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Making the Most of Our Time

Teach us to make the most of our time, so that we may grow in wisdom.  (Psalm 90:12)

Every minute of every day is either wasted or invested.  Since the Bible contains over 400 verses about time, we can safely say that time management is important to God.  In fact, it is a spiritual discipline that helps the growth and maturity of our faith.  One of the most valuable investments we can make is spending time in solitude with God.

An African proverb states, “Lord Jesus, make my heart sit down.”  Solitude is intentionally setting aside time to “sit down” at the feet of Jesus.  It is in those still, quiet moments of solitude at His feet that we can more clearly hear God speak and gain strength and wisdom for our journey.

We must learn to budget the time given us so that we can practice solitude.  Every morning we are given the precious gift of 86,400 seconds.  No balance can be carried into the next day.  If we use it in the wrong way, that time is lost forever and cannot be reclaimed.  Time that is not wisely budgeted may be stolen by others or wasted on the unimportant and can even lead to our spiritual weakness.

One of the best ways to budget time is to first set your priorities.  Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us “there is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven.”  We either set our own priorities or allow circumstances and other people to set them.  The world does not see the need for God as a priority, yet if you profess Jesus as your Lord and savior then He should be your first priority.

There is a right time and a right way to carry out right priorities.  Ecclesiastes 8:5-6 warns, “For a wise heart knows the proper time and procedure.  For there is a proper time and procedure for every delight.”  We must set aside a portion of each day to spend with God in solitude.

One day, each of us will stand before the Father and give an account of how we have invested our time.  Today, examine your time management habits in light of eternity.  Initiate schedule changes that honor God and give Him first place in your life.  Make a new commitment to invest your time wisely both for now and eternity.

Pastor Bob

 

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*Note: If you wish to contact any of the leaders listed in the announcements please contact the church office at 648-4339 or email: chenbridgeumc@outlook.com for their contact information.

Sunday School. Sunday mornings 9:00 AM. Open to all youth pre-k through high school. Volunteers to substitute when regular teacher are absent needed! For questions or more information, please contact Robin Stolarcyk.  Please join us!

Christian Fellowship Class. Sunday mornings 9:00 AM. Room B6.  Please join us. Leader: Shirley Prentice: 648-3485.

Pastor’s Study & Prayer Group. Sunday mornings 11 AM, Room B6. Everyone is welcome to join.  Questions contact Pastor Bob.

Unity Circle: Ladies Group, 2nd Monday of every month 11 AM—12:30 PM. All ladies are invited to join. Contact Bev Hamm for more information.

Ladies Monday Night Bible Study: 6:30-8:00 p.m. Disciple Room (B4). This is an amazing group of women that learn, share, pray and have fun together. New friends are always welcome–come join the journey Please contact Norma O’Connor for more information.

Knitting for the Lord. Tuesday evenings at 6 PM. Room B2. Contact Lynn Masland at or Sue Alcott.

Women’s Group. Tuesday’s 12:45 p.m. in the Disciple Room, for a time of friendship, good food, & great conversation.  Questions contact Dottie Brownlow or Pat Winters. All are invited!

Rachel Circle: Ladies Group, 3rd Tuesday of every month 10 AM—11:30 AM in the Frazer Room (B18). All ladies are invited to join. Contact Marita Root  for more information.

WordGirls: Wednesday 9:15—11:15 a.m.  All ladies are welcome to join. Questions contact Amy O’Brien.

Choir. Thursday evenings 7:00-8:00 PM.  Everyone is welcome to join. Contact Carla Fako for more information.

 

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Knitting for the Lord Sale, November 12th, Fellowship Hall: Knitted & Crocheted items will be available to purchase after the church service. Proceeds to be donated.

Christmas Cookie Bake Sale, December 2, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Each container will hold a dozen cookies of the buyer’s choice for one set price in a holiday cookie tin. Pam Wasley is requesting bakers for any kind of cookie that are your favorite. Contact Pam Wasley if you would be able to help bake cookies. Further details to follow

Audio & Video Volunteers are Needed: Training will be provided. Please contact the church office; 648-4339 or Mike Howard; 724-5437 if you would be able to help

CB Fire Dept. Cider Sale Friday, Oct. 27th in front of church. Please help support our fire department

Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Collection: Pick up your shoe box in the back of the church. Instructions are included. We are also taking donations for shipping. Deadline for drop off for shoe boxes is mid-November. Contact Joyce Neumann (607) 231-3607 or Karen Hojsik (607) 231-0778 for more information

Church Women United, World Community Day, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017; 10-Noon. Theme: “Kindling New Fires for Peace”. Community Baptist Church of Port Dickinson, 743 Chenango St., Binghamton, NY. Contact, Chairperson: Norma Manning (607-723-1004)

Knitting for the Lord: will be collecting red infant and preemie hats made from soft yarn in Oct for Heart month.  Also collecting for hats, mittens, and scarves for any age to be donated to schools, participation in the give away at Thanksgiving, placed on trees & fences in Binghamton, JC and Endicott, for the Rescue Mission & used for the Hat and Mitten Tree at church

Coupons To Care Group: Still collecting coupons & distributing items.  Please contact Sharon Quackenbush or Karen Hojsik with questions.   Leave coupons in Karen’s mailbox.  Contact Sharon or Karen, if you know of someone in need.  Requests are confidential.

Quality Steam Cleaning: We are grateful for the mutual support that we experience with businesses in our community. Quality Steam Cleaning, Mr. Anderson, has donated 10% of sales from church members who have used his services. We have received $272 from Quality Steam Cleaning.  Mr. Anderson will continue to honor this policy, and expand it by including 10% of carpet sales to church members who mention this promotion. Coupon below & available in the back of the church.

 

 

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