August 2017 Newsletter Article from Pastor Carol Stufflebeam

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, 

     My garden is proving to be an interesting experience. I confess that I am delighted by the growth that I see on a daily basis. I marvel at how the cucumber, zucchini, watermelon, and pumpkin plants have taken over their corner of the garden and beyond. Next year I may need to place more distance between them. One of the things I have noticed is that my vegetables do not look exactly like the vegetables I purchase from the supermarket. My eggplant is thin and long. The acorn squash that I am about to pick is misshapen. The one bell pepper I have picked was small. The reality is that their shape and size does not impact the flavor they have or affect their nutritional value. Years ago I read an article that spoke about how we like our fruits and vegetable to have a certain look, we like our food picture perfect. This expectation guides those who purchase produce for the retail market. Produce is given a grade, retailers pay according to the grade and so do we. I am just as guilty as anyone else when I am at the grocery store; I look for the best looking fruits and vegetables I can find. As I reflect upon that I have to wonder, do we do that with other things? I think it is safe to say yes. There are times we even expect perfection in other people. That is interesting especially when we do a little self-reflection, if we’re honest, we will see that we each have imperfections. The apostle Paul addresses this in the third chapter of the book of Romans, he said “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (3:23, NRSV). Paul reminds us that it is only through faith in Jesus that our sins are forgiven and we can be made righteous in the eyes of God. None of us are perfect; the cross reminds us of that. My prayer is two-fold; I pray that you have accepted God’s grace. God loves you with a grace that will not quit. Receiving His grace and really living into it will change your life. Second, I pray that we can have the courage and wisdom to extend God’s grace to others. God has created us uniquely different, and it is good. God desires that all people know of His grace and love, that is our responsibility.

As you journey through this life, may you know the joy and peace that comes from faithfully serving Jesus Christ.


  Pastor Carol

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  March 2018  
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