“When You’re Down & Dirty” (John 15:1-3; Hebrews 12:4-11) Sunday October 23, 2016


(John 15:1-3; Hebrews 12:4-11)

Our first reading comes from the good news according to John. .  

And Jesus said to the disciples,

”I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. 2He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. 3You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you.

Our second reading comes from the letter to the Hebrews.

4In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5And you have forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as children— “My child, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, or lose heart when you are punished by him; 6for the Lord disciplines those whom he loves, and chastises every child whom he accepts.” 7Endure trials for the sake of discipline. God is treating you as children; for what child is there whom a parent does not discipline? 8If you do not have that discipline in which all children share, then you are illegitimate and not his children. 9Moreover, we had human parents to discipline us, and we respected them. Should we not be even more willing to be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share his holiness. 11Now, discipline always seems painful rather than pleasant at the time, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Here ends our readings. May God bless our understanding.

@Copyrighted by Rev. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “When You’re Down & Dirty” (John 15:1-3; Hebrews 12:4-11) Sunday October 23, 2016

“When You’re Down & Dirty”


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Safe travels to all that left today for the Mission trip to  East Charleston, South Carolina to stay until Saturday, Oct. 29.  In East Charleston, they will join other Disciples disaster relief groups to repair and restore buildings damaged by floods last year.  Workers will tear out ruined walls and floors,  re-install drywall, finish and paint —whatever is needed when they arrive.


In this aerial photo over Hammond, La., flooded homes are seen off of LA-1064 after heavy rains inundated the region, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)

In this aerial photo over Hammond, La., flooded homes are seen off of LA-1064 after heavy rains inundated the region, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)

Please click on the following link to see the before and after the flooding images:

September 21, 2016

Posted by: Josh Baird

In August, southern Louisiana experienced devastating flooding, with impacted homes receiving anywhere from a few inchesdisciplesvolunteeringlogo of flood water up to 8 feet. With more than 110,000 households requesting assistance, it is estimated that over half a million people were impacted by the flood.

The slowness with which the waters receded combined with late summer humidity put tens of thousands of homes at risk of severe mold growth and more rapid deterioration. It is critical that these homes are cleaned out: removing contents and walls that absorbed water will lead to less damage – and a lower need for assistance – in the long run.


Help is needed now to assist with this clean-up work, including the mucking and gutting of homes. Disciples Volunteering has partnered with NECHAMA, Jewish Response to Disaster, for coordinating the work of mission teams through October 30. First Christian Church, Baton Rouge, is providing housing to teams which can arrive Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday and work through Sunday. Week of Compassion and the Great River Region are also partners in this response.


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donations are still needed

Since Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti last Tuesday as a Category 4 storm, Week of Compassion has been in ongoing conversation with partners in the Caribbean and the Southeastern United States. Even as damage is being assessed in the affected regions, we are working with our partners to develop response plans and providing relief and assistance. Early reports and actions are detailed below.

Most needed now are prayer and monetary gifts.
By prayer, we remind ourselves that we are connected by God’s spirit, and we invoke that Spirit of hope, mercy, and steadfast love. By our gifts, we participate in God’s mercies, enabling the variety of responses described below–from food and water, to latrines, shelters, and psychological support.


Week of Compassion has been present in the affected areas since long before the storm. Help us continue our presence long after the waters recede.

Make a generous gift to Week of Compassion, designated “Hurricane.”

Pray for those affected by disasters and those who respond in the aftermath.


The below prayers were written by Karl Jones, a UCC Conference Disaster Coordinator.

Something inside, so strong, pulls us, calls us: Holy God, may we know your presence in the midst of tragedy. Something terrible, almost unthinkable, has happened, shattering our sense of safety and security. Something inside, so strong, steadies us, calms us – a quiet confidence that we will make it through. Even in the midst of crisis there is a growing faith that we are not alone – a sense of God’s present love and action. Something inside, so strong, calls us to this place: Something inside, so strong, causes us to sing and pray – O God, come to my aid. Hear my voice when I cry to you. Amen.


God, our hope and trust are in you. We have nowhere else to turn. Be for us an anchor in the chaos. Hold out your hand so that we can find you and know which way to turn next. O God, how could this tragedy happen? Grant us the faith to find you in the midst of it, even among our questions and disbelief. We bring to you our prayers and concerns. We pray through Jesus Christ.  Amen.


Show forth, O God, in power and peace what you have done and are doing in our world. Before some of us can sing a song of gladness again, O God, we have to get over something. Great earthquakes have occurred, causing us to question your story. We have a fear of your story, an estrangement from it. Some of us are angry. Some of us are hurt. And no one seems to notice. They keep telling us everything is going to be okay, but still we’re hurt. Help us tell the truth without making people even more afraid. All some of us want is the day before we felt the quake. And we know we can’t have any day back; we know that some days are just gone. And then comes Epiphany, the time when God is revealed. Reveal yourself, O God, to each one of us here. Bring us to your glory and help us move on to new days. In the name of Jesus, who is never far away. Amen.


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Sunday Mornings @ 9:20 am

  • CYF (grades 9-12))
  • Chi Rho (grades 5-8)
  • CCF (grades 3-4)
  • Children Bible Study (ages 4 – 2nd grade)
  • Toddler (ages 2-3)
  • Adult Bible Study: New study of Revelation begins early Nov.

adultbiblestudyNew Study in November!

In early November the class will begin studying The Book of Revelation. We are very excited about this study.Revelation is frequently    misunderstood, misused or simply not read. Join us for this interesting review, especially to find out what Revelation says to us today.

We will be using the Kerygma Study Guide, which costs $20. There will be a     signup sheet at church until October 23.  Please make checks out to “Steve Simmons” and give to him. He will  order the guides on Monday, October 24 for those who have paid. After this you will need to order your own Study Guide.

Hope to see you in class ~ Steve S

Don’t have a guide , no issues , we will share.




Wednesday Evening Practice

  • 7:00-7:30 pm Ablaze Choir (ages 5-11)
  • 6:30-7:15 pm Handbell Choir
  • 7:30 pm Adult Choir



On October 12, the Handbell Choir resumed its regular Wednesday night practice from 6:30-7:15 p.m. in the    sanctuary.

If you are interested in playing, please see Annmarie Lyons.  Ability to read music is     recommended.

New members are always welcome!


Dec. 18, 2016cantata

The choir will be sharing a Christmas Cantata called One Small Childwith the congregation during the service on December 18.  We invite you to join us in singing for this event!

We will begin preparing this music on Wednesday night, October 26 at 7:30 p.m., using a book and CD to help us learn the music for this celebration of Jesus’ birth.