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Café

We need assistance with food set up and oversight of the café before and after meetings.  Shifts include:

6:30-6:50 initial set up

6:50-7:15 working the café

9:00-9:15 tearing down and clean up

Greeters

Greeters will need to help with literature and room set up.

Also, they will host the welcome table and assist with the final breakdown of materials and rooms.

Shifts include:

6:30-6:literature and room set up

6:30-7:10 Host the welcome table

9:00-9:15 Final break down of materials and rooms

A/V and Band Assistance

Help is needed to man the lights, sound, and computer display during the main meeting.  Also there are ongoing needs for musicians.

Opportunities include:

6:30-7:00 help with the sound system during band practice

6:30-7:00 computer and light set up

7-8  Running the computer, sound board, and/or lights

Prayer Team

Prayer team members are asked to periodically to pray for offering, closing, openings, and to be available between or after to pray with individuals

Help with Website:

Volunteers needed to  post and share website information on social media.

Readers

Readers will be asked periodically to read openings, hand out chips, read 12 steps, read 8 principals

 

 

 

Use the Volunteer Sign Up form to let us know how you would like to serve!

 

How to Clean Burnt on Caked on Food from Cookware

There was a time when I’d sooner throw away a burnt pan then try to clean it. There were however, several occasions where I did try to scour and scrub a pot or skillet with little hope of it ever sparkling again. It may have been given a hiding place of shame in the back of a cupboard, but eventually if not immediately it would end up in the trash heap.

However, lately I have spent a lot more time in the kitchen, reacquainting myself with good home cooking, and in the process finding myself attached to some beautiful stainless steel skillets and pots that my husband brought into the marriage. Tossing them, or hiding them away is not an option I would consider, so I have found through trial and error how to actually clean them up with little or no “elbow grease”. So now when I discover that my unattended food is melting into a tarry black layer of crusty gunk at the bottom of my favorite skillet I don’t go into panic mode. I realized that the same principles for treating a burn your eyes, stinky, burning pot, applies to relationships.
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   Thanksgiving often brings challenges.  Traditionally,  our friends at Crossroads’ CR  gets together the friday after Thanksgiving to share food and testimonies of gratitude. 

     This year, the Vineyard Fellowship is blessed to host Crossroads as we welcome them to our church on Friday  at 6:30 Nov.23,2012

Its a family event.  Come be blessed.

 Lesson 20 is about our Daily Inventory.  I was thinking about how this reminded me assigning homework.  As adults I how much do we really write down?  I brought with me a remnant from my former career.  As a teacher I often asked students to journal each evening.   Here is a sample of what one of my students wrote:   Journal.1./ today is the first day I write in this agenda and well I was going to move tomorrow and then my uncle said six… 

    Our lesson today is called Daily Inventory However; notice that step 10 does not say how often we do our personal inventory:

Step 10 “We continued to take a personal inventory when we were, wrong promptly admitted it.   It does not say daily, but rather it says when we were wrong.  (We will talk more about that later) The principal however, Principle 7 says to reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, bible reading, and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will.  So I consider of self examination that an inventory fits right in….more… (Click here for complete Lesson notes)

 

Principle 7: Reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will.

Step 11: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and power to carry that out.

  In the past I heard a sermon series on Luke 24. In verse 13 the story known as the road to Emmaus begins. In brief it is the story of two of Jesus’ disciples. The lesser know variety but none the less devout followers who were basically in shock from the recent crucifixion. As they were walking along they were discussing the recent events when Jesus strolled up beside them and joined in their conversation. Acting like he wasn’t aware of what happened till they related their version of what they had seen happen. You see they thought their messiah was coming to wipe away the Roman rule and establish an earthly kingdom. Restore justice and right standing for the chosen of God. They watched in horror as their own religious leaders handed him over to the Romans and they crucified him. Talk about dreams being shattered.  They related to Jesus how after his crucifixion that he had been laid in a tomb only to come up missing a few days later. They were so disillusioned and confused. Even though they were taught the Old Testament prophesies they still were lost and unaware of what the future was all about. So they were headed back to Emmaus to pick up where they left off, virtual prisoners in an enemy occupied country. Not in any way good but familiar. Not too challenging, but it was what they had grown use to accepting.

Sound at all familiar?

That’s relapse. It starts gradually,

subtly.  It starts by going back to what is old and familiar.

Maybe you find yourself looking up an old friend on Facebook.

Or maybe you find yourself casually almost accidentally cruising by an old hangout or watering hole than kind of looking maybe seeing if you recognize someone you knows’ car or looking at the door to see if you recognize anyone coming out.

You start with thinking about how good the old days were.

 I  go back to what I’ve known the longest when I lose sight of what God is doing in my life and it’s not looking the way I thought it would or it’s taking longer than I thought. What he has promised is His plan for my life is not as clear….  (to read whole lesson click here

“Reserve a daily time with God for self-examination,m Bible reading, and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will”.  Celebrate Recovery®’s 8 Principals are based on the beatitudes.  These Versus also support Principal 7. (more…)

Lesson 20

 “Watch and pray so that you do not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” Mark 14:38:

Principle 7: Reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer i
n order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will.
Step 10: We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
 “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!” (1 Corinthians 10:12)

*Daily self examination = daily inventory

Why Journal:

  • ·         To see patterns identify triggers 
  •           To see the exact nature of my wrongs (so that I can become willing to have God remove them)
  •           To have something I can cross off
  • ·          To helps  me to process better
  • ·          To zero in on my stuff (using I statements).

 

Tips to Getting Started

 

  • ·         Start with one positive thing that I did (#1 can be “I’m writing my journal)
  • ·         Have someone help you be accountable
  • ·         have a time and place set aside just for journaling
  • ·         use a timer, limits on time keep me from hyper focusing , or feeling overwhelmed
  • ·         Keep it simple (no editing necessary, doodle, draw, scribble..it’s yours)
  • ·         Use a check-up list to help you:

           

CR suggest using  the Fruit of the Spirit:

 “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Galatians 5:22–23,

 

Daily ask yourself any of these questions to prompt your writing, starting each question with the word Today:

  •   Did I act in loving ways?  How was I un-loving to someone?
  •  Did I act in ways that revealed my  joy  of the Lord?  If not why not?
  •   How was my serenity, my peace? Did anything happen that caused me to lose it? What was my part in it?
  •  Was I patient? What caused me to lose my patience? Do I owe anyone amends?
  •  Would anyone say that I was kind/good? In what ways did I act unkind?
  •  How was my faithfulness?  Did I keep my word with everyone?
  •  How was my gentleness and self-control; was I under control?

( Better yet; Under God’s control)?   Did I lose my temper; speak a harsh or unkind word to someone?   

 

Notice that these questions are about ACTIONS We are not making amends for how we think or feel.

  ..“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart … soul and … mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40

 “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”  James 1:22

  “Our very lives were further proof to you of the truth of our message…”            1 Thessalonians 1:5 (TLB),

 

These 3 scriptures remind us that we “may be the only Bible people will read.”  Principal 7 is about relationships. 
 Isolating may keep your own side of the street clean, but we are called love others.  

 

Types of Inventory:

Ongoing: make amends as soon as you are made aware

Daily: check in with God and yourself every day

Periodic: review several months of journals celebrate and seek God’s intervention

 

Bible verses to learn and follow for step 10:

 “Intelligent people think before they speak; what they say is then more persuasive.” (Proverbs 16:23, GNB)

“Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word, nor unwholesome or worthless talk (ever) come out of your mouth, but only such (speech) as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others.” (Ephesians 4:29, AB)

“A wise, mature person is known for his understanding. The more pleasant his words, the more persuasive he is.” (Proverbs 16:21, GNB)

“A word of encouragement does wonders!” (Proverbs 12:25, TLB)

“If I had the gift of being able to speak in other languages without learning them, and could speak in every language there is in all of heaven and earth, but didn’t love others, I would only be making noise.” (1 Corinthians 13:1, TLB)

 notes from Celebrate Recovery® Lesson 20 Daily Inventory