Why am I biking three days in Kansas??

Hello Family and Friends,
I greatly value and appreciate our relationship and want to let you know I have taken on the physical challenge with 23 other riders from LeadaChild and around 800 other bikers, of biking across the state of Kansas to raise awareness and financial support for LeadaChild CCCS. 
Pray that I make it. Emoji I will be biking June 11-13, and going about 220 miles, the rest of the group will be biking the whole week and going a total of 550 miles.  If you are interested in seeing what and where we will be biking go to: www.bak.org 
As you may know, LeadaChild provides Christian education to over 26,000 children in 30 countries. The website is: www.leadachild.org.  Would you consider sponsoring my ride by clicking here or if you would like send a check, that is fine also. Make checks out to CCCS, 1000 SW 10th Ave., Topeka, KS. 66604.  
Any amount will make an impact, but our 23 bikers for LeadaChild CCCS is trying to raise $100,000 and I am trying to raise $25,000.   I currently have $5,650 raised toward that goal. A long ways to go however,
With the Lord anything is possible, even a big old lug like me making it across Kansas.Emoji
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Jeremiah 29: 11

Sunday's Message: "Discipline: Evidence of God's Love

Check it out, especially if you didn't make it to worship yesterday!

Monday, May 19, 2014

DEVOTION: 10 The Lord spoke to Manasseh and to his people, but they paid no attention. 11 Therefore the Lord brought upon them the commanders of the army of the king of Assyria, who captured Manasseh with hooks and bound him with chains of bronze and brought him to Babylon. 12 And when he was in distress, he entreated the favor of the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. 13 He prayed to him, and God was moved by his entreaty and heard his plea and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord was God.  2 Chronicles 33:10-13
God's purpose for allowing us to go through times of suffering and trial is not simply to make us go through those things as some type of punishment.  It is to bring us to repentance.  He wants us to turn away from our sins so that we might live. 
That was the problem with Manasseh.  He was way out there in his idolatry.  He did the opposite of everything his father, Hezekiah did.  Instead of worshiping God, he worshiped everything the Lord had made.  He rebuilt the high places that his father tore down.  He built altars to false gods in the temple.  He did evil in the eyes of the Lord.
Yet, we see that when Manasseh finally came to his senses and to the realization that there was only one God and that He alone was to be praised, God looked with compassion on him and brought him back to reign in Jerusalem.  He gave him back the kingdom.  He forgave him. 
You might be in a deep time of idolatry right now.  All your thoughts are about money and not about the Lord.  Your focus is on your career instead of how you can honor God with that career.  Your time is too precious to you so that you don't have time, or even want to make time to come to God's house for worship.  I could go on and on.  These things are as much idols as the "starry hosts" that Manasseh bowed down to. 
Make today a day of repentance so that the Lord God can give you His love and His grace.  Come to a better realization that the Lord alone is God and He alone is worthy of your time, your honor, and your worship!  Love Him with all you have, because He first loved you! 
Prayer:  Lord God, help me to get rid of the idols in my life so that my heart may be totally devoted to you.  Amen.
YESTERDAY'S QUIZ:  How old was Hezekiah when he became king and how long did he reign in Judah?  25
TODAY'S QUIZ:  How old was Manasseh when he became king?
Mon- Youth group 6pm; Open Building Committee meeting 7pm
Tues- Quilters 9-2; Bible Study 11:30-12:15
Wed- Ladies Aid noon; Choir 7pm
Fri- Newsletter assembly 9am
Sat- Bible study 4; worship 5
Sun- worship 8:30; Sunday school 9:45; worship 11
Acolytes- 8:30- Rebecca Bettlach  11- Kailyn Blechle
Altar guild- Set up- Lucille Luebke; Clean Up-- Cheryl Bettlach and Betty Schirr
Greeters- 8:30- Brett and Amanda Nordwald 11- Mike and Naomi Johnsons
Communion Assistants- Sat- Don Turnure; 8:30- John Hachtel; 11- Steve Robine
Lay Readers- Sat- Marcia Sevier; 8:30- Allan Dreyer;  11am- Steve Robine
8:30 Ushers- Allan Dreyer, Lew Feldkamp, Kent Jacobsmeyer, Paul Klover

Projectors- Sat- ???????, 8:30- Terry Mc Kenzie, 11- Oliver Landwehr
Sat pianist- Barb Dreyer
KELSEY OVERBECK (OUR DCE INTERN) WILL BE INDUCTED ON SUNDAY, JUNE 22nd!!  There will be a potluck at noon to welcome her!
1. Due to much concern about starting on Father's Day her induction and start date has been moved back a week. 
2. Please sign up on the sheet in the narthex that you will be there and be bringing a dish to share.
We will study Chapter 17 tonight and then have some fun outside.  Ultimate Frisbee anyone?
This is a time to learn a bit about the history of the building program and where we currently stand.  It will also be a tie for you to present your ideas about how to move forward and maybe get it done quicker, as well as ask any questions you may have.
THE STORY: CHAPTER 17 "The Kingdom's Fall" IS THIS WEEK!!!
Read all about the captivity of Judah by Babylon and see yourself in the people of Judah.
PLEASE KEEP UP WITH YOUR READINGS AND COME TO BIBLE STUDY!!  I know it is difficult, but make time!  It is very important!
DONUT LIST NEEDS FILLING  (pun intended)!!!
Please consider bringing donuts, muffins, or another kind of treat for our fellowship time.  Here are the dates:
May 25- Terry McKenzie
June 1-
June 8- Dave and Linda Callies
June 15-
June 22-
June 29-
July 6-
July 13-
July 20-
July 27-
Aug 3-
Aug 10-
Aug 17-
Aug 24-
Aug 31-
Wonderful blaze orange t-shirts are for sale for $10 a piece to help support our board of outreach and evangelism's efforts and to raise money to provide for those in need.  Pick up your size today and put your $10 in the box provided!!!  They are located in the narthex (entry way) of church upstairs.
The four year old class is full and there is a waiting list that people can get on if they wish. 
The three year old class still has several spaces available.  If you know of someone or you would like to get your own child in to this class please call the church office asap!!! 


October 4--A DAY IN ST. LOUIS--  We will tour places that are hidden gems in St. Louis
Let Marilyn know if you are interested in either of these trip so she can make definite plans.
I will be biking across part of Kansas, about 220 miles in all, on June 7-9 to raise money for Leadachild.org.  Lead a Child is a LCMS recognized service organization that provides funding for kids to attend schools, many of them Christian schools, in third world countries.  It has provided A LOT for ministries and missions to help kids who would otherwise have NO EDUCATION in places like Guatemala, Kenya, Uganda, Mexico, and many other places.  Please consider supporting me so that we can continue to support children throughout the world!  As of January 1, I am also on the board of directors for this organization.
PRAYER REQUESTS:  (If you have a prayer request please reply to this email or call me at 636-359-1061)
For CHARLES HARGROVE, Dave's dad, who is in hospital with heart issues.
For ED KOHRS, who is recovering from cancer surgery on his face and mouth.  He has been moved to Delmar Gardens in Fenton.
For BEN FRICK, who has also been dealing with pneumonia and weakness for the last two weeks at least.
For EMOGENE FRYANT, friend of Marv and Molly Hendershot, who has been placed on hospice care.
For CHERI VERME, daughter of Lil WInter, who is suffering from severe osteoporosis and has a cracked pelvis (all the way across her pelvis) because of it.
For FRAN WAGNER, a good friend of Sandy Robine, who has been placed on hospice care.
For TRICIA MEYER, who is dealing with ovarian cancer.  She is a friend of many in our congregation.
For KELSEY OVERBECK as she finishes up her schooling at Concordia, Seward and moves to Warrenton to become our DCE intern. 

THOSE WITH CANCER, especially RICK SPINIOLAS, and the many others among our family and friends who are struggling with cancer.

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