Running the Race

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MESSAGE. Jesus does not call us to be churchgoers; he calls us to be disciples. Disciples live a life of discipline. Discipline is a daily commitment to do what is not easy or natural. If it is natural or easy, it is not discipline. We do not like discipline because it’s hard! It hurts! There are no shortcuts to spiritual growth. You can’t get there without serious training. Starting this Sabbath and through the next few weeks we will be studying the disciplines which enable us to grow in maturity in our Christian life and keep us faithful to God’s will.

MINISTRY. Men of our church have some exciting plans for this Sunday. Here is a word from Edymar: “This month, instead of breakfast on 5/27, we will be meeting at the annual Ruritan car, truck and motorcycle show (see attached flyer). If you have a car, MC or truck, I encourage you to register it! Last year, Jason Smiths dad entered his monster truck and he won his class! (See attached photo). The plan is to meet at the Hardees on Shallowford Rd at 730am for breakfast. Once we finish eating, we will head to the show. Please plan to arrive at Hardee’s at 730am (breakfast will be covered by men’s ministry), so we can be at the show no later than 815am.”

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OAKS. This was a busy week at OAKS. Tuesday night was Kindergarten graduation. They were super cute at their ceremony. Wednesday night there was a big celebration for the eighth-graders. Congratulations to our eighteen graduates! We will meet them on May 26 during the second worship service. Today was the last day of school at OAKS. This morning the regular Friday chapel service was replaced with a special spiritual celebration program combined with awards. Thank you, pastor Matthew, for the uplifting song service! Thank you, Shelly, teachers and staff for the outstanding school year!

Last week while writing the blog I did not have a photo of the baptism service from May 5. Here it is below. How wonderful to see three young men giving their life to Jesus! Thank you, Matthew for giving them Bible studies through the last several months.

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PRAYERS.

Sue Brown had a surgery on Wednesday morning. The surgery went well and she is back home. Pray for her full recovery.

Ellsworth McKee had a surgery also on Wednesday morning. Everything went well. Ellsworth was discharged that same day. The family appreciates your prayers.

Roger Wolfe was taken to the hospital this week where the doctors are trying to control his pain. Please, keep Roger and Paula in your prayers daily.


Happy Sabbath! I plan on seeing you tomorrow.

Peter

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