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Do you know somebody?

Accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative. That seems to be a good thought for all of us. Think with me about how much we need somebody in this church family. There is no importance placed upon the manner or the list in which I write about somebody.

  • Let’s address somebody who unlocked the church so we could enter.
  • How about somebody who was a greeter or an usher?
  • Do not forget somebody who made the lists for those jobs.
  • Somebody on the worship committee had a hand in our church service.
  • The hymnals were provided by somebody.
  • Oh, that bulletin was done by somebody.
  • The contents of the bulletin were supplied by somebody.
  • The altar flowers were supplied by somebody.
  • The right altar cloths had to be placed by somebody.
  • The sermon had to be prepared and delivered by somebody.
  • The scriptures had to be read by somebody and the list prepared by somebody.
  • The hymns had to be selected by somebody.
  • The choir had to be directed by somebody.
  • And somebody had to be willing to sing in the choir.
  • Somebody had to play the organ.
  • Most important, somebody had to show up for this service.
  • Somebody had to make an offering to the church.
  • We certainly have somebody who cleans our church facility.
  • Somebody gets to count the offering. Somebody takes the funds collected to the bank.

Thank God for somebody or this church would be closed. Sunday after Sunday somebody performs all these tasks and more, some for financial reward but most for spiritual reward.

I hope that you might be somebody we can count on at Old Zionsville UCC.

Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative.

Be Thankful in all things.

Peace, Lori

(This column originally appeared in a Bethany UCC, Bethlehem, 2009 newsletter and was written by Dan Sabetti. I altered it slightly. Thanks to Dan for his original thoughts and for being somebody!)

Emergency Phone Numbers

When in sorrow………………..call John 16
When people fail you………………..call Psalm 27
If you want to be fruitful………………..call John 15
If you have sinned………………..call Psalm 51
When you worry………………..call Matthew 6:19-34
When you are in danger………………..call Psalm 91
When God seems far away………………..call Psalm 139
When your faith needs stirring………………..call Hebrews 11
When you are lonely and fearful………………..call Psalm23
When you grow bitter………………..call 1 Corinthians 13
Paul’s secret of happiness………………..call Colossians 3:12-17
What is Christianity?……………call 2 Corinthians 5:15-19
When feeling down and out………………..call Romans 8:31
When you want peace and rest………………..call Matthew 11:25-30
When the world seems bigger than God………………..call Psalm 90
Wanting Christian assurance?…………call Romans 8:1-30
Leaving home for work or travel………………..call Psalm 121
When prayer becomes selfish………………………………..call Psalm 67
For a great invention/opportunity………………………………..call Isaiah 55
When you want courage for a task………………..….call Joshua 1
How to get along with people………………..call Romans 12
Thinking of investments returns?……………..call Mark 10
If you are depressed………………………………..call Psalm 27
If your pocketbook is empty………………..call Psalm 37
Losing confidence in people………………..call 1 Corinthians 13
If people seem unkind………………..call John 15
If discouraged about your work………………..call Psalm 126

Alternate Numbers
For dealing with fear………………..call Psalm 34:7
For security…………………call Psalm 121:3
For assurance…………………call Mark 8:35
For reassurance………………..call Psalm 145:18

All numbers may be dialed direct. No operator assistance is necessary. All lines to Heaven are open 24 hours a day!

Peace, Pastor Lori

Hugs

I remember going through the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program in the 4th grade. Even at the age of 9, most of my peers realized that it was a bunch of propaganda, and we’d sarcastically say “hugs not drugs” to each other. Fast forward 20 years and science has some research to back up the idea that hugs are better than drugs. It turns out, the simple hug can have profound psychological effects like:

  1. Reducing your fear of mortality. Which is pretty interesting! Research published in the journal Psychological Science shows that hugging and simply touching someone reduces their fear of mortality by soothing existential fears. “Interpersonal touch is such a powerful mechanism that even objects that simulate touch by another person may help to instill in people a sense of existential significance,” lead researcher Sander Koole wrote in the study.
  2. Hugging lowers your heart rate. An experiment conducted at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill found that participants who didn’t have any contact with their partners developed a heart rate that was 10 beats per minute faster. Comparatively, the heart beats of those who made contact with their partners were not as fast.
  3. Babies who are hugged experience less stress as adults. If you want to help the future, hug a baby! An Emory University study found that in rats, touch and stress relief were connected, especially early in life. The study found that the same goes for humans too, noting that babies coped better with stress as adults if they were hugged and held more.
  4. Improved immune function. New research show that hug hormones are what they call immunoregulatory. Basically, these hormones have a profound impact on how our immune systems work. This ties in with the relaxing nature of hugs as well. If you want a stronger immune system, hug it out?

Pretty interesting, isn’t it? Maybe it’s time to open up a hugging booth!

Peace, Pastor Lori

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