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September 30, 2015
All Church Conference
Tuesday, October 13
5:00pm Dinner (bring salad or dessert)
6:00pm Meeting with District Superintendent
A friend sent me this devotional last week after I put my foot in my mouth during a conversation. I know some of you might have done the same once upon a time, so I thought I would share this with you. - Melissa
How to Stop Shooting From the Lips
"Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding." Proverbs 17:27 (ESV)
When I was a little girl, one of my favorite places to pass the time was on our couch, snuggled up on my father’s lap, watching television. One of my dad’s favorite programs was also one of mine — the Andy Griffith Show. The plot centered around the folk of a small town named Mayberry and featured Sheriff Andy Taylor, a widower, his precocious young son, Opie, and their loving Aunt Bea who kept things together on the home front.
But my favorite character of all was the sheriff’s bumbling sidekick, Deputy Barney Fife. I laughed my way through Barney’s antics.
Trigger-happy Barney prided himself on being "quick to the draw," and he loved to "watch the lead fly." He would frantically grab for his gun whenever there was an utterance of trouble brewing. In haste and excited recklessness, he would try to draw his pistol from his holster to protect the town from evil, but in doing so, he’d
shouldn’t shoot from the hip with our words either. Better said, we shouldn’t "shoot from the lip."
Today’s key verse from the book of Proverbs states, "Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding." The book of Proverbs has many pieces of advice for how and how not to use our words. In fact, just a few pages later in Proverbs 29:20 we read, "Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him" (ESV).
When I’m hasty with my words, I end up shooting myself in the foot, just like Barney. It’s foolish, and in my own reality apart from TV land, shooting from the lip doesn’t hurt just me. I also wound innocent bystanders on the other end of my unfortunate misfire, causing damage when my words tear into another’s heart.
So how do we remedy this quick-to-the-draw impulse and keep ourselves from the damaging habit of shooting from the lip?
We need to do what Proverbs 17:27 urges: restrain our words, have knowledge and a cool spirit. This means to stop, really think about what to say and allow our emotions to simmer down a bit before we let any words emerge from our mouth.
Back in Mayberry, the insightful Sheriff Taylor required that Deputy Barney keep his only bullet tucked safely in his shirt pocket. This way it took him a few seconds to load his gun, giving him time to think before he acted. When ol’ One Bullet Barney listened to his boss’s order, he had fewer accidents and less embarrassment.
However, Barney didn’t always take Andy’s advice. Throughout the episodes, the gawky deputy periodically reverted to old habits and prematurely loaded his gun. Those instances resulted in great ratings for the show and plenty of laughs, but they also serve as reminders that we can easily slip into our old "quick-draw" selves.
Barney had to make a choice to keep his bullet in his pocket. We have to make the choice every day to put away the verbal ammunition and restrain our words. When we choose to pause and ponder before we let words fly, we can keep a misfire from occurring.
Can we put our words away? Can we tuck them safely in a place where we will have to stop, think and cool down before speaking? Let’s keep our speech unlocked and unloaded, and not make it a practice to mindlessly shoot from the lip.
Father, help me pause and ponder before I speak, preventing myself from thoughtlessly shooting from the lip. I want my words to please You and not wound others.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Grace and Blessing,
1) If you are missing a bag full of jars of Jam/Jelly – one was left at the church on Sunday. We have put the bag in the fridge.
2) Directory updates: This Sunday is the last day to get your corrections in and to have a photo taken to be included in the calling directory. Please be sure we have your current/correct information.
Looking for Drivers – St. Andrew’s has committed to delivering FORKids food bags once a week (during the school year) to Olympic View Elementary. We need people who are willing to go pick up the bags and drive them to the school.
Meeting today (Wednesday) 12:30pm at the church or 12:45pm at the Food Bank Warehouse (2260 Mottman Rd, Tumwater)- this will be our first delivery and a great chance to check out the school.
If you can help, please sign up so we know who will cover which weeks on the Bulletin Board.
Sept 30 Choir Rehearsal Schedule
5:45pm 9am Combo
6:30pm Bell Choir
7:30pm 11am Vocal Choir
Oct 1 Reports due for All Church Conference
Oct 12 Monday Evening Study begins @ 6:30pm
Fun and interesting, 6 week study, on ‘The Life and Message of the Apostle Paul’. We use a DVD video to see places that Paul traveled and learn how he spread the word of Christ and helped build the early church. The study goes from 6:30pm- 7:30pm on Mondays. Books are available, if you can donate $10 toward their cost that is appreciated. (Meeting dates: 9/28, 10/12, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9)
Oct 13 All Church Conference w/ District Superintendent Rev. Cara Scriven
5:00pm Dinner (bring salad or dessert to share)
Oct 24 Church Clean Up, 9am – noon
Get the church ready for winter. It takes a lot of people to do the indoor and outdoor jobs to keep the church clean and well maintained. Please plan to come help.
Oct 25 Game Night, 4:30pm – 7:00pm
Education Committee is providing Chili, cornbread and drinks. Bring food and games to share. If you know how to play chess or want to learn a couple of our members will be offering games and instructions.
Oct 27 Packing FORKids bags at Food Bank Warehouse @ 3:30pm-5:30pm
FORKids Backpack program
NEEDED: Chef Boyardee microwavable cups, Vienna sausage, Fruit cups, pudding cups. Place in box on the floor inside Sanctuary doors
Pack FORKids bags from 3:30pm – 5:30pm, 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of every month.
Feeding program: Saturday, Sept 26 from 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Join our St. Andrew’s team to feed the hungry in Lacey. In conjunction with St. Benedict’s Episcopal we serve a hot meal and host a food bank satellite for the homeless and low-income people in our community. Come help set-up, serve, clean-up. Talk to Rich Green for more information.
Items we collect Year Round
Besides food for the school bags and the Food Bank we collect:
Aluminum Cans – we recycle and the $ goes for Missions. Place in the small house to the left of the dumpster in parking lot.
Hygiene items – for homeless. Especially needed are trial size soaps, shampoos, and toothpaste. Also toothbrushes, toilet paper, diapers, and feminine product. Must be new still in packaging. Place in ‘Donation’ bin across from Pastors’ Office
Plastic Shopping Bags & Empty Egg Cartons that hold a dozen eggs: Food bank could use your clean plastic shopping bags and empty egg cartons to use in passing out food to families. Please put in the Food Bank bin just inside the Sanctuary doors.
Small Group Meetings – EVERYBODY WELCOME:
Adult Sunday School ~ 9:30am – 10:30am
Adult Sunday School will begin at 9:30am and will end at 10:30am when the choir starts to practice.
Quilters – 3rd Thursdays of each month, 10am - 2pm
This group is responsible for supplying the comfort quilts St. Andrew’s gives people at Baptism and during emergency/crisis circumstances. They also love to try new quilting techniques. Bring something to share for lunch. Contact: Denise Gerth
Singles Luncheon Group – meets 3rd Wednesday of each month
Next meeting- October 21 @ 11:30am, Lacey – Red Lobster
For ALL singles (widowed, never been married, divorced, separated, etc.)
Contact: Chris Regester
No-host After Church lunch – meets every Sunday after 11:00 service for lunch
at Emperor’s Palace (on Martin)
St. Andrew's Preschool Registration 2015 - 2016
Fill out the information at this link and return it to the office with a $110.00 non-refundable registration fee to guarantee your child’s placement for next year. A full Registration packet will need to be filled out and returned to the office, packets will be handed out at the Parent Orientation in August. Please check the class you wish for your child to attend. We register on a first come first registered basis, we will not be able to hold spots for children until this form is filled out and the registration fee is paid.
Thank you, Kathy Bowen, Preschool Director 360-491-2030
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