Events in and around Marble Community Church
Monthly Schedule (all activities are suspended due to COVID-19) 
  • 10 am Traditional Worship Service 
  • Potluck - First Sunday (after the service) 
  • Church Council Meeting - Second Sunday (after fellowship) 
  • Holy Communion - Third Sunday
A Message from Pastor Jon (4/2/2020)
Dear Church Family, 

As we begin Holy Week this Sunday, I encourage you to read the following scripture passages. Perhaps break it up a bit, and read one passage a day...and then throughout the week ponder the readings.

Here are the scriptures for this Sunday, Palm/Passion Sunday and for Holy Week:

1. Psalm 31:9-16 & 21-24; David's plea to the Lord. (Our plea?)
2. Matthew 21:1-11; Palm discourse: Jesus proceeds into Jerusalem as the people greet him with cries of Hosanna.
3. Philippians 2:5-11; Though he was God, Christ emptied himself for our sakes, writes Paul to the church at Philippi.
4. Matthew 26:14 - 27:66; Passion discourse: Jesus has his Last Supper and prays in the garden before he is arrested, tried, denied, and crucified. 

This week's Devotional: 'Focal Point'

Most of us, if we watch any news at all, are in utter shock as to what we see happening in God's great land/world. But perhaps for our own well being we need to 'focus' on more than the news. Perhaps we need to 'focus' on God, neighbor and self during this tremendous upheaval of our land.

I was encouraged this week because it seems so many are doing just that. When times are really tough it seems our 'focus' sometimes changes.

Take for example: I was walking Starbuck (our Yellow Lab) this week, and a truck pulls up in the church driveway. I knew him and he knew me. He wasn't a church going guy, but this is what he said to me, "I've got something for you and the church." I said, "ok." We went on to have a great conversation and before he departed, he said, "I'll sanitize it and drop it off on your front porch." I thought, "sanitize it...what could that be?" A few minutes later he drops off a $1000 in cash on the front porch!

Here's another example: this past Sunday at 10 am, Peggoty and I went over to read the Scriptures and have our devotion. Before we sat down in the empty pews I asked Peggoty to ring the bell and to ring it loudly. She did...10 times so the entire community could hear that God was still alive and active in our little land!

Then Peggoty proceeded into the church to read, pray and read the scriptures, while I stayed outside on the church's front porch. As I sat on the steps, I breathed in the Spirit of God 'feeling' as the pastor what it's like to have no one walk in the front doors for worship. As I continued to sit there in God's radiant sunshine, you guessed it, another truck pulls up. There in the truck is another 'non-church goer' who I know, and who knows me. He says to me, "Thanks for ringing the bell Jon, it reminds me of what I should be reminded of." With that he drove off. 

Another example: My dear sister, Jonalyn makes a 'mask' for Peggoty to help her during this time. 

Another example: A young lady with her two daughters (non-church goers) contacts me wanting to prepare food boxes/bags to give away to those that might be sick or in need. I tell them, "sure that would be great." Yesterday they brought by the parsonage three wonderful 'gift bags' filled with food and toilet paper! What a perfect combination!

And there's more: Another 'church goer' says she can help and brings over to the fellowship hall food and supplies for the sick in our community. 

It is a great time folks. In all the anguish there is such good coming out of people. 'Focus' seems to be on God, neighbors and care of self. May it be so with you and me. 

Allow me to close with the last few verses of today's Psalm passage and a quote my neighbor shared with me. 

First the Psalm 31 passage, verses 21-24: Praise be to the Lord, for he showed his wonderful love to me when I was in a besieged city. In my alarm I said, "I am cut off from your sight!" Yet you heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help. Love the Lord, all his saints! The Lord preserves the faithful, but the proud he pays back in full. Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.

And now a quote shared to me by my neighbor...
When this is over, may we never again take for granted.......
A handshake with a Stranger
Full shelves at the store
Conversations with neighbors
A crowded theatre
Friday night out
The taste of communion
A routine checkup
The school rush each morning
Coffee with a friend
The stadium roaring
Each deep breath
A boring Tuesday
Life itself
When this ends, may we find that we have become more like the people we wanted to be, we were called to be, we hoped to be and may we stay that way - better for each other because of the worst.

Jon
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South Africa Mission Trip:   Learn more about the opportunity to work on a Safe House, Orphan Care and Grannie project with Kerus Global Education in South Africa, by attending meetings every second Monday of the month at 5:30 pm at the Sales Office (Barn) in River Valley Ranch in Carbondale through September.  The mission trip is October 3-17, 2020.  Point of Contact is Lisa and Bob Rue, 970-963-1598 for more information or questions about this international mission opportunity.

Care Bear Ministry:  has taken off and several have already taken a bear to support someone struggling or who is ill.  If you take a bear, either for yourself or someone else, please sign the list in the basket.  Much thanks to Yvonne Ellis for serving as the Point of Contact for this ministry.

Food Boxes:  for families or singles are available at the church.  Simply inform the pastor that you could use one.  Also, if you know someone that could use one, please have them call the pastor.  We will then arrange a time for them to pick it up at the church.  All courtesy of the Gunnison Food Pantry.

Mission Project:  The mission project for this quarter is Feed My Sheep Ministry. Based in Glenwood Springs this Christian ministry serves the homeless in the Roaring Fork Valley. Financial needs are for rent and utilities for their facility, food, and their van in addition to providing overnight hotel accommodations during cold winter nights.  Point of contact is Becky Bone, Mission's Director.

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