Words of Grace
Words of Grace by Pastor Benson – January 2019
Everybody Needs Somebody Sometime
What a wonderful truth this is! But when I was younger my life motto was just the opposite. I used to think I could handle anything that life could throw at me. I believed I had to endure those tough times all by myself, without help from others or God. I remember the stress, worry, increased heart beats and sleepless nights.
Back then my strategy for dealing with personal crises only made matters worse. With my “I can handle it all by myself” attitude I ignored the very people who cared most about me – my family, friends and co-workers. I actually prided myself on not asking for help or advice from others! I believed these were signs of weakness but I was clearly wrong to think this.
A friend of mine once said I had a pride issue. Looking back on this time of my life I would now call that attitude very immature and dangerous. But those days are long gone!
God’s Word says much about pride. Boasting in the Lord is a good attitude to have, but boasting in yourself is called sin. The apostle John referred to pride as the boasting of what we have and what we do, as coming not from God but from the world and cravings of sinful man. (1 John 2:16)
Over the years I have learned to deal with my pride issues. I first had to realize that experiencing tough times, whether with people, work, money, emotions or just life in general, is not a sign of weakness. It is really a simple fact of life that we all must deal with sometimes and in various ways.
Next I had to reach out to others. That was very difficult for me. God had to show me that this is healthy and even a sign of love. Letting other people into my life was a sign that I trusted them and needed them. Even if they could not provide relief from my challenging situation it was encouraging to have them by my side, to help me all the way through the difficulty.
I am living proof that “everybody needs somebody sometime.” I’ve been there, felt the pain, confusion and loneliness. And now I want to be there to help others through their tough times. And this is really what the Christian Church is all about…God reaching out to us, especially in our times of need. God wants us to reach out to Him and accept His help and forgiveness, which allows us to reach out and help others.
There is no need to go down the path of pride like I did. I encourage you to be the “somebody” who reaches out to others and to God for help and advice. And then you can be there for those who “need somebody sometime.” May the peace of God be with you in 2019!
ANNUAL MEETING – SUNDAY, JANUARY 27
Reports are due to the church office NO LATER THAN Sunday, January 13, please. Reports needed: Pastor, Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Deacons, Trustees, Parish Education Committee/Sunday School, WMF Chairman and WMF Treasurer. Mark your calendars now and plan to attend the Annual Meeting, January 27 at 10:30 a.m. following the worship service. Your input is needed as decisions are made furthering, and concerning, our congregation’s ministry. A pot-blessing will follow the meeting.
We are still in need of Ushers for July, August & October; Readers are needed for May, June, July & August. Greeters needed for April, July and August. You probably remember that we need you to sign up more than once and we thank you so much for your willingness to do that!
LADIES’ SERVING IN 2019
Ladies, it’s time to prepare the 2019 booklet. There are signup sheets on the table in the lower entryway that list the committees where we need YOU! There is also a sheet if you can commit to putting up and away the flowers each Sunday for one month. This sheet is NOT for donating the flowers. There is a Flower Chart on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall for that purpose. Thank you!
If you would like to donate altar flowers to beautify our sanctuary Sunday mornings, please see flower chart on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall. $40 thru Mann’s Floral. Let Patty know if you will be providing your own flowers from another source.
THANK YOU DECORATORS & UNDECORATORS
A huge thanks to those who volunteered their time to beautify our church for Christmas and then put the decorations away after! We thank those who gave of their valuable time!
Monday, January 14 – 1:30 p.m.
Spirit Lifters will meet and greet each other in the New Year 2019 on Monday, January 14 at 1:30 pm at the church. We’ll be coming together to study Kelly Minter’s living room series “All Things New”, a study of 2 Corinthians. Come join us and invite a friend to come along as we learn more about our Lord and Savior. Any questions, please call Jan Torkelson.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
Shoe Box love gifts for January: Socks and Tee Shirts
Please place your gifts in the plastic box on the table in the lower entryway.
We thank everyone (especially Duane & Barb Wolfe) who helped fill the shoe boxes Grace was able to pack and send this past Christmas!
Grace Lutheran Church will continue to take meals to the CYCM but the date has changed from the third Tuesday of the month to the third Wednesday. Food should be delivered to the church, or to CYCM between 5-6pm. The meal this month will be on Jan. 16, 2019. There will be a sign up sheet on the table in the lower entryway.
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, Doug & Sarah Deck & children, Don Edmondson, Jason Hecht, Amelia Hiney, Alberta Larson, Jim Launius,
Fay Kelly, Danielle Smith, Mary Smith, Johannes Van Oijen, Ron Vetter, Steve Wallace,
Bob Williams, Mary Ann Williams
Serving our Country: Tracy Graham & Kendall Wills
PLEASE let us know if you would like to add or remove a name from the “pray for” list.
5 – Craig Laudeman
8 – Kim Hecht
9 – Jan Torkelson
10 – Izabella Salinas
12 – Jackie Anderson
None we are aware of
ASSISTING IN OUR WORSHIP SERVICES DURING JANUARY
Pianist: Norma Arnsdorff
Scripture Reader: Dan Chapman
Ushers: Adam Salinas & Sy Salinas
Greeters: Connie Jenkins and Neita Launius
Flowers: Connie Jenkins and Neita Launius
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.