meeting

On Sunday the 28th, we had a congregational meeting to vote on a motion brought from church council.  The meeting was started by reciting our Behavioral Covenant statement in unison.

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meeting

On Sunday the 28th, we had a congregational meeting to vote on a motion brought from church council.  The meeting was started by reciting our Behavioral Covenant statement in unison.

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  • Pastoral Search Committee as they get closer to reviewing candidates
  • Fritz Lansky
  • Brent Keller as he continues his cancer treatments
  • Bill Purtzer, Ann Frost’s brother as he starts cancer treatment
  • The “Back Yard Bible Club” to be held at the Greenfield’s this week
  • Jean Heintzelman as she recovers from back injuries sustained in a recent fall
  • Bob and Martha Peterson and family on the recent loss of their brother-in-law, Bob Brynolf
  • The family of Lin Hanson (former LCC member) as they gather for his memorial service tomorrow.


Luke 12:22-37 
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July 28, 2013
Pastor Dwight A. Nelson

“For the pagan world runs after all these things (what you will eat and drink) and your father knows that you need them. But seek his Kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.”

Jesus has been talking in this section of Luke about the goodness of God. He wants people to know about God’s love and his provision for them. He tells his disciples not to worry or be anxious, and not to live with a self-exalting sense of what to eat and what to wear. Joel Green points out that “Jesus can locate evidences of God’s generosity and care in the world all around him and so teaches an alternative approach to life.” This is where we might wonder about Jesus, or even disagree with him. Many people live with circumstances where they do not feel the provision of God. Darrell Bock writes, “Anxiety is a natural response to sensing events that are beyond our control. Worry casts doubt on God’s care.”

Again, Green writes, “What is so obvious to Jesus is obscure to many others, apart from faith in God and faith in God’s redemptive activity in Christ.” So today we come to the second part of the message on God’s goodness and provision: “Seek God’s Kingdom, and these things will be added to you as well.”

Kingdom seeking is an alternative way of life. Read more


Luke 12:13-21 
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July 21, 2013
Pastor Dwight A. Nelson

“This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich towards God.”

A man interrupts Jesus with a request or a demand. He wants Jesus to be a judge between him and his brother so he can get his share of the inheritance. In the Gospels, demanding an inheritance never turns out very well. The Prodigal Son demands his inheritance too, and ends up in the far country starving and feeding pigs. Jesus has been talking about the goodness of God and about relying on God, the God who knows every sparrow. This man either just arrived, or else he was so consumed with his own thoughts that he simply had not been listening to Jesus.

Jesus does not become a judge in this family dispute. Instead, he discerns a deeper issue in the man’s life: greed and the confusion of possessions and salvation. Read more

Make sdylanpepeure you see the special “Life in Ministry” pictorial celebrating Pastor Dwight and Kathy’s retirement!  From a Bob Dylan look-a-like at North Park to Pepe the parrot.  What a wonderful journey it has been, and such a blessing to all the lives the Nelsons touched.  Congratulations, thank you, and Godspeed on the next part of your ministry.

 

 

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Click to Download: In The Spirit – July/August 2013

 

 

 

Make sdylanpepeure you see the special “Life in Ministry” pictorial celebrating Pastor Dwight and Kathy’s retirement!  From a Bob Dylan look-a-like at North Park to Pepe the parrot.  What a wonderful journey it has been, and such a blessing to all the lives the Nelsons touched.  Congratulations, thank you, and Godspeed on the next part of your ministry.

 

 

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Click to Download: In The Spirit – July/August 2013

 

 

 

online givingThanks to support from Central Conference, we now have our on-line giving portal active and ready to use!  You can access the portal on our website by going to the MAIN PAGE and looking on the right hand side under the CONNECT section.

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online givingThanks to support from Central Conference, we now have our on-line giving portal active and ready to use!  You can access the portal on our website by going to the MAIN PAGE and looking on the right hand side under the CONNECT section.

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Luke 12:1-12 
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July 14, 2013
Pastor Dwight A. Nelson

“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Indeed, not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

Jesus said that in his day you could buy five sparrows for two cents. I wonder what they cost today. I do not get into the grocery store very often. What are sparrows selling for at Mariano’s today?

When we read this passage, we need to be reminded that yes, in Jesus’ day, poor people did eat sparrows, because it was an affordable way to get a little meat into the diet. If you were invited to someone’s house for wings back then, you had to keep that in mind. This illustration that Jesus uses to speak of the care of God presumes an audience of the poor, people who were easily overlooked or forgotten. Jesus says to them that God even knows about the little sparrows they eat. So he must also know about them, he must watch them and value them. The humble are not forgotten by God. Jesus is teaching his disciples about the goodness of God. Read more