Archives for May 2017

May 28, 2017   Jane’s Heart to Heart….  Pastor’s Help Mate

Memorial Remembrance

The darkness of sorrow and grief and serious health issues

has come recently to some of our dear loved ones

in our church and families.

JIM FORD Member 5/6/2017

MAUDE GREEK  Member  5/8/2017

NAOMI GIEHL  Grandmother of Jennifer Pierpont 5/17/17

GLENN HARRIS-Husband Of Niece Beth Pierpont Harris’ 5/22/17

Joni Eareckson Tada reminds us in her devotional A Spectacle of Glory,  to ask the Lord to fill us daily with Himself so people who encounter us will see glimpses of Him, hear His kind, grace-filled words; and even catch His fragrance. She noted this poem in Mrs. Charles Lettie Cowman’s  “Streams in the Desert”, 1925, Zondervan. p.313. 

On February 1, 1901, the Cowmans left the United States to work as missionaries in Japan.  Charles was also one of the co-founders of The Oriental Missionary Society. Charles died in September 1924. After his death, Lettie found a note addressed to her in his Bible, stating, “Go on with my unfinished task.  After Charles’ death, OMS’ work continued with co-founder E.A. Kilbourne as the organization’s second President. Lettie continued serving with OMS as one of the co-founders. When Kilbourne died four years after Charles, Lettie became the third President of OMS, the sending mission board of our dear Marilyn Wykes.

Oh, give thy servant patience to be still,

And bear Thy will;

Courage to venture wholly on the arm

That will not harm,

The wisdom that will never let me stray

Out of my way;

The love that, now afflicting, knowest best

When I should rest.

Have you considered who is going to take the place of those who are not able? God wants us to lift up our eyes to Him and honor Him as we take up the cross and follow Him.  Also, as others take up the task that some of us once did, they deserve to see a better more joyous spirit in us as we continue to rejoice in the LORD and remember that we are so blessed, that we can still pray for those who do the work of the Lord.    Let us rejoice together!     What is your life?

May 21, 2017 Jane’s Heart to Heart…. Pastor’s Help Mate

Helpful with someone in need, in person, on the phone.

The “one anothers” of Scripture with references that may be helpful as you pray with someone, on messenger or chatting.

a. Greet one another (Rom. 16:16, 1 Cor. 16:21, 2 Cor. 13:12) 

b. Comfort one another (1 Thess. 4:18)

c. Forgive one another (Col. 3:13)

d. Build one another up (Rom. 15:2; 1 Thess. 5:11)

e. Serve one another (Gal. 5:13)

f. Bear one another’s burdens (Gal. 6:2)

g. Encourage one another (Heb. 10:25)

h. Meet with one another (Heb. 10:25)

i. Be kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving toward one another (Eph. 4:32, Rom. 12:10)

j. Receive (welcome) one another as Christ received us (Rom. 15:7)

k. Care for one another (1 Cor. 12:25)

l. Minister one to another (1 Pet. 4:10)

m. Pray for one another (James 5:16)

Taken from Nancy DeMoss’s “True Woman 2012 “ Notes.

May 14, 2017   Jane’s Heart to Heart…. Pastor’s Help Mate

FIVE SPECIAL LADIES IN MY LIFE

Charlotte Celeste (Burch) Shipley       

Worked hard… bore three children and when she was no longer able to bear her own she took in three abandoned little foster children for two years,   and  when i was in high school my parents adopted my brother Jim.   She made bloomers for Sue and me with feed sacks, also called gunnysacks, when we were small. She held many jobs to help make ends meet. She and my dad took care of the children’s nursery of Grace Baptist in South Bend, she  taught Bible Studies, Called on many in the nursing homes and hospitals. She was the Chiffon Cake Baking Queen and everyone wanted her to cut their cake for special celebrations, made the richest chocolate fudge and cheese cake and her chop suey  was to die for. She always liked the table set and served a balanced meal  right down to the last meal before the Lord took her home.

Grace Geraldine (Sasser) Pierpont… 3 children,   worked at the Farmer’s market, home maker, pastor’s wife, S.S. Teacher.  When ever they came to visit us while Ken was attending college and seminary they would bring groceries, clothing for the children and what ever else they thought we might need.   In the years she lived with us after Ken’s dad went to heaven she helped around the house in every way she could to make my burden lighter and was a blessing to have in our home.

Mrs. Mary Robbins, for five important years was  my pastor’s wife, one of my Sunday School teachers, lyric soprano, and mentor.  While I was  in Jr. High we lived a half block away and she would come to our house or we would go to hers and my mother would french braid her hair for her.  She was the teacher who shared the story of the little lady who took her prayers in a basket to the alter at the church and took each one out and as she prayed put them on the altar and when she was finished she picked each one up and placed them back in the basket.   Then she reminded us the importance of leaving our burden with the Lord.  I never forgot that.

My Paternal Grandmother, Grace Shipley had two children and  my grandfather left her when  my father was nine and  she worked full time  at Clark Equipment until her retirement. She did not drive so she walked to work every day. She raised my father and Aunt Wilma alone.  She attended church on Sunday and Wednesday night faithfully. She gave each of us children a brand new bicycle  for our birthdays one year.. She got a 12 bass accordion and let me have it until I “left home”.  She was a faithful Christian lady and raised her children for Him and was an example of Christian grace.  I also believe she spent may hours in prayer for our family.

My Aunt Wilma  Paul, was my dad’s sister and I alway loved getting to see her and the family at thanksgiving and Christmas and other special times. She was was very prim and attractive. She was my long distant mentor.   She sang, played the accordion and piano, led choirs,  crochet and knit.  She was a fine Christian Pastor’s wife and mother of my two cousins. 

Prov. 31:28

“Her children arise up,

and call her blessed;

her husband also,

and he praiseth her.

May 7, 2017   Jane’s Heart to Heart….  Pastor’s Help Mate

May 7, 2017   Jane’s Heart to Heart….  Pastor’s Help Mate

DOCTRINE – RULES – SELF- DISCIPLINE

Dr. Temple Grandin, born in 1947 was the fist person ever diagnosed with Autism. She did not talk until she was three. Today she is a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University.  She also has a successful career consulting on both livestock handling, equipment design and animal welfare.  She says: “High, but reasonable expectations are a must for special needs children”. A parent with a diagnosed autistic child might be reluctant to teach practical social skills that are outside the child’s comfort zone such as taking turns, ordering their own meal or work at jobs which teach responsibility. Laughing, she also suggested following these guidelines.

Roy Rogers’ Rider’s Rules for Living ( AKA- King of the Cowboys) and a Christian, known for his love of God and exemplary life of high standards. It is a list of ten rules Roy Rogers encouraged his young fans to live by.          

Ladies, in this day of careless talk, crude words, and lack of rules, we would all do well to observe these standards ourselves, by bringing our will and every area of our life under submission to God’s will, as we see In Titus 2:1, 3-5, & 10. (Please take time to study this passage).

V.1. But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: —The Word, Doctrine, (teachings of God, what we believe) is foundational to how we live, the ground we stand on to build our lives. In the world today everyone has a doctrine and it is being taught in the news, sitcoms, schools, series, and talk shows.

V. 3. The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;

V. 4. That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, V. 5. To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. —Aged women, holy Christ-like behavior.  Teach younger women (also spiritually younger) by example so that the Word of God is not made fun of.    Ask yourself: What would Christ have me do? Examples: speech, conduct, kindness, reactions, modesty, cleanliness, honesty and faithfulness. 

V.10. Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.  (Definition: Purloining = stealing, or put at a distance). 

In my first experience with orientation, while working in a Christian school,  the pastor said:  Train your eyes.  If you see something that needs doing – do it, paper on the floor – pick it up, dehumidifier full – empty it,  lights left on – turn off, chairs out of order,  etc.  Perhaps we would do well to make some clear rules for ourselves in the light of these Scriptures.  1 Corinthians 14:40   Let all things be done decently and in order.