Special Guests – July 29

Joining us on Sunday morning July 29th will be Missionary Associates for Special Touch Ministry

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Growing up in Wisconsin, Todd accepted Christ as his personal savior through the Promise Keepers Men’s Ministries in Minneapolis, MN in 1995. In 2012, he began missions work, with trips to Mexico, Argentina, and Kenya. Over the years, Todd has also been involved in ministry to children and the elderly as well as serving for 15 years as a caregiver to people with disabilities at the New Hope Center. Joining Special Touch Ministry, Todd has served in multiple Summer Get Away and Chapter locations. Along with his new bride, Sylnoiva, they’d intend to continue helping people experience God’s love through salvation, healing and being a servant.  Join us to hear about their unique ministry.

 

 

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Wednesday Night UPDATE

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Dear Church,

Due to a continuance of “weather afflictions,” aka “snowmageddon,” and other logistical issues, we have altered our plans for Wednesday night from what I posted on Sunday.  First of all, we will still have church on Wednesday night but not a worship service like we originally were thinking. Instead note the following:

1. Prophecy Class: will NOT meet this Wednesday but will start up again the following Wednesday, April 25 (as long as the spring snow holds off!) – Ginny Henning is the teacher and the new study is Zechariah: A Minor Prophet With a Major Message.

2. Dinner: YES we WILL have dinner at 6:00 PM as usual. Elaine Anderson is bringing a tater tot casserole. If you can bring something to go along with that it would be a blessing!

3. Small group classes: YES we WILL have the Ladies’ Bible Study and the Fusion Class at 7:00 PM. The Ladies’ Bible Study will be led this week by Alice Fields and the Fusion Class will begin a study on Solomon: Becoming a Wise Guy for God!

I know… more snow, 1-3 inches, is the forecast – but we are Wisconsinites and some of us should be able to make it. Maybe we should sing White Christmas before dinner!  (Denis and Nancy down in Florida just don’t know what they are missing!)

Have a blessed day and hope to see you Wednesday night!

Pastor Randy

Obedience Leads to Healing

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Richard T. Daddona, went into the baptismal waters of Trinity Chapel Assembly of God in Louisville, Kentucky, on Sept. 24, 2017, and emerged as a faithful man healed of ALS.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, progressively weakens muscles and severely affects a person’s physical abilities. In October 2016, a neurologist confirmed that Daddona, 59, had the disease after he had suffered for a year with a horrible, constant twitching throughout his body.

In January 2017, Daddona retired and began using a wheelchair to function because of the disease’s impact on his legs. Daddona’s wife of 30 years, Nancie, became his primary caregiver. Daddona could not sit up, roll over, get dressed, or bathe by himself.

Immediately after the diagnosis, Daddona says he began to have a series of 12 elaborate dreams. Someone always preached a message about healing waters and how they could wash away sickness, sin, and disease. Each time after the sermon finished, Daddona and his wife walked down a path lined with a dozen trees and a different Bible passage posted on wooden planks. The path led to a waterfall filling a small pool. At the top of the waterfall a man looked down with outstretched arms. With each new dream, Daddona could decipher an additional Bible verse on the 12 trees leading to the pool.

“I would wake up long enough to write down the Scripture and go back to sleep,” Daddona recalls, Nancie kept a log of the dreams, which occurred over several months. Midway through, the Daddonas approached their pastor, Scott A. Brown.

“The repetition of the dreams coupled with the Scripture was when we began to see there was a clear and common theme and one aspect of that was water baptism,” says Brown, 48.

The verse from the penultimate dream came from Acts 22:16: “And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (NKJV). Daddona had never been baptized.

At the baptismal service, Daddona’s testimony was read as well as the explanation of his dreams and accompanying Scriptures. Two associate pastors had to physically lower Daddona from his wheelchair into the tub.

“I was focused on the physical struggles of maneuvering him in and out,” says one of them, youth pastor Philip F. Lascoe, 29. “Deep down I was a bit nervous in terms of his dreams and of him potentially getting healed.”

As Daddona sat in the baptismal tub, he began to pray for God to heal him.

“I knew I was going to be healed, but I just didn’t know when,” Daddona says. “I was just praying that God would heal me at that moment.”

When Daddona came out of the water, he says he began to feel a tingly heat, first in his hands — which were curled over themselves — and then in his legs. Daddona stood up from the water, grasped the associate pastors’ hands with strength he didn’t possess only moments earlier, and stepped out of the tub unassisted. He hugged his wife, two sons, two daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren watching from the front row. The entire congregation rejoiced in tears, applause, hugs, and hallelujahs over the instant healing.

“I was overjoyed!” Brown says. “You don’t get to see that every day.”

“I simply stood astonished,” Lascoe remembers. “I couldn’t do anything but praise God.”

Instead of sitting in the wheelchair that brought him in, Daddona pushed it out of church that day.

Now, a few months later, Daddona volunteers in the infant nursery with Nancie each week. He walks and moves about as if he never had ALS, and he has strength and agility with everyday tasks.

“This entire experience has brought me closer to my wife and has brought us closer to God,” Daddona says. “We feel like we can totally depend on him for anything.”

https://penews.org/news/obedience-leads-to-healing

Communion Sunday – Feb. 25

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Communion, a remembrance initiated by Jesus himself. His words are carved in Communion tables all over the world, “This do in remembrance of me.”

We eat bread and drink juice to remember His tortured body and His innocent blood that was shed because of our sins. We remember the death of the One whose life was not taken from Him. He didn’t just risk His life, He gave it, knowing that He would suffer and die. It wasn’t suicide — but a sacrifice.

Jesus said, “This is my body which is given for you” … His death was not senseless or without purpose, but given — for us.

The purpose of Communion is more than just remembering or even honoring Christ’s death. Communion celebrates that death personally with reverent gratitude and awe.

When Jesus instituted this memorial, of the disciples present only John would be an eyewitness to His suffering and death. The others would have no firsthand memory of the cross. They would only have, like us, a memorial.

Join us for Communion on Sunday Feb. 25 at 10:00 AM

Fellowship Dinner

Join us on Wednesday at 6 PM for our Fellowship Dinner.

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~Hamburger vegetable soup (followed by songs about God’s love).

 

In the last 50 years our society has become increasingly urban and fast-paced. As a result of this, to a great degree we have lost the sense of community and belonging enjoyed by past generations. Often individuals feel isolated and all alone.

Many Christians can identify with David in Psalm 142:4: “Look to my right and see; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no-one cares for my life.” Therefore, we believe it is very important for the church to address this need and cultivate a sense of community and belonging through the fellowship ministries of the church.

Acts 2:42 mentions that the early Christians devoted themselves to fellowship:

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”

It is interesting that they devoted themselves to fellowship in the same way as they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to worship. Fellowship was a high priority in their Christian lives.

Often when a church talks about fellowship, the idea relates only to social situations. While these are an important aspect of fellowship, the biblical concept of fellowship goes far beyond having a dinner or a coffee time together.

Koinonia is the Greek word for fellowship. It is translated in several ways in the New Testament such as “partnership” (Luke 5:10), “participation,” “sharing,” and “fellowship.” The focus of Christian fellowship is not an activity, but a relationship with other believers. The early Christians were not devoting themselves simply to activities, but to a relationship with each other. As believers, they were committed to a community relationship in Christ with each other.

In accordance with these biblical principles of fellowship, we seek to provide opportunities for the development of friendships and a sense of belonging and community.