October 16, 2017

1039 ROUTE 22, GHENT, NY 12075 518-828-5946 www.angelfire.com/ny5/ghent_ref_church ”We come from where we are and as we are to worship God, to mirror Christ’s teaching and to go where the Spirit leads us; encouraging, informing, nurturing and sustaining those known to us and those whom we have yet to meet.”

THE GHENT REFORMED CHURCH IS A GROUP OF BELIEVERS IN JESUS CHRIST, THE ONE WHO ALWAYS WELCOMED SINNERS, HEALED THE SICK, FED THE HUNGRY, AND PREACHED GOOD NEWS TO THE POOR. IN AN INCREASINGLY SECULAR WORLD, WE CONSIDER OUR CONGREGATION TO BE A MISSION OUTPOST INOUR COMMUITY WHICH ATTEMPTS TO FOLLOW CHRIST'S EXAMPLE. WE SUPPORT LOCAL FOOD PANTIRES, WELCOME THE DOWNHEARTED TO OUR CHURCH FAMILY, AND OFFER BIBLE-BASED PREACHING & LEARNING FOR HUNGRY SOULS. COME AS YOU ARE. WE DO!

PHONE: 518-828-5946 OUR CHURCH SERVICE IS AT 9 AM ON SUNDAY

OFFICE HOURS: 9-10:30am - Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday

10:00 am-12:00 pm.

Office Assistant - Bonnie Pflegl

Sexton: Penny Schertel

Sunday School Superintendents: Penny Schertel

Consistory: Vice President - Martha Leggett

Treasurer: Richard J. Leggett Jr.

Elders: Martha Leggett, Bonnie Pflegl, Liz Grattan, & Bob Gardinier

Deacons: Roberta Keller, Rebecca Preusser

Newsletter of the Ghent Reformed Church

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1039 County Route 22, Ghent, NY 12075; Phone: [518] 828-5946

PRAYER REQUEST

As we have done in the past couple of years, we are not sending out an official newsletter for the months of July and August. Therefore, the Birthdays and Bible Readings for those months are being included in this newsletter so you don’t miss anything. If we have something that comes up in our slow months, we will send out postcards to let you know.

September-October 2017 BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES:

SEPTEMBER 2 PAT & LIZ GRATTAN

4 NANCY ROMANCHUCK

5 JACK & SANDY WILSON

6 BUNNY DELONG

10 FRANK PFLEGL

13 ADAM & LAURA HALSTEAD

17 LISA ANDREWS

18 KENT KELLER

19 ANTHONY MILLER

20 MARY JONES

24 STEVE & LORI MASHAW

25 ED COON 26 CINDY TIPPLE 29 BARBARA GANSOWSKI 30 MARIE CULLEN OCTOBER 2 NANCY BERNINGER 5 BRETT KELLER 10 MARCIA WASHINGTON 15 JOHN & MELISSA WISHON 19 DICK & MARTHA LEGGETT 29 JAYDEN HOWARD GRC UPCOMING DATES:

- 10/17 Cancer Support Group 5:30pm

10/21 Fresh Ham Dinner 5 & 6:30pm

10/27 WWD luncheon 11:30am

11/7 Election Day Cafe (Leggett men & Liz Grattan) 7am to 7 pm 11/8 Consistory Meeting 6:45 pm 11/17 WWD Luncheon 11:30 am 11/18 Gift Fair (Bob Gardinier & Robbie Keller 9 am - 3pm 11/21 Cancer Support Group 5:30 pm September & October Bible Readings

September 1-10

Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28;

Exodus 12:1-14; Psalm 149; Ezekiel 33:7-11; Psalm 119:33-40; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 18:15-20

September 11-17

Exodus 14:19-15:11, 20-21; Psalm 114;

Genesis 50:15-21; Psalm 103:1-13;

Romans 14:1-12; Matthew 18:21-35

September 18-24

Exodus 16:2-15; Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45;

Jonah 3:10-4:11; Psalm 145:1-8;

Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16

September 25-October 1

Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16;

Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32; Psalm 25:1-9; Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:23-32

October 2-8

Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20; Psalm 19;

Isaiah 5:1-7; Philippians 3:4-14;

Matthew 21:33-46; Psalm 80:7-15

October 9-15

Exodus 32:1-14; Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23;

Isaiah 25:1-9; Psalm 23; Philippians 4:1-9; Matthew 22:1-14

October 16-22

Exodus 33:12-23; Psalm 99; Isaiah 45:1-7; Psalm 96:1-13; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 22:15-22;

October 23-31

Deuteronomy 34:1-12; Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17; Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18; Psalm 1; 1Thessalonians 2:1-8; Matthew 22:34-46; Joshua 3:7-17; Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37

SUNDAY SCHOOL UPDATES

Sunday, September 17th at 10 AM, Sunday School launches into the Galaxy with a brunch. Then at 10:30, the students will head off into “Space, that final frontier” with Penny and Robbie at the helm.

There are about a dozen children enrolled for Sunday School which will be from 10:30 to 11:30 each Sunday. And if you haven’t enrolled yet, there’s still room and we’d love to have you join us. BLAST OFF!!!

On Sunday, September 24, there will be a field trip to the Martin VanBuren house at 11AM with a personally guided tour by one of our own, Virginia Schertel. Class will start at 10:30, like usual, and then you will car pool to MVB. (more details on 9/17)

And stay tuned for fund raising projects!

Cancer Support Group

For many years now, the GRC has provided a meeting place for people to get together and discuss their experiences and journey with cancer.

If you would like to share your experience or come for a little comfort, our doors are open and you are welcome. No reservations necessary.

This group usually meets the third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 PM. For further information, please call 828-5946.

HIS LOVING HANDS

September’s mission for HLH is a mission from the heart. We are all familiar with the premise of “Random Acts of Kindness.” Doing something nice for someone else, not looking for praise or recognition, just for the good feelings we experience when we complete our simple act.

If you have a Random Act of Kindness that you would like to anonymously put on a piece of paper, it will be displayed on a bulletin board or poster board. You may pick up a piece of colored paper in the basket outside the Church Office. There will also be a box to put your completed paper in, next to the basket. If you would like to send in your good deed, please don’t put a return address on the envelope.

October HLH will be again providing the school district with items to fill backpacks for children who may not have enough to eat on weekends. Items should be single serve, without too much preparation required. A tote will be in the Sanctuary for CAMP FOWLER

Well, our Ghent golf team made a valiant effort, but were defeated by another team. Better luck next year guys!!

The good news is that Caitlin, who used the scholarship our team won last year, had a great time at camp this summer and looks forward to one day spending time as a camp counselor at Fowler.

CLASSIS HAPPENINGS:

The Commission on Revitalization and Multiplication of Columbia-Greene Classis (chaired by Patty Varga) is looking for individual churches to share staffing of a prayer booth at the Columbia County Fair this year. No single church can do it. Partners are needed.

Kinderhook Reformed Church is seeking other churches to partner with them to host another Stop Hunger Now (renamed Rise Against Hunger) meal packing event on September 9, 2017. Just 20 group donations of $290 each plus 4-6 volunteers per group would mean that we could pack 20,000 meals again. Volunteer lists and monies need to be in by 9/1/17.

WWD (Widows, Widowers, Divorcees)

This group was started a number of years ago to meet the needs of a number of congregants and has grown to encompass numerous members of the community.

They will again meet at the Church hall at 11:30 to share a covered dish luncheon and fellowship on the last Friday of the month. All are welcome (even wannabees).

CHURCH FAIR

The Church Fair date has been set for Saturday, September 30th from 9AM to 3PM. Beth Colwell and Bonnie Pflegl are Co-Chairs.

As in past years, we will have a selection of fresh produce, a silent auction, a penny auction, a raffle, used books, a bake sale, our famous kitchen counter goodies, including home-made soups, pies & sandwiches.

We have a special addition this year we are calling “Ghent’s Goodies.” This table will feature special items like our own pickles, jellies, candies, crafts, etc.

If you can help in any manner by baking, donating something or providing assistance the day of the Fair, please leave a message on the Church phone 828-5946 or call Bonnie at 828-6425.

UPDATE!!!

The new industrial refrigerator has been installed and is nice and COOL.

Because of your generous donations we have able to purchase this fridge, have it installed and continue our “food-related” activities, such as the Church Fair, the Fresh Ham Dinner, the Election Day Café and the Holiday Gift Fair, just to name a few.

Also, an enormous “thank you” to our special benefactor, who provided $4000 toward this purchase and installation.

You are all angels here on earth!

Fresh Ham Dinner

Our popular semi-annual fresh ham dinner will be held on Saturday, October 21st with sit down dinners at 5pm and 6:30pm and take-outs available for pickup at 5:30pm.

This delicious homemade, all-you-can-eat meal includes: fresh ham (roast pork), potatoes, vegetables, applesauce, bread/rolls/muffins and pies for dessert. The cost is $13 for adults, $11 for seniors 60+, $6 for children ages 5-10 and children under 5 are free.

Peter and Penny Schertel are our hosts for the evening. They can use your help on Friday at 10 a.m. to peel potatoes. And on Saturday, they need adult wait staff and helpers who are willing to clean up the kitchen, the dining room and help put the food away.

Please contact the church at 828-5946 or Dick Leggett at 392-2062 to purchase tickets.

SOMETHING NEW

As you are probably aware, Ginsberg’s no longer has a cash & carry outlet. Many of us used to go in and purchase a sleeve of containers, a #10 can of veggies, a dozen eggs or a container of ½ & ½ at reasonable prices.

Now, you must be a customer and buy a case of product. As individuals, most of us can’t afford a case, nor do we have the ability to use a case of product.

We, as a Church, buy certain containers and product by the case, as needed. What we are willing to do is to provide to you a portion of that case, at our cost, certain products that we would be buying a case of anyway.

Shortly, there will be a sheet on the bulletin board with available product and the cost so that we can include you in the purchase of our case of product. You may also call the Church Office at 828-5946. Good Luck, Farewell, God’s Speed

Pastor Nancy’s last day in the pulpit was Sunday, August 27th. And now she and Bert are in process of selling and packing all of their possessions and will head out to Oklahoma, where they have purchased a home for their retirement. If you have any time, even an hour to help in the process, whether packing a box, wrapping breakables or loading stuff in the tractor trailer, please call Pastor Nancy at 828-9778 to schedule a “pack/move date.”

We wish them a safe, uneventful journey to Oklahoma and a long peaceful retirement in their new home.

PULPIT SUPPLY

As we go forward without an installed minister, we will be filling the pulpit with supply ministers and worship leaders. We hope that you will continue to attend worship and support the Ghent Reformed Church and its mission.

The Consistory has commitments for each Sunday through the end of the year. If you have any comments or questions, please do not hesitate to contact a Consistory member.

Here is a list of weekly service leaders for September and October: 9/3 John Moak (he was excellent)

9/10 Beth von den Driesch

9/17 John Moak

9/24 Rev. Jo Prout

10/1 John Moak

10/8 Bonnie Pflegl

10/15 Rev. Chuck Hesslink

10/22 Rev. Jo Prout

10/29 Martha Leggett

MY NEW COAT

I have a new coat. It was designed by God and given to me by Jesus Christ.

I find it fits me perfectly unless I allow myself to become puffed up with foolish pride; then it’s too tight. If I walk with my head high, trying to be above those about, then it’s too short. But if I walk humbly as I should before God, it fits me just right. How is the coat made?

The Shoulders are wide and roomy so that I can help others carry their burdens.

The Collar is made of God’s mercy; yes, the mercy of God’s promises. First, that I may be A Child of God and second, that I will one day dwell with God in that home prepared for God’s children.

The Cuffs are narrow; so that there’s no room to tuck away grievances and hard feelings toward my neighbors.

The Pockets are oversized. One is for the love of God; the other is to hold my love for my neighbors and all humanity.

There are Three Buttons on my coat which stand for faith, hope and charity. I check on them often so that none becomes loose or lost.

The Lining is made of God’s forgiveness, which I need so often that I want it next to me at all times. The Belt is made of God’s love that encircles me each day.

The Material is thick enough to protect me when the storms of life come my way, but not too thick that I will not be able to feel the presence of the Holy Spirit who guides me.

There are many Threads in my new coat, but not one thread of doubt that God’s promises are true.

I will need my coat all through life. When I travel through the valley of death and when I view the future, I will always wear my new coat. Author Unknown

RUNNING BLIND

Years ago, I worked at a summer Bible camp with my cousin Erik. As an evening staff meeting concluded, a sprinkle suddenly became a downpour. Counselors sprinted toward cabins, while Erik and I, who didn’t supervise youngsters, debated whether to wait out the storm.

We opted to run for it, but being visually impaired, I soon realized the sheets of rain, added to the dark, hindered my view. “I can’t see!” I yelled through the wind to Erik. Immediately, he grabbed my hand, pulling me along. “It’s okay!” he shouted back. “I can!”

The sensation of running blindly yet feeling so secure became a metaphor for me about what I can handle and accomplish through faith. When I let God grab my hand and guide me, even when I’m running through dark, stormy times, I experience peace. For though I cannot see what lies ahead, I know God can. by Heidi Mann

REACH OUT AND TOUCH

During Jesus’ earthly ministry, he “healed many [people], so that all who had diseases pressed around him to touch him.” (Mark 3:10) Touching Jesus was enough to make people whole. J.R. Miller (1840-1912) reminded Christians that it’s necessary to keep reaching for Jesus: “It is not enough to be in a crowd that gathers about [Jesus]. It is not enough to be in the congregation that worships. One sitting or bowing next to us may receive a great blessing while we receive none at all. It is because he reaches out his hand of faith and touches Christ, while we, as close in Christ as he is, do not put out our hand to touch him, and therefore receive no blessing.” CHURCH DIRECTORY

NEWSLETTER MAILING LIST

E-MAIL NOTIFICATION LIST

It’s been 4 years since our last Church Directory was processed. We have had many people who have left the area, changed addresses and phone numbers or are no longer with us.

So that we may be in better communication with you, please fill out the below questionnaire and return it to the Church Office by September 30th (when you attend the Church Fair) so that we can have updated/correct information for mailings, notification for prayer requests and important e-mail updates.

If we do not hear from you, we will have to presume that you are no longer interested in receiving the newsletter or being in our Directory.

During this time of change while we reflect upon where we have been and where we will go, we want you to come along with us and we need your updated information and need to know your desire to also go on this journey.

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A MATTER OF PRESPECTIVE

Pastor and author T.D. Jakes tells of visiting a community in Africa where a woman from a local church welcomed him into her small home. Proud to have built the structure herself, she swept her arm toward the door, a blanket, as if she were inviting him into a mansion. She offered him a seat, her bed, and graciously served him a meal. As Jakes departs in a small plane, rain began falling. The pastor looked down and saw his host dancing in gratitude.

He was struck by the contrast between his African host and many Americans, including himself. How often we let worries about our “small” house, lack of nice furniture, or inability to serve gourmet food get in the way of welcoming friends or new acquaintances into our homes. How often we view rain as annoyance, complicating our day and depressing our mood. Meanwhile, this woman was eager to share her humble house and grateful of God’s gift of moisture to her dry homeland.

WHAT YOU MAY FIND

*May you find peace within you today.

*May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

*May you not forget there are infinite possibilities born of faith in yourself and others.

*May you use the gifts with which you were blessed, and pass on to others the love that has been given you. *May you be content with yourself just the way you are.

*Let the fruit of these benedictions settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.

HIT THE ROAD

When a teenager received his driving permit, he asked his father, who was a minister, if they could discuss use of the car.

His father said, “I’ll make a deal with you, you bring your grades up, study your Bible a little and get your hair cut, and then we’ll talk about it.”

A month later, the young man returned to continue the discussion. “Son, I’ve been real proud of you,” the father said. “You’ve brought your grades up and studied your Bible diligently, but you didn’t get your hair cut!”

The teenager replied, “You know I’ve been thinking about that. Samson had long hair, Moses had long hair, Noah had long hair and even Jesus had long hair.”

“Yes,” the father said, “and they walked everywhere they went.”

THE GLADDEST THING

Turn around and believe that the good news that we are loved is better than we ever dared to hope, and that to believe in that good news, to live out of it and toward it, to be in love with that good news, is of all glad things in this world the gladdest thing of all.

Frederick Buechner

GET MOVING

Faith is the word that describes the direction our feet start moving when we find we are loved. Faith is stepping out into the unknown with nothing to guide us but a hand just beyond our grasp.

Frederick Buechner

8/17/17 REFLECTIONS by Bonnie

I came out of the Church this afternoon, got into my “little red rocket” and was about to skedaddle out of there when I stopped short, mouth agape in amazement. One of the maple trees next to the parking lot was almost 50% orange, yellow and somewhat red. And at the base of the tree were dried up, fallen leaves.

What in the world? It’s August. Last night was cool, but it was only in the 50s, no frost. It hasn’t been dry (by any means), so that shouldn’t be a factor. No other tree within my sight was changing color, whether a maple or not. What in the world?

And then in an instant my next thoughts were….Summer’s over, Fall’s here and pretty soon it will be snowing!!! I went from amazement and wonder to depression and despondency in 3 seconds flat. Where had summer gone?

When I was a child, my Mother used to say that the older you get, the quicker time goes. Of course as a child, I didn’t believe her, just as most kids don’t believe their parents when they impart their sage advice. Now that I am “older” I am stunned that she was right.

But how can time go faster when there are still 24 hours in each day? Maybe it’s because we, as adults, bring so much into our lives that we feel needs to be accomplish that our question has become… “You mean there are ONLY 24 hours in each day?”

Perhaps seeing that beautifully, bedecked, maple tree is God’s way of hitting me upside my head and telling me to “STOP, look, enjoy and find some peace in all that is around you!”

As we begin to gear up and focus on all of things that make GRC what it is; as we continue our mission without an installed minister; as we reflect on who we are and where we are going in the next few years; as we pray for discernment to go where God wants us to go, not where WE want to go; as we send our children off to school; as we teach our children the Good News that they too are part of God’s plan; as we prepare ourselves for the birth of that baby who was born for us, who died for us, who took our sins with him to the cross and who rose again granting us the gift of salvation; may we make significant moments to STOP, LOOK, ENJOY & FIND PEACE. God is all around us … all the time. In the changing of the leaves, the call of a bird, the laugh of a child and even a snowflake falling. Fear not the changes, but embrace them. It’s God’s way of keeping us on our toes!

EXPO 1967 in Montreal, Canada

50 years ago, the Ghent Reformed Church Youth Group, under the guidance of Rev. Chuck Hesselink, worked very hard to collect the funds necessary to go camping and attend the Expo in Canada. They even had a “slave auction” where the kids were “auctioned off”. The maximum work time was 3 hours. Those who participated were Betsy, Billy, Carol, Chuck, Dave, Jack, Joanne, John Judy, Leslie, Liz, Mike & Nancy.

Recently, Rev. Hesselink found the hand-outs for that sojourn and sent them to me. (I was amazed at the detail of what each child was to pack, what the menu was for each day and who was performing each daily task. So, I thought I would share it with you. A real “blast from the past!”) Girl’s Clothing & Personal Items:

Dress you wear to expo, underwear, slip, 2 skirts, 3 sleeveless tops, 2 shorts, dungarees, sweat-shirt, bathing suit & cap, pajamas (flannel), sweater (for w/skirt), 2 pair walking shoes (sneakers), flats or sandals, curlers & pins, plastic bag for comb & brush, deodorant, tooth brush & paste, shampoo.

Boy’s Clothing & Personal Items:

Underwear, 3 pair pants, 3 shirts, sweat-shirt, 5 pair socks, deodorant, shoes, swimming suits, athletic supporter, pajamas (flannel if possible), jacket, shaving supplies, hair care equipment

Each person is responsible for:

Sleeping equipment, silverware, rain equipment, extra shoes, flashlight, bug repellent, soap, 2 wash cloths & bath towels, tooth brush & paste, toilet articles, camera & film (optional), spending money

Each day 2 kids were assigned to Tent Cleanup, 2 were assigned to prepare each meal and 2 were assigned to do the dishes after each meal. Chuck & Carol also helped with these tasks. Everyone helped to set up and break down camp. Not only were assignments listed by day next to the menu, but they were then listed by each person’s name on a separate piece of paper. All you had to do was find your name (in alphabetical order) and you would know for certain what you were supposed to be doing and when.

On Monday and Wednesday, supper was eaten at the Expo. $1 was supplied toward the cost of your meal. On Thursday, lunch was at a restaurant in Canada, along with another $1 supplied. ($1 won’t buy a bottle of water or a bag of potato chips today.)

Here are some sample menus:

Breakfast 1: pancakes, bacon, pineapple-grapefruit juice, coffee, tea, hot chocolate

Breakfast 2: assorted cold cereals, donuts, Tang, coffee, tea, hot chocolate

Breakfast 3: scrambled eggs, sausage, grape juice, coffee, tea, hot chocolate

Lunch 1: PB&J sandwiches, potato chips, cookies, apples

Lunch 2: hamburger, buns, catsup, mustard, baked beans, soda, brownies

Lunch 3: cold cut & cheese sandwiches, celery & carrot sticks, raisins

Supper 1: Spaghetti w/grated cheese, tossed salad, salad dressing, bread & butter, jello

Supper 2: hot dogs, rolls, catsup, mustard, green beans, potato chips, peaches, milk

My personal favorite is Lunch on the last day before packing up and leaving right after lunch: Sandwiches, peanut butter & jelly, jam, any leftover edibles, milk.

2017 GRC Budget Highlights:

The 2017 budget was presented to the Congregation and passed. The 2016 budget was $118,337. The total budget for the coming year is $115,003. This represents a decrease in the amount of $3,374. There are copies of the entire budget on the bookcase outside the Office, but here are some of the line items that were decreased.

• Denominational Assessment ($857)

• Parsonage Electric ($300)

• Mileage Reimbursement ($500)

• Worker’s Comp ($600)

• Church Heat ($1,500)

• Office Supplies ($300)

SENIOR VERSION OF JESUS LOVES ME

An Atlanta Church was honoring one of its senior pastors who had been

retired many years. He was 92 at that time and I wondered why the church

even bothered to ask the old gentleman to preach at that age. After a warm

welcome, introduction of this speaker, and as the applause quieted down,

he rose from his high back chair and walked slowly, with great effort and

a sliding gait to the podium. Without a note or written paper of any kind

he placed both hands on the pulpit to steady himself and then quietly and

slowly he began to speak....

"When I was asked to come here today and talk to you, your pastor asked me

to tell you what was the greatest lesson ever learned in my 50-odd years

of preaching. I thought about it for a few days and boiled it down to just

one thing that made the most difference in my life and sustained me

through all my trials.. The one thing that I could always rely on when

tears and heartbreak and pain and fear and sorrow paralyzed me...

The only thing that would comfort was this verse......

"Jesus loves me this I know.

For the Bible tells me so.

Little ones to Him belong,

We are weak but He is strong.....

Yes, Jesus loves me....

The Bible tells me so."

The old pastor stated, "I always noticed that it was the adults who chose

the children's hymn 'Jesus Loves Me' (for the children of course) during a

hymn sing, and it was the adults who sang the loudest because I could see

they knew it the best."

"Here for you now is a Senior version of Jesus Loves Me":

JESUS LOVES ME

Jesus loves me, this I know,

Though my hair is white as snow

Though my sight is growing dim,

Still He bids me trust in Him.

(CHORUS)

YES, JESUS LOVES ME.. YES, JESUS LOVES ME..

YES, JESUS LOVES ME, FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO.

Though my steps are oh, so slow,

With my hand in His I'll go

On through life, let come what may,

He'll be there to lead the way.

(CHORUS)

When the nights are dark and long,

In my heart He puts a song..

Telling me in words so clear,

"Have no fear, for I am near."

(CHORUS)

When my work on earth is done,

And life's victories have been won.

He will take me home above,

Then I'll understand His love.

(CHORUS)

I love Jesus, does He know?

Have I ever told Him so?

Jesus loves to hear me say,

That I love Him every day.

(CHORUS)

So it is with us as it was with that old, old preacher. Don't ever lose sight of the FACT that Jesus does and forever will love you.

A churchgoer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. "I've gone for 30 years now," he wrote, "and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me, I can't remember a single one of them. So, I think I'm wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all."

This started a real controversy in the "Letters to the Editor" column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:

"I've been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this: They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!"

When you are DOWN to nothing.... God is UP to something! Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible, and receives the impossible! Thank God for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment! "When Satan is knocking at your door, simply say "Jesus, could you get that for me? "!!!!"

The following was written by Edgar Allen Poe in 1849 for his mother-in-law

“To My Mother”

Because I feel that, in the Heavens above,

The angels, whispering to one another,

Can find, among their burning terms of love,

None so devotional as that of “Mother,”

Therefore by that dear name I long have called you—

You who are more than mother unto me,

And fill my heart of hearts, where Death installed you,

In setting my Virginia’s spirit free.

My mother—my own mother, who died early,

Was but the mother of myself; but you

Are mother to the one I loved so dearly,

And thus are dearer than the mother I knew

By that infinity with which my wife

Was dearer to my soul than its soul-life.

And, as we go through the summer, let us not forget that on July 4th, we celebrate and remember that our freedom was fought for and won many years ago. Many have died so that we can live.

N-Notes from NaNcy at the eNd of the Newsletter In God’s BIG Love, Pastor Nancy

Community Hospice

The Community Hospice provides free support to children, teens, adults and families who have experienced the death of a family member or friend, regardless of the cause of death. For more information, you can call our local Community Hospice in Catskill at 943-5402 or go on line at: www.HospiceGriefServices.com.

GHENT REFORMED CHURCH

October 15, 2017 - World Wide Communion Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, Cycle A

Organist: Position Open

Today's Worship Leader, Rev. Charles Hesselink

1039 ROUTE 22, GHENT, NY 12075

518-828-5946 www.angelfire.com/ny5/ghent_ref_church

“We come from where we are and as we are to worship God, to mirror Christ’s teaching and to go where the Spirit leads us; encouraging, informing, nurturing and sustaining those known to us and those whom we have yet to meet.”

We Enter God’s Presence

PRELUDE WELCOME & PREPARATION CALLING ONE ANOTHER TO WORSHIP responsive

L: Leader: We have gathered here this morning to worship God

People: We have come seeking comfort, inspiration, community and insight.

Leader: We have come to open ourselves to the power of God's presence in our midst.

All: We have come to offer up the seasons and the turnings of our lives, and to ask God's help in our learning and growing.

LIGHTING THE CHRIST CANDLE

*HYMN ”15 - Rejoice, Ye Pure In Heart"

CALL TO RECONCILIATION

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

unison God of mercy, we are not as compassionate as the good Samaritan; we are not as joyfully forgiving as the father of the prodigal son; we do not invest as wisely as the widow with the mite; our faith is not as strong as that of the woman at the well; nor are we as trusting as the boy with the loaves and fishes. We are learning how to apply your Son's teachings to our lives. Lord, help us grow in faith, in trust, and in loving service to others. Amen. [Silent prayers may be offered.]

KYRIE (sung unison) Lord, have mercy upon us; Christ have mercy upon us; Lord have mercy upon us.

WORDS OF PEACE AND PARDON < *UNISON READING - Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. *AFFIRMATION OF FAITH Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into Hell. The third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty, from thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sin, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

*GLORIA PATRI #559

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be. World without end. Amen. Amen.

*Hymn #11 - "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God"

We Hear God’s Word

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

SCRIPTURE The Epistle - Philippians 4:1-9 1So then, my friends, how dear you are to me and how I miss you! How happy you make me, and how proud I am of you!—this, dear friends, is how you should stand firm in your life in the Lord. 2Euodia and Syntyche, please, I beg you, try to agree as sisters in the Lord.3And you too, my faithful partner, I want you to help these women; for they have worked hard with me to spread the gospel, together with Clement and all my other fellow workers, whose names are in God's book of the living. 4May you always be joyful in your union with the Lord. I say it again: rejoice! 5Show a gentle attitude toward everyone. The Lord is coming soon.6Don't worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask ... New Testament - Matthew 22:1-14 22 And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, 3 and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. 4 Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.”’ 5 But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. 6 And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. 7 But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. 8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. 9 Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’ 10 So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. 11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. 12 So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and[a] cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.” Reader: This is the word of the Lord. People: Thanks be to God

MESSAGE “Humble Origins

We Respond in Thanksgiving

OFFERING

OFFERTORY

DOXOLOGY

Praise God from who all blessings flow. Praise Him all creatures here below. Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

PRAYER OF DEDICATION

ANNOUNCEMENTS and Prayer Concerns

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & LORD’S PRAYER

*HYMN #491 - It Only Takes a Spark

BENEDICTION

POSTLUDE

The Ghent Reformed Church is a group of believers in Jesus Christ, the one who always welcomed sinners, healed the sick, fed the hungry, and preached good news to the poor. In an increasingly secular world, we consider our congregation, which attempts to follow Christ’s example, to be a mission outpost in our community. To that end, we support local food pantries, visit the sick and those in prison, volunteer in many community causes, welcome the downhearted to our church family, and offer Bible-centered preaching and learning for hungry souls. Come as you are. We do!

Please pray for the following individuals and families during the week of October 15 thru October 21: Conrad & Donna Coon, Ed & Bev Coon, Garee & Audrey Coon, Richard Coon, Marie Cullen, Harold & Donna Davis, Bunny DeLong.

For Medical Problems: , George Bednar, Nancy Berninger; Doris Buckley, Mike Burrows; Sally Charron; Ed Coon, Willie Craver, Jen Daley; Marcy Daniel; Eryn; Bootie Fenoff, Liz's friend Courtney, Bill Mink; Pat Hutchings, Barbara Jenrich; Dan Jones' student's Grandmother mary Jane; Mark Kline; Jim & Anita Leggett; Rick Leggett’s co-worker Roberta; Ida Leiser; Cheryl Manchuk; Mando; Shelly Mann; Bert McClure-Long;Paulette Michaels; Bill Mink; Jeanette Mink, Erin Moeller; Jim Moore; Marion Ozga; Katie Pomeroy; Paulette Michaels; Kathy Primiano,; Frank Rizzi; Tom Romanchuk; Linda Rutherford; Linda Schenk; Alice, Peter Schertel's sister; Christianne Schertel, Sharon Story; Brett Tipple, Erika Bornn Tipple; Sandy; Martha sSeymour, Paul Silvernail; Cornelia Sutter; Pam Stubbs; Nancy Stinard, Cornelia Sutter; Larry Van Brunt; Suzanne Van Brunt;Jack Wilson

For Healing From Surgery: Alice, Katina Chiera; Bob Gardinier; Kathy Jones' step sister Romana; Judy; Kim Meade, Ellie Millback, Jim Moore, Kathy Morano, Katy Pomeroy; Barbara Slater. For Those in Distress: Several members of the cancer support group; Marie Cullen; Barbara & John Gansowski, Heidi Howard & family; Florence Kring; Adrianna Mendel’s family; April Pomeroy; those with addictions and their families; Schodack Landing Reformed Church.

For Those in Mourning: Family & friends of Danielle Fallon; Maryann Gorman; Chris Howard; of Mark Leggett; Maurice Miller (Stephanie Poucher's Dad), Boyd Schumann

For Support and Strength: Debbie Debella, Liz’s whole family; William Mink family; Meredith and her family, Suzanne Maiella; Jessica & John Mossing, Nancy Romanchuck;Barbara Stevens;

For Praise & Thanks: Dot Losee; Elaine Rivenburg, Nancy Romanchuk;

Our Service Men & Women: Ian Jackson; Robert Story (Shelby’s boyfriend); for all veterans; for all who are currently serving; for our commander in chief

Note: Nancy Romanchuk is currently living with her son Tom R. [who just had a stroke]

at 58 Shore Drive, Elizaville 12523; her cell phone number is [518] 461-9135.

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