Thursday, 27 May 2021 14:43
Dear ChurchWritten by Jeron Parkins
Matthew 6:33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
This is the time of year of change and transition – and we are so excited! School is ending, graduations are taking place, Saturday weddings are on the horizon, houses are selling, new jobs being accepted, moving trucks are filling up, gardens are growing, lawnmowers are firing up, camping gear is being unpacked, bug spray and allergy pill sales will soon be booming. It’s a time of new beginnings and new adventures! As we charge into summer after 16 months of restrictions and we head for the hills (or just step out into the world again), it seems wise to pause for a moment and remember what we are living for. Living in a consumer society means that we are constantly urged to live for self, to seek pleasure, to make memories, to have incredible experiences, to get what the world has to offer. Businesses and corporations who are starved for customers are naturally going all out this summer to market how they can help you find the good life and make it “the best summer ever.” Travel, vacations, consumption, entertainment and making memories aren’t bad. But what place do they take in your life? Are they the focus, the center, the goal, the reason, the purpose of your life? Are you living to be at the lake? Are you living for fishing or travel? For gardens or softball? For camping or hiking? Is it all about you or are you living for God?
As Christians we claim to worship God – for that to be a true statement, the Lord must somehow be present in our summer plans, somehow be part of our normal daily lives. So, do I set up a life of activity and events and then try to add God on top, sprinkle some God on top? Do I fill up my schedule and planner with the things that the world says are priorities and then seek to add Jesus to the margins? Many Christians practically live like this and they become aware at some point that God has no place in their life, because the things of the world have effectively taken the place of God in their life.
Somehow, if we are going to be true to the Lord and be worshipers, we must start with God as the foundation of our lives and build on him. How about we start with God at the center and then add activities and adventures around him? What does this look like? I’m not sure what it means for you, specifically, but our relationship with God should be the non-negotiable core of our lives. Which means that prioritizing him and staying close to him should enter all of our planning. Maybe if your life is really focused on work this summer you ask the question, “How can I take my work and turn it into something that glorifies God? Can I incorporate God into my day in some way?” For instance if we are taking a two week trip this summer, maybe we make ask the question, “How will we as a family attend worship services or make worship happen while on the road? If I’m going to be gone every Sunday for six weeks in a row, and not have fellowship, how will I make sure that I’m spending time with God every day, or what church can I attend when I’m in other states? Maybe if you are heavy into biking or camping, you ask the question, “How can I use my biking for the Lord? How can I incorporate others into my hobby? Can this be a camping ministry that glorifies God?”
What do you think? Any thoughts that come to your mind about how to keep close to Jesus and living life to the full?
What I’m convinced of is that walking with the Lord and staying close to him is never in vain.
Our sermon text for Sunday, May 31 is Daniel chapter four.
Deric and Rebecca Sneller and kids will be visiting us and taking some time in the services to share about their gospel work with military personal in Japan.
We will NOT be having children's ministry this Sunday. There will be activity sheets and coloring utensils out in the foyer for your kids if needed.
SUMMER ACTIVITY GROUPS
REFER a FRIEND to EAGLE LAKE CAMP
Kids and parents we need your help in getting kids to camp! Please watch this video highlighting the Refer a Friend Program for Eagle Lake: https://youtu.be/3KZUwdRjiLc
POPCORN and A MOVIE MAY 28;
The Quizzing kids are having a bake sale at the same time to help them go to the World Quiz Meet in Washington State!
PASTOR – KID QUIZ OFF / Fundraiser Meal for quizzing kids June 6
On Sunday June 6, join the church for a meal in the fellowship hall at noon and stay and watch the pastors take on the quizzers as they get ready to go to the world meet in Washington state.
FAMILY FIELD DAY, JUNE 19th
The Family Team is planning a picnic in the park with a BBQ. There will be all kinds of games, 3-legged race, ultimate frisbee, potato sack race, volleyball, tug of war, balloon walk etc.
COMMUNITY GROUP LEADERS BBQ June 23
- JOIN REIGN THIS SUMMER The Youth Group meets Wednesdays from 6:30pm-8:30pm in the Reign building across the street from Sears Hardware Store. Reign is for anyone finishing 5th grade this month through high school. We will begin a new series in June and we will be studying the whole bible in one year! The series is called “Gospel Foundations; A Year Through the Storyline of Scripture.” We will have many activities to participate in this summer so please join us!!
MEN’S THURSDAY MORNING PRAYER BREAKFAST WILL RESUME IN AUGUST
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL AUGUST 9-13
We have decided to change the dates for VBS this year to August 9-13. Our VBS Director, Brenna Rivale, explains the reasons for the change in this note: Our date changes are due to the Guatemala trip being that same week, as well as Worlds for Quizzing is the week before. I am wanting to make it accessible to everyone, as well as most of my help/volunteers are going to be in Guatemala and I am wanting them to have the opportunity to serve for VBS. This year's VBS theme is “Destination Dig; Unearthing the Truth About Jesus.” Here’s an overview: Kids will unearth more than dirt as they dig up exciting evidence that proves biblical events were not just stories. As junior archaeologists, kids will explore real-life archaeological finds that have helped to uncover the truth about Jesus! Along the way, they’ll discover the truth of Jeremiah 29:13, that God reveals Himself to us when we seek and search for Him with all our hearts.
GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMMIT August 5-6
We’ve hosted the Global Leadership Summit for several years now. Most of those registering have been from the local businesses or city and county employees. It’s been nice to serve our local community by hosting this uplifting and encouraging leadership conference at Living Water. If you want to participate the cost is $99 until July 13th. Click on the following link and when prompted insert this code 21SVTEAM https://register.globalleadership.org/#/reg/trans/one?invtID=EV-LSS2108-MAIN-SVA00028&orgCustomerID=704772&priorityCD=21SVTEAM
Thanks for serving the Lord!