Castile United Church of Christ

4 Washington Street, Castile, NY 14427

“Meals & Missions”

2018 ‘Meals & Missions’

We, at the Castile United Church of Christ are trying to increase the community’s awareness of one of our outreach programs. It is called, “Meals & Missions”. This is a Community Luncheon served on the 2nd Thursday of each month from  12:00 – 2:00 PM at the Castile United Church of Christ’s Dining Hall. The new mission componant is to encourage ALL of us to give back from the blessings we have received.


Gather at 12:00 PM

 For more information contact the Castile UCC Women’s Fellowship Group at 493-2840.

 January’s Focus: Seeds of Kindness…

Seeds of Kindness Lesson Instructions

 Febrauary’s Focus: Faith, Hope & Love…

Faith, Hope, and Love?

We have all used these words, but do we understand how unique the biblical meanings of these terms differ from the way the world views them?

The Bible often describes faith, hope, and love in ways that are different than worldly ideas of these terms.

The Bible has a great deal of teaching on each of these three words, and the New Testament often places them within the same context.

Let’s look at how each of these terms is unique when compared to worldly understanding.

FAITH MEANING (according to Wikipedia)

Faith is confidence or trust in a particular system of religious belief, in which faith may equate to confidence based on some perceived degree of warrant. faith must be a determined vital act of will, not a culling and extolling of “ancient proofs”.

Faith is often thought of as something that requires blind trust because no evidence exists to confirm it. This is not how the Bible defines faith. Rather, the biblical definition is a confident trust or belief in God that is often based on recognizing God’s nature and His promises. He trusts in the impossible—in spite of the fact that no one has ever observed such a thing.


HOPE MEANING (according to Wikipedia)

Hope is an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large. As a verb, its definitions include: “expect with confidence” and “to cherish a desire with anticipation”.

The Christian’s hope is “an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast,” because it is rooted in the completed work of Jesus Christ who paid for all of our sins on the Cross (Hebrews 6:19–20). Worldly thinking produces hopelessness. Manmade religions promote their own versions of paradise that can only be attained through human effort.


LOVE MEANING (according to Wikipedia)

Love encompasses a variety of different emotional and mental states, typically strongly and positively experienced, ranging from the deepest
interpersonal affection to the simplest pleasure. An example of this range of meanings is that the love of a mother differs from the love of a spouse differs from the love of food. Most commonly, love refers to a feeling of strong attraction and emotional attachment.[1] Love can also be a virtue representing human kindness, compassion, and affection—”the unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another”.[2] It may also describe compassionate and affectionate actions towards other humans, one’s self or animals.[3]

Ancient Greek philosophers identified four forms of love: essentially, familial love (in Greek, storge), friendly love (philia), romantic love (eros), and divine love (agape). Love has additional religious or spiritual meaning. This diversity of uses and meanings combined with the complexity of the feelings involved makes love unusually difficult to consistently define, compared to other emotional states.

Love in its various forms acts as a major facilitator of interpersonal relationships and, owing to its central psychological importance, is one of the most common themes in the creative arts.[6]

Love is also misunderstood in our world. It has been distorted, redefined, and perverted so that all manner of vices are described as love. The Bible describes true love as being self-sacrificial rather than self-seeking. It seeks what is best for others rather than self and is based on God, who is love (1 John 4:8). True love is appropriately defined in one of the Bible’s most famous passages:

For God… so loved the world… that He gave… His… only begotten Son,…. that whoever believes in Him… should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

Do we recognize the unique significance that faith, hope, and love should have in our lives? If we look for the deeper meanings of Faith, Hope and Love we should also consider what these three words should mean as we reach out to others.