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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Announcements & Scripture for Sunday (4/19/15)

Announcements

  • Men mark your calendars for Saturday May 2, 2015, our normal men's breakfast will be held at Kelly Kothman's and we will have a special Dutch oven menu.
  • Come to Fellowship Hall for donuts and coffee then prayer @ 9:15 each Sunday then stay for Sunday School.
  • After School Program for grades K-5 – Tuesday, at 3:30-5 PM.
  • Youth Group for grades 6-12 – Wednesday, 6-7:30 PM. 
  • The Flower Calendar is in the bulletin board in the hallway
Scripture 

Acts 10:1-17 (ESV)
At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of what was known as the Italian Cohort, [2] a devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God. [3] About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God come in and say to him, "Cornelius."  [4] And he stared at him in terror and said, "What is it, Lord?" And he said to him, "Your prayers and your alms have ascended as a memorial before God. [5] And now send men to Joppa and bring one Simon who is called Peter. [6] He is lodging with one Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the seaside." [7] When the angel who spoke to him had departed, he called two of his servants and a devout soldier from among those who attended him, [8] and having related everything to them, he sent them to Joppa.  [9] The next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray. [10] And he became hungry and wanted something to eat, but while they were preparing it, he fell into a trance [11] and saw the heavens opened and something like a great sheet descending, being let down by its four corners upon the earth. [12] In it were all kinds of animals and reptiles and birds of the air. [13] And there came a voice to him: "Rise, Peter; kill and eat." [14] But Peter said, "By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean." [15] And the voice came to him again a second time, "What God has made clean, do not call common." [16] This happened three times, and the thing was taken up at once to heaven.  [17] Now while Peter was inwardly perplexed as to what the vision that he had seen might mean, behold, the men who were sent by Cornelius, having made inquiry for Simon's house, stood at the gate  

Acts 10:34-35 (ESV)  
So Peter opened his mouth and said: "Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, [35] but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.

Questions for reflection

  1. At an ethnic food festival, would you try a variety of international dishes or immediately seek out the hot dog stand? Why?
  2. What did Peter experience while food was being prepared for him? (10:10-16)
  3. What did Peter see in a vision? (10:11-12)
  4. What did the voice instruct Peter to do? (10:13)
  5. Why did Peter protest against the command to eat? (10:14)
  6. How were Peter’s objections silenced? (10:15)
  7. What are some reasons we reject or avoid certain people?
  8. Peter’s dream was unexpected; how does God deal with us in surprising ways?
  9. How does God give us clear directions through other Christians?
  10. How should your church treat visitors who are different from the rest of the congregation?
  11. How can you show acceptance of those who don’t “fit in”?

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (4/12/15)

Scripture 
Matthew 28:16-20 (ESV) 
Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.  [17] And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted.  [18] And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  [19] Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  [20] teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

Questions for Reflection
1. What is the most exciting news you have received in the last month?
2. Why did the disciples assemble on the specific mountain they chose? (28:16)
3. Who appeared to the disciples? When? (28:16-17)
4. What responses did Jesus’ appearance elicit? (28:17)
5. What did Jesus say about Himself? (28:18)
6. Where did Jesus tell His disciples to go? (28:19)
7. What did Jesus tell His disciples to make? (28:19)
8. What activities were the disciples to be involved in? (28:19-20)
9. With what words of comfort did Jesus leave His disciples? (28:20)
10. What does it mean to “make disciples”?
11. What role do you have in making disciples?

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

April 2015 Newsletter

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April 2015 Newsletter

Have a great day!! ~ Carmen

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Scripture for Easter Sunday (4/5/15)

Holy Week Schedule
  1. Maundy Thursday, April 2nd, Communion Service 6:00pm 
  2. Good Friday, April 3rd, Tenebrae Service 7:00pm
  3. Saturday, April 4th, Men's Breakfast 8:00am
  4. Easter Sunday, April 5th, Easter Egg Hunt During the Sunday School Hour.  Please bring some cookies to share for fellowship time.  Come to Fellowship Hall for donuts and coffee then prayer @ 9:15 each Sunday then stay for Sunday School.

Scripture
Matthew 28:1-10 (ESV)  
Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb.  [2] And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.  [3] His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow.  [4] And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men.  [5] But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.  [6] He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.  [7] Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you."  [8] So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.  [9] And behold, Jesus met them and said, "Greetings!" And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him.  [10] Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me."

Questions for Reflection

  1. In your opinion, what is the most significant event in history?
  2. What amazing news did the angel announce to the women at the tomb? (28:5-6)
  3. What invitation did the angel give the women? (28:6)
  4. What command did the angel give Mary Magdalene and “the other Mary”? (28:7)
  5. How did the women feel as they left the tomb? (28:8)
  6. What kind of meeting took place as the women were going to tell the disciples about Jesus? (28:9)
  7. How did the women respond when Jesus met them? (28:9)
  8. What words of challenge and comfort did the women receive? (28:10)
  9. Why is the Resurrection important to us as Christians?
  10. What attitude should we have in light of the fact of Jesus’ resurrection?

Monday, March 30, 2015

Scripture & Questions for Sunday (4/5/15)

Holy Week Schedule
1. Maundy Thursday, April 2nd, Communion Service 6:00 PM
2. Good Friday, April 3rd, Tenebrae Service 7:00 PM
3. Saturday, April 4th, Men's Breakfast 8:00 AM
4. Easter Sunday, April 5th, Easter Egg Hunt During the Sunday School Hour

We will have our annual Easter Egg Hunt during the Sunday School hour on Easter Sunday. Please bring some cookies to share for fellowship time. The High School Youth will be stuffing the Easter Eggs during our Wednesday Night fellowship so please bring plastic eggs and candy to the church office by Wednesday afternoon.

Scripture
Matthew 21:1-17 (ESV)  
Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Beth-phage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, [2] saying to them, "Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. [3] If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord needs them,' and he will send them at once." [4] This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying, 
[5] "Say to the daughter of Zion, 'Behold, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.' "  [6] The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. [7] They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. [8] Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. [9] And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" [10] And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, "Who is this?" [11] And the crowds said, "This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee." 
[12] And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. [13] He said to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer,' but you make it a den of robbers." 
[14] And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them.  [15] But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" they were indignant, [16] and they said to him, "Do you hear what these are saying?" And Jesus said to them, "Yes; have you never read, " 'Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise'?" [17] And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and lodged there.

Questions for Reflection
1. Jesus sent two of His disciples to find and return with what? Why? (21:2-3)
2. Why was this incident significant? (21:4-5)
3. How did the two disciples respond to Jesus’ instructions? (21:6)
4. When the men returned with the donkey and colt, what did Jesus do? (21:7)
5. What did the gathered crowd place on the road? Why? (21:8)
6. What size crowd participated in welcoming Jesus? (21:8)
7. What did the crowds shout as Jesus entered Jerusalem? (21:9)
8. How did this “parade” affect those living in Jerusalem? (21:10)
9. How much do you think “the crowds” today understand Jesus’ purpose and mission?
10. In what ways do we simplistically “cheer” Jesus?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Holy Week Schedule

Holy Week Schedule

1. Maundy Thursday, April 2nd, Communion Service 6:00pm
2. Good Friday, April 3rd, Tenebrae Service 7:00pm
3. Saturday, April 4th, Men's Breakfast 8:00am
4. Easter Sunday, April 5th, Easter Egg Hunt During the Sunday School Hour

Palm Sunday is this Sunday, March 29th , during  Sunday school beginning at 9:45 a.m. There will be fellowship and breakfast served to all. We will then have a short devotional, and our children will present a youth choir special. Parents please have your children there at 9:30.

Scripture for Sunday (3/29/15)

Scripture
Matthew 21:1-17 (ESV)  
Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Beth-phage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, [2] saying to them, "Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. [3] If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord needs them,' and he will send them at once." [4] This took place to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying, 
    [5] "Say to the daughter of Zion,
    'Behold, your king is coming to you,
        humble, and mounted on a donkey,
        and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.' "
[6] The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. [7] They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. [8] Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. [9] And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, "Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!" [10] And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, "Who is this?" [11] And the crowds said, "This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee." 
[12] And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. [13] He said to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer,' but you make it a den of robbers." 
[14] And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them.  [15] But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying out in the temple, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" they were indignant, [16] and they said to him, "Do you hear what these are saying?" And Jesus said to them, "Yes; have you never read,
    " 'Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies
        you have prepared praise'?"
    [17] And leaving them, he went out of the city to Bethany and lodged there.