The Word – JULY / AUGUST 2017

 

 

 

L. C. M.C.

2116 W. Lantana Road, Lantana FL 33462

Tel: (561) 588-8148 — wordliv@gmail.com

www.living-word-church.net

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pastor@livingwordlantana.org

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DECEMBER 2017       

The Word

Church Family,

It has been a beautiful month for our church! We have had baptisms, new members, the launching of new ministries, and the addition of our new college interns. I am also very excited to say that financially our church is beginning to move in a positive direction, but we still have room to grow. Therefore, I would like to thank everyone who has continued to give above and beyond to God and to our church. I am also very excited as we begin this Advent Season to witness how God will continue to bless our faith community.

Personally, I am thrilled that on15thafter almost ten years of education I will receive my Masters of Divinity Degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. This has not been an easy journey, and I give God the glory for guiding my footsteps through these many years.

Church family I look forward to seeing you in worship each on Christmas Eve!

May God bless you and keep you,

Pastor Richard Blue

 

PLEASE…

REMEMBER LIVING WORD CHURCH      IN YOUR WILL AND ESTATE PLANNING.

 

HAROLD J BLOTCHER ON TAXES NOT PAID

www.haroldjblotchertaxes.com

Email Harold@haroldjblotchertaxes.com call (781) 363-5519

 

Many people become non-filers each year for a number of reasons. They lose the paperwork, they couldn’t pay, or they forgot about it. Sometimes illness, family crisis or depression plays a role. The list goes on and on.

You are a non-filer, don’t procrastinate any longer. You may be hoping the IRS has forgotten about you, but that rarely happens. In truth, the longer you wait, the more costly it will be if you owe money. And if you are due a refund, the statute of limitations on that refund expires three years from the date the return should have been filed. Don’t risk losing your money.

It’s not uncommon to feel overwhelmed when you haven’t filed for a while, but don’t despair. Lost paperwork can be reconstructed. If you owe, it’s better to file and negotiate an installment agreement because this will stop the late filing penalties although interest will continue until the tax bill is paid. Sometimes, penalties can be abated if the circumstances are serious, such as family crisis, illness or other catastrophic situations.

A tax professional to help you get the monkey off your back. An authorized tax professional like an Enrolled Agent can negotiate with the IRS on your behalf and can help to get taxes filed, negotiate an installment agreement for those who can’t pay in full or, possibly, negotiate an offer in compromise to reduce taxes, penalties and interest. Don’t wait for the IRS to come looking for you; it’s far better to voluntarily come forward.

U.S. citizen and resident are required to pay his or her fair share of taxes. No more, no less. The IRS has a matching program whereby all 1099s, W-2s, etc., are entered in their computers. They match this information with the tax returns that have been filed to ensure that all income has been reported and that everyone who is legally required to do so has filed a return. So, if you haven’t filed for whatever reason, get before the IRS comes looking for you!

Harold Blotcher is an Enrolled Agent, licensed by the US Department of the Treasury to represent taxpayers before the IRS for audits, collections and appeals He is a specialist in tax preparation and tax resolution for individuals and small businesses.

 

 

Waiting for Christmas or Waiting for God

            Remember when you were a child and waiting excitedly for Christmas. Everything was heightened. The waiting was so much we thought we would just burst or faint. There were the sights, sounds, and smells everywhere we went. I think the waiting was almost unbearable.

Well, waiting for God is very much the same as waiting for Christmas. Abraham and Sara waited a long time to become parents. Israel waited many generations to be liberated from Egypt. They also had to wait extra time because of unfaithfulness to settle in the Promised Land. Then there was more waiting when the Israelites wanted a King. They waited to be brought back to their land after being exiled in Babylon. All along the way God was waiting, too. He was waiting for just the right time to make his appearance to us by sending us his Son.

We humans however are impatient. We want what we want and we want it now! Do you remember the girl in” Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”? She wanted everything now. God wants us to wait. He has a reason for not answering our prayers right away. He wants our faith to grow, our love to increase, and our hearts to melt from hardness. He’s waiting for us to make him #1 on our Christmas list and then for the rest of our lives. We need to be patient, still, and remember he is God.

Jesus came to earth in the form of a little baby, to show us how to live with and love one another. We need to be waiting faithfully for God. He will bless us. As we go forward as a church we need to have patience. God is with us and for us and we need to be patient with the process of growing and change.

My prayer this Christmas season is for all of us to patiently wait and see what God has in store for us. Have a joyous and “Merry Christmas”.                                             

In service to our Lord and Living Word,

Lynn Willis

 

 

BOOKKEEPER’S REPORT

OCTOBER 2017

Income     $ 12,406

Expenses $ 16,701

Deficit       $   4,295

 

THE WORD:  As of January 2018, The Word will be emailed to our members. Please make sure, we have your current email address. For those members, who do not have an email address, there will be a limited amount of hard copies available at the office. We will not mail the newsletter any longer. You also will be able to read the newsletter, as well as our weekly bulletin and other pertinent information, and make donations, on our website: www.livingwordlantana.org.

Monday’s program featured Keynote Speaker Dr. Ed Stetzer (Billy Graham Distinguished Endowed Chair for Church, Mission and Evangelism, Wheaton College), as well as reports given by LCMC Staff members Rev. Mark Vander Tuig(Service Coordinator) and Rev. Steve Lien (Coordinator for Pastoral Ministry). and the LCMC Ministry Board recognized district leaders, certifiers, new congregations, pastors, seminarians, military chaplains, and those who were celebrating significant anniversaries of ordination.

On Monday evening, participants had the option to take part in a fellowship dinner, providing them the opportunity to make new friends in LCMC, reunite with old ones, or get connected with one of several different fellowship groups.

Tuesday’s program featured Keynote Speaker Dr. Mark Granquist (Associate Professor of the History of Christianity, Luther Seminary), Dr. Jim Blessman (President and Founder, Blessman Ministries) as the international focus speaker, and a report by LCMC Staff member Rev. Dan Clites (Coordinator for Church Planting Development).

Attendees also had the option to take part in breakout sessions, which included topics such as church planting, engaging millennials, retirement plan options, and more.

On Tuesday evening, many participants gathered together in the convention center to assemble personal care kits Lutheran World Relief. the generous donations given by LCMC congregations, as well as the muscle power of many volunteers at the Gathering, the people of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ were able to donate 8,228 personal care kits deliver 35 quilts those whose lives have been affected by natural disasters and to people who are living in poverty around the world.

Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ

(LCMC)

 

It always amazes me how God will lead me to an article that fits the situation that I might be experiencing.  Last night we had our town hall meeting and I felt it was a difficult meeting for all of us. We are in a time of transition.  That transition is not easy for us, me included.  Even though I enjoy the music in the Praise service,  there are other changes that I am not happy about. It seems to me that is what the regular congregation is expecting is the liturgy that we grew up with.   So maybe all of us need a Grace Period.  In the LCMC newsletter this quarter, there is was.

GRACE PERIOD

Every relationship can occasionally benefit from a grace period. This is a time when, to minimize tension, we filter what we say to others. Instead of expressing anger, we leave some things unsaid. A truce does not mean that we avoid others or give them the silent treatment. It means we create a period of time when we choose kindness and patience over harsh words. It may mean that we table hot topics in council meetings until we can get more information, or, when someone differs with us on an issue, we do not instinctively react but give ourselves more time to think about the issue. One church member said to me, “I decided to create a period of grace. After a few weeks, I forgot about what annoyed me so much.” Though it’s hard to do, slowing down allows us more time to find constructive ways to approach a problem. “

Your sister in Christ,
Paula Mann

 

MINISTERS SERVING ON THE ALTAR – THANK YOU!

Ushers for the 10:30 A.M. Worship will be printed in the weekly bulletins. Please call Paula Mann if you are unable to greet or read.

GREETERS—NOVEMBER 2016

Dec. 3

8:30 A. M.    Joyce and Rich Johnston

10:30 A. M.    Claudia and Ray Palo

Dec. 10

9:30 A. M.    Betty and Ollie Hall

10:30 A. M.    Arlene and Don Boline

Dec. 17

8:30 A.M.    Janet and Roy Gabell

10:30 A. M.    Peggy Breeden and

Richie Geisler

Dec. 24

8: 30 A.M.    Ruth Finne and

Gunnar Robinson

10:30 A.M.     Edna Matos,  Ruth Waltz

7:00 P.M.     Evelyn and Fritz Pettrak

11:00 P. M.    Kris and Carl Harper

Dec. 31

8:30 A.M.     Dot and Joe Walker

10:30 A.M.      Alice Johnson and

Dorothy DiNardo

 

LECTORS/COMMUNION ASSISTANTS

Dec. 3

8:30 A.M.      Joyce Johnston

10:30 A.M.      Claudia Palo/Ray Palo

Dec. 10

8:30 A.M.      Ollie Hall

10:30 A.M.      Amanda Blue

Dec. 17

8:30 A.M.      Janet Gabell

10:30 A.M.      John Wyman/John Wyman

Dec. 24

8:30 A.M.     Gunnar Robinson

10:30 A.M.     Amanda Blue

7:00 P. M.    John Wyman/

John Wyman/Ray Palo

11:00 P. M.    Kris Harper/Carl Harper

Dec. 31

8:30 A.M.    Nancy Patterson

11:30 A.M.    Dorothy DiNardo

 

HOLIDAY STRESS

The holidays can be demanding for many reasons, but if you’re prone to anxiety they can be downright overwhelming. The gifts, the parties, the baking, the family—or perhaps the absence of these things—can make the season stressful, chaotic or just plain lonely.

I can’t get it all done! Entertaining, shopping, travel and other tasks that accompany the holidays can just feel like too much on top of an already-packed schedule. Slow down. Plan ahead for gifts and groceries. Make your lists and check them twice. By organizing, prioritizing and grouping tasks together, you can minimize the stress of multiple trips to the grocery store or mall and avoid last minute scrambling.

I can’t afford this! In September (or maybe even August!) we are bombarded with television and magazine ads depicting holiday tables and decorations. Set a budget and avoid the temptation to stray. Then stick with it.

isn’t how I thought it would be! The holidays come packed with high expectations. Advertisers make it hard to stick to a budget but maybe you need to lower your expectations this holiday season. Try for a “good enough” holiday season. By keeping expectations realistic and focusing on what’s really important to you, you may just find that your “good enough” holiday turns out to be “pretty great” after all.

I can’t stand my family! Is the time of year when families feel compelled to come together in peaceful, loving harmony—whether they like it or not! If your family is truly, unpleasant or unhealthy for you, know that you have the choice to decline spending time with them. Let it go for one day. Walk away and take a break if that works best. Set the tone by doing your best to not criticize others and to accept your family for who they are-likely imperfect and often times annoying-but family nonetheless.

I’m lonely! The flip side, this season can often be a time when the absence of family or social connections becomes highlighted. If you are far from family, try creative ways to connect with them like email, videos or Skype. If you find yourself feeling alone, look for local holiday concerts or community events to attend. Find out if any co-workers may also be far from family or without holiday plans and have a potluck. Consider spending your time giving to someone else in need. Volunteer at a local soup kitchen or food pantry or distribute gifts to needy children. Helping someone else makes you feel good and can broaden your social relationships.

I have too many parties! Holiday season is packed with cookie exchanges, work parties and school plays. It can be entirely overstimulating. Remember that it’s okay to say “no” to some things. Choose wisely.

I’m exhausted! The late-night parties, alcohol and over-indulgence in holiday sweets can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and guilty. Make a pledge to have a fun but healthy holiday season. Be sure to get plenty of rest during this stressful time.

‘s just too much, you find that you just can’t cope with your anxiety or sadness, be sure to get the help you need. The holidays can be a very difficult time. If you are feeling overwhelmed by your feelings, talk to your doctor or find a mental professional.

Best wishes for a peaceful and joyous holiday season and a calm and happy New Year! Paula Mann RN Parish Nurse

 

HOUSE/HOSPITAL CALLS

Please notify the office if you are ill, or know someone in the church who is ill and would like Pastor Blue to call or visit.

 (561) 588-8148

 

HAPPY DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS

 

5      Erica Stucker

6      Margaret Garlic

8      Emily Hen

10      Jean Link

12      Tom Willis

13      Ruth Bachman

Cody Hull

14      Nicholas Hen

20      Bill Handsaw

25      Heather Lopez

DECEMBER  ANNIVERSARIES

 22      Alice and David Hull

24      Kris and Carl Harper

 

Please call the office if we missed your birthday or anniversary.

 

 Thank You to our Ushers that have volunteered to serve your church during the previous months:

Barbara Mason

Don and Arlene Boline

Craig and Lisa Hull

Richard and Peggy Beater

Erica Hen

Les Bauer

Ed Sandy

If anyone else can volunteer to serve, please call Paola Sheppard at the office.

 

 

STEWARDSHIP

Jesus said give 10%.

Give from your Heart!!!

 

PRAYERS, CALLS AND CARDS NEEDED

Please pray for Sheila Madera. who is in the hospital for balance issues, and pray for Edna Matos for relief of anxiety, her health, and the well-being of her husband and brother-in-law.  Pray for Patti DiNardo, who is on new medication and it’s making her sick. Please pray for Paola Sheppard’s mom. Pray for Sam Smith for improved health. Continue to pray for Arlene Bowline’s health. Pray for Pastor Andy Dougherty and his daughter.  Pastor Andy is in Rehab after surgery. Pray for Wades Cheryl’s and Andrew Greco. Pray for Ken, Martha and Art, who are fighting cancer. Prayers are needed for our loyal church members, Meeks and Barb Mason, as well as our dear friend, Wanda Wolf.  We continue our prayers for healing Jean Link, Emily McClumpha and Karen Swedenborg.

For friends and family members who have cancer, pray for healing and direction.

Pray for Pastor Richard Blue Jr. and all our church council members as they guide our church.

Pray for Andy and Lynn Willis and Fanise Cherilus for their efforts to support Good Sam School.

 

POINSETTIAS

Help us beautify our Chancel during the Christmas Season by donating a poinsettia plant. Special envelopes are located  in the Narthex and Fellowship Hall and can be dedicated to loved ones. Please put your offering number on the envelope. The donation for the flowers this year will be $ 8.00.

 

CRAFT AND BAKE SALE

Thanks to the Altar Guild and the Quilting Group for their devotion and energy to have this sale .

Thanks you to Lisa Hull for leading the outdoor food sales.

Thank you to everyone that worked hard on this event.

Income from the sale was  approximately $ 1,600.

 

FOOD PANTRY

In the past couple of months, we were able to give to our

Partner The First Baptist Church of Lantana:

cases of soup

cases of peanut butter

cases of  macaroni and cheese

Miscellaneous cans and foods.

Please continue the good work.

Thank you.

Sheila Madert, Church Council

 

Good Samaritan School News

News from the President

Lawrence says, the concert was a huge success, we had a great time and raised over $4000.00 and profited over $2000.00 toward our project of building the closure wall. We were able to send a deposit so that they can get the work started. Fanise was also able to raise another $500.00 and sent it over for a dozen benches.

Fund Raising — Our next fellowship will be on 12/17.

Yours in Christ, Andy Willis

Vice President, Good Samaritan School, Inc.

A 501(c)3 charity providing a Christian education to the children in poverty in and around Beaufort, Haiti

 

What is Worship? Article by John Piper

Let’s start with the inner essence of worship and then work out to the more public expressions of worship services or daily acts of love, which Paul calls our “spiritual worship” (Romans 12:1). The reason I make the distinction between the inner essence of worship and the external expression of it is because I think Jesus did in Matthew 15:8–9: “This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me.”

For Jesus, this worship amounts to zero. That is what “vain” means. “In vain do they worship me.” Zero. It is not worship. This is a zero worship. It is zero if there is no heart dimension to it. So, you can do as many deeds as you want and go to as many church services as you want and never be worshiping if it is all external and nothing is happening in your heart toward God. All true

Then the question becomes: What is this inner, authentic, Godward experience of the heart that we call the essence of worship? And Jesus pointed us toward an answer in John 4:23–24 he said, “The hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” Notice that worshiping in spirit is not contrasted with worshiping in the body or with the body. Instead, it is put alongside worshiping in truth.

So what would that mean, that we are to be spirit-worshipers, worshiping from the spirit, and truth, driven by truth? I think the point is that when we worship — right worship, good worship, pleasing worship — depends on a right mental grasp of the way God really is, truth. If we worship an idol of our own creation, we are not really worshiping God. And secondly, worship depends on a right spiritual or emotional or affectional heart grasp of God’s supreme value. So true worship is based on a right understanding of God’s nature and it is a right valuing of God’s worth.

And, of course, his worth is infinite. And thus, true worship is a valuing or a treasuring of God above all things. That would be the closest I am going to give to a definition, I suppose. True worship is a valuing or a treasuring of God above all things. So the inner essence of worship is the response of the heart to the knowledge of the mind when the mind is rightly understanding God and the heart is rightly valuing God.

Or you could use words like treasuring or prizing God or delighting in God or reverencing God or being satisfied with God. All of these inner responses to God reflect his infinite worth and beauty. And that is what worship was designed to do: put the supreme worth of God on display. In fact, the English word “worship” comes from worth ship. That is, worship is showing, displaying the worth of God.

We worship God authentically when we know him truly and treasure him duly. Then the word “worship” refers to that valuing, that inner valuing, becoming visible in the world in two basic ways in the New Testament. One is acts of the mouth: acts of praise and repentance in worship services or small group gatherings. And the other is acts of love with the body and the hands and the feet: acts of love that show the supreme value of God by what we are willing to sacrifice for the good of others. And I get those two things from Hebrews 13:15–16. Listen to this amazing summary. It says, “Through him, then,” — through Christ — “let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”

Those two verses begin and end with the term “sacrifice.” And, of course, the sacrifice is an echo from the Old Testament sacrifices which were at the center of the worship and were to display the value of God as we gave up a bull or a goat and showed that God is precious to us, and we value his redemption that comes to us through the sacrifice and now through these sacrifice of Christ. So through Christ two things become worshipful sacrifices in our life: the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name; that is, worship services in singing and praying and repenting and confessing, and secondly, the fruit of deeds. Don’t neglect to do good. Share what you have. Such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Both of those are acts of worship. You see it again in Romans 12:1: “I appeal to you, therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable, which is your spiritual service of worship.” So all of our bodily life done in love for other and in reliance upon God display the worth of God above all things and make us worshipers in our daily life.

So, here is my summary: The inner essence of worship is to know God truly and then respond from the heart to that knowledge by valuing God, treasuring God, prizing God, enjoying God, being satisfied with God above all earthly things. And then that deep, restful, joyful satisfaction in God overflows in demonstrable acts of praise from the lips and demonstrable acts of love in serving others for the sake of Christ.

For His Glory Alone, Gabriella Vanessa Read