Happy Friday morning everyone! The sun is shining bright outside. I hope this is the start to a fantastic weekend for each of you!
This Sunday we will talk about the first Christian martyr - Stephen - from chapter 7 of the Book of Acts. Stephen was the first but far from the last. We are so fortunate here in the United States that we have freedom of worship. This has not been the experience of most Christians down through the ages. We stand on the shoulders of many, who have given their all so that we might be able to worship Jesus.
Want a head start on Sunday's sermon? Read all of Acts 7 and then check out the sermon notes in your Bible app. (Click on "Events" and look for Church Requel.) You could also find Sunday's notes here.
I just received the Facebook message from Brandi about everyone participating in Sunday's service. Thank you Brandi for so faithfully sending this notice out every Friday morning. And thank all of you, who so regularly volunteer.
Thank you Chris and Tamara for being willing to run the tech booth two weeks in a row - as you almost always do during 5-week months.
Thank you Brian, Bessica, Amy and Brandi for being willing to lead our worship Sunday morning. And thank you all for your flexibility to work around your teammate's schedule. Brian worked 2nd shift Thursday so the team agree to come in early Sunday morning - 8:45! - so that they could be ready to lead worship at 11am. That's dedication!
Thank you Kyle and Sean for passing our offering baskets so cheerfully each Sunday. Thank you Trish for greeting! Thank you Jessica and Dave for teaching our Nursery kiddos. (This is Jessica's tenth year of service in the nursery - think of that!) Thank you Cindy for teaching our Missionary Class and Karen for teaching our KidsMin class. Thank you Shelli for counting our attendance and offering! Thank you Tamara for organizing our children's Christmas program this year. (It's going to be an Emoji Christmas. I've heard my grandchildren already talking about what emojis they want to be!)
We are just so blessed with servants at Church Requel. Each of you do so many things and I want to say "thank you" from the bottom of my heart!
I love this picture (right) taken a few years ago. Jack and Don built the fire so big that you can see how far back Don had to stand! You can also see the beautiful landscape that we get to enjoy at Sheri's place.
The fun begins at 6pm. Bring your lawn chair, something to drink, a side dish to share and your bug spray. We will cook hot dogs and s'mores! (If you have cooking sticks, bring those along too.) Look for Sheri's address in the bulletin at church this Sunday morning.
Here are a couple last minute additions to the newsletter - Dan and DeeDee have to leave early Sunday and can't clean up like they usually do. If you could stick around for a few minutes to throw away the trash and clean up, let DeeDee or Brandi know. Also Missie can't greet Sunday morning like she planned. If you can come in a few minutes early and say "howdy do" and pass out the morning's program, that would be greatly appreciated.
Love you all much! See you Sunday at 11am! - Pastor Mark