Church: Yesterday and Today

Church: Yesterday and Today

by Andrea Perdue

As a child, I grew up in a small rural Methodist church. There were no extensive programs to minister within the church or the community at large. The church had a small nursery located in a room directly behind the pulpit where you could take your child and sit with them if you chose, but there were no nursery workers and no soundproofing. There was one children’s Sunday school class in a small room behind the sanctuary and one adult Sunday school class held in a larger room. We shared a pastor with a larger church in a neighboring community. This is the picture of “yesterday’s church.”

Laying Out a Fleece

Laying Out a Fleece

by Tracy Cooper

Have you ever felt so ill-equipped to do the task God has laid before you, that you actually lay out a fleece before God?

“Gideon said to God, “If this is right, if you are using me to save Israel as you’ve said, then look: I’m placing a fleece of wool on the threshing floor. If dew is on the fleece only, but the floor is dry, then I know that you will use me to save Israel, as you said.” Judges 6:36-40 The Message (MSG)

Gideon was willing to do what God was calling him to do, but because of his feelings of inadequacy, he wanted confirmation.

An Unexpected Obstacle

An Unexpected Obstacle

by Isabelle Sullivan

This has certainly been an interesting year for me. As  a tasked oriented women who likes to get things done, I pride myself  on giving 110% to whatever project I am working on. Usually, that means I am in charge of getting things done that make other people’s lives easier (laundry, dinner, Gusher schedules) or creates a grand experience for them (vacations, mission trips, balloon festivals). It gives me immense joy to make other people happy.