Sunday evening singing at 5p.m. in the library.
Gluten Free communion bread is available in the foyer.
Ladies work day and devotional May 16th starting at 9:30 in the annex. All ladies are invited.
The teens will be doing an activity each month. If you would like to sponsor one, there is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board. There is also a flyer on the bulletin board with more information.
The next Ladies Devo & brunch will be May 11. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board to host.
Ladies weekly bible study Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the annex. The curriculum is available in the foyer.
Bayfield Ladies day April 27th. There is a flyer on the bulletin board with more information. There is also a sign-up sheet if you would like to attend.
LTC is this weekend! Keep the kids and families in your prayers.
1st Responders luncheon is May 2. There are sign-up sheets on the bulletin board if you can help in anyway.
Ben with EEM, Eastern European Missions, will be here May 19 for evening services.
Please return your baby bottles today for the Heart to Heart fundraiser.
Sign-up sheet on the bulletin board to host the coffee and fellowship.
The Bridge Shelter donation for this week: toilet paper. There is a donation box in the foyer.
Good Samaritan need for the week: Pasta & sauce. Donation box in the foyer.
April 21, 2019
To what are you anchored?
A couple of recent tragedies have caused me to pause and reflect on a number of things. One event was a fire. While the house and the majority of its contents still stand, only a small amount of things can be salvaged due to the smoke and water damage. As I sat in my bedroom and looked around and pictured the rest of the house thinking about what a fire would do to my life, I was overwhelmed. A very large part of my life would be removed. I know, it’s just stuff, but nonetheless it would be gone, I would feel great loss as well as considering how to start over. You may have already experienced something like this, it doesn’t have to be a fire, but an event that challenges your sense of safety, security, and well-being. Loss doesn’t have to be material for it to have a major impact on life.
Job had the fullness of life, as indicated by the numbers used to describe his life. 7,000 sheep, 3000 camels (7 & 10 depict fullness), 500 yoke/teams of oxen, & 500 donkeys. All of this was removed in a swift series of events in what appears to be one day’s time. Everything he had worked for, everything that gave life meaning, his future–was no more. His response is remarkable and the author sums up this first section by saying “in all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrong doing.” Once his “friends” got there, they sat together for seven days in silence because they saw how great his suffering was.
While Job struggled with this, trying to understand and make sense of it all, just as we do today, asking why, why me, why now, etc. his faith and trust in God remained intact. Of course we know what has happened behind the scenes, but Job didn’t know that. Ultimately faith won. God confronted his soldier but also then blessed him with twice as much as he had before.
The key to Job’s success is that he practiced and lived his faith before the crisis hit. He was already known to God as one who “…is blameless, a man of complete integrity. He fears God and stays away from evil,” and offered sacrifices for his children in the event one of them had cursed God in their hearts as his regular custom.
Weathering storms of life can be accomplished if you are anchored to the One who rules heaven and earth and regularly strengthen that relationship with faith strengthening activities. Consider the prophet: Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Updated: Sunday, April 21
David Frederick, in the hospital in Grand Junction; having tests for breathing/talking difficulties
Darlene Frederick, possible appendicitis
On Going Concerns
Clarence & Eddie DeLoach, Rob’s uncle and aunt
Peggy Penn, Donna’s mother
Nick Lester, friend of Nayana’s cancer is in remission.
Dave Phelps & family, family friend of Pam’s.
Ella Puckett, Marsha’s cousin has an aggressive ovarian cancer.
Sam Lindus, Dolores elementary student with severe health issues
Joey Whited, friend of Bill & Danny Morman. 15 years old, motorcycle accident.
Susie Marker, Marsha’s cousin, heart problems
Joe Hale, great nephew of Virginia Goza, stomach transplant
Gene Chapin, Hodgkin’s lymphoma in his throat
Mary Orbison, pancreatic cancer.
Mayme Begay, Arlene Finley’s sister — stage 4 lung cancer.
Marvin Ancell, Coffs Harbor
Royce Frederick, India
Philip James, Hogback
**Names will be updated monthly
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