Heucks Retreat Newsletter 7/8/20

From Daniel’s Den…

Pigs, Puddles, and Preschool Wisdom

As the father of three adult children who will all be married within a 9-month span, I am (and have been) in something of a reflective mood recently. While I haven’t pulled out old photo albums just yet, I occasionally recall certain events, incidents, accidents, and humor surrounding my kids when they were younger. As I share some of these historical tidbits with you, my hope is that you will not only indulge this dad in his reflections, but that you also will receive some insights that will encourage you in your daily living. With that said, here goes…

Following an after-supper bike ride and walk in our neighborhood, my 5-year old son walked into the house and announced, “I’ll be clean as a pig in two minutes.” Because bath time was approaching, I knew that the first part of his statement indicated that he was on his way to the bathtub. The comparative portion of his declaration concerned me however, because I was sure that his mother would want the exercise of bathing to leave him cleaner than a pig. I quizzed my son about his statement by asking, “Drew, why do you want to be as clean as a pig? I thought pigs were dirty.” Without hesitation he responded, “I’ll be as clean as a pig before it gets into the mud puddle.”

Although mud puddles can be quite enjoyable, they also contribute to filth, grit, and grime. I suppose that my son was suggesting that a pig would only become dirty by entering and wallowing in available mud puddles. The psalmist stated, “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the way of the wicked, or stand in the way of sinners, or sit in the seat of scoffers.” Perhaps a cotton-patch paraphrase would read like this: “Happy are those who avoid the inviting, yet sin-filled, mud puddles of life.”

Mud-filled activities and acquaintances may be enjoyable at first but they contribute to unhappiness, guilt, and a lack of fulfillment. Sin promises so much but delivers so little. Maybe we should all try a little harder to “be clean as a pig before it gets into the mud puddle.”

Thank you for the privilege of serving with you at Heucks Retreat Baptist Church. I look forward to worshiping with you this week!

This Week at Heucks!

Vacation Bible School

This year’s Vacation Bible School will be done online during the week of July 20-24th.  We would love to have your kids and their friends sign up to participate in our Bolt! Vacation Bible School online curriculum.  Everything can be done at your home, whether it’s games, crafts, etc.  Your kids will really enjoy being part of this.  In order for us to make sure we have enough supplies, please contact Allison Wallace to sign your kids up.  If you’d like to contribute to our supply buckets, she’d love to hear from you as well!

Praise Team

Drew will be starting a praise team to help him lead worship.  These people will hold mics on stage and help lead us all in worship.  This won’t be taking the place of our choir when they can meet safely again, but will be in addition to them.  Current plan is to cycle between different people each week to give many the opportunity to lead.  If you’re interested in being part of this team, please contact Drew at 601-757-6008. 

Bottles for Lawrence County Center for Pregnancy Choices

We still have bottles to fill with your change for the LCCPC.  If you’d like one, you can pick them up in the church foyer this Sunday.  Bring them back as soon as you can.