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Pastor's Newsletter APR 2017

Dear Church Family,

I’m excited to be writing for this month of April.  Each service since March 5 has helped us focus on Jesus with a study of Hebrews. 

Thus far we have concluded the following messages:

       Jesus:  The Son of God (Hebrews 1)

       Jesus:  Brings Complete Salvation (Hebrews 2)

       Jesus:  The Faithful Builder (Hebrews 3)

       Jesus:  The Great High Priest (Hebrews 4)

Hebrews is full of stories and examples from the Old Testament and how Jesus fulfilled it all.

This study is helping prepare us for a special Sunday to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus April 16.  We will follow our same schedule as previous years with an early sunrise service at 8:00 and breakfast at 8:30.  Sunday school and morning worship will be at their regular times.

Prior to that we will remember the Lord’s suffering at His table for communion April 2 during the Sunday morning worship service.  Hebrews 12:3 reminds to “consider Him who endured such hostility of sinners against himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

We also have a special children’s time planned with “Palm Sunday Live” which features a skit about 2 reporters who meet Jesus for the first time in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.  The children will also lead us in 2 worship songs that day.

These special services are a great time to invite family, friends, and neighbors.  Please consider your own outreach during this month.

Thanks to all of you for a wonderful winter season where our attendance in worship has stayed strong.  Hebrews 10:24,25 reminds us to consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching”.

There’s something about assembling together that is essential.  We don’t stay encouraged for very long without it.  We may find ourselves wandering away from responsible good deeds and consumed with activities that merely entertain or enhance self.  We might find a lack of urgency to see the Lord’s coming, more emotional struggles with the things of this world, and a lack of confidence in God answering prayer.

As we remember the Lord’s Resurrection from the dead let us be reminded that His rising is only the beginning, or the “firstfruits” for all believers throughout all time.  God does not want us to live in bondage to the fear of death (Hebrews 2:15).  He wants us to live in victory and with confidence and steadfastness as we face the struggles of life.

With you in the Lord’s service, 

Richard Boettner, pastor