Message from Rev. Moore – November 2016

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (James 1:17 ESV)

In 1900 a Japanese writer named Natsume Soseki visited England for the first time. While he was there he was surprised to discover that few of the locals appreciated or even noticed all of the beauty that he saw. Soseki was so captivated by the snow that he invited some friends over for a “snow-viewing,” but they just laughed at him. When he told another group that the Japanese are deeply emotional about the moon, they looked at him with confusion. Then Soseki told the following story:

One day, when [my host] and I took a walk in the garden, I noted that the paths between the rows of trees were all thickly covered with [beautiful] moss. I offered a compliment, saying that these paths had magnificently acquired a look of age. Whereupon my host replied that he soon intended to get a gardener to scrape all this [ugly] moss away.

Soseki’s surprise—that is his discovery that few locals in England during the turn of the Century and at the end of the Victorian era, appreciated or took notice of the beauty around them—reminds me of a Chinese proverb: “If you want to know about water don’t ask a fish.” The point of the proverb (and Soseki’s experience), is that too often we take too much for granted. We take too much for granted because we don’t stop and reflect and give thanks for what’s right before our eyes. When was the last time you or I were thankful for something as simple as a bright sunny day? As James says, all good gifts come down from God, especially the gift of light. As a pastor, I am thankful for the churches I have served. As your newly elected pastor, I am truly grateful and honored to serve you.

This month when we say grace over our Thanksgiving meal, may we thank God first and foremost for things we take for granted. May we thank God for life and light, for family and friends, for faith, for work and relaxation—all for the glory of God and our satisfaction in Him.

Soli Deo Gloria
Pastor Carl

 

Presbyterian Women – Fall 2016

STARKDALE PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

All women in the congregation are invited to come and enjoy a time of fellowship and bible study with our Starkdale Presbyterian Women. (SPW).  All gatherings start with lunch, followed by Bible study and a short meeting.  If you are new to the church, this is a wonderful way to get to know your church family.  We encourage all of you to come and share in this special time of Christian fellowship.

Gatherings are held the fourth Tuesday of September, October, March, April and May.  Due to Thanksgiving and Christmas, gatherings for November will be held the third Tuesday, and the Christmas gift exchange and luncheon will be the second Tuesday. Please note the new time. Social time will begin  at 11:30 a.m.  If you aren’t familiar with SPW, the main purpose of our organization is to create a climate for spiritual development and growth of all women in the congregation and to encourage and promote Christian fellowship.

We also work toward raising funds for local charities, helping with some of the cost of our youth who attend Elkhorn Valley Church Camp every summer, recognizing our graduates in June, and sponsoring an Over 80’s luncheon for those “youngsters’ who are 80 or over.

SPW Officers are:  Co-moderators, Janet Stukins and Janice Whitaker; Secretary, Mary Beth Allan; Treasurer, Joyce Palmer; Assistant Treasurer, Ella Jane Burns and Mission Involvement, Helen Unsold.

Hope to see you soon.