Nov 232016
 

There is much to wish for… and much to be thankful for this year. Visit The Thanksgiving Reader Website  — Grangers love readings and this will give you everything you need to make your holiday meal a little more special this year. Everything you need is there and it’s all free… it will only take a few minutes. (You’ll need to do some printing, so do this before dinner!) Not to be a spoiler, but I found the last suggested question worthy of serious consideration. “Have you lived a life that deserves gratitude from others?”

thanksgiving

Dec 132015
 

By Dolores Moore
Chaplain

One evening my friend showed me one of the three decorative plaques that would be part of a wall arrangement in her living room. “See, I’ve already got love,” she said, holding up the plaque with the word written on it. “Faith and hope are on order.”

So love comes first, I thought. Faith and hope soon follow.

Love did come first. In fact, it originated with God. First John 4:19 reminds us that “We love (God) because he first loved us.” God’s love is described in I Corinthians 13 (known also as the love chapter) and verse eight explains, “Love never fails.”

Faith and hope are essential to the believer. It is only because we are justified by faith that we “have peace through with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1). And hope is described in Hebrews 6:19 as “an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”

One day we will have no need for faith and hope. Faith will become sight and hope will be realized when we see our savior face to face. But love is eternal, for love is of God and God is love. (I John 7:8). Now these remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest is “love”—it’s first and last. (I Corinthians 13:13).

Thank you, Lord, for your faithful love and for the love of family and friends. Please help us find ways to show our love to others.

Aug 122015
 

by Dolores Moore,
Maine State Grange Chaplain

FORGIVENESS:  OUR BIGGEST NEED (Psalm 32)

The Weight of Unforgiven Sin  (vs. 3-4)

  • Unforgiven sin sucks the life out of you
  • Every time we sin against people we’re also sinning against God
  • There’s no scarier thing in this life than when you lose sensitivity to your own sin

The Relief of Forgiven Sin (vs. 1-2, 5-60)

  • God not only forgives your sin,  He also covers it
  • Your sin has been paid for in full

God Goes Further Than Forgiveness (vs. 7-11)

  • God is for you
  • God protects you
  • God grows you

TREASURES IN HEAVEN

Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. (Matthew 6:20)

Jul 102015
 

by Dolores Moore,
Maine State Grange Chaplain

Relax!

  • “Worry” is a form or pride–you’re thinking you’re more important and more capable than you are.
  • Throw your problems onto God–He is powerful and He cares for you.
  • Pray (Psalm 127:1, Philippians 4:6)
  • Do what the Bible says to do in that situation (Matthew 6:34)

Be Alert!

  • The Devil can’t make you do anything.
  • You can resist him because you’re connected to the One who resisted him.

Relax!

  • God designed your salvation from start to finish
  • God is big
  • God’s grace is big

Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.

                Matthew 5:16

 

 

Jun 142015
 

by Dolores Moore,
Maine State Grange Chaplain

Little Things in Life, Author Unknown

Too often we don’t realize what we have until it is gone. Too often we wait until it’s too late to say,  “I’m sorry–I was wrong.” Sometimes it seems we hurt the ones we hold dearest to our hearts and we allow foolish things to tear our lives apart.   Far too many times we let unimportant things into our minds and then it’s usually too late to see what made us blind.   So be sure you let people know how much they mean to you. Take that time to say the words before your time is through. Be sure that you appreciate everything you have and be thankful for the little things in life that mean a lot.

The eyes of your understanding being enlightened that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints. Ephesians 1:16

But mine eyes are unto Thee, O God the Lord. In Thee is my trust.  Psalms 141:8

 

 

May 142015
 

by Dolores Moore

BE HOLY BECAUSE…

I. God is Your Father

II. God is Your Teacher

III God is Your Judge

Love requires judgment. Christians should have “reverent fear”, not “terrified fear.”  Your works are a window into your heart.

“For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.” Matthew 16:27

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.”  2 Corinthians 5:10

“He will render to each one according to his works; to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life, but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury.” Romans 2:6

As long as we have memories, yesterday remains…  As long as we have hope, tomorrow waits…  As long as we have friendship, today is beautiful.  I treasure your friendship.

May 052015
 

Vicki - Sash (2)Brother Clyde Berry has resigned his office of Chaplain of the Maine State Grange due to personal reasons.

Sister Dolores Moore, former CWA Director and member of East Eddington Grange, has been appointed as Chaplain and will serve in that capacity from now until the annual session in October. Please keep both Clyde and Dolores in your prayers and thoughts as they travel this new direction in their Grange journeys.

Fraternally, Vicki

May 122014
 
By Ronald and Lillian Dolloff
Memorial Fund Committee Co-chairs

The Grangers Memorial Fund was created by the delegates of the Maine State Grange Convention in Waterville in 1981 at the suggestion of Wallace and Geraldine Brown (Lillian’s parents) of Yarmouth Grange.  It was felt that this would give people an outlet to honor beloved Grange members and friends.

The names of beloved Grange members and friends are recorded in the Memorial Book which is in the possession of the Maine State Grange Chaplain, and may be viewed at the annual state Grange session.

This fund was originally started to purchase needed items for the headquarters, but has since been used for other things. Only the  Executive Committee can approve expenditures but must maintain a minimum balance of $20,000. Currently there is a balance of $24,000 and approximately $4,000 available.

Some of the fund in the past has been spent on: furniture for headquarters; flowers for deceased state grange officers and former officers; monument for former state officer; sound system; paint for headquarters; donation to the Cathedral of the Pines; Grange promotion; piano; helped furnish a room at Grange Cottage; helped with chair lift; office chairs and computer table for headquarters; grave markers for former officers; furniture for guest room at headquarters; money used over the years for grange expenses.  There were other things too, but this gives you an idea of how valuable this fund has been.

Any Granger may make suggestions regarding this fund to any member of the executive committee or to us. Donations may be mailed to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald E. Dolloff, 100 Pine Street, Waldoboro, ME 04572.

Sep 062013
 

submitted by Chaplain Clyde Berry

I visited with Pat today (Thursday) at Heritage House in Winthrop where he is having therapy.  It was a good visit and I wondered why he was still there.  He has regained all the movement of his right arm and leg and walks as well as I do.  I noticed no difference in his speech, so my opinion is that he is very near the time when he will be coming home.  He said that the therapy has been intensive and several times a day.  He is going up and down stairs and walking around outside during the sessions. He is very upbeat and realizes that this episode was a good wake-up call and that he needs to pay better attention to his meals and exercise. He is looking forward to once again be involved in his usual Grange activities.