Words of Grace
Words of Grace by Pastor Benson – March 2019
“The house of the righteous contains great treasure…” (Proverbs 15:6; NIV)
As a child I have fond memories visiting the homes of my friends and relatives. One time I visited an aunt and uncle. They had a lava lamp, back when these were first popular. I had never seen a lava lamp so this was quite fascinating for me. Another home had some crystal figures, which reflected light and glowed with various brilliant colors.
I was amazed by the beauty of these objects. These items and others brought great enjoyment to me back in my younger years. It was like discovering great treasure right in your own back yard. As I visited those same homes later on in life there was a different kind of treasure that I discovered.
Back then it was my eyes that discovered the treasure – the shapes created by the lava lamp and the colors in the light of the crystal figures. With my hands I enjoyed holding these treasures. My mind and senses of sight and touch were attracted to these physical objects.
The new treasure I discovered is different than I experienced in my younger years. It is experienced in the human spirit. Often times we say it is felt in the heart or soul. This true treasure is revealed in the words and actions of the people who live in those homes. It is sometimes a kind word, the look of joy on their faces or the warm embrace when you enter their home.
I have experienced this true treasure in my own home and in the homes of others. It is expressed in a deep care for the welfare of others and with a focus on their relationship to God. And for this I am very thankful!
Is there great treasure in your home? The kind of treasure that no one can take away or that cannot be destroyed. I encourage you to seek true treasure with God. Make your heart and home a place where others find comfort and rest. The lasting things in life are the close friendships we cultivate with people and with God Himself. May God bless your heart today with true peace in Jesus Christ! And may God bless your home with great treasure!
MIDWEEK LENTEN WORSHIP
Please join us beginning at 5:30pm for a light supper and stay through worship each Wednesday evening, starting on Ash Wednesday, March 6, at 7pm with Holy Communion.
Wednesdays March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10. God will be looking for you.
Maundy Thursday worship with Holy Communion: April 18 at 7pm
This year we will follow Jesus’ path to the Cross from Mark’s Gospel in chapters 14 and 15.
Spirit Lifters will meet this month on Monday, March 11 at 1:30pm in the fellowship hall. We will continue our study All Things New, Session 3, New Covenant. Please plan to go over the session at home and we will watch the video together at Spirit Lifters. All are welcome! Any questions, please call Jan Torkelson 815-685-6735.
Thursday, March 21 – 9:30 a.m.
Please join us as we study Lesson 6, WHEN HOPE WAIVERS I: Hope through Trials, led by Pastor Benson.
Hostess: Vicki Borchelt
Sign-up sheet in the lower entryway will have food items and cash donations they are in need of by Wednesday, March 20. Please sign the sheet so Spirit Lifters will know, and then deliver your donation to the Christian Youth Center that Wednesday afternoon around 5pm or place your cash in the box on the table in our lower entryway. Any questions please call Jan Torkelson or Debbie Steffes.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
March love gifts: hair brush, comb, hair accessories, toothbrushes – NO TOOTHPASTE, OCC tells us it’s not allowed into other countries; please place your gifts in the plastic box on the table in the lower entryway.
Please remember to read the update letters we receive from our AFLC world missionaries as well as those friends of Grace who are serving our Lord here in the US. Current letters are posted on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall. Always keep them in your prayers!
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS Sunday, March 10, 2018
Turn your clocks ahead one (1) hour at 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning (or maybe the night before.) Don’t be late for church!
If you would like to donate altar flowers to beautify our sanctuary Sunday mornings, please see the flower chart on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall. $40 thru Floral Designs, let Patty know if you will be providing your own flowers from another source.
Don’t forget our website! The address is shown above, please check it out. Listen to sermons, read the newsletter, view our calendar, daily Bible readings, etc.
REMEMBERING TO PRAY FOR OUR CHURCH FAMILY & FRIENDS
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving, present your request to God.” Philippians 4:6
Let us pray for:
Rolf Anderson, Bob Arnsdorff, Katie Becker, Beth Carlson, Jan Cepiel, Joe Cepiel, Marcia Davidson, Don Edmondson, Jason Hecht, Amelia Hiney, Fay Kelly, Alberta Larson, Jim Launius, Sy Salinas, Danielle Smith, Steve Wallace, Bob Williams, Mary Ann Williams, Mark Wozny
Serving our Country: Tracy Graham, US Coast Guard, Kendall Wills, US Navy
PLEASE let us know if you would like to add or remove a name from the “pray for” list.
2 – Deb Benson, Joe Cepiel
3 – Howard Torkelson
14 – Carter Laudeman
17 – Howard Davidson
19 – Lupé Salinas
26 – Bob Johnson
27 – Cade Laudeman
28 – Dale Starks
3 – Jim & Neita Launius – 30 years
11 – Bob & Barbara Johnson
27 – Tom & Vickie Borchelt
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
Palm Sunday, April 14
9:30 a.m. Worship
10:30 a.m. Sunday School for all Ages
Maundy Thursday, April 18
7:00 p.m. Worship with Holy Communion
Easter Sunday, April 21
8:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:30 a.m. Resurrection Day Worship with Holy Communion