Sunday Worship times: 8:45 a.m., 10:00 Sunday School, 11:00 Contemporary Worship
Bible Study Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. (will not meet Feb 17)
Bible Study Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.
Xtreme Faith youth group meets Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
Per Capita assessment for each member this year is $26.27. This supports the work of our denomination, PCUSA, at the presbytery, synod and General Assembly levels. Every organization you are a part of has a membership fee, but this fee provides for staff and mission infrastructure so that gifts given through PCUSA go 100% to support the work instead of 25-75% of funds given to major charities going toward overhead. WF pays for each member, and we need your check to cover that expense.
Camp Brochures are under the mailboxes, and the poster is hanging in the entryway. There are new camps being developed for all ages that you can also check out at the new Camp website at www.pioneerrimrock.camp Sign up now for the early bird discount!
Food Pantry Gifts for Feeding South Dakota are collected on the Second Sunday of each month in the shopping cart in the vestibule or the cash jar on the table in the sanctuary.
Xtreme Faith youth group is going on an ice skating outing on Sunday, February 8. We will meet at 1:00 pm at Frank Olson Park at 4001 E. 16th St. Skate rental is $1.
2nd Sunday Fellowship Event at 3:00 pm on February 8 will be the movie Heaven Is for Real which tells the amazing true story of Collton Burpo’s near death experience and visit to heaven. You can watch a great interview at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m–M5itPoqA This is a great opportunity to invite others to come and watch with you. A trailer for the movie is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6sCnXb3Njg
Ash Wednesday Service is 7:00 p.m. at Westminster. Our part will be special music- contact Pastor Dave to join in singing.
The Sermon Sunday is “Renew Your Strength 24/7-365” from Isaiah 40:21-31- God knows all that is going on in our lives and supplies strength to us; and Mark 1:29-39- Jesus rose early in the mornings for prayer.
“They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wins like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31.
Women of Faith is having a simulcast event titled Unwrap the Bible. Free tickets are available to attend the event at Faith United Church in Brandon Feb 20 7:30-9:00 pm and 8 am to 12:30 pm on Feb 21. Call 605-582-6788. You can click the “Play the Video” tab at http://www.womenoffaith.com/events/unwrap-bible-2015/#event_table for a hint of what the event will be like. Thousands of women will gather once again in one place for one purpose . . . to unwrap the life-changing promises of the Bible. Through in-depth Bible teaching and transformational worship, you’ll be equipped and challenged to apply the truth of Scripture to your daily life. Uncover some of the most incredible treasures found in the Scripture at Unwrap the Bible.
Around Church this Week:
Deacons met on Monday and one of the decisions was to switch devotionals to Our Daily Bread. The main reason is because of the expense of the Upper Room which we have been getting. I have found it to be a very good devotional in the past. You can check it out at www.ourdailybread.com . Currently there have been 14 devotional copies used at church. If you have not been picking one up, but would like to in the future, please let me know, or drop a note at the office and we will order accordingly.
Here is the devotional from Tuesday- there is also an option to listen to the devotional at the site. You can sign up to receive the daily devotional by e-mail each day at http://odb.org/subscriptions/ click the link half way down the page; or you can get it as an app for your iPhone, iPad, & iPod | Android | Kindle Fire at
http://ourdailybread.org/mobile-resources/ They have made it very easy to receive this blessing.
Always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. —1 Corinthians 15:58
Chinese Proverbs by Poh Fang Chai February 3, 2015
Chinese proverbs are common and often have stories behind them. The proverb “pulling up a crop to help it grow” is about an impatient man in the Song Dynasty. He was eager to see his rice seedlings grow quickly. So he thought of a solution. He would pull up each plant a few inches. After a day of tedious work, the man surveyed his paddy field. He was happy that his crop seemed to have “grown” taller. But his joy was short-lived. The next day, the plants had begun to wither because their roots were no longer deep.
In 2 Timothy 2:6, the apostle Paul compares the work of being a minister of the gospel to that of a farmer. He wrote to encourage Timothy that, like farming, making disciples can be continuous, hard labor. You plow, you sow, you wait, you pray. You desire to see the fruits of your labor quickly, but growth takes time. And as the Chinese proverb so aptly illustrates, any effort to hurry the process won’t be helpful. Commentator William Hendriksen states: “If Timothy . . . exerts himself to the full in the performance of his God-given spiritual task, he . . . will see in the lives of others . . . the beginnings of those glorious fruits that are mentioned in Galatians 5:22, 23.”
As we labor faithfully, we wait patiently on the Lord, who makes things grow (1 Cor. 3:7).
Dear Lord of the harvest, help us to work faithfully as we wait patiently on You for the fruit. Encourage us when we are discouraged and strengthen us when we are weary. Help us to persevere, for You are faithful.
We sow the seed—God produces the harvest.
INSIGHT: Timothy is first introduced in Acts 16:1. Paul and Silas had been working their way through the provinces of Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey) sharing the gospel of Christ. When Paul and Silas arrived in Lystra, they met Timothy (a follower of Christ) and Paul invited this young man to join them. Timothy became a student of Paul’s and a pastor who, according to tradition, shepherded the church at Ephesus. Eventually, he received the two letters from Paul that bear his name. Each of those letters was intended to instruct and encourage the young pastor in his work with the congregation he served.
Hands and Feet Project: Brenda Hansel stopped on Tuesday to let Leola know that a couple of notes responding to cards she had written through the Cards of Compassion program for Hospice patients would be read on KNWC radio 96.5 on Tuesday morning about 7:30 a.m. You can get involved by cutting off the fronts of greeting cards (or just drop them at the office and they can be cut with the paper cutter) and bringing them to church. You can join with other crafters on Friday, Feb 27, 11 am-11:00 pm at R Scrapbook Store (Sioux Falls) 3709 W. 41st St. Suite #4, (near Guitar Center), (605)338-7502 to make cards.
You are invited to be a part of bringing hope to individuals and families experiencing hospice care. Cards of Compassion gives you an opportunity to recycle and repurpose your old used greeting cards for caregivers to use on various occasions with their patients.
February is Heart Month, and many patients in hospice care are experiencing end stage heart failure. As the Compassionate Care Hospice team works with the patient and their family, they are able to continually show compassion and love with the special, tender care and services that they provide.
One of the tools they use is handmade greeting cards.
A little card or greeting means the world to a person who is in hospice care.
Volunteers create the greeting cards using donated materials. Cards for all occasions—birthdays, holidays (except Christmas), or just well wishes are used. Scrapbookers and Stampers especially enjoy expressing their creative flair when making cards.
On Friday, February 27, you can join others in an all-day drop-in Craft Party at R Scrapbook Store making cards for the hospice program! The event will take place at the store from 11:00am to 11:00pm. All supplies needed (the donations!) will be on hand for volunteers to use for creating a variety of cards for all occasions. We’ll have treats, too, so bring a friend, your kids (preferably age 10 and up), or anyone else who loves crafting.
The mission of Compassion Care Hospice is to reach out to people and affirm life in its final stages by providing care to any patients and their families with a need. The personalized, one on one help provided by the staff puts families at ease with their kindness and often enables patients to remain in the comfort and privacy of their own homes with their loved ones.
Chuckle: “The One whose throne is in heaven sits laughing. . . .” (Psalms 2:4)
Heeding God’s Word
My five-year-old daughter, Barbara, had disobeyed me and had been sent to her room. After a few minutes, I went in to talk with her about what she had done. Teary-eyed, she asked, “Why do we do wrong things, Mommy?”
“Sometimes the devil tells us to do something wrong,” I replied, “and we listen to him. We need to listen to God instead.”
To which she sobbed, “But God doesn’t talk loud enough!”
—Jo M. Guerrero, Christian Reader
Birthdays this Week:
On the KNWC website I found this encouragement:
Did your family keep a “growth chart” when you were growing up? This year, maybe it’s time to start a spiritual growth chart! There’s no better time to recommit yourself to growing in your relationship with God than right now. Just as eating healthy foods will nourish a growing body; some simple choices you can make every day will nourish your heart:
Let God talk to you by reading the Bible, His Word, every day. Be sure to allow enough time to really think through what you read. You might even want to memorize some key verses.
Talk to God by praying daily, praising Him for your many blessings and asking Him to guide you through your challenges.
Find community with other believers in a church or small group that will encourage you to learn new things about God.
Share God’s love with the world by serving others. Use the skills you already have to help someone else—such as cooking a meal for someone who’s sick, babysitting for a new mom or mowing the lawn for an elderly neighbor.
Please keep in prayer: Leona Kinsey; Eldora Hayes; Joyce Gries; Nicole Stoll; Dale Klutman; For Arlene Lewis, Pete and Dolores Van Regenmorter– pray for balance, core strength and protection from falls.
4 Keys to Reaching the “Nones” by Dr. Ben Liles
Unchurched. De-churched. Unsaved. Lost.
All of these labels are or have been used in church circles to describe those outside of the Christian faith. In addition to these, there are atheists, agnostics, and a myriad of other religious movements. Going to Amazon or a local bookstore will guarantee you will be flooded with a host of “how-to-convert” books centering in on a specific religion or religious stance. However, there is very little covered on one of the fastest growing categories of people today: the nones.
Simply put, the nones are a group completely void of any religious affiliation. They are not atheists or agnostics. When it pertains to religion of any kind they claim to have none. Zero. Nada. None. So, with this as their foundation, how does the Christ-Following people of the world try to get into their world?
Over the course of the last few years I have encountered many nones, and, to be honest, a few of them now attend our church and one has been baptized. While it is obvious that every person is different, there are a few keys to reaching this group.
Build relationships. I know this is a cliché when it comes to faith, but building a relationship born out of love, common likes, and honesty (we’ll cover that in a minute.) Spend some time LISTENING to their story. Their life. Their history. As Rick Bezet once told me, “You do not have the right to tell your story, until you have heard theirs.”
Be upfront about your faith. This is key. If you hide it, never talk about it, and then “spring it” on them months later, they will feel one of a couple things. They might feel this is a “bait and switch.” That you never wanted a real friendship, but rather, another notch on your Christian belt. Or they might feel you are not genuine about your faith. Why would you hide something that is supposed to be important? You can’t constantly beat them over the head with your faith, but hiding it is just as destructive.
Invite them to community events. If your church is feeding the homeless or maybe helping to rebuild a house for a single mom, invite them. Remember, they are usually not anti-Christian. Community involvement is a big deal for them.
Give them space and time. For whatever reason, they have chosen to live their life this way. No matter how many evangelistic speeches you have about how time is close, hell is near, or they cant live another day without Christ lined up, this group won’t feel the same pressure you feel. Yes, all those things you are saying is true, but give it time, or it will fall on deaf ears.
We have been called to reach the world one soul at a time, and while this group might seem more difficult, they are a soul. One worth fighting for.
Pastor Dave Ullom <*}}}<.