Summer with “the Flat Faithful”

Years ago, a teacher began a project called “Flat Stanley” to boost literacy.  The gist of the project is this:  participants send a cartoon picture of the book character Flat Stanley to someone else, who takes a photo with the cartoon and sends in a journal of the character’s “travels.”  On the project website, you can see all the countries Flat Stanley has visited.

Mary Todd, our Director of Christian Education, has developed a 2019 Family Faith Folder to help summer travelers take faith with them over the summer.  The folder includes “Flat Jesus”, “Flat Mary” and “Flat Martha.”

Take a folder and take photos of the “Flat Faithful” this summer!  Send those photos to Mary Todd, who will make them into a bulletin board.  If you want to illustrate another Bible character and take a picture with him or her, please do!

Looking forward to your “Flat Faithful” photos!


Some of the Flat Faithful enjoying the NHPC playground

Could, Not Should: Sermon Thoughts 6/16/19

I’m a nail biter. Taking better care of my nails helps, but I still get irritated if one of them peels, or if a cuticle looks ragged. It’s hard to keep myself from “fixing” the problem with a good chomp!

If anyone reminds me to not bite my nails, it doesn’t help. I know what I should do – the problem is, can I do it?

Our text for Sunday is Romans 5:1-5.  In one part of this passage, Paul writes that suffering produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us because of God’s love.

If I read this as a text telling me I should endure, should build my character, et cetera, it can be depressing.  I wonder if I’m up to the task.

But try reading it as an encouragement.  In other words, through God’s love we will have what we need in order to endure.  With God’s love, we will be built up and not torn down.

See you Sunday for more!

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