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A Radical Change of Seasons
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. . Pastor Mike Sindelar
The headline read Study Finds Religion May
followers of Jesus! The coming season of Easter
Be Heading for Extinction in Parts of World i.
holds out another headline. “He is Risen!” and it
The article continues to explain that in nine
trumps all other headlines! The resurrection of
countries, secularism has taken such a hold,
Jesus says that the world will one day be put
that the trend leads toward a country with no
back in order. It says that despite the
religion in the future. For example, in the
overwhelming nature of current crisis, Jesus will
Czech Republic, 60% of the people surveyed
restore and reign over the world soon. The
indicated no religious affiliation whatsoever.
resurrection says that justice, God’s justice, will
Secularism, the rejection of religion and all of
its influences, seems to be winning the day. The resurrection also says that in the midst of Another headline getting attention lately
darkness and overwhelming circumstances, we
concerns that of a popular pastor teaching
have both a hope and an anchor for our souls.
that the traditional doctrine of Hell, that
We need not fret or become disillusioned when
those who reject the offer of salvation
darkness seems to rule the day. The
through Jesus Christ would spend eternity
resurrection says that God is truth and He is the
away from God in a place of torment, is not
standard for all things.
valid. He claims that God would never allow for such cruelty. His remarks denying the
As God’s people , we also have a calling, in light
doctrine of Hell have caused quite a stir in
of the resurrection, to proclaim this truth with
both the secular and Christian media.
all of its grace and liberating forgiveness to a world that knows nothing but bad headlines!
When we put these two headlines into the mix with all the other major headlines of the
We look forward to a season of Easter, of hope
day, the world stage is as complicated as we
and celebration of our Risen Lord!
have known in recent days. Just when we think that it can’t get any worse, more devastating headlines appear! But wait! This season of confusion and
uncertainty also coincides with another
season, a season that is soon upon us as
Mexico Missions Trip Report
. . . Mel Swanson
Our mission trip to Children’s Haven
pipes and pouring new concrete. Some of the guys did electrical
International in Reynosa, Mexico was a
wiring and hanging sheet rock. Kjell spent quite a lot of time
week well spent. We (Peter Larson, Kjell
making hangers for eaves troughs. We also cleaned a plugged
Plath and Mel Swanson), left at 6:00 AM
drain going to the septic tank and did a little repair on the tank
on Saturday, February 19 and drove to
and a few miscellaneous projects. We pretty much accomplished
Pharr, TX, arriving about noon on Sunday,
what they wanted us to do.
Feb. 20th. Children’s Haven has an office in Pharr where volunteers can help sort donations, staff a thrift store, fix things, do construction work etc. When we arrived, we were met by Van and Shirley Sindelar and John and Marty Weller, our informal welcoming committee. We were given a tour of the facility there and met the group from a Lutheran church in Clearwater, MN with whom we worked at the orphanage. The trip to the orphanage, which was just across the Mexican border was uneventful (a good thing). We had a tour there and an introduction to the projects planned for us to do. We were housed in a dorm style building with two rooms each with double rows of bunk beds that could handle large groups.
Of course, part of the purpose of our trip was to spend time with the kids. There was a language barrier, but it was a fun challenge to communicate with the kids in spite of the language differences. We were fed genuine Mexican food and it was very good. We ate breakfast in the dining hall with just our group. Lunch was also in the dining hall, but with the kids and their house parents. We were encouraged to spread out and eat with the kids. Suppers were provided in smaller groups in the “casas”. That provided
The orphanage has a spacious campus with a concrete block
additional opportunities to
wall (about 8 feet high) around it. The children are housed in
get to know some of the kids. There were also a few chapel
what we would call single family houses (casas), each with a
services that we participated in or attended.
house parent couple and most with a mix of ages and genders of kids, just like a large family. The campus also has a dining hall, a gymnasium building, an elementary school, an office building and some storage buildings. We worked primarily on “Casa 3”, one of the houses that is currently unoccupied and being renovated, which will make it almost like a new building when completed. We worked on plumbing some bathrooms, which included a lot of cutting and chipping concrete and digging trenches, then installing PVC drain pipes in the floors and walls for showers, toilets and sinks, then filling around the
Friday morning, we packed up, loaded the vans and had warm farewells from the kids and staff before heading back to Texas. We had a bit of a delay with US security coming back, but we encountered no security risks. Fortunately, we had no weather problems on the long drive in either direction. God answered all our prayers for safety and a God-honoring trip. Thank you for all your prayers on our behalf.
Seven Six Seven Five & Five One ($7,675.51) .
While at the gym recently, I had an encounter with a gentle-
Four years, multiple
man who had just lost his grandson. I walked into the locker
service projects to
room within seconds of him receiving the news. As he wept,
those of us around him sat in silence, wondering what the
proper response was. The loss was devastating, the pain was
and twenty hours
real, and the words were few.
later, weâ€™ve effec-
After feeling the pain of this loss for a few days I started to think about the absurd number of children that lose their life prematurely every day. According to World Vision, approximately 24,000 children around the world die each day from preventable diseases related to hunger and malnutrition. 24,000! Each lost life is met with the pain, silence, and brokenness that I experienced at the gym during those sobering moment a few weeks ago.
tively raised $7,675.51 to help provide life sustaining resources to those in need. Praise God for our youth! They are rockstars, striving to take the Bible
The book of James says that pure religion includes looking
seriously, while making a difference in their world by putting
after orphans and widows (James 1:27). Our world is filled
their faith into action.
with orphans and widows. We, as Christians, have a responsibility. Iâ€™m proud to say that our students at CruX are starting
to understand how a little step of faith, obedience, and sacrifice can make a huge difference! Over the last four years, CruX Student Ministries has done the 30 Hour Famine â€“ a time when we engage our community in service projects, come up with creative ways to raise money, and abstain from food for 30 hours in an effort to help those around the world who lack the necessary food and water to live.
. . .Jan Schmit, Commander/Children’s Education Director
During the month of March our Sparkies
Our sweet young Cubbies have been taking
had the privilege of hearing Pastor Cristi,
a close look at the reason Jesus came to earth. The verses and lessons have done a
from our Romanian sister church, speak on Eph. 6:1 Children,
fabulous job of preparing them and their leaders for the
obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. They may
Easter season. These are big concepts for little people and
have been surprised to find out that the truths of God’s Word
sometimes we need to help them process what they are
translate from one language to another quite easily. They
were pleased to find out from him that God gives each of them a gift for obedience: happiness and long life. Some,
Last Wednesday, the Cubbies’ lesson was on the crucifixion
however, may have been hoping for a new toy - we can work
of Jesus, and as you would expect, it created some dialog in
through that easily enough.
the small group time. Here’s a sample of what was said: Cubbie boy: “Boy, I sure don't want to die on a cross.” Adult leader: “Billy, you don't have to, Jesus did that for us.....” Cubbie girl: “I don't either want to Pastor Cristi Speaks to our Sparkies
either (die on the
Other themes they have visited are:
cross). (Pause) I'm going to Disney next week.”
Rejoice always – Philippians 4:4
Know God’s Word so we can make good choices Prov.
Oh, the mind of a 4yr old!
How Timothy’s life was a great example to model
Our kids are hiding God’s precious Word in their hearts and
ourselves after what we can do to be a good example to
we watch with great expectation for what the Holy Spirit will
others. 1 Tim. 4:12
teach them through it. BINGO! The T&T program does a great job March Cubbies Verses:
Hosanna, Blessed is He who comes in the name of the
finding creative ways to motivate their clubbers.
Lord. Mark 11:9
He will save His people from their sins. Matthew 1:21
The Lord has risen. Luke 24:34
The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the
Bible Bingo is just one way they do that. This month clubbers had a chance to use their memory skills by finding answers to questions on their game cards based on verses from their 1st handbook. And, of course,
Lord. John 20:20
fabulous prizes were awarded for each winner. Another motivator was the Candy Bar Contest. It used brackets, like in a basketball tournament, to determine which candy bar moved on to
Forest Animal Theme Night
Florin Engages our T&T’ers
the next round. Votes were
Build-A-Bed Ministry ...Gary & Linda Kozicky Please raise your hands in praise as the Building Beds Ministry conFlorin & Pastor Cristi with our Sparkies
earned by passing sections which then determined which confection of choice moved to the next round. Candy bars were given to the clubbers who had followed theirs to the finals.
structed and delivered 20 really beautiful beds in the last 4 months. After a busy, hectic, stressful day most of us take for granted that we can climb into
and sleep in cozy com-fort. And now the people and kids that
Who knew learning God’s Word could be so tasty? Why do we memorize? The T&Ters found 2 Timothy 3:14-17 to be especially helpful in answering that question. Do you recognize it?
we delivered beds to can enjoy that same feeling. They no longer have to sleep on the floor or the couch out in the living area. It is a nice thing to cut some wood and put it together with nails and screws and call it a bed. But there are no words to describe the feeling you get when you see the look on peo-
The Leader Gang with Florin & Pastor Cristi
ple’s faces as they watch their brand new bed put together right before their eyes. We are now looking towards the future of this ministry to faithfully continue the work we’ve begun. Volunteers from the Love INC furniture warehouse have stepped forward to help Valley and the Building Beds Ministry get the last remaining requested beds delivered and assembled. We very much appreciate their time.
Moldova Car Fund (Over $1,488.00 collected to date)
Our next goal is to purchase more lumber and begin construction to fulfill the bed orders that have already been coming in. Please contact Gary Kozicky at 612-803-4954 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping with the Building Beds Ministry. Watch the Sunday bulletin for updates and meeting dates and times. Thank you again to everyone who has donated their time, talents and resources to make a difference for so many. Please continue to pray for us to reach
Cubbies End of the Year Ceremonies – April 13th 7:15 – 8:00 in Fellowship Hall - Family and friends are welcome to attend Sparks & T&T End of the Year Ceremonies – April 20th 6:00 – 8:00 in the Worship Center - Family and friends are welcome to attend Leader Appreciation Dinner –April 27th 6:00 – 8:00 in Fellowship Hall
our financial support goal of $1000, which will enable us to build 26 beds. We have already received $400! Praise God!
Healthy Living: Laughter is the Best Medicine . . . Linda Kozicky, R.N., Parish Nurse A joyful heart is good medicine, but
immune system by decreasing stress hormones and increasing
a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
immune cells and infection fighting antibodies.
Proverbs 17:22 NIV Can laughter really improve your
There ain’t much fun in medicine, but there’s a lot of medicine in fun.
health? Laughter protects the heart, improves function of blood Laughter by definition is a humorous awareness of the ridiculous or absurd; an indication
vessels, increases blood flow which can help protect you against heart attack and cardiovascular problems.
of amusement and a quality or condition of being merry or Your sense of humor not only enriches your life, it also
promotes physical, mental and spiritual health. Dr. Michael Miller from the University of Maryland School of Medicine says, ”we don’t know yet why laughing protects the
Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the face.
heart but the recommendation for a healthy heart, may one day be exercise, eat right and laugh a few times a day.”
Smile-it’s free therapy. Research found that 30 minutes of laughter daily raised HDL cholesterol levels (the good kind) 26 %. In another measurement, C-reactive proteins ( a marker of inflammatory cardiovascular disease) decreased 66%.
Humor is the prelude to faith, and laughter is the beginning of prayer. Laughter adds the surprises that make life interesting. What soap does for the body, laughter does for the soul.
Laughing for 10-15 minutes can burn up to 40 calories. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hope, connects you to others and keeps you grounded, focused and alert. A good,
A person who belly laughs doesn’t belly ache. For those who love to laugh till you cry, may I suggest checking out “Harvey Corman and Tim Conway” on You Tube!
hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes. Laughter boosts the
The LORD rules over the floodwaters. The LORD reigns as king forever. The LORD gives his people strength. The LORD blesses them with peace. Psalm 29:10-11
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7:00 pm Men’s Bible Study
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12:30 PM White Cross 7:00 pm Men’s Bible Study
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6:00 pm Awana Club Night
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