This Week at Southminster
Monday: 6:30 pm Scouts (Fellowship Hall & Green Room)
7:00 pm Scouts (Manse)
Tuesday: 10:00 am Staff Meeting (Evelyn's office)
Wednesday: 10:00 am Children's Chapel (Sanctuary)
11:30 am Centering Prayer (Sanctuary)
6:00 pm Admin & Finance Mtg. (Office)
6:00 pm Building & Grounds Mtg. (Library)
7:00 pm Choir Practice (Sanctuary)
Friday: Happy Valentine's Day
February 10-16, 2020
Saturday: 3:30 pm Lorenzo Dituro's Birthday (Fellowship Hall)
Sunday: 9:00 am Telos (Sanctuary)
9:45 am Discussion Forum (Fellowship Hall)
10:00 am Telos "Big Meeting" Brunch (Fellowship Hall)
11:00 am Worship Service
12:00 pm Session Meeting (Fellowship Hall)
1:00 pm EPMC (Sanctuary)
Commandments and Relationships Matthew 5:21-37
21 ‘You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, “You shall not murder”; and “whoever murders shall be liable to judgement.” 22But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgement; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, “You fool”, you will be liable to the hell of fire. 23So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. 25Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. 26Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.
27 ‘You have heard that it was said, “You shall not commit adultery.” 28But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to go into hell.
31 ‘It was also said, “Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.” 32But I say to you that anyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
33 ‘Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, “You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.” 34But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37Let your word be “Yes, Yes” or “No, No”; anything more than this comes from the evil one.
As we continue to study the Sermon on the Mount, this week we find Jesus issuing some seemingly harsh commandments. He begins with “You have heard it was said…” and ends with “…but I say…” Is Jesus simply adding more rules for us to follow? Or is Jesus setting us free by adding “…but I say…”? Is it easier for you to follow the commandment not to steal or easier to follow the commandment not to be angry with a brother or sister? Either way, both can be bad for the success of relationships.
If we think in terms of relationship and the fact that Jesus calls us into right relationship with God and with one another, what do these commands from Jesus mean for us today? How can we take this advice from Jesus to heart and let it help us to have better relationships?
I hope we can explore these questions and more together on Sunday.
Blessings for a great week! Evelyn
Daily Readings - Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Prayer Requests from Sunday, February 9th
Katie (Rader) Lampley is in the hospital. Her blood pressure is putting her in serious danger.
Aaron James Lampley's (Katie and Kenneth's baby) planned delivery is Wednesday unless he decided to come between now and then!
Anita Kimbrough will have her left artery repaired (with no valve procedure being done) Tuesday 2/11. She will be in Centennial as an 'outpatient'. She will have her dialysis treatment Monday, the heart procedure Tuesday and another dialysis treatment before she leaves the medical center Wednesday.
Pat McDonald's doctor has told her she is doing well, but she can expect to have 10 weeks recovery time. Tuesday she will be flying to San Diego to spend several weeks with her daughter Carrie and family. She would welcome brief phone conversations or text messages.
Pat McDonald's address for the next several weeks will be: 7667 Via Cortona, San Diego, CA 92127 (and remember it takes two plus days delivery time to the West Coast).
Eagle Scout Matthew Conway is in his final weeks of Basic Training for the Army. He will be going to Ft. Lee for Small Weapons Repair for his MOS. Prayers for him, his family and all the military and their families as these people serve our Country.
Thanksgiving for our Scout Troop 249 as we recognize Scout Sunday. Thanks to the leaders and volunteers who work with our youth. This summer our Troop will be going to Philmont for the first time in many years.
Thanksgiving that Annette Hendrix's grandson Daniel Nicholson will become our "Sound Man" manning our PA system in the sanctuary. Welcome him!
John Roberts' sister Connie is currently taking a new chemo drug. Following that round of treatments, she hopes to be eligible for a New Trial treatment.
Continued prayers for Southminster, TELOS and all those who are impacted by our programs and outreach.
SOUTHMINSTER AND TELOS
February 25th, 2020
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm - Southminster Fellowship Hall
PLEASE RSVP ON THE SIGN-UP SHEET AFTER CHURCH ON SUNDAY.
YOU CAN EMAIL THE CHURCH OFFICE, ALSO!
5:30 pm - Southminster Sanctuary
|You can make it simple
1. A couple of casseroles and a salad.
2. A large pot of vegetable soup and french bread.
3. Quiches & Fruit
4. Croissants filled with chicken salad (from Sam's Club) and potato chips
5. Chili with corn bread or corn chips.
Contact Pam Trolinger
to let her know which Sunday you have chosen.
(buddy up with friends to make it easier)
Richard C. Hollis Memorial Scholarship
Kathryn C. Hollis, his wife, Richard C. Hollis, III, his son, and Betty Sue Minton, his daughter established the Richard C. Hollis, Jr, Scholarship in his memory. Richard Hollis’ extended family has a long history of supporting continuing education by establishing scholarship programs in Tennessee, primarily in his hometown area of Lawrence County. Richard had been a member of Southminster Presbyterian Church since 1963.
The Richard C. Hollis Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to a member of Southminster Church who is attending or plans to attend a post high school program for many years.
Who is eligible?
Applications are available for the 2020 Scholarship at this time.
- Any active member of Southminster Presbyterian Church who has been accepted to attend an institution of higher education.
- Any active member of Southminster Presbyterian Church who is currently pursuing higher education.
- Any age of student who is or will be pursuing higher education.
- Any students who have not previously been awarded this scholarship, even if they have applied in past years.
The deadline for return of applications and supporting documents is Wednesday, April 15.
See Annette Hendrix for an application and return it to Debi in the church office.
This fund has grown yearly since its inception.
If you wish to contribute to this ongoing, worthwhile fund, designate donations as: “Richard C. Hollis"
Rev. Evelyn Graham – Pastor, Southminster
Rev. Beth Smith McCaw- Pastor, Telos at Southminster