PASTOR PONDERING
July!  The year is half over.  How are you doing on your resolutions for the year?  As we contemplate our freedom this month, I praise God we have the opportunity to change our resolves.  My Lenten resolve continues as I look at new perspectives.  I see the stories of the ‘winners’ of wars, uprisings and other conflicts.  I wonder who one what and who lost something?  It seems there are no clear winners in conflict.  There are so many loses to the environment, to families, to livelihoods and dreams.  The pawns loose more than the knights, kings and queens.  Those who already have much tend to be the biggest ‘winners’. 
What happens to our souls, morals and ethics in conflict?   We too easily set aside compassion and grace.  The seeds of hatred and separation tend to find the manure and grow faster than the seeds of love, kindness and peace. 
Micah 6:6-8
With what should I approach the Lord and bow down before God on high?
Should I come before him with entirely burned offerings, with year-old calves?
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with many torrents of oil?
Should I give my oldest child for my crime; the fruit of my body for the sin of my spirit?
He has told you, human one, what is good and what the Lord requires from you:
            to do justice, embrace faithful love, and walk humbly with your God.
 
I thank God for the blessings in my life.  I thank all those who have sacrificed and continually sacrifice for my freedom.  I thank God that I can choose God and to follow in the way of Jesus.  I pray for our national and worldwide leaders.  I pray for marginalized people.  I pray that the God of love may yet be given the leadership role in all lives. 
Without the earth, nothing else matters.  Without peace, no one is free.  With love all things are possible.  With a positive attitude we will change the world.
 
   
   

   
  
Relationships:  Come join us the first Monday of each month at 7 PM to discuss communication and more.

RAFFLE tickets need sold. 
Come on folks, take some and sell some.  Purchase some.  Support this fund raiser for our continues church restoration. 
 
Remember everyone is on a faith journey.  We would love to have you join our Sunday School class on Sundays at 915 AM to discuss the journey with other pilgrims. 
 
     
Getting to Know Tim Allen
The oldest of four, Tim was born in Hilliard in 1985 and moved to Marysville just before his brother, Matt, was born 2 years later.  His memories of Sunday School at First Congregational UCC reach as far back as his toddler years.  During one exciting Sunday service he was even able to get the Marysville Fire Department to stop in … Tim’s experiment with putting his head through the slats of one of the wooden children’s chairs left him trapped and especially grateful they didn’t have to cut his head off to get him out.   
Just as his mom, Linda, had done since childhood, Tim was excited every summer to join in the fun at Templed Hills and Pilgrim Hills UCC church camps.  Outpost camp was his favorite –bunking in Conestoga wagons while the girls stayed in the Gypsy wagons, cooking over an open fire, and building strong, faith-based friendships.
Through high school Tim excelled as midfielder in soccer and on stage performing with the Marysville Show Choir.  Immediately after graduation he traveled to New York to try out for American Idol Season 3 and just missing the cut, quickly packed his bag to try again in Hawaii.  Although he didn’t get the opportunity to have his TV debut, the experience was everything he imagined and more… especially the skydiving in Honolulu.
A showman at heart, in 2004 Tim made his way to Florida for the open auditions at Walt Disney World where he landed a sweet full-time gig on the character circuit… mastering mannerisms and signatures of Goofy, Tigger, Baloo, Red Power Ranger, and even Captain Hook.  While the secret passages of the Disney staff were exciting, the pay wasn’t stellar so like many performers, Tim soon found himself waiting tables at Olive Garden in Orlando.  
 Over the next few years he struggled with drug and alcohol addictions, although was somehow able to quit cold turkey when he came home for Darci’s high school graduation.  He decided to stay in Ohio to live with his brother in Cincinnati and continued to work at the Olive Garden.  Unfortunately the addiction struggles got worse before they got better.  Thankfully after hitting bottom in 2015 he found his way to Maryhaven in Delaware and has been clean ever since.  A tough, on-going journey, supported by AA and much needed parental tough love to push him through the roughest times, Tim stays focused on the bright parts of his life…
Supportive family and church, his cozy camper (just like on Tiny House Hunters), a good job at CBC, and musicals to keep him singing and dancing!  You might recognize him as a regular with the Silver Scene Players and the Union County Singsations.  Tim’s leading role performances have included:  All My Sons (Frank Lubey), Once Upon a Mattress (Sir Harry), and White Christmas (tap dancer extraordinaire).  Look for him in the upcoming Silver Scene production of Dancing In Riddles, and Singsations production of The Christmas Carol.  
Thankfully he also finds time to share his incredible voice to bless our worship.  Tim’s musical and theatrical talents, perseverance, and compassionate heart are an amazing testimony of God’s light
   
  
Turtle Bars   Diana
1 - 11 oz. bag caramels.
1 - small evaporated milk (5 1/3 oz.) 1 - German Chocolate Cake mix
1/2 cup butter, melted 1 cup walnuts
1 cup chocolate bits
Melt the caramels with 1/3 cup of the milk until smooth. Combine the remaining milk, cake mix and butter, stir until blended. Press 3/4 of the cake mixture into a 9 X 13 inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 6 minutes.
Then sprinkle the nuts and chocolate pieces over the crust. Top with the melted caramels. Top evenly with small pieces of the remaining cake mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees for an additional 20 min.  Cool.  Cut