"COME TO ME, ALL WHO LABOR AND ARE HEAVY LADEN, AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST." - MATTHEW 11:28
IN MEMORIAM 2014
Geraldine Bailey - North Adrian #721 Philip Clipfell - Colon #215 James Hazel - Home #129 George Huffman - Home #129 Margaret Wetzel - Home #129 Richard Kelley - Rome #293 Kenneth Murray - Fredonia #1713 Rita Orlowski - Barnard Grange #689 Doris Ely - Lime Creek Grange #712 Marge Wagner - Summit City Grange #672 Gary Hallock - Burns Grange #160 Mary Carson - Burns Grange #160 Dick Wooters - Summit City Grange #672 Alvin Thelen - Capitol Grange #540 Jerry Dennert - Oceana Center Grange #1047 Alice Beebe - Rome Grange #293 Charles Johnson - North Adrian Grange #721 David Armstrong - Adams Grange #286
IN MEMORIAM 2013
Ed Schwartz - Fredonia #1713 Joanie Miller - Fredonia #1713 Eva Grant - Home #129 Esther Pfister - Rome #293 June Ohlman - North Adrian #721 John Baldwin - Oceana Center #1047 Margaret Beardslee - Community #1675 E. Marie Dean - Summit City #672 Eva Grant - Home #129 Ruth Strebbing - Plymouth/Westand #389 Donna Jean Hauri - Studley #1174 Dean Yoder - Torch Lake #1840 Vivian Foor - North Adrian #721 Jody Barnes - Gratiot #1898 Peg Brown - Burr Oak #1350
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017 GRANGE NEWS
What’s Your Ambition?
Mount Everest towers 5 ½ miles above the surface of the earth. The mystical mountain has lured countless adventurers to scale its majestic peak. Edmund Hillary and his guide, Tenzing Norgay, let the first successful assent against the towering Everest. Week after week they inched up the face of the world’s tallest mountain. The odds were overpoweringly against them. Avalanches threatened to claim their very lives. Deep crevasses resisted their passing. High winds howled warnings. Extreme steepness defied their ingenuities. This air sapped their strength.
As they ascended, they continued to build new camps. Each camp got smaller as more and more of the expedition team retreated. But eventually what was left of the team arrived at the top of Mount Everest. In his autobiography, Hillary described the exhilaration of becoming the first to stand on top of the world. Here is the interesting part. Fifteen minutes after they arrived, the raw fury of nature forced them to begin their descent. Fifteen minutes at the top. All that effort and sacrifice for fifteen minutes of fame.
Each of us has our own personal Everest. Some goal to achieve great heights. Some motive to walk among great people. Many people often describe their search for human achievement along the line of climbing the peak of a temporal summit.
Most of us, at some point in our lives, will climb the wrong mountain. We pursue selfish ambitions. We climb to the top of our ladders only to find out they were leaning on the wrong wall. For fifteen minutes of fame. Was it worth the price?
Do you have a mountain of ambition you are trying to scale? Only a weary few get to stand at the top, for maybe fifteen minutes. Are you climbing the wrong mountain? Are you ascending a hill where you can dwell in eternity or are you simply looking for your fifteen minutes of fame? If you have been climbing the wrong mountain, ask God to redirect your ambition. Only He can help you refocus your visions and your ambitions for your own life. From His mountain we will never need to descend. The choice is yours. Will it be fifteen minutes or eternity?
Exalt the Lord our God and worship at His holy mountain, for the Lord our God is holy. ~Psalm 99:9
NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017 GRANGE NEWS
Constantly in Prayer
1 Thessalonians 1:1–10
Desperate circumstances often dictate our prayers. We pray for others when they’re in need, or we thank God for others when they fill our needs. But how often do we thank God for the faith of those around us?
When Paul writes to the believers in Thessalonica, he opens by saying, “We give thanks to God always concerning all of you, making mention constantly in our prayers” (1 Thess 1:2). Paul and his disciples thank God for their “work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father” (1 Thess 1:3).
Those who appear to be moving along well by our standards may be struggling in their faith. Other believers, just like us, go through ebbs and flows in their journey. It shouldn’t take a catastrophe for us to recognize their need for prayer.
We can learn something from Paul, a church planter and disciple maker who was no doubt keenly aware of the growth and struggles of the believers he mentored. For those of us who are less observant, these struggles may simmer underneath our radar. We should stop and take notice of the faith journeys of the people around us—people in our churches, our schools, and our workplaces. For whom can we thank God today? Who needs our observant prayers today?
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