HOLDING GRUDGES…………It really isn’t worth it.  Why?

It was recently reported that Paul E. Donovan Jr. was arrested and charged with institutional vandalism of a cemetery in Pennsylvania.  Apparently video surveillance caught Donovan Jr. spray painting a tombstone with the name “John”.  When asked by the authorities why he did this, Donovan Jr. explained that he was getting revenge for the $300 the deceased had stolen from him back in the 1950’s.  Yikes!

Some revenge.  The judge has now ordered that Donovan Jr. pay $1,500 in damages for the vandalism.  See, holding grudges and getting revenge just isn’t worth it.

Jesus says in this weekend’s lesson, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate!”  Letting go of grudges and excess baggage is one way to lighten our load so that we can fit in the narrow passage.

PASTOR AWAY…………Pastor Arden Walz will be leading us in worship this Sunday as Pastor and family head for a week’s vacation to Cannon Beach.  Oscar will be leading the Wired Word discussion about the topic down below this email–discussion begins at 8:30 in the fellowship hall.  Pastor will be leaving on August 20th and return on Saturday, August 27th.  If you are in need of pastoral assistance, please contact Peace’s Deacon, Larry Oliver.  You can also contact the elders: Bob, Elaine or Oscar.

CHURCH IN THE PARK…………Sunday, August 28th will be Philomath’s church in the park.  Worship begins at 10:30 under the gazebo.  After the worship service we will join together for chicken.  Bring chair(s) to sit and a side dish to share!  There will not be regular worship at Peace Sunday, August 28th as we set aside this time once a year to celebrate the joy it is to serve Jesus in partnership with other Christians.  Also……..Brad Hellesto will be opening the service with a welcome and prayer.

PHILOMATH SCHOOL SUPPLY GIVE AWAY..……….Thank you for your donations and great job!  We had more school supplies dropped off today.  Bring school supplies to Peace for the Philomath School District by August 25th.  The supplies will go a long way in getting our students off to a good start.

BELIEVE………..We are starting a brand new and exciting study this fall based on the book, Believe.  The study will encourage us to put on the fruit of the spirit.  Believe is the follow up study to The Story which we studied last year.  We have ordered many copies of the book–the cost will only be $5.  See Oscar to get a copy.

WIRED WORD…………..We are meeting this Sunday, August 21st at 8:30 am in the fellowship hall.  To prepare for discussion, check out the article below:

A Special Day Turns Into an ‘Unspeakable Tragedy’
The Wired Word for the Week of August 7, 2016

In the News

A hot-air balloon crashed and burned during an early morning flight near Lockhart, Texas, on July 30, killing all 16 people on board, making it the deadliest balloon disaster ever in the United States, and the second deadliest worldwide.

Part of the balloon hit power lines in the crash, though it’s not yet known what role, if any, that played in the disaster. The incident is still under investigation by the NTSB. Robert Sumwalt, a spokesperson for that group, said that to determine the cause of the crash, investigators will look at three main factors: the balloon, its operators and the environment.

Right now, however, the main story is the tragedy of lives lost — 15 passengers and the pilot.

The balloon was operated by Heart of Texas Hot Air Balloon Rides. A statement on the company’s website says, “It is with extraordinarily heavy hearts that we announce the suspension of operations at Heart of Texas Hot Air Balloon Rides. The horrific crash near Lockhart, Texas, has taken from us our owner and Chief Pilot, Skip Nichols, as well as 15 passengers, all of whom saw what was planned to be a special day turn into an unspeakable tragedy.”

At this point, there is no known history of problems with that company’s flights.

More on this story can be found at these links:

Hot-Air Balloon Crash in Texas Kills 16, Officials Say. New York Times
Texas Hot Air Balloon Hit Power Lines Before Crash, NTSB Says. CNN
Heart of Texas Hot Air Balloon Rides
Heartbreaking Selfies Emerge of San Antonians Killed in Worst Hot Air Balloon Crash in U.S. History. My SA

The Big Questions

  1. In what specific ways do you try to keep yourself ready to “meet your Maker”?
  2. Do you find the biblical teachings about living “ready” a source of fear, of comfort or of some other emotion (and if so, what emotion)? Why?
  3. If we are saved by faith and not by works (Galatians 2:16), which one is involved in being “ready”? Explain your answer. How does the concept of Christian hope (i.e., not “wishful thinking” but “a strong and confident expectation”) come into play?
  4. Do you prefer not to know when your earthly life will end? Why or why not?
  5. If you knew for sure that your life would end within the next three months, what, if anything, would you do differently from what you are doing now? Why?