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Meadowbrook United 63rd Anniversary

Wednesday Oct 12, 2022
 
Meadowbrook United Church celebrated its 63rd Anniversary
with a special Service on Sunday, September 18, 2022, under the
theme: Resilient and Energized for the Journey. The message
was delivered by one of our past Ministers, Rev. Dr. Collin
Cowan.
This service was well attended by many of our members included
several people who were in the sanctuary for the first time since
the advent of COVID-19 in 2020.
Specially invited guests included Rev. Raymond Coke and Mrs.
Ruth Coke, Rev. Dr. Derik Davidson and Mrs. Hermena
Davidson. Other specially invited guests, some of whom were
physically in attendance, included the Principals, Staff and
Students of Meadowbrook High School, Meadowbrook Preparatory School, Stratton Early Childhood
Development Centre and Reg Keizs Early Childhood Development Centre.
The service was further enriched by offerings from the MUC Dancers and the Hands of Praise Ministry.
We continue to give God the Glory as we continue to shine His beacon in the community.

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UNITED CHURCH MEN’S FELLOWSHIP SYNODICAL MEN’S FELLOWSHIP SUNDAY OCTOBER 9, 2022

Wednesday Oct 05, 2022
 
Each year, we pause to celebrate the United
Church Synodical Men’s Fellowship Sunday.
This year we do so under the theme “Men
on a Mission – From Crisis to Christ”.
Crisis may be defined as a situation that is
extremely dangerous or when there are
many problems. As we examine the state of
our world today, we are forced to conclude
that it is in crisis. There are indeed many
problems. Currently, there is a war between
Russia and Ukraine that has created an
energy crisis, a food security crisis and an
international transportation crisis to name a
few. There is an environmental crisis caused
by climate change. The Covid 19 pandemic
appears to be receding, but we are now
faced with Monkey Pox. One crisis after
another.

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Giving is a Grace from God by Rev. Donovan Myers, CIRMC

Wednesday Sep 28, 2022
 
Please read 2 Corinthians 8:1-15
For many people, giving represents an appeal to altruistic
feelings. We give because it’s the human thing to do. If
others are in need, our duty is to ‘help out’ where we can.
But also, many see giving as a necessary outpouring of their
excess. I have more than I need, so I should share. While
those two motivations might be reasonable, the letter from
Paul to the Corinthians speaks about giving in a way that
challenges some commonly held assumptions. On the one
hand, for him, giving fundamentally challenges the concept
of ownership, the right we have to possess ‘stuff’. It asserts
that what we think is ours, is only ours on loan. We are not
really owners but rightly managers. Giving, then is an
outworking of the responsibility of our management of those
resources. We don’t lay claim to things in a way that ties us
to them and them to us. On the other hand, when Paul wrote
in the way that he did about the giving of the Macedonian
Christians, he was challenging the Greco Roman worldview
that wealth was the result or sign of divine approval. That
somehow, it is in having a lot of stuff that we demonstrate
out strong connection to God or that God likes us. Both
people who have a lot and people who have a little are
blessed by God. 

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Grounded in Prayer by Mrs. Sonia Wallace, CIRMC

Wednesday Sep 21, 2022
 
Throughout the month of September, we have been exploring
the topic “A church responding with God-given confidence.”
From Old Testament to New, the Bible depicts prayer to our
Heavenly Father as our response to a loving God who knows us
and watches over us. Heb 4:13 tells us “Nothing in all creation
is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid
bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”
The passage affirms that God is in control. God sees and is
aware of everything and everyone. In relationship with us, God
directs our steps, supplies our needs, is ever present with us, and
works supernaturally on our behalf. This is so whether it is for
our deliverance, healing, comfort, protection, provision, or
guidance for living lives pleasing to God.
A life grounded in prayer
This reflection is a reminder of our need to live a life grounded
in prayer to God at all times and in all circumstances. We will
briefly look at Jesus, our example, also Paul’s exhortation to
Timothy and draw examples from the experience of the prophet
Jeremiah and the Psalmist Asaph.

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From Lack to Provision Janoi Reid-Chosen For Chevening 2022

Wednesday Sep 14, 2022
 
Back- to-school for Janoi Reid looked a lot different than many
of us are used to. For him, he had just one suit of uniform and for
many years, just one pair of shoes for every and any occasion.
Though the challenges were many he pushed through and
excelled academically from the start of his educational career
being awarded top GSAT performer at the Prattville Primary and
infant school.
Born and grown in Pusey Hill, a poor rural district in the South
Manchester, his family of five struggled to make ends meet.
“I was definitely the poorest in my class, and I would say in the
cohort I was ranked in the top ten poorest,” Janoi said.
The former head boy of Manchester High School, MHS, was
frequently tardy because of having to walk through the
community begging for lunch money. Unlike many, he was often
satisfied with just his fare.
He noted that things really started looking up for him in sixth
form when many people began investing in his potential after
receiving six ones and three twos in his Caribbean Secondary
Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations, and 14 ones and
three twos in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination
(CAPE).

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Seek God’s Approval Not People’s by Rev. Garwell Bacchas, NERMC

Wednesday Sep 07, 2022
 
Proverbs 29:25. Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting
the Lord means safety.
If your life’s goal is to have the approval of people, or your flock,
especially us Pastors you will never really feel secure. Why is
that? Because the time will come when you do something they
disapprove of; then what? The Bible says, “Fearing people is a
dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety.” (v. 25
NLT). A trap is just another word for a prison. If someone, other
than God, can determine your worth as a person, that someone
can make you feel like a prisoner anytime he/she decides to.
When a critic's opinion becomes your own opinion, you are
living in a prison of your own making. Let’s face it: some of the
people/sheep you are trying so hard to impress will never be
impressed. And you must accept this: From God's perspective, it
does not matter. Knowing that enables you to work alongside
people/sheep without allowing yourself to be controlled by their
moods and governed by their opinions. Each time Paul went to
another town, people were meeting and hearing him for the first
time. Some of them liked him, and some did not. 

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Responding With Humility & Generosity by Rev. Dr. Yvette Noble-Bloomfield, RGDS of CIRMC

Wednesday Aug 31, 2022
 
Please read Hebrews 13:1-8
We are invited to reflect on the sub-theme, ‘Responding With Humility and
Generosity’ as we continue to journey with the Synodical theme ‘Rooted,
Resilient: Responding in Hope.’
As a denomination, constantly we remind ourselves that God expects that our
response to humanity must always be characterized by humility. We should
never see ourselves as being “above” others. A humble church, which is
generous with God’s gifts and respectful of others, is what God expects us to
be.
This pericope in Hebrews 13 is a timely reminder to the Church and us as
individuals of the required Christian attitude and practices that need to be
followed and displayed in the world. It provides a comprehensive list for us to
adhere to as we share in the faith. The list includes the following: Love for each
other and those in the world, hospitality, care for the incarcerated, support for
those who suffer in body, the importance of marriage and family, and
avoidance of the lust and lure of money. 

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Feelings: Is Love A Feeling? by Mr Mike Bowerman

Wednesday Aug 24, 2022
 

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Bible Diet vs Today’s Diet

Wednesday Aug 17, 2022
 
Have we ever considered the difference between the biblical diet and
today’s diet? Last Friday, this question was asked at a workshop on
Healthy Nutrition held by the Jamaica Council of Churches in
collaboration with the Food and Nutrition department of The Ministry of
Health, Kingston and St. Andrew.
The Biblical diet, as plated in the scriptures, was a heavily plant-based
diet that included ingredients like beans, grains, stews and herbs
prepared as a farm-to-table experience. Fresh. One of the Biblical diet
facilitators was the social context and what many now consider family
constructs. Gender roles within the general biblical society found
women in the homes with time dedicated to preparing healthy meals.
The historical trajectory of development in itself shows just how societal
evolutions have dictated operations within our families.
In today’s context, our diet is determined by several things a few of
which are:
Industrialization, Innovation, and Globalization
Food Security and Sustainability
Socialization and Gender Roles
The farm-to-table experience has been mostly replaced by the need for
convenience. As things evolve and societies move from hunters and
gatherers to farmers and now corporate bosses, along with more
knowledge and literature breeding more innovation, the need for
convenience has been high.

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Making The Best of It-Celine Nicholson, General Secretary, National Secondary Student Council Ridgemount United Church, SRMC

Wednesday Aug 10, 2022
 
Just as we prioritize our academics during the school year it is only typical that
emphasis is placed on winding down in the summer. However, in doing this it is
important that we take a holistic approach in order to maintain a healthy
balance especially as we prepare for the upcoming school year. Here are some
tips to ensure that you have a Winning summer.
HOW TO MAXIMIZE YOUR SUMMER HOLIDAYS
• Volunteer within your community. It is important that we contribute to
nation-building.
• Take part in Online Certification Programs that will make your resumes
look even more attractive. These programs will help students to develop
useful skills.
• Work towards achieving at least one goal over the summer holidays.
However big or small, get a few of the things you promised yourself,
done.
• Spend time outdoors with friends and family. This helps to boost our
mood and self-esteem.
• Plan ahead!
If applicable, set some time aside to plan and do research on tertiary
institutions to pursue higher education.

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