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June 2020… the first 6 months of this year have been… interesting. Trying. Terrible. Fun. Weird. Whatever way you decide to describe this year you are right. 2020 has been all of those adjectives and more. It’s been unlike last year for sure. But I guess every year has its unexpected challenges that come along. Some of those are physical, spiritual, financial or health related but many of them can take us by surprise and leave us saying: “I sure didn’t see that coming!” 


In June we celebrate our fathers on Father’s Day. Some of us had good examples of a devoted father while others had a father who wasn’t as devoted to their families. As we think of fathers this month, I want us to think about our devoted heavenly Father: God. 


Devoted is defined as: very loving or loyal. 


Your heavenly Father fulfills all aspects of being devoted to you. He’s both very loving AND very loyal. He is always there when no one else is. He’s always cheering you on when others are trying to tear you down. He’s always caring and ready to forgive and lead to righteousness! 


As we look to God’s devotion for an example to follow it should naturally show up in His body of believers as the church. We are currently going through the book of Acts and we immediately run into a young group of followers of Jesus Christ, a local body of believers who are devoted. As we study Acts, we see what they are devoted to: 


Acts 2:42 “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”


That gives us an idea of what we are to be devoted to as well in 2020. Very loyal and loving towards God’s Word (the apostles teaching), to the fellowship and gathering with other believers (whether that’s online, by phone or in person), to the breaking of bread and celebration of communion (remembering the body and blood that was broken and shed by Jesus for the forgiveness of sins) and to praying. It takes all of those aspects to strengthen the church and to help one another grow in our relationship with God. 


I hope you will devote yourself with me to the reading of the Bible by reading a chapter a week in Acts and be ready to discuss it on Sunday, be devoted to meeting with other believers to Encourage and Equip one another with the Word of God so we are prepared for the Work of God, and to pray both individually and as a group for the various needs in our lives and those around us and around the world. We will break bread together the first Sunday in June as we gather together for our first communion service in a while. If you are NOT comfortable partaking in Communion, I want to Encourage you to still come to the service as it’ll be a great time for prayer and reflection of the sacrifice of our Savior Jesus Christ. 
 
Pastor Tim

 

 

Becoming the Encounter – Acts 2

 

 

Main Point: As we Become the Encounter, we are to look for new opportunities to grow in our relationship with God and lead others to do the same as we Encounter the unexpected.

 

 

  • To Become the Encounter we need to be under the influence of God’s Spirit

 

          Acts 2:14-41

 

When we are under the influence of the Spirit of God we have: 

 

 

  1. Courage to stand and testify

 

  1. Certainty of our faith

 

  1. Conviction of our wrongs

 

  1. Correction to live for God
 
 
 

 

I wanted to share some ministry data and numbers with you for our giving and attendance over these past few months. More in depth discussion will happen in our July business meeting. 

 

  1. For the first 11 weeks of this year (until 3/22/20 when in person gatherings        stopped for COVID-19) our average Sunday morning attendance was 163.

 

  1. For the first 3 weeks that we’ve been back in the building our average Sun day worship attendance is 139. 

 

  1. During those 9 weeks we met only online our average peak Facebook Live viewers (the most people watch ing at one time during the live service) was 45. 

 

  1. Our average weekly offering from 1/1/2020-5/24/2020 is 4222.56. 
 

 

Most Dads
 
 

Most Dads like fun and guns,

And days in the sun,

And the corn all tall and green.

They like dogs—and old bogs

Where the fish are bitin’,

And not too easily seen.

 

They like hammers and saws,

And tools and all,

That makes things handy for us.

They like a good race

To see just where we place—

And if we’re stronger and taller

Than last  year.

 

Dads don’t mind dirt and sweat

And they don’t give a “whet”

If that’s what it takes to get the job done.

 

They like smooth running cars

And roads that lead far

To new and different palaces.

 

 

They like flashlights and tools

And they’re not easily fooled

About true and good and honest things.

 

(Dads like the common ordinary things in this life. But, they keep in mind that the best is yet to come.)

 

—-Faye Davis Case

 

 

 

 

June 2020
 
Nursery And Ushers Schedule
 
 
Nursery  
 

8:30 a.m. Service

N/A

 

Sunday School Service

N/A

 

10:45 a.m. Service

N/A
 
 
 
Users
 
8:30am Service       

N/A

 

 
10:45am Service

N/A

 
 
Special Events
  • Monday Morning Men’s Prayer Group Meets At 7 a.m. ~ 01, 08,15, 22 & 29
  • Adult Bible Study At 7 p.m. ~ 03, 10 17, & 24
  • FILLED Youth Bible Study At 6:30 p.m. ~ 03, 10, 17 & 24
  • Open Communion At 6 p.m. ~ 07
  • First Day Of Summer ~ 20
  • Happy Father’s Day! ~ 21

 

 
 

 

 

Fathers

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 –

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Psalms 127:3-5 –

Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate.

Psalm 103:13 

As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.

Proverbs 23:22 –

Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise you

 

BBQ Meatballs

(From The Kitchen Of Lula Mae Denney)

3 lbs. hamburger

1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk

2 eggs

2 cups oatmeal

1/2 c. chopped onion (1/3 c. minced onion)

1/2 tea. Garlic powder

2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp pepper

2 tsp. chili powder

 

Mix and form into balls and place into a baking dish

 

Sauce:

 

2 c ketchup

1 1/2 c b. sugar

2 tsp liquid smoke

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 c chopped onion (1/4 c minced onion)

 

Pour over meatballs and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

 

 

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