Friday, March 7, 2014
Set your clocks ahead an hour on Saturday or be an hour late for worship!
Sunday Worship times: 8:45 a.m. Traditional, 11:00 a.m. Contemporary. Coffee and snacks are served after the first service; Sunday School for all ages at 10:00 a.m.
Bible Studies Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.
Xtreme Faith Wed at 6:30 p.m.; Collision HS group after school on Wednesday.
2nd Sunday Fellowship Event will be Bunco at 3:00 p.m. this Sunday. If you have never played Bunco before, it is very easy to learn. If you would like to play a different game, please come and that can happen as well.
Please be saving toilet paper or paper towel cardboard rolls and bring them to church for WoW that begins on Wednesday, March 19.
Easter Week schedule includes: on Maundy Thursday we will have a Seder Service- such as Jesus shared with his Disciples at the Last Supper; Flowering of The Cross and placing lilies in memory of loved ones who have passed since last Easter will be incorporated into the beginning of the Sunrise Service at 7:30 a.m. and the 11:00 service. Deacons will serve a breakfast at 8:30 a.m.
The Sermon Sunday is “The Blame Game” from Genesis 3:1-17- Adam and Eve disobey God and eat of the forbidden fruit; and Matthew 4:1-11- the temptation of Jesus.
“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that come from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4.
Around Church this Week:
Thank you to Lanny Auringer once again for clearing snow from the parking lot early Sunday morning.
The Xtreme Faith youth group went bowling on Sunday afternoon and had great fun together.
Deacons met on Monday: their fellowship activity on March 9 will be a game day; plans and preparations are underway for Maundy Thursday (April 17) Seder Service with Eastside and the Easter Sunrise meal.
The Ash Wednesday Service at First Presbyterian Church was a wonderful time of worship with music from the choir and Bell Choir. For those who were not able to attend and might be interested, I have posted my message Restore the Joy on my blog at http://www.pastor-dave.com . While you are there, you might be interested in checking out the next entry “David and Goliath” in which I share a pectoral story of my taking down a 70’ tree at Rimrock Camp last week. There is also a 31 second video of my dropping the tree.
A new pastor moved into a town, and he went out one Saturday to visit his parishioners. All went well until he came to one house. It was obvious that someone was home, but no one came to the door even after he had knocked several times. Finally he took out his card, wrote “Revelation 3:20” on the back, and stuck it in the door. The next day, as he was counting the offering, he found his card in the collection plate. Below his message was written “Genesis 3:10.”
Birthdays this Week:
|Joe Van Holland|
The Prayer Box has been neglected for a while. We have prayer warriors who would like to join in prayer over your joys and concerns. Just write them down and place them into the box.
You are welcome to join in a time of prayer 10 minutes before worship on Sunday morning. It is an opportunity to make a spiritual difference in our worship together. We will gather in the Pastor’s office each Sunday.
I received this prayer request from Carol Pribyl:
Hi Pastor Dave, Would like for you to ask for prayers for Wendell. He’s had a rough time since the beginning of Jan. One infection right after the other, then a nasty fall on a concrete driveway 2 weeks ago. He had a “goose egg” the size of a baseball on his forehead. Just today the doctor opened that up to drain the blood out of it. A few days after the fall he had surgery on his ear to close a hole in his ear drum and scrape infection from the mastoid bone. He now has NO energy and is sleeping a LOT. Can sit down in the Lazy Boy and go to sleep several times a day.
Please keep in prayer: Wendell Pribyl; Jack Auringer; Jim and Edith St. Clair; Marvin Haffner; Joyce Carpenter; Lew Carpenter; For Arlene Lewis, Dale Klutman, Pete and Dolores Van Regenmorter– pray for balance, core strength and protection from falls.
Syrian Christians told to convert, pay or face the sword
Friday, March 7th, 2014 The Layman Online
Christian leaders in the city of Raqqah, Syria, have reportedly signed an agreement to pay the jizya protection tax and accede to the demands of radical Muslim rebels who now control their city.
The agreement was announced online by The Islamic state in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), one of the radical Sunni groups fighting against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. ISIS is attempting to put in place full Sharia law in the areas of Syria it controls, and has already enforced the wearing of veils by women in the area.
Islamic law teaches that Christians and Jews living in areas under Muslim control must pay a tax known in Arabic as jizya in return for the protection of the Muslim rulers, known in Arabic as dhimma.
The Christians in Raqqah also agreed to a list of conditions, including making no repairs on any church building, no public displays of crosses or other Christian symbols, and not holding Christian services outside of the church building. Even inside the church buildings, Christians are told not to sing or read Scriptures loud enough that a Muslim standing outside the building could hear.
Please forgive my sharing the following note from Rev. Gene DeHoogh, but it seemed the best way to share the message of his last line:
Thank you again for the excellent sermon tonight, as on the way home we commented again how that was one of the best sermons we’ve heard for some time. You shared the scripture so well and again, your illustrations were excellent. Thank you especially for using the one about Bobby Hayden Jr. Hope you can appreciate his version of John 3:16.
Thanks again for all of your communicating, and you do such a great job of sharing from your computer. I hope that many of your people are able to use the computer too, and be sure to let them know that people outside of your congregation are blessed with your excellent insights and messages.
Pastor Dave Ullom <*}}}< .