Weekly Announcements

Dear Mishpachah [Family]:
The Torah reading for week ending Tevet 21, 5780 is [Shemot] Exodus 1:1–6:1 called Shemot meaning “Names”.  The Halftorah reading is Isaiah 27:6–28:13; 29:22-23.  The reading from the Writings in the Messiah is Acts 7:17-29. 
Shabbat Color Theme: (Optional) Green/Turquoise
Torah Service:  10:30 AM–12:00 PM. Nursery available for ages 5 and under.
Oneg/Lunch:  12:00–1:00 PM.  The theme is Mexican.

Guests are welcome to stay for Oneg.  Members and regular attendees, please bring enough food for your family and some to share with our guests.  Parents, please be with your children and help with their portions and food selection. After Oneg, your dishes will be put on the small table in the foyer.  Also, help with clean-up will be appreciated so we can begin our afternoon services on time.  

If you are coming to CTL after 10:30 AM, please enter through the double doors; walk through the Oneg room and enter sanctuary by using the back hallway.  This will help with the flow of our service that is in progress.  Thanks.

Afternoon Services:  1:00 PM–2:30 PM
Congregational Midrash:  (Open to everyone) Jack and others will lead a deeper discussion about this week’s Torah Parashah (portion).  
Women’s Bible Study:   We have begun the Apocalypse of John available from the web site of Beth Immanuel audio series.  Each week we will listen to D. Thomas Lancaster’s teaching (he goes by Daniel Lancaster), then we will all discuss what was taught.  This will be an eye-opening teaching. 
Children 12 and under:  Pending  
Upcoming Shabbat Themes:  Cuisine and Color to wear if you so desire.
1/25       Oriental–Purple/Violet
2/01       Open   
2/08       Italian–Red/Pink
Bible Study Tuesday:  7:00 PM. We have resumed our Tuesday Bible Study,  Dane is currently teaching on the “Holy Spirit”. Thanks Dane for giving us insight into the Ruach Chaim or Spirit of Life.
Dance Team Practices: Sundays, at 1 PM and Tuesdays at 6 PM.  We will be learning our new dance, Etzohk Ruhki choreographed by Mindy and Ralph Seta.  Then start practicing “For Such a Time as This” for our Purim Service.
Food Outreach: Sunday, January 26th with set-up at 1:30 PM.  Outreach is from 2-3:30 PM. Love Offering for Ted Pearce, January 11th, was $1,144.00.  Thanks to all who came out in spite of the bad weather and blessed him with our love.  You are a very generous family.  Thank you.
The 2020 Mobile Jewish Film Festival
January 16 through February 2.
Trailers for all films may be seen online at mobilejewishfederation.org.  Tickets or reservations must be made either by going on-line or by calling 251-490-4872.
Please visit our Facebook page for updated information and upcoming events!

Highlights from the 36th Annual Rabbi’s Conference: “How To Change Your Behavior”
By Steve Weiler

How to recognize when your behavior needs change?–Family, friends, congregation, and ADONAI’s Word will tell you. Your reputation and private behavior will affect your ministry.

Steps in order to change–Recognize that a change is needed and prepare to change. There are resources to help you. Consider the barriers that may surface to prevent change. Remember, most of the time, we can’t change ourselves. ADONAI has to change us. Pray Scripture that deals with the solution, rather than the problem. You don’t have to pressure yourself to change. ADONAI will change you. Your job is to pray His Word. Expect that the power of ADONAI’s Word, which will dwell in you so strongly, will push out sins and behavioral issues. Without hope and expectation, change can not come, so check your attitude.

Highlights from the 36th Annual Rabbi’s Conference
“Making the Most of Your Time”

by Rabbi Cal Goldberg

Time is free, but it is priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back.

Ephesians 5:15-17–“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the L-RD is…”

Each of us has been given 168 hours in a week. About 70 hours are spent eating and sleeping which leaves us with about 100 hours in any given week to do the works of the One who called us. Would more time in a week make a difference in our lives? Surely the extra time would relieve us of many of the daily pressures of life. Right?

There is enough time every week to accomplish all that we need to do if we live according to ADONAI’s priorities and learn how to manage our time accordingly. There are basically 7 areas of priority: Our relationship with ADONAI, our spouse, our family, our ministry, our health, our finances, and our social life. Our goal should be to find a balance in each one of these, so we will know how to make the most of our time. When we live our lives according to godly priorities, decision making will be easier. We must say no to things that do not line up with ADONAI’s priorities.  The bad news is…Time flies. The good news is…You’re the pilot.


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Highlights from the 36th Annual Rabbi’s Conference:

“Growing a Healthy Congregation”

Encouragement comes with the belief that progress and change is possible, and we must be renewed regularly by hearing the Word of G-d. We need to speak to lift people up and not tear them down. Discouragement comes when our vision begins to dim and we give up. Ants don’t, but people do.

Spiritual health of a congregation should consist of a “Team Spirit.” Are we working just for ourselves, or are we working together to help one another to be an over comer; because we all are the Children of G-d. The congregation should have an urgent and compelling vision to preach the Good News.
Guard unity diligently, even love can not make everyone happy. Yeshua must be first. He is the Senior Rabbi and must be lifted up and exalted. Emphasize the reality of a personal presense of the Holy Spirit that makes Yeshua real. The Spirit gives life. The standard of G-d’s Word lifted up with no compromise. G-d desires obedience to His Word and not just knowledge. Truth of G-d’s Word transforms the believer. By: Rabbi Jeff Foreman.



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  Highlights from the 36th Annual Rabbi’s Conference:
“Understanding the Times”
The real division in America is not Right vs. Left, but right vs. wrong. And in that dispute, G-d’s Word is the definitive authority.  The hot-button issues of today are abortion, racism, taxes, social security, terrorism, welfare, immigration, sexual orientation and gender identity and others. In year 1918, when soldiers came home from WW1, they brought home the morals of Europe and that was the start of the end of Christian America.  Violent times came in 1968 and Christianity became a sub-cultural. Then in 1988, Christianity became the counter-cultural with the Jim Baker and Jimmy Swagger’s downfalls. In 2008, the Christian church became persecuted and the Bible became hate speech. 2018 was the year when gender confusion became a protected class.  
              By Dr. Jim L Garlow, senior pastor of Skyline Church, San Diego, Calif. and author of Well Versed–Biblical Answers to Today’s Tough Issues available at CTL for $8

Weekly Announcements 1.24.19

Highlights from the 36th Annual Rabbi’s Conference:
“Future Challenges to Overcome”
Challenges of Leadership:  1) Change is necessary to respond to times. Secret of change is to focus on NOT fighting the old, but build the new.  Old ways do not open new doors.  2) New generation is coming forth; help equip and lead them into ministry as we hand off responsibility. 3) Age 70 is the new 50; as we age G-d desires us to be more productive. No stepping back or retiring, be fruitful. 4) Leaders in the end, there are consequences from what you create and what you allow in ministry. 
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves”. 
Teaching by:  Jonathan Bernis of Jewish Voice



Highlights from the 36th Annual Rabbi’s Conference:
“Understanding the Times”
Philippians 3:12It is not  that I have already obtained it or already reached the goal–no, I am pursuing the goal in order to win the prize offered by Adonai’s upward calling in Messiah Yeshua.”
We as human beings have core longings that need to be met before we can reach our goal. These are: (1) Love, acceptance where we are now in our walk with Yeshua (2) Belonging to a congregation or fellowship  (3) Signifiance, everyone is important  (4) Safety  (5) Security  (6) Purpose,being able to use our gifts in service,  and (7) Understanding, compassion and not judgment.  
By:  Dr. Charles Kluge