Worship and Youth Sunday School at 10:00 a.m. and Fellowship at 11:00; 1:00 p.m. Worship in Nepali.
Bible Studies: Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. and Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.
Deacon’s Second Sunday Fellowship is this Sunday, January 8, at 3:15 p.m. will be the movie God’s Not Dead 2. Many were able to enjoy the first movie about a college student making a stand for his faith even putting his future in jeopardy, to take the challenge to prove God’s existence with a failing grade the consequence if he was not able to do so.
Annual Congregational Meeting and potluck is the last Sunday in January, the 29th. A potluck meal will follow with this suggested guideline: A-H, Salad; I-Q, Dessert; R-Z, Main Dish.
The Sermon Sunday will be “The Wonder of Water” from Isaiah 42:1-9 Prophecies of the Messiah, God’s chosen servant; and Matthew 3:13-17 the Baptism of Jesus
“And behold, a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.’” Mat 3:17.
Around Church this Week:
Thank you very much for the special gift we received on Christmas Eve. Your generosity and caring is greatly appreciated. ~Pastor Dave and Judy
Mary Ann Kjergaard and Fred Volzke were installed as Deacons and Diana Anderson was installed on Session during morning worship Sunday.
The church was rented by the Gurung family for their New Year’s celebration on Sunday evening. This is the third year they have celebrated here.
Session met on Monday and again on Wednesday with representatives from the presbytery Congregational and Pastoral Care Ministry and have placed a motion on the docket for our Annual Congregational meeting on January 29 to request that Presbytery dissolve the pastoral relationship. Recently we lost sizable per month donation that has put us seriously in the red, leading to the conclusion that we can no longer support a full-time pastor.
Deacons met on Thursday and set up the Deacon’s Groups and make plans for 2017. We are going to need to elect another Deacon for a two year term at the Annual Congregational Meeting. Please be in prayer that God will touch the heart of one of our members and that it can be confirmed through election on January 29.
7 Calendars are left on the table in the sanctuary for a discounted price of $6.00 to support our Youth ministries.
Chuckle: “The One whose throne is in heaven sits laughing. . . .” (Psalms 2:4)
Jeanne Calment [was once] the oldest living human whose age [could] be verified. On her 120th birthday, she was asked to describe her vision for the future. “Very brief,” she said.
~ Clark Cothern, Tecumseh, Michigan.
Birthdays this Week: (none)
Prayer Thought: “Prayer is the slender nerve that moves the omnipotent muscle of God.” ~ Charles Spurgeon.
“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had no where else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.”
~ Abraham Lincoln
Please keep in prayer: Elvena Hyronimus, Jayden Ausland, Betty Peters, Jeanne Marsh, Jeff Lewis, Rose Thuringer, Esther Bakker; Ardella Kjergaard; Don Crichton; Cami Kuchta;. Candace Roelfsema-Stansbury.
This from Dr. James MacDonald January 2, 2017:
Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth (John 17:17)
If you were to look around from your seat in church, I hope you’d see a lot of familiar faces. But most likely, if you looked a little closer, you might also realize that a familiar face is missing.
Perhaps it’s not someone you knew very well. You’d spoken; you’d introduced yourself; you’d had one or two conversations; you knew a little bit about them. But mainly you were just accustomed to seeing them there, and now they’re gone. Do you wonder where they went?
People wander from church for a number of different reasons. Some are prodigals—both young and old—who willfully, stubbornly become tired of being told what to do. Some are pleasure seekers who’ve simply found something else in life that makes them happier and seems like a better use of their time. Some are wounded, complete with a detailed story of how a person failed or disappointed them, leaving them disillusioned about God, the church, and Christian people. Some are ashamed, convinced they could never face the folks at church anymore because of what they’ve done. Some are just distracted. They were never really all that interested and hadn’t plugged in too deeply anyway.
But if there’s one common denominator in what causes people to stray, the book of James says it’s that they wander “from the truth” (James 5:19, esv)—from what is both now and eternally true.
And therefore they wander into darkness.
They may not realize it yet, if their house of cards is still standing. If you were to go talk with them, you’d probably hear all the reasons and rationalizations, all the blame-shifting explanations for why they’re not in the fold right now. That’s because the darkness that exists outside of the truth can sort of be navigated for a little while. People can learn to adapt. They can think it’s exciting for a season.
But if something important was ripped away from them—if one of their kids were to be hurt in a car accident, or if they were given a bad piece of personal news from the doctor—they would immediately begin to realize they no longer knew which way was up. They would suddenly start flailing for a way to get out of the darkness.
It’s often at that point that people will remember the person who cared enough to go looking for them. They’ll remember the friend who came and reminded them of the truth, even when they didn’t want to hear it.
Jesus asked the Father to sanctify His people by the truth, saying: “Your word is truth.” The psalmist said, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105)—truth in the darkness. So when you notice that a familiar face is missing, one who perhaps woke up this morning or went to bed last night feeling lost in the dark, try to find out where they are. Go to them. And tell them the truth—about a God who loves them, a Father who seeks them, and a brother or sister in Christ who cares enough to go after them.
I found this to be very interesting as a lover of history. I hope some of you do as well:
This Ancient Hebrew Discovery is About to Rewrite History as We Know it
After years of intense study, Dr. Douglas Petrovich has gathered sufficient evidence to claim that the ancient Israelites took Egyptian hieroglyphics and transformed it into a writing system of 22 alphabetic letters which correspond to the widely recognized Hebrew alphabet used today.
Archaeologist, epigrapher and professor of ancient Egyptian studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada, Dr. Petrovich used Hebrew and the Bible to translate inscriptions found on 18 ancient stone slabs. His findings have truly rocked Bible critics to the core.
“Judaism has always believed that ‘God looked into the Hebrew Bible and created the world’ making Hebrew the oldest known language,” noted Roni Segal, academic adviser for The Israel Institute of Biblical Studies, an online language academy specializing in Biblical Hebrew, to Breaking Israel News. “However, to find an archaeologist making a similar claim is fascinating.”
It is generally accepted that hieroglyphics are one of the oldest forms of written communication. Following Petrovich’s study of the inscribed Egyptian stone slabs, he asserted that the writings are actually an early form of Hebrew. He believes that the stones recall the Bible’s descriptions about the Israelites living in Egypt and concludes that they transformed Egyptian hieroglyphics into Hebrew more than 3,800 years ago.
Now these are the names of the sons of Israel, who came into Egypt with Yaakov; every man came with his household: Reuven, Shimon, Levi, and Yehudah; Yissachar, Zevulun, and Binyamin; Dan and Naftali, Gad and Asher. And all the souls that came out of the loins of Yaakov were seventy souls; and Yosef was in Egypt already. And Yosef died, and all his brethren, and all that generation.” (Exodus 1:1-6)
Petrovich’s theory is that the Israelites sought to communicate in writing with other Israelites in Egypt. They therefore simplified Pharaoh’s complex hieroglyphic writing system into a 22 letter alphabet.
“There is a connection between ancient Egyptian texts and preserved alphabets,” Petrovich stated recently while promoting his forthcoming book on the subject. “I absolutely was surprised to find [a reference to] Moses, because he resided in Egypt for less than a year at the time of his provoking of astonishment there.”
Petrovich’s big discovery came in January 2012 while conducting research at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. He deciphered the word “Hebrews” in a text from 1874 BCE, which is the earliest known alphabet to date. The Bible notes that the Israelites spent 434 years in Egypt, from 1876 BCE to 1442 BCE.
Petrovich explains that only an early version of Hebrew, which he calls “Hebrew 1.0”, works at translating the Egyptian inscriptions. “There were many ‘A-ha!’ moments along the way, because I was stumbling across Biblical figures never attested before in the epigraphical record, or seeing connections that I had not understood before,” he divulged.
While Bible critics claim that the dates the Israelites’ resided in Egypt are unreliable, Petrovich is proud to use the Bible as his source for proving his translations. He also found the Biblical figure Joseph, who was sold into slavery by his half-brothers and became the most powerful leader of Egypt after Pharaoh, as well as Joseph’s wife Asenath and their sons Manasseh and Ephraim.
Additionally, Bible-esque statements have also been deciphered. The statement, “Wine is more abundant than the daylight, than the baker, than a nobleman,” was found inscribed on a slab dating back to 1834 BCE. This most likely refers to a time when drink was plentiful but food was scarce. The Bible notes that the Israelites, including Joseph and his family, moved to Egypt because of a famine in the Holy Land.
Another sentence reads, “The one having been elevated is weary to forget,” which reflects on the Biblical verse: And unto Yosef were born two sons before the year of famine came, whom Asenath the daughter of Poti-phera priest of On bore unto him. And Yosef called the name of the first-born Manasseh: ‘for God hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father’s house.’ (Genesis 41:50-51)
Hebrew, as the world’s oldest alphabet, was first claimed in the 1920’s by German scholar Hubert Grimme. “Although Grimme identified some of the Egyptian inscriptions as Hebrew, he was unable to identify all of the alphabet correctly,” explained Segal. “Petrovich’s translation along with his connecting the texts to the Bible are a very exciting discovery.”
Using Hebrew 1.0, Petrovich translated inscriptions from four different sites in Egypt and the Sinai. “My discoveries are so controversial because if correct, they will rewrite the history books and undermine much of the assumptions and misconceptions about the ancient Hebrew people and the Bible that have become commonly accepted in the scholarly world and taught as factual in the world’s leading universities,” he said. “Truth is un–killable, so if I am correct, my findings will outlast scholarly scrutiny. I have no doubt whatsoever that Hebrew is the world’s oldest alphabet.”
Pastor Dave Ullom <*}}}<