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

Over The Coffee - Oct 2016

We have reached October 2016 – a year before the October 31, 2017 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's 95 Theses and the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.  In recognition of this amazing anniversary we will have a year-long time of study and reflection.  This fall we will do this through a program on six Sunday evenings in October and November which will look at the beginnings of the Christian movement up through the Early Church Fathers.  The program will be called “The Great Emergence” and will include a time of worship, teaching, discussion and communion – with a brief time of fellowship refreshments afterwards.  Look for more information in the newsletter and bulletins.  The dates will be October 16, 23, 30 and November 6, 13, and 20.  We will meet in the sanctuary at 4:00 pm for this program.

 

          The Common Lectionary texts for October include:

 Oct. 2      Lamentations 1:1-6, Psalm 137, 2 Timothy 1:1-14, Luke 17:5-10

 Oct. 9      Jeremiah 29:1-7, Psalm 66:1-12, 2 Timothy 2:8-15, Luke 17:11-19

 Oct. 16    Jeremiah 31:27-34, Psalm 119:97-104, 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5, Luke 18:1-8

 Oct. 23    Joel 2:23-32, Psalm 65, 2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18, Luke 18:9-14

 Oct. 30    Habakkuk 1:1-4,2:1-4, Psalm 119:137-144, 2 Thess. 1:1-12, Luke 19:1-10

 

          We will also receive our World Mission Offering on October 9th with a special service and a luncheon.  Rev. Steve Waltman and the Mission Team are preparing and service with an emphasis on lay mission opportunities.  As a denomination we are celebrating the open doors to the country of Cuba and the new missionaries who are going to have a role in our Baptist work there.

 

          Shari and I will be on vacation the first Sunday of October and Rev. Steve Waltman will be preaching.  I had the pleasure of driving quickly to Chicago a week ago and taking in a Reds – Cubs game at Wrigley Field with my son Joel.  Then on the weekend Matthew came from Indianapolis and we had a last of the season canoe trip up the Scioto River north of Bellpointe and the reservoir in Delaware county.  Good to have these blessings during this nice fall weather.

 

Pastor Cy

Over The Coffee - Sept. 2016

Isn't it wonderful to anticipate the fall.  From some reports I have seen this fall it is perhaps destined to be long and mild, with cold weather not arriving until January.  My hope is that this will be true and that it will allow us as a congregation to participate in weekly events without interruption.  College football season has arrived and the colors of fall are ubiquitous in shops and in crowded places.  At North Baptist we begin our weekly Bible study (we continue in the book of Luke) on Wednesday, September 14 at 11:00 a.m.  In worship on Sundays we will spend a few more weeks in the book of Acts and then switch to the Common Lectionary again. 

Here are the Lectionary readings for the month of September:

Sept. 4   - Jeremiah 18:1-11, Psalm 1, Philemon 1:1-21, Luke 14:25-33

Sept. 11 - Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28; Psalm 51:1-10; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-10  

Sept. 18 - Jeremiah 8:18-19:1, Psalm 113, 1 Timothy 2:1-7, Luke 16:1-13

Sept. 25 - Jeremiah 32:1-3, 6-15; Psalm 146; 1 Timothy 6:6-19; Luke 16:19-31!

 

We will continue in the Book of Acts over the rest of the summer.  The sermon           passages and message titles for the month are as follows:

September 4 - Acts 10:1-48 “God's Grand Game-Plan”                   

September 11 - Acts 11:1-18 “Getting With the Program”                  

September 18 - Acts 11:19-30 “Growing into Our Name”                

September 25 - Luke 16:19-31 “Getting Real”              

We begin promoting the World Mission Offering this month.  The offering will           be taken in October and we will have a day to highlight it on October 9th.  We will show a short video, “Miracle in Jiguani” on Sunday, September 25th in the morning worship service.  The WMO this year will focus on the country of Cuba and our American Baptist missionaries who are working toward an expansion of ministry to this tremendous island country just south of our United States.  As many of you noticed, the first commercial flights to Cuba from the US in decades began this past week.  The McCurdy’s, who recently served in Ohio, are finishing language school and hoping to begin work in both the Dominican Republic and in Cuba. ! Let's continue to pray and be faithful!         

Pastor Cy

Over The Coffee - Aug 2016

We donated 50 jars of peanut butter and 42 jars of jelly to the Clintonville Resource Center at the beginning of the month and will now use the table in the sanctuary to collect school supplies for CRC throughout this month.  Thanks to all who shared in this project for needy families as the summer ends and children head back to school.  The Day Care Kid's Club will end their summer session on August 12th.  It has been a fun summer having the children playing, reading, riding their bikes on the parking lot, and enjoying themselves while their parents are working.  Some of the children have gotten to know some of our church members as we have shared the building during these three months

The Common Lectionary Readings for the month of August are as follows:          

August 7 -  Isaiah 1:1, 10-20; Psalm 33:12-22; Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16; Luke 12:32-40   

August 14 -  Isaiah 5:1-7, Psalm 82, Hebrews 11:29-12:21, Luke 12:49-56

August 21 -  Jeremiah 1:4-10, Psalm 103:1-8, Hebrews 12:18-29, Luke 13:10-17

August 28 -  Jeremiah 2:4-13; Psalm 112; Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16; Luke 14:1,7-14

We will continue in the Book of Acts over the rest of the summer.  The sermon           passages and message titles for the month are as follows:

August 7   -  Acts 7:54-8:8 “Martyrdom, Scattering and the Spirit”                  

August 14-  Acts 8:9-40   “Along for the Ride”                 

August 21   -  Acts 9:1-31“Switching Sides”                  

August 28   -  Acts 9:32-43 “A Good Woman and a Good Outcome”  

! Get your calendars out and save October 4-5 for the 190th Annual Gathering of the American Baptist Churches of Ohio.  It will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Columbus North at 6500 Doubletree Avenue.  The theme this year is “Partners in the Gospel” and the special speaker is Dr. Mark Harden, President of Ashland Theological Seminary.  The cost is $130, which includes the registration as well as Tuesday lunch and dinner and Wednesday breakfast and lunch.  There is no one-day registration this year.  The Missions Banquet speaker will be Rev. Sharon Koh, the Executive Director Elect of International Ministries ABC/USA.  This will be a great opportunity to hear our new denominational mission leader. ! Have a great rest of the summer!       

Pastor Cy

Over The Coffee - July 2016

 

          Wow!  The summer is moving fast.  We did enjoy a special movie as a congregation last month – the movie Polycarp – and we will probably do another one this summer.  I have had a few days off and look forward to seeing my son’s on July 4th.  Just got the word this week of the passing of Millie Baldridge at the age of 90.  Gale and Millie were special friends and since North Baptist has only had seven pastors (and spouses) in our nearly seven decade history, this is a special moment for us.  Prayers go out to each of their children who grew up at North.

 

          We continue in the book of Acts for the summer and the dates for our worship services and scripture passages follows –

 

July 3          Acts 5:1-11 – “God Knows!?”

July 10        Rev. Kirk Gay speaking

July 17        Acts 5:12-42 – “The Successful Surge Continues”

July 24        Acts 6:1-8:1 – “Obstacle Course Faith”

July 31        Acts 8:1-40 – “Responding to the Spirit”

 

          The Common Lectionary Readings for the month are as follows (though we will not be using these texts in worship this summer – you may enjoy anyway):

 

July 3                   2 Kings 5:1-14, Psalm 66:1-9, Galatians 6:7-16, Luke 10:1-11,16-20

July 10        Amos 7:7-17, Psalm 25:1-10, Colossians 1:1-14, Luke 10:25-37

July 17        Amos 8:1-12, Psalm 15, Colossians 1:15-28, Luke 10:38-42

July 24        Hosea 1:2-10, Psalm 138, Colossians 2:6-15, Luke 11:1-13

July 31        Hosea 11:1-11, Psalm 49:1-12, Colossians 3:1-11, Luke 12:13-21

 

          It has been good to see the children in the day care as they play on our playground and on the lawn.  They are quite active, yet at times during the day they can be seen reading books intently and listening to stories read by the staff.  We are finding what it is like to partner with the Clintonville Resource Center on things beyond the food pantry and clothing closet.  On July 17th we will have a Praise and Joy worship service (P&J) that will be highlighted by filling a table in the sanctuary with peanut butter and jelly for CRC.

 

Pastor Cy

Over The Coffee - June 2016

The experience of summer is here, even if the actual start of the season does not

happen for a few weeks yet. Kids are out of school, swimming pools are open, and

the temperatures have approached high 80's a few days. Here at North Baptist Church

we are excited about several things. One is the new Clintonville Resource Center

(CRC) Day Care for school age children that will be using our lower level classrooms

and playground as one of several church sites this summer. As many as 30 children

will be dropped off by parents beginning on June 6th, many from our neighborhood.

CRC will provide the program and so you will see them around the building this

summer. Our programming will have first choice on use of building, but I anticipate

that we can work cooperatively together. Another change in programming is that we

are taking a break from our Wednesday Bible Study for the summer, and in the Bible

Fellowship class that I teach we will be looking at the book of Acts over the summer

rather than the Common Lectionary. You can still read the Lectionary Readings on

your own: !

June 5 1 Kings 17:8-24, Psalm 146, Galatians 1:11-24, Luke 7:11-17

June 12 1 Kings 21:1-21, Psalm 5:1-8, Galatians 2:15-21, Luke 7:36-8:3

June 19 1 Kings 19:1-15, Psalm 42, Galatians 3:23-29, Luke 8:26-39

June 26 2 Kings 2:1-14; Psalm 77:1-20; Galatians 5:1, 13-25; Luke 9:51-62

!

We will take our One Great Hour of Sharing offering during the month of June

with an emphasis on the theme during worship on June 19th. The theme is “Where

you go I will go...” from Ruth 1:16. What a timely theme during these perilous days

for so many refugees around the world, many who will receive some assistance either

directly or indirectly through OGHS.

!

Scripture and messages for June include:

!

June 5 Acts 3:1-26 “Stirring Things Up”

June 12 Acts 4:1-31 “The Line in the Sand”

June 19 Ruth 1:16 “Where You Go I Will Go”

June 26 Acts 4:32-37 “Sharing Everything”

!

Enjoy the summer,

Pastor Cy

Over The Coffee

“April showers bring May flowers” we have learned over the years, and this is no

exception. We have seen the buds of trees and the perennials beginning to bloom, as well as

annuals wild and planted. What a joy to have the four seasons to embrace and measure our lives

against. We have made it through another winter season, Lenten season, and moving swiftly

toward Pentecost Sunday (May 15th) and the weeks that move us from spring into summer. I

will be continuing in the Common Lectionary on Sunday mornings through Pentecost and then

begin a series in the book of Acts through the remainder of May and through the summer. The

series will be titled, “Christian Lives Matter!” and it will relate the experiences of the early

church to our experience as believers in the secular culture of today. We have much to be

thankful to these early Christians for, and we certainly can learn from their willingness to put the

distractions of their time behind them and how they turned the world upside down. !

The Common Lectionary readings for May include: !

May 1 – Acts 16:9-15; Psalm 67; Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5; John 14:23-29

May 8 – Acts 16:16-34, Psalm 97, Revelation 22:12-21, John 17:20-26

May 15 – Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104:24-35; Romans 8:14-17; John 14:8-17, 25-27

May 22 – Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31; Psalm 8; Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15

May 29 – 1 Kings 18:20-39, Psalm 96:1-9, Galatians 1:1-12, Luke 7:1-10 !

You can continue to meditate and read the Lectionary Readings after Pentecost, but the

messages from that point on will be from the Book of Acts as we move section by section

through it for the summer. Here are the tentative Scripture passages and message titles for the

month of May: !

May 1 – John 14:23-29 – “A Gift Unlike Other Gifts”

May 8 – John 17:20-26 – “God’s Love Inside Us”

May 15 – Acts 2:1-21 – “Let Me Explain This To You”

May 22 – Acts 2:22-47 – “Escaping Corruption”

May 29 – Acts 3:1-26 – “Stirring Things Up”

!

Corinthian Baptist will host the 2nd Annual Intercultural Worship Service for our Columbus

Baptist Association this May. The date is May 22nd and the time is at 5:00 pm. Let me know if

you are interested in attending. We will work out the details to carpool and share this event

together. !

Pastor Cy

Over the Coffee

Happy Spring!  Winter seems over at this point, although we may have some cold and snow on a random day in the weeks to come.  It is time to mow yards, put down mulch, wash cars, and turn our attention toward the flowers and trees budding and filling the earth with joy.

            The Common Lectionary readings, and the passages for this month, along with sermon titles – follows:

April 3 – Acts 5:27-32, Psalm 118:14-29, Revelation 1:4-8, John 20:19-31

                        Sunday message – “Blessing and Gift, Mission and Warning” – John 20:19-31

April 10 – Acts 9:1020, Psalm 30, Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19

                        Sunday message – “Our Damascus Road” – Acts 9:1-20

April 17 – Acts 9:36-43, Psalm 23, Revelation 7:9-17, John 10:22-30

                        Sunday message – “Speaking Plainly” – John 10:22-30

April 24 – Acts 11:1-18, Psalm 148, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35

                        Sunday message – “Grasping Our New Instructions” – John 13:31-35

            There are a few events coming this month that you should be made aware of.  Let me take a moment here and invite you to participate in these coming opportunities:

   Columbus Baptist Association Quarterly Meeting – 7:00 pm, April 12                  

   Trinity Baptist Church, Columbus

            ABC/Ohio Leadership Conference – 8:00 am, April 23

            Second Baptist Church, Columbus

            Special Speaker – Rev. Dr. Dan Buttry, ABC/USA Consultant on Peace and Justice

            (The Installation of New ABC Ohio Executive Minister, Dr. Ernest Jones, will

             take place at 2:00 pm at the conclusion of the Leadership Conference)

            Cost for conference - $55 – See me if you are interested in going)

            I want to thank Janis Snowball for writing the March “Over the Coffee” article while I was away on vacation last month, and also thank you to Rev. Steve Waltman for filling the pulpit on the first Sunday of the month.  Rev. Kirk Gay led Bible Study and taught my Bible Fellowship class in my absence as well.  You are all greatly appreciated.  Shari and I had an opportunity to take a quick trip to Georgia and visit the city of Savannah.  We took in the historic sites downtown (including Broughton Street) and some Southern cuisine, then spent a day at Hilton Head, South Carolina, before heading home.  It was good to get away to sunshine.

 

Pastor Cy

Over the Coffee

We have been having back-and-forth winter and spring weather the past few weeks

and look forward to when the spring weather comes to stay. We also begin daylight

saving again on Sunday, March 13th, so we will then have an extra hour of light for

evening activities at the church. The readings from The Common Lectionary for this

month are as follows:

 

March 6 - Fourth Sunday in Lent

Joshua 5:9-12; Psalm 32; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

March 13 - Fifth Sunday in Lent

Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126, Philippians 3:4b-14, John 12:1-8

March 20 - Palm Sunday

Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalms 118:1-2, 19-29, 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11;

Luke 19:28-40, 22:14-23:56 or 23:1-49

March 27 - Easter Sunday

Isaiah 65:17-25; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:19-26;

Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-18; Acts 10:34-43

 

Our Lenten program continues with Sunday night worship services and coffee

fellowship, and Wednesday night studies discussing Dr. Timothy Keller’s book, The

Reason for God. All are encouraged to participate in preparation for Easter.

 

Pastor Cy is on vacation and will be back by March 13th, so let’s keep him and

Shari in our prayers for a safe trip and a good time.

 

We will have an Easter egg hunt for the children after the service on Easter Sunday,

so let us all rejoice in the Love of our Lord for His Sacrifice and Resurrection for our

Redemption.

 

For Pastor Cy,

Jan Snowball, Secretary