The week that God reminded us all to take a “stop-day”


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You gotta laugh at God’s timing. Just five days ago I preached about the importance of taking one day a week in order to rest, to reflect, to remember, and to be refreshed.  It touched a nerve with quite a few people.   

And if you wondered how you would ever find time for such a crazy idea…well God’s bringing the answer.

It’s called a blizzard!

I mean, you and I will have no choice but to stop going, going, going.  It’s quite likely we’ll be socked in our homes for days.  Resting.  Reflecting.  Remembering.  And hopefully being refreshed.  To help you make the most of this unique opportunity, I’ve collected some links and ideas at the bottom of this blog post.

But first, a couple of important updates.1-Ready for snow

You’re probably wondering if we’re cancelling our Sunday gatherings this week.  The answer is…we’ll let you know no later than Noon on Saturday.  (When in doubt, you can always check our website, www.senecacreek.org for late breaking updates.)  We’ll also notify everyone by email.  Stay tuned. And be prepared!

Second, I simply MUST give you some updates on the MLK Day of Service from earlier this week.  It was a tremendous experience for everyone involved!

Lobby MLK

Over 400 community members came out to serve, including families, scout troops and church groups.  Together they prepared:

  • 200 breakfasts and 240 lunches were prepared for the men’s shelter on Gude Drive
  • 1000 personal Hygiene kits were packed for various homeless shelters
  • 52 Move-In kit baskets were assembled for people moving out of homelessness
  • 700 Dental kits were for children moving into foster care
  • 22 super hero capes for children in the hospital facing serious illness

We partnered with City of Gaithersburg for the first time, and is was a great success.  The Mayor and a couple councilmembers were able to join us, as well as a county official.

Special shout out to the following people:

  • 52 people who donated blood.
  • The parking team who stepped up at last minute to do a necessary but cold
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    Parking Team

    job!

  • Our first “Entertainment Team” who added that special touch of music, song, poetry reading and story telling.
  • Our awesome leadership team, comprised of Sooky McFadden, Jennifer Hurt, and Melissa Widenhofer. These ladies went above and beyond, truly modeling the value of serving.

Thank you to each of you who made it an awesome experience!

Violins MLK

Part of the Entertainment

 

 

 

 

 

Now about the resources I mentioned…

MUSIC: (to encourage you to reflect and remember)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6HSrcTvMqU (Naturally 7)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmUMyz66zFY (Jeremy Camp)

VIDEO: (to help you think about why a stop-day is worth it)

https://vimeo.com/9542922

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xu5HZL7Vo9U

BOOKS: (because, well, I love books!)

Sabbath Keeping, by Lynne Baab (probably the best I’ve ever read on this topic)

24/6, by Matthew Sleeth (a unique perspective from the life of a physician)

Crazy Busy, by Kevin DeYoung (a wildly practical book by a busy husband/father)

If you have other resources/ideas, feel free to add them in the comment section below.  And if you’re wondering what all this talk is about “stop-days” then check out last week’s podcast here.  I mean, you have time now, right? 🙂

-Pastor Mark

P.S. If you didn’t see it in the all church email, be sure to take note of two important events coming up.

  • The Father-Daughter Dance, on Feb. 6th   Dads, don’t let this opportunity slip away.  You’ll never regret spending an evening with your daughter(s).
  • Financial Peace University – a proven way to bring God’s peace into this turbulent part of your life. Sign up today if you’ve never experienced this.

Posted on January 22, 2016, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. This is awesome. Thank you!!

    On Friday, January 22, 2016, Mark Tindles Blog wrote:

    > mark tindle posted: ” You gotta laugh at God’s timing. Just five days ago > I preached about the importance of taking one day a week in order to rest, > to reflect, to remember, and to be refreshed. It touched a nerve with > quite a few people. And if you wondered how you” >

  2. Camille Bisceglio

    Mark, thank you for the resources you supplied. I have spent the past 30 minutes listening to both the songs and the video’s regarding the Sabbath. Thank you for helping me to spend time being quiet and drinking in the presence of the Holy Spirit!

  3. What a blessing!!! Great videos and I loved the music! Grateful for the “snow/stop day”. I hope all those that must be at work today have people in their lives to encourage them to plan a stop day.

  4. You give great advice and are definitely correct that God wants us to rest. God created such a fascinating thing called the “snowflake.” Take time to look closely at one. 🙂 http://www.snowcrystals.com/

    Oh, you did forget to mention the event happening NEXT Saturday. 🙂 Open Our Eyes: A Human Trafficking Awareness Event.

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