One of the greatest challenges among women in our culture is taking time to stop and cease from all the activities and busyness and just breathe. We are in bondage to busyness. We constantly strive to complete the limitless to-do lists that hinder us from experiencing all that God has for us. We miss the moments because we rush ahead to the next thing. By neglecting time for tranquility, serenity, and repose, we limit our Christlikeness and miss out on some of God's greatest gifts.
It is time for us to breathe and build margin into our lives for God. In the Old Testament, God instituted principles and laws that would transform the Israelites' mindset. He didn't just want them legally free; He wanted them to be able to walk in the freedom and enjoy it. So God gave them many gifts, including boundaries in which to enjoy those gifts. Sabbath was intended as a gift, and it is still a gift to us today. If you are weary, worn out, and exhausted the concept of Sabbath will change your life.
Looking for a way to share your skills with others? Then here is your opportunity! The Outreach committee will be hosting a pig roast and silent auction on January 31st from 4:30p - 7:30p.
We are looking for people who are willing to auction a service or item. Ideas for services include mowing, snowplowing, cutting hair, baking/cooking, scrapbooking, cleaning, plumbing/electrial project, etc. We know there are many talents in our congregation that can be shared! Suggestions for items include gift baskets, gift cards, tickets to an event, home decor, tools, sporting goods, etc.
Services and items currently listed in the auction can be seen here.
Saron will be collecting snack items throughout the school year to distribute to the students in need at the Big Lake Elementary Schools. Ideas include granola, cereal or fruit bars, juice boxes, crackers, fruit or applesauce cups, etc. Place donations in the marked container in the Saron entry way. Thank you for your support!
The cookbooks are here! If you did not get a chance to pre-order your shiny new cookbook, no worries! We have books available to purchase for $15.00. See the table in the narthex to pick up pre-orders and to purchase books. They make great Christmas gifts!
Mark your calendars for our cookbook launch on Sunday, December 7! We will be having a Taste of God's Grub Cookbook in between services and after second service. There will be lots of tasty recipes from the cookbook to sample.