Prayer request



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Date:09/18/2014 4:45 PM (GMT-06:00)
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Please pray for Ann Panhorst for successful basal cell surgery in the temple area (no nerve damage or skin grafts) next Tues and Wed. 

Daily Devotion: Thursday, September 18, 2014

DEVOTION:  "For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.  But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even this that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God."  1 Corinthians 1:26-29
 
 
Christianity is not for the tough, the proud, or the self righteous.  You read that right.    If you are any of those things God is going to use the opposite of those things to bring you to your knees before him. 
 
That's what I like and dislike about being a Christian.  On the one hand there is no pretense.  There is no richer people ruling the rest of it.  Everyone in the church is equal.  I like that a lot! 
 
On the other hand, when I begin to think of myself as better than others because of my standing in the church or the fact that I am a pastor, God usually does something or lets something happen in my life that doesn't feel too good to bring me back down to reality.  That stinks, because it is usually a time of discomfort and deep soul searching that I must go through to be brought to my own knees in repentance.  It doesn't feel good to give up our own "comforts" and our own "ideas" in order for God to do what He needs to do in our hearts and in our lives. 
 
On the other hand, when we do finally give it up, let go, and just get it all out there is this huge sense of relief, because it is so hard to hold on to our own self righteousness, it is so hard to keep up the fa├žade, and it is just plain depressing to keep lying to ourselves and to God. "If we say we have not sinned, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us, but if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  
 
God uses the faith of little children to show us what true faith should look like.   He called nasty fishermen and tax collectors to be his disciples to show us that it doesn't require perfection to enter into Christ's presence.  He uses a simple faith in all that He has done for us to bring us to eternal life so that we never begin to think that it is because we are better or have done more good!
 
Realize that you were nothing when God called you!  Realize that you don't even deserve for God to give you a second thought.  Bu then also realize that your worth is in Christ!  Realize that God loved you so much that He sent His Son to die for you! 
 
Prayer:  Lord God, help me to always be humbled before you so that you can lift me up!  Amen.
 
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YESTERDAY'S QUIZ:    How many chapters are in Job? 42

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TODAY'S QUIZ:  What was Matthew before Jesus called him as a disciple?
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CALENDAR:
Fri- Bible Study at Hendershot's 7pm
Sat- NO BIBLE STUDY!!; Worship 5
Sun- worship 8:30; Bible Study and Sunday school 9:45; worship 11; Elder's meeting noon
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WORSHIP WORKERS FOR THIS WEEK

Acolytes- 8:30- Gus Klaustermeier  11- Devin Miller
Altar guild- Set up- Terry McKenzie; Clean Up-- Terry McKenzie
Greeters- 8:30- John Fahrni; 11- Hendershots
Communion Assistants- Sat-  Rich Boeger; 8:30- Rich Talbert; 11- Charlie Figura
Lay Readers- Sat- Marcai Sevier; 8:30- Jacob Nagel;  11am- Lynn Figura
8:30 Ushers- George Hoelscher, Gary Hoelscher, Ben HOelscher, Brent Davis
Projectors- Sat- Perricone; 8:30- Panhorst; 11- Zack Hoelscher

Pianists/organists Sat- Tim Sherman;  Sun- Melissa Pedersen  11am- Doug Walters
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NEWS:
THERE WILL BE NO BIBLE STUDY FOR THE NEXT TWO SATURDAYS
This week I have a meeting scheduled, and next week I will be gone on the men's retreat.  We will resume Saturday Bible class on Sat. Oct. 4 as we begin a new study on what the Bible says about heaven.
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GROUP BUS TRIP FOR SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6 TO TOUR THE CATHOLIC RECTORY IN HERMANN AND GO TO OSAGE BEACH FOR DINNER AND A CHRISTMAS SHOW AT MAIN STREET MUSIC HALL!!
They are in need of more people to sign up!!  If they don't get enough people the trip will have to be canceled!!  Anyone can go!
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 WORK DAY AND POTLUCK COMING UP SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5 BEGINNING AT NOON!
 Meat and cheese trays, bread, and drinks will be provided!!  Please sign up to come on the sign up sheet on the table int he narthex, and bring a dish to share!
 
Please be a part of this fun time of fellowship and work! 
 
Below are the projects that we will be working on at church
1. Dirt work in the swaile between the Linke's property and the parking lot
2. Work on the lights at the north end of the building
3. Trim bushes around church building
4. clean out storage areas by pavilion
5. narthex flooring (pull up carpet, fix subfloor, and put down new flooring)
6. cleaning projects all around church (pews, shelves, closets, etc.)
7. Write "Thinking of You" and other encouragements to soldiers, college students, and shut ins.
 
There are also some projects that we will be working on at Good Shepherd in Wright City
1. parking stops need to be lined up and pinned down to keep them from moving
2. landscaping in front of building
3. Removing weeds from playground
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A NEW YEAR OF SUNDAY SCHOOL HAS BEGUN!!
Kids ages 3-18 will be going through a new, exciting, and fun curriculum based on stories from the Scriptures!!  PLEASE GET YOUR KIDS AND GRANDKIDS TO SUNDAY SCHOOL!!!
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COME AND CHECK OUT ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL!!
This weekend we are taking a look at Matthew, who he was and who God made him to be. 
 
Next weekend (Sept. 28) Pastor Grund will be leading Bible study on a topic of his choice. 
 
On Oct. 4 and 5 we will be starting a new study titled  "What is heaven like?"  This study will be based on the Scriptures first and foremost and we will talk about the glory we will experience and the face to face contact we will have with Jesus. 
 
Get out of the dark and into the light when it comes to your knowledge about paradise!  Come and get all your questions answered! 
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PRAISE BAND COULD STILL USE MORE MUSICIANS AND SINGERS!!
If you play keyboard, guitar, or drums or you like to sing those contemporary worship songs.  PLEASE COME TO PRAISE BAND PRACTICE ON TUESDAY NIGHTS AT 6PM!!!  They want you there!!
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Kelsey updates our website weekly!  Check it out!!  www.stjohnwarrenton.org
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PRAYER REQUESTS:  (If you have a prayer request please reply to this email or call me at 636-359-1061)
For ED KOHRS as he is having a procedure today to remove fluid from his lungs in the hospital.
 
For Mary Aubuchon's sister, MARCILLE FORD, who is gravely ill and may be nearing the end of her life.
 
For KADELYN HUSTER recovering well from surgery.  She may even go to school tomorrow.
 
For THE FAMILY OF NORMAN TEMME, especially Harold Temme and Lois Frick as they mourn his loss today.
 
For LIL WINTER as she is recovering from pneumonia.
 
For MARY STEMLER as she fell and suffered several cracked ribs.
 
For thanksgiving for PETE FRENZIA who is recovering well at home from knee replacement surgery.  
 
For thanksgiving for MIM DUNN, as she is beginning to walk again with assistance.
 
For BILL WOOLF as he recovers from a broken ankle.  He is working with it.
For FRANCES LAMKIN, Sandra Perricone's aunt, who is dealing with many health issues.
 
For our NATION'S MILITARY LEADERS AND SOLDIERS as they figure out what to do about the imminent threats from ISIS.
 
For HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA, who are being persecuted to the point of death for their faith. 
 
 


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