Fred and his wife Edna went to the state fair every year. Every year Fred would say, “Edna, I’d like to ride in that there airplane.” And every year Edna would say, “I know Fred, but that airplane ride costs ten dollars, and ten dollars is ten dollars.”
One year Fred and Edna went to the fair and Fred said, “Edna, I’m 71 years old. If I don’t ride that airplane this year I may never get another chance.” Edna replied, “Fred that there airplane ride costs ten dollars, and ten dollars is ten dollars.”
The pilot overheard them and said, “Folks, I’ll make you a deal. I’ll take you both up for a ride. If you can stay quiet for the entire ride and not say one word, I won’t charge you, but if you say one word it’s ten dollars.”
Fred and Edna agreed and up they go. The pilot does all kinds of twists and turns, rolls and dives, but not a word is heard. He does all his tricks over again, but still not a word. They land and the pilot turns to Fred, “By golly, I did everything I could think of to get you to yell out, but you didn’t.”
Fred replied, “Well, I was going to say something when Edna fell out of the plane, but ten dollars is ten dollars.”
If you were with us for our congregational meeting, we figured out that to erase our monthly deficit we would need to increase everyone’s giving, can you guess? $ 10 a week because…
Upcoming Events in June –
Sunday June 4 – Celebrating Communion – Sunday School meeting following worship.
We are asking for your support in expanding our kids’ Sunday School program into two separate classes. We’ll also be working on a summer and fall schedule. What were asking is to volunteer once a month or once every other month to be a Sunday School teacher; the lesson is already planned there will at least one adult is with you along with our teenagers who are very good helpers. Why should you get involved? The Sunday School program is the future of FCC.
Sunday June 11 – Orientation/Education Sunday:
A Power Point presentation of Christian/Protestant/UCC (our denomination)/FCC history. Information about FCC Committees and groups that you can join. There will be reps from each committee or group available to answer any questions.
Sunday June 18 – Celebrating Father’s Day:
Every adult male receives a special gift and prayer. Carabiner Faith (Gen. 22:1-18): Obeying God (God’s commandments) is being a good, faithful dad, which is true for any follower of God. To anchor ourselves into what God values and teaches – Love God, Love Others.
Blessings, Pastor Michael
Trinity Sunday, June 4, 2023
Flag Day, June 14, 2023
Father’s Day, June 18, 2023
Juneteenth, June 19, 2023
First day of summer, June 21, 2023
Just like Dad
At the beginning of his ministry career, Jerry Steen supplemented his income by mixing animal feed. When his two young boys greeted him at home, they laughed at his dusty appearance before he headed to the shower.
“I didn’t think too much of this until I was washing my car and saw my older son doing something very strange,” Steen recalls. “He was picking up the gravel and stones in our drive and rubbing them into his pants.” Curious, the father asked what the boy was doing. “I want to be dusty like you, Dad!” his son replied.
For Steen, that was an eye-opener. “I realized that if a child would look up to his father for being dusty and want to copy his father,” he says, “a child could look up to his father and follow him for anything.” What traits and qualities are you modeling and passing on — to your own kids and to anyone else who looks up to you?
For summer weddings:
- The wedding was so beautiful, even the cake was in tiers.
- Did you hear about the two spiders who got engaged? They met on the web.
- Two cell phones got married. The reception was terrific!
- Why did the King of Hearts and the Queen of Hearts get married? They were perfectly suited.
For baseball season:
- I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger and bigger. Then it hit me.
- What did the baseball glove say to the ball? “Catch ya later!”
- Why are frogs good baseball players? Because they’re good at catching flies.
- Why did Cinderella get kicked off the baseball team? She ran away from the ball.
And for Father’s Day, some dad jokes:
- My dream job is to clean mirrors because I can really see myself doing that.
- We’re renovating the house. The first floor is going great, but the second floor is another story.
The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.—Anne Frank, Diary of a Young Girl
Come glorify God together
Don’t use summer as an excuse to skip church! By gathering in corporate worship, we obey God’s command, become equipped for Christian living, and minister to our fellow pilgrims. Consider these tips for engaging in corporate worship.
First, show up — in person if you can. Examine your heart and your motivation for attending church. Lift up your eyes from earthly matters to focus on God.
Come prepared. Do you need to confess anything or remove any hindrance? As you worship, consider how each part of the service displays the gospel: greeting, singing, confessing, reading Scripture, hearing Bible-based teaching, praying, giving and communing.
Be careful not to compartmentalize corporate worship as separate from the rest of life. Instead, consider how you’ll carry the experience into the coming week. Come ready to receive; then let that overflow fuel you for the days ahead. Come prepared to participate, knowing that worshiping together is a rehearsal for heaven. But most importantly? Just come.—Monica L. Wilkinson
“Rest is not idle, is not wasteful. Sometimes rest is the most productive thing you can do for body and soul.” —Erica Layne
“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.” —Joseph Addison
June Mission of the Month: Independence Health and Therapy