Over the Coffee - November 2018

We are nearing the end of another church year. Sunday, November 25th will be

Christ the King Sunday and we start Advent in December. Here are the Common

Lectionary readings and the message titles and scripture for November:

Nov. 4 Ruth 1:1-8; Psalm 146; Hebrews 9:11-14; Mark 12:28-34

Message - “Being Salt!” - Matthew 5:13

Nov. 11 Ruth 3:1-5, 4:13-17; Psalm 127; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44

Message - “The Widow's Mite Revisited” - Mark 12:38-44

Nov. 18 1 Samuel 1:4-20; Psalm 16; Hebrews 10:11-14, (15-18); Mark 13:1-8

Message - “The Path of Life” - Psalm 16

Nov. 25 2 Samuel 23:1-7; Psalm 132:1-18; Revelation 1:4b-8; John 18:33-37

Message - “The Kingdom of OUR LORD” - John 18:33-37

We continue with Adult Bible Study on Wednesdays, meeting on the 7th, 14th, and

28th. We will cancel the day before Thanksgiving, Nov. 21st. The Adult Bible

Fellowship class I teach continues in the book of Philippians, and we will take a break

on Sunday, November 18th for an adult forum on the subject of Thanksgiving. Both

adult classes will meet in the Fellowship Hall for a continental breakfast and study.

Let's begin promptly at 9:30 a.m.

We will decorate the church on Sunday, November 25th sometime after church.

Look for additional information elsewhere in the newsletter.

Coming up in December -- another adult forum and all-church craft project for

Christmas during Bible Fellowship hour on December 9th; a Christmas play during

worship on Sunday, December 16th, and Christmas Caroling to our elderly and home

bound members beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 12th in place of

Bible study. We will go somewhere nearby for lunch afterwards.

Pastor Cy

Over the Coffee - October 2018

Fall is definitely here. Leaves are turning and the footballs are flying. In the

baseball world the Cleveland Indians are still in it and maybe this will be their year.

Shari and I got away for a week vacation and went to Vermont and New Hampshire and

spent a few days in the White Mountains. We took a cog-railroad to the top of Mt.

Washington and hiked the Flume Gorge in Franconia Notch. It was gorgeous. A great

thank you to Sandy and Bud Runyon for watching our cats for us while we were away.

And thanks to Tim McCarthy for leading and preaching at the worship service on the

last Sunday of September.

Many exciting things this month. We will celebrate 70 years as a congregation on

Sunday, October 28th with a luncheon after the service. We will have a display of some

items and pictures from our history as a congregation. Plan to come and invite others to

celebrate with us. Nancy Bootes will want a head count so that she can plan adequately

for the lunch.

The Common Lectionary readings and sermon titles for this month include:

Oct. 7 Job 1:1, 2:1-10; Psalm 26; Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12; Mark 10:2-16

Message - “On Being Children” - Mark 10:13-16

Oct. 14 Job 23:1-9,16-17; Psalm 22:1-15; Hebrews 4:12-16; Mark 10:17-31

Message - “Spiritual Poverty” - Mark 10:17-31

Oct. 21 Job 38:1-7, 34-41; Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35c; Hebrews 5:1-10; Mark 10:35-45

Message - “What Do You Want God To Do For You?” - Mark 10:35-45

Oct. 28 Job 42:1-6, 10-17; Psalm 34:1-8,19-22; Hebrews 7:23-28; Mark 10:46-52

Message - “Full Circle” - John 3:1-21 - 70th Anniversary Worship Service

Sunday afternoon, October 14th at 4:00 p.m. will be our annual Columbus Baptist

Association Multi-Cultural Service. This year it will be held at the East Livingston

Baptist Church. The speaker will be Rev. Quentin Respress from the Kingdom Power

Baptist Church. As you may recall, the service was held at North Baptist last year and I

was the speaker. Let's have a good representation at this event! We can carpool from

the church at 3:00 p.m. Dinner afterwards. Let's support CBA!

Pastor Cy

Over the Coffee - March 2018

 

We are a month away from Easter this year and looking forward to the season of

spring. Daylight Savings time begins on Sunday morning, March 11th, so be sure to set

your clocks ahead on Saturday night, March 10th. Wednesdays – March 7th, March 14th,

and March 21st we will continue with our Lenten Devotion and Lunch beginning at

11:00 a.m. and ending just after noon. We will not meet on Wednesday, March 28th.

Instead, we will be having our regular Maundy Thursday Upper Room Supper and

Communion on Thursday, March 29th. This service will begin at 6:00 p.m. Easter

Sunday is April 1st this year. We will have a short devotional and singing at 9:00 a.m.

either indoors or out on the lawn, and then have an all-church Easter breakfast at 9:30.

Plan to come and share in these important moments in our spiritual life.

The March Common Lectionary Readings and messages are as follows:

  • March 4 Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 19, 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, John 2:13-22

John 2:13-22 - “We've Been Doing It This Way for Years!”

  • March 11 Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3,17-22; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21

Rev. Steve Waltman preaching

  • March 18 Jeremiah 31:13-34, Psalm 51:1-12, Hebrews 5:5-10, John 12:20-33

John 12:20-33 - “Being Lifted Up So All Can See”

  • March 25 Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 118:1-2,19-29; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 11:1-11
  • Mark 11:1-11 - “Everyone Loves a Celebrity, until They Don't”

We lost an out-of-state member recently. Mary Grazer was a longtime resident of

Worthington and an active member of the community who knew some of our members

through her community work before she joined North Baptist about a decade ago. I

remember visiting her in her apartment on Karl Road. As she approached her 90s she

relocated to San Jose, California to be near family. In her brief time at NBC she really

grew to love the Lord's people here. The testimony of one who “became one of us”

speaks volumes about the great fellowship we have. For that I give thanks.

Pastor Cy

Over Coffee - Febuary 2018

Over the Coffee

It is February and the winter is cold, the parking lot at church has been icy a great

number of days, attendance has been low on Sunday and Wednesday – and we have six

more weeks of this according to Punxsutawney Phil. We are a bit spoiled after the mild

winter last year and I guess we will just have to put our heads down and bear it. At least

we have the Super Bowl and Valentine's Day.

Lent comes early this year. Ash Wednesday is February 14th and Easter comes on

April 1st this year. Due to the weather and the early start of Lent, the new teams and

council and myself have not finalized plans for our Lenten Program. What I will

propose is a series on Wednesdays in place of Bible study that will include a short

devotional, some Bible study, and a very light Lenten lunch – beginning on Ash

Wednesday (Feb. 14th) and continuing on Wednesdays through March 21st. We can start

at 11:00 a.m. as usual and be done before 12:30 p.m. We will skip March 28th since we

usually have our Upper Room service on Maundy-Thursday and that will be on March

29th. Final details coming soon.

The Common Lectionary texts and the schedule of worship messages for February:

  • Feb. 4 The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany - Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-11,20; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39   -     Message - “Have You Heard?” - Isaiah 40:21-31

  • Feb. 11 Transfiguration Sunday - 2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9    -  Message - “On Missing the Point” - Mark 9:2-9

  • Feb. 18 The First Sunday of Lent - Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15   -  Message - “On Getting the Point” - Mark 1:9-15

  • Feb. 24 The Second Sunday of Lent - Genesis 17:1-7,15-16; Psalm 22:23-31; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38      -  Message - “A Poor Return on an Investment” - Mark 8:31-38

Let's keep the faith!

Pastor Cy

Over Coffee - January 20181

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A New Year! Let us pray that it brings far more peace and joy than the last year we

have all been through. Lots of misery and upset in the human family in many places.

At least 50% of the people in Puerto Rico have electricity now! Still seems vastly

unacceptable. As we have the power to do good things and make a difference in our

lives, let us do make those positive differences with all our might.

Here is the Common Lectionary material for the month of January. Included is the

passage I will use in worship and the message title.

  • Jan. 7 Genesis 1:1-5, Psalm 29, Acts 19:1-7, Mark 1:4-11 - “The Role of Affirmation” - from Mark 1:4-11
  • Jan. 14 1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20); Psalm 139:1-6,13-18; 1 Cor. 6:12-20; John 1:43-5 - “Finding Good in Unlikely Places” - from John 1:43-51
  • Jan. 21 Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 62:5-12; 1 Corinthians 7:20-31; Mark 1:14-20 - “Facing the Truth” - from Jonah 3:1-5, 10
  • Jan. 28 Deuteronomy 18:15-20, Psalm 111, 1 Corinthians 8:1-13, Mark 1:21-28 - "What Is This?” - from Mark 1:21-28

I know that the weather has been cold lately (although far worse in other parts of

the country) – but if you are able to get out – Bible Study is on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m.

We will be considering some changes in our normal routine. I am considering having

us work on some basic Bible study methods that will enhance home study and understanding.

This would involve moving away from reviewing the Common Lectionary

material. We will still do a text study of Common Lectionary material in Bible

Fellowship on Sunday morning in the class that I teach.

The Columbus Baptist Association will have a meeting at New Life Baptist Church

on January 30th at 7:00 p.m. We will be looking at updating the CBA constitution and

by-laws which have become somewhat outdated. Let me know if you have an interest

in attending this event and I can give you more information.

Pastor Cy

Over Coffee - December 2017

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While we have one more month left in the year 2017, we are beginning a new

church year with the first Sunday of Advent on December 3rd. The Common Lectionary

Readings for this new year in the month of December are as follows:

 

  • Dec. 3 Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37
  • Dec. 10 Isaiah 40:1-11, Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8
  • Dec. 17 Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Psalm 126; 1 Thess. 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28
  • Dec. 24 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Luke 1:47-55; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38
  • Dec. 31 Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Psalm 148; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:22-40

We will have Bible study on December 6th and 13th at 11:00 a.m., and then on

December 20th at 11:00; we will gather at the church and go caroling to a few of our

home-bound members. After caroling we will have our traditional lunch together at

Donato’s just up the street from the church. This has been a meaningful time for those

whom we have visited the last few years, so don't hesitate to come and join us. A great

singing voice is not a requirement!

Bible study will be cancelled on December 27th and will resume on January 3rd. We

will have some special music and additional readings on Christmas Eve Sunday,

December 24th, during the morning worship service. Thanks to all who helped decorate

for the Advent and Christmas season. The lights outside the church look great at night

What a year it has been! We studied some highlights in church history throughout

the year, culminating in our discussion of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

during October. We hosted the Columbus Baptist Association Multi-Cultural Service on

October 8th. I had the privilege of speaking at that event, and Nancy Bootes prepared an

amazing dinner enjoyed by the sixty or so who came. We lost our oldest member, Hazel

Cline, who was 100 years old this past year. Many other highlights will be shared, Lord

willing, in the annual report next year. Enjoy Christmas and the anticipation of a New

Year!

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Pastor Cy

Over Coffee - November 2017

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November – Thanksgiving, OSU football, Daylight Savings/Standard Time,

Veterans Day, The Reign of Christ Sunday and end of the church calendar year, plans

for Christmas... that time is finally here. Let us enjoy it and make the most of it!

The Common Lectionary Readings closing out Year A are as follows:

  • Nov. 5 Joshua 3:7-17; Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37; 1 Thess. 2:9-13; Matthew 23:1-12
  • Nov. 12 Joshua 24:1-25, Psalm 78:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Matthew 25:1-13
  • Nov. 19 Judges 4:1-7, Psalm 123, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, Matthew 25:14-30
  • Nov. 26 Ezekiel 34:11-24, Psalm 100, Ephesians 1:15-23, Matthew 25:31-46

The messages this month will come from the gospel readings for the Matthew

passage of the day and the sermon titles will be: Nov. 5 - “The Place for Hypocrites”,

Nov. 12 - “Keeping Watch”, Nov. 19 - “Being Faithful with What We Have”, Nov. 26 -

“What It All Comes Down To”.

Even though the first Sunday of Advent is in December this year, we will have our

traditional “Trimming of the Tree” and getting the church ready for the Christmas

season early – on November 19th at 3:30 pm. Come and share a coffee and snack and

help us.

We will honor Veterans on November 12th. The Columbus Baptist Association

(CBA) will have a meeting at the New Life Baptist Church on Tuesday evening at 7:00

p.m. Tim McCarthy is our representative to the CBA and you can see him if you

would like information on this event and if you plan to attend. We will cancel the

Wednesday Bible study on the 22nd, the day before Thanksgiving, so that everyone will

have time to plan for family and holiday events.

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Let us keep one another in prayer. The passing of Bud Petersen this past month is

a reminder to us that we all have a limited time with the fellowship of North Baptist

(even if it is 50 years like Bud) – and that we are called to use that time to carry each

other’s burdens till we are called away to something more glorious. When the candles

are lit on Sunday morning and all is set up, I think of Bud and give thanks.

Pastor Cy

Over Coffee - October 2017,

The last quarter of 2017 is here! The year has, as it seems it does these days,

moved along quickly and now we are in the time of fall leaf colors and brisk mornings.

A neighbor of mine says that he is hoping we have lots of snow this winter (he has a

little pre-school daughter) and I responded that it would be OK for a white Christmas,

but I will take the moderate temps if they come. But fall is special.

 

Instead of listing the Common Lectionary this month (I will let you look that up

yourselves on-line if you are following things), I thought I would use this space to

promote the very important programming that we have coming this month:

 

First of all, we have our ABC of Ohio Annual Gathering in the Crowne Plaza –

Columbus North. This will be held October 3-4 and the theme is “Transformed by the

Journey.” The keynote speaker is Dr. William Shiell, the president of Northern Baptist

Theological Seminary. You can consult the ABC of Ohio website for details.

 

Secondly, we are hosting the Third Annual Multicultural Service for the Columbus

Baptist Association on October 8th at 4:00 p.m. This worship service will be a special

celebration of our unity in Christ and I will be giving a message from Galatians 3:28

with the title, “Celebrating Unity in a Diversity Time.” I hope that all of you will come

and be part of this. The support of our congregation will go a long way toward making

that unity a reality. Nancy Bootes is preparing a delightful and tasty dinner for us to

share in the Fellowship Hall afterwards. There will be a combined CBA choir singing,

as well as traditional hymns.

 

Thirdly, in honor of the 500th Anniversary of the start of the Reformation, we will

be having an All-Church Breakfast on October 22nd at 9:30 a.m. There will be a movie

shown during breakfast that highlights the Reformation. We are still screening some

movies to find the right one to fit in that time slot.

 

Fourthly, we will be celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation at a

luncheon on October 29th at noon. This will take place right after the morning worship

service and it will give additional historical highlights for your consideration. Carol

Miller has completed two new banners for this month's celebrations. Come and share in

these special times. You will be blessed!

 

Pastor Cy

 

Over The Coffee - Sept 2017

As this next month begins we can't help but be overwhelmed with concern and care

for our brothers and sisters who have been upended by Hurricane Harvey. Millions of

people will find themselves still trying to get back to normal months and even years

from now. Donations can be made to North Baptist Church and designated for the relief

effort of our denomination and they will be passed on through the appropriate channels.

I have noticed that there are all kinds of other places to give – even in the coin boxes at

your local Panera restaurant. While God's mercy has worked to spare human loss, the

suffering of those effected will undoubtedly be great for a long time to come. Let us be

thankful for the way in which great good is being shown despite the terrible

circumstances.

As we come back to a normal schedule this fall, we will be looking at the Common

Lectionary texts for most of the Sundays. As we move into October we will have a

special month celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. We will

review some history and talk about the continual reformation that is taking place in our

own time as well. We are certainly at a crossroads in many ways and the issue of where

to go from here is alive today.

Common Lectionary Readings for September:

Sept. 3 Exodus 3:1-15; Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26; Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28

Sept. 10 Exodus 12:1-14, Psalm 149, Romans 13:8-14, Matthew 18:15-20

Sept. 17 Exodus 14:19-31, Psalm 114, Romans 14:1-12, Matthew 18:21-35

Sept. 24 Exodus 16:2-15, Psalm 105:37-45, Philippians 1:21-30, Matthew 20:1-16

Scripture and Messages for September

Sept. 3 Matthew 26:17-35 “Where Do We Go From Here?”

Sept. 10 Matthew 18:15-20 “The Power of Two”

Sept. 17 Matthew 18:21-35 “On Failing to Follow Our Example”

Sept. 24 Matthew 20:1-16 “The Logic of God's Grace”

 

Summer is essentially over! Midweek Bible Study begins on Sept. 6th at 11:00 a.m.

Pastor Cy

Over The Coffee - Sept 2017

 

As this next month begins we can't help but be overwhelmed with concern and care

for our brothers and sisters who have been upended by Hurricane Harvey. Millions of

people will find themselves still trying to get back to normal months and even years

from now. Donations can be made to North Baptist Church and designated for the relief

effort of our denomination and they will be passed on through the appropriate channels.

I have noticed that there are all kinds of other places to give – even in the coin boxes at

your local Panera restaurant. While God's mercy has worked to spare human loss, the

suffering of those effected will undoubtedly be great for a long time to come. Let us be

thankful for the way in which great good is being shown despite the terrible

circumstances.

As we come back to a normal schedule this fall, we will be looking at the Common

Lectionary texts for most of the Sundays. As we move into October we will have a

special month celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. We will

review some history and talk about the continual reformation that is taking place in our

own time as well. We are certainly at a crossroads in many ways and the issue of where

to go from here is alive today.

Common Lectionary Readings for September:

Sept. 3 Exodus 3:1-15; Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26; Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28

Sept. 10 Exodus 12:1-14, Psalm 149, Romans 13:8-14, Matthew 18:15-20

Sept. 17 Exodus 14:19-31, Psalm 114, Romans 14:1-12, Matthew 18:21-35

Sept. 24 Exodus 16:2-15, Psalm 105:37-45, Philippians 1:21-30, Matthew 20:1-16

Scripture and Messages for September

Sept. 3 Matthew 26:17-35 “Where Do We Go From Here?”

Sept. 10 Matthew 18:15-20 “The Power of Two”

Sept. 17 Matthew 18:21-35 “On Failing to Follow Our Example”

Sept. 24 Matthew 20:1-16 “The Logic of God's Grace”

 

Summer is essentially over! Midweek Bible Study begins on Sept. 6th at 11:00 a.m.

Pastor Cy

Over The Coffee - Aug 2017

 The summer is coming quickly to a close as we watch those few signs of fall approaching – the corn is tall and flowers beginning to fade, the mornings are brisk. It is great to be alive and see these changes slowly take place around us. Kids are with parents looking for the special deals on back-to-school clothes and supplies and it won't be long before there are school buses on the roads in the morning. This month we continue in topical worship and the details are below. The Common Lectionary Readings – for those of you continuing in them this month are as follows:

  • August 6 - Genesis 32:22-31; Psalm 17:1-7,15; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:13-21

  • August 13 - Genesis 37:1-4,12-28; Psalm 105:1-6,16-22; Rom. 10:5-15; Matt. 14:22-33

  • August 20 - Genesis 45:1-15; Psalm 133; Romans 11:1-2,29-32; Matthew 15:10-28

  • August 27 - Exodus 1:8-2:10; Psalm 124; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:13-20

 

The schedule for Scripture and messages is as follows:

  • August 6 - 2 Corinthians 4:1-12, “On Not Using Deception or Distortion”

  • August 13 - 2 Corinthians 4:13-18, “Fixing Our Eyes on the Unseen”

  • August 20 - 2 Corinthians 5:1-10, “Keeping the Tent Upright

  • August 27 - 2 Corinthians 5:11 – 6:2, “On Finding Our Purpose”

It was good to get out recently with my son, Matthew, in our kayaks and enjoy a day of paddling. We took in the O' Shaughnessy Reservoir at Home Road and headed north. It was a windy day and the water was choppy. Good workout. Unfortunately the good weather is passing quickly and the opportunities lessen as we try and work out our schedules now that he lives in Indiana. But God is good and we enjoy what we can.

 Joel has been busy in Chicago and now has his pilot's license. We are hoping he will have an opportunity to fly this was before long and take us up for a ride. I have to give him credit for doing something I would never have the guts to do. (I do love to drive – but over roads that stay put – and not up in the air.)

 

Pastor Cy

Over the Coffee - July 2017

We are halfway through 2017! Hard to believe. Anyway, here at North Baptist Church we are looking forward to July 4th celebrations and continuing in our topics on Sunday mornings. We are also continuing in our adult Bible Fellowship class on Sunday mornings to read and discuss Clayton Sullivan's book Jesus and the Sweet Pilgrim Baptist Church. This slim novel is powerful in its portrayal of racism in the 1960's and certainly timely in light of things going on in our society today.

The Common Lectionary Readings for July include (for those who are keeping up with the readings):

  • July 2 Genesis 22:1-14; Psalm 89:1-4,15-18; Romans 6:12-23; Matthew 10:40-42
  • July 9 Genesis 24:34-67; Psalm 145:8-14; Romans 7:15-25a; Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
  • July 16 Genesis 25:19-34; Psalm 65:1-13; Romans 8:1-11; Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
  • July 23 Genesis 28:10-19a, Psalm 86:11-17, Romans 8:12-25, Matthew 13:24-43
  • July 30 Genesis 29:15-28, Psalm 119:129-136, Romans 8:26-39, Matthew 13:31-52

The Sermon schedule for the month will be as follows:

  • July 2 Romans 12 – 13, “Our Patriotic Duty”
  • July 9 Romans 7: 14 – 25, “Our Self Duty”
  • July 16 Romans 8:1 – 17, “Our Spiritual Duty”
  • July 23 Matthew 13:24 – 43, “Our Social Duty”
  • July 30 Romans 8:18 – 39, “The End of Worldly Duty”

Let's enjoy this middle of the summer!

Pastor Cy

Over the Coffee - June 2017

Summer is here! Even though it officially starts in a few weeks, we have passed the Memorial Weekend, kids are home from school, and the weather has been tremendous.  My brother, Cedric, and his wife Josie and son C.J. stopped to visit on their way back from Illinois where they had a week of vacation, and we had a chance to enjoy some time outdoors. Cedric updated me on the winter in Rome, New York, where he tells me they had 110 inches of snow. I let him know that I did get out the shovel once this past winter. We are so blessed, aren't we?

This summer we will be sharing some topical themes during the morning services and going back to the Common Lectionary in the fall. Just to remind you that you can still read the weekly readings, I will list them below:

  • June 4 Acts 2:1-21, Psalm 104:24-35, 1 Corinthians 12:3-13, John 20:19-23
  • June 11 Genesis 1:1-2:4, Psalm 8, 2 Corinthians 13:11-17, Matthew 28:16-20
  • June 18 Genesis 18:1-15, Psalm 100, Romans 5:1-8, Matthew 9:35-10:8
  • June 25 Genesis 21:8-21, Psalm 86:1-10, Romans 6:1-11, Matthew 10:24-39

Since we have a variety of special events this June, I will be preaching for those events rather than the Lectionary or the topical themes. Here is the schedule for June:

  • June 4 Pentecost Sunday - Acts 2:1-21 “Who Was There That Day?”
  • June 11 One Great Hour of Sharing - Matthew 25:31-46 “You Are Here!”
  • June 18 Father's Day - Matthew 6:9-15 “Our Father in Heaven...”
  • June 25 Baptism of Bob Tustin - Romans 6:1-11 “On Getting the Whole Job Done”

I would like to invite all the adults to think about joining our summer combined Bible Fellowship class at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday. We will be reading a modern day fable by Clayton Sullivan with title, Jesus and the Sweet Pilgrim Baptist Church. Dr. Sullivan was a professor of philosophy and religion at the University of Southern Mississippi. While the book’s theme has to do with racial segregation in the south during the 1960s, the book can be an interesting springboard to events of our own time. We will be thinking of these issues through the lens of the teachings of Jesus and His parables as well, and I think you will find the discussion challenging and rewarding.

Happy summer!

Pastor Cy

Over the Coffee - May 2017

May is here and everything outside looks beautiful. The flowers and shrubs at our house are in bloom and the grass is growing steadily. What a joy after the long six months of brown we have just been through here in the Midwest. The Common

Lectionary readings for the month of May are as follows

  • May 7 - Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23, 1 Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10
  • May 14 - Acts 7:55-60; Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16; 1 Peter 2:2-10; John 14:1-14
  • May 21 - Acts 17:22-31, Psalm 66:8-20, 1 Peter 3:13-22, John 14:15-21
  • May 28 - Acts 1:6-14; Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35; 1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11; John 17:1-11

Ascension Day is May 25th this year and Pentecost is June 4th. Instead of using the Common Lectionary this summer I will be preaching on topical themes after the Day of Pentecost. We will still place the readings in the Beacon but you can check out the Vanderbilt University website for lectionary readings on your own.

Memorial Day is May 29th and I am hoping to see my brother, Cedric, and his family as they pass through from a vacation at that time. Shari and I managed to get away in April to the city of Richmond, Virginia. I don't remember ever being there and neither did Shari, but we found it an interesting city, one of the oldest in the country,  and the art district was very interesting. Also they have a nice Botanical Center and gardens. We did not see nearly as much as we would have liked, given the few days we were away, but perhaps we will at a future time. There is certainly a lot to see.

I attended a training session with Ohio Health (as part of my experience as a contingent chaplain at Doctor's Hospital) and it dealt with the subject of what to do if you have an “active shooter” where you work. Essentially it boils down to “Run”, “Hide”, and “Fight”. Chaplains also discussed the ethical dilemma of caring for patients and families and the question of sacrificing oneself for others. I was reminded during this training of how things have changed in the nearly four decades I have been doing ministry. We do live in a challenging world!

May you and yours find that there is a peace in this time

Pastor Cy

Over the Coffee - April 2017

Over the Coffee

We have a number of exciting things in store for this April. We continue in our Lenten Series with a breakfast and teaching time on Sunday morning, April 2nd at 9:30 in the morning. We will have our last Wednesday Lenten Lunch and Meditation on Wednesday, April 5th at 11:00 a.m. On Holy Week we will not meet on Wednesday, but will have our traditional Upper Room service with communion on Maundy Thursday, April 13th at 6:30 p.m. The last Lenten Series breakfast will be on Sunday, April 9th. Also that Sunday we will have a baptism service for Justin and Ashley Barrett.

The Common Lectionary verses for this month include:

  • April 2 Ezekiel 37:1-4, Psalm 130, Romans 8:6-11, John 11:1-45
  • April 9 Isaiah 50:4-9a, Psalm 31:9-16, Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 22:1-11
  • April 16 Jeremiah 31:1-6; Psalm 118:1-2,14-24; Colossians 3:1-4; Matthew 28:1-10
  • April 23 Acts 2:14a, 22-23; Psalm 16; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31
  • April 30 Acts 2:14a, 36-41; Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19; 1 Peter 1:17-23; Luke 24:13-25

Keep in mind that April 9th is Palm Sunday and April 16th is Easter Sunday. On Easter Sunday we will have a devotional time on the lawn (weather permitting) at 9:00 and an Easter breakfast at 9:30. Our worship will be as normal at 10:30 with an Easter Egg Hunt for children after the morning service – perhaps a little before noon.!

The new officers for the Columbus Baptist Association will be installed at a special service at the New Life Baptist Church in Columbus on Tuesday night, April 25th at 7:00 p.m. New members of the board to be installed include Mrs. Helena Bush as our new CBA president, and I will be installed as the new CBA vice president. Rev. Jane Gibbons, our Area Minister, will be the speaker. More details later but you are all invited.

Grass is turning green around town and spring seems very near. May we all enjoy this special season.

Pastor Cy

Over The Coffee - Mar 2017

It has been a mild winter and so let us hope for an early spring with days that are
manageable. We have certainly been fortunate not to have lots of snow on Sundays. We
continue in the season of Sundays after Epiphany until Lent begins with Ash Wednesday
on March 1st. The Common Lectionary Readings for this month include:

      Feb. 5 - Isaiah 58:1-12, Psalm 112:1-10, 1 Corinthians 2:1-16, Matthew 5:13-20
      Feb. 12 - Deut. 30:15-20, Psalm 119:1-8, 1 Corinthians 3:1-9, Matthew 5:21-37
      Feb. 19 - Lev. 19:1-18, Psalm 119:33-40, 1 Corinthians 3:10-23, Matthew 5:38-48
      Feb. 26 - Exodus 24:12-18, Psalm 2, 2 Peter 1:16-21, Matthew 17:1-9

The Council, along with the Worship and Member Care Team and the Christian
Education and Discipleship Team, is planning an exciting Lenten Program that will run
from Sunday, March 5 through the Maundy-Thursday Service on April 13. The tentative
schedule is as follows:.

      Sun., March 5 - Agape Feast and Communion after Worship in Fellowship Hall
      Wed., March 8 - Lenten Soup and Worship at 11:00
      Sun., March 12 - America For Christ Sunday
      Wed., March 15 - Lenten Soup and Worship at 11:00
      Sun., March 19 - Lenten Breakfast Program at 9:30
      Wed., March 22 - Lenten Soup and Worship at 11:00
      Sun., March 26 - Lenten Breakfast Program at 9:30
      Wed., March 29 - Lenten Soup and Worship at 11:00
      Sun., April 2 - Lenten Breakfast Program at 9:30
      Wed., April 5 - Lenten Soup and Worship at 11:00
      Sun., April 9 - Lenten Breakfast Program at 9:30 (Palm Sunday)
      Thur., April 13 - Maundy-Thursday Upper Room Meal and Communion at 6:30

The above schedule is easier to remember if you think of it as our having four Sunday
morning breakfast programs where we will gather all the adults (children may have
breakfast and then go to their Sunday School classes) and we will enjoy a nice
continental breakfast with a study of church history from around 500 AD to 1000 AD.
On Wednesdays we will be replacing Bible study with a modest lunch and Lenten
worship service and finish the Lenten Program with our traditional Upper Room meal on
Maudy-Thursday. Please mark your calendars and share this with us.

Over The Coffee - Feb 2017

It has been a mild winter and so let us hope for an early spring with days that are
manageable. We have certainly been fortunate not to have lots of snow on Sundays. We
continue in the season of Sundays after Epiphany until Lent begins with Ash Wednesday
on March 1st. The Common Lectionary Readings for this month include:

      Feb. 5 - Isaiah 58:1-12, Psalm 112:1-10, 1 Corinthians 2:1-16, Matthew 5:13-20
      Feb. 12 - Deut. 30:15-20, Psalm 119:1-8, 1 Corinthians 3:1-9, Matthew 5:21-37
      Feb. 19 - Lev. 19:1-18, Psalm 119:33-40, 1 Corinthians 3:10-23, Matthew 5:38-48
      Feb. 26 - Exodus 24:12-18, Psalm 2, 2 Peter 1:16-21, Matthew 17:1-9

The Council, along with the Worship and Member Care Team and the Christian
Education and Discipleship Team, is planning an exciting Lenten Program that will run
from Sunday, March 5 through the Maundy-Thursday Service on April 13. The tentative
schedule is as follows:.

      Sun., March 5 - Agape Feast and Communion after Worship in Fellowship Hall
      Wed., March 8 - Lenten Soup and Worship at 11:00
      Sun., March 12 - America For Christ Sunday
      Wed., March 15 - Lenten Soup and Worship at 11:00
      Sun., March 19 - Lenten Breakfast Program at 9:30
      Wed., March 22 - Lenten Soup and Worship at 11:00
      Sun., March 26 - Lenten Breakfast Program at 9:30
      Wed., March 29 - Lenten Soup and Worship at 11:00
      Sun., April 2 - Lenten Breakfast Program at 9:30
      Wed., April 5 - Lenten Soup and Worship at 11:00
      Sun., April 9 - Lenten Breakfast Program at 9:30 (Palm Sunday)
      Thur., April 13 - Maundy-Thursday Upper Room Meal and Communion at 6:30

The above schedule is easier to remember if you think of it as our having four Sunday
morning breakfast programs where we will gather all the adults (children may have
breakfast and then go to their Sunday School classes) and we will enjoy a nice
continental breakfast with a study of church history from around 500 AD to 1000 AD.
On Wednesdays we will be replacing Bible study with a modest lunch and Lenten
worship service and finish the Lenten Program with our traditional Upper Room meal on
Maudy-Thursday. Please mark your calendars and share this with us.

Over The Coffee - Jan 2017

Happy New Year and may 2017 bring wonderful things for you. Our oldest
member, Hazel Cline will turn 100 years young this month! She lives in Delaware
County now with her sister-in-law, Vi McNamara, and fondly remembers all her years
at North Baptist while living just a block away. Happy birthday – Hazel!

The Common Lectionary readings for this month include:
      Jan. 1 Ecc. 3:1-13, Rev. 21:1-6a, Matt. 25:31-46 (New Year's Day Readings)
      Jan. 1 Isaiah 63:7-9, Ps. 148, Heb. 2:10-18, Matt. 2:13-23 (Sun. after Christmas)
      Jan. 6 Isaiah 60:1-6; Ps. 72:1-7,10-14; Eph. 3;1-12; Matt. 2:1-12 (Epiphany)
      Jan. 8 Isaiah 42:1-9, Ps. 29, Acts 10:34-43, Matt. 3:13-17 (Baptism of Jesus)
      Jan. 15 Isaiah 49:1-7, Ps. 40:1-11, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, John 1:29-42
      Jan. 22 Isaiah 9:1-4; Psalm 27:1, 4-9; 1 Corinthians 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-23
      Jan. 29 Micah 6:1-8, Psalm 15, 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, Matthew 5:1-12

We return for Bible study on Wednesday, January 4th, at 11:00 am. All are invited.
It may be cold outside but we will have it warm in the library for our meetings this
month.

We are planning to have a movie night on a Saturday evening this month. Date,
time, and movie to be decided. Check with secretary, Janis Snowball, or watch the
bulletin for information. Hopefully we will have cooperative weather.

Thanks to Rev. Kirk Gay for filling in for me on January 1st. It was nice to see our
two sons for Christmas, then work a few days, and take a few days of vacation to
finish out 2016. Debbie Smalley continues to get stronger at Select Specialty Hospital
and I was able to visit her and bring her a Bible this week. She appreciates our
prayers as the recovery from surgery will continue for several weeks. Others are
getting stronger at home and Dorothy Johnson is at Wesley Glen rehabbing from hip
surgery. Some are limping along into a new year, but God is with us and we remain
faithful and strong.

Enjoy the new year. Believe it or not, the days get longer each day.

Over The Coffee - Dec 2016

The days are short, the nights long. The darkness descends early and the light sof Christmas decorations on houses bring a glow to the early evening. The air has been warm enough to enjoy walking outside, although the past week has given us a hint of the winter to come. This is a wonderful time of the year. The light of the world is coming! The season of Advent allows us to think again of that period of hope and anticipation that the people of God felt in their best moments; though crushing disappointments and doubts cast a shadow across much of that time. In the fullness o ftime, Paul tells us, God sent forth His Son.  The readings for the Second Sunday of Advent through Christmas Day are as

follows:

Dec. 4 Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12

Dec. 11 Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146:5-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11

Dec. 18 Isaiah 7:10-16; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25

Dec. 25 Isaiah 9:2-7, Psalm 96, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-20

The Scripture for each week's message and sermon title this month are as follows:

Dec. 4 Matthew 3:1-12 “A Voice in a Desolate Place”

Dec. 11 Matthew 11:2-11 “Reports from the Front”

Dec. 18 Matthew 1:18-25 “The First Christmas – Joseph and Mary”

Dec. 25 Luke 2:1-20 “The First Christmas Pageant”

On December 21st we will meet at the normal Bible study time of 11:00 a.m.,but we will practice some carols for a few minutes and then go out caroling to some of our home-bound members. All are invited to participate in this annual time of sharing, and we will once again go to lunch in the neighborhood afterwards. Blessings to you and yours during this Advent and Christmas season.

Pastor Cy

Over The Coffee - Nov 2016

November begins with some wild events in our culture. The Chicago Cubs

actually won the World Series on November 2nd. Unfortunately, it was a victory over

the Cleveland Indians. Still, pretty amazing. My son, Joel, watched the seventh game

at a bar-restaurant in Wrigleyville near the stadium and reported that it was pretty

exciting. He texted me a picture of the crowd walking in the streets headed for the El

train. All I could see were people's backs, but it was wall to wall across the road and

onto sidewalk. A happy crowd.

 

Another wild event in this month is our Presidential Election on November 8th.

I hope you make an effort to vote and participate in our democratic process. Daylight

saving time ends on November 6th. Hopefully everyone will be well rested for church

on that day.

 

The last weeks of the Common Lectionary Year C (Luke) are this month. On

November 27th we begin again in Year A – with Matthew's gospel. The passages for

this month are as follows:

 

Nov. 6 Haggai 2:1-9; Psalm 145:1-5,17-21; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5,13-17; Luke 20:27-38

Nov. 13 Isaiah 65:17-25, Isaiah 12:1-6, 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13, Luke 21:5-19

Nov. 20 Jeremiah 23:1-6, Luke 1:68-79, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 23:33-43

Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving Day) Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Psalm 100, Philippians 4:4-9,John 6:25-35

Nov. 27 Isaiah 2:1-5, Psalm 122, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44

 

Please keep the Church Council in your prayers during this month. We need to

make plans for officers and team members for next year and begin to put the budget

together for 2017. Our current officers and team members have done heroic work and

we have accomplished much during the past year. For a church of our size and budget

we have been generous, frugal, and at the same time responsive to needs in our giving

and ministry together as a congregation. It is a delight to know that we have seen

North Baptist Church as “Christ's” church and not “our” church. We follow His

directions in the way that we live as a church fellowship.

 

Pastor Cy