The Pastor's Peace - August, 2009
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A special thing happened on Friday, July 17th. Where were you on that day? I know many of you were at the Conner Puckett Golf Classic. For the few of you out there that don’t know Conner, he is a much loved member of our church, who has to struggle with the challenge of cerebral palsy. This was the third annual golf classic that helps to raise money for his treatment and for other children who struggle with similar disabilities. What a wonderful event it was, and what a wonderful showing of people from Beaver UCC. Not only did we have many people play in the event, but even more importantly so many members volunteered their time and energy to make it happen. I could have had the worst golf game of my life that day, and I still would have been prouder than I have been in a long time. Not proud of myself, of course, but proud of the genuine outpouring of support this church gave for Angie, Carl and most importantly Conner. Working together to take care of those in need is one of the best examples of showing Christ’s love, and I saw that love in every face I looked at that day.

We often talk in the church about God being with us, or say that Jesus is always there for us when we are in need. These statements are both true, but perhaps in more ways than you know.
There is that presence of God that is unexplainable, one we are unable to understand or fully perceive. Some might call it the Holy Spirit, some might feel it is the presence of Christ; it is Holy and somewhat a mystery.

There is, however, a much more tangible presence of Christ that we see in our everyday lives. That presence is each other. We, the church, are the body of Christ. In Romans 12:4 and 1 Corinthians 12:13 we see Paul’s view of the body of Christ. Together we are baptized into the one body, and although we are all different, we are all part of that body and we all need to work together, because we all have different roles. When I was at Conner’s golf tournament, I saw how so many people helped in different ways to make it a successful event: from those who played, to those who gave kisses, to those who drove Conner around to meet everyone. All were different parts of that one body, all worked together to have Christ’s presence felt, and Christ’s work be done. I don’t know about you, but I am already looking forward to next year’s event. I am also already thinking about who else I can invite. The more people we have, the more members of that body there will be-- more members to give their unique gifts to help a boy who has touched all of us so much. God Bless.

Peace and Blessings,
Pastor Brian