St. John's Group Email June 29, 2011

DEVOTION:  "He that has no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down and without walls."  Proverbs 25:28 
In one of his best known poems Rudyard Kipling contends that the test of manhood is : "If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you."  There is much truth to this statement.
To lose your head is to court defeat and disaster, whether in an athletic contest, in a debate, with those with whom you may disagree, or even on the battlefield .  Lack of self control is a sign of either moral or emotional weakness, or both.  To break down under pressure indicates an instability and immaturity that may well be a "fatal flaw." 
Often people excuse themsevles for "flying of the handle," for an angry word, or a profane outburst.  They were under a special strain, they say, or they were driven beyond the limits of patience, or they gave vent to a sudden reaction of pain or dismay.  This, they feel, should mitigate their guilt.  "That's the way Iam," they explain, perhaps with a twinge of embarassment. 
But that is precisely the way we should NOT be.  The Christian should cultivate the spirit of self control, which St. Paul list in his category of fruits of the Spirit.  The test of character does not occur when everything is smooth and normal, it comes just when the situation is tense, when problems mount, and when our endurance is taxed to the utmost.  Times like these prove whether or not we can "keep our head". 
"Control yourself," is good psychology.  It is good social behavior.  It is emotional maturity.  But most important, it is good Christianity. 
And when we fail at self control, we should be able to practice freely and openly the showing of humility and repentance so that we may be built up in the Lord and grow in our ability to control ourselves, especially our tongues. 
Prayer:  Lord God help me to continually cultivate my fruit of self control that I may show You more and more in my life, words, and actions, and when I fail help me to show true humility and repentance so that people may see that I make no excuse for my wrong actions, but only acknowledge Your forgiveness.  Amen. 
Question:  What is the summary of commandments 4-10?
Answer:  "And the second is like it:  Love your neighbor as yourself." 
QUIZ:  Who was Joel?  (I'll leave this up one more day to see if anyone answers it.)
NOTE:  Birthdays, Anniversaries, and weekly volunteer schedule won't be in the daily email anymore.   Please refer to your monthly NEWSLETTER for that information.  Thank you
Wed- Pastor on  and 850 AM on your radio dial from 11:05-12noon. 
Thurs- nothing
Fri- nothing
Sat- worship 5pm
Sun- Bible study 8am; worship 9am; Bible study 10:30
VBS "Welcome to Holywood" IS COMING JULY 11-15!
"Kid friendly" meals will be provided from 5:30-6:00,festivities begin at 6pm, and end around 8:15pm. 
Kids will explore a few of the many miracles of Jesus by becoming "stars" in the stories.
Please call the church office to sign with an agent (register) today so that we have a decent idea of how many kids we will have. 
Four full hook up campsites are reserved at Onandaga Cave State Park.  Cost is $54.50 for a site for the two days. 
Saturday will be on your own:  Please check your newsletter for all of the fun stuff there is to do. 
Sunday the floating group will leave from Ozark Outdoors at 10am to do a five mile float which should take 3-5 hours.  Cost to float in a canoe is $17.50 per person with two people per canoe.  Rafts are $22 a person and tubes are $20. 
Again, check the info in the newsletter for more info or call Teresa Scott at 359-0274 or email her at
Registration: 7am
Shotgun start: 8am
Details: 4 person scramble format, cash prizes per flight and special hole contest, Burgers and brats for lunch
Cost: $50 per person includes round of golf, cart, lunch, and attendance gift.  Hole sponsorship is $50 with proceeds going to Little Lambs.  There will be 50/50 tickets, mulligans and other incentives available for purchase as part of the fundraising portion of the event as well.
Registration forms and sign up sheet are on the table in the narthex.  You can call Alan Hofeldt at 456-3070 for more info or to sponsor a hole. 
PRAYERS: (If I have missed anyone please let me know.)
THE ROBB FAMILY as they mourn the loss of Dianna's mom.
BUCK HAMPTON who is hospitalized with sever headaches and stomach troubles.
LIL WINTER who is going home from the hospital today after knee replacement.
DWAYNE SEXTON, Joan's son, who is recovering after surgery to remove a kidney, and thanksgiving that there was no cancer found.
RUTH CANTRELL, who continues to deal with cancer symptoms, more tests, and recovery from surgery.
KEN MEYER, Robyn McNew's brother, as he continues to recover well. 
ALL throughout the upper midwest, especially in Minot, ND, who are struggling with flooding issues. 
JOPLIN as they continue to recover. 
MEMBERS OF OUR CHURCH WHO ARE MILITARY PERSONNEL, Ryan Woolf, Danny Dreyer, Sam Hargrove, David Mincemeyer, Alex Walters, David Tate, Jon Rahn, and Adam Klott.  (If I am missing anyone please let me know.)
OUR CHURCH as we continue the CARE PROCESS. 

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