"Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs." Psalm 100:1, 2

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Olympic Steps for Christians - September Observer Message

The 2016 Summer Olympics have finished up in Rio. They were exciting as usual. The United States teams did very well. Maybe your favorite athletes did well. I thought it beneficial to work around this topic for September’s article to cap off this summer’s events and also to keep in mind as school classes begin for our kids. It will use kind of a “running” flavor.

Step One: Getting a Good Start. 1 Corinthians 9:24, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run is such a way as to get the prize.” A runner wants a good start in a race, but a good start will not be enough to win a race for him. A runner must keep running well for the whole race. You have heard the story of the tortoise and the hare. The hare thought it would be so easy to beat the slow-moving tortoise. So the hare rested and took it easy. But the tortoise kept going and finally won the race. You and I need to keep running our race for the Lord. God wants us to never stop hearing His Word; instead, He wants us to keep hearing His Word at home, at church, at school, in Bible class and Sunday school classes. And do this thankfully, willingly, regularly since God has already won the prize for us; He sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross so that all sinners would be forgiven. Jesus rose from the dead and earned for us homes in heaven.

What a wonderful prize God has given to us!

Education Sunday and New Teacher Installation Brunch

Sunday, August 28th is Education Sunday and our new teacher installation service at 9:30am.

After the worship service you are invited to a welcoming brunch in the school cafeteria. Ham, baked potatoes and drinks (coffee, milk, juice and water) will be provided. You are asked to bring fresh fruit, a salad or dessert to pass.

There will also be baskets for groceries, Scrip cards and gift cards for Mr. Thies and Mrs. Wendland as we welcome them to St. John's and they begin their ministry here in Watertown. Please plan to attend and participate as we welcome our new teachers and their families to St. John's church and school.




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