Fisher’s Of Men meeting January 13th, 2020 opened with prayer at 6:30pm. ten members attended. A meal was served by Rita Arnett. The DIY topic of building a fish cooker for the church was discussed. The new discussion for the evening was “Water Temperature and Crappie”, presented by Gene Arnett. The results of the research are in the article below. Jeff Paul gave a short devotion from Ephesians 4:3-13. Jeff explained the importance of unity and how the Fisher’s Of Men team can become a more unified witness for Christ. Pastor Steve Miller presented the new rules for the upcoming Fisher’s Of Men Fishing Tournament. The rules including the revisions will be posted in the near future. Meeting concluded with prayer. Fisher’s Of Men would like to thank Rita Arnett for the great meal. The next Fisher’s Of Men meeting will be February 11th 2020 6:30pm please join us and bring a fishing buddy. To view or print the Water Temperature Article Click HERE.
Fisher’s Men gathered together for their meeting Tuesday October 8th 2019. Meeting opened with prayer and then they enjoyed a meal and fellowship. Gene Arnett then presented a DIY project, How To Build Your Own Boat Frame Cover. Comments and questions about the DIY project were discussed. If you would like to view the DIY project click HERE. Boats in the parades at Centralia and Paris were discussed and a decision to enter the boats was presented and approved. A short devotion was presented by Gene Arnett about ideas on how to reach more people with the gospel of Christ. Handing out tracks, bibles and prayer tents at events was discussed and tabled until the next meeting. Fishing tournaments were presented for next year and tabled for further discussion at the next meeting. The new t-shirts were handed out and they look great. Fisher’s Of Men would like to thank Rita Arnett for the great meal. If you get a chance please thank her. The meeting closed with prayer and thanks to the Lord for a good meeting. The next meeting is set for November 12th at 6:30 pm. If you like talking about the Lord and fishing then Fisher’s Of Men ministry is for you, please join us.
“Why did Jesus choose fishermen to be his first followers?” What does it takes to be a fisherman, whether recreational or professional? A blog written in 2010 by a bass fisherman listed traits that perhaps may draw us closer to the answer. The writer proposed the five traits as willingness to learn, patience, determination, instinct, and imagination. Let’s compare these traits and see how these may be applied to us as present-day disciples of Jesus.
Willingness to Learn
Who taught you how to fish? ” The first lesson a fisherman learns is how to bait the hook with a live, thick, wiggling worm. You may have started out with a cane pole which eventually evolved into a rod and reel, tangle-free of course! Fishermen are taught this skill at a young age usually by the invitation of a parent or relative. Children are eager to learn and willing do what it takes to master the new task. Their mind is readily open to new ways and ideas. Jesus knew these apostles were similar. They were open to Jesus, who “baited” them with a simple invitation, “Come after me and I will make you fishers of men.” Fishers of what!? Jesus spiked their curiosity, hence Andrew and Peter left their equipment, followed by James and John. They wanted to know more. They were willing to follow Jesus in order to learn more. Their lives were transformed forever. Is Jesus calling you to “come?” What do you need to “drop” or let go of to follow Him more closely? Are you open to His Words? What do you want to learn?
Waiting for a fish to take the bait can seem like an eternity! But it is time well-spent as one is enveloped in God’s creation: life-sustaining water, air-filtering trees, warmth-nurturing sunlight, and lung-filling fresh air! There is little concept of time since waiting is of the essence. The anticipation of what is yet to come, also known as hope, places attention not time but on what is the actual benefit of being patient. Hopefully, for the fisherman, it’s a great catch! Same is true in being a disciple of Jesus. Pope Francis writes, “Evangelization consists mostly of patience and disregard for constraints of time.” When sharing the message of Jesus with others, we first retrieve them from their “swimming hole.” It’s easy to cast a line into another’s pond. It’s challenging to reel them in and to bring them home to God. This is exactly the calling of a disciple: to meet others “where they are,” develop a friendship rooted in love and mercy, steer them by the actions of Christ and walk them out of the pond into an ocean teeming with grace. The fruits of casting the rod bear greater worth than the time it takes to wait. Remember what St. Paul writes, “Love is patient.” Am I patience with myself? Am I patient with others? Am I patient with God?
Fishermen are committed to the end-in-mind, that being to “limit-out” their catch. They possess a strong determination coupled with high motivation to reach the desired outcome. Yet, endurance is key to staying on task and putting aside discouragement. Knowing the good of the catch is enough to sustain determination. With the apostles, Jesus knew their determination was strong enough to endure the trials in order to fortify the community of believers who would in turn survive beyond martyrdom and be the People of God, the Church.
Even though we are clueless about what the hook will catch, we must never give up, for Jesus never gave up on His catch. Are we determined to preach the good news of Jesus to whomever God places before us despite the large distance from our comfort zone? Are we willing to cast “into the deep” where we cannot see where the baited hook lands? Are we dragging bottom and catching flounder? Are we skimming the surface and snagging carp? Are we somewhere in between and catching trout? Who do we know that may be floundering in faith? Do we need to take the surface dweller and help them dive deeper in their faith? Still better, who are the ‘tweens which are safest in the mainstream, afraid to rise or go deep?
Fishermen possess an innate ability to determine whether the catch will be good or bad in a certain spot, at a particular time and day, before, during or after weather events, or simply by going on a hunch. This ability is gained through experience and maturity. We must rely upon impulses guided by the Holy Spirit and developed through prayer. As disciples, we know a moment is good or not so good to “cast” our line. If we are prompted we should speak. How many times did we miss an opportunity to share God’s love because we did not follow a prompting? What is moving inside us to reach out to another with love and intent? What is holding us back?
Good fishermen teach others how to fish, list the possibilities, fish with them, watch them succeed then hand over the rod. Jesus did this with the apostles. He taught them, instilled hope, showed the way, affirmed their accomplishments then handed over the Church. It’s our turn to cast into the deep. Jesus has equipped us with the rod and reel of faith. We should cast our line into the water and see what happens! God is full of surprises! And who knows what will be at the end of the line! Happy fishing! Thanks be to God!