Have you ever thought about the way Jesus ate? What you find is very revealing. First of all, Jesus enjoyed good food. Jesus repeatedly went to festivals and feasts and very rich and sumptuous banquets. He went so often that the Pharisees called him a glutton and a drunkard. Our Lord enjoyed good food. He felt at home among the wealthy of the world.
But whenever Jesus did the cooking, things were different. Basically there was one thing on the menu—Grilled or baked fish and barley bread. Our Lord Jesus could enjoy as a gift the good things of the world, but when He himself did the cooking, it was simple and nutritious.
I traveled to Russia not long after the fall of Communism. Upon my return to America, many people wanted to know what the food was like. I never ate better in my life. It seemed like we had three or four meals every day. Wherever we went, we enjoyed the hospitality of Russian believers. The average Russian family has much less than most Americans have of this world’s goods and yet when you go there, they open the cupboards wide and they keep bringing it out.
During my visit, I was greatly blessed by a particular custom we followed in almost every home. At the beginning of the meal we all stood and bowed our heads and thanked God for the food. Then we sat down and shared our meal together. At the end of the meal we stood up again and we prayed, thanking God for what we had just received. That made a powerful impact on my life. That’s what Jesus is talking about. That’s what it means to say that God has given you daily bread—to be truly thankful and truly content with what He has provided.
“Two things I ask of you, Lord;do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.”Proverbs 30:7-8
UP-Wide Singing Escanaba will host the UP-WIDE SINGING this Sunday afternoon at 3:00 pm. We’ll sing for a while, and then enjoy a light meal together.
Family Night This Week Join us at 5:30 for supper. Activities start at 6:00. We’ll be studying the Bible Correspondence Course we hope to us on LET THE BIBLE SPEAK. This week our volunteers are: Meal: Lesley; Songs/Prayer: Jason; Memory: Dave; Lesson: Dave.
December Potluck & Meeting Plan to stay for our meeting right after the potluck next Sunday, December 6th. “Anything Goes” is our theme for the December Potluck. There’s a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board.
Small Group: Come and Grow with Us! Our small group will not be meeting this Sunday afternoon because of our UP-Wide Singing. We are planning to resume our small group study next Sunday, December 6th at the Jason & Erin’s home. Read Matthew 14 to prepare for our discussion. Study starts at 3:30.
Christmas Caroling Family Night We’ll be singing at West Highland Apartments on Wednesday, 12/16/15 at 6:00. We’ll have supper together at the church building at 5:00 and then go to West Highland to sing and have refreshments. We need a coordinator for the refreshments. See Dave if you want to do this.
Ladies Annual Christmas Fellowship This year the Ladies Christmas party will be held on Friday, December 18th from 5:30-8:00 at the church building. There will be a $10 gift exchange. A sign-up sheet will be posted on bulletin board. The theme this year will be: "Go Light Your World."
Hope at the Inn (HATI) The emergency shelter moves to Immanuel Lutheran church in Escanaba today. You can check the status of their volunteer schedule at www.hopeattheinn.org.
Shelter Volunteer Trainings are scheduled as follows: Thursday, 12/3/15, at 6 pm at Covenant Church, 305 S. 9th Street, Gladstone; Tuesday, 1/12/16, at 6 pm at Grace Church, 528 28th Street & M35, Gladstone.
ESCANABA PRAYER REQUESTS
Karleigh & Aaron are engaged!
Rachel Libby will have surgery on December 10th.
Pray for the Decker family as they mourn the loss of their daughter, Molly Poe. Also, for strength for Brian Poe who will be raising their two babies without their mother.
Mike Davis passed away. Please pray for his family as they mourn his loss. Funeral will be Monday, November 30th. Visitation 12-2; funeral at 2:00.
Huff family, Davis family, and Mike W.
Eric, Stephanie, Peter, Kyle, Jesse, Matt, Jess, Thomas. HEALTH: Theresa; CANCER: John Vogt, Bryan Fassbender, Bobby Butler, Lori Gardener, Christi Robinson, Bob Johnson, Dan Conner, Tracie Frappier, Alisia Roland, Tony Fittante, and Jeanette Pierce.
Any updates on our Continued Concerns? Please call or e-mail so we can refresh our concerns to the Lord. Call 233-0065; E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.