Dear Brothers and Sisters,
This past Sunday, Isaac and Erin Evans shared an opportunity for our church to pray for Haiti as it undergoes a significant crisis. As of now, our presbytery’s mission trip to Haiti has been cancelled, with the hopes that we will be able to travel to Haiti within the year. In the meantime, our brothers and sisters in Haiti are in a perilous situation, and desperately need your intercessory prayers. There is one biblical pattern we can cling to as we pray on behalf of Haiti: when God’s people suffer, God uses suffering as a means of gospel growth. If you have not already, I encourage you to consider adding your name to the prayer schedule posted in the hallway by our Haiti bulletin board.
This Sunday’s sermon text is Acts 9:1-31. The Ethiopian eunuch’s conversion was evidence of the gospel multiplying and bearing fruit among the nations, and now we see the gospel converting even a zealous persecutor of God’s people. The risen Lord appears to Saul on the road to Damascus and commissions him to bring the gospel of peace to the nations. In Acts 9:31 we read: So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied. Once again, we see the power and purposes of God prevailing over opposition as the gospel subdues hearts and spreads outward toward the ends of the earth.
The link for Sunday’s service is available here.
Church Building Summer Refresh
At our June congregational meeting the elders shared about our “summer refresh” plan, which includes updating our narthex and Mission Center lobbies, painting the wainscoting in the Mission Center, and repairing drywall in the hallways and classrooms. Also included as part of the summer refresh is the newly completed nursing room. The nursing room is now available for use and includes livestream access to the worship service. In August, the Property Team, led by Mark Wissing and Phyl Holt, will head up a Saturday morning painting project to paint the wainscoting in the Mission Center in addition to areas of the building where touch up is needed. More information forthcoming.
Coming Soon: Baby Lorimer!
Our youth leader Ryan Lorimer and his wife Olivia are expecting a baby at the end of July! We invite you to serve the Lorimers by bringing them a meal when the baby arrives (schedule coming soon) and by shipping diapers and wipes to their home address.
Shirley Woomer (Amy-Jo Wierenga’s mother): Shirley had a procedure last week to repair a knee replacement. Pray for complete recovery following the surgery as she undergoes physical therapy.
Karla Van Der Molen: Continue to pray for Karla as she prepares to undergo treatment for ALS.
Lou Carter: Continue to pray for Lou in view of her cancer diagnosis.