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Poor Jimmy Stewart...every time he gets up too high and looks down, this weird spiral thing happens and he feels himself falling...all the while trying to solve a mystery and keep his love life sane.  I'm working my way again through some of my favorite Hitchcock classics and was thinking about this movie because, in the last month or so my own VERTIGO has been haunting it has some friends of mine, lately (the weird weather/sinus issues?) 

ver-ti-go (noun)

1.  a sensation of whirling and loss of balance, associated particularly with looking down from a great height, or caused by disease affecting the inner ear or the vestibular nerve; giddiness. 

This (like some other minor ailments, involving sinuses and the inner-ear) is something that I had never experienced before I moved to Hoosierland AND, I might add, turned 50.

My first experience with vertigo was around 2005 and it hit me suddenly, I honestly didn't know what had happened except that I had to lay flat on my back for about 36 hours without moving.  I've not had it that bad since then.  It's not been bad, and I actually don't have much of a problem during my work day (unless I bend over to pick something up), but when I lay down at night, and roll from one side to the other, and when I sit up to get out of! 

It's difficult to describe to someone who hasn't experienced it, and its symptoms probably vary from person to person, but for me the effect is not dizziness so much, as a sudden confusion as to what is down and what is up.  When I fell over once, it wasn't the sensation of falling, so much as it was the sensation that the floor rose to greet me.  Totally disconcerting. 

The cause seems to be something very, very small.  My doctor informed me early on that quite possibly (in my case) it could be allergy-driven and maybe as simple and tiny as infinitesimal calcium particles irritating my inner ear.  How very strange that something that tiny, in a small part of the body can cause a person's ENTIRE body to be unbalanced, and to misread what is real. 

Our lives get out-of-balance in the same way.  Oh sure, there are LARGE things that throw us off, that cause any BELIEVER & FOLLOWER to lose focus on life's meaning, on God, on what is real...those are the things we preach/teach about, those are life's "curves".  But the scripture, and Paul's words specifically, warn against not being prepared for the seemingly small things.  We don't realize the big effect of things that seem irrelevant and small.   

Paul encourages us to live life as if we were running a race, and to "take off" anything that hinders our performance in that race.  He writes at a time, in Greek history, when foot races were run by naked runners...literally unencumbered by ANYTHING that would slow them down.  Today's racers, thankfully for the sake of modesty, don't run naked but DO wear running clothes with little or no air friction.  

But what some BELIEVERS & FOLLOWERS don't understand is that Paul isn't necessarily always talking about doing away with sin, but with ANYTHING that would keep us from focusing on God and the race of life...some of these things are not bad in themselves, but maybe not conducive to a good life/race.  And some of these things are small, tiny...seemingly unimportant and benign. 

But, as with the causes of vertigo, we understand that a small insignificant thing (not bad in itself) can affect the entire body in ways that are amazing.  When a person suffering from vertigo can't tell, from what they see, where 'down" is..."down" will find THEM quickly...because that natural gyroscope that we all have but don't really control, is out of whack...and the world seems un-centered. 

When we exercise our physical bodies, we notice there are things (foods, for instance), which may not be bad in themselves, but might not be quite the right foods for our growth and well-being.  We feel muscles we've never felt before, we notice subtle things that went unnoticed when our physical senses were not so finely tuned. In the same way, when we exercise our spirits, the closer we get to God, the more refined our senses (spiritual and physical) become...we notice and sense the more subtle things.  In other words, it's not only when we are OUT of a relationship with God that our equilibriums fool us, sometimes the larger problems come when we grow closer to God...and our spiritual senses become more finely-tuned.  In that place, we may not always be able to tell which end is up...and the cause may be something so seemingly small and insignificant that we wouldn't even think of it. 

So Jimmy Stewart DID get over his fear-based vertigo and all was well as the credits rolled.  What about you?  What keeps you from winning the race each day?  Are there times when your soul feels unsettled?  Are there moments when the world seems out-of-balance...when your life-equilibrium is out-of-whack?  Check the small things: unjustified fears, unnecessary habits, unhealthy patterns of thought, unreconciled relationships, grudges, or lies from your past.  Some of these small things are like little bits of calcium in the inner ear that go unnoticed until it moves our entire bodies off-kilter. 

Small things can affect the race, the life, the fix them, quickly.  The sooner your heart, soul and spirit FEEL what your head already knows.  The sooner you will be able to SENSE "which way is up, and which way is down"...and the sooner you'll be able to enjoy the race of life.

'Love you all...see you in Church!

THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE CONGREGATION will be held THIS SUNDAY (August 20th) following Worship.  The Slate of 2017-2018 Officers, Chairs and Delegates will be voted on by Voting Members of the Congregation, at this time (Official Members who are 14-years-of-age and older). THE SLATE IS LISTED BELOW.

SLATE of OFFICERS | Central Christian Church
Administrative Board Year 2017 - 2018

Chairman of Board...Steve Horn
Vice Chairman Board...Jim Newcomer
Secretary...Christie Huff

Elders (for 3-year term):
Judy Dick, Steve Horn, Jerry Pitcock, Mike Romack
(for 1-year term)...Dave Priest

Deacons (for 3-year term):
Ed Combs, Angie King, Brian King, Pam Mullen,
Judy Pochard, John Schieve, Susie Schieve
(for 2-year term)...Rob Tillberry
(for 2-year term)...Cito Wyatt
(for 1-year term)...Penny Dyer

Trustee (for 3-year term)...Kevin Hawes

Representatives to Board
Nancy Cunningham, Paul Cunningham, Donna Hawes
(At-Large): Bill Malone, Marge Reed

Committee Chairs
Property...Bob McKee
Finance and Stewardship...Jayna Friend
Outreach and Missions...Sally Hudson and Susan McDuffee
Christian Education...Gloria Long
Men's Fellowship...Jim Newcomer/Lyle Crouse
Women's Fellowship...Marian McLaughlin

Nominating Committee:
Lynn High (Chair), Van Hudson, Susan McDuffee,
Nancy Romack, Lyle Crouse

Brochures are available each Sunday at the Sanctuary entrances, and during the week in the office, which describe the Building Maintenance Endowment, Established in Memory of SHARON SWAIN HIATT.  Please consider a gift to this endowment, specifically designed to keep the historic Central Christian Church building in good shape.

This week we pray for our CCC COMMITTEE CHAIRS & LEADERS, and also we pray for the congregation at MAPLE GROVE CHURCH OF GOD.

Please also pray for our Church Family listed here:
Joan Allison, Bobby Beaty, Chuck Caswell, Larry Dodd, Richard Glaze, Bobby Jo Greenwalt, Russ Hays, Sandy Holder, Judy Pochard, John & Luanna Robinson, Donna Romine, Dick & Carole Strock

Lisa Benefiel
Sue Presser
Richard Glaze
Judy Pochard
Jayna Friend
Jack Kyhnell
Kevin Hawes
Don Lynch
Dennis Merritt
Patti Hadley
Antha Childes
Ed Ward
Marlene Niccum
Cathy Ward
Carolyn Harrison

If we have somehow neglected to place your Birthday on this list, please let us know by contacting Cammie in the Church Office...thank you.

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August 16th
  10:30am - YARN MINISTRY (Calder Library)
6:00pm - PBS: THE BOOK OF ACTS (Hoover Lounge)

August 17th
  No Scheduled Church Events 

August 18th
  11:00am - FREE FRANKFURTER FRIDAY! (Chapel Door)

August 19th
  No Scheduled Church Events

August 20th
  10:00am - WORSHIP (Sanctuary)

August 21st
  4:00pm - CCCombo P.O.D. (Calder Library)

August 22nd
  8:00am - Early Christians (Schuster Chapel)
9:30am - Women's Bible Study (Calder Library)

August 23rd
  10:30am - YARN MINISTRY (Calder Library)