The Elders’ meeting has changed from 6:30pm to 7pm, this Sunday.
The Board meeting is this Sunday at 8pm.
The next Fellowship dinner is March 16th. It’s going to be a pitch-in, so bring your favorite dish.
This Sunday is day light saving time. Don’t forget to spring your clocks forward.
Jill’s New Hours
From now through May Jill’s office hours will be:
Monday, Thursday 3:30-4:30pm
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 16:00
You and I are made of it.As much as 75% of our bodies are made of it. 70% of the earth’s surface is made of it.We can’t live longer than 5 days without it.We can drink it from the tap.Or we can spend some money to buy it from a bottle.We make our coffee with it.And give it to our plants.
Water.We need it and we can’t live without it.Yet 780 million people in the world don’t have access to clean water.3.4 million die from water related diseases.That is almost the population of Los Angeles that dies every year, because they don’t have access to clean water.
Water is something that sustains life.But it can also destroy life.About 10 people every day in America die from drowning.Over 15,000 people died from the tsunami that hit Japan in 2011.It is hard to harness, hard to control, and difficult to prevent from causing massive damage.
Think of a time where water changed your life?Maybe you were dehydrated and the IV fluids brought your levels up.Or maybe the rain brought a much needed rainfall to your crops.
Have you ever taken for granted the blessing of that water?Have you overlooked the reality that you are not able to live without it?The most basic need in life is there, and you don’t have to do much to get it.
But then there are bad times when water destroys.It is an obstacle to security and safety.
I remember when a 5 inch rainfall destroyed our washer, dryer, and water heater in our basement.For new home owners, this was horrible.It set us back financially.
Throughout the Bible we see passages revolving around water.From creation to the river of life in Revelation, water is a central component to the Biblical narrative. Beyond the physical rivers, oceans, wells, springs, and rainfalls in the Bible, writers use it metaphorically.
It symbolizes life, deliverance, fear, God’s presence, marital fidelity, salvation, justice, cleansing, and provision.
God can pour out His wrath on people like water (Hosea 5:2).His voice sounds of many rushing waters (Ezekiel 43:2).Just like the earth is full of water, so is it full of the knowledge of God ( Isaiah 11:9).
The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.
For the next 6 weeks we are going to share in the creating, cleansing, and restoring that God gives us by way of water.In the weeks leading up to Palm Sunday I encourage you to read through the passages for the upcoming sermon.
We should desire to be that well-watered garden.The only way to have a fruitful life is to be well-watered by God who can restore us.
My prayer is that as we draw closer to spring that our life springs up under the flow God’s living water within us.There should be no excuse that we are dry and withering.For we have the river of life flowing within us.
March 9= The Start and End (Genesis 1:1-3; 2:10-14, Revelation 22:1-2)
Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there, they serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson or help figure out who you are and who you want to become.
You never know who these people may be:your neighbor, child, long lost friend, lover, or even a complete stranger who, when you lock eyes with them, you know at that very moment that they will affect your life in some profound way.
And sometimes things happen to you and at the time they seem painful and unfair, but in reflection you realize that without overcoming those obstacles you would have never realized your potential strength, will power, or heart.
Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of good or bad luck. Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul.
Without these small tests, whether they be events, illnesses or relationships, life would be like a smoothly paved straight flat road to nowhere, safe and comfortable, but dull and utterly pointless.
The people you meet who affect your life and the successes and downfalls you experience create who you are, and even the bad experiences can be learned from, In fact, they are probably the poignant and important ones.
If someone hurts you, betrays you or breaks your heart, forgive them, for they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to whom you open your heart...
If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because they are teaching you to love and opening your heart and eyes to things you would have never seen or felt without them.
Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and take from it everything that you possibly can, for you may never be able to experience it again...
Talk to people you have never talked to before, and actually listen, let yourself fall in love, break free and set your sights high...
Hold your head up because you have every right too. Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself...for if you don't believe in yourself, no one else will believe in you either.
Create your own life and then go out and live in it!
"Live Each Day As If It Were Your Last... Tomorrow is Not Promised"
-- Author Unknown
Prayers and Thoughts: Pray for our shut-ins unable to be in church with us.Pray for our military serving our country.Keep Nathan and Katie Powell and family in prayer as they serve and lead our congregation in Ladoga. Pray for the Leonards working in Turkey and all of those sharing Gods love thru out our world
God our ShieldPsalm 7:10-11God is my shield, saving those whose hearts are true and right.God is an honest judge. He is angry with the wicked every day.David is trusting his God to be his shield knowing that you must be true and right in your heart.We should seek to be true and right in the eyes of our Lord and God.
PINEWOOD DERBY(The wisdom of a child)
My son Gilbert was eight years old and had been in Cub Scouts only a short time. During one of his meetings he was handed a sheet of paper, a block of wood and four tires and told to return home and give all to "dad".That was not an easy task for Gilbert to do. Dad was not receptive to doing things with his son. But Gilbert tried.Dad read the paper and scoffed at the idea of making a pine wood derby car with his young, eager son. The block of wood remained untouched as the weeks passed.
Finally, mom stepped in to see if I could figure this all out.The project began. Having no carpentry skills, I decided it would be best if I simply read the directions and let Gilbert do the work. And he did. I read aloud the measurements, the rules of what we could do and what we couldn't do. Within days his block of wood was turning into a pinewood derby car. A little lopsided, but looking great (at least through the eyes of mom). Gilbert had not seen any of the other kids' cars and was feeling pretty proud of his "Blue Lightning", the pride that comes with knowing you did something on your own.
Then the big night came. With his blue pinewood derby in his hand and pride in his heart we headed to the big race.Once there my little one's pride turned to humility. Gilbert's car was obviously the only car made entirely on his own.All the other cars were a father-son partnership, with cool paint jobs and sleek body styles made for speed.A few of the boys giggled as they looked at Gilbert's lopsided, wobbly, unattractive vehicle. To add to the humility, Gilbert was the only boy without a man at his side. A couple of the boys who were from single parent homes at least had an uncle or grandfather by their side, Gilbert had "mom".
As the race began it was done in elimination fashion. You kept racing as long as you were the winner. One by one the cars raced down the finely sanded ramp. Finally it was between Gilbert and the sleekest, fastest looking car there.As the last race was about to begin, my wide eyed, shy eight year old ask if they could stop the race for a minute, because he wanted to pray. The race stopped.Gilbert went to his knees clutching his funny looking block of wood between his hands. With a wrinkled brow he set to converse with his Father. He prayed in earnest for a very long minute and a half. Then he stood, smile on his face and announced, 'Okay, I am ready."
As the crowd cheered, a boy named Tommy stood with his father as their car sped down the ramp. Gilbert stood with his Father within his heart and watched his block of wood wobble down the ramp with surprisingly great speed and rushed over the finish line a fraction of a second before Tommy's car.Gilbert leaped into the air with a loud "Thank You" as the crowd roared in approval. The Scout Master came up to Gilbert with microphone in hand and asked the obvious question, "So you prayed to win, huh, Gilbert?"
To which my young son answered, "Oh, no sir. That wouldn't be fair to ask God to help you beat someone else. I just asked Him to make it so I wouldn't cry when I lost."Children seem to have a wisdom far beyond us. Gilbert didn't ask God to win the race, he didn't ask God to fix the outcome. Gilbert asked God to give him strength in the outcome. When Gilbert first saw the other cars he didn't cry out to God, "No fair, they had a father's help!". No, he went to his Father for strength. Perhaps we spend too much of our prayer time asking God to rig the race, to make us number one, or too much time asking God to remove us from the struggle, when we should be seeking God's strength to get through the struggle. "I can do everything through Him who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13
Gilbert's simple prayer spoke volumes to those present that night. He never doubted that God would indeed answer his request. He didn't pray to win, thus hurt someone else, he prayed that God supply the grace to lose with dignity. Gilbert, by his stopping the race to speak to his Father also showed the crowd that he wasn't there without a "dad", but His Father was most definitely there with him. Yes, Gilbert walked away a winner that night, with his Father at his side.May we all learn to pray this way.-- Author Unknown
What To Count:
Count your blessings instead of your crosses;Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears;Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth;Count on God instead of yourself.~Author Unknown~
Check in with our heavenly Father this week,do some good and disappear. Clay Halsey
God is my shield, saving those whose hearts are true and right. Psalm 7:10
Youth Groups News
Saturday, 01 March 2014 12:48
Junior High Students
Anderson, IN April 11-12
Cost: $20 Deadline: March 9 ($40 after)
Believe is high-energy weekend event for Junior High Students only.
It is structured specifically for students in grades 7-8 and is packed with powerful worship, intense drama, and teaching from God’s Word.