Important Updates

[3/27/20]

CANCELLATION NEWS:

-10 days into the official state\nation ‘lockdown’.  Haven’t been any new restrictions implemented.  Most everything is closed down anyway.  It’s looking like Easter will be a little different this year too.  Everyone in our congregation seems to be doing fine, just a little stir crazy [great time for some Bible reading!]  Thanks to all who have been taking my calls, even stopping by to say hi.  Still, officially, all LWF meetings\gatherings\services are on hold.  Maybe we will try to use Facebook Live to get a little fellowship?  Be patient and be faithful. 

PASTOR JOHN’S DEVOTIONS SUGGESTIONS:

-Since we are not able to have our regular services, Bible studies, or fellowship time, I would like to encourage you to continue on in your fellowship & discipleship in creative ways.  For all who consider Christ their Savior and LWF their home church, be faithful in your devotions!  Whether you read one verse a day or one book a day, be in the Word.  Find yourself regularly in prayer.  Fervent & frequent.  If you normally pray for 5 minutes, I encourage you to pray 6.  If normally an hour, make it 2.  There are also many ways to watch a sermon or service online or on TV.  Find a favorite and watch it.  There are many Godly preachers out there that we all can be edified from.  Continue to lead your family on the path of righteousness.  Have Bible studies with your children [especially during our normal Sunday service time], play Christian music often, and pray together.   Scripture tells us to “Rejoice in the Lord always!” [Philippians 4:4].  Instead of being anxious, nervous, and scared, REJOICE! 

CHURCH INFORMATION & UPDATES:

-The church has been very quiet and is waiting to be used again.  I did see some of our flowers starting to bloom as these pictures show :

-Charles and Judy Pense stopped by and brought me a treat [Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture, so I found a clipart]:

-Sharon Pitzer took part in our first “Drive By Tithing”:

-Look who else is back in town.  Gary & Caroline Smith: 

-Sammi & Marissa & Crystal, letting the dogs play:

-Marissa helping Joel Cusson work on the platform panels again:

-Thank you Pastor Rance for dropping off your BGMC pop cans:

Continue to help me reach out to others in our congregation.  Check in on all you can, and let me know the needs.  I will be keeping regular office hours at the church.  You can contact me at any time! 

TITHE: I have had many questions about how to turn in your tithe.  You are welcome to drop it off when I am at the church, or schedule a time when I can come and pick it up.  Also, the mail still seems to be working fine [either the church PO box, or my home mail].  If none of those is an option, please let me know!

MINI MESSAGE: 

How much do you value Jesus?  What is He ‘worth’ to you?

Mat 26:14-15  Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him (Jesus) over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty silver coins.

Joh 12:1-5  Jesus arrived at Bethany.  Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor.  Martha served, while Lazarus was reclining at the table. Mary took a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair.  Judas Iscariot, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.”

Here we have 2 people who put a very different value on Jesus.  Judas was willing to sell out Jesus to the religious leaders for 30 pieces of silver [probably a 1 month salary for the common worker], the price of a slave.  Still a lot of money, but done in a sheepish and deceiving way with the association of Jesus being ‘sold’ as property.  Mary washed His feet.  In a place that women were not usually welcome, with a substance that most would not use.  Only a male servant should be washing a guests feet and only with water and never with hair.  Mary used perfume that cost a year’s wages [would you bathe in a liquid that cost your annual salary?]  She did it boldly, personally and intimately.

A month’s wage.  A year’s wage.  And still Jesus says, Luk 14:33  any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.  He asks us to give up more than just a year’s wage for Him!  But the good news is… it’s worth it!

“Bible study leads to Bible sturdy!”

TRIVIA:

– Who were the 2 people who kissed Jesus?

ANSWER:  Judas Iscariot (Mark 14:45), the ‘sinful woman’ of Luke 7 (vs 38).

NEW TRIVIA:  Obadiah, Jude, Philemon, 2 John, 3 John.  What do all these Bible books have in common?

PRAYER REQUESTS:

-Pray for those infected with sickness,

-Pray for the ministries and health care workers helping those in need,

-Pray for those affected by $ loss,

-Pray for the authorities who have to make tough decisions,

-Pray for our nation to be strong and protected,

-Pray for the church to be strong and influential,

-Pray for souls to be saved as a result of all things. 

(Please send me any ‘church related’ prayer requests to post here.)

-Pray for Tricia Barker and all others working in the medical field.

-Pray for those in our congregation who have been unexpectedly laid off.

-Pray for our seniors who are struggling to meet up with their doctors (Pray for their health problems too).

OFFICE HOURS\\STOP BY\\TITHE DROP OFF\\PRAYER:

Life seems to be on hold.  We seem to be waiting.  There are many things we do not know, but we do know that Christ is in control and reigns on high.  This is where my comfort is found.  During this time, help me reach out to others in our congregation, check in on all you can, and let me know the needs.  I will be keeping ‘fairly’ regular office hours at the church.  You are welcome to stop by:  for a visit, for prayer, to drop off your tithe, or if you need something at the church.  Ellen and I love you all, will be praying for you all and look forward to seeing\\hearing from you soon!

[3/23/20]

CANCELLATION NEWS:

-And so we start into our 2nd week of restricted, lockdown, “social distancing” (a phrase we will all soon grow tired of hearing).  And even tighter restrictions coming.  It was hard not seeing all of you on Sunday, but again, our faith is not limited to a Sunday morning church service.  Still, officially, all LWF meetings\gatherings\services are on hold.  Be patient and be faithful. 

PASTOR JOHN’S DEVOTIONS SUGGESTIONS:

-Since we are not able to have our regular services, Bible studies, or fellowship time, I would like to encourage you to continue on in your fellowship & discipleship in creative ways.  For all who consider Christ their Savior and LWF their home church, be faithful in your devotions!  Whether you read one verse a day or one book a day, be in the Word.  Find yourself regularly in prayer.  Fervent & frequent.  If you normally pray for 5 minutes, I encourage you to pray 6.  If normally an hour, make it 2.   There are also many ways to watch a sermon or service online or on TV.  Find a favorite and watch it.  There are many Godly preachers out there that we all can be edified from.  Continue to lead your family on the path of righteousness.  Have Bible studies with your children [especially during our normal Sunday service time], play Christian music often, and pray together.   Scripture tells us to “Rejoice in the Lord always!” [Philippians 4:4].  Instead of being anxious, nervous, and scared, REJOICE! 

CHURCH INFORMATION & UPDATES:

-The church has been very quiet and is waiting to be used again.  I did see some of our flowers starting to bloom as these pictures show :

-Thank you Steve for stopping by and knocking out a project!  See the burn pile get burned and see the “fluffy” friend we found:

-Also discovered that my daughter likes coming to the office with me to ‘help’: 

Remember, Christ is in still in control and still reigns on high.  During this time, help me reach out to others in our congregation.  Check in on all you can, and let me know the needs.  I will be spending much of my time calling all of you (LWF attendees) and having some ‘voice to voice’ contact, seeing as how our ‘face to face’ time will be limited.  I will also keep regular office hours at the church.  You can contact me at any time! 

TITHE: I have had many questions about what you can do with your tithe.  You are welcome to drop it off when I am here, or schedule a time when I can come and pick it up.  Also, the mail still works fine.  If none of those is an option, please let me know!

MINI MESSAGE: 

Mat 5:21  “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder”

Mat 5:27  “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’

Mat 5:38  “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’

Mat 5:43  “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’

Here’s what Jesus did:  We know that the Jews had many laws.  Not just the 10 commandments, but 613, if you were to count them up from the Levitical code.  And then there were teachings and traditions that added onto those.  So many rules; so many laws! 

In His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) Jesus brought up a few of them:  Don’t murder, don’t commit adultery, don’t repay evil, don’t hate your enemy.  All good laws, but Jesus took them further.  Instead of the action being discouraged, Jesus discouraged the intention too.  You shouldn’t WANT to murder, you shouldn’t WANT to commit adultery, you shouldn’t WANT to repay evil, you shouldn’t WANT to hate your enemy. 

Do you see how Jesus deals with the ‘hearts of man’ more than the ‘hands of man’?  He deals with us from the inside out, not the outside in.  His focus was not to keep us from sinning, but to keep us from WANTING to sin.  He is willing to help, are you willing to allow Him to?

“The church is not called to be tolerant, but truthful!”

TRIVIA:

-What NT author wrote the greatest percentage of the New Testament?

ANSWER:

NEW TRIVIA:  Who were the 2 people who kissed Jesus?

PRAYER REQUESTS:

-Pray for those infected with sickness,

-Pray for the ministries and health care workers helping those in need,

-Pray for those affected by $ loss,

-Pray for the authorities who have to make tough decisions,

-Pray for our nation to be strong and protected,

-Pray for the church to be strong and influential,

-Pray for souls to be saved as a result of all things. 

(Please send me any ‘church related’ prayer requests to post here.)

-Pray for Rosie Davidson who took a hard fall this weekend.

OFFICE HOURS\\STOP BY\\TITHE DROP OFF\\PRAYER:

Life seems to be on hold.  We seem to be waiting.  There are many things we do not know, but we do know that Christ is in control and reigns on high.  This is where my comfort is found.  During this time, help me reach out to others in our congregation, check in on all you can, and let me know the needs.  I will be keeping ‘fairly’ regular office hours at the church.  You are welcome to stop by:  for a visit, for prayer, to drop off your tithe, or if you need something at the church.  Ellen and I love you all, will be praying for you all and look forward to seeing\\hearing from you soon!

[3/18/20]

CANCELLATION NEWS:

With reluctance, but also with compliance, we are following the guidelines set up by our state’s authorities and are suspending our group services and gatherings.  The guidelines request not having any assembly with 25+ people for the next 4 weeks [starting March 17th].  This is new grounds for all of us, but remember, your faith is not limited to a Sunday morning church service.  How many times did the disciples and apostles miss a weekly church service or a Christian holiday because they were out evangelizing, or at times imprisoned?  We will have to get creative.  Be patient, be faithful. 

PASTOR JOHN’S DEVOTIONS SUGGESTIONS:

Since we are not able to have our regular services, Bible studies, or fellowship time, I would like to encourage you to continue on in your fellowship & discipleship in creative ways.  For all who consider Christ their Savior and LWF their home church, be faithful in your devotions!  Whether you read one verse a day or one book a day, be in the Word.  Find yourself regularly in prayer.  Fervent & frequent.  If you normally pray for 5 minutes, I encourage you to pray 6.  If normally an hour, make it 2.   There are also many ways to watch a sermon or service online or on TV.  Find a favorite and watch.  Continue to lead your family on the path of righteousness.  Have Bible studies with your children [especially during our normal Sunday service time], play Christian music often, and pray together.   Scripture tells us to “Rejoice in the Lord always!” [Philippians 4:4].  Instead of being anxious, nervous, and scared, REJOICE! 

CHURCH PEOPLE/PROJECTS/PICTURES:

-Joel was working on the platform panels and spraying for blackberries. 

– Jim and Sherry Bennett who are still picking up pop cans.

– Kim and Logan were out here cleaning today the whole church today.

-Daphne, as always, doing her faithful Wednesday duties.

Thanks to you all for your work!

SERMONETTE:

John 5:39-40  You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.

Here’s the story:  Jesus was healing on the Sabbath.  The religious leaders didn’t like it, so they began to persecute Him.  Jesus probably sighed, shook His head, and then said John 5:39-40.  There was some praise for the religious; He commended them on their diligence to study what was important.  But the law was never more important than the Law-giver.  The Scriptures pointed to Christ.  From Genesis to Malachi, it was all about the Messiah.  And Jesus fulfilled hundreds of prophesies.  But the religious, who were hard in heart and hard in head, “REFUSED” to accept\\believe\\acknowledge this. 

It would be like rejecting your GPS and then getting mad that you wound up lost.  Or like changing the recipe of a dish then getting mad that it tastes horrible.  If only they would have accepted, then they would have had life!  Do you accept what the Word says about Jesus?  That He is Savior and Lord.  Or do you refuse it, and plan on blaming another one day when you don’t ‘have life’ [vs. 40]?  It always boils down to a choice and a reaction.  What will you choose today and how will you respond to that choice?  Isn’t eternal life worth it?

The Scriptures should be:  Admonition to build up, not ammunition to tear down.”

TRIVIA:

What NT author wrote the greatest percentage of the New Testament?

[I will change these often and record the people that call\\text\\email me with the right answer.]

PRAYER REQUESTS:

-Pray for those infected with sickness,

-Pray for the ministries helping those in need,

-Pray for those affected by $ loss,

-Pray for the authorities who have to make tough decisions,

-Pray for the church to be strong and influential,

-Pray for souls to be saved as a result of all things. 

[Please send me any ‘church related’ prayer requests to post here.]

OFFICE HOURS\\STOP BY\\TITHE DROP OFF\\PRAYER:

Life seems to be on hold.  We seem to be waiting.  There are many things we do not know, but we do know that Christ is in control and reigns on high.  This is where my comfort is found.  During this time, help me reach out to others in our congregation, check in on all you can, and let me know the needs.  I will be keeping ‘fairly’ regular office hours at the church.  You are welcome to stop by:  for a visit, for prayer, to drop off your tithe, or if you need something at the church.  Ellen and I love you all, will be praying for you all and look forward to seeing\\hearing from you soon!

PASTOR JOHN:

[Email] – pastorjohnmenaker@yahoo.com

[Cell #\\text]  503-358-8434

[Church #]  503-663-3366