Friday, April 25, 2014
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.
Collision HS group after school on Wednesday.
Xtreme Faith meets Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
Spring Cleanup at Wild Flower 9:00 a.m. Saturday, April 26. See you here!
Mission Giving Opportunities:
We have 4 girls wanting to attend Camp this summer, so we need to raise funds to send them. The girls are selling Butter Braids for $12. They have a variety of fillings including Cinnamon, Blueberry, Strawberry, Apple Bavarian Crème and Cherry. There is also an option for 9 count Carmel Rolls. These mouth-watering pastries make a wonderful breakfast item for your next family gathering- they will be delivered by Mother’s Day. If you aren’t interested in the pastry, just offer to make a donation instead. Attending camp can be one of those transformative events in a young person’s life. Kids have lots of opportunities to go to baseball camp, or football, or volleyball, or cheerleading, or girl scouts, etc., etc. If we want them to grow up to play baseball or basketball etc. then that is where we should send them, but if we want them to grow up to be committed Christians, then our church camp is what we need to help make happen. The cost for early registration (before May 1) is $295 plus $70 for transportation, so it is important that we benefit from your generosity as soon as possible.
You can order the Butter Braids at church on Sunday, or contact Nichole Stoll at 929-2618.
Dive In Day 2014 is May 3 Dive In Day is a ministry opportunity as we get together with volunteers from First Presbyterian Church and reach out to make a difference in the community in the name of Christ. The event begins with breakfast at First Pres. 7:30-8:15 a.m. You can sign up to participate from a selection of projects that start at 8:30 a.m.: Spring cleaning at the Banquet; clean out and reorganize the pantry at St Francis House; Glory House spring cleaning/painting; gardening at Heartland House (weather permitting); Habitat for Humanity; visiting nursing homes to share your pets; making and tying quilts for cancer patients; also some other projects at the church. There are sign-up sheets at church by the mailboxes or call Mike McCallum for details at 361-4967.
The Sermon Sunday is “Does the Elevator Go All the Way to the Top?”
Psalm 16:1-11- in God’s presence there is fullness of joy
John 20:19-31- Jesus appears to the disciples in the Upper Room
“Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.’” John 20:21.
Sunday is also a special day as we add two new members to the Wild Flower Presbyterian Church when Bret Daggett and Chandra Anderson will be formally received into membership during the 11:00 a.m. worship. We also look forward two weeks to May 11 when Siena Hawkins will join during the 8:45 a.m. service.
Around Church this Week:
I was invited to the wedding of Harka and Babita Rai (brother of Raj- and Amashi Rai) at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, and I did visit at their home later in the day during the day long reception.
On Monday I put up a tetherball on the post at the volleyball court that has gotten a great deal of use through the week- to the extent that the permanent marker identification I marked on the ball is nearly worn off already.
On Tuesday I conducted the wedding ceremony of Brandon Hulderson and Omrie Welch. The former Riverside folk might remember Brandon (and his mother Janelle) who had moved away from Sioux Falls and are now back in the area. Please pray for blessing upon this family and that they might come and share in worship with us as they are settled back in Sioux Falls.
Wednesday we received the wonderful news that Mercy Rotich (the oldest daughter of David and Joy) has received the approval for her Visa. If all goes well she will be here in our fellowship next week. We join together in praise with this answer to the prayers we have been lifting up over the past months
Planting happened in full swing over the weekend in the garden at church. We maxed out space with 17 families with plots, which equates to helping well over 85 people with food, but even more importantly with the opportunity to do things for themselves. There is great fellowship that happens as folks gather to work or just to watch the space for growth and life.
We would like to thank you all for your prayers, cards, emails, Facebook posts & kind words upon the passing of Arlene’s daughter, my sister, Janice Blackburn. We take comfort in knowing that she is now living a life eternal in heaven because she knew and accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.
~Jeff Lewis and family
After a church service on Sunday morning, a young boy suddenly announced to his mother, “Mom, I’ve decided to become a minister When I grow up.”
“That’s okay with us, but what made you decide that?”
“Well,” said the little boy, “I have to go to church on Sunday anyway, and I figure it will be more fun to stand up and yell, than to sit and listen.”
Birthdays this Week:
Thursday, May 1, is National Day of Prayer. I don’t find any churches in Sioux Falls with prayer services (including ours), but I would share a prayer from the National Committee to be prayed together across the nation at noon: Lord of the Universe. Lord of this planet. Lord of the nations. Lord of our hearts. On this National Day of Prayer, we look to You… In the darkness, You are our Light.
In the storm, You are our Anchor. In our weakness, You are our Strength. In our grief, You are our Comfort.
In our despair, You are our Hope.
In our confusion, You are our Wisdom. In time of terrorism, You are our Shield. In time of war, You are our Peace. In times of uncertainty, You are the Rock on which we stand.
We make our prayer to You using the words of the prophet Daniel:
O Lord, You are the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant of love with those who love Him and keep His commandments. You are merciful and forgiving. You are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame because we have sinned against You, and done wrong. We have turned away from Your commands and principles. We have turned away from You.
Yet You have promised in 2 Chronicles 7, that if we–a people identified with You–would humble ourselves, pray, seek Your face, and turn from our wicked ways, then You would hear our prayer, forgive our sin and heal our land.
So we choose to stop pointing our finger at the sins of others, and examine our own hearts and lives. We choose to acknowledge our own sin–our neglect and defiance and ignorance and even rejection of You. This day we choose to repent.
In response to our heartfelt repentance, God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Father of Jesus Christ, in keeping with all Your righteous acts and according to Your promise, turn away Your anger and Your wrath from the United States of America. Hear the prayers and petitions offered to You on this National Day of Prayer, as we give You our full attention. Give ear, our God, and hear; open Your eyes and see. We do not make requests of You because we are righteous, but because of Your great mercy.
For the glory of Your Name hear our prayer, forgive our sin, and heal our land.
We ask this in the name of Your Son Jesus Christ who offers us salvation from Your judgment, forgiveness for our sin, and reconciliation with You through His own blood shed on the Cross. Amen.
– 2014 National Prayer by Anne Graham Lotz
Please keep in prayer: Lana Semelsberger; Lew Carpenter; Donna Haffner– biopsy found more cancer; Jack Auringer; Wilma Altena; Wendell Pribyl; Jim and Edith St. Clair; For Arlene Lewis, Dale Klutman, Pete and Dolores Van Regenmorter– pray for balance, core strength and protection from falls.
The following article makes my heart go out and is just another reminder of the blessings we have to be able to freely worship Jesus, and the consequences others suffer and the sacrifices they make:
Muslim in Uganda Kills Daughter for Leaving Islam, Sister Says
Siblings went to church service after having same dream.
April 19, 2014 NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News)
The 17-year-old daughter of a Muslim man in Uganda was able to attend one church service this month before he killed her for leaving Islam, sources said.
Abdul Hakim Ibanda of Kamuli town in eastern Uganda beat Nanvunani Shamimu and her 19-year-old sister, Nawudo Hasifa, with a blunt instrument after learning that they had attended the church service on April 6, Hasifa told Morning Star News.
The two sisters turned to the Christian faith after they had the same dream the night of April 4, she said.
“We both saw a man dressed in white clothes, telling us to go and be prayed for in the church, but he did not tell us which church to go to,” Hasifa said.
On April 6 they attended United Believers Church in Kawaga, Kamuli District. “On Sunday morning we arrived at the United Believers Church and straight away went to see the pastor and explained to him about the dream and that we were ready to be Christians,” she said. “The pastor prayed for us to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior of our lives. After prayers we then went to church, where the pastor introduced us to the church and that we were new members of the church. The church faithful were cheerful to receive us.”
Area Muslims who saw them enter the church building immediately reported it to their father, sources said. He gathered a group of 32 youths to attack the church, said pastor Musis James of United Believers Church.
“When we saw the rowdy youth approaching the church, the Christians made an alarm and we all left the service in readiness for any eventuality,” James said. “Some of the Muslims retreated, while a few came to where we were and warned us that the two girls should not worship with them, then they left.”
The two sisters arrived home that evening to find their father was furious.
“Our father did not even greet us, but immediately questioned us why we decided to attend the church,” Hasifa said. “We kept quiet. Our silence angered our father. He removed a blunt object and started beating us indiscriminately. My sister was hit somewhere near the neck. She fainted and became unconscious. My father got shocked and stopped beating me. He tried to wake up my sister, but there was no response. I knew she was gone.”
Ibanda wanted to kill her also, Hasifa said, but he was also overcome with fear and decided to perform Islamic ablution. He told her to fetch some water outside for the ritual cleansing.
“When I got out of the house, I decided to slowly escape to the home of a nearby church elder, but I was feeling a lot of pain,” Hasifa said.
The church elder put her on a motorcycle and drove her to an undisclosed town where she sought refuge among Christians.
“She arrived at my house bleeding,” the pastor of the area church, undisclosed for security reasons, told Morning Star News. “Her left hand was also injured. We as a church have taken the responsibility of taking care of her.”
The pastor said that when he mentioned to Hasifa that they must report the case to police, she wept and said, “You people want my father to kill me the way he killed my sister?”
At the same time, Hasifa granted permission for Morning Star News to publish her account of the attack.
“The girl is still traumatized as a result of the death of her sister and needs prayers and counseling,” said the pastor in the majority-Christian nation, which is 11.5 percent Muslim, according to Operation World. Hasifa told Morning Star News her father would not want her to return home. “I know I cannot go back to my father because I have become a Christian,” she said. “I am grateful to the church for welcoming me and taking me as their child. I now have a new home.”
Pastor Dave Ullom <*}}}<