SIBLING RIVALRY…………Yes, it exists.  We will see this Sunday in the reading of brothers Cain and Abel from Genesis 4.  Cain offered the Lord a sacrifice of the first fruits from his ground and Abel brought the firstborn of his flock.  For whatever reason, the Lord favord Abel’s offering.  Envy takes its course and the result is the first case of murder with Cain killing Abel.

We are all tempted to play the sibling rivalry game.  Comparing our things to their things comes quite natural.  Comparing mom and dad’s love for them is an easy game to play.  How do we get around this unhealthy epidemic passed down from our ancient ancestors?

One way to alter our hearts is to look differently with our eyes.  What if we chose to look at our sibling(s) through our parent’s eyes?  If we did, we would likely find out that our parents love them too.  And if our parents love them, then we too should empathize with their cause.

When I am frustrated with my siblings, I now try to stop thinking about my opinions, judgements, and arguments.  In those challenging moments, I am trying more and more to see them through my parent’s perspective.

We are always a work in progress.  God’s peace be with you and your family!

PHILOMATH OPEN STUDIOS…………..The next two weekends (October 22-23 and 29-30) are Philomath’s Art Tour.  Galleries throughout the town and outlying areas will be open from noon to five for viewing.  Go to this website for details on locations:  Debby Sundbaum-Sommers is opening up her studio–stop by and say hello.  She is Location #1 on the map.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL……………This week we are looking at Chapter 7 of Believe.  The chapter covers the Christian teaching of humanity.  The key idea is this:  All people are loved by God and need Jesus as their Savior.  We will begin at 9:45 in the sanctuary–thanks for leading us Brad!

ROTARY PROGRAM…………Next week’s program will be given by Kelsey Evers.  Kelsey is the Program Coordinator of Girls on the Run.  The mission of Girls on the Run:  We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.  Lunch begins at noon–let me know if you would like to attend.