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July 2018 Newsletter

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St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church

800 South Division Street

Chenoa, Il  61726

 

June 28, 2018


On the 4th of July we will celebrate the birth of our nation and the fact that we live in the “land of the free, and the home of the brave.” And yet, when you turn on your television or look at things online, it’s clear that we don’t all stand in unity. I don’t pretend to have the answers to what the best foreign or domestic policies are, but I do have a few thoughts as to how we as Christians might go about engaging others on these matters.



As I listen to pundits and read the thoughts of people commenting on the various issues currently facing our nation, I find that both sides of the political divide try to claim Jesus for themselves. Both the left and the right point to verses of Scripture to support their side and condemn the other. Each claims that they represent the Scriptural position while pointing out the opposing side’s apparent hypocrisy. I hear all this, and I inevitably find myself thinking of Jesus’ words as he stood before Pilate. “My kingdom is not of this world.”

 

Brothers and sisters, please allow me to remind you of this simple, but important fact: Jesus is not a Republican. Neither is he a Democrat. Jesus is not a capitalist, nor is he a socialist. Jesus is not an immigration hardliner, nor does he say anything about open borders. He is Jesus. And he and his concerns are so much bigger than any of those things.


Scripture tells us that all governments are established and given authority to rule by God. Their duty is to maintain law and order so that people might live in peace. Sometimes they do this in ways that we recognize to be in line with how God calls us to live as individuals, and sometimes not. But whether we see Christ in our leaders or our laws not shouldn’t change how we relate to those around us.


As God’s people we are called to be good citizens. And as Americans, we are blessed to have a say in our governance in a way that most Christians throughout history haven’t had. But we must always remember that our ultimate citizenship is in heaven. No earthly nation is ever going to perfectly reflect God’s teachings. No political party is going to perfectly promote Christian ideals. There are and will continue to be Christians on both sides of the aisle. Each side will have things they’re right about, and each will have things that they get wrong.

Whatever laws the government passes as it pertains to abortion or marriage or immigration, as individual children of God we are told to love our neighbor. To show compassion to others. To love and pray even for those we might consider our enemies. That means rather than assume the worst about them, we ought to at least try to see things through their eyes and understand where they’re coming from. That doesn’t mean we’ll agree with them or that we shouldn’t seek to lovingly address sin and error when we see it. It doesn’t mean we’ll reach the same conclusions on what the best policies for state or national governance are. But hopefully we can at least see each other as children of God, and address each other as such.

Pastor Jeremy


 

St. Paul’s Discipleship

Date Attendance Offering Missions
06-03 90 3218.00 100.00
06-10 83 1804.00 28.00
06-17 99 2682.00 68.00
06-24 93 2068.85 452.00
Food Pantry   100.00  





 

From our Parish Nurse                                                                                                        Pam Norris

 

Blood Pressure checks will be done on Sunday, July 1st after worship.

Workouts to Fit Your Personality

If certain physical activities appeal to you more than others, your personality may be influencing your interests. While not an exact science, research points to knowing your personality as a way to help you discover your best exercises or your barriers to exercise.

For example, Type A personalities often have an “all in” approach to exercise and tend to stay with a fixed fitness routine. This could cause them to stick with a routine even if it isn’t working. These task-oriented personalities generally enjoy exercising on their own or in one-on-one situations and not necessarily in big groups. They typically engage in competitive events and like to track their heart rate, pace or number of reps performed.

Type B personalities are more laid back and may need more accountability or a defined work-out plan to keep them motivated to exercise. For these outgoing, people-orientated personalities, their social connectivity becomes a factor in their enjoyment and dedication to exercise. They may prefer group workouts or being a part of a team sport or a dance-based class instead of exercising alone.

Reserved, cautious, or highly sensitive personalities may want to avoid group exercise classes or team sports to avoid feeling like their every move is being scrutinized. They may be encouraged to continue a routine after what they perceive is a good workout. Researchers point to non-competitive activities such as biking, running and hiking as “feel good” workouts to make them want to stick with it.

Keep in mind that these personality pairings to exercise are not set in stone. The key is to be aware of your enjoyment and your attitude toward your activity to help you better understand if the routine is right for you, and if it’s one that you will continue doing.

Source: American Council on Exercise and WebMD printed by permission of Better Health


"Church League Softball"
The 2018 season will end with a tournament in July.  All games are played on Tuesdays and Thursday, with three games played each evening at 6:15, 7:30 and 8:45 PM.  Teams will usually play only one of these games per evening.  All games will be played at Pontiac’s Rec Plex, south of Pontiac Correctional Center.  The league is co-ed and players should be at least 16 years of age.  Team colors are green and white.  Players are to contact Stacy Eilts, First Lutheran, Pontiac [815] 822-1377, or Roger Wahls, St. Paul, Chenoa [815] 848-1415.   
 

 

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Worship Time July 8th until September 9th –at 9 AM