Weekly News​

August 13, 2019
Dear Friends,​      
While "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." (Hebrews 13:8), Suttons Bay Congregational Church is not, especially when it comes to the faces of the folks we see around us when we are at church. Continued growth, the frequency with which many of our members travel, and the comings and goings of our snow birds can make it challenging to put names with faces and keep up with who is whom.
I'm grateful to Perri for keeping the picture bulletin board in the upstairs hallway up to date. Soon, in addition to that bulletin board, a new picture directory will be available. The directory can be printed, downloaded, or accessed through mobile devices. The information you share, including your picture, will be kept secure through an invitation only database. This online approach will make it easier to keep the directory information up to date.
More information about the new directory will be coming soon. Please know that, unlike in the past, we will not have an outside company coming in to take photos. If you prefer to submit a new photo for the directory, you may do so or Geary Hoffman has graciously agreed to take photos of those who would like him to do so. Again, more information will be coming soon.
We're blessed to be a part of a church that continues to grow and change. I hope you'll be a part of this new directory that will help at least one thing about us stay the same--our commitment to being a welcoming and cohesive family of faith.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Robin

​​​​​​Thank you, Linda Miller, for providing the weekly reflection and prayer.

Dear friends,

When you are searching for a means of entertainment or just a short-term escape from everyday reality, where do you turn? A brisk walk or a bike ride will help clear your head and allow you to see life at a different pace and from a different perspective. Do you go to a concert, where you are surrounded by other people who love the same music, uplifted by the talented musicians on the stage? Do you go to a play and get caught up in the lighting, the costumes, all the lines that the actors memorize?  Then there are books and movies. Both tell a story. Books allow you to see in your own mind what the characters and settings look like. Movies allow you to immerse yourself into a fully-realized alternate reality. Sometimes the movie takes you away. Sometimes it brings you back home.

Last night we went to see the film “Yesterday.” We meet an ordinary young man named Jack who has a dream to be a famous performer. He has a good voice and acceptable song-writing skills. Then one day, during a massive power-outage, he is struck by a van while riding his bike, and when he gets out of the hospital, he discovers that the world has changed. Subtly. The world has never heard of the Beatles. There is Pepsi but no Coke. He gets blank stares when he speaks of either one. In this respect, the film reminded me of “It’s a Wonderful Life” where good old reliable George Bailey finds out what life might have been like had he never been born. So, once the idea of a Beatle-less world sinks in, Jack decides to make all those great songs his own. And he does become famous. But at a price. Fame takes him away from his home and the girl who has always loved him. He has decisions to make. And he makes them. No, I’m not going to spoil the ending for you. Sorry.

Anyway, think about how your life would be different if someone or something did not exist. Chocolate, butterflies, coffee, birds, flowers, pizza, etc. Oh and Corgies, too. And then there is God. I cannot begin to imagine my life without the belief in a Creator who blesses and sustains, comforts and guides. And I once lived that way. It wasn’t until I was in my early 30’s that the realization hit that something was missing in my life. I had been raised a Christian, but “dropped out” in the late 60’s. I started searching for a church home and found one in a Congregational/UCC church in Illinois. And the rest is history. Like a movie, my participation in the church takes me away from myself to be of service to a greater good. Like a movie, the church brings me home to a family of believers who welcome me with open arms and hearts. Like the Beatles sang, we get by with a little help from our friends. And God. And it’s all good.

Dear God,
Thank you for lives that are so full of color and flavor and sound.
Thank you for movies and music that draw us out of ourselves
and into a realm of imagination. 
Thank you for being a grounding reality in our lives. Amen.
This past Sunday's video is below: