JEFFREY SWAINSTON, CHAPLAIN
P.O. Box 77
Manton, MI 49663​
(616) 405-6921
revjeff82@gmail.com

JULY/AUGUST  2018 GRANGE NEWS

Summer has finally arrived here in Michigan, albeit a bit tardy. Not all that long ago we were worrying about the possibility of more snow and then all of a sudden, BAM, its 90 degrees.

With the changing of the seasons there are many of us that are excited to get back outdoors and enjoy all God has created for us to enjoy. In the creation story, Genesis 1:31, “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.”

Each of us has a different way to enjoy the beauty of His creation. For some of us, it is putting away our phones and computers and sitting in the woods beside a stream watching the wildlife. For others, it may be a ride on the bicycle or taking a hike on one of the many remote trails found around our great state. Maybe kayaking or tubing down the river is your “happy place.” Some enjoy time spent gardening, either flowers or vegetables. Even in the stillness on a golf course when you tee off at 6:00 am, you can take pause to enjoy God’s wondrous creation all around.

However you prefer to enjoy God’s abundant beauty, share it with friends and family. Sometimes solitude is what we long for and quite necessary at times, but it can be more enjoyable and more meaningful to share the experience with others. It doesn’t take a lot of words, just sit and enjoy the time together.

I know there will be a few of you who would prefer skiing or snowmobiling or ice fishing, and for you, your time will come once again. But for now, enjoy the changing of the seasons. The greatest thing about living in Michigan, in my humble opinion, is that we have four distinct seasons (usually), and although we may have a favorite, in each season we can find a wide array of God’s beauty all around us.

May God bless you all as you enjoy His creation!


~In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.~ Psalm 95:4-5

MAY/JUNE 2018 GRANGE NEWS

In the next two months we celebrate holidays that honor our parents, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. In Exodus 20, when God delivered the Ten Commandments to Moses, the 5th commandment is “Honor your father and your mother so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” This is the first of the commandments with a promise. Later in the Old Testament we are told to care for our parents (Psalms), show respect for our parents (Leviticus), and obey our parents (Deuteronomy).

Most of us will find some way to celebrate these holidays with our families. We may send a card, make a phone call, have dinner together, or give gifts as a sign of our appreciation for all our parents did for us, not only when we were young, but also as we mature in later life.

​Please remember as you celebrate together, these are not just “Hallmark Holidays,” they are inspired in the scriptures. And if you don’t have any children or if your parents have passed, remember how you may have been a parental influence in someone’s life or how someone other than your parents may have been an influence in your life. By all means, enjoy the family time!!

What Famous Mothers Might Have Said
Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary's Mother: "I don't mind you having a garden, Mary, but does it have to be growing under your bed?"

Mona Lisa's Mother: "After all that money your father and I spent on braces, Mona, that's the biggest smile you can give us?"

​Humpty Dumpty's Mother: "Humpty, If I've told you once, I've told you a hundred times not to sit on that wall.

​Columbus' Mother: "I don't care what you've discovered, Christopher. You still could have written!"

​Babe Ruth's Mother: "Babe, how many times have I told you -- quit playing ball in the house! That's the third broken window this week!"

​Michelangelo's Mother: "Mike, can't you paint on walls like other children? Do you have any idea how hard it is to get that stuff off the ceiling?"

​Napoleon's Mother: "All right, Napoleon. If you aren't hiding your report card inside your jacket, then take your hand out of there and prove it!"

​Custer's Mother: "Now, George, remember what I told you -- don't go biting off more than you can chew!"

​Abraham Lincoln's Mother: "Again with the stovepipe hat, Abe? Can't you just wear a baseball cap like the other kids?"

​Mary's Mother: "I'm not upset that your lamb followed you to school, Mary, but I would like to know how he got a better grade than you."

​Batman's Mother: "It's a nice car, Bruce, but do you realize how much the insurance is going to be?"

​Goldilocks' Mother: "I've got a bill here for a busted chair from the Bear family. You know anything about this, Goldie?"

​Little Miss Muffet's Mother: "Well, all I've got to say is if you don't get off your tuffet and start cleaning your room, there'll be a lot more spiders around here!"

​Albert Einstein's Mother: "But, Albert, it's your senior picture. Can't you do something about your hair?

​George Washington's Mother: "The next time I catch you throwing money across the Potomac, you can kiss your allowance good-bye!"

​Jonah's Mother: "That's a nice story, but now tell me where you've really been for the last three days.

​Superman's Mother: "Clark, your father and I have discussed it, and we've decided you can have your own telephone line. Now will you quit spending so much time in all those phone booths?

​Thomas Edison's Mother: "Of course I'm proud that you invented the electric light bulb, Thomas. Now turn off that light and get to bed!"

Reasons God Made Dads
Because children need strong role models
Because someone needs to show children how to handle tough times
Because there needs to be someone to say “go ask your mother.”
Because the grass doesn’t mow itself!
Because someone needs to teach their kids to “think big.”
Because sometimes children need help making the right choices.
Because someone needs to coach the children’s little league.
Because someone needs to show their children the importance of faith.
Because someone needs to teach children the importance of family.
Because someone needs to pay the bills.
Because children need to understand the importance of education.
Because children need help finding the courage to pursue their dreams.
Because children need to be taught to serve others.
Because someone needs to show kids how to rise above difficult circumstances.
Because moms need help!
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