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Lollipop Moments by Kim Halfhill

When Kaylee was four, we spent three days at Disney World with my in-laws.  We hit Magic Kingdom bright and early on the first morning.  While Patrick and his mom stopped for coffee, PawPaw (my father-in-law) offered to take Kaylee into a shop to just “look.”  It seemed harmless enough, so I waited outside on a bench admiring the Castle and soaking in all of the Disney goodness.  Less than five minutes later, Kaylee walked out of the shop wearing a sticky smile with PawPaw and a giant lollipop in tow.  While this treat was not my idea of a post-breakfast snack, I couldn’t rob Kaylee AND PawPaw of the delight they found in this lollipop moment.  For Kaylee, it was a wonderful, sugary surprise.  For PawPaw, it was a small act that brought immense joy to one of his favorite people. 

I am sure you can think of a few times in your life where you found yourself on the receiving end of an unexpected treat.  In fact, I bet that a few of those moments have happened at 2BC.  Maybe it was when you sat down to a home-cooked meal on a busy Wednesday night, or when you were greeted with a hot cup of coffee on a Sunday morning.  Was it the time you dropped off your kiddos for a much-needed parents’ night out?  All of these moments, and countless others happened because someone at Second used their gifts and talents to serve in ministry.  I am so grateful for all of the ways YOU create lollipop moments at 2BC and beyond with the generosity of your time and talents.  Together, we are getting stronger and building God’s dream.

You might remember Pastor Jason talking about lollipop moments in his sermon on the Parable of the Mustard Seed last year.  He reminded us that we each have the potential to change the world every day with seemingly small acts of service and encouragement.  And isn’t that how getting stronger usually works – with baby steps?  No one starts off running a marathon or climbing Everest.  Athletes become stronger little by little, with one small step after another.  As a church, we become stronger with each small commitment and each small act of service.  Together, we are building God’s dream.

That’s just what we are celebrating this month at Second!  Listen to the gratitude moments on Sunday morning for glimpses of ministries that might be unfamiliar to you.  Be thankful for the joy of serving and the joy of being served.   Then join us for the 3rd annual Ministry Fair in the Social Room on Sunday, January 28 (9:00-10 a.m. • 10:30-11 a.m. • 12-12:30 p.m).  We will celebrate God’s dream coming true through the ministries at 2BC.  You can learn about numerous ministries and identify opportunities to serve.  Plus, stop by the Team SERVE table to pick-up a lollipop and write a short note of gratitude to someone who has created a lollipop moment for you.  As always, we’ll be serving donuts and coffee.

Finally, are you ready to consider how God might use your gifts and skills to serve?  I invite you to take AssessMe.  AssessME is an online inventory of spiritual gifts, personality, and skills. Team SERVE, our equipping ministry, uses this tool to help individuals to belong, believe and especially to become all that God has planned for them.  The information is utilized to connect you with ministry opportunities that match your God-given gifts.  You can login AssessMe through the HUB or contact Kim Halfhill to get started.

Together, let’s grow stronger – one lollipop moment at a time! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Slowing Life to a Speed so that Your Living Will Matter by Connie McNeill

We all know that when it comes to living, there is no dress rehearsal. This is it, folks. One shot. Only one time through. The lights are on, and cameras are rolling.

I’m not taking a poll but have you dismissed the idea of being emotionally and spiritually healthy? Do you believe there is no relationship between the two? Or are you experiencing a deepening relationship with Christ and finding wellness in new ways?

There are many ways we can convince ourselves to steer clear of things that in our hearts we know would make us “better.” Most of us, with even minimal self-awareness, know where the cracks in our veneer go. They go to deep, deep places of brokenness inside us.

What is the business of slowing down? It is a core component of emotionally healthy spirituality. We slow down to take time to find thoughtful solutions to problems. Thoughtful solutions don’t cause greater problems than we started with! Slow wisdom is preferred.

We slow down to let Scripture take root in our spiritual hearts. This is a deep hearing of God’s word. Frankly, some of us have Scripture bouncing around in our brains but not shaping our hearts. We can have a tremendous amount of Scripture knowledge but be utterly unformed by it. Slow down for the rooting process.

We slow down to build genuine, authentic community. Relationships take many things including time. As Pete Scazzero says, “Listening deeply to another person, being present to them, and walking with them in different contexts takes time…a lot of time.” When the press of life seems to be demanding our every moment of time, slow down and find the renewal you so badly need by taking control of some of those moments and spend them in deep, rich relationships. You are racing to get too much done when the point is in living well.

This isn’t a New Year’s resolution. It’s a lifestyle commitment. To help us keep slowing down to live in ways that really matter, we need to build in some speed bumps. Everyone can do it differently but here are some ideas to place in your too-fast days: times of silence, solitude, Scripture meditation (not just reading), Daily Offices, Sabbath, a few minutes in nature, singing songs that have spiritual meaning, reflecting on an artwork.

Whatever you do, slow down and live so that your life really matters. Winning the speed-through-life race has no trophy or no winner. Any one of the pastors would be honored to have a conversation and walk with you as you get started with this new lifestyle. May your new year be a year of growing in living the slow.

Posted by Connie McNeill at Tuesday, January 16, 2018 | 0 comments
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Necessity or Convenience by Steve Hemphill

My hosts said let's eat before going to the Baptist Nursing Home near Havana, and I'm always happy to oblige when eating is involved!  As we waited for the food to be served, I asked lots of questions about how we (The Missouri Baptist Home) could help.  I had been sent there as a board member of the Home's sister organization: The Future Leadership Foundation.  Their responses perplexed me.

Me:  What do you need?

Cuban Hosts:  We could really use a sphygmometer to check blood pressure.

Me:  Well, that is no problems...think bigger, please.

Cuban Hosts:  Well, we could really use hot water.

Me:  What do you mean?

Cuban Hosts:  We have no hot water, never have.  Our residents take cold showers, and we boil water for cooking...we wash clothes in cold water. 

There are approximately 40-50 souls living in this nursing home built 50+ years ago with an addition built in the 70's.  A lot of Cubans live without what we consider necessities but, in trying to keep diseases at bay in a nursing home...hygiene is not a luxury.

After lunch, I toured the Home and fell in love with the caring staff and residents.  I'm happy the Missouri Baptist Home followed my recommendation and sent money to help.  Here are some pictures to give you an idea of what I saw.

Male Room a 5 x 8 space.
Women's toilet shared by four residents.
Cold water shower shared by four residents.
Resident meal.
Kitchen entrance.
Doctor's office.
Cold water laundry for fifty residents.

I'm happy Second Baptist cares about people beyond our city limits...beyond our borders.  I hope that

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