Words of Grace by Pastor Benson – November 2019
God has made Everything Beautiful in its Time
The leaves are turning color and falling to the ground. The days are cooling off. The crops are ready for harvest. The geese are starting to fly south. The early snow recently covered the ground. These are all signs that the fall season is here and winter is not far off. In these things we see beauty, change and purposeful design!
This reminds me of the wonderful truth that “God has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end” (Eccl. 3:11).
God designed this world so all people would experience His creative power, wisdom and love. Just think, God ultimately designed the four seasons – spring, summer, fall and winter – just for us. And indeed much of our life is impacted by these seasonal changes including the clothing we wear, the food we eat and the various activities we attend.
This time of year also reminds us that our life on earth has seasons – birth, growth, maturity, aging and physical death. Sometimes we associate the fall season with our last stages of life on earth. We think of a leaf turning color, drying up and falling off the tree. What a vivid reminder that our days on earth are numbered. This causes us to reflect on eternity and ask, “What is beyond our time on earth?”
The answer to this question is explained throughout the Bible – there is heaven and there is hell. For all who put their faith in Jesus Christ, our eternal citizenship is in heaven. And Jesus Christ will change our earthly bodies into glorified bodies, fit for heaven and eternal life (Phil. 3:20-21).
Be encouraged dear friend in Christ. God loves you and cares about you! And He wants you to spend eternity with Him in heaven. So rejoice in the spiritual birth and life you have because of what Christ has done for you. He has won the victory over sin, death and the devil! Keep your heart and soul open to God each day. Let Him fill you to overflowing with His peace and contentment!
Remember, God has made everything beautiful in its time and that includes you!
Monday, November 11 – 12:30 p.m.
Deb Benson has offered to have our November 11th meeting at her home, Deb also will serve
lunch for us starting at 12:30pm.
Debbie Steffes will be our Bible study leader and we plan to do Lesson 2.
LADIES OF GRACE CHRISTMAS CRAFT CLASS
Thursday, November 14 at 9:30a.m., the ladies of Grace will be gathering together to make a
Christmas craft. We will decoupage fun paper or fabric on wood trees. The class fee is $10. You will make 3 trees, we will supply everything needed.
Please call/text Sue Salinas 815.258.1396 to reserve a spot.
CHRISTIAN YOUTH CENTER OF MORRIS
Grace Lutheran will serve DESSERTS only for the CYCM Thanksgiving meal on Wednesday, November 20, see sign-up sheet in lower entryway. Please deliver food directly to CYC on Illinois Ave. between 5-6 p.m. on Wednesday.
Please contact Jan Torkelson or Debbie Steffes for more information if needed.
Thursday, November 21 – 9:30 a.m.
Please join us as we study lesson 2, RUTH…The Romance of Redemption.
Everyone is welcome! Hostess: Sue Salinas.
COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING SERVICE
Tuesday, November 26 – 7:00 p.m.
The Grundy Area Ministerial Association is offering a Community Thanksgiving Service on Tuesday, November 26 at 7:00 pm. First United Methodist Church, Morris will host the service. Rev. Craig Benson is the guest speaker. Refreshments will be served after the service. Everyone is invited to attend.
MIDWEEK ADVENT WORSHIP
Wednesday, December 4 – 7:00 p.m.
The purpose of the Advent season is to help you nurture your heart and soul as you prepare for Christmas, the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Come to our Advent Service on Wednesday, December 4 at 7:00 pm and let God’s Spirit speak to your heart!
WMF ANNUAL CHRISTMAS DINNER
Thursday, December 5 at 6:30 pm. We will have a cookie exchange that evening. If you would like to participate please bring 3 dozen cookies, we will supply the buckets.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD
Thank you to everyone for your donations throughout the year to provide gifts to underprivileged children worldwide. Thank you to Duane and Barb Wolfe for their time to fill and deliver the boxes to the collection center. We will start collecting again in January!
If you would like to donate a poinsettia to beautify our sanctuary for the Christmas season, there will be a sign-up sheet on the table in the lower entryway. More information to follow.
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:
In Need of Healing:
Bob Arnsdorff, Norma Arnsdorff, Katie Becker, Marcia Davidson, Don Edmondson, Jason Hecht, Alberta Larson, Brandon McDonnell, Judy Peterson, Bob Stangland, Bob Williams
PLEASE let us know if you would like to add or remove a name from the “pray for” list.
Serving our Country: Tracy Graham, US Coast Guard, Kendal Wills, US Navy
ASSISTING IN OUR WORSHIP SERVICES DURING NOVEMBER
Pastor: Craig Benson
Organist: Jane Tesdall
Scripture: Reader: Dottie Laudeman
Greeter: Rick Johnson
Ushers: Kris Houchin, Rick Johnson
Deacon: Lyle Hecht
3 – Grace Visser
8 – Don Edmondson
12 – Barb Wolfe
19 – Mike Graham
26 – Sherryl Graham
18 – Kirk & Tecya Anderson