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Pastor's Newsletter JUN 2017

Dear Church Family,

It is wonderful to be writing here near the end of May as we approach Memorial Day weekend and begin the summer season.  June holds much promise in the days ahead for work and service, and I want to see us grow in faith during this time.

As we end May we will have the final 2 chapters of Hebrews (12 and 13) to study in our morning worship.  I think Hebrews 11 could be called our “Memorial Day of Faith” as we have gained blessing from the ancients of the Old Testament who lived and obeyed God by faith.  People like Abraham, Moses, Jacob, and Joseph inspire us to deeds of faith in our lives today.

As we begin each day and each activity we should remember that without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).  The promise is that when we come to God He will show reward to those who diligently seek Him. I may be skilled at my labor, popular in my social circles, and even enjoying good health, but it has no eternal value unless I am living by faith. 

As we gather June 4 for morning worship we will remember Jesus’ sacrifice for us as we share the Lord’s Supper together.  Let us worship in view of Hebrews 12:2,3  as we see Jesus’ obedience on the Cross:

      “Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before  him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at                   the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you  will not grow weary and lose heart”.

Fixed on Jesus, no cross of this life is too much to bear.  When we consider Jesus we will see past the toil, the endurance, and even the shame from others.  And we will find joy with the Lord’s presence set before us. 

What a wonderful promise to claim and passage to begin obeying today!

As we face a summer of ministry and work, I want to lead the way in keeping us focused on Jesus.  When we do, we will have the strength we need, we will not grow weary, and we will not lose heart.

With you in the Lord’s service,   

Richard Boettner, pastor