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Use Your Time Wisely - October Observer Message

Time. Time is a priceless period of opportunity, which we can use to fulfill our God-given potential or waste on useless pursuits. Once gone, time can never be reclaimed. St. Paul says, “Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity” (Eph.5: 15-16). Each day is a new account. If you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,000...that carried over no balance from day to day...that allowed you to keep no cash in your account...that every evening can-celled out whatever part of that amount you had failed to use during the day...what would you do? Without a doubt you would draw out every cent, every day, of course, and use it to your advantage! Well, you have such a bank . . . and its name is “TIME.” Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it wipes off as lost whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balances. It allows no overdrafts. Each day it opens a new account with you. Each night it burns the records of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposit, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against “Tomorrow.” Paul encourages us to use the time we have, right now, to live for Christ. St. Paul writes, ”For to me, to live is Christ.” Why? Because Christ is the reason we are members of St. John’s today. Christ is the reason we are alive today. Christ is the reason we have hope for tomorrow. Christ is the reason we will live our lives as Children of God. Christ is the reason we will use our time of grace to His glory and service.

Adult Bible Classes and Sunday School - Fall 2014

Sunday morning classes will begin September 7th from 9:10-10:10 am in the school cafeteria. Please bring your Bible. We will begin the year with an interesting look at the prophet Jonah. With this study we will try to answer a number of questions. Do accidents just happen? Is forgiveness too easy for us? Should we always be optimistic? What is better — good times or difficult times? Do we get second chances? Why me, Lord? Come and join us on Sun-day mornings. All are invited. Coffee and donuts are provided. If you wish to have your little child in the nursery, please register for that in the church office or with Pastor Warnecke.

Tuesday (7:30 pm) and Wednesday (10 am) classes will begin on September 9/10 in the Council Chambers by the church office. The topic for these classes— “Angels and Demons.” We have seen them in books and movies. This study is an opportunity to learn from our God about them. Equip yourself with a Biblical knowledge about these created beings—who they are and what they are capable of doing.

Sunday School begins Sunday, September 7 from 9:10-10:10 am in the church basement for ages 3 years through 6th grade.

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