Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012

John 16:33  I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace.  In the world you will have trouble.  But take heart:  I have overcome the world."
Eleven years ago today the world changed forever.  Do you remember where you were?  It is weird how I can remember exactly what I was doing.  I was at the back door letting the dogs out, I looked at Cara sitting in her highchair, and then I looked at the TV and I saw the pictures and the newsman trying to make sense of it all.  I sat there for a half an hour just watching it unfold on TV.  Then I went to church.  I kept the radio on all day.  I remember that evening wondering what was gong to happen next.  It was all surreal.  The next day Pastor Dorow and I had a prayer service for our nation along with a few other pastors.  The whole rest of the week was sepnt talking about it, making sense out it, finding out what exactly happened and doing a lot of soul searching, crying, and wondering. 
Still, through it all, there was a sense of peace.  On the radio this morning I heard a guy who was in the tower that day recount, once again, what happened.  One of the things he said was that he was ultimately faced with mortality and whether or not he was ready.  It as in that moment that he realized that it didn't matter if he lived or died because either way he was with the Lord forever!
You too can know for sure!  You too can be certain that if you were to die today that you wold go to heaven!  You cna know for sure because Jesus has overcome the world for you!  He has defeated sin, death, Satan, and hell!  he has risen from the dead.  The tomb is still empty!  He is still alive!  Neith height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation can separate you from Christ Jesus! 
No terrorist, no enemy, no bank account, no sickness, no loss, no strained relationship, no job trouble, NOTHING CAN SEPARATE YOU FROM JESUS!
So when you get discouraged tell the devil to take a hike!  Jesus has over come him and crushed him forever!
Prayer:  Lord God, thank you for sending your Son, Jesus, and sacrificng Him for us!  Thank you for holding us in your loving arms forever!  Help us to cling to the certain hope in you all the way to heaven!!  Amen!
MONDAY'S QUIZ: Who was Bildad?  Bildad was one of Job's friend he was referred to as Bildad the Shuhite.  When the three friends heard of Job's trouble they came together to comfort Job.  They sat on the ground with him for 7 days and 7 nights without saying a word because they saw how great his suffering was.   Job 2:11
TUESDAY'S QUIZ:  What did Job think of all the guys who tried to comfort him?
Question: Why is Christ's resurrection so important to us?
Answer: Christ's resurrection proves that
a. Christ is the SOn of God;
b. His doctrine is the truth;
c.God the Father accepted Christ's sacrifice fo rthe reconciliation of the world;
d. all believers in Christ will rise to eternal life.  
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
Many don't know that there is a group that gets together once a month to plan our fellowship events such as the picnic, the luau, and other things.  They are to be commended for their faithfulness, their hard work, and their dedication to the Lord and His church! 
They meet the last Sunday of the month at the Schirr's house!  Call the church office for more details if you want to be a part of this group. 
The next event is the hayride and bonfire at the Starks on Saturday, Oct. 20!  Make plans to attend TODAY!!!
We have all the stuff that has been lost recently laid out on a table downstairs at church.  There are lots of kid's clothes and toys, a few pairs of sunglasses, hats and few other miscelaneous things.  Please come by and find what you lost.
Could you use some help in learning how to deal with your children?  Want to have fun, laugh, and get some encouragement at the same time?  Come to the "From Me to We" class in the Sunday school room closest to the closet this Sunday and grow!
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 PAUL BRENDEL, Barb Dreyer's dad) as he adjusts to life in the nursing home (Laclede Groves).
For DOLORES DEBLAZE as she is has been put on hospice care. 
For KEN WAGNER as he continues to recover from a broken hip (his neck is still broken too and he will be in a collar the rest of his life). 
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 CLYDE SPRICK, grandfather of Shawn and Sierra Jaeger, who is dealing with severe cancer complications.  
For ERNA VANHORN who is recovering well from surgery at Delmar Garden. 
For JOYCE SCHIEN as she recovers from a stroke.  She is at the DePaul rehab hospital.