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On July 4th our country will be filled with Independence Day events as we celebrate 239 years of declared independence as a nation. Did you know that 239 years ago there was much debate over the idea of thirteen colonies breaking off from England and becoming a new nation? To many it was an insane idea to think a war for freedom could be won against the most powerful military in the world.
One person who helped win over the colonists to a position of declaring (and fighting for) their independence was Thomas Paine, a corset maker from East Sussex who had just come to the colonies in 1774. In January of 1776, he published a pamphlet in clear and simple language entitled "Common Sense", which explained the advantages of, and the need for, immediate independence. It received wide distribution and was read in taverns and at public meetings. George Washington had it read to all his troops. Paine’s "Common Sense" presented the American colonists with an argument for freedom. Interestingly, he structured his pamphlet as a sermon, relying on Biblical references to make a “common sensical” plea. Historian Gordon S. Wood described "Common Sense" as “the most incendiary and popular pamphlet of the entire revolutionary era.”
Lessons from Xoy
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Last month, nine members of our congregation traveled to the village of Xoy, Yucatan, Mexico. Xoy is a village of 800 inhabitants deep in the heart of the Yucatan Peninsula. The folks there have a proud Mayan heritage. We went to Xoy to work with our brothers and sisters of the Divine Savior Reformed Presbyterian Church on the installation of a batch water treatment plant, and the education of their community as to how to use the purified water. We had previously entered into covenants with both Living Waters for the World and with the Divine Savior church that we would support the plant in Xoy with our prayers, our finances, and whatever technical expertise we could provide. God blessed both the installation and education portions of the work, and the mission, therefore, was felt to be a huge success. At the end of our week there, we celebrated with many from the village and some folks from surrounding villages by worshipping together and sharing the purified water from the plant.
Wednesday Family Night Dinner Menu
No Wednesday Night Activities
We'll Start Back Up on August 12th
Birthdays and Anniversaries
07.22.15 Leah Crawford
07.23.15 Jean Lynn; Noah Taylor
07.24.15 Courtney Farris
07.25.15 Lisa Ladd
07.26.15 Gayle Tabor