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Archive: Back in the Swing of Things - Observer Message - August 2012

 
Summer…. Ah, summer! It is a time to relax, to change your daily schedule to a slower pace, to be with family in a vacation setting and to be with friends just for the pleasure of it. If you remember the words of that Nat King Cole song “Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer”, you know where of I speak. Summer’s conclusion is a time to change gears even for those who didn’t have 3 months off from school. It is time for parents and children to ‘get back into the swing of things’.
 

Archive: 2012 Annual Church Picnic

On June 10, 2012 we will celebrate our Savior's love outdoors at Riverside Park.

The worship service will be at 10:00am. Prior to that there will be some refreshments.

After the service, everyone is encouraged to stay and enjoy a time to share in the food and fellowship of our congregation.

There will be games and activities for the pre-schoolers, for the school children hosted by the teens, and for the adults.

We have all heard the little maxim above and in most years that is exactly how it works out. When you think of it, it is a marvelous work of our sustaining Lord that he would send at just the right time, the rain that would cause the earth to blossom with life, with beautiful life. In addition spring is the time of the year when people get busy in their gardens — planting everything from vegetables to bulbs to trees to flowers — all those things that will either beautify our lives or sustain them.

I would like to make a pitch at this point for our gardening committee and for all those involved with make our church grounds a place of beauty. This dedicated group every year takes the opportunity of spring to clean up and plant around the church and school. If you would like to be a part of this group, just let Al or Doreen Heine know and keep an eye out for the announcement of their work day.

Now if you are asking, ‘Why is Pastor spending all this time on the obvious and some would say ‘inconsequential’?’. The answer is that God uses the growth of plants (see: The Sower and the Soil, The Mustard Seed, the Fig Tree, etc.) as an illustration of what the Word, that is, the Gospel, is able to do. You are all probably well aware of what the prophet Isaiah has to say in chapter 55:
“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (55:10-11)

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