Words of Grace by Pastor Benson – May 2019
Let’s Pray in May
“These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.” (Acts 1:14)
Jesus had just ascended into heaven and His disciples and family gathered together to spend time in prayer. They were waiting for the gift of the Holy Spirit that Jesus had promised to send them. They also sought out God’s direction in choosing a person to fill an important leadership position among the disciples.
We can read in the Bible about many people who called upon God in prayer. Some people were thanking and praising God, some were confessing their sins before Him. Some were seeking God’s provision of “daily bread” and other physical blessings and healings. Others were seeking God’s leading and direction in their lives.
Some of the prayers recorded in the Bible were for the needs of other people. This is called intercessory prayer. They were interceding or praying on behalf of other people.
Prayer is an essential activity of the Church on earth! Jesus calls us to pray and “ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest field.” (Matthew 9:38) Christians are to pray for the sick, the needy, the unrepentant and also for our missionaries, our leaders and those in positions of authority. Is there anyone you can pray for today?
The apostle Paul tells us to pray “without ceasing.” What a challenge that is! But it reveals how important our prayers are in fulfilling the great commission. Jesus said “Go and make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 28:19) Before we “Go” we need to “Pray.” Prayer is the preparatory work of the Church.
God is waiting for you and me to prepare the way through prayer. He has much He wants to accomplish through us, but He is waiting for us to do our part. God is waiting for us to get serious about serving Him and praying for others. After Jesus’s disciples prayed together in the upper room, God blessed them with His spiritual gifts – with boldness, with love for the needy and with a spirit of unity.
Let us all join together constantly in prayer – for each other, our churches, our country and for God’s physical and spiritual blessings.
Every day should be a National Day of Prayer!
MOTHER DAUGHTER BANQUET
Thursday, May 2 – 6:30 p.m.
“Faithful to all Generations”
Please bring a picture of your Mom and/or your Grandma and your favorite recipe of your Mom’s and/or your Grandma’s. We have a wonderful meal and program planned for the evening.
We will not sell tickets but please call or text Sue Salinas (815)258.1396 to let us know if you will be attending. There will be a free will offering. Men of Grace will be serving and cleaning up.
Monday, May 13 – 1:30 p.m.
Ladies, we will meet on the 13th to continue our All Things New Study of 2 Corinthians. This month we will study Lession 5, The Grace of Giving. Please plan to go over the session at home and we will watch the DVD and discuss the viewer guide together at Spirit Lifters. All are welcome! Any questions, please call Jan Torkelson.
Thursday, May 16 – 9:30 a.m.
You are welcome to join us as we study Daily Hope: Daily Living in the Word.
Hostess: Debbie Steffes.
Sunday, June 2, 2019 Sy Salinas will be making his Confirmation during worship service.
MID-YEAR CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
Sunday, June 30 – 10:30 a.m.
Mark your calendar now. Your input is needed as decisions are made concerning and furthering the needs of our church family.
KINDERGARTEN, EIGHTH GRADE, HIGH SCHOOL, AND COLLEGE GRADUATES
(members and friends) we would like to acknowledge your accomplishments in the bulletin. Please let the church office know by May 20, the date, from where you will graduate this spring, and any future plans.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
May love gifts: kids watches, sunglasses, jewelry; please place your gifts in the plastic box on the table in the lower entryway.
We still have some openings for Readers, Ushers, Greeters and Flower put up and take down. There is a sign up list on the table in the lower entryway, please sign-up!
OUR DAILY BREAD
The new devotional booklets are on the table in the lower entryway, take one home this morning!
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, request prayer, etc.
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
In Need of Healing:
Bob Arnsdorff, Katie Becker, Beth Carlson, Jan Cepiel, Joe Cepiel, Marcia Davidson, Don Edmondson, Jason Hecht, Amelia Hiney, Fay Kelly, Linda Korhonen Alberta Larson, Jim Launius, Sy Salinas, Danielle Smith, Howard Torkelson, Bob Williams, Mary Ann Williams, Mark Wozny
Serving our Country: Tracy Graham, US Coast Guard Reserves, Kendall Wills, US Navy
PLEASE let us know if you would like to add or remove a name from the “pray for” list.
ASSISTING IN OUR WORSHIP SERVICES DURING MAY
Pastor: Craig Benson
Pianist: Norma Arnsdorff
Scripture Reader: Debbie Steffes
Greeters: Vickie Borchelt and Sherryl Graham
Ushers: Dale Starks and Duane Wolfe
Flowers: Sherryl Graham
Deacon: Lyle Hecht
13 – Dan Chapman
14 – Kirstie Anderson
17 – Zoie Chapman
19 – Barb Starks
20 – Joel Heilmann
24 – Bill Smith
31 – Sally Varland
28 – Michael & Katie Ranallo
MOTHER’S DAY, SUNDAY, MAY 12