The Champaign Urbana Community Prayer Warriors: We, the CUC Prayer Warriors, are very much concerned about the violence in our communities and around the world. Are you? Let's get together and PRAY FIRST! We will meet each last Saturday of the month at New Hope Church (911 W. Bradley Ave., Champaign) on the parking lot at 9:45 a.m. then proceed to the corner of a specific location in the community from 10-10:30 a.m. to pray that God will intervene. Hope to see you on August 31! Contact information: 217-390-2813 or 217-418-9483. ... See MoreSee Less
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8 hours ago
Sunday, August 25, 2019
Bible Study – 8:15 a.m.
Worship – 9:30 a.m.
Childcare is available for infants through preschool age, downstairs in Rooms 4 and 5, during the worship service.
The image is the cover of “The Hungry Coat”, by Demi.
One of the joys of parenting has been discovering fabulous children’s books and sharing them with our kiddos. We kept many of them because they are beautiful and because the stories are wonderful. The Hungry Coat is one. It tells the story of a wise man named Nasrettin Hoca and his encounter with a rich friend. He usually dressed casually in a coat that was old and covered with patches. He always loved to help others. Anyway, on the way to the banquet hosted by his rich friend, Nasrettin helped the guests at a hostel catch a goat which had escaped its pen. But the time it took to help prevented him from going home to change into his nice clothes for the banquet. So he traveled on to the banquet, trusting that his rich friend would understand. When his rich friend greeted Nasrettin, he was shocked. He feared that his other friends would laugh at him for being friends with such a poorly dressed and smelly man. Nasrettin paid his friend’s fear no mind, gave him a big hug and entered the banquet hall. He was so happy to be among friends. Soon Nasrettin noticed something: no one was looking at him. They all had their backs turned to him, and when the food was served, all were served, except Nasrettin. Soon Nasrettin slipped out of the banquet and went home. He bathed and put on his best attire and returned to the home of his rich friend. This time, Nasrettin was ushered in with honor. His friend and all of his guests greeted him graciously. Now they all faced him and he was welcome to share the wonderful feast. That’s when Nasrettin began to behave strangely. Instead of putting the different kinds of food in his mouth, he put the food in his coat, saying, “Eat, coat, eat.” With his coat bulging, he finished it off by pouring in a full bottle of wine. Nasrettin closed his coat, patted his belly, and smiled at his host. His rich friend asked, “Tell me, my old friend, why are you feeding your coat?” Nasrettin answered, “Surely, you wanted my coat to eat. When I first arrived in my old coat covered with patches, you gave me no food. Yet when I returned in this new coat, all of the food was offered to me. This showed me that it was the coat, and not me, that you invited to your banquet. Remember this my friends, if you want to look deeply, look at the man and not at his coat. You can change the coat, but you cannot change the man. A coat may be fine, but a coat does not make a man…Many a good man may be found under a shabby coat. With coats, new is the best, but with friends, old is the best.” Join us on Sunday has we hear a passage from the Gospel of Luke in which Jesus healed a woman on the Sabbath in the synagogue. He demonstrated how we are to treat people, especially those who have needs, and who are poor.
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