"So God created humankind in God's image, in the image of God he created them; male and female God created them..." Genesis 1:27
"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God..." 1 Corinthians 6:19
Current weeks encouragement (Bible verse and prayer) l email Rev. Deb l Fitness Options & dates
This New Year 2018 Knox wants to partner together with you!
We want to help make this happen for all interested folks. There is a reason that having a "buddy system" works.
Here is the way to get started:
1. Follow the weekly encouragement below which will include bible verses and a prayer for the week.
2. Share your loss of poundage each week so that we can add together how much the Knox congregation is losing. Watch the weight thermometer grow! How much can we lose together by Easter 2018 to be "worth our weight in spiritual gold"? Email Rev. Deb or
3. Share your tips and encouragements with "on-line adviser" Rev Deb. I will share them weekly.
4. Attend the monthly accountability, tips and treasures, encouragement meeting the last Tuesday of the month at 7 pm - Jan 30, Feb. 27, Mar 27, April 24.
5. Participate in one of the Knox's Fitness Options - listed here
6. Sign up for the weekly email -
Let's see what we can do together and check out this week's video with Guy and Esther!
As we begin our 3rd week together, let Monday be a breathe deep and evaluate day. Set a calm and hopeful course for the whole week to come.
- What 3 things bring you joy in your progress from last week?
- What is that 1 thing you want to focus on this week?
We have each chosen goals now and made commitments to ourselves. In reviewing them this week, some of you are already in process and have made great strides. Some of us may find it will take a little longer than others to meet our goals-gentle progress is the key! I remind myself of that each day.
Research health ‘pundits’ say that our deepest motivations take us beyond ourselves. We are motivated by the inter-dependent nature of our lives with others. So for example:
Imagine having more energy for playing on the floor with your grandchildren ...
Imagine wanting to take a walk and catch up with a good friend...
Imagine enjoying the next vacay with your spouse or family and waking up each day energized for the day’s adventure...
When we are called forward with concrete images and consider the impact of a healthier self in others, we hold onto our motivation rather than feeling deprived of what we are “letting go”.
With all your temptations of the week-hold on to this!
Psalm 62: 7-8
He only is my rock and my salvation, he is my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my deliverance and my honor, for God is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in God at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God IS a refuge for us at all times.
Keep those daily and weekly journals going. Let me hear of your progress this week! Hope to see you next Tuesday, January 30 at 7:30 pm in my office. Blessings!!!!
I hope you’ve had a little time to work out your initial plans for the next few months. Are you toning up? Losing inches? Dropping pounds? Look next week for the “Worth Our Weight in Gold and Inches” thermometer in the Commons!
I’d like to invite you today to send me your primary goal. This will begin our accountability and (except for me) will remain anonymous. For example-my primary goal is relatively simple -
*To drop 5 lbs by Palm Sunday through yoga, keeping a daily journal and omitting chips and sweets. I have weighed in and have lost - are you ready?! Drumroll please! One half pound ://
What is your goal?
Collisions 3:12 reminds us -
Clothe yourself , as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, with compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience...
We get dressed every morning and as we do
let us remember that we are each special to God. Let’s offer ourselves a little compassion and patience as well, as we continue with our goals!
As we get dressed let us remember that how we think about our choices can enable or impede our thinking. Think of what you will do in the coming weeks rather than what you won’t, can’t shouldn’t and do on. God clothes us with all gods gifts to go forward!
Enfold us with your gifts of patience, compassion, care, humility and kindness for all whom we meet and for ourselves as well. Clothe us with the attitude of possibility and faithfulness.
In Christ we pray, amen.
From Linda Adcock- there is actually an older book by the title of “Faithfully Fit”, by Claire Cloninger and Laura Barr. Lots of stuff on line. From Barbara Brabec- her own story of weight loss-
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Let’s get started:
~ Get a base line. Identify a couple simple, achievable goals. Do you want to tone up and lose inches? Do you want to improve your posture? Do you want to lose poundage? Don’t try to do it all right away.
~ Write down the goal and 2 things you will add in or withdraw or change.
~ Understand temptation. You cannot escape it-you are human. Instead of grit, turn to grace. When temptation is strongest to abandon your goal...
- Call someone and cheer them up
- Write a card
- Learn to knit
- Breathe quietly with your eyes shut and imagine a favorite memory
- Take a short walk
- Read a psalm
- Watch a silly YouTube
- Study your ‘Star Word’
- Take flowers to someone
- Make a flower arrangement for yourself
- Pray for your family
- Pray for a particular part of the world.
I’ll look forward to hearing from you with ideas and questions. I will share them back with our Faithfully Fit Support Team.
This week’s prayer:
In our doubt and weakness we find your strength. Your intention for us is the gift of shalom-that sense of communion with you and others. Use our creativity to do things differently. Grant us energy to be of encouragement to others, for in so doing,
we shall experience this ourselves. In Jesus name we pray.
Isaiah 43:19 - "Behold I am doing a new thing, now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert."
The turning of the year brings with it the desire for a "turning of the page", or in some cases, turning of a whole chapter or two! We benefit by a time frame which as the monk St. Benedict said so well, "Always we begin again." God provides us with a fresh start and indeed will make a way through any wilderness of self discovery, redirection and even New Years resolutions.
- Find a plan - there are many options
- Develop a time structure and stick to it with plenty of time for prayer
- Keep a journal for food, brief daily review, tips and prayers.
Lord, our Creator, our Redeemer and our Sustainer, we trust that you will take our small plans and make of them great hopes, our stumbling steps and make them straight and assured; for you are always able to make a way through the demands and clutter of our lives, when we keep our focus clearly upon you. Help us to perceive how you are making us new by your Spirit, presence and guidance. Amen
Come exercise with Esther while your kids play. Come exercise even if you don’t have kids. All are invited! Next classes:
- Jan 13 - 10:00 am
- Jan 27 - 10:00 am
- bring a mat and a set of weights
- Cost: Free!
Knox member Sherry Harter will hold another 8-week session beginning January 8th. It is an hour of stretching and strength geared toward new or beginner participants. If you have ever wanted to try Yoga, this is a great introduction.
When: Mondays, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Dates: January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26.
Location: The Senior High Room
Cost: One time donation of $10 for the ENTIRE eight week session. You can bring cash or a check made to Knox when you come the first time.
What to Bring: Yoga mat, towel, water bottle, and wear comfortable clothing. A fitted shirt is recommended. Sherry does have a few mats for those trying Yoga for the first time.
Sherry Harter is continuing Tai Chi as well. Learn about moving meditation, how to breath for relaxation, challenge your brain and improve balance. This slow moving, 8 thousand year old martial art continues to be done by the novice to 99 year old because of its complex simplicity Give it a try!
When: Tuesdays, 8:00 am – 8:45 am
Dates: January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27.
Location: The Senior High Room
Cost: One time donation of $10 for the ENTIRE eight week session. You can bring cash or a check made to Knox when you attend your first time.
What to Bring: water bottle, and wear loose, comfortable clothing.
This group meets periodically throughout the summer. If interested, please contact Mark Blodgett, to be added to the email list.