DEVOTION: "After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God." Acts 1:3-4 Even after 2,000 years people still deny the resurrection. As I always say, just because you don't believe it doesn't mean that it isn't true. When our own brains become our god, we are in big trouble. I really don't want a God that I can know everything about and that make completely perfect sense to me. I don't want a God who is on my level. I don't want a God that I can manipulate and change according to my own whims. I want a God who is in charge, who is Almighty, omnipresent, omniscient, and so much more. But guess what, it doesn't matter what I want. It only matters what GOD wants. And He wants me! he wants me to be with Him forever. he wants me to be free from guilt and shame. He wants me to believe in Him. To have all this he sent His Son Jesus to die for me. He raised Him from the dead for me. He gave hundreds of people convincing proofs that He was alive. He loves, me, guards and protects me from all danger, saves me, and holds on to me. He is THE PERFECT GOD! Let us pray: Lord God, help me to get over what I want, to lay it aside, and to surrender to Your will. Amen. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ TUESDAY'S QUIZ: Of all the commandments which one is the most important according to Jesus? OOPS: This quiz is from Monday, Nov 11th. I answered Matthew 22:35-40 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. Good job Dianne and Molly! ______________________________________________________________________________________ WEDNESDAY'S QUIZ: To whom did Luke write the book of Acts? ________________________________________________________________________________ CALENDAR Wed- Pastor's meeting in New Melle all day, Choir 7pm Fri- Assemble newsletter 9am Sat- worship 5pm Sun- worship 8:30 and 11; Sunday school and adult Bible class 9:45 _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ THE STORY: AN EXCITING NEW EXPERIENCE FOR OUR WHOLE CONGREGATION!! What is it? THE STORY is a book compiled and written by Max Lucado and Randy Frazee, which takes sections of the Bible and divides it up into 31 chapters and adds commentary and study notes to it. The best way to describe it is to call it a Reader's Digest condensed version of the Bible. It is not split up into chapters and verses but reads more like a novel, and it doesn't include every bit of the Bible, but most of the main sections and stories.
How will it work? As a family and as individual members of the congregation you will each get a copy of the book. There are different versions for adults, teens, older elementary age and younger children. You will get these and read chapter 1 before January 5. Each week we will go through a chapter of the book in every part of the church's life: in Worship, Bible Studies, Confirmation and in the Home for personal devotions.
Why are we doing this? This is a great opportunity for all of us to read through the Bible TOGETHER in 31 weeks and for us to all literally be on the same page.The materials are excellent.It is a fantastic way for us to grow together as a church and or us to reach out to the community with the Gospel!
What about special weeks like Holy Week and Easter? We will take several weeks off throughout these eight months, one for Life Sunday in January, one for Easter and another two or three when I am going to be gone for Spring Break and other vacations. A specific schedule will be coming out in the next week or so.
How do we get the books? Each adult will be asked to buy a book for $6. A table will be set up in the narthex to buy them before and after services for the next several weeks or you can call Marilyn in the office at 456-2888 to purchase your during the week.
What about the kids? All children will receive a copy that is age appropriate courtesy of the Janet Wagner fund. There will be a table set up for the next several weeks for adults to buy books. Kids will get theirs in Sunday school .
What kind of help is needed to make this a success? We have several volunteers already to sell books, but could use a few more to sell before and after services until everyone who wants a copy of the book has one. I would also like someone, a man or a woman, who would be willing to lead a study of it during the week.
Can I order books for family members who are not members? There will also be an order form for those of you who want to buy books for your children, grandchildren, relatives, and friends. PLEASE NOTE THAT PRICES WILL FLUCTUATE ON FUTURE ORDERS DUE TO PRICE CHANGES WITH BOOK DISTRIBUTORS AND PUBLISHING HOUSES.
Where can I go to get more info? Please go to www.thestory.com for more info. _____________________________________________________________________________________________ THANKSGIVING EVE WORSHIP AT 7PM WEDNESDAY There will be no Thanksgiving Day worship. ________________________________________________________________ ST. JOHN'S WILL HELP OPERATION BACKPACK WITH PEANUT BUTTER You may have read in the Warrenton Record that Operation Backpack is in desperate need of food items.
Operation Backpack is a program that provides food for needy children on weekends. Most of these kids are able to get reduced or free breakfast and lunch at school daily, but since there is no school on weekends they often don't have enough food to make it through the weekend. The food gets brought to a central location and then disbursed to the most needy of children in our area schools. It is done discreetly without any other kids knowing about it.
A few Warrenton area churches have teamed up to provide the food. Each church is taking a different food item (kind of like we used to do for the Ditty bags for soldiers).
St. John's is in charge of peanut butter.
Please bring jars of peanut butter to church within the next two weeks so we can get them to the kids who need them asap. Any jars of peanut butter will do as long as they can comfortably fit in a backpack