Weekly e-News Friday, February 3, 2017

Looking Ahead

            Worship and Youth Sunday School at 10:00 a.m. and Fellowship at 11:00; 1:00 p.m. Worship in Nepali.

            Bible Studies will not meet for the remainder of February but will resume Wednesday, March 8, at 1:00 p.m.

Choir party at Pizza Ranch on Saturday, February 4, at 11:30 a.m. for any who are able to attend.

             The plots in our mission garden will begin to be assigned. They are approximately 20’ by 16’. There were 35 plots last year used by people in the apartments. There will be a $10 fee this year to help cover water costs. Are there any in our congregation who need a plot?

There will be no Bible studies during February. They will combine and begin meeting on Wednesdays on March 5 at 1:00 p.m.

Rev. Ken Newell will fill the pulpit on February 12 and 26, and Rev.   Joseph Holt on February 19.

Deacon’s Fellowship event February 19 will be Bunko at 3:30 p.m.

 

The Sermon Sunday will be “Empty Vessels” II Kings 4:1-7- Elijah and the Widow; and Matthew 5:13-16- We are to be salt and light to the world.

“Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16.

Around Church this Week:

            Jeanne Drake was elected as Deacon last Sunday and will be ordained and installed this Sunday.

            WoW and Xtreme Faith youth had a farewell party for Judy and I on Wednesday evening. Great fun was had with food, singing and games.

I have been packing up my library and resources at church and will move the boxes home on Saturday.

 

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

A guy was sitting in an airplane when another guy took the seat beside him. The new guy was a wreck, pale, hands shaking, biting his nails and moaning in fear.

“Hey, pal, what’s the matter?” said the first guy.

“I’ve been transferred to Los Angeles, California,” he answered nervously. “They’ve got race riots, drugs, the highest crime rate in the country…”

“Hold on,” said the first. “I’ve been in L.A all my life, and it’s not as bad as the media says. Find a nice home, go to work, mind your own business, enroll your kids in a good school and it’s as safe as anywhere in the world.”

The second guy stopped shaking for a moment and said, “Oh, thank you. I was worried to death! But if you live there and say it’s ok, I’ll take your word for it. By the way, what do you do for a living?”

“Me?” said the first, “I’m a tail gunner on a bread truck.”

Anniversary this Week:

4 Donald & Artilda Haffner

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

“Pray as though no work would help, and work as though the answers to your prayers depend on it.” ~ Dave Ullom

Please keep in prayer: Mary Ann Kjergaard, Nancy Schaeffer, Jeanne Marsh, Jeff Lewis, Rose Thuringer, Esther Bakker; Ardella Kjergaard.

 

This from Breaking Christian News:

Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, observant Jews, received special Rabbinic permission to travel in a car on the Sabbath in order to attend the inauguration of her father, President elect, Donald Trump on Friday afternoon.

Pikuach nefesh (saving a life) overrides almost every Jewish law. Driving a car is forbidden on the Sabbath by Jewish law and is only permitted in extreme or life threatening circumstances.

Mark Zell, the chairman of the Republican Party in Israel, said on a Kol Barama radio interview that the couple had received permission from a rabbi to attend since walking home from the event could create a situation that puts them at risk, though he could not give details.

“The family spokesperson simply told me they’ll be driving to some of the festivities after after Shabbat begins,” Zell said in a telephone interview with Times of Israel.  Zell was speaking from Washington, where he will also be attending the inauguratiom. “They’ll be having a Shabbat dinner someplace and then I gather they’ll be going to one of these balls.”

The inauguration is scheduled to end Friday afternoon, but is followed by a parade, scheduled to end at 5pm. Shabbat begins at 4:58 pm. Three official inaugural balls are scheduled for the evening.

In an interview with Vogue magazine in 2015, Ivanka  spoke about the positive influence being religious had on her life, said they kept kosher (Jewish dietary laws) and were Sabbath observant.

“I always shied away from it being a public conversation because it’s such a personal thing,” she said.  “We’re pretty observant, more than some, less than others. I just feel like it’s such an intimate thing for us.” And then she says, “It’s been such a great life decision for me. I am very modern, but I’m also a very traditional person, and I think that’s an interesting juxtaposition in how I was raised as well. I really find that with Judaism, it creates an amazing blueprint for family connectivity.”

“For Friday, she’ll make dinner for just the two of us, and we turn our phones off for 25 hours,” Kusher said in the interview. “Putting aside the religious aspect of it; we live in such a fast-paced world.”

“Yeah, we observe the Sabbath,” she explained. “From Friday to Saturday we don’t do anything but hang out with one another. We don’t make phone calls.”

The couple recently purchased a home near the White House, since Kushner will be  special adviser to President Trump. He will be in charge of the Mideast peace process and trade deals.

The inauguration will have a strong Jewish presence. Likud Knesset member, Rabbi Yehuda Glick, and a delegation from the Yesha (Judea and Samaria) Council will attend. Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of the  Simon Wiesenthal Center, will give a benediction at the ceremony.

 

This from LifeWay Christian Resources (LifeWay.com)

Four Types of Church That Will Die Soon

By Thom Rainer

It is sad to watch the churches in these categories.

Death is not a topic we enjoy. Death of churches is not a topic I enjoy.

You see, I love the local church. I love it despite its flaws, sins and hypocrisies. Jesus loves me despite my flaws, sins and hypocrisies.

But too many churches are dying. And the rate of dying churches is accelerating.

I am concerned. Certainly from a biblical perspective, I understand the bride of Christ will be victorious. I understand the gates of hell will not prevail against her (Matthew 16:18).

But that does not mean individual congregations won’t die.             They are.  They will.  Unless God intervenes.

In simple terms, there are four types of churches that will soon die. It is sad to watch the churches in these categories. Some congregations are in more than one category. And some are in all four.

  1. The Ex-Bible Church. These churches have abandoned the truths of Scripture. A few are explicit in their denials. But many just give lip service to the Bible. The congregation does not study Scripture. The pastor does not deal with the biblical texts and the whole counsel of God. The Bible is just another book that rarely gets read, studied or proclaimed. The Word of God has no power in these churches.
  2. The Country Club Church. Members in these churches see their membership as perks and privileges. They want their styles of music, their worship service times, their types of architecture and their preferred lengths of sermons. They pay their dues, so they should get their benefits. Or so the thinking of the members goes. Don’t ask them to evangelize, to put others first or to make sacrifices. After all, it is their church.
  3. The Bad Words Church. If you want to see a “good” fight, go to these churches. Their business meetings are more contentious than a presidential election. You can count on many of these church members to speak to or email the pastor regularly. And those words of communication are not nice words. These are the churches where bullies go unchecked, where personnel committees and boards work in darkness, and where gossip and backstabbing are common. These churches expend most of their energy on bad words. They thus don’t have the time or energy to share the good news.
  4. The Ex-Community Church. Go into these churches and look at the members. Go into the community and look at the residents. They don’t look alike. They don’t dress alike. They don’t go to the same places. The community has changed, but the church has not. “Those people” are on the outside. “Our kind of people” are on the inside. The idea of building bridges to the community is resisted if not repulsive.

How many churches in America today clearly fall into one or more of these categories? I have not done objective research, but I would not be surprised if the number is more than 50 percent.

Too many churches are dying.

So how do I remain an obnoxious optimist about churches in our nation?

The answer is simple. I am seeing how God is delivering a number of churches from these death throes. I will share more about that positive reality in the future.

Thom S. Rainer is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources (LifeWay.com). Among his greatest joys are his family: his wife Nellie Jo; three sons, Sam, Art, and Jess; and six grandchildren. He was founding dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism, and Church Growth at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His many books include Surprising Insights from the Unchurched, The Unexpected Journey, and Breakout Churches.

Eternally Blessed,    

Pastor Dave Ullom <*}}}<  

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