What if I offered you a way to live a longer, happier, healthier life? What if this plan offered ways to avoid the modern chronic diseases – heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes? How much would you pay for a pill that could give you an additional 10 to 20 years of health? And what if I told you that at any age, it is not too late for you to get healthier?
While people pay boatloads of money every year for products that claim to offer the fountain of youth, the truth is that there is no pill or no one plan that can offer health and happiness. There are lifestyles, however, which do lead to greater health and happiness.
This weekend we will start a sermon series which will look at the results of a study by Dr. Dan Buettner and a host of experts from different fields around the world. These experts studied “Blue Zones” or areas where it is common for people to live healthy and happy lives at the age of 100. From studying these zones, they were able to identify nine ingredients that make up a lifestyle which is conducive to longevity, health and happiness.
It will become clear through this series that these ingredients lead to a lifestyle that very much looks like the life that God has offered to us through the Bible and our faith communities. God’s vision of health or Shalom for us is much more than the absence of disease or harm. It is a beautiful and positive vision for our lives.
These are the topics for the upcoming weeks.
–Week One: August 24 & 25: “Blue Zones: Living Longer, Healthier, Happier”
–Week Two Aug 30 & Sept. 1: “Living with Purpose”
–Week Three Sept. 7/8: “Faith Community”
–Week Four Sept. 14/15: “Food, Exercise & Sleep”
We look forward to exploring together how we can move toward this healthier vision for our lives personally, as well as how we can help our families and our communities to move toward this vision.
ALSO – This Sunday we will give Bibles to our 3rd Graders during the 9:30 worship service. That is always an exciting and fun event.
AND – Don’t forget to bring your coins (or bills) for the Noisy Offering the Children lead. This will be in all 3 of our worship services. Money given to help The Baby Fold will be matched (up to $500 each month) by a generous donor.
AND – if you are relatively new to the church or just want to learn more about our church, you are invited to “Coffee with the Pastors” in the Fellowship Hall from 10:30-11:30 this Sunday.
Hope to see you this weekend.