|Mark at work on the podcast.|
Good Friday morning to you Church Requel! I pray that this has been a good week for you, filled with God's love and grace. This is your weekly "What's Happening at CR" post. Read it, pray for it, and share it with your friends.
This Sunday our Summer Singles Sermon Series takes us to the most romantic story in the Bible: Ruth and Boaz. We will learn that this is more than just a love story. It's also a story of loyalty and redemption. I remember even as a child I would often read this in the Old Testament. Read it for yourself! It's a mere 4 chapters long.
Children's Readers Theater. Speaking of children reading, our own kiddos will read to us the story of David and Goliath on August 26th. I will be passing out the reading assignments this Sunday night to give the children a full two weeks to practice their verses. They don't have to memorize them. But they should be familiar enough with their verses to be able to read dramatically. At this time we have 7 children signed up: Kailey, Paityn, Grayden, Sicily, Anna, Dylan, and Drew. If you have a child who wants to be included, but is not on this list, contact me right away. Also let me know if you won't be at CR Sunday so I can send you your child's reading assignment. This should be a lot of fun. Plan on inviting friends and family and bringing your cameras!
Magnetic Children's Sermon. We continue to focus on our precious young ones this weekend with a children's sermon. We'll talk about the importance of loyalty in our relationships. You know how we LOVE object lessons in our kid's talks, and this week will be no exception. I don't want to give it all away, but let's just say the talk will be "magnetic!" Make sure your children are there for the fun and the chance to be up close and personal with yours truly.
|Lincoln is off the vent!|
Answered Prayers For Lincoln! You have been so faithful in praying for Lincoln Bohnke. Please don't stop now. There is so much good news to report. As we told you last week, Lincoln is off the ventilator. He is now on the CPAP machine, and his oxygen is down to 28%. He may be off the CPAP next week. Even more good news, this week he began sucking from a bottle. This is incredibly positive news because it requires him to manage his breathing, sucking and swallowing. Katie and Dan are hoping for a Thanksgiving homecoming! If you haven't gone there recently, I encourage you to encourage the family on their Caring Bridge site.
Pray for Marci, Dick and Steve. Marci has been suffering from severe sciatica pain. She has missed the last couple CR services as a result. She is a real trooper and continues to publish our weekly printed programs for Church Requel. Give her a call or send her a card. I know she misses you. Dick continues recovering from triple bypass surgery. He celebrated another birthday last week. He's made it to one CR service since surgery, but often by the time Sunday night comes, he's exhausted from his recovery regimen. Pray that he can soon become a regular at CR again. Finally pray for Steve, who has 2 problems with his leg. One is a vascular problem, which he hopes to have corrected soon. (He has an appointment.) The other problem is great pain in his knee, which only hurts when he moves. Hmmm. Obviously he is not as mobile as he'd like to be. Knee surgery looks likely in his future.
I love that we are a Bible believing, faith practicing, praying, joyous, partying church! Your love for one another and for Christ is getting attention. As the writer to the Hebrews wrote to his or her audience, so I write to you: "So let's do it - full of belief, confident that we're presentable inside and out. Let's keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let's see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching" (Hebrews 10:22-25 MSG).
With great affection, Pastor Mark