7.12.2017

In Worship

Last Sunday we were challenged to recognize that God does indeed give us more than we can handle…and why.  This week we will travel from the here and now all the way to the beginning of eternity in God’s Kingdom…and seek to understand why some get thrown out of the celebration.  Hope you will be able to join us for the third installment of Say What? 

Continuing in Prayer

This Sunday, technology permitting, we will connect via SKYPE with our missionary Rob Karch.  Rob and his family have been through a lot, and are right now transitioning into a new ministry challenge.  Rob will share with us what’s happening and how we can pray for him and his family during this specific time.

Additionally, we will pray for our own mission ministry team who will be heading for the Philippines to provide ministry to children connected to the ministry of Faith Academy, where our missionary, Diana Muenzenberger, serves.

Please keep our team in your prayers as they complete all the preparations for this ministry.  You can specifically pray:

  • For safety in travel, and God’s comfort during the 24 hour flight to the Philippines.
  • For God to use the experiences, gifts and abilities of Laura, Marcella and Teddy to effectively share His love and truth with the children who participate in the programs.
  • And through the process that our team would individually and collectively grow closer to God as they trust in Him and rely on His amazing provision and power to carry out the ministry to which He has called them.

Coming Attractions

– Continuing our focus on Missions, please mark your calendar for Sunday, July 30!  Our missionary Randy Richner will be speaking in our service, and following the service we will have a time of fellowship and an opportunity to engage with Randy and his family.
 
 
7.6.2017

In Worship

Last Sunday we began our new series with the intriguing story of Elisha and the two bears.  This week we will investigate what the Bible says about the challenges and trials we encounter in our lives…and if some of the common platitudes we hear re really biblical.  Hope you can join us for the second installment of Say What? 

Continuing in Prayer

As the summer rolls along, it is often a time for life to slow down, and our focus often shifts to leisure and relaxation.  It is good to experience rest and restoration.  And it is good to remain vigilant about the things that matter eternally.  Pray that:

  • Our individual families in the church would use this time doing things as a family, strengthening their families on the foundation of faith in Jesus
  • God continues to give you the energy and desire to pursue Jesus and draw close to Him throughout the summer
  • You (and the rest of your church family) remain committed to joining together to celebrate our common and crucial faith together
  • God would give you opportunities during this summer season to use your spiritual gifts and abilities in new and important ways

Coming Attractions

– There may be an opportunity to follow up with families who participated in Vacation Bible School!  Pray about how God can use you to reach out to these families.

 

6.28.2017

In Worship

Last week we concluded our series on factors that contribute to fruitful families.   This Sunday we begin the new series… 
 
We will begin by exploring that familiar children’s story, Elisha and the two bears…Say What?
 

Continuing in Prayer

For the past three days we’ve had an awesome time at VBS.  Thank you to all who are volunteering using you spiritual gifts, and skills and experiences to create an exciting environment for boys and girls to encounter God who has made each one of them for a uniquely special purpose.

Tomorrow the children will be told about how much God loves them and that he gave up his own son so he could be with them.  Please pray that the good news of God’s love is communicated clearly; that all of our leaders and helpers will be able to answer questions asked by the kids and encourage them as they learn about God; that God would open the hearts and spirits of the children; and, that they would understand his love and personally accept it.

Coming Attractions

– Join us Sunday as we celebrate together the amazing things God is doing!
 
 
6.22.2017

In Worship

Last week We looked at how God made sacrificial leadership instrumental to fruitful families.  I hope you will join us this Sunday as we continue our series looking at how God arranges the precise order of the family to allow our families to be most effective.

Continuing in Prayer

This coming Monday Vacation Bible School begins.  Please pray:

  • That all of our preparations are completed in time for the opening on Monday morning
  • Thanking God for all who have committed to participate in the program as leaders & various helpers
  • That God would prepare the hearts of the children who will be our guests this week; that they would be receptive to the gospel and to all of us
  • That we would be able to connect with parents and grandparents who bring children to VBS; and God would stir their hearts to seek to know him

We will also provide some additional updates during the week and encourage you to check out our website and Facebook page for daily updates on VBS!

 Coming Attractions – Next Sunday, we will begin the new series: Say What? And encourage you to join us as we explore some of the more unusual passages found in the Bible.

 
5.24.2017

In Worship

Last week In Hosea chapters 12 & 13 we were cautioned against misplaced pride and the value of making Jesus the object of our worship.  We conclude our series in Hosea on a high note this week.  I hope you will be able to join us.

 

Continuing in Prayer

It seems as though there are a lot of opportunities to pray for God’s message to be heard throughout our world.

 We recently received a note from our missionary Rob Karch as portion of which is copied below.  Rob and his family are seeking God’s blessing as they begin a new journey of ministry in France.  There are multiple opportunities to support the Karch’s in prayer.

 

5 OBSTACLES TO OVERCOME:

In order for us to move to France this summer, things have to move fast. We praise and thank God for the amazing community God has surrounded us with: you!

We can only do this together:

  1. Prayer Cover: (97 normal people still needed who will commit to pray)
  2. Contribute to Outgoing Expenses (still about $29,000 needed – for Tickets, Travel, Housing setup, Car, Visas, etc.)
  3. Make a monthly commitment (still about $1,300/month needed – for living expenses in France, work funds, organization funds, etc.)
  4. Rectify tax issues in Canada (we are working with an International Accounting firm on this).
  5. Our house in Quebec:  find a viable solution: either sale or rental

God must intervene for this to happen.

Could this fail? You bet. But we are following wise counsel throughout this process and have the firm conviction that our role is to step out and anticipate God’s working. Of course, we are open to Him redirecting us through this process if He deems fit. And if that happens, we will reevaluate then. 

At this moment in our lives, this is what it means to follow Jesus wherever He leads: one step at a time. Ready to say “yes,” no matter what He asks of us. 

TOGETHER in Christ,

– Rob, Martine, Caleb & Constance

 Further, this week we’ve seen news of another suicide bombing – this one in Manchester, England that killed 22 people.  Tragically, this is becoming more common.  Please commit to pray daily that God’s peace would overrule the forces of evil that seem to be growing in our world.

 Additionally, Monday we recognize Memorial Day here in the United States and I encourage you to thank God for all who have sacrificed their lives to provide us the freedom we enjoy as citizens of the US.

 Also, following our worship service this Sunday, Diane, Hannah, and I will be traveling to Virginia for a week of vacation.  We greatly appreciate your prayers for safe travel, and a time of refreshing and enjoyment.   

 

Coming Attractions

– Next Sunday, since I will be away, our Children’s Ministry Director, Steve Houts, will be speaking in our worship service, and Scott Schafer will lead our celebration of communion.
 
5.17.2017

In Worship

Last Sunday we focused on Jesus’ mother, Mary, and what it takes to have Jesus as a member of your family.  This Sunday we resume our series in the book of Hosea focusing on chapters 12 and 13.

 

Continuing in Prayer

A student at the school in which Kevin Kamps teaches, Tyler Quinter, lost his long battle with congenital heart disease.  Please pray for his mother and father, Lori and Mark, as they grieve the loss of their little boy.

Additionally, the end of the school year is rapidly approaching.  I know that there are a number of teachers and students in our body, in our Little People Day Nursery ministry, and in your own families.  Please pray for these students and teachers as they approach the conclusion of this school year.

 
Coming Attractions
Following our time of worship on Sunday, we will have a luncheon on the lower level in the gym, to express appreciation for the contributions Steve and Brenda Cupps have made to our ministry, and to welcome our new Worship Leader, Pat McGowan.  I hope that you all will be able to take part in this celebration.

 

 
5.10.2017

In Worship

Last Sunday, from Hosea 11, we were encouraged to pursue the wonderful homecoming welcome that awaits us in the presence of our Savior.  This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and we will explore two qualities that are important to all of us who follow Jesus.      

 
Continuing in Prayer

As we celebrate Mother’s Day Sunday, it is appropriate to lift these prayers this week:

Heavenly Father, On a day that is called Mother’s Day by the world, we recognize that mothers were your idea to begin with.  We thank you that you fill a mother’s heart with love, That you instill in mothers the need to protect her children, Thank you for giving mothers the gift of nurturing, teaching and comforting her children; for attempting to make the world a safe place for them.

 Lord God, we thank you for guiding them to become all you created them to be. 

 We pray that you will fill every mother with love, wisdom, endurance, strength, patience, unlimited forgiveness, and abounding joy.

 God we ask the you enable mothers to rely on You and call upon You, and recognize that You will provide everything she needs to accomplish the ministry you have given to her.

 On the day designed to recognize mothers,

 We pray for our mothers:

  • who cared for us when we were helpless
  • who comforted us when we were hurt
  • whose love and care we often took for granted.

 We also pray for:

  • those who are grieving the loss of their mother,
  • those who never knew their biological mother, and now yearn for her
  • those who have experienced the wonder of an adopted mother’s love, and
  • all women who have filled these roles and responsibilities in helping others to raise children in a Godly direction.

 I your caring gracious name, amen.

 

Coming Attractions – Following our time of worship on Sunday, May 21st

, we will have a luncheon on the lower level in the gym, to express appreciation for the contributions Steve and Brenda Cupps have made to our ministry, and to welcome our new Worship Leader, Pat McGowan.  I hope that you all will be able to take part in this celebration.
 

5.3.2017

In Worship

Last Sunday we were encouraged to seek Jesus in various facets of our spiritual lives – like worship, through the word, in prayer, and in community with other believers.  This Sunday we will celebrate communion and embrace the persistent Father who pursues us.    
 

Continuing in Prayer

Tomorrow is the 66
th
Annual National Day of Prayer here in the United States.  There will be a prayer gathering at the Riverwinds Community Center from
12 – 1 pm. Whether you an participate or not, you can spend some time in prayer for:
 

 The churches in our community, state and nation – that they would be faithful lighthouses for the communication of the love of God through Jesus, and tht they would stand unflinchingly on the word of God;

 Families – that they would be open to the good news that Jesus brings and they would continuously purse making Him more real and alive in their family life;

 Schools – that God would invade our schools and inspire Christian teachers to be bold in sharing Him when the opportunity arises and they would consistently model the love of Jesus to students, other faculty and staff;

 For our governmental leaders at all levels of government – that they would establish policies, rules, and laws that would enable us – as indicated in 1 Timothy 2.2 – to live peaceful lives in all godliness and dignity;

 For all Christians – that we would continue to grow toward spiritual maturity and Christ-likeness;

 Revival  — pray that God would use each one of us in a movement of revival that would sweep across the land; and, that God would remind us that revival happens one life and one heart at a time, and He can use you to help further His kingdom and glorify Him!

 

Reminder

– This Saturday May 6 will be a Spring day of work around the church grounds and properties.  There are opportunities for all pitch in to care for the material blessings God has given us here at 11 Griscom Lane.  I hope you will be able to participate.
 
4.27.2017

In Worship

Last Sunday we spent a good portion of our morning rejoicing in Jesus who paid the price for our sins.   This coming Sunday we will be challenged to deal with our sin and respond to the Savior who sacrificed himself for you.  
 

Continuing in Prayer

One week from today will be the 66
th
Annual National Day of Prayer here in the United States.  Just typing that is a reminder of the wonderful freedom we have here to freely worship our Lord.  In his letter to his disciple Timothy, Paul encourages us to pray: for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.  1 Timothy 2.2

 

Dr. Dave Butts, the  National Chairman for the National day of Prayer, offers some specifics on how we can pray for our nation:                                            

  1. Protection

Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found; surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him. You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.  Psalm 32:6-7

Pray for the Lord’s protection throughout the new administration’s term of office. Physical and spiritual protection is needed for President Trump and Vice President Pence and their families as well as for all of the administration.

Lord, be our Defender!

  1. Presence

I will put my dwelling place among you, and I will not abhor you. I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people.  Leviticus 26:11-12

Nothing is more important than the Presence of the Lord Himself in the halls of government. Far too many in our nation would isolate our faith to a private personal one or to a house of worship. The Presence of God changes lives and meets the deepest needs—not just those of individuals, but also the needs of our nation and its culture. Welcoming the Presence of the Lord into government can open the door for a longing for His Presence in all of society.

Make Your Presence known Lord!

  1. Peace

I will grant peace in the land, and you will lie down and not one will make you afraid. I will remove savage beasts from the land, and the sword will not pass through your country.  Leviticus 26:6

In the midst of a badly divided nation from top to bottom, we desperately need God’s peace. Pray for the Lord’s peace to come into the Congress of the United States and into the Supreme Court of the land.  May this new administration, which during the campaign often stirred up controversies, become known as an administration that unites and brings peace. Pray also that God’s peace would touch the church in this nation that found itself badly divided over this election.

We long for Your peace to come to our nation, Lord!

  1. Provision

He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever. He has shown his people the power of his works, giving them the lands of other nations. Psalm 111:5-6

We need to humbly come before the Lord and confess our need for His great provision to be poured out upon our nation. We need wisdom from above. We need the provision that meets healthcare needs in just ways. We need the provision of a robust economy that allows us to provide good jobs to those who are able to work. We especially need to be a nation that realizes that what we have comes from the Lord’s hand.

Thank You Loving Father for being our Provider.

  1. Proficiency

Now obey my voice; I will give you advice, and God be with you! You shall represent the people before God and bring their cases to God, and you shall warn them about the statutes and the laws, and make them know the way in which they must walk and what they must do. Moreover, look for able men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens.   And let them judge the people at all times. Every great matter they shall bring to you, but any small matter they shall decide themselves. So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you. If you do this, God will direct you, you will be able to endure, and all this people also will go to their place in peace.  Exodus 18:19-23

We need a government that is proficient in all its ways. The people of our nation too often look to government as an example of that which doesn’t work well. Inept and inefficient is often our basic view of the government. We need the new administration to begin to function well. We need this administration regularly to ask for the Lord’s help to make it proficient in government. That includes understanding what is and what is not the proper role of government.

Lord God, guide our government to properly use its power for efficient and just leadership of our nation!
 

Reminder

– Saturday May 6 will be a Spring day of work around the church grounds and properties.  There will be many opportunities for all of us to pitch in to care for the material blessings God has given us here at 11 Griscom Lane.  Please add this opportunity to your calendar.
 
 

4.19.2017

In Worship

This past Sunday we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus in a wonderful service!  This Sunday, in Hosea chapter 9, we continue this theme, are led to praise Jesus for paying the price for our sins.  I hope that you will be able to join us!   
 

Continuing in Prayer

As a part of your regular prayer, I encourage you to pray for your family members and friends, and all of the other guests who joined us for our resurrection celebration.  Pray that they would seek to know God; that God would pour His Holy Spirit out on them; and that God would give you an opportunity to invite them back and to tell them what Jesus means to you. 
 

Special Easter Offering

– for improvements to our worship ministry sound equipment will be received throughout the month of April.  Prayerfully consider making a special gift to help purchase much need improvements to our worship ministry sound equipment.

 

On a Serving Note – Saturday May 6 will be a Spring day of work around the church grounds and properties.  There will be many opportunities for all of us to pitch in to care for the material blessings God has given us here at 11 Griscom Lane.  Please add this opportunity to your calendar.