FW; a thank you from Sandy Robine

Thanks to Ray and Kay Stark for generously sharing their beautiful property (again!) for our chuch picnic yesterday!  Ray always makes the kid's day by running the zip line for hours on end. 
And...thanks to our Fellowship Board for ALL the planning and organizing and preparation and WORK they did for ALL of us.  So many folks and their talents God has blessed us with.
And, thanks to all of our church family for bringing all the tasty side dishes and desserts.
Everyone there had a great time. 
Don't forget to mark your calendars for the evening of October 20th for the next fun family event!!

Monday, Sept. 10, 2012

But how can a mortal be righteous before God?  Though one wished to dispute with hi, he could not answer him one time out of a thousand.  His wisdom is profound, his power is vast.  Who has resisted him and come out unscathed.  Job 9:1-2
Do you like to argue? Why is it that you argue?  Do you like to fight for your right to be right?  Do like to point out that the other person is wrong?  In schools we even have something called a debate team,it is an art and a skill to debate and argue.  But what about arguing with God?  Is it possible? 
According to Job, and the rest of Scripture for that matter, it isn't.  God is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent.  He knows everything, he is everywhere, and he can do anything.  There is nothing more futile and pointless than arguing with God. 
Yet, in our humanness we still think we can.  When God says something in his word we try to twist his words to make them say what we want.  When we don't like something in the Scripture we say that it doesn't apply to us.  We defiantly reject things that God says are good, and definatly say things are good that God says are wrong.  How dare we? 
In our Christian life there is an constant turning from this.  We are constantly going to God in obedience and humility and confessing our sins of pride to him.  We are constantly going to him and telling him that we are poor miserable sinners.  If we don't we are in danger.  If we become more and more proud we are in danger of losing our faith all together, because if we think we have all the answers and we know better than God, then why do we need God at all? 
We do need God!  There is no doubt about it.  Without him we wouldn't breathe a single breath, we wouldn't think a single thought, we would cease to exist.  But God, who is rich in mercy, who is full of love for us, and who knows up better than we know ourselves, gives us life, forgiveness, peace, joy, and eternal life in spite of it all. 
Quit arguing with God and simply submit to his will.  Give up the fight for your right to be right with God!  Acknowledge that He is God and you are not.  You will be all the better for it and you will then know the peace that passes all understanding!
Prayer:  Lord God, please help me to quit arguing with you.  Help me to submit to your will for my life more and more each day so that I may serve you in all I say and do and so that others may see you in me.  Amen.
WEDNESDAY'S QUIZ: Who were the descendants of Zadok?  Zadok the Priest was decended from Eleazar son of Aaron.  Azaicah & Ahimaag were his sons.  Jerusha was a possible daughter.
MONDAY'S QUiZ:  Who was Bildad?
Question: What do the Scriptures teach about Christ's resurrection?
Answer: They teach that on the third day Christ victoriously rose from the grace and showed Himself alive to His disciples.
Mon- Whispering Pines worship 10am; Confirmation 5-6:15; meeting at Zion, Harvester leave from church at 6:15
Tues- Quilters 9-2; Bible study 11:30-12:15; trustees 7pm
Fri- Bible study at Hendershots 7pm
Sat- worship 5pm
Sun- worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; worship 11am; elders meeting noon
CONFIRMATION STARTS TONIGHT!!!  5-6:15!!!  Parents and kids both need to be there!!!
20-30 Year Olds BBQ  Saturday at 6pm!!!  FUN, FOOD, AND FELLOWSHIP!!!
Please let me know if you are coming by Friday night!!
The 10th annual T-3 (trap, tackle, and tees) retreat is coming up September 28-30!!  The cost is $45 for lodging and meals.  (You can get a hotel room or bring your own camper or tent if you wish to have your own lodging.) $35 for our 2 person scramble golf tourney.  There is also a fishing tournament, skeet shooting, a guided tour of Mark Twain Lake and forest, hiking, biking, and much, much more.  All that plus some of the best food you can eat and the best Bible studies and worship times you can have at a camp!  It is a time that you will never forget!  I will give the first one besides me to sign up my special (pastor) room that I get every year. 
 I (pastor) am going!  I wouldn't miss it for the world.  Let me know if you want to go. 
Go to LCMS.org to learn more about what our Synod is doing in the way of spreading the Gospel globally!!

For DOLORES DEBLAZE as she is has been put on hospice care.
For BOB LAMPEN, Karin Klaustermeier's dad, as he is doing quite poorly with his cancer.    
For DON TURNURE who is going to have to have his hip replaced on October 22.
For PAUL BRENDEL, Barb Dreyer's dad) who is recovering from internal bleeding.
For CLYDE SPRICK, grandfather of Shawn and Sierra Jaeger, who is dealing with severe cancer complications.
For BRENDA ROLOFF, daughter of Cal and Betty Tameler, who is dealing with complications and a fever after her hysterectomy. 
For ERNA VANHORN who is recovering well from surgery at Delmar Gardens
For BILL MCKENZIE as he recovers from a stroke at home.   
For JOYCE SCHIEN as she recovers from a stroke.  She is at the DePaul rehab hospital.