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May Newsletter - The Tie Binder
Notes from the Trustees,

In April, we continued to monitor the safety and security of our church home. To date there hasn’t been any negative events. We continue to ask that internal doors stay closed to reduce drafts or other events kicking on thermostats. The recent cold weather has caused boilers to run even at low settings. 

Thanks to Steve Boggs for his efforts to sanitize high touch surfaces throughout the building and work on other cleaning opportunities.

We have lawn care to monitor. Fortunately, Roemer Landscaping, our new lawn care service, gave us very reasonable rates entering the cutting season and they are doing a great job. 

We have worked on some of the weeds in the landscaping and around the building. This need will only accelerate over the next few weeks. If you are able, feel free to come down and pull weeds after May 1st. We also have a large pile of wood debris in the lot from the winter cleanup. If anyone is able to haul the wood off to the MC recycle center it would be appreciated.

We continue to urge pledges to be mailed into the church. We continue to monitor cash flow as expenses don’t stop as we all know. Energy bills have dropped and will continue with the next readings. 

Anticipated monthly giving is $8,500 based on 2020 pledges
Monthly budgeted expenses are $9,200
April giving to date (April 22nd) is $6,500
Thanks Pat for your diligence in accounting.

If you are out driving around to get out of the house we suggest pulling into the church parking lot. Take a moment to pray for; church family, church home, church employees and a day when we will worship together again. 

Peace, John
Sunday Worship, May 17, 2020

Call to Worship from Ecclesiastes 7
When times are good, be happy;
 but when times are bad, consider this:
 God has made the one
 as well as the other.
 Therefore, no one can discover
 anything about their future. Let us turn to God the Creator for help in every season of life.

Prayer - Psalm. 81:10: I am the LORD Your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide and I will fill it. (NRSV)
O Lord, as you cried out to Israel, seeking them, asking them only to listen, you also cry out to us today.
You want to be our present—our great “I AM,”— always with us to lead, to guide, to command, and to love.
You want to be our past—as we remember how you have been our God for generations, keeping us from slavery to sin and to ourselves.
You want to be our future—to lead us to fulfill your plans for us as we feast on a rich banquet of spiritual and physical gifts.
Our lives are open before you in this moment. Help us to submit to you fully—past, present, and future. And we will watch in expectation for the great ways you will fill and feed us in this time and in all times to come.
Remain in a prayerful state, quiet and listening, for several seconds.
In the name of Jesus, the one who is the Alpha and the Omega, we pray all of these things. Amen

Music – Jack is on YouTube! Or, get out that CD Player & your favorite hymn CD.

Scripture - Colossians 1:3-14
3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people— 5 the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel 6 that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. 7 You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, 8 and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.

9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Your time of prayer
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. - 1 Peter 5
Perhaps you will include your family, our church family, the world. Health and healing from the Corona virus and other sickness, all peoples to turn to God for help and strength. And for yourself.

Message – Worthy of Christ?
Watch Pastor Karen’s YouTube Message or meditate on the Bible passage

Music! Here’s a good place for some instrumental music. Another of Jack’s songs, or hum a favorite!

Benediction from 2 Thessalonians 2
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.
Sunday Worship, May 24, 2020  Memorial Day Weekend

Call to Worship from Psalm 86
Hear, O LORD, and answer me, 
Guard my life, for I am devoted to you.
Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I call to you all day long.
Bring joy to your servant, 

Prayer for Memorial Day
Holy God, as we remember those who have served as well as those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy every day, we think of how they have followed in the footsteps of your son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. 
Please hold our servicemen and women in your strong arms. Cover them with your sheltering grace and your presence as they stand in the gap for our protection.  
We also remember the families of our troops. We ask for your unique blessings to fill their homes, and we pray your peace, provision, and strength will fill their lives.  May the members of our armed forces be supplied with courage to face each day and may they trust in the Lord's mighty power to accomplish each task. 
Let our military brothers and sisters feel our love and support.  In the name of Jesus. Amen.
(Written by Mary Fairchild)

Music – YouTube, a CD, Christian radio, or hum a favorite hymn!

Scripture – 2 Samuel 24:18-25
18 On that day Gad went to David and said to him, “Go up and build an altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.” 19 So David went up, as the Lord had commanded through Gad. 20 When Araunah looked and saw the king and his officials coming toward him, he went out and bowed down before the king with his face to the ground.
21 Araunah said, “Why has my lord the king come to his servant?” “To buy your threshing floor,” David answered, “so I can build an altar to the Lord, that the plague on the people may be stopped.”
22 Araunah said to David, “Let my lord the king take whatever he wishes and offer it up. Here are oxen for the burnt offering, and here are threshing sledges and ox yokes for the wood. 23 Your Majesty, Araunah gives all this to the king.” Araunah also said to him, “May the Lord your God accept you.”
24 But the king replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” So, David bought the threshing floor and the oxen and paid fifty shekels of silver for them. 25 David built an altar to the Lord there and sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings.
 Then the Lord answered his prayer in behalf of the land, and the plague on Israel was stopped.

Personal prayers & The Lord’s Prayer
Include today thanks for all those who have served our country in times of war and times of peace. And then, remember your family, our church family, the world. Health and healing from the Corona virus and other sickness, all peoples to turn to God for help and strength. And for yourself.

Message – The Price of It All
Watch Pastor Karen’s YouTube Message or meditate on the Bible passage

Music! Here’s a good place for some instrumental music. Another of Jack’s songs, or hum a favorite!

Benediction from Jude
To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
Sunday Worship, May 31, 2020

Call to Worship from Psalm 96
Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all the earth.
Sing to the LORD, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples,
For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise;

The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, 
Who are in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name,
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the glory
And the kingdom
And the power forever.
Amen.

Music – YouTube, a CD, Christian radio, or hum a favorite hymn!

Scripture – Luke 6:37-38
 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Your time of prayer; 
Paul writes in 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 NRSV “To this end we always pray for you, asking that our God will make you worthy of his call and will fulfill by his power every good resolve and work of faith, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” As you read this prayer, personalize it for your life and needs.
••First think about yourself: What is one way that the Holy Spirit could work in your life to “make you worthy of God’s call” to join in the ministry and the work of the church? 
 God, we ask you now to move with power in my life to prepare me for Christ’s service. (Pause for prayer.)
••Now pray for our church: What is one area in which where you desire God to “fulfill by his power every good resolve and work of faith” in this church? Is there something we are leaving undone that should be acted upon? Where is your passion? What do we need to be effective in our ministry? I pray now for that fulfillment ministry and community among in this body of believers. (Pause for prayer.)
••In our city, across the country, and around the world, lives are in need of healing, compassion, peace and rest. Let us think about and pray for those who come to our minds this morning, who are in need of God’s special touch. Thank you, God, for being a part of our lives. Thank you for comforting, helping, guiding and loving each one of us. 

Message – How to Bless Others
Watch Pastor Karen’s YouTube Message or meditate on the Bible passage

Music – Jack is on YouTube! Or, get out that
CD Player & your favorite hymn CD.

Benediction from 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17. 
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. Amen.