PRAISE & PRAYER CONCERNS

May 20, 2018

CHURCH CALENDAR
And when you pray this week: Praise our Lord and Savior; Praise God for giving you the invitation to pray. Praise God for giving you the desire to learn to pray. Ask God to strengthen your prayer life. Thank Him for His many blessings; Pray for our church and the members; for our country; and ask extra blessings and help for the following:

Tithe Counters: Dick & Joan Morrow
Worship Deacon: Lorie Hackler
Elders: Jan Lyle & Clarence Kessler
Worship Leader: Robyn Summers
Open Building: Mike Hamilton
Home Centered: Jan Lyle & Clarence Kessler
Ushers: Charlotte3 Davis & Geoffrey Stephenson
Greeters: Shelby Evans, Mike Milich, &
Linn Wallace

Thursday, May 17th
8:30am Workday
 
Sunday, May 20th
PENTECOST WEAR RED!
9:15am Sunday School
10:30am Sunday
Worship
Elders Meeting After Church

Dear Church Family,
    I hope everyone is having a wonderful week! Well, I think the warm weather is finally here! What is with the weather being in the 90's already?
    Have you ever caught yourself complaining about something at church? Maybe you've complained about how hard it is to follow Jesus. How much responsibility is involved and how much work it is. Maybe you think the service is too long or you don't like how people are dressed. Maybe you've commiserated with a friend about how hard it is to find time for pray-er and Bible Study. Or how being an officer is too much work. There is a wealth of things we can complain about. But guess what? It's not about US!
    Discipleship is about following Jesus. It's not about working ourselves to death. It's not about a pristine church that is never used. It's not about our own opinions and desires. Discipleship is about seeking God's will. It's about sitting at Jesus' feet and experiencing the freedom and joy that comes with it. When we pursue our own exhausting expectations we inadvertently miss the joy and freedom that comes from simply following Jesus.
    When we seek God's will and seek to follow Jesus' example, suddenly the burdens be-come lighter. When we keep our eyes on Jesus, suddenly those little things that bothered us before don't look so bad. When we endeavor to sit at Jesus' feet and just enjoy worshiping him, the sermon doesn't seem quite so long.J I'll sum all this up with this quote from Mat-thew 11:29-30:

                          29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart,
                          and you will find rest for your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." 

    Have a great rest of the week! See you Sunday!
    I love you and God does too!
    Pastor Beth

Wednesday, May 23rd
5:15pm Dinner
6:00pm Bible Study
7:00pm Choir

Thursday, May 24th
8:30am Workday
 
Friday, May 25th
6:30pm Book Club
 
Saturday, May 26th
World Lindy Hop Day
 
Sunday, May 27th
9:15am Sunday School
10:30am Sunday Worship

FAMILY of MARY SPARKMAN
ST. STEPHEN'S CHURCH
R.E. MYERS FAMILY
LANYA REYNOLDS
RICK STREET
MARY AMMONS
ANDY
THE FREDERICK/DUKE FAMILY
JEFF SMITH
MAGGIE GERBER
MIKE WALLACE
JOHN RAFFAELLI
SHOOTING VICTIMS IN PARKLAND, FL.
MICHAEL& WENDY PAGGETT
WANDA LABOEUF
STEVE ALLEN
THE GAY FAMILY
ANGIE EDWARDS
TODD OLGES
ALL THOSE AFFECTED BY HURRICANE HARVEY IN FLORIDA, PUERTO RICO, FIRST RESPONDERS.
AND OUR MILITARY
PEOPLE WE CONTINUE TO REMEMBER:
Robert Chambers, Layla Grace, Ashlynne, Mabel Ferrell, David Delaney, Sasha Fisher, Lucien Hebert, Ramon Ordonez, Mandy and Kory Gerber, Inge & Dr. Brad Black, Gary Bruce, The Carlisles, Kenneth Connor,
Stephanie Cowart, Bill Cumming, Linda Dallas, Mary Dalton, Debra Dunham, Linda Sue Earls, John T. Franks, Marty Graham, Fay Henry, Shirley Hilton, Barbara Huffhines, Betty McLean, Stella Melder, Cindy Moses, Mary Weitzel, Johnny Wills, Brandi & Joe Wood, Alice Springfield, The Haney Family, Melissa Hubbard, Casey Brown, Linn Wallace, John & Evelyn Gerber, The San Miguel Family,
AJ Arisco Family