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The Pastor’s Pen!!!
EASTER! It’s all about the Resurrection, when the Son of God Arose from the Grave to conquer Death & give us Eternal Life. Jesus, the Son of God, Died on the Cross to pay the penalty for our Sins & to Save us from Hell. Without the Cross, there can be No Resurrection! Without the Resurrection, we have no Assurance of Life after Death. Because He Lives, we too shall Live, Forever.
On that first Easter morning, when the women came to the Grave, the angel said, “Come & See the place where the Lord lay. He is not here, for He has Risen, just as He said He would.” Come & See for yourself the Grave is Empty, our Lord Lives!
An Empty Grave proves our Savior Lives! We serve a Living Lord, not a Dead Savior. The Resurrection gives us new Hope, New Life, new Joy. He Lives! An Empty Grave proves Jesus is Lord. He is Lord of Heaven, Lord of Earth & Lord over Death. The Son of God proved He is God when He arose from the Grave. An Empty Grave also proves there is Life after Death, you will spend eternity somewhere, the question is where. Because He Lives, we too shall Live & spend Eternity with Him in Heaven, Forever.
The angel also told the women at the Grave, “Go & Tell, that Jesus is Risen!” They left the Empty Grave rejoicing, telling everyone the Good News, Jesus is Alive. The Resurrection changes everything. The Grave is Empty, we don’t have to worry anymore.
He’s Alive, He’s Alive, JESUS IS ALIVE!
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As my friend and I left a local restaurant a few days ago, I commented that my next stop was to put gas in the car. She laughed and said she had to do the same thing after work. We groaned about what it would cost and she commented that our fathers would not believe these prices. That comment made me think about the cost of things when I was a little girl. I can remember going with daddy to get a gallon of gas for the lawnmower and him giving me a quarter to pay for it and I could have the change. Mother would frequently let me ride my blue Schwinn bicycle (fully equipped with horn and basket) to the market near our house for a loaf of bread. She, also, gave me a quarter to pay for it and instructed me to bring home the change! After church on Sunday night we frequently made a stop at the Krispy Kreme shop for a dozen doughnuts and I believe the cost to be about 50¢.
My friend’s comment came back to me while walking outside in the warm sunshine. I was enjoying the forsythia and daffodils already in bloom. I noticed the peonies beginning to push up through the soil. I’m especially fond of our dogwood trees and it won’t be long before they burst forth in bloom. Our world monetarily and financially is truly different from my daddy’s world but as I walked in the sunshine enjoying the newness of another spring, I was reminded that “this is my Father’s world.” Perhaps this is what Maltbie Babcock had in mind when he penned the words “This is my Father’s world, the birds their carols raise, the morning light, the lily white declare their Maker’s praise.” When costs spiral out of control, health issues disrupt our lives, when war erupts, when forces of nature unleash their wrath as recently happened in Japan, isn’t it reassuring to remember “that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.”
April brings with it a visit from the Patrick Henry Choir and three new anthems from our choir. These new anthems beautifully portray the reasons we celebrate communion and the events surrounding the death and resurrection of Jesus. Come celebrate with us!Have an awesome April and Happy Easter to everyone! Enjoy your spring and remember, Keep Singing!
Carol (Judges 5:3)
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Sunday School - 59 + 20 (Nursing Home)
March Receipts - $16,514.67 / Disbursements - $16,350.80
Building Fund - $11,770.49 / Scholarship Fund - $16,757.84
YTD Receipts - $103,919.77 / YTD Expenditures - $103,610.86
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Vacation Bible School
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 2011
Our Summer Mission Project
Grab your bandana, dust off your boots, & get ready to mine for true gold. We’re headed to the Old West in
Gold Rush: Discovering the Rock of Ages.
Our children must decide among many “gods” every day. In media, in school, & in books, they’re taught that all roads lead to heaven. They’re told to “believe what you want & it will be true for you.” These dangerous lies are drawing our kids away from the truth—that Jesus, the Rock of Ages, is the Way, the Truth, & the Life! Salvation is found in Jesus alone!
With “Gold Rush”, kids will learn the answer to the most important question Jesus asks: “Who do you say that I am?” They’ll be saturated with the truth as they discover the biblical responses to questions such as:
Ø Is Jesus the only way to Heaven?
Ø Who did Jesus say He is?
Ø What was unique about Jesus’ birth, life, death, and resurrection?
Ø What is Salvation, and how can I be Saved?
Ø How can I share the Good News of Jesus’ life-changing power?
“Gold Rush” provides the fun & games your kids will beg for more of! From daily games to snacks to crafts to Bible time, all parts of this VBS work together to teach your children about the one & only Rock of Ages! Each day, children will see more of the truth about who Jesus is—our Creator & Redeemer. They’ll hear the gospel & will be challenged to follow Jesus. Gather your gear & join us for unforgettable discoveries!
Kick-Off: Saturday, June 18th, at 11:00 AM
DATES: June 20th – 24th (Mon-Fri)
TIME: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm (lunch provided)
Finale: Sunday, June 26th during Worship Service
Help is ALWAYS Needed!! There is a place for YOU!!
If you would like to help during this very fun & exciting time,
please contact the Church, 586-8010!
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Please help our Pantry by donating!
We appreciate your kind & generous response to our need for more food!
Anything you can donate will be greatly appreciated!
JANUARY - Canned Green Beans, Sweet Peas, Corn, Carrots, Mixed Vegetables, Canned White Potatoes, Canned Sweet Potatoes, Dried Beans (any kind)
FEBRUARY - Canned Peaches, Fruit Cocktail, Pears, Applesauce, Chicken Noodle, Beef Vegetable & Tomato Soup
MARCH - Tuna, Beef Stock, Chicken, Salmon (All meats MUST be canned)
APRIL - Grape Jelly/Jam, Peanut Butter (smooth)
MAY - Comet/Ajax, Pine-Sol, Laundry Detergent, Dish Detergent, Paper Towels
JUNE - Baby Food (please check date), Baby Shampoo, Baby Soap, Baby Lotion, Baby Powder
JULY - Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Shampoo, Bar Soap, Solid Deodorant
AUGUST - Canned Spaghetti O’s, Dried Pasta (elbow, spaghetti & rice), Oatmeal (plain), Cereal (breakfast)
SEPTEMBER - Pickles, Catsup, Mustard, Pancake Mix, Pancake Syrup
OCTOBER - GETTING READY FOR THANKSGIVING! Turkeys, Stuffing Mix, Canned gravy, Canned Sweet Potatoes
NOVEMBER - Stuffing Mix, Canned Gravy, Canned Sweet Potatoes, Canned Vegetables & Canned Fruit
DECEMBER - To be Announced
Post list on your refrigerator as a reminder of what is needed for each month
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