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Led by the Holy Spirit, SCF is committed to being a visible presence of Christian love and unity, growing in faith in our Lord and savior Jesus Christ and witnessing this faith through service to the needs of the community and the world.

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Holy Trinity Catholic Church
18143 Cottonwood Road
Sunriver, OR 97707
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Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
email: sunrivercf@gmail.com

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Pastor's Letter

Sptember -- 2017

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Dear Family,

Pastor Nancy asked me if I might write the article for the September newsletter. In anticipation of the fall season, and our annual stewardship emphasis next month, let me share some thoughts that I had a few years ago but are just as appropriate right now. It’s based on a parable called:

A Rabbit on the Swim Team.”

Once upon a time, the animals decided they should do something meaningful to meet the chal­lenges of the new world. So they organized a school. They adopted an activity curriculum of run­ning, climbing, swimming, and flying. To make it easier to administer the curriculum and testing, all the animals took all the subjects.

The duck was excellent in swimming; in fact, bet­ter than his instructor. But he made only passing grades in flying, and was very poor in running. Since he was slow in running, he had to drop swim­ming and stay after school to practice running. This caused his web feet to be badly worn, so that he was only average in swimming. But average was quite acceptable, so nobody worried about that except the duck.

The rabbit started at the top of his class in run­ning, but developed a nervous twitch in his leg mus­cles because of so much make-up work in swim­ming.

The squirrel was excellent in climbing, but he en­countered constant frustration in flying class be­cause his teacher made him start from the ground up instead of from the tree-top down. He developed “charlie horses” from overexertion, and so only got a C in climbing and a D in running.

The eagle was the problem child and was severely disciplined for being a non-conformist. In climbing classes he beat all the others to the top of the tree but insisted on using his own way to get there.

At the end of the year, an abnormal eel that could swim exceedingly well and also could run, climb and fly a little had the highest average and was val­edictorian.

The prairie dogs left the school and fought the tax levy because the administration would not add dig­ging and burrowing to the curriculum. They appren­ticed to the badger and later joined the groundhogs and gophers to start a successful private school.

 

The moral of the story is simple – “stop trying to force square pegs into round holes.”

From SCF’s perspective, all of God’s children are unique and have something special to contribute through their assorted capacities. In Paul’s first letter to the Corinthian church, he shares that all Christians are “gifted people.” The Holy Spirit has deposited into each Christian different capabilities for serving. Some people wonder where they might best serve. Pastor Rick Warren provides one of the best practical pieces of advice regarding this issue: “How God made you to be is the best indicator of what He wants you to do.”

What do you enjoy doing? What types of serving give you a sense of purpose and satisfaction when and after you do it? That’s a good place to begin when thinking about where to plug in.

Many years ago I read the following statement by Dr. Richard Halverson who formerly pastored the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Washington D.C. and later became chaplain to the U.S. Senate:
   “There is a difference between the ministry of the church and a church’s ministry.”

For many Christians, their serving ministry is found outside the walls of the church building. For others, their arena of serving is within those same walls. It all depends on how God has “wired” you.

After describing the gift of God’s wonderful grace in Ephesians 2:8-9, Paul continues with this pur­pose statement:

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which he has planned in advance for us to do.”

That last phrase has always caught my attention – God has something special for you to do that fits just you!

Give some thought during September where you might want to participate when the “2018 Time & Talent” Form is sent to you. Thanks for taking the time to consider these ideas.

 
              Rob