Sunday School 9:00 AM
Social Time 10:00
"As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him,
rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving."
Colossians 2:6-7 NRSV
This is the type of faith displayed by the people who gathered under that tree 110 years ago. By the way, a piece of the tree trunk is reserved in our archives.
Scientists say the rings in a tree trunk give us the history of the tree. The trunk is important
for two reasons. It acts as a support rod, giving the tree its shape and strength. Second, it acts as the central "plumbing system" in a tree, forming a network of tubes that carries water
and minerals up from the roots to the leaves and food from the leaves down to the branches, trunk, and roots. (gen.uga.edu).
The tree produces rings during its growing season. When conditions are good, the tree
produces a thick ring; but in a discouraging year, growth is slowed down and the tree produces a thin ring.
When I compare the church and growth to the rings of a tree, it looks like we are in a thin
ring year. But that only means we are ripe to produce a thick ring.
110 years ago, the people who gathered under that tree kept the trunk healthy because the
roots were soaking up the nutrients of their prayers, service, and faith. We have the privilege of continuing to be the anchor of the tree (the roots). In a natural tree, the roots
absorb the nutrients and water from the soil to keep the tree healthy. We know in order to keep the tree healthy, the most important thing is rooting our lives in Christ. If we continue
to do this, we can experience the fullness of Christ's love and we have the foundation we need to weather all the storms of life.
We want the next generation coming behind us to look at the church and say, "Thank you
God for the people who continued to water and feed the roots so that we could carry on the legacy of being a healthy church."
Join us the weekend of 10/27-10/29/17 as we celebrate what God has done and continues to
do. See the information in the messenger for more details.
RPUMC is still rooted and growing in Christ.
2017 October Messenger