By Pastor Ken Klaus, Speaker Emeritus of The Lutheran Hour
Use these devotions in your newsletter and bulletin! Used by permission; all rights reserved by the Int'l LLL (LHM).
"A Sure Cure"
August 10, 2015
But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7
"If proven effective, this is going to be a game-changer."
That is a quote taken from Dr. Margaret Chan, the director of the World Health Organization. She was talking about a vaccine for Ebola developed by the Canadian government.
As we all know, Ebola is a particularly nasty beastie. It is incredibly contagious and, all too often, has proven to be fatal to those who have contracted it. With global jet travel being commonplace, there was always the fear the virus would break out of its confined geographical area and decimate the general population.
These facts inspired many governments and leading pharmaceutical firms to move quickly to find some sort of effective preventative.
Canada's researchers may have discovered the answer.
Their vaccine has been tested on two different groups of people. A total of 7,500 people who had been exposed to the virus received the vaccine. Four thousand of those folks received the shot within 10 days of their exposure, while the rest were inoculated after the 10-day mark.
Among the folks who got the vaccine immediately, not one of them came down with the virus. And for the folks whose shot was delayed? Amazingly, they also had good results, with only 16 cases of Ebola being reported.
As one observing authority said, "I don't see any reason on humanitarian grounds why it should not be used immediately."
Truly, the world ought to rejoice if a terrible disease like Ebola can be eradicated.
Of course, it would not be the first time a killer has been successfully dealt with, is it? Two-thousand years ago, God's innocent Son was nailed to a cross outside the walls of Jerusalem. Having lived a perfect life and fulfilled all the Lord's laws, Jesus took our sins with Him to the cross. There, dying our death, He managed to wipe out the condemnation of sin.
Christ's glorious third-day resurrection from the dead says His work has been successful, and now there is forgiveness and salvation for all who believe on Him as their Savior.
As the apostle John wrote, "... the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin."
Did you hear that? John says, "ALL sin."
That means Jesus has conquered big sins and little sins; common sins, and those which are unique; sins which are known to us, and those which have remained unobserved; sins which are troubling, and those which are too easily accepted.
Because of the Savior's sacrifice, humanity's survival rate for sin is 100 percent -- at least for those who believe. And that makes this good news a real game-changer.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, may I always give thanks for the life which has been given to me through the shed blood of my Savior. May the good news of forgiveness be embraced and shared with a dying world. This I ask in my Savior's Name. Amen.
LAST TIME'S QUIZ: Who is Habakkuk?
TODAY'S QUIZ: How old was Jehoiachin when he became king and how long did he reign?
Mon- Family Night 6-7:30
Tues- Quilters 9-2; Bible study 11:30-12:15
Thurs- Little Lambs Open House 8-11am; FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
Sat- Worship 5
Sun- Worship 8:30 and 11; Sunday school 9:45; Voter's meeting 9:45
Acolyte- 8:30- Alaina Heitgerd ; 11- Zach Hoelscher
Ushers- Alan Hofeldt, Tim Linke, Rich Talbert, Don Turnure
Altar- Set up- Ruth Walters ; Clean Up- Terry McKenzie
Communion Assistants- Sat- Randy Fischer; 8:30- Dave Winter; 11- Jim Rahn
Greeters- 8:30- Walt and Betty Schirr; 11- Mike and Naomi Johnson
Lay readers- Sat- Kathy Fischer 8:30- Sandra Perricone 11- Kailyn Blechle
Sat. Pianist- Tim Sherman; Sun @ 11- Doug Walters
Organist- Rachel Fisher
Projectionists: Sat- Perricone; Sun- 8:30- Schaumberg
NEWS!!!! PLEASE READ IT ALL!!!!
QUARTERLY VOTER'S MEETING THIS SUNDAY AT 9:45!!!
Come hear about a brand new way off fundraising program called SCRIPPS!!
KELSEY OVERBECK WILL BE INSTALLED ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 23, at 11am FOLLOWED BY A TACO BAR LUNCH AT NOON!!!
Come and show your support for her and give her God's blessings.
Call church or Karin Klaustermeier to let us know you're coming for lunch!!!
ATTENTION ALL YOUTH!! SLIP N SLIDE KICK BALL THIS FRIDAY at 5:30!!!
It is kickball with a twist. The bases are kiddie pools and there's a slip n slide into home.
Let Kelsey know if you will attend and feel free to bring a friend or three!!
WE NEED YOU TO HELP WITH THE CARNIVAL ON SEPTEMBER 12 from 11am-7pm
The carnival committee is in need of the following items for our carnival on Sept. 12!!
1. POP UP CANOPIES-- for stations and coolers. Make sure yours is marked clearly with your name so you get it back.
2. EMAIL ADDRESSES-- If we have your email address you will get an invitation to share with others and a coupon to use for free food. This email list will not be used for any other purpose.
#. VOLUNTEERS!!! It will take a small army to make this the huge success we want it to be!! Please sign up on the counter in the narthex or call the church office!
A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED OR HELPED IN ANY WAY WITH THE 7TH ANNUAL GOLF OUTING AS WORKERS, HOLE SPONSORS, AND/OR PARTICIPANTS!!
Close to $1,000 was raised to benefit Little Lambs!
Scores are posted on the bulletin board in the office hallway.
A very special thank you to Alan Hofeldt for doing such a wonderful job of organizing it and for putting up with all the headaches that go with it!
It is called "First Step Back Home. It is run by Paul and Lana Kruse.
Attached you will find their newsletter and a flyer for a concert coming up at Warrenton Christian Church to support them.
Here's a link to their website.
Check it out and see if this is an organization that could use your help as a volunteer or as a donor
UPDATED CHURCH DIRECTORIES ARE IN YOUR CHURCH MAILBOXES!
You'll have to come to church to pick them up!
FLOAT TRIP! FLOAT TRIP!! FLOAT TRIP!!! FLOAT TRIP!!!!
Do you enjoy the outdoors? Do you like to float down lazy rivers with friends? Do you enjoy rafts and coolers filled with all sorts of beverages and snacks? Then sign up and join us for the fourth annual Labor Day float trip!
1. We will once again go through Ozark Outdoors.
A. Canoe rental is $20 per person. A child can ride for free as the THIRD person in the canoe.
B. Single person kayaks are available at $28 per person.
C. Rafts are available at $29 per person. Children 7-12 yrs old can ride for $15 and children under 7 are free if raft minimums are met.
D. Tubes are $25 per person
E. Rides on the bus are $30 a person if you have your own equipment.
2. ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT IS IT IS A FLOAT AND NOT A RACE! Float a little, stop, have a snakcc and a drink, wait for the rest of the group and then move on.
3. What will you need? Sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, cooler, drinks, lunch, and a positive attitude.
4. Contact Teresa Scott to sign up email@example.com , 359-5041, or Schraer Heating and Cooling at 456-5041. When signing up please provide your email address and BEST contact number.
5. If you choose to spend the weekend down there, please make camping, hotel, or cabin arrangements through Ozark Outdoors, www.ozarkoutdoors.net or with Onondaga State Park. Currently there are reservable basic sites available for the weekend at Onandaga.
UNMARKED BLUE ENVELOPE CONTRIBUTIONS ARE GOING TO THE BUILDING EXPANSION PROGRAM
If you'd like it to go to the DCE fund you need to mark it for that! Please make sure you mark the ENVELOPE clearly for the DCE PROGRAM!
DO YOU HAVE A KROGER CARD? ENROLL IT IN THE COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM!!!
Register it online www.krogercommunityrewards.com and have it swiped each time you shop to earn money for Little Lambs.
Each day of the week there are four people to pray for. If there are specific prayer requests I will list them here. If not their name will remain blank, but you should still pray for them in a "general" way:
Sunday and Today:
Hailey Blechle- starting school
Kailyn Blechle- starting school
Kayla Bodimer- starting college next week
Carol Boeger- granddaughter Marla Seymour, still recovering from a severe car accident and unable to work
For MARILYN FOSTER'S SISTER MARCIE, recovering from a double mastectomy. She is doing well.
For the CHRISTOPHENE FAMILY as baby Piper was born yesterday and as mom recovers.
For MARK CHRISTOPHENE as he starts a new job today.
For ANDREA EBERT as she is now on bedrest until her twins are born. (Due date is the beginning of October)
For SANDY ROBINE who is recovering well from knee replacement surgery
For GENE HILGENDDORF as he continues to recover from a motorcycle accident.
For DENISE SCHLESSELMANN as she is in the USA for a short furlough and as she travels to gain more support for her mission work.
For CORA CLUVER'S DAD, who is recovering from a severe motorcycle accident that paralyzed him from the neck down.
For DAVE AND CAROL KOHRS, who are BOTH on hospice care.
For OUR DCE INTERN, KELSEY OVERBECK, that the Lord's will is done concerning her call to a church to be a full time DCE.
For WILMA WEIGLE as she continues to deal with the after effects of a severe stroke almost two years ago.