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Hello, church family!
One of my greatest joys in life is to see the People of God come together to be part of something larger than the individual. There’s just something special about being a part of something that you couldn’t do all by yourself.

As summer wraps up, I’ve noticed that Barbecue Season is still going strong! The scents of grilling meat waft through our neighborhood, causing the mouth to water and the stomach to growl. Have you ever noticed that you don’t use ONE SINGLE piece of charcoal to grill a steak? That would be an odd choice; charcoal briquettes are DESIGNED to be used together, not individually. I suppose it would be technically possible, but that’s not the ideal: you want that steak cooked in minutes, not hours.

I’ve heard lots of people over the years tell me “I don’t have to be a part of a church to be a Christian.” And that’s true, in a sense. But frankly, we’re not DESIGNED to be Lone Ranger Christians. We’re a part of a family of faith, and we’re better together than we ever are apart from one another.

We are a part of the Body of Christ. When we’re “lumped together”, we give off the light of God’s love and keep each other warm in our faith. Come join us this Sunday for our service at 11:00, and a barbecue afterwards. Let’s get cookin’ for Christ!

KFJ – Pastor Ed

Scripture Readings for Worship This Month:
Below are the Bible readings we’ll be studying together in worship in September. We’ll be looking at Jesus’ preparations for the Cross.

9/08: Prelude to the Passion: Woe Warnings
~ Zechariah 7:4-14; Luke 11:37-54
9/15: Prelude to the Passion: Fruitless Frustration
~ Habakkuk 3:13-19; Matthew 21:12-22
9/22: Prelude to the Passion: Eternal Declaration ~ Zechariah 8:16-23; John 10:22-33
9/29: Prelude to the Passion: Right For The Wrong Reason ~ 2 Chr. 30:1-9; John 11:45-57

The Mayonnaise Jar and the 2 Cups of Coffee
When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “yes.”

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

“Now,” said the professor as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things — God, your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions — and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car. The sand is everything else — the small stuff.”

“If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first–the things that really matter. Set your priorities.

The rest is just sand.”

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. “I’m glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.”

September Birthdays

9/1 Rachel Crow
9/3 Shawn Shuler
9/5 Mel Williams
9/8 Carter Wiggins
9/9 Roylene Scoggin
9/10 Lhyn Umland
9/12 Haley Yamane
9/14 Roly Pruneda
9/15 Lee Radach
9/18 Zachary Shuler
9/21 Amy Yamane
9/21 Jordan Dinsmoor
9/22 Carlos Jiminez
9/23 Talley Pierson
9/23 George Phillips
9/23 Dick Scoggin
9/26 Pastor John Wallace
9/30 Rachel Newhouse