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:
Ways to Spiritually
Combat the Coronavirus
*Pray or meditate daily
*Say away from the victim mentality. *Think of the bigger picture.
*Be a positive example and support for others.
*Do small acts of kindness for others.
*Try to sleep 8 hours of sleep a night. It's easier to be positive when you're not sleep deprived.
*Get regular exercise and eat well. Walk the path at church!
*Wash hands and follow health guidelines.
*Look for opportunities of things that can be done at home. Instead of quarantine, think of it as a spiritual retreat!
*Resist panic. Remember, Jesus said many times "Do not be afraid!"
*Remember we are still part
of a community. Reach out to those who don't have access to Social Media or who are alone.
Many of the above may seem more like health related items, but remember our bodies are a temple
and if we don't take care of them, it's hard to have a healthy spiritual response to a
Dear Church Family,
Good morning! It's a beautiful sun-shiny day even if the air is full of pollen. Make sure you get outside today and soak up some vitamin D. It's good for the attitude.
Lent is almost over. A week from Sunday is Palm Sunday. Can you believe it? Easter is just around the corner. In past newsletters I have talked about praying, fasting, and giving, but have you been working on preparing for Passion Week and Easter? I know that we have been preparing ourselves for the coming of the coronavirus, but have we been preparing our hearts and minds for the death and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ? If you haven't it's not too late!
Here are a few ways prepare your hearts for Passion Week. Watch a Jesus themed movie like "The Passion," "Jesus Christ Superstar," "The Robe," or "Godspell." Immerse yourself in the story. Allow your heart to break. This is not a fun thing to do, but neither was the crucifixion. If you don't want to do that, read the Passion story in the Bible. (Mark 14-15;Matthew 26-17; Luke 22-23; John 13-19). Tell the story to your children or grandchildren. It's hard to talk about the death of Jesus, but Easter doesn't make much sense unless we go through the hard parts.
Another way to prepare your heart is to start Passion Week with Palm Sunday. Meditate on what "hosanna" (God save us) means. Think especially what it means in light of the coronavirus. On Good Friday, fast from morning until 3:00 pm when Jesus was supposed to have died on the cross. Use this time to think of Jesus' sacrifice. Then, Friday evening watch the Good Friday Service streamed live from church. Think about the darkness that overcame the world for those three days that Jesus was in the tomb. Think about the darkness that would overcome the world now if it wasn't for Jesus' sacrifice for our sins.
I know how hard it is to focus on anything else, but the coronavirus. But, let's focus our-selves on Jesus for awhile and see if we don't feel better about the situation. Keep in contact with each other.
God loves you and I do too!
Sunday, March 29th
9:15am No Sunday School
10:30am Sunday Worship
5:15pm The Table
All services will be live streamed on Facebook from the church.
Wednesday, April 1st
6:00 Bible Study
Pastor Beth will live stream it from
her house on Facebook.
Sunday, April 5th
Worship Deacon: Mike Milich
Elders: Linn Wallace & Mike Rodgers
Worship Leader: Pastor Beth
Open Building: Pastor Beth
Sound: Kristy Boswell
Recording: Shana Dixon
FAMILY OF TIM DALTON
THE CHAMBERS FAMILY
THE OLSTAD FAMILY
THE ROBERTS FAMILY
THE GERBER FAMILY
THE MONTERO FAMILY
CASEY GRAHAM BROWN
THE SHAW FAMILY
REMI RAE MCMANN
THE HORTON FAMILY
PATSY & THURMAN
RITA & MAX LAPRE
FIRST RESPONDERS & OUR MILITARY
WE CONTINUE TO REMEMBER:
Beth Gay, The Allens, Robert Chambers, Layla Grace, Ashlynne, Sasha Fisher, Ra-mon Ordonez, Mandy and Kory Gerber, Gary Bruce, The Carlisles, Kenneth Con-nor, Bill Cumming, Mary Dalton, Steve Dalton, Andrew Delaney
Quotes to Get Us Through
*The Only Thing we have to fear is fear it-self.~ Franklin Roosevelt
*A life lived in fear is a life half lived. ~ Baz Luhrman
*Worry is like a rocking chair: It gives you something to do but never gets you any-where. ~Erma Bombeck
*Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to under-stand more, so that we may fear less. ~ Madame Marie Curie
*Don't Worry, be happy. ~Bobby McFerrin
Don't worry,'bout a thing, cause every lit-tle thing's gonna be alright. ~Bob Marley
*Nothing's okay. So it's okay. ~David O. Russell
*Often when you think you're at the end of something, you're at the beginning of something else. ~Fred Rogers
*Better to be busy than to be busy worrying. ~ Angela Lansbury
*Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain. ~ Vivian Greene
*Hakuna Matata (No worries) ~ Timon and Pumba, "The Lion King"
*When the world is running down, you make the best of what's still around. ~Sting
*You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you get what you need. ~ The Rolling Stones
*Look for the bare necessities, the simple bare necessities. Forget about your worries and your strife. Look for the bare necessi-ties that's how a bear can rest at ease with just the bare necessities of life. Baloo the Bear, "The Jungle Book"
*If you're going through hell, keep going. ~ Winston Churchill
*This too shall pass ~Abraham Lincoln/Rumi
Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, then it's not the end. ~John Lennon