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Quote of the Week
But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking, no chances. A secret Master of the Ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,” can truly say to every group of Christian friends “You have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another.” The Friendship is not a reward for our discrimination and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each the beauties of all the others.
-C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

Sunday at a Glance – Daylight Savings Time Ends!
Worship Service &  Sunday School: 16:00 hrs
Scripture verses: Luke 14:12-30
Sermon: The Great Banquet
Will Powell, preaching
Be sure to let us know if you plan on attending the Sunday worship service, per favore, so we can make appropriate arrangements.

From Pastor John: I Love A Good Debate
Why do we frequently speak of him as though he’s not very good or very bright? So many of our questions imply we think God is stupid or unjust:

-Why would God create a world with evil in it?
-Why would God allow so much suffering in his world if he’s so good?
-What rational purpose would God possibly have for letting this happen?
-(Your own question here!)

Have you ever found yourself thinking, If I were God I wouldn’t have done it that way? Or have you said, When I get to heaven I’ve got plenty of questions God’s going to have to answer?

Read more…

Jesus Our Refuge: Grace in Fearful Times by Brian Rogers
Let’s look at three encounters with Jesus. These are three different people, all of whom are living in horrible situations. Their lives are truly horrible. The present is fearful and their future is going to be even worse. There is no hope for them, no reason to think things are going to be ok. There is no science that can help them. Worst of all, they have no reason to think that God likes them, no reason to think that God favors them, no reason to think that they will be accepted. I imagine that mentally every day was filled with dread, filled with fear about the present and future—and for good reason.

As you hear these encounters from Scripture, try to imagine what life was like for the people in these stories, and then, try to consider anew how compassionate and wonderful Jesus is.
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Hit Pause and Reflect… 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do -Amy Morin, author
“When you give up things that are holding you back, you can accomplish incredible feats.”

“In 2013, during one of my lowest points in my life, I wrote a letter to myself about all the things mentally strong people don’t do. When I was done, I had a list of 13 things that could rob me of mental strength if I let them.”

Mentally strong people have healthy habits. They manage their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in ways that set them up for success in life. Check out these things that mentally strong people don’t do so that you too can become more mentally strong.

1. They Don’t Waste Time Feeling Sorry for Themselves

Mentally strong people don’t sit around feeling sorry about their circumstances or how others have treated them. Instead, they take responsibility for their role in life and understand that life isn’t always easy or fair.

2. They Don’t Give Away Their Power

3. They Don’t Shy Away from Change

4. They Don’t Waste Energy on Things They Can’t Control

5. They Don’t Worry About Pleasing Everyone

6. They Don’t Fear Taking Calculated Risks

7. They Don’t Dwell on the Past

8. They Don’t Make the Same Mistakes Over and Over

Read the complete article…

SF YOUTH:
Youth Music is happening again!!! If you’d like to play or sing in church, please contact Stephanie so she can add you to one of our Abstand Bands. ❤️ Youth Sunday School sessions continue discussing who Jesus is and what this means for us! We’ve also got a virtual movie night coming up that! Watch the WhatsApp group for more details!

 

 

Christmas Family Worship Service
~Uniquely Starnberg Fellowship!
13 December 2020
Our SF Family Christmas Worship Service is scheduled for Sunday, 13 December. If your children are interested in being a part of this worship service, please let us know immediately as we are assigning readings for children to practice. Contact Brooke, Sharon, or Shirin via WhatsApp for more information.

For youth involvement in Advent and Christmas worship services, contact Sarah.

If you’re interested in doing a special music piece for the Christmas season, contact Stephanie.

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