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DORCAS QUILTING GROUP
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Adopt-a-Highway Cleanup
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A Message from the Pastor
Pastor

Greg Kintzi

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UNAFRAID
Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times

 

“God is our refuge and strength, a help always near in times of great trouble.
That’s why we won’t be afraid when the world falls apart.”
-Psalms 46:1-2a

      According to a recent Gallup Poll, Americans are the most stressed out people in the world. Asked to describe their feelings on the previous day, a majority (55%0 said they were stressed much of the day, almost half (45%) said they were worried quite a bit, and 22 percent said they were angry much of the time. These figures matched or exceeded the previous polling data. The United States was the seventh-most stressed country in 2018, with Greece at the top of the list. So how did we get here?

      In his recent book Unafraid, Adam Hamilton makes this observation: “We can hardly overstate the extent to which worry, anxiety, and fear permeate our lives. We worry about the future, about politics, and about our health. We fear violent crime, racial divisions, and the future of our economy. Deep shifts in our nation leaves us with an increasing sense of uncertainty. Fear in the financial markets can wipe out billions of dollars of wealth in a single day. Our fears, in the form of insecurity, often wreak havoc on our lives and personal relationships. Google fear and you’ll find over six hundred million websites in 0.98 second.”

      In response to this pervasive evidence of fear and anxiety all around him, Adam Hamilton decided to write a book to help people grapple with the phenomena. The result is the book Unafraid which we will be studying together over the summer months. The schedule for our discussion of the book is as follows:

Session One, Sunday, July 14, 2019
“Understanding and Countering Fear”
Chapters 1-4

Session Two, Sunday, July 21, 2019
Crime, Race, Terrorism, and Politics”
Chapters 4-8

Session Three, Sunday, July 28, 2019
“Failure, Disappointing Others, Insignificance, and Loneliness”
Chapters 9-12

Session Four, Sunday, August 4, 2019
“Apocalypse, Change, Missing Out, and Finances”
Chapters 13-16

Session Five, Sunday, August 18, 2019
“Aging, Illness, Dying, and Fear of the Lord”
Chapters 17-20

      Drawing on recent research, inspiring real-life examples, and fresh biblical insight, Pastor Hamilton shows how to untangle the knots we feel about disappointing others, failure, financial insecurity, loneliness, insignificance, and aging. Then he helps readers understand and counter fears related to such outsize perils as terrorism, death, and the apocalypse.

      Writing with generosity and intelligence, Rev. Hamilton shows how believer and unbeliever alike can develop sustaining spiritual practices and embrace Jesus’ counsel: “Do not be afraid.” For anyone struggling with fear or wondering how families and communities can thrive in troubled times, Unafraid offers an informed and inspiring message full of practical solutions.

      So come join the discussion and discover a thoughtful, literate, faith filled guide to reclaiming our minds and our lives. I would love to hear your take on this timely topic.

      As Pastor Hamilton states in the conclusion of his book: “You and I will experience fear, but we don’t have to be oppressed, defeated, or controlled by it. We can face our fears with faith, examine our assumptions in light of facts, attack our anxieties with action, and release our cares to God. And in doing this we will discover the “peace of God that exceeds all understanding.” This peace allows us to live unafraid with courage and hope.

      I am looking forward to the discussion and to the insights which will be shared by Pastor Hamilton and by those of you participating in the class.

 

Your Fellow Pilgrim on the Journey,
Pastor Greg