5k Training Begins Soon!

Training begins Monday, July 3rd.

Sign-up sheet & training plan in church foyer.

See Diane or Kari for encouragement, coaching or if you need an exercise partner.

Other Summer events planned…

  • Kayaking on Monday, July 10th
  • Progressive dinner & boat ride on Sunday, July 16th
  • 5k run on Saturday, August 12th
  • Bike ride on the Pumpkin Vine on Monday, August 21st

Welcome Summer!

Next week we’ll be announcing the Women’s Ministry events taking place this summer.

Take a few minutes this week to welcome summer and gear up for outdoor fun!

Cake or Bread?

We like our cake, don’t we? A birthday. A baby or wedding shower. Even just a Saturday morning… okay, maybe not. We generally save cake for special occasions because a steady diet of it would be unhealthy.

But food like bread, that we need daily. We need solid food that will sustain us if we are stay strong and be able to do the tasks given us to the best of our abilities.

Our approach to digesting the Word of God should be much the same.

As you ponder the idea of scripture as bread for daily use, consider what God himself has to say on the topic.

“Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” (John 16:32-35)

“But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4)

“For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread the fathers ate and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” Jesus said these things in the synagogue, as he taught at Capernaum.” (John 16:55-59)

Do you feast on bread the bread of life every day?

Memorial Day

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, began as a way to honor the Civil War dead. It became an official federal holiday in 1971.

The United States has been involved in 13 wars in its relatively young history. In all this war-time combined, the U.S. has lost over 1.1 million soldiers.

Memorial Day and Veterans Day are often confused.

  • Veterans Day is November 11th and pays tribute to all American veterans – living or dead – but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.
  • Memorial Day honors American service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle.

As Christians, we can honor those who have died in service to our country during war time in many ways. We do this by taking time to understand, appreciate and acknowledge their sacrifice.

“This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” (John 15:12-14)

As you spend time with family and friends, maybe enjoy a cookout, take at least a few moments to acknowledge this ultimate sacrifice so many individuals made in the name of freedom. Let their sacrifice remind you of Christ’s sacrifice for our eternal freedom.

Live Forward

Past

Do you feel weighed down by the past? Are failures and hurts keeping your focus on what has happened? Do you struggle getting your mind off the way things used to be?

Choose to live forward.

“Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. ‘Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.'” (Isaiah 43:18-19)

Present

Is the busyness of today continually wearing you out? Do you struggle getting through, unable to even consider getting ahead? Are trials and temptations continually getting in your path?

Choose to live forward.

“And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:3-5)

Future

We certainly need to remember where we’ve come from, but any past focus must be centered on what God has done in our lives. We can live forward by remembering his continual and constant grace and mercy.

And living for today is important in that tomorrow has enough worries of it’s own (Matthew 6:34). Yet, ignoring what our future holds means missing out on the enormous motivation of hope.

Remember the past, but don’t live there. Focus activity on today, but remember the promised hope of tomorrow. Live focused on the goal set before you.

“Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:12-14)

Choose to live forward.

Mother/Daughter Brunch THIS SATURDAY!

Saturday, May 13th at 10:00

Speaker: Bonnie Belson
SW Michigan Women’s Ministry Leader & Newly Certified Pastor

Enjoy a morning of food and fellowship along with a Bible-based message.

Craft and “babysitting” available to girls under 13.

Photo booth for family pictures.

Invite your mother, daughters, sisters, grandmothers…
anyone who is a “mother” or “daughter” figure to you.

Sign up sheet in church foyer.
Please indicate how many will be attending.

Mother/Daughter Brunch

Saturday, May 13th at 10:00

Speaker: Bonnie Belson
SW Michigan Women’s Ministry Leader & Newly Certified Pastor

Enjoy a morning of food and fellowship along with a Bible-based message.

Craft and “babysitting” available to girls under 13.

Photo booth for family pictures.

Invite your mother, daughters, sisters, grandmothers…
anyone who is a “mother” or “daughter” figure to you.

Sign up sheet in church foyer.
Please indicate how many will be attending.

The Good Part

Ever been watching a movie or reading a book and have someone interrupt just when you’re getting to the good part? We know that the best of what we’ve been seeing or reading is getting close, and we don’t want to be distracted and miss out on enjoying a single moment of it.

Take that feeling and think of it in terms of listening to Jesus. Have you ever felt that way about what He’s saying to you?

When we listen to Jesus, we intentionally come close to Him. We tune out other voices — people, music, devotionals, commentaries, podcasts, television, worries, schedules, deadlines — to concentrate on Him.

Often, though, we are so distracted that we sometimes forget to really listen to Him.

“But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came to Him and said, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.’” (Luke 10:40)

What Jesus says to us is enough. We don’t need to frantically seek other input or keep busy with life’s activity.

“But the Lord answered and said to her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.’” (Luke 10:41-42)

When we deliberately draw near to Jesus and allow the distractions of life to fade away, we discover His presence. And in His presence we find the “good part” because in nearness to Him is when we truly hear Him.