March 18, 2018
It is chilly outside, 8 degrees when I left the house. However, on the way here I heard the storm we were possibly getting this week will be missing us. Hooray! I also learned that many people’s basketball brackets are in shambles today as well. Oh well better luck next year.
Last night a wonderful team of volunteers put on a wonderful meal to help support the upcoming mission trip with our youth. I believe everyone there had a fantastic time of fellowship and food. The traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal was worth every penny. So, thank you for those who cooked, served and enjoyed the fun. For those who were not able to make it we will be selling a limited number of full meals this morning. Please help us out.
March 18 Sunday School 9:45 am Worship Service 10am Youth Group: 12pm
March 20 8am Prayer group
March 20 6:30 Ecumenical Lenten service: EOCC
March 21 5pm Bible Study; Vespers 6pm 6:40 Choir
March 24 Family Fun Egg Stravaganza 1-2:30
March 25 10 am Palm Sunday Service Youth Group: 12pm
March 27 8am Prayer group
MARCH 29 7:30 Maundy Thursday Service
April 1 Easter: 7 am sunrise service (Memorial Garden); 7:30-8:30 Breakfast; 9am Easter Service
I came across this devotion a bit ago and thought I would share it this morning. I hope you enjoy.
Psalm 18:1 NASB; Hebrews 12:28-29; 1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV
I draw near you in the present moment. Seek to enjoy My Presence in the present; trust and thankfulness are your best allies in this quest. When you wallow in the past or worry about the future, your awareness of Me grows dim. But the more you trust Me, the more fully you can live in the present, where My Presence awaits you always.
Speak to Me frequently: “I trust You, Jesus.” “I love You, O Lord, my strength.” These short prayers keep you close to Me — confident that I’m lovingly watching over you.
It’s important for you to grow not only more trusting but more thankful. A grateful attitude is essential for living near Me. Ingratitude is offensive to Me, and it drags you down both spiritually and emotionally. Remember that you are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken — no matter what is happening in your life or in the world. This means that you have a constant, unshakable reason to be thankful.
Stay anchored to Me and enjoy My Presence by giving thanks in all circumstances.
See you this morning as we continue our recovery program. Pastor Carl
Almighty God, thank you for the reminders from others that we need to make choices to live life in abundance and in gratitude. Thank you for the gift of life that is better once we die to ourselves and live in Your glory. Father give me the strength to live in this fullness. Forgive me my sins and help my health to be restored. Lord I pray this in your Son's name. Amen