Seek God for the City 2015

Click on this link for information about this year’s Seek God for the City. Spend 40 days leading up to Palm Sunday to specifically pray for our city. Books will be available for those who prefer hard copies. Apps for mobile devices is available for those who prefer that tool.

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Some helpful features of Seek God For The City 2015

Strengthens what you are already doing. No complicated program to organize or meetings to schedule.

Unites prayer throughout your church. An attractive, easy-to-use tool that can help unite prayers between many churches throughout an entire community.

Lifts prayer from private or trivial matters. Helps your people learn to pray for what matters most by directing attention toward what God is doing in the lives of people throughout your community.

Builds the confidence of everyday believers to help them pray with clarity, authority and relevance as they learn to pray in keeping with scripture. Involves everyone in your church family, not just a “prayerful elite.”

Opens a great way to pray toward Easter. For those of liturgical streams, it augments the Lenten season with a marvelous blend of repentance and intercessory hope. Those of other streams find that it lifts attention toward Christ’s visitation at Palm Sunday. The calendar concludes on Palm Sunday, leaving everyone prepared for Easter week without crowding the schedule with extra activity.

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“Releasing the Past: 
Opening Heart and Hands to the Healing and Blessing of the Lord”

All of us are holding onto things that must be released. For too long we have carried the shame of failure or the hurt of abandonment. We live with disabling regrets and the results of poor choices. Is there hope for healing and restoration?

During this eight-week series, through the study of several Biblical characters, we will learn what it means to fail forward, release the past and open our hands to the healing and blessing of the Lord.

Our new series includes these topics: Shame, Temptation, Darkness, Regrets, Abandonment, Choices, Loss and Restoration.

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Advent Grace

carols-by-candlelight-landscape-10715The season of advent is here. What a glorious time this is for the one who knows and embraces the gift of God’s Son! And, what hope is still offered to the one who remains distant from the most amazing gift offered to man! God has sent His Son into the world!

Each Sunday morning service during the four weeks of Advent (November 30 – December 21) will feature special music celebrating the birth of Christ, Christmas meditations and readings.

Christmas Eve Service (4:30-6:00 PM)

This year we are planning an earlier service starting with refreshments at 4:30 PM in the sanctuary foyer followed by a one hour family service featuring Christmas carols, special music and the reading of the Christmas story. The service will end with the singing of Silent Night by candlelight.

Special Christmas Offering

Eden Children’s Village recently lost several of their buildings through fire. Our special Christmas offering will be directed to their ministry to help rebuild some buildings which were lost. You may give throughout the month of December. Any amount would be appreciated. Thank you for your generosity.

May you and your family know the joy and peace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ during this Christmas season.

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Welcome back – Don and Donna Mohl

We welcome back Don and Donna Mohl! They will be our guests on August 31st at the morning service.

Potluck lunch will follow the service.

You can read about their ministry at their website. A freewill offering will be collected.

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Fresh Prayer

Fresh PrayerDon’t you want to see what God can do? Sadly, too often, we can be satisfied with what we can do for the Lord. But, God wants to give us Himself and so much more! It’s time to seek the Lord and His fullness for each other, His church and His world.

Therefore, I am inviting you to join me the first Sunday evening of each month for Fresh Prayer.

What will it be like?

We will gather for one hour from 6:00-7:00 PM. During this hour, we will read Scripture, which will guide our praying for that evening. There will be a time to quietly meditate through the Scripture, listening to the Lord. You will have the opportunity to pray as you are led of the Lord.

You will be given a prayer guide to take with you so that you can continue the pattern and focus of prayer for the entire season (summer, fall, winter, spring). Additionally, we will pray for our missionaries, ministries and other church needs.

Where will we meet?

We will gather for prayer in the Youth Room at the church. This room is closest to the north and west side parking lots. Come into the building through the northwest door.

When does it start?

Our first Fresh Prayer meeting will be August 3rd.

Can I bring friends?

Absolutely! In fact, there are many who prefer to not drive at night. Consider creating a carpool and bring others.

Can I share other prayer needs?

Yes! The guide for prayer will be flexible to allow you to share your own prayer requests.

If I cannot come, can I still get the prayer guide?

Yes. You will find a copy of Fresh Prayer in the foyer, at the prayer resource table. You can also download your own copy by clicking on this link. The summer issue is For mercy great and mighty from Jeremiah 33.

Do you have other questions? Please let Pastor Dean know by calling the church, writing a note or sending him an email (deanboyer@me.com).

Together, let’s seek the Lord and trust Him to do what only He can do! After all, isn’t that the bottom line to what we truly want? Let’s pray together!

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New Series

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Hebrews is an amazing book! Throughout its chapters it is hard to miss the main focus: Christ is supreme! In Hebrews, the Old Testament is more clearly understood, the infinite value of the cross is more lovingly embraced, and the priestly work of Christ on our behalf strengthens our faith. The series begins with three introductory messages focused on:

The Deceptive Gospel: many are enamored by preachers who preach a gospel which often sounds good but is contrary to Scripture. In short, Jesus is not supreme. (May 4)

The Cool Heart: The Bible says that the love of many will grow cold resulting from the deception of false prophets. A cooling heart is not consumed with a passion for Jesus Christ. (May 11)

The Bottom Line: A couple of years ago, I read our mission statement and asked the question, “Is there anything more foundational to the Christian life than what our mission statement says?” The result of this questioning led me to the conclusion that we exist to spread the supremacy of Jesus Christ in everything we do. The bottom line to everything is God’s glory. (May 18)

The great question to be answered by everyone is, “Is Christ supreme in our lives?” Is Christ supreme in our marriage, home, ministry, business, etc? What a joy to explore God’s answers to these and many more questions. I hope you will attend each week for this vital study.

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Lent Information

IMG_0510Our Lenten season is here! And, what a joyous time it is for all of us. This year we are planning some special things to celebrate the resurrection of the Lord.

Lenten Sermon Series

As we celebrate the four weeks of Advent at Christmas, we are going to celebrate the resurrection of the Lord with four special sermons focused on the cross.

March 23 – Approaching the Cross: it’s Centrality
March 30 – The Heart of the Cross: the Problem of Forgiveness
April 6 – The Achievement of the Cross: the Salvation of Sinners
April 13 – Living under the Cross: the Community of Celebration

Special services

April 17 – Good Friday service at 7:00 PM. This special service will focus on the power of the cross through the eyes of Thomas, Peter, John, Judas, a Soldier and Barabbas. The service will include a special communion service.

April 20 – Easter morning starts with a family breakfast at 8:00 AM. The main service will start at 9:30 AM and focus on the theme of Day of Hope.

I pray these weeks leading up to Easter will be special for you and your family. And, as many attend church only at these times, would you join me in prayer for them, that God’s grace will capture their hearts? Please pray for a wide open door for the Word and that the message of hope will be clearly presented.

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