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Community Life – Baking Together

Throughout these past few weeks, I keep going back to Pastor Shaun’s recent sermon series called Community Life, as we took a month and looked at four different ways we experience life as a church family:
 
Working Together
Playing Together
Eating Together
Worshipping (Praying) Together

 
Little did we know how challenging it would become to experience Community Life now that we are no longer permitted to physically gather together.  However, we are looking for ways to continue to experience Community Life, and one obvious way we have been doing that is by coming together at 9:30 every Sunday morning for the Live Stream Service.  This helps us to continue to experience life as a church family.
 
This Sunday, we will be remembering and reflecting on Jesus’ sacrifice by observing communion near the conclusion of the live stream service, and in spite of being confined to our homes, we will do this together.  
 
Earlier this week someone from our congregation made the suggestion that we publish the bread recipe that we use here at the church for those times when we observe communion.  Again, this is something we can do “together” this week even while being separated.  If you are interested, you’ll find the recipe below.
 
If you find yourself in need of any of the ingredients and you cannot or should not go out to the store, please contact the church office.  We have a list of people who have indicated a willingness to pick up groceries and deliver to the homes of those who are unable to get out.
 
While encouraging you to consider this, it’s important that we don’t lose sight of the significance of the bread and the cup.  “This is my body,” Jesus said as He blessed and broke bread with His disciples.  “This is my blood” as He blessed and shared the cup.  
 
I think it would be a good thing for us to share in the baking of this bread in preparation for Sunday.  I think it will be a far better thing when we actually eat the bread together, reflecting on Jesus’ sacrifice.  As a staff, we are looking forward to observing communion with you this Sunday!
FIVE FORKS ONLINE BIBLE STUDY
It’s Wednesday which means it’s time for Week 3 of our mid-week adult Bible Study on I John.   HERE you will find a handout that Skip Russell is making available for you to download.  Click on the link in order to view this week’s study:  https://youtu.be/XGXMcrHF_xg
COMMUNION BREAD RECIPE
4 cups flour
1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 pound butter (1 stick)
1 cup milk (whole preferred but can use other)
 
Mix dry ingredients together. Cut in butter.
Add milk (warmed in the microwave for 30 seconds or so).
Knead until smooth and elastic.
Roll out on a pastry sheet or cutting board.  Place on a baking pan.
Cut in squares with a pizza cutter, etc. Punch with a fork.
Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes.