Every now and then, I run into people who say, "I love winter!" More often than not, most people say, "I'm ready for the arrival of spring!" Bottom line - it's hard to appreciate winter. The days are short. The nights are long. The cold this year always feels colder than last year. Whenever I complain about the weather, my farming friends remind me that winter is a gift. After a hectic spring and summer, it's time for the land to rest. After a bountiful fall, it's time for the ground to recover. Activity is replaced by calm. Busyness is replaced by stillness. Anxiety is replaced by peace.
"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens."
Following this verse, the author of Ecclesiastes goes on to write words that many of us associate more with The Byrds than The Bible. The next words are, "there is a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot..." (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2) The point - there is a time for everything in life - even winters in Chicago.
Perhaps your soul is searching for a season of renewal. Perhaps your spirit is longing for a time of rest. If God is tugging at your heart and inviting you to discover peace this season, take some time to respond. Winter may be the right time to (re)discover faith.
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Saturday, March 7, 2015
Oak Forest's St. Patrick's Day Fleadh Parade
Meet in the Metra parking lot, 159th Street & Cicero Avenue, Oak Forest
at 10:00 am
Contact Ed Kawczynski at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
"Final Words from the Cross" by Adam Hamilton
Mar 08 - Behold Your Son…Behold Your Mother
Mar 15 - My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?
Mar 22 - I Thirst
Mar 29 - It Is Finished...Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit
LENTEN SMALL GROUP
This Lenten season, we are introducing a new six week study titled
"Final Words From the Cross" by Adam Hamilton. The study will start with the first sermon on Feb. 22nd. Give prayerful consideration to participating in a Small Group and bring a friend. We will have many opportunities, both for daytime and evenings.
Sign-up in the fellowship hall.
DAY AND TIME LEADER(S) LOCATION
Sun. 10:00 AM Jill Damrow Church
Mon. 6:30 PM Kathy Jones Church
Mon. 7:00 PM Amanda/
Mike Brown home/Oak Forest
Tues.10:30 AM Jan Rybolt Church
Wed.10:30 AM Jackie Konidaris/
Donna Petersen Church
Wed. 1:00 PM Mary Kough Church
Wed. 6:30 PM Janice McBride Church
Wed. 6:30 PM Lee McCasland home/Orland Park
Thur.10:00 AM Sandy Ward home/Orland Park
Sat. 11:00 AM Andy Vaveris/
Pastor Caleb Hong Church
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