressed, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold.” Neh 8:10 AMP
 
Love and blessings to all.
Rev. Edee Root

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Welcome Spring - a time of renewal and growth

Examining the Tree
 
When you look at a tree, what do you see?  A tree is a woody plant with a trunk covered in a sturdy, rugged bark that is visible even in the cold starkness of winter.  Branches stretch hither and yon slowly extending their progressing reach toward the sky.  When the winter cold melts away with the warmth of the sun, the tree comes back from its dormancy showing off buds of growth.  Soon leaves begin to emerge in a slow and steady progression.  A tree is much more than bark and some leaves or needles.
 
With spring’s warmth, each day brings more abundance to places that were once barren.  As the leaves show their shape, other growth appears bringing beauty to behold.  Insects that have emerged or migrated take notice of the showy flower petals and wonderful scents that begin to unfold from the new buds.  While drinking of the fine nectar of the flowers insects collect pollen to carry on their flight.  This pollen is used to fertilize the other flowers from many trees.  Life continues itself and also provides for others through the fruit and nuts grown from a tree.  Nature stretches out its reach towards everything through a tree.
 
That's not all there is of a tree.  Many things are out of easy sight, like the roots that support the visible growth.  The roots that hold tightly to earth bring moisture and nutrition into the vast growing structure.  Capillaries hidden under the bark transport the elements that the ground provides for growth.  Nearly invisible elements affect a tree.  Sunshine from 93 million miles away reaches a tree providing energy for photosynthesis.  Air constantly moves providing carbon dioxide to a tree for growth and carries away the oxygen it produces to reverse the cycle of other living creatures like you..  Rings of growth that can only be seen inside a tree mark the passage in years of time.  Trees are a host to birds and animals providing food, lodging, and a place to rest.  Even the fungus that grows on a tree plays an important part in the recycling of natural elements.  There are many useful products that come from parts of the tree other than edible things; like paper.  Wood is used for houses, furniture, cooking, and home heating  More that a cursory glance is needed to really know what a tree is about.
 
Spirituality and religion are similar to a tree in some respects.  Trees are an important part of nature interacting in their very slow ways with many other things.  Without careful examination a tree appears to be little more than an unimportant static stick that sometimes has leaves.  For people who only believe in what they see it must be hard to explain how a tree moves as it blows in the invisible breeze.  A handful of air contains oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, water, dust, and a lot of other things we can't easily see or feel the weight of.  A conscious effort must be made to reveal the inner workings of the grand scheme of life.  Further examination of the interconnections of nature, life, and in their relationship with spirituality will continue through this newsletter as the months go by.
 
Be Good to Each Other,
Dennis Dunk

 

The Spirit and Prayer

 
By Rev. Rick Root 
 
“In every entreaty and prayer make your supplication with the help of a spirit of God. Take care that you persevere in prayer and remember to pray for all the faithful.” Ephesians 6:18 Johannes Greber Translation
 
Through mediumship and walking in the covenant of Jesus the Christ we discover that we have help when it comes to prayer. It comes in the form of a holy spirit sent by the Father in Jesus' name. When speaking of this holy spirit, or any of the holy spirits, we in no way take away from the work and purpose of THE Holy Spirit in our heart and lives. These holy spirits come in the very power of God and are one with His will. They are an aspect of the Kingdom of God, and when they are in operation in your life, truly the Kingdom of God is at hand!
 
Prayer is linked to spiritual growth, and as spiritual growth has various levels and states of spiritual consciousness, so too does prayer. There are many forms of prayer, and this prayer guide (holy spirit) is there to teach you how to pray. When worked with, it will help you progress through the many levels of prayer.
 
What is being revealed here is how the Prophet and medium of God has always prayed. This is prayer under guidance, or what is called “praying in the Spirit”.
 
In the gospels you find that Jesus prayed verbally over and over again, usually finding a secluded place to pray, a place where he had some degree of privacy. If it wasn't completely private, he surrounded himself with people who had at least a little understanding of what they were overhearing. Jesus is always our example. This spirit mainly manifests when you pray out loud. It will manifest when you are in silent prayer, but not in the strength and power that manifests with verbal prayer. Literally, the power-waves of God (anointing) flow through and over you as you verbally pray under its guidance.
 
These power-waves (the anointing) are the first thing this spirit guide uses to teach and train you to pray as Jesus prayed. It will always meet you on the level of spiritual understanding that you are now at. When you are praying the will of God the power-waves are strong, but when you move away from the will of God the power-waves waves decrease and even stop manifesting. In this way it reveals the will of God in prayer so that faith and confidence can arise.
 
It teaches faith. When you pray with confidence (faith), the power-waves are strong. When you pray without confidence the power-waves decrease and even cease. But when you pray with just a little hope, the power-waves gently touch you and begin to flow through you. By the gentle nudging of this spirit, you are lead into knowing the will of God through inspiration. Through this inspiration, an inner knowing of the will of God arises and confidence in prayer again manifests and so too does the strength of His power.
 
One thing this spirit teaches, is that faith cometh by hearing. Your own heart and soul listens to the way you speak the words in prayer. When you speak with confidence, even when inwardly you have little or no confidence, these power-waves touch and flow through you so that you know that what you are saying is the will of God, and therefore the word of God in that circumstance. Therefore faith can arise if you are willing.
 
This spirit will correct your prayer language and bring it in line with His will and word.
 
He or she will teach you how to use the various forms of prayer in all righteousness. Some of these are: entreaty, affirmation, confession, decree, command and speaking to the mountain (condition). This spirit will work to bring you to the point where your prayers are prophetic and what you say in prayer comes to pass. It works to teach you the believers authority in all planes of existence.
 
When you are caught up in the power-waves and will of God in prayer, a oneness manifests with this spirit through God in Christ, and at times he or she will pray through you. In this, you will know that the words you are speaking by inspiration or directly from this spirit are not your own, but God's through you. Whole new levels of communication with God and Christ open unto you and all you have to do is walk through that door.
 
By working with this spirit, your mediumship will unfold and you will commune with high and holy spirits.
 
You may never come to know his or her name, but oh, what a wonderful helper, friend, partner, teacher and guide you have for the asking in Jesus' name.

 

Sheckinah

By Albert R. Lane
 
Over the past several months we have taken a close look at Hebrew words that signify not only a plurality in the GodHead but also a distinct Feminine component.
 
The first word was Elohim. Second word Ruach. Third word was El Shaddai. This months word is Sheckinah.
 
The word sheckinah is a personal pronoun. This is important because if we think to our grammar school days, we learned that a personal pronoun is a name of an actual person, place or thing.
 
Historically speaking the word Sheckinah in Hebrew means “dwelling”, or “settling presence of God.” The sheckinah was physically seen during the days of the use of the Tabernacle. The Tabernacle was used during the days while those who left Egypt were schlepping in the desert. The Glow of the Sheckinah was so bright that the Aaronic Priests would not enter into the area of the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle.
 
The sheckinah was also physically seen as a bright glow during the the Temple periods. Once the original Temple was destroyed, the Sheckinah withdrew. It was no longer physically seen. During this period of time, the allegorical model of interpreting the scripture started to make its presence manifest. Eventually everything was seen as an allegory. That tends to limit both the abilities and the depth of God.
 
Nachmanides (who lived in the 12th century AD). argued against allegory and taught that the Bible was teaching something vastly different. Solomon Schecter in the (19th century) argued against the interpretation of the Bible by those that believed that the Bible was something to be relegated to only to allegory.
 
Schecter is quoting Nachmanides:
 
Thus, he insists that the term Shechinah, or Cabod^ (Glory of God), must not be under-stood, with some Jewish philosophers, as something separate from God, or as glory created by God. " Were this the case," he proceeds to say, " we could not possibly say, 'Blessed be the glory of the Lord from his place,' (1)
 
Schecter continues his statement which is important to understand what ultimately was being argued:
 
Since every mark of worship to anything created involves the sin of idolatry." Such terms as Shechinah, or Cabod, can therefore only mean the immediate divine presence.  This proves, as may be noted in passing, how unphilosophical the idea of those writers are who maintain that the rigid monotheism of the Jews makes God so transcendental that He is banished from the world. As we see, it is just this assertion of His absolute Unity which not only suffers no substitute for God, but also removes every separation between Him and the world. Hence also Nachmanides insists that the prophecy even of the successors of Moses was a direct communion of God with the prophet, and not, as others maintained, furnished through the medium of an angel. (2)
 
Some of the Kabbalistic mystics they believed that the Schechinah could be made to grieve through sin:  Most interesting is the noble prayer by a Rabbi of a very late mystical school: "O God, speedily bring about the redemption. I am not in the least thinking of what I may gain by it. I am willing to be condemned to all tortures in hell, if only the Shechinah will cease to suffer." (3)
 
This shows that Nachmanides one of the finest 12 century scholars of Judaism believes that the Sheckinah is an actual entity. The Scheckinah is as much a part of the GodHead as as the other constituent elements.
 
 
During the many centuries since Moses saw and met and spoke with God at the burning bush episode, it was thought that the glory of God was what Moses saw. According to what Schechter says, that it was NOT the glory of God, but God that communicated through the Sheckinah. God spoke directly to Moses through the Sheckinah.
 
The Schekinah was not to be limited in her ministry. No. Wikipedia, the font of information found on the Internet, says the following about the ministry of the Sheckinah:
 
The Talmud reports that the Shekhinah is what caused prophets to prophesy and King David to compose his Psalms. The Shekhinah manifests itself as a form of joy, connected with prophecy and creativity: Talmud Pesachim 117a) The Talmud also reports that "The Shekhinah does not rest amidst laziness, nor amidst laughter, nor amidst lightheadedness, nor amidst idle conversation. Rather, it is amidst the joy associated with a mitzvah that the Shekhinah comes to rest upon people, as it is said: 'And now, bring me for a musician, and it happened that when the music played, God's hand rested upon him' [Elisha] [2 Kings 3:15]" (Pesachim 117a). Thus the Shekhinah is associated with the transformational spirit of God regarded as the source of prophecy:
After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where is the garrison of the Philistines; and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a band of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a timbrel, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they will be prophesying.
And the spirit of the LORD will come mightily upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man. (1 Samuel 10:5-6 JPS). (4)
 
In the above quote, we find that the Schekinah is referred to as “the Spirit of the Lord.”
 
I have to one more detail to add about the Tabernacle. The Tabernacle was also called “The Sanctuary. "The Sanctuary (Gender), in Greek Hagia . . . scholars generally agree that the reading hagia is to be preferred. There is a grammatical problem to be settled with respect to hagia. Taken by itself its unaccented form may be:
 
  1. a feminine singular form that would make it an adjective modifying 'tabernacle.' The clause would then read, 'which is called holy (the Tabernacle). 
  2. a neuter plural form that would be rendered 'holies,' or 'holy [places].' The spelling on the two forms is thw same; however, when the word is accented, the feminine singular form has the accent on the SECOND syllable, whereas the neuter plural form has the accent on the first syllable. Since the earliest manuscripts were unaccented, it is impossible, on the basis of them, to determine which form may here have been intended (singular feminine, or plural neuter) . . . . all this is not conclusive evidence against a singular (feminine) reading, for the manuscript copiers, who supplied the accents, were uninspired men. They placed the accent where they felt the context required it . . . . However . . . A singular (feminine) form cannot be denied. . ." (5).
The study and philosophy of the Sheckina is not limited to Judaism and Christianity alone. Islam also teaches about the Sheckina:
 
The word سكينة (Sakinah) is mentioned six times in Quran. It stands for peace, reassurance, calmness, and tranquillity. Chapter 2, verse 248 says: "And their messenger said to them: Verily! The sign of his kingdom is that there shall come to you At-Tabut (the lost arc), wherein is Sakinah from your Lord and a remnant of that which Moses and Aaron left behind, carried by the angels. Verily, in this is a sign for you if you are indeed believers." It is often described as "reassuring feeling of being in the presence (or under the protection) of God." (6)  Karen Armstrong believes that the two terms are the same: "The sakina it will also be recalled, seems to be related to the Hebrew Shekhinah, the term for God’s presence in the world. (7)
 
Here are some verses taken from the Quaran:
 
"Allah's Good Pleasure was on the Believers when they swore Fealty to thee under the Tree: He knew what was in their hearts, and He sent down Sakina - tranquillity (alssakeenata) to them; and He rewarded them with a speedy Victory;" (48:18) (8)  The root of the word is sa-ka-na which means "dwelled" or "remained in place". This further supports the association with the Shekhinah as "indwelling". The fact that the word is preceded by "al" (the) shows that it does not denote a name, but has an abstract meaning. (9)
 
Another Quranic association with the concord of dwellings in peace coincides with the attribution of the Shekhinah to matrimonial concord under the tent of Sarah: "And God gave you your houses as a quiescent place (sakanan)." (16:80) (10)
 
Sakina is further mentioned in the following verse: "While the Unbelievers got up in their hearts heat and cant - the heat and cant of ignorance,- Allah sent down His Sakina - tranquility (sakīnatahu) to his Messenger and to the Believers, and made them stick close to the command of self-restraint; and well were they entitled to it and worthy of it. And Allah has full knowledge of all things." (48:26) (11)
 
Let's fast forward to the 21st century and take a modern look at the Divine Feminine:
 
Rev. Mark Raines wrote a rather long winded approach to the understanding of the Divine Feminine. Raines believes that there may be more than a single Trinity. One trinity made up of female entities, another made up of masculine entities. The feminine elements make up what Raines refers to as the “Holy Soul.” Raines also believes that She de-evolved from a female entity to neuter and then finally to masculine. (12). ..Or the Spirit of Wisdom, "Sophia." In the New Testament She is a little more difficult to find, but She is there as well, with the Holy Spirit at Pentecost influencing the followers of the Way as a group. She was there at creation, breathing life into the first humans. She still continues among us, working in our relationships and in our group settings. (13) This is slight in disagreement with Lynn Bundesen who believes that the Ruach is the actual Creator at the moment of Creation.
 
Some denominations, such as Eastern Orthodox, do recognize the Holy Spirit of Wisdom found in the Wisdom of Solomon, though. (Perhaps this is why there hasn't been a schism in Eastern Orthodoxy since the great schism with the Roman Catholic Church). Without knowing it, they are recognizing Pneuma, the Holy Soul, the Spirit aspect of the Trinosophia. Perhaps that is why Eastern Orthodoxy is such a cohesive group, and why those who do leave it for whatever reason usually don't bear too much resentment toward it. (14)
 
What Raines is saying is that the Ruach also known as the pneuma and Sophia (Goddess of Wisdom) is separate from the Holy Spirit. Has a completely different operation. Raines also believes that both the Sophia can work at times hand in hand with the Holy Spirit. (9) The following is a list of what Raines As mentioned with the Holy Spirit, Pneuma has several gifts, fruits, and charismatic gifts. Some of these She co-dispenses to humankind with the Holy Spirit, and some of them only she gives. Here is a list of those gifts and fruits:
 
THE THREE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SOUL
    1. Wisdom
    2. Strength
    3. Piety
The Gift She co-dispenses alongside the Holy Spirit
    - Counsel
THE SIX FRUITS OF THE HOLY SOUL
    1. Love
    2. Joy
    3. Peace
    4. Kindness
    5. Mildness
    6. Control
THE THREE CHARISMATIC GIFTS OF THE HOLY SOUL
    1. Speaking with wisdom
    2. Tongues
    3. Interpreting tongues
Co-Dispensed Charismatic Gifts
    - Healing
    - Miracles
    - Prophecy
 
Raines also goes on to mention:
 
The role of the Holy Soul is group-oriented. She works in our interpersonal relationship and in our groups. When you look at it, the gifts and fruits attributed to Her above generally fit well with groups. Wisdom, strength, and piety are all things that group worship can build up, but counsel can be given by the Holy Spirit to an individual or by the Holy Soul to a group. The six fruits of the Holy Soul are all very group-oriented. Speaking with wisdom, tongues, and interpreting tongues are basically group functions; but the shared charismatic gifts of healing, miracles, and prophecy can benefit an individual or a community. As we look at the gifts and fruits usually attributed to the Holy Spirit, we can see that they can easily be divided among the two biblical forces - the Holy Spirit and the Holy Soul. (15)
 
She is the feminine Force that works with the individual. When worshiping together feels really intense, when your group is inspired to do something great together, or when your family is really close knit, this is the work of the Holy Soul. And just as the Holy Spirit has His place as the genetic memory of each person, so the Holy Soul has Her place as the World Soul, the collective unconscious that influences our world on the smallest level. What is interesting is that it truly is as if the two Holy Ones are married - for just as God is King of Heaven and Ruler of the Earth, and just as the Goddess is the Mother of the Earth and the Queen of Heaven...the Holy Spirit finds His place in the World Soul on the individual level as each person in the collective, just as the Holy Soul finds Her place in genetic memory on the group level as the group of ancestors who shared the common faith influencing us today. (16)
 
Solomon Schechter Studies in Judaism, (Philadelphia,The Jewish publication society of America,1896), page 120.
  1. Ibid, page 121.
  2. Ibid, page 230.
  3. S. D. A. Bible Commentary, Vol. 7, pp. 448, 449. (Parentheses added; brackets belong to quotation
  4.  
  5. Armstrong, Karen. (April 1992) Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet. Page 224. Publisher: HarperOne ISBN 0062500147
     
  6.  
  7. Ibid
     
  8. Ibid
     
  9. Ibid.
     
  10. Ibid.
  11. Ibid.
  12. Ibid.
  13. Ibid.
  14. Ibid.

 

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In This Issue:

Obituary
Spiritual Weight-Lifting
Welcome Spring - a time of renewal and growth
The Spirit and Prayer
Sheckinah
Announcements
Our Mission
Dance the Changes
Prayer Requests
Biblical Spiritualism
This Month's Affirmation
Book Offer
1st Quarter Financial Report
Laugh Of The Month
Links


Our Mission

The FSC is an independent, progressive, non-traditional, Christian Church and is founded upon the sacred teachings of the Holy Bible; to bring mankind the understanding of spirituality according to the fundamentals of Spiritualism.
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Our Prayer
 
We pray to the God of our lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that he may give you a spirit of wisdom and insight, and so enable you to understand His divine nature.  May He open your spiritual eyes so that you may see what hope is yours by virtue of His call, and how rich in His goloy is the inheritance that you will share with His faithful, and also how vast is His Power, as manifested in us who belive in Him.

Articles Of Faith

 

Dance the Changes

 
Our capacity to change exceeds our imagination.
Concepts of self and other are rooted
in the dust of old realities, planetary
bygones, cultural apparitions.
 
The adaptability of birds to use
the materials at hand, be it dog hair,
feather or plastic strands to
make a nest mirrors possibilities
 
long neglected when we chose
to take only one route,
independent of all creation,
to create and fuel our desires.
 
In dreamtime there are glimpses
of internal and external connections
which expand and breathe new
energies into our life maps.
 
Can we, can I, can you, remember
long enough, stay awake for,
open to… a new way of being,
responding and creating?
 
The call is carried by distant drums,
ancient songs, rapturous dance.
Come home, come into who you are
with joy and expectation.
 
Touch one another!
The energy passed from
hand to hand, heart to heart
lights passion’s fires,
 
unbinds the god head within
which we all dwell as one,
allowing change, allowing love,
allowing source to open us.
 
 
Margie Kivel
27 March 2010

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Prayer Requests

"So when we sing, 'Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,' we are not thinking of the nearness of place, but of the nearness of relationship. It is for increasing degrees of awareness that we pray, for a more perfect consciousness of the divine Presence. We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts." --A.W. Tozer
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Praise Report!
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Praise the Lord! ` Rev. Ellen Thoune
 
 
A Spiritualist Healing Prayer
 
I ask the great Unseen Healing Force to remove all obstructions from my mind and body and to restore me to perfect health. I ask this in all sincerity and honesty and I will do my part. I ask this great Unseen Healing Force to help both present and absent ones who are in need of help and to restore them to perfect health. I put my trust in the Love and Power of God. Amen.

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Biblical Spiritualism

This month's scripture reference to Biblical Spiritualism comes from Acts 5:12-23 KJV.  It includes healing by proximity (Peter's shadow being a point of contact) Materialization (a spirit "angel" seen and heard by everyone) and physical phenomena.  These have been color coded.
 
Acts 5:12-23 KJV
 
"And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch. (13) And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them. (14) And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.) (15) Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. (16) There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one. (17) Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation, (18) And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison. (19) But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said, (20) Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life. (21) And when they heard that, they entered into the temple early in the morning, and taught. But the high priest came, and they that were with him, and called the council together, and all the senate of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought. (22) But when the officers came, and found them not in the prison, they returned, and told, (23) Saying, The prison truly found we shut with all safety, and the keepers standing without before the doors: but when we had opened, we found no man within."

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This Month's Affirmation

Adapted from  Psalm 18:2 AMP by Rev. Edee Root
 
The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress, and my Deliverer; my God, my keen and firm Strength in whom I will trust and take refuge, my Shield, and the Horn of my salvation, my High Tower”.

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John Chapter 20 Johannes Greber Translation
 
 
     On the first day after the Sabbath, May of Magdala came to the tomb very early in the morning, when it was not yet entirely light, and saw that the stone at the entrance had been rolled away. Running back to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus dearly loved, she said to them, “They have taken the master from the grave, and we do not know where they have laid him.” Peter and the other disciple hurried out and ran toward the tomb, each trying to outstrip his companion. The other disciple was swifter and reached the tomb first. Stooping forward, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go into the tomb. Simon Peter, who had been slower, now came up and went straight into the tomb. He also saw the linen cloths lying there; the cloth that had been wrapped about the head of the corps, however, was not among them, but lay folded up in a place by itself. The other disciple, who had been the first to reach the tomb, now entered, and he too saw and believed. Until then they had not understood the saying of the Scriptures that he must rise from the dead. Then the two disciples returned home.
     Meanwhile Mary stood near the grave weeping. As she wept she bent forward and looked into the grave and saw two angels in white, sitting one at the head and one at the foot of the place where the body of Jesus had lain. The angels said to her, “Woman, why do you weep? Whom are you seeking?” She answered, “They have taken away my lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” As she spoke she felt suddenly impelled to look behind her; and she saw Jesus standing there, but did not know that it was he. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why do you weep? Whom are you seeking?” Taking him for the gardener, she answered, “Sir, if you have taken him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him back.” Jesus only said, “Mary.” She sprang toward him, exclaiming, “Rabboni!”-- a Hebrew word that means, “My master!” Jesus said to her, “Do not touch me! I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go the the brothers and tell them, 'I shall ascend to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'” Then Mary of Magdala hurried away to the disciples and told them that she had seen the lord, and that he had directed her to inform them of what he had said to her.
     It was the evening of the first day after the Sabbath, and the doors of the house in which the disciples were assembled had been shut for fear of the Jews. Jesus suddenly came and stood among them, greeting them with the words, “Peace be with you!” He then showed them the scars in his hands and his side. The disciples were overjoyed at seeing the lord once more. Again he said,”Peace be with you!” and added, “As the Father sent me, so I send you.” With these words he breathed upon them and said, “Received a holy spirit. If you forgive the sins of others, your own sins will be forgiven you; but if you harbor resentment against others for their sins, resentment for your own sins will be harbored against you.”
     Thomas, known as the “Twin,” who was one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus appeared. Afterwards the other disciples told him, “We have seen the lord.” But he answered, “unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails and touch the nail-mark with my own fingers, and put my hand into his side, I will never believe it.” Eight days later the disciples were again assembled in the house, and on this occasion Thomas was with them. Then, although the doors were shut, Jesus came in to them and stood in their midst, saying, “Peace be with you!” Turning to Thomas, he added, “See, here are my hands. Touch them with our finger; then put your hand into my side. And do not doubt, but believe.” And Thomas exclaimed, “My lord and my master!” Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen me, you believe. Fortunate are they who do not see and yet believe.”

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1st Quarter Financial Report

The FSC is dedicated to financial transparency and we will continue to report on a quartly basis. 
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Your giving has enabled us to give to the Red Cross Haiti Relief And Development Fund. 
 
1st QUARTER GENERAL FUND
Balance Forward $1,349.33
Donations to the FSC $440.00
Expenses -$497.87
Donations made by FSC -$75.00


Balance $1,216.46


1st QUARTER BUILDING FUND
Balance Forward $261.51
Donations to the Building Fund $60.00
Total Expenses -$2.04


Balance $319.47
 
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Laugh Of The Month

Now here's a look at the funny side of church!!!  Sent by Marilyn Clare, GR, MI
 
They're Back!  Those wonderful Church Bulletins!  Thank God for the church ladies and gentlement with typewriters.  These sentences (with all the BLOOPERS) actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services: 
 
The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.
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The sermon this morning: 'Jesus Walks on the Water.'  The sermon tonight: 'Searching for Jesus."
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Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale... It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house.  Bring your husbands.
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Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community.  Smile at someone who is hard to love.  Say 'Hell' to someone who doesn't care much about you.
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Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.
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Miss Charlene Mason sang 'I will not pass this way again,' giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.
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For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
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Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir.  They need all the help they can get.
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Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church.  So ends a friendship that began in their school days.
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A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall.  Music will follow.
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At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be "What is Hell?'  Come early and listen to our choir practice.
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Eight now choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of serveral new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.
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Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled.  Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
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Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.
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The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.
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Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM - prayer and medicatin to follow.
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The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind.  They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.
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This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church.  Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.
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Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10 AM.  All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B S is done.
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Low Self Eseem Support Group will meet Thrusday at 7PM.  Please use the back door.
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The eight-graders will be presenting Shakespeare's Hamelet in the Church basement Friday at 7 PM.  The congregatin is invited to attend this tragedy.
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Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM.  The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.
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The Associate Minister unveiled the church's new campaign slogan last Sunday: 'I upped My Pledge - Up Yours.
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Send your family friendly jokes and funny stories to pastor.rick@flintspiritual.com for possible inclusion here.  Regardless, I enjoy a good laugh.

 

 
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