Weekly e-News Friday, January 22, 2015

Looking Ahead

           Sunday Traditional Worship 8:45 a.m.; 10:00 Sunday School and Fellowship time; 11:00 Contemporary Worship; 1:00 p.m. Nepali Worship

            Bible Studies Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.

Our Annual Congregational Meeting will be next Sunday, January 31. We will begin with worship at 10:00 a.m. which will conclude with the meeting that will consist of receiving the annual reports and approving the final budget for 2016, followed by a potluck congregational meal. This time the guidelines are for A-I to bring dessert, J-R a main dish and S-Z salads.

We are struggling with the computers especially in the secretary’s office, but also the sanctuary, not having sufficient operating memory. If anyone might be upgrading computers at their office (or know someone who is), please consider donating it to the church that we might upgrade systems.

Please make a correction on your February Calendar. We will not show a movie on the 2nd Sunday as it is Valentine’s Day, but our fellowship event will be the following Sunday, Feb. 21, at 3:00 p.m. to show the movie War Room, which is about faith and prayer.

 

The Sermon Sunday is “Sometimes We Judge Wrongly” from Psalm 19:1-14- The heavens declare the glory of God and His commandments are to be embraced, desired and internalized; and Luke 4:14-21- Jesus is rejected in His home town of Nazareth as he begins His ministry.

“[The commandments of the Lord] are to be desired more than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.” Psalm 19:10.

Around Church this Week:

For the second Sunday in a row we faced the new coldest day of the winter and again many folks did not venture out, so attendance for the morning services was low. The blessing that was a part of that was that visitors in both services. The most notable was in the 2nd service where Don and Cheryl Barbalace, currently from Aberdeen, are in the process of moving to SE Sioux Falls. Don has been active in the presbytery, currently serving on the Committee on Ministry, and was ordained as a Pastor (Teaching Elder) in 2013. Don said to me that they were looking for a congregation where they could make a difference (What wonderful words for a pastor to hear!) and I told him that he could make a difference at Wild Flower. They anticipate their move to be concluded in March. The Nepali service attendance again remained strong with 35. The Deacon’s Fellowship Event for January was cancelled, but we look forward to watching War Room a movie with focus on faith and prayer on Feb. 21.

On Monday a technician from MidAmerican Energy inspected our lines for any gas leaks and found none.

Session met on Monday.

Completing the Annual Reports was the major task in the office this week, completing reports, proof reading (thank you to Lance and Joyce), printing, collating and stapling (thank you to Lorraine Schmidt and Sharon Robinson. I started the day early and discovered that on this very important printing day that the copier was not accepting any print requests, but after working with a tech on the phone, everything was back to normal and Leola gave a big sigh of relief.

I made a trip to Pierre on Wednesday to start auditing the Camp records at 7:30 a.m. and I made it back to church at 6:32 p.m. for Xtreme Faith youth group after 80 miles of bad roads due to drifting and freezing on the road with a strong side wind out of the south that was felt with every semi I passed.

 

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

A Problem Becomes a Solution:

I stood dismayed in the kitchen of our newly acquired country home—I had accidentally submerged my left foot in a tray of fresh wall paint. A few minutes later, as I took off my comfortable, hole-in-the-toe painting sneakers, I regretted that I hadn’t brought along another pair of socks. I would have to sport a “Country Orange” big toe in my sandals when I picked up my four little sons from the sitter’s.
When I arrived at her home, she suggested that since they were still napping, I do a little shopping and stop back for them later. I don’t often get an offer like that, so I wasted no time in heading for the department store.
On the way, I remembered my toe. It would had been embarrassing to explain my clumsiness, my orange toe, and my toeless sneaker. At the store, however, I quickly made my way to the housewares department. There I found that all things really do “work together for good.” I was able to perfectly match the new kitchen dish cloths and towels to my Country Orange toe.

~ Christine R. Wilson, Eureka, CA, Christian Reader, “Lite Fare.

Birthdays this Week:

24 Michelle Kapaun
25 Toni Healy
25 Jessie Hoiland
26 Taylor Auringer
26 Channing Oien

Prayer Thought:   “Prayer is the slender nerve that moves the omnipotent muscle of God.” ~ Charles Spurgeon.

Prayer is not a religious ritual.

           “Real prayer comes not from gritting our teeth, but from falling in love.” (Richard Foster)

           “I live in the spirit of prayer. I pray as I walk about, when I lie down and when I rise up. And the answers are always coming.” (George Mueller)

           “Unless I had the spirit of prayer, I could do nothing.” (Charles G. Finney)

           “Beloved, it is not our long prayers but our believing God that gets the answer.” (John G. Lake)

“There is no need to get to a place of prayer; pray wherever you are.” (Oswald Chambers)

Please keep in prayer: Esther Bakker; Joyce Carpenter; Wendell Pribyl; For Arlene Lewis, Pete and Dolores Van Regenmorter- pray for balance, core strength and protection from falls.

9 Things That Will Still Be True for Your Church in 10 Years

Great church leaders are like sailors who are reading the breezes and adjusting the sails to catch the winds of change. While we worry about the latest social media trend or where music in the church is headed or if it’s possible to train robots to do pastoral care, we also need to invest in what we know will remain true and build our ministries, systems and approaches around that. Here are some areas where our churches can have impact for a long time to come!

  • Parents Will Still Worry About Kids—Investing in a thriving ministry to families is one of the smartest things any local church can do. There is always a new wave of young parents trying to figure out how to deal with sleep deprivation and raising kids, and every year there are parents who are dealing with their first-year high schooler. These anxieties aren’t going anywhere! What can your church do to help build a ministry to families that will attract and impact them for years to come?
  • The Next Generation Will Matter More—Ten years ago there was a lot of conversation about reaching the Gen-X generation … today we’re all worked up about reaching the millennials … in 10 years’ time we will be worrying about reaching the next generation. This is a good thing. The church is just one generation away from being totally obsolete. We need to be perpetually looking to the people coming after us and build our churches for them, not us. If we don’t, our churches will literally start dying off.
  • Marriages Will Be Struggling—Being married is tough. The broader culture doesn’t reinforce healthy relationships. People will continue to struggle with what it means to have a healthy and growing marriage. An innumerable amount of hours will be spent talking about how marriages are going off the tracks. What is a systematic response to helping people not just survive their marriages but thrive in them?
  • The Bible Will Need Explanation—Let’s be honest … sometimes the Bible is hard to understand. It’s an ancient text written thousands of years ago in a Middle Eastern agricultural society. Modern society is increasingly urban and more distant from the cultural context in the Bible. We’re going to continue to need clear and compelling explanations of the Bible and its relevance for us today. Our task is to make it understandable for today and the future!
  • People Will Be Self-Obsessed—We’re all selfish and, at the core, that is the problem with humanity. We choose our own path rather than the path that helps others. We are most interested in ourselves and our problems. Our churches will continue to need to deal with this reality. Often people come to church for “selfish” reasons—they’re looking to gain spiritual insights or wanting to make friends, etc. Our goal is to help people move beyond that. How are we working to build a ministry that helps people look beyond themselves?
  • The Poor Will Be Among Us—Poverty is a persistent global problem. The church is called to be the agent of change to help poor people. It’s been central to what the church “does” since our inception … and we’ll still be called to do that 10 years from now. How are you working to build a ministry that actually tackles poverty in a measured and systematic way?
  • Gathering Together Will Still Matter—Even in an increasingly “digital world” where we spend more time connecting with each other through computers, we will still crave being together. Humans are made to connect with each other, and in the future we will continue to have an impulse to gather together. The value of gathered events will shift from being primarily information dispensing to inspiration generating. How are you investing in your gathered experiences to improve their effectiveness with your community?
  • You’ll Be Stressed About Stuff—Leadership is stressful. Always has been … always will be. You’ll have more to do on your list than you can do. There won’t be enough time at the end of the week for what is left on the list. You’ll be tempted to self-medicate with food, brain-numbing media or some other more destructive tool. Your body will be 10 years older and you’ll be more physically limited than you are today. What positive rhythms are you picking up now to help you serve over the long haul?
  • The World Will Be Smaller—Technology is shrinking the world. Skype is just over 10 years old and has revolutionized global communication by making it easy and cheap. People work on global teams where they manage (or are managed by) people from all over the world. It used to be that only “missionaries” needed to deal with cross-cultural communication realities, but it has become the norm and will become even more prevalent in the future. How can we develop ministries that help people live with this global reality? Our churches are local, but what we are doing to help people live a global life?

Eternally Blessed,    

Pastor Dave Ullom <*}}}<

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