Dear Brothers and Sisters,
During times of struggle and difficulty, it can be more tempting to feel overwhelmed by the world than it is to believe that because of Jesus we have actually overcome the world. “Everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world,” John tells us in 1 John 5:4. When I read or watch news stories of turmoil, hypocrisy, and/or evil both in and outside the Christian community, I can struggle to take God’s promise to heart. The Apostle John, however, is crystal clear: we are victorious because Jesus Christ is victorious. Does John’s statement seem too “easy” or simplistic? Take heart. As we abide in Christ, we have everything we need to claim the victory over the darkness–both the darkness within our own hearts and the darkness that is at work in the world. We’ll be exploring 1 John 5:1-5 together this Sunday.
Please take note of the following this week:
Outdoor Sunday Morning Worship & Lunch, Sunday, October 11, 11 am-1 pm
On Sunday, October 11, we’ll hold one all-church worship service outdoors on the west side of our building at 11 am. We will observe similar COVID safety protocols to our evening outdoor service last month. Feel free to bring lawn chairs, blankets (and a coat, if necessary). Following the service, we’ll have an outdoor lunch available. More details regarding the lunch will be provided soon.
Church Workday Saturday, October 10 (9am-noon)
Please join us on Saturday, October 10, 9am-noon, to do some important landscaping cleanup in preparation for winter. Donuts will be provided!
Men’s Bible Study Meets Next Saturday, October 10
A reminder that there is no men’s bible study this Saturday; men’s bible study will resume next Saturday, October 10, at 8 am.
Prayer Requests and Praises
Wierenga family: Join the Wierenga family in praising God for the engagement of their daughter, Joanna, to Meng Koh.
Finally, I encourage you to set aside time to prepare your hearts to commune with the Lord and with his people this Sunday through the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. I look forward to celebrating communion with you during our worship service this coming Lord’s Day.