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Sunday School
10:00 AM
Classes for all ages. Preschool, children, teens, young adult and mature adults. There are 7 classes to choose from with small-group settings.
Sunday Morning Worship
11:00 AM
Traditional worship experience with dynamic preaching and blended music including Grace Choir and special ensembles
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A Healthy Heart ... In This Way of Life - February 2006

February 2006

A Healthy Heart . In This Way of Life

____We are beginning to see hearts everywhere.  It is amazing how one day a year in the month of February reminds us to express our love to others.  Last February 14th, one billion cards were sent and more than $68 million was spent on roses.  They may still be calculating the numbers concerning gifts of chocolate.

____My guess is that as much or more will be spent again this year.  As loving people, we want to let those important to us know that we care.  I certainly hope someone remembers to give me a little box of chocolates, especially since the research says that chocolate is good for the heart.

____Valentine's Day is only one day of the year.  So what makes for a healthy heart on those other 364 days?   To answer that question, it is important to remember that the heart is a miraculous pump.  It circulates blood out of the heart through the body and back into the heart.  Your heart beats more than 100,000 times everyday and about 42 million times every year.  The heart rests for a moment between beats.  The total amount of time the heart rests in one day adds up to more than 5 hours.  During each day, your heart will pump 2,500 gallons of blood.

____My dear friends, I would suggest that having a healthy heart for those of us in the church depends on our following a similar process. There must be a flow both inward and outward.

____John Wesley taught that God's means of grace for us includes both spiritual disciplines and doing good to others.  He called these actions "Works of Piety" and "Works of Mercy".  The spiritual practices he recommended to nourish us are prayer, searching the Scriptures, Holy Communion, fasting, Christian community, and healthy living.  But John Wesley did not stop there.  He directed us to do good to others as we feed the hungry, cloth the naked, assist the stranger, visit the sick and imprisoned, comfort the afflicted, instruct the ignorant, reprove the wicked, encourage the well-doer, and any other act of mercy.

____For the heart to work at its best and be healthy, it has to keep the blood moving.  Blood must come in and go out, or the heart does not function as intended and it fails.  Jesus taught that "the good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good".

____During these days as we see hearts everywhere, I pray for healthy hearts for us all.

Grace and peace,
Mary Virginia Taylor