Words of Grace by Pastor Benson – September 2020
Is Change A Threat or An Opportunity?
We recently found out that Proctor and Gamble Company will be building a 1.2 million square foot distribution center on the land next to our church. Construction will begin in Oct-Nov of this year. And eventually many trucks will come and go.
What was your reaction when you first heard this news? Shock or maybe even anger? More change and problems to deal with! What are we going to do?
Is this a threat to our church or an opportunity for ministry in some way? Are we going to react out of fear or faith? Fear of the unknown or of change? Or faith in God? Will we trust God in this and obey His command to love our neighbors?
God can use this situation to help us grow in our faith in Him! But only if we open our hearts and minds to His leading and His will for us. Do not resist the Holy Spirit!
Faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13)
Are we more concerned about how this business and trucking noise will impact our church activities or are we more concerned about how we can impact the people who will be working nearby and the many truckers who will drive by our church.
Are we more concerned about the physical impact this business will have upon us than upon the spiritual impact we can have upon the people around us?
Do we see this situation mainly from our earthly human perspective or are we willing to see this from God’s spiritual and eternal perspective.
We do acknowledge that having a huge trucking and warehouse business in our backyard can impact our property and ministry, but are you willing to get beyond “us” and consider “them”?
Let us do some of our own soul searching and then search out the souls that God wants us to impact with the saving gospel of Jesus Christ!
Let us focus on being faithful fishers of men, women and children and be busy harvesting souls for God’s kingdom!
Let us seek to have the mind and heart of Christ as we Trust and Obey God!
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
In Need of Healing:
Let us pray for:
Bob Arnsdorff, Katie Becker, Marcia Davidson, Don Edmondson, Kristy Glerup, Jason Hecht, Alberta Larson, Pastor Mike McCarlson, Judy Peterson, Debbie Ralston, Bob Vetter, Paul Wicks, Bob Williams
May God’s richest blessings be upon our members celebrating a birthday or marriage anniversary during this month!
Celebrating Birthdays in September
Pastor Craig Benson, Zachary Chapman, Robert Tesdal, Connie Jenkins, Pastor Steve Heilmann
Lupé & Sue Salinas
Serving Our Country
Tracy Graham (US Coast Guard)
Kendall Wills (US Navy)
Matthew Cepiel (US Navy)
Alex Mata, (US Army)
Continue to pray for our police officers, fire fighters and emergency responders during this time of heightened tensions across our country, for safety as they put their lives at risk in the line of duty.
SUNDAY SCHOOL RALLY DAY– Sunday, September 13. We are planning on having our worship service and activities at Goold Park Central, across from the Morris Pool. Activities include the installation of Sunday School teachers, Bible activity for all ages. We will have a Fellowship meal with a group order from Jimmy John’s or bring your own food. Bottled water will be provided.
SPIRIT LIFTERS – Meets on Monday, Sept. 14 at 1:30 p.m.
Jan Torkelson is stepping down from her role as leader and organizer of Spirit Lifters and CYCM church rep. Thank you Jan for your many years of dedicated service to us and CYCM! Pastor Benson will lead the next Bible study and meeting.
WMF Bible Study and fellowship time on Thursday, September 17 at the church. Lesson 8 Joseph…God working out His perfect plan (Part 2). Study Leader: Pastor Craig.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
From Samaritanspurse.org – “We want boys and girls around the world to know that God loves them and has not forgotten them during this time of fear and uncertainty. Children need great joy now more than ever. Most of all, they need the hope found only in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Samaritan’s Purse is still planning on packing shoeboxes for 2020 while monitoring local, state and national guidelines and making adjustments to help protect the health of those involved in preparing shoebox gifts.
30A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD.
19 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Psalm 4 – a psalm of David
1 Answer me when I call to you, O my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer.
2 How long, O men, will you turn my glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods?
3 Know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself; the LORD will hear when I call to him.
4 In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.
5 Offer right sacrifices and trust in the LORD.
6 Many are asking, “Who can show us any good?” Let the light of your face shine upon us, O LORD.
7 You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound.
8 I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.
Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace!
That where there is hatred, I may bring love.
That where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness.
That where there is discord, I may bring harmony.
That where there is error, I may bring truth.
That where there is doubt, I may bring faith.
That where there is despair, I may bring hope.
That where there are shadows, I may bring light.
That where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted.
To understand, than to be understood.
To love, than to be loved.
For it is by self- forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.