Baby Announcement from the Hofeldts

Please pass along to our friends at St. John's that our daughter Spring gave birth to a healthy baby boy early Monday morning. Calder James Toback, 7 lb 15oz, our second grandson. We rejoice and thank God that mother and baby are doing fine and should be released from hospital this afternoon.
> Alan & Cheri Hofeldt

Video from Synod President Harrison

Here is a link to a video of our Synod President's response about his letter to the Pastor in Newtown.  I think it is very well done by President Harrison and should be watched.

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013

DEVOTION:  (A warning: some of the subject matter in the reading for today may not be suitable for younger readers.  Use your best discretion parents.)
Numbers 25:1-8
 While Israel lived in Shittim, the people began to whore with the daughters of Moab. These invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods. So Israel yoked himself to Baal of Peor. And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel. And the LORD said to Moses, "Take all the chiefs of the people and hang them in the sun before the LORD, that the fierce anger of the LORD may turn away from Israel." And Moses said to the judges of Israel, "Each of you kill those of his men who have yoked themselves to Baal of Peor."
 And behold, one of the people of Israel came and brought a Midianite woman to his family, in the sight of Moses and in the sight of the whole congregation of the people of Israel, while they were weeping in the entrance of the tent of meeting. When Phinehas the son of Eleazar, son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose and left the congregation and took a spear in his hand and went after the man of Israel into the chamber and pierced both of them, the man of Israel and the woman through her belly. Thus the plague on the people of Israel was stopped.
Here's the deal folks.  God doesn't look kindly on false worship.  He hates it when people are worshiping other gods beside Him. He abhors it when we put other gods in front of Him or when we make other gods equal to Him.  I don't know how else to put it.  There is only one God!  His name is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 
The first commandment is "You shall have no other gods before me."  All of the other commandments hinge on this one. 
Did you read what happened when the Israelites did what they did?  God told them not to and they did it anyway so they suffered the consequences of their sin.  As drastic and as serious as this tory may seem, it is nothing compared to what will happen to those who worship false gods and do not believe in the true God after they die.
What are the false gods in your life that are taking you further and further away from the one true God?  Is it your money?  Is it your time?  Is it your comfort or your convenience?  Is it your pride?  Is it your own judgment of others?  Whatever it is know that the Lord doesn't like it.  He hates it.  He abhors it! 
Now also know that He gives you a way out of it.  He gives you Himself.  Tomorrow night you will have a real physical and spiritual way to bring those sins in your life that are dragging you down, to the forefront and literally put a sign of them on your forehead.  Then you will be able to leave them there at God's altar.  I urge you to come to worship tomorrow night so that you may find relief from your sins through God's grace!  That the plague of sin in your life may be stopped and you may be refreshed and renewed in HIM!!
Let us pray:  Lord God, help me to realize the serious of my sins and that they only bring me further away from You.  Then help me to give them up to You so that my soul may be refreshed daily by You.  Amen.
TUESDAY'S QUIZ: Who was Balaam? (try this one more day)
Tues- Quilters 9-2; Bible study 11:30-12:15; trustees meeting 7pm
Wed- Ash Wednesday supper 5:30; worship 6:30; newsletter deadline  
Sat- worship 5pm
Sun- worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; worship 11am; voter's meeting at 9:45
Supper starts at 5:30 and WORSHIP STARTS AT 6:30. Tell your friends, neighbors, relatives and everyone else you know about this wonderful opportunity for food,fellowship and worship!
Fried chicken and all the fixings for supper!!

Agendas are in the office. 
RURAL KING is donating 5% of net total of receipts to our congregation for purchases made this week, Feb 10-16.  Get your fertilizer, dog food, seeds, etc.  Bring your receipts, no photocopies, to the church office by the end of Feb.
We've raised somewhere around $8,000!!!  We are set to go to San Antonio for the youth gathering and to do some servant and mission trips for the coming years as well!!
There are way too many to thank!   It was, as always, an awesome event and everyone had a great time! 

We need to get the money in asap so that we can get it to Lutherans for Life!!!! 
There is a fun opening, a short study of the lesson for the day and then a fun time of science experiments and other activities!!
Come to Sunday school at 9:45am every Sunday to check it out!!!  You won't be disappointed!!!
A video based Bible study by Ken Ham, founder of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum, will begin this coming Sunday.  It begins with a study on the "Relevance of Genesis".  Each study is about a half hour of video followed by a half hour of discussion.  If you have been neglecting Bible study for a while, because of the subject matter, or for whatever reason, please consider coming back and joining us!  You won't be disappointed! 
A great time is planned for August 23-25 as we head to the Creation Museum just south of Cincinnati, Ohio.  We will be making a stop at the Abraham Lincoln National Historic Site in Kentucky on the way.  Along with the creation museum on Saturday, we will also enjoy a comedy on the Showboat majestic in the evening.  On Sunday we will tour the national museum of the US Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.  As usual, cost will depend on the number of people going.  As of now it should run about $350 per person, plus meals, or $506 a couple.  If you are interested in this trip, please sign the sheet on the counter in the narthex.  Again you may invite your friends and family to join us.

For BETTY SCHIRR who is recovering from eye surgery.
For CAL TAMELER who is having eye surgery today.
For CAROL KOHRS who is having gall bladder surgery tomorrow.
For LIL WINTER who is having back surgery next week.

For JOSIAH TULEY, a son of friends of the Hances who is going through chemotherapy treatments for cancer.
For SAM HARGROVE, who is still awaiting his commissioning.  It was cancelled this past weekend due to the northeastern snowstorm.
For THE NORTHEAST as they deal with the after effects of a record snowstorm.
For our CHURCH BODY, the LCMS, as it continues to deal with the world and it's own sinful nature.

For JEANETTE KOEHLER who at The CEDARS nursing home in Chesterfield. 
For ANITA ALTHEIDE, a friend of the Klaustermeiers from Hannibal, MO, who has been put on hospice care.
For MIKE WADE, a missionary St. Johns has sponsored for at least 12 years, as he has had to take leave because of severe migraine headaches.
For JASON FIGURA that God would keep him safe as he has to work on the east coast and be away from his family.  
For KIM, a friend of the Robines who undergoing a very difficult pregnancy. 



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