Weekly e-News Friday, March 6, 2015

 

Looking Ahead

           Sunday Worship times: 8:45 a.m., 10:00 Sunday School, 11:00 Contemporary Worship

Bible Study Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Bible Study Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

WoW youth group Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

 

It is starting to warm up outside and already we are looking forward to Easter in just a month. You might also start thinking about Easter lilies and donating to beautify our sanctuary and make our Easter celebration more special. You can e-mail the office to donate in memory or in honor of someone, or you can fill out one of the blue forms under the mailboxes so that those persons might be recognized.

 

           Thank you to those who have paid their Per Capita of $26.27. This amount for each member is sent to the Presbytery from our general fund. Your re-imbursement is greatly appreciated.

 

 

           The Deacons have an Easter Gift for each family. The piece being added to your Easter collection this week is the crown of thorns.  After the trial, the Roman soldiers twisted together vines with thorns, shaped them into a crown and set it upon Jesus’s head.  While the crown it’s self is very painful the soldiers did this to mock Jesus.  They inflected pain and degraded him at the same time. If your family has not received their cross be sure to ask the deacons for yours. Stop at the table in the entry way as you are leaving church. We hope that this Easter Collection will be special to your family for years to come.

 

            The Sermon Sunday is “The Splendor of Thorns” from Exodus 20:1-17- The 10 Commandments; and Matthew 27:27-29- the Crown of Thorns.

“The light of Israel will become a fire, and his Holy One a flame, and it will burn and devour his thorns and briers in one day.” Isaiah 10:17.

 

Around Church this Week:

           Praise the Lord for a Great Attendance for worship on Sunday! At 78 (55 and 23) it was the highest number in worship since Mother’s day last May! It is amazing what a little nicer weather can do for enabling people to get out, but we can also increase the number of folks we can bless on Sundays by sharing the good news and encouraging someone to join you in worship. As a national program, next Sunday is National Invite a Friend Sunday. We aren’t participating in that program at this time, but it would be a good excuse to make the extra effort to invite and encourage someone God might have been speaking to and your invitation could be the nudge they need to get back to God. Pray about it and reach out. Pick up one of the colored invitation sheets or one of the colored postcards under the mailbox (take as many as you like) and share them with someone.     

Joyce Carpenter moved to the Good Sam Village at 3901 S Marion Rd for rehab.

I haven’t been able to get the song 30 Pieces of Silver out of my head this week after blanking on it in worship at 8:45 a.m.

David Rotich is finally back from settling business regarding the family move from Kenya and was in worship on Sunday.

Lana Semelsberger and I took the Sacrament of Communion to shut-ins on Monday.

Deacons met Monday evening and one of the changes they plan to make is to bring the cart and Food Pantry donation jar out every Sunday instead of just on the 3rd Sunday that we officially designate for those gifts, so, if you forget, you can just bring things the next Sunday.

We had a great first night of WoW with some great music and lessons about the Armor of God from Ephesians 6.

Thank you to Joan Reich for her donation of 5 reams of paper that she brought on Wednesday. In my previous church one of the businessmen donated all of the paper through his office- it is a great idea.

           Xtreme Faith Youth have a fundraiser in the form of discount cards. We hope you will buy one and tell others about it. #1- it is a fundraiser for Wild Flower youth ministry, you can think of it as a donation to the work. #2- it is an investment for you that will yield positive returns. If you use this card to for things you would do anyway- pizza, KFC, A & W, oil changes, tires, etc. – you will make a profit.

 

Chuckle: “The One whose throne is in heaven sits laughing. . . .” (Psalms 2:4)

Members of my mother’s church share janitorial duties. One day while cleaning the dining hall, my mother heard some boys outside throwing snowballs too close to the building. Rapping on the window pane, she shook her head, causing the white scarf she was wearing to protect her hair from the dust to swing from side to side.
Alarmed, one boy asked the other who that was.
Convinced he’d seen the real thing, his friend answered, “The Holy Spirit!”

—Fern Hansen, Onawa, Iowa, Christian Reader, “Lite Fare.”

Birthdays this Week:

7 Donna Haffner
8 Joe Van Holland
10 Tammy Auringer
13 Bobby Pickett
14 Amashi Rai

 

Anniversaries this Week:

5 Jim & Edith St. Clair

 

Prayer Thought:

            Prayer is the doorway to bridging communication with God. Prayer can be out loud, within your body and soul, in your house, in your car, at church or where ever you feel comfortable. When you regularly communicate with God, you’ll feel more spiritually satisfied.

 

Please keep in prayer: Joyce Carpenter– broken hip; Elvena Hyronimus- recovering from a light stroke; Rev. Dean Meeter – new spots of cancer on his pancreas, chemo is the only option; Christa DeRemiggio, 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.

The following is todays devotional from Our Daily Bread. This is the devotional that we have switched to at church beginning with the April-June issue. We will have both large print and regular print editions, but you can also subscribe to receive it on your phone, or as I have in receiving an e-mail each day.There is also an audio link included each day that you can click and listen to the devotional. Just go to http://odb.org/subscriptions/ and click the link about half way down the page in the box on the left side. It is simple, I just signed Judy up yesterday. If you would like me to sign up your e-mail, just let me know.

Our Daily Bread — Solving The Mystery

March 6, 2015

Stonehenge

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. —Romans 5:8

Read: Romans 5:1-11 | Bible in a Year: Deuteronomy 1-2; Mark 10:1-31

One of the most popular tourist attractions in England is the giant stone pillars of Stonehenge. These massive pieces of granite are also a great source of mystery. Every year, people travel to Stonehenge with questions such as: Why were they erected? Who accomplished this extraordinary engineering marvel? And perhaps we wonder most of all how they did it. But visitors leave having received no answers from the silent stones. The mystery remains.

The Scriptures speak of a greater mystery—the fact that God came to live among us as a man. Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 3:16, “Great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory.”

This brief overview of the life of Christ—the mystery of godliness—is remarkable. What prompted the Creator of the universe to come and live and die for His creation, however, is not a mystery. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). God’s great love for us is at the root of the mystery of godliness, and the cross has made it plain for all to see.

Lord, we may not understand everything You have done for us, or how You have done it. But we know You love us and sent Jesus to die for us, and that is all we need to know.

How Christ became a human being may be a mystery, but God’s love isn’t.

 

INSIGHT: An inclusio is a writing device where an idea or word is repeated at the beginning and end of a passage, but the idea in the middle is the author’s primary focus. In today’s passage, an inclusio is formed with the word “rejoice” (vv. 2,11). The emphasis is directly in the middle of the passage in verse 6: “Christ died for the ungodly.”

Eternally Blessed,    

Pastor Dave Ullom <*}}}<.

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