Dear Friends and Family!
What another wonderful day we had in the Lord, Sunday! This past Sunday was another ‘twofer.’ We not only had a wonderful worship service, but we had a wonderful missionary service, too! If you are not coming to the Missionary Services you are missing out on some very special insights, laughter, and food! God is moving in our church! We are witnessing His power, His mercy, and His ability to transform human hearts and lives on a regular basis! How has Jesus changed you in the last year? If your answer is, ‘not much,’ then its time to try something different! Our God is on a mission! Let’s join Him! Amen!
God’s message this week came from Psalm 111:1-10 and titled, “The Basis for Obedience.” Originally, the Spirit seemed to pointing me in the direction of answering why do we do the things we do in the faith, but He changed me to consider ‘how’ we know which way to turn when we come to making decisions. You see, all of us face life-changing decisions regularly. Who to date, when and if to marry, and the choice of your career and friends are just some of the decisions we make that can have life-changing implications later.
Among the questions Psalm 111 answers is ‘where to seek wisdom.’ Each of us has at least one source for wisdom, but many of us have many trusted sources. These sources include parents, friends, children, the Internet, the hairdresser, and Dr. Phil (to name a few). While these sources may give good advice, even great advice, Psalm 111 asks should these be the primary source of wisdom? The answer is no! In v. 10 we learn “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow His precepts have good understanding” (Ps. 111:10a).
Why is the LORD the beginning of wisdom? In the first 9 verses, the Psalm writer gives his reasons. God’s works are great, glorious, and majestic! (vv.2-3). God is righteous, gracious, and compassionate providing food, land, and security! (vv. 4-6). God is powerful, faithful, just, trustworthy, and upright (vv. 6-8). Finally, he concludes, “He provided redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant forever— holy and awesome is his name” (v. 9). When we begin to comprehend how awesome God is, we’ll be equipped to trust Him completely, accept and receive His wisdom, and follow His ways.
Need good advice? Certainly seek the advice of good and wise friends, but, make sure you’re seeking the primary source of wisdom, first! Listen to His answer by reading His Word, praying, worshipping, and silently listening for His voice! Blessings, Pastor Dan
NEWS AND EVENTS
LADIES RENDEZVOUS – TUE., AUG. 18 and SAT., AUG. 22
August will have two opportunities for the ladies to rendezvous! Tue., Aug. 18 OR Sat., Aug. 22 between 10:30am and noon! All ladies are invited and welcome! Need a ride? Please call Cherry at (616) 916-7595. Need more details? See Gerry D. or Cherry P.
THIRD THU. CHINESE LUNCH IS THIS WEEK (AT HIBACHI GRILL)
Our next Third Thursday Chinese Lunch is this week at the Hibachi Grill on Alpine! Remember! It’s more than food! It’s a time to share our joys, concerns and even laugh! So grab a friend and come to Hibachi at 11:30! Questions? See Tracy or Linda!
PRE-WEDDING RECEPTION FOR JENN S. AND JESSE C. – SEP. 13 AT 12:30PM
You are invited to a “Pre-Wedding Reception” to honor our friends, Jenn Smith and Jesse Churilla. Since many of you may not be able to attend their formal reception, we thought it would be fun to have a ‘pre-wedding reception’ here at Northeast Community Church on Sun., Sept 13, (before the wedding) immediately after our Sunday worship service approximately at 12:30PM. If you have any questions, see Cherry P. or Fran S.
SUNDAY SCHOOL HOURS ARE CHANGING IN SEPTEMBER!
To allow for those who enjoy coming a bit early to church to fellowship and socialize, our Sunday School and Discipleship Ministries Director Gerry Dawson has changed our Sunday school time to start 15 minutes earlier beginning Sept. 06th. This will allow our adult Sunday school class to finish at 10:30so that the Annex/ Fellowship area will be available for those arriving early to church and need a place to talk!
SHHHH! SILENCE EVERYONE!
As I heard in the library regularly: Shhhhhh! Please be quiet! Seriously, we would like everyone to remain silent in the sanctuary before the service to provide a quiet place for those who would like to pray and meditate! If you want to talk and catch up or just chat (like I do), please take your conversation to the annex, instead! Bless you!
WE’RE GIVING AWAY THE OLD WOODEN TABLES!
We’ve been blessed this year with newer (and lighter) tables through the generous donations from the Thomas Christoffersen Memorial and the South Haven Church.
This means our older, heavily used and just plain heavy banquet tables need to find new homes! Until the end of August, we will limit you to two tables to allow others a chance to get one or two. In Sep., you can have as many as you want! Then, on Sep. 14 we’ll list them on Craigslist until they’re gone! Questions? Contact Pastor Dan.
WORLD MISSION BROADCAST BLESSINGS!
Last Sunday, we received an offering for World Mission Broadcast (WMB) (the program that spreads the Gospel to the world through radio, television and Internet programs) and we were blessed to receive $158! Because of your giving, our church has funded 39.5 minutes of hope and holiness! May God bless each one of you who gave!
UPDATED DIRECTORY IS COMING! DO WE HAVE YOUR CORRECT INFO?
We do our best to keep our directory current, but we need your help! If you’ve moved, changed your email, or phone #, etc., would you let us know? Bless you for helping! Also, if we do not have your anniversary or family birthdays we need them, too!
THANK YOU FOR LOVING US AS WE CELEBRATE 25 YEARS OF MARRIAGE!
Janie and I came together in an inauspicious way some 26 years ago. Meeting in a bar (Janie’s first time at the insistence of a friend) I met my ‘earthy angel’ who would lead me to Jesus, love me through the growth in grace, and encourage me to accept my call to ministry. God has been good to us through the ups and downs of marriage and you have been a part of it! Bless you for the wonderful reception after church Sunday, and for the unique and wonderful gift of a cross, surrounded by 25 SBA dollar coins in a frame! It is a unique and wonderful gift from a unique and wonderful church! We are also thankful for the $50 Visa gift card we will use to go out to eat on our anniversary tomorrow! Thank you for remembering our special day and for loving us! Pastor Dan and Janie!
PASTOR DAN’S PLANS! SEP. 15-22
Pastor Dan and Janie have plans to get away for a fall week of vacation (Sep. 15-21) and then attend the District Fall Pastor Workshop at Indian Lake (Sep. 21-23). If you have something that can’t wait, please contact Gerry Dawson (our Church Board Secretary). It will be a blessing to have Pastor Ed Douglas come fill the pulpit again on Sep. 13.
Sherry J., our Missionary President, reports we are half way to reading 100 books this year! Praise the Lord! Remember, there are books designed for children, youth, and adults and there are prizes for the first adults, teens, and children who read them! See Sherry J. if you need a book! By the way, they are really good books this year!
WED. NIGHT BIBLE STUDY IS HAPPENING! COME BE A PART OF IT!
Regardless of your age or whatever might be keeping you away, come join us this week at 6:30pm for a time of singing, prayer, and study. Remember, we always end our night with ice cream! Come, invite a friend, and be blessed! You’ll be glad you did!
JUST A REMINDER! NO CHILDREN’S CHURCH IN JUL. AND AUG.
Yes, we love your children and agree kids can worship and learn about Jesus better when they can create something with their hands, receive a snack to eat, and move around, but our children's workers are taking vacation, so for the next 2 months the kids are staying in the worship service with us! Bless you for understanding!
RESULTS FROM VISIT OR WRITE OR CALL A ‘SHUT-IN’ WEEK!
I have heard good things, church! Bless everyone who sent a card, made a phone call, or visited a shut in this week! Isn’t iit amazing how good it feels to make someone else feel good? God created us for community! Bless you for being the Church! God is good!
EAT SOUP AND GATHER BOX TOPS FOR NAZARENE INDIAN MISSIONS!
Remember! Campbell Soup labels and General Mills box tops are worth cash! While it seems small, it really adds up! This program has provided PA equipment, computers, and even a 15-passenger van for Nazarene Sun Valley Indian School. Give your labels and box tops to Fran S. and Sherry J. See Fran or Sherry if you have any questions.
GUIDELINES FOR PRAYER REQUESTS
Remember, to keep our prayer lists current, we only place requests in the newsletter and bulletin for 3 weeks without an update. If you want to keep your prayer request in the bulletin or newsletter just keep filling out the tear off tabs and keep us informed!
Jul.-Aug. No Children’s Church in Jul. and Aug.
Aug. 18, 22 Ladies Rendezvous
Sep. 13 Jenn S. and Jesse C. Pre-Wedding Reception (after church)
Sep. 15-21 Pastor Dan on vacation
Sep. 21-23 District Fall Pastor Workshop at Indian Lake