New Ladies Bible Study begins on May 9 @ 7 PM – Uninvited by Lisa TerKeurst – a Video Study
In Uninvited, Lysa shares her own deeply personal experiences of rejection— from the perceived judgment of the perfectly toned woman one elliptical over to the incredibly painful childhood abandonment by her father. She leans in to honestly examine the roots of rejection, as well as rejection’s ability to poison relationships from the inside out, including our relationship with God. With biblical depth, gut-honest vulnerability, and refreshing wit, Lysa will help you:
- Stop feeling left out by believing that even when you are overlooked
by others you are handpicked by God.
- Change your tendency to either fall apart or control the actions
of others by embracing God-honoring ways to process your hurt.
- Know exactly what to pray for the next ten days to steady your
soul and restore your confi dence in the midst of rejection.
- Overcome the two core fears that feed your insecurities by understanding
the secret of belonging.
Uninvited reminds us we are destined for a love that can never be diminished, tarnished, shaken, or taken—a love that does not reject or uninvite.
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!
Join us on Wednesday at 6 PM for our Fellowship Dinner.
~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.
It doesn’t look feasible to repair the old furnace (56 years old)…. and we will not have heat in the sanctuary this week either Wednesday or Sunday.
However, the fellowship hall in the basement is holding enough heat in to keep it at 65 degrees. So on Wednesday evening… the Teens & Ladies’ Bible study room has a space heater in it, that should keep it comfortable. Ginny is still going to have her Prophecy class at 5:00 pm and Val will have the Ladies Bible Study at 7:00 pm. We will still have the dinner at 6:00 pm but you might want to bring a sweater. I will also show a film, the testimony of Tony Dungy as planned.
As far as Sunday goes, we will see how the temperature holds out in the basement – but we won’t be having our usual service in the sanctuary. We will try to have a service in the fellowship hall… we will remove the praisekidz class dividers and set up some chairs.
Please pray with us as we try to get through this challenging transition. God is still good!