From the Pastor's Desk
What an easy thing to do - but what a difficult
thing to do. When was the last time you said, "Thank you" to someone? It probably wasn't very long ago
was it? Most of us have been trained to thank others for their kindness and generosity. Most of us have also developed
the good habit of thanking people for nothing more than doing their jobs.
Betty has been in the hospital for
a week and a half as I write this article. I cannot begin to count how many times I have said, "Thank you"
to nurses and aides and doctors who have come into her room to check on her or do something to help her. Yes, they are
just doing their job. And it shouldn't be a thankless job. No job should be thankless. Whether it is a paid
job or a volunteer job, someone is expending effort to perform a needed task.
I would like to say, "Thank
you for supporting this church." Without the people who attend our worship, fill officer positions, volunteer time
and energy, sing in the choir, care for our property, keep our books, bake our bread, call and visit our members, we would
not be a church.
And I would like to say, "Thank you for supporting our church financially."
Without your tithes and offerings and other gifts I wouldn't get paid. Our building would be hot in the summer and cold
in the winter. The lights wouldn't come on and the organ wouldn't play. We wouldn't be able to have outside groups
use our facilities. There would be no Hope Center classes, no Youth Orchestra classes, no Girl Scout meetings, no NA
meetings without your financial support.
We have received a "thank you" from several organizations
that we, as a church, support financially. God's Pantry Food Bank sent thanks for helping put food on Kentucky tables.
The Salvation Army sent thanks for helping finance the Hanger Shelter. The Hope Center sent thanks for helping provide
a Second Chance for their clients.
I would like to say, "THANK YOU" also.
PREVIOUS NOTE FROM THE PASTOR
GETTING READY FOR FALL AND WINTER!
How does God's creation
get ready for the change of seasons to fall and winter? God had a plan for all of creation to survive seasonal changes.
Here is how many animals handle cold weather - some information from "sciencemadesimple.com".
Some animals "migrate." They travel to places where the weather is warmer or where they can find
food. (Humans have been doing this since transportation methods have improved. Floridians and Arizonians call
them “snowbirds” among other things.)
Many birds migrate in the fall. Some travel in large
flocks, like geese. Other kinds of birds fly alone.
We don’t understand how they know when it is
time to leave for the winter - that is still a mystery of God. It may be triggered by changes in the amount of daylight
and the weather. The Arctic tern nests close to the North Pole in the summer and in autumn, it flies south all the way
to Antarctica. Most migrating birds travel shorter distances. They seem to navigate using the sun, moon, and stars
for direction. They also seem to have a compass in their brain for using the Earth's magnetic field. Science still
doesn’t understand God’s creation.
Other animals migrate, too. A few mammals, like some bats,
caribou, elk, and whales will travel in search of food each winter. Many fish also migrate south or move into deeper, warmer
Some insects migrate. Termites, Japanese beetles, and Earthworms move down deeper in the soil, some
as far as six feet below the surface. Migration doesn’t have to cover great distances.
Some animals remain and stay active in the winter and adapt to the changing weather. Many have changes in
their behavior or bodies. They may grow new, thicker fur in the fall. Some animals, like squirrels, mice, and
beavers gather extra food in the fall and store it to eat later. Some, like rabbits and deer, spend winter looking for
moss, twigs, bark, and leaves to eat.
Other animals eat different kinds of food as the seasons change.
The red fox eats fruit and insects in the spring, summer, and fall. In the winter it eats small rodents.
find winter shelter in holes in trees or logs, under rocks or leaves, or underground. To stay warm, animals like squirrels
and mice huddle close together.
Ice fishermen are glad that some fish stay active in cold water during the winter.
Some animals hibernate for part or all of the winter. This is a special, very
deep sleep. The animal's body temperature drops, and its heartbeat and breathing slow down. It uses very little
In the fall, these animals get ready for winter by eating extra food and storing it as body fat.
They use this fat for energy while hibernating. Some wake periodically and will store food like nuts or acorns to eat
during those times. Bears, skunks, chipmunks, and some bats hibernate.
Other Ways to Survive
Cold-blooded animals like fish, frogs, snakes, and turtles have no way to keep warm during the winter. Snakes
and many other reptiles find shelter in holes or burrows and spend the winter inactive or dormant.
a good shelter for many animals. They move to the bottom of lakes and ponds. There, frogs, turtles, and many fish
hide under rocks, logs, or fallen leaves. They may even bury themselves in the mud and become dormant. Cold water
holds more oxygen than warm water, and the frogs and turtles can breath by absorbing it through their skin.
has a plan of survival for animals that follow His plan. They don’t try to out-think God and do things their own
way. They live by the instincts that God gave them. WE SHOULD BE SO SMART.
What About People?
(not from "sciencemadesimple.com")
In many ways, we are some of the least capable animals when
it comes to being able to live in harsh weather. Most of us do not have a heavy covering of fur to protect us from the
cold of winter or the heat of summer. We cannot run fast enough or far enough to migrate every year. Our bodies
are not able to hibernate (although many do a good job of imitating hibernation during basketball and football seasons).
God had a different plan for us. He made our brains to work in ways that are different from other animals.
We have the ability to think about problems and work out solutions that do not depend strictly on our physical abilities.
At some point a person discovered that the skin and fur of another species could keep him/her warm. Over the
centuries skins were replaced by manufactured cloth. A person also understood the benefits of fire as a source of heat,
and then learned how to keep it burning.
We have developed the ability to migrate as far and much faster than
any of God’s other creatures. God has given us options that other animals do not have.
observing other species, humans developed shelters that were not just natural caves and holes in trees. What started
as simple nests were upgraded as a person saw an adaptation that offered better protection. The structures and materials
have become more sophisticated because of our ability to think through problems. Now, we hunker down in our buildings
made of all kinds of materials. We insulate them and seal them to keep out rain, snow, wind, heat, and cold.
Arlington is preparing for winter by making some improvements to our building. The last sections of our old roof
should be replaced before winter. The new roof is going to be slightly sloped so there is no ponding of water on it
like there is now. This will protect our structure and our people for years to come. We are also updating some
old air conditioners and furnaces to newer, more efficient models. After a warm summer of dealing with one side of our
Education Building not having a functioning A/C, it will be nice to have heat and cool when we need it.
taking care of us and our church with the same love God has for the other animals who survive difficult times.