Let Jesus In

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MESSAGE.

I cannot cure cancer, but a good physician can. I cannot solve the problem of sin in this world, but Christ can. Let Christ into your hearts. Hatred will be dissolved by the power of His grace. Pride will give way to mercy. Love will take the place of selfishness. All other efforts will fail. Only Christ can bring victory.

MINISTRY.

Last Sabbath about fifty church members gathered on the church lawn for the 9 AM worship service. The weather was absolutely perfect. The spirit of those who came to worship was wonderful. A special Thank You to Pastor Matthew for his hard work on providing the sound system. The highway noise was not bothering anyone. Here are a few photos taken from Sarah Penagos’ Instagram 🙂


On Monday morning about twelve volunteers got up early and came to church to prepare sack lunches for the homeless. With that number of hands the work was done in about 45 minutes. Thank you, Lucas, for your dedication to this ministry. Christ called us to feed the hungry. I am glad that our church can be a part of this service to the community. Here are some photos from that day.


Tiny Timberwolves Adventurers:  while our year ended earlier then planned, we had an outstanding year none the less.   With 28 kids, a dedicated staff and supportive parents, we made the best of our shortened time together.  We learned that Jesus is Our Forever Friend during Investiture and through fun activities including a chilly camp-out, fall fun festivities, Christmas crafts and regular class time.  Check out the pictures on the Fellowship Hall bulletin board.  Thanks to ALL who supported our club through participation and prayer.   –  Laura Standish


Men’s Sabbath School class met “under the tree” last Sabbath. It it always inspiring to see our men study God’s Word. It is my understanding that they will meet outside again this Sabbath.

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SABBATH SCHOOL. Several online Sabbath school options are available tomorrow. Please, contact your Sabbath school class leader to find out how you can join their study. Our plan is to open the church and the school buildings for the in-person Sabbath school classes as soon as possible. I’ll keep you posted. There will be no YouTube Sabbath school study from church tomorrow.


Worship Service tomorrow, June 6. Finally we’ll have our first in-person worship service tomorrow. The service will start at 9 AM in the Fellowship Hall. Don’t be surprised to see how the chairs are spaced out. We have to follow the CDC guidelines. As you enter the lobby you’ll need to follow the instructions of our friendly deacons. You are not required to wear a mask. There will be no printed bulletin, but you can print one at home. The online bulletin is available here.

The Worship Service will also be streamed online. Links on Facebook, the church website and Youtube will be updated by 8:55 tomorrow morning.


HEALTH MINISTRY. Shared by Diana Dodd:

So what’s the best way to start the day? Today I managed to start off with quite a positive bang!  I went to bed last night and woke up today with the purposeful intention of FIRST and FORMOST spending time in the Word… In the presence of Jesus Christ… Shutting out the world and its noise. 
As you can see… I ended up with a whole table full of positivity! Just had to share a picture of the beauty around me.  What a difference this time in His presence has made!!!
Yesterday started off quite differently… I inadvertently flipped open Facebook and was slammed in the face with the horrors going on. The almost unbelievable turn of events in our country.  The hatred… the violence… the confusion… the clash of ideals and philosophies.  This nation seems to be unraveling at the seams. 
Snakes. Remember the snakes in the desert that attacked the Israelites as they were fleeing from Egypt?  In his wonderful sermon a couple weeks ago, our Pastor Peter likened the current pandemic, the political differences and all the opposing points of view on how to handle things, as being like snakes that were attacking us and distracting us from what is truly important – Jesus.
There is only one thing that is important. Only One who can lift us up out of this muck and mire.  As He promised in Isaiah 61:1 “The Lord has appointed Me to bring good tidings to the afflicted;  He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.”
So I just want to encourage each and every one of us to take a moment to spend some time in His wonderful healing presence.  Perhaps many moments today and through all the days ahead. 
“Now may the Lord of Peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.”  2Thessalonians 3:16
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PRAYERS.

Prayers of praise for Betty Chastain. She is back home.

Please continue to pray for Howard Kennedy, Sr. He is at Parkridge Hospital.

Here is another sweet prayer request from Orlinda Wilson: “We are so thankful for our new great great nephew’s safe arrival 5/28/20 Kylan Lace Daniel 8lbs 20inches.”

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RESOURCES.

Online giving – click here.

Online bulletin – click here.

Very helpful thoughts on Stewardship shared with me by Steve Bremner. Click here to read.


See you tomorrow at 9 AM!

Happy Sabbath.

Peter

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