THE PARISH REGISTER
St. Andrew's-Cheney Memorial Church
July 2001
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If My People

All of us as concerned Christians have heard it said or have said ourselves that America needs to return to God. The premise seems to be that at some time in our past our nation was a godly Christian nation. That I believe is an inaccurate premise. It is true, however, that at certain times in our history our country has been strongly influenced by Christianty. We should be more concerned that we the church return to God. The fact is that if the Church is spiritually revitalized and renewed it will positively impact society and the nation!

It is my impression that some people think that social conditions have never been as bad as they are today. If we look back at history we find a consistent pattern. Roman society in the 1st Century had reached unprecedented depths of degradation, but as a result of the preaching of the gospel by the early church the world was ďturned upside down.Ē (Acts 17:6) The same could be said of Europe at the time of the Reformation in the 16th Century, or of England and America at the Great Awakening in the 18th Century.

The transformation of a nation or society has always begun in the Church. If the Church is dead and lethargic then society will sink deeper into corruption. However, if the Church is alive and faithful to God, society will be elevated.

Martin Luther King once made a very wise observation. He wrote, ďIn those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society.Ē There is a move today to make the church a thermometer. The Church is being called upon to affirm and validate what unregenerate society has deemed correct. The Church needs to be a thermostat once again. A Church that merely reflects society cannot change society. Christ calls us to be different from the world and that difference changes the world. Why is our society in the condition it is in today? To a great extent it is because the Church has become a thermometer rather than a thermostat.

If we really want America to get back to God, the first step is for the Church to get back to God. The Lord gave us the answer to our present need long ago in the Old Testament. God said, ď... if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.Ē (II Chronicles 7:14) God spoke to His people, not society or the government.

What must we the Church and individual Christians do? First, we need to humble ourselves because pride and a self-sufficient spirit are the very root of sin. Secondly we need to pray which is an admission of our need and an acknowledgment that only God can meet our need. We need to also seek Godís face, i.e., pursue God and godliness. And finally, we must turn from our wicked ways, because we have allowed ourselves to be contaminated by the sin of the world around us.

In the past the condition of society has risen or fallen relative to the spiritual condition of the Church. If we are genuinely concerned about our nation, then we who claim to be Christians need to live godly lives. The key word in II Chron. 7:14 is the little word ďif.Ē ďIf my people ...Ē

If we, Godís people, will do what He has told us to do, then our society will be changed for the better just as it has happened in past centuries.

by Rev. F. M. Levi

Parish News

The ladies of the church celebrated Motherís Day on Friday evening, May 18, with a Mother/Daughter Salad Supper. The event, which took place in the Parish Hall, was well attended. Mrs. Nancy Toomey was honored at the dinner for her years of faithful service.

There was a pot-luck luncheon following church on May 20th for Mr. John Hendershot. John has graduated from the University of Chicago School of Law and has accepted a position in Delaware.

The Tinley Park Chorale had a concert in the chapel Sunday afternoon on May 20th. Mrs. Shirley Drobnak our music director also directs the Tinley Park Chorale. Everyone who attended enjoyed the beautiful music.

Following the service on Sunday, May 27th, there was a reception for Mrs. Olive Denning. Olive has been a member of this parish longer than anyone else. She has now moved to Kansas City, MO to live with her son Joseph Kovie and his wife Connie. Olive has been a faithful member and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her.

The Womanís Guild held their annual Rummage Sale on Saturday, June 2, 2001. The sale was very successful. We commend the ladies for their efforts to raise funds for missions and other projects.

Missionary of The Month

Bishop Oommen Samuel (Mary), and their children Susan & Brian. Superintendent, Treasurer, Pastor, Bible Teacher. Reformed Episcopal Mission. Lalitpur, INDIA.

Domestic Missions

Keep in your prayers the work of the Board of National Church Extension (B.N.C.E.), the Rt. Rev. Royal U. Grote, President: Mrs. Joan Workowski, Treasurer.

Arthur J. Hartley, age 87, passed away on May 18, 2001. Art was a faithful churchman and will be missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife Fern and children David and Cheryl.

Happy Birthday!

  • July 7 - Gladys Muir
  • July 11 - Fran Chessman
  • July 11 - Vicky Elliot Cullen
  • July 21 - Sue Horosinski
  • July 21 - Brian Ardizzone
  • July 25 - Veronica Elliot

Godís Positive Answers
To Our Negative Thoughts

For all the negative things we have to say
to ourselves, God has a positive answer!

You say: Itís impossible.
GOD SAYS: ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE
(Luke 18:27)

You say: Iím so tired.
GOD SAYS: I WILL GIVE YOU REST
(Matthew 11:28-30)

You say: Nobody really loves me.
GOD SAYS: I LOVE YOU
(John 3:16 & John 13:34)

You say: I canít go on.
GOD SAYS: MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT
(II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)

You say: I canít figure things out.
GOD SAYS: I WILL DIRECT YOUR STEPS
(Proverbs 3:5,6)

You say: I canít do it.
GOD SAYS: YOU CAN DO ALL THINGS
(Philippians 4:13)

You say: I canít forgive myself.
GOD SAYS: I FORGIVE YOU
(I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)

You say: Itís not worth it.
GOD SAYS: IT WILL BE WORTH IT
(Romans 8:28)

You say: I canít manage.
GOD SAYS: I WILL SUPPLY ALL YOUR NEEDS
(Philippians 4:19)

You say: Iím afraid.
GOD SAYS: I HAVE NOT GIVEN YOU A SPIRIT OF FEAR
(II Timothy 1:7)

You say: I donít have enough faith.
GOD SAYS: I'VE GIVEN EVERYONE A MEASURE OF FAITH
(Romans 12:3)

You say: Iím not smart enough.
GOD SAYS: I GIVE YOU WISDOM
(I Corinthians 1:30)

You say: I feel alone.
GOD SAYS: I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU OR FORSAKE YOU
(Hebrews 13:5)

from Douglas Michigan Community Church Bulletin


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