Good News of Peace L E T T E R April 2014 A.D.
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From the Pastor’s Desk
the Lenten season provides to be enriched and nourished in your faith.
Dear Friends in Christ:
Lenten blessings to each of you in Christ, our Savior, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
As we move from March into April, the calendar may say that it is Spring, but outside it still looks and feels an awful lot like winter. Or as someone remarked to me recently, this is Spring in northern Michigan! If it were 2013 instead of 2014, we would also be leaving Lent and Easter behind us as we enter April a year ago, Easter Sunday fell on March 31. This year, however, the beginning of April finds us still in the midst of the Lenten season, with almost three full weeks remaining. It is easy, I think, to get geared up for Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season, with big plans for our Lenten observances - setting aside extra devotional time throughout the season, going to church on Wednesday evenings, giving something up for Lent, etc. However, as the season wears on, and we discover that the weeks of Lent are just as busy and demanding as any other week of the year, it doesn't take much to start to lose interest and motivation. With less than three full weeks remaining by the time the calendar turns to April, it is an opportune time to refocus our attention and to rededicate ourselves, in repentance and faith, to making the most of the remainder of the Lenten season. Whether by reading a Lenten devotional, devoting a few extra minutes each day to Bible reading and/or prayer, attending our Lenten Midweek services, or whatever other Lenten observance you may find spiritually beneficial, please take advantage of the opportunities
Yours in His Service,
Pastor Derek Riddle Remaining Lenten Schedule • Lenten Midweek 5&6 - April 2 and 9 N 5:30-6:30 p.m. Pre-Service Supper (Fellowship Hall) N 6:15 p.m. Pre-Service Family-Friendly Devotion & Activity (Fellowship Hall) N 7:00 p.m. Service (sanctuary) focusing on the Lord's Prayer • April 2 - The Fourth Petition: “Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread” •April 9 - The Fifth Petition: “And Forgive Us Our Trespasses, As We Forgive Those Who Trespass Against Us” Holy Week Schedule • “Journey to the Cross” - April 12, 1:00-4:00 p.m. • Palm Sunday - April 13 • Maundy Thursday Service (with Holy Communion) - April 17 at 7:00 p.m. • Good Friday Service - April 18 at 1:00 p.m. • Easter Sunrise - April 20 at 7:00 a.m. (followed by an Easter Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall) • Easter Sunday (with Holy Communion) - April 20 at 9:30 a.m.
Lenten Devotional Booklets Daily Lenten devotions, entitled "My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?", are available from Lutheran Hour Ministries. Paper copies are available in the narthex, and the devotions may also be read or listened to on-line, received via E-mail, or listened to via podcast. Visit www.lhm.org for more information.
Tired of Hobby Lobby? "You're tired of hearing about Hobby Lobby and the Supreme Court, tired of all the talk of fines and health-care plans and reproductive rights, tired of being bombarded with words spoken in anger from both sides of the aisle. You want to put your fingers in your ears, switch the channel, and wait for the ruling and the rest of it to just go away …" Read the rest of a compelling statement recently issued by LCMS President, Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison, by picking up a paper copy in the narthex or by visiting www.lcms.org.
A Note from the Family Life Minister Every springtime as a young girl and teenager, my dad took my sisters and me Easter dress shopping. We would spend a few hours looking through different stores until we found the perfect dress (or skirt, as I preferred for a few teenage years). In the end, it wasn't about the dresses, though. Easter dress shopping was an excuse to do something special, to spend some extra time with Dad. This daddy-daughter time was treasured by each of us, something we looked forward to for months. Time is such a valuable resource. Thriving families spend time together. Healthy marriages enjoy time together. It's when memories are made, when life is shared, when relationships are strengthened.
And yet, for many families, there's never quite enough time. Our schedules are filled to the brim with work and activities. We say "yes" to so many things that we find ourselves saying "no" to the things that matter most. Family time and couple time, unfortunately, receive the leftovers - if there are leftovers. This month, make the time. Make family time a priority. Slow down enough to spend some time together. Perhaps it requires saying "no." Maybe you need to write it on the calendar. Maybe you need to get out of town to make it happen. Play outside, go out for dessert, rent a movie, throw a family game night. But remember, it's not about the activity itself: it's about the time spent together. It's about the relationship. And that's something worth saying "yes" to. Blessings on your Family Time this month!
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April 2014 Schedule: April 6 "God Digs Deep" Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Gregory Seltz When our lives were on the line, Jesus dug deep to defeat sin and death. (John 11:1-45) April 13 "A Hero? No, a Savior!" Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Gregory Seltz More than a hero, Jesus is the only Savior of sinners. (Philippians 2:5-11) April 20 "Get Your Head into the Clouds" Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Gregory Seltz With eyes focused on the risen Christ, we can take whatever the world dishes out, overcome it and give thanks through it all. (Colossians 3:1-4) April 27 "What Will It Take?" Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour: Rev. Ken Klaus Why didn't Jesus' enemies produce a corpse and nip this new faith in the bud? (John 20:25)
BOARD OF ELDERS Abi Schmit Family Life Minister P.S. Share a photo of your family spending time together during the month of April, and it may be featured on the Family Ministry bulletin board.
The Lutheran Hour
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AAs we continue on this Lenten journey, we see that this is not a smooth road to follow. Everything that Jesus told His disciples was true. Jesus was handed over to the people and to Pontius Pilate and the Roman soldiers to suffer and die for our sins. Jesus paid the price for our salvation and this calls us to repentance. In Holy Communion our sins are forgiven when we receive the bread (Christ's Body) and the wine (Christ's Blood) and we are comforted to know that Jesus is always with us. We give thanks and praise to God for the victory over sin, death and the devil by His son, Jesus Christ, and with His resurrection on Easter morning. He has risen! He has risen indeed! Jesus paid the price for our salvation, and out of our love for Jesus we may say, "Jesus, lead the way, and we will follow."
The Elders are making some member visits. If you know of anyone who would like a visit, please contact one of the Elders.
Board of Trustees
Grass cutting season is coming...I am sure! If cutting grass is something you can help with, please sign up and Jerry Wenzel will make calls when mowing is needed. The sign-up sheet will be out on the table the first of May. I know everyone is busy, so thanks for your time.
BOARD OF STEWARDSHIP Be a blessing where you are as God has blessed each one of us with gifts and talents and resources to useâ€“ not just for ourselvesâ€“ but also to share our gifts, talents, and resources with our neighbors in need. God gives us many extra blessings so that we may share our blessings. Many of the blessings He gives to us may become a blessing to our neighbors in a time of need. Who is our neighbor? How about your spouse, your children, your parents, your friends, your brothers and sisters in Christ, those living next door to you or maybe anyone you come in contact with.....or is it everyone? We, as God's children, study His Word and are blessed so we, too, are a blessing to where we live, at work, or wherever we go. During Lent we are reminded of all what Jesus has done for us and continues to do for us. Christ is by our side as we go and be a blessing to others through our words and actions. See and feel the joy that God puts in your heart as you share with others the blessings God has given you.
Music Ministry Our music outreach has been a blessing...we have been trying to get to Tendercare one Sunday a month. We will be going April 6th at noon... we meet at Tendercare by the front door and go to the dining room and sing songs to the residents. They are so happy and some even sing along. Please come and join us; their smiles will lift your heart. Our Sunday School children are also working with music, telling the story
of Jesus...once a month they will lead us in a song that they know and hope you will learn also...so please join them in song. During this season of Lent let us remember what our Lord and Savior has done for us.....as you sing your hymns that portray the story of Christ's life, think of the words during this sorrowful season of Lent only to bring us to Easter to rejoice in what our Lord has done for us. He died that we may have eternal life...so make a joyful noise unto our Lord through song!
Stewardship Corner Jesus is the Lamb of God, who by His death takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29). John's Gospel takes great pains to show us that the crucifixion and death of Jesus coincides with the slaughter of the lambs for the Passover Feast (John 18:39; 19:31). That means also that the day of our Lord's resurrection from the dead coincides with the wave offering of the first fruits of the barley harvest (Lev 23:9-14). The risen Jesus, then, is a wave offering to the Father as the true bread of life come down from heaven, whose risen and living flesh and blood makes us acceptable to the Father (Lev 23:11). By it, our sins are forgiven and in Him, we have life. This marks us as those whom the angel of death will pass over, those who are marked by the blood of the Lamb for life (Exod 12:13). St. Paul picks up on this theme: "Christ has been raised from the death, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep" (1 Cor 15:20, 23). We are acceptable to the Father because the first fruits of the harvest of those who have fallen asleep, our Lord Jesus Christ, has been offered and accepted. The offering is holy, and so then the rest of the harvest is also holy (Rom 11:16). This is the generosity of the Father toward us. He offered His Son as the first fruits of those who die, so that we may be acceptable to Him, be reconciled to Him and to one another. Christ was offered to the Father for us. He was crucified for our transgressions and raised for our justification (Rom 4:25). We are acceptable to God the Father by His grace on account of the
death and resurrection of Jesus through faith. This is God's generosity. This is his love. That while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us and was raised so that the Father would receive us back and that we, in Christ, would be acceptable to Him. And this is what we celebrate in Holy Week. This is what we sing about and ponder on Good Friday and Easter. We meditate on God's love for us and His generous offering of His Son. We have been making our way to the cross and the empty tomb throughout Lent with this singular focus: God by His grace and mercy has redeemed us, forgiven us, sanctified us, and found us acceptable in His sight because of Jesus. In the same way then, we who have received such mercy and grace from God our Father, who have then been the beneficiaries of His generosity are to be generous with all that He has given us. He has given us all that we have for this body and life and sanctified it for use in His service. Your reason and senses, your clothing and shoes, your house and your home, your income-all that you are and have-are sanctified, made holy, for use in service to him. You are holy and so what you say, what you do, and what you give is holy too. God, by grace, has accomplished it, but He brings you into this service. He makes you fellow workers. Just as Christ is the first fruits to make you acceptable, you are living sacrifices to the Lord, holy and acceptable. Everything you do and are is employed by God, put into the service of the Gospel for the life of the world. Your lives, your giving, your conversations as fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, husbands and wives, citizens and workers proclaim this reality "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world." With the blood of the Lamb upon you, by water and word, bread and wine, all that you do and give is put into the Lord's work of making those around you acceptable in Him who died but was raised. For He has died. But He is risen. He is risen indeed! Alleluia! Taken from www.lcms.org
April Anniversaries David & Kelly Crull Chet & Brenda Karsten Alvis & Norma Wirgau Ed & Ruth Rothe Robert & Althea Luebke John & Janice Brown
Date Yrs 4/5 11 4/11 50 4/14 58 4/15 47 4/22 36 4/24 32
April Birthdays Marie McDonald Izabelle Loughran Julie Schwiesow Vera Basel Linda Summers Laurie Rex Keri Coolman Marsha Grulke Ava Fenstermaker Darlene Nowicki Glen Roeske Deanna Dimick Matthew Russ, Jr. Drew Flewelling Annette Cherrette Kathy Zimmerman Lee Bingle Ivan Buck Leeny Ries Jacob Brown Larry Rhode Henry Srebnik Demi-Jo Flewelling Shelby Schleben Shawn Grulke Irene Radtke Carol Mosher Arthur Relitz Terry Flewelling Tom Selke Wayne Augsburger Halee Witkowski Julie Riddle Doris Dowdell Ramona Suszek Kim Yarch Connie Dembny Ginny Rothe
4/1 4/2 4/3 4/5 4/5 4/6 4/7 4/8 4/9 4/9 4/9 4/11 4/11 4/12 4/14 4/14 4/17 4/17 4/17 4/18 4/18 4/18 4/19 4/19 4/21 4/21 4/22 4/22 4/23 4/23 4/24 4/25 4/26 4/29 4/29 4/29 4/30 4/30
If you notice your name is missing from the birthday or anniversary sections, please let the church office know so we can update our records... and celebrate these milestones with you!!