NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER DETAILS!
This Thursday, May 3, will be the National Day of Prayer and this year we have made it possible for us to celebrate as a church, AND to seek God on behalf of the plan He has for us!
I believe that the church, which the Bible calls the Body of Christ, possesses the hope that the world so desperately seeks! Let’s pray that God will increase our effectiveness and capacity to reach out, touch lives, and grow people to
Dave Gibbs and Jared McCormick have prepared a prayer walk for us with six stations where, at each one, we will pray for God to bless people through us! Each station will be one part of the Master Building Plan.
I hope you can join us! The more prayer, the more blessing! AND, the more God will use all of us to bring the Good News of Jesus to our community, our country, and around the world!
Prayer Walk circuit will be open all day.
Special Pre-Work prayer: 6:30am-7:
Special After-Work prayer: 4:30pm-5:30pm
SIX STATIONS FOR THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER PRAYER WALK
- Expansion / Playground- Meeting the most pressing current need; more space and safety for our ever-growing children's ministry.
- Courtyard- A casual place where relationships can be built and people ministered to in a non-rushed atmosphere.
- Worship Center- A place where nothing, especially limited seating, will prevent anyone from coming to the cross of Jesus.
- Children's- A spacious, and secure environment where children can grow in the love and word of God.
- Parking- Easier access to keep potential guests from driving past for fear of not finding a parking space.
- Ministry Support Center - Our staff gets up every day to make our church better and to give a return on investment. Our current “office” is a temporary building which the county will insist is taken down when it’s time to run Monsanto (street?) all the way through to Golden Acres.
NEXT GENERATION MINISTRIES PASTOR UPDATE
If you remember, last February, an impressive young man came for an on-campus visit as our prospective Next Generation Ministries Pastor. We were thrilled at the time that Adam Hollingsworth and his wife, Megan, felt called to join our staff following graduation from Nebraska Christian College (my alma mater too!). We have waited patiently (somewhat, lol!) for the day to come!
WELL, that day is drawing near! Kim and I will be traveling on May 18 to Omaha to honor Adam and Megan who will both be graduating with their bachelor degrees!
Wouldn’t this be a great opportunity to surprise them with a blessing? If you would like to send a card and/or gift, please bring them to the Ministry Support Center. Whatever you drop off by Wednesday, May 17, and that I can fit in my carry on, we will take to graduation with us.
MORE SECRET SAUCE?
The response to the current series, in regards to developing a recipe for healthy relationships, has been encouraging! There was more material
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29 (NIV)
Here is some additional material that I’ve found useful in learning to speak according to the needs of others, and some questions I formulated from my days as a softball coach and as an algebra teacher. Justin presented them in a message a year or two ago and they will appear again.
“Four Questions” before you confront (IF you don’t think somebody is doing the right thing).
- Do they KNOW what they ought to do? If not, teach them.
- Are they
ABLEto do what they ought to do? If not, show them.
- Are they AFRAID to do what they ought to do? If so, encourage them.
- Are they WILLING to do what they ought to do? If not, confront them.
There have been some things going on that I would like to make you all aware of...because it has been affecting how I interact with you.
A month ago, I came down with what turned out to be Bronchitis (which turned into Asthma). I taught that weekend but kept to myself not knowing exactly what I had. It became more complicated when I was slow to heal and my doctor prescribed a second round of antibiotics and steroids. The side effects of those meds resulted in a very painful condition, mostly in my hip which makes it very difficult to stand, sit, or walk. Because of that, I have slipped away between messages to treat that area so I can teach again. “This too shall pass” . . . and it’s by the grace of God that I am able to keep on keeping on! THANK YOU, for your patience and understanding while I may appear a little aloof or unfriendly.