Sometimes we find ourselves in situations that are uncomfortable and are not ideal. We had other plans in mind. We wanted to be somewhere else, but we are in a situation, a circumstance, or even a city that may have been our second, third or even last choice.
We didn't plan to get laid off. We didn't plan to get cancer. We didn't plan to lose our loved one. We were only going to be at our current job until we found a better one, and here we are 10 years later. This house was only temporary. I wanted to retire when I was 65, but the financial crisis happened. These things just happen, and we are left wondering what to do next.
The Israelites were in a similar situation. Because of their idolatry and their refusal to do God's will, God was giving them over to the trouble that was coming to them, namely slavery and exile in Babylon. They would be torn away from their homeland, from their roots, and from everything they knew and they would be foreigners in a strange land.
So what does God tell them to do? Does he tell them to just sit tight and wait? Does he tell them to whine and complain about it? Does he tell them to stew in their sins? NO! he tells them to build houses and live in them, plant gardens and eat their harvest, take wives and have sons and daughters....." He even tell them to pray for the city in which they have been brought, because if that city prospers they will prosper too.
You may not like your job, you may not like your community, you may not even like your church too much. But God is telling you to BLOOM WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED. Trust that God will work out all kinds of great things for you and through you! Trust God that he will bless the house, city, community, and church in which you live. Trust God that if you love the people where you are, great things will happen and you will be blessed to be a blessing!
Don't be so filled with ambition and the need for success that you ignore where you are at the present time. Succeed where you are! Make this place the best place it can be! Love this place and the people in it!
Let us pray: Lord, help me to see you in my circumstances and situations so that I may bloom where you have planted me. Amen.
LAST TIME'S QUIZ: How old was Jehoiachin when he became king and how long did he reign? Some Hebrew manuscripts say he was 8, others say 18. It is unclear. He reigned only three months.
TODAY'S QUIZ: Who was the last king of Israel?
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 fundraising program for the church 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!
Here is the link to find out more about 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 firstname.lastname@example.org , 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:
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
Coleen Bottorff- That she can find a buyer for her house in Lakeview Estates.
Carol Brazee- Thank you that she and Don have remained healthy
Don Brazee- Thank you that he and Carol have remained healthy
For JOYCE SCHIEN as she is being placed into hospice care today. (She and Ken moved down to a nursing home in Oklahoma close to their son a year and a half ago.)
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.
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