May 2017 Newsletter
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May 4, 2017
The value and importance of spending time every day in personal devotions is one that gets mentioned often. I’ll reference them in sermons, suggest them in Bible class, and encourage them to parents and kids in confirmation class. The issue is that for many of us the issue isn’t just one of desire, but of practicality. Not in the sense of “Why should I take time out of my day for devotions?” but in the sense of “How do I do that?” Because the reality is, it’s not something that a lot of us were ever really taught how to do. Going to church on Sunday? That we know how to do. But daily devotions? How would I even begin?
This week I saw an article from a brother pastor who gives a word of spiritual advice by way of Nike: Just do it. That may seem overly simplistic or not at all the kind of guidance you were hoping for, but I kind of like it. Just do it.
Despite what we might think, there is no right or wrong way to do it. There is no one secret method that’s guaranteed to keep you motivated to do it. Really, all you can do…is do it. It doesn’t matter what pattern you use. It doesn’t matter if you have the world’s perfect, most inspiring devotional book. Some people incorporate reading or singing a hymn into their daily devotions. Others don’t. Some people include reading from the Catechism, but you don’t have to. Do you enjoy reading the thoughts of historic Church fathers or other notable theologians? That’s great! If you don’t, that’s fine, too! Whatever you do, just do devotions. Read through God’s Word according to a plan, or choose chapters at random. Spend time in prayer by yourself, with your spouse, or with your whole family. Just do something.
After all, something is better than nothing. Just reading a few verses at a time is better than no verses read ever. Just praying the Lord’s Prayer is better than praying nothing at all. Just doing devotions, no matter how brief, is better than not doing devotions.
There are so many resources available for devotions that we’ve complicated the matter beyond all human reasoning. We’ve taken what should be simple and turned it into deciphering nuclear codes.
The simplest advice that I can give to if you’re not doing devotions isn’t to point you to a list of possible books to use, though I could do that if you ask. No, the simplest advice I can give you is: Just do it. Just pick something up and start using it daily. If you miss a day, don’t worry; just go on to the next one.
Whether you’re young or old, just do it. Whether you’ve done devotions every day of your life, or if you’ve never looked past the cover of : just do it. The benefits of doing devotions are immense, but the only way you get the benefit, is to just do it.
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HOLY ACTS AND RITES OF THE CHURCH
Mark your calendars--VBS will be held June 5-9 this year. Monday-Thursday in the morning with a Friday evening session and closing ceremony.
Please consider volunteering to help with VBS this year! We will need station and group leaders as well as help decorating and setting up for the week.
April Perfect Attendance
Please keep the Sixth-Seventh Grade teacher and students in your prayers during the month of April. For our teacher: Mr. Leon Beitz, pray that God may grant them wisdom, strength and knowledge to share His Word with the children and to help them grow spiritually. For our students: Clayton Beitz, Ben Rhoda, Aaron Shrewsbury, Megan Rhoda, Nolan Verdun and Paige Weber that they understand the depth of God’s love for them as they grow to become strong men and women who live for God’s Glory.
This year, Preschool – High School will send our Sunday School offerings to
Tin Roofs for Lutheran Churches in
Africa. This organization shows the love and mercy of Christ by providing
roofing materials for Lutheran churches in
HIS KIDS—Thank you to everyone who contributed to the HIS KIDS Scholarship Fund this year! We have enough to pay for tuition for our student through the end of the year. She will be in Kindergarten next year. The Family is very appreciative of your generosity!
The 3 year old class for next year [’17-‘18] is currently full and we have a waiting list! We still have openings in our 4 year old class however.
Beginning in June, a volunteer will be needed to deliver meals to Ron Erdman. He sometimes does not eat a meal so the schedule will have to be checked. If no volunteer cannot deliver the meals he will have to be removed from the list.
From Our Parish Nurse Pam Norris
Chenoa Food Pantry update.
I spoke with one of the overseers of the food pantry and I thought I’d share some of the information we spoke about.
The Chenoa Food Pantry has
Based on this, our local food pantry does assist people who are not from Chenoa, but most of those served are from Chenoa.
Our food pantry has served some people from another town. Some came to our food pantry because they were not able to face friends because of their financial situation. They have served some people who were transient in our town. Our food pantry does assist those from other towns in finding resources closer to their own town.
People are allowed to “shop” for 1 week of food. Food for about 150 people per week is provided. Also –to clear up a matter: They are not allowed to take a case of ketchup (or any other food item) at a time.
Usual length of time a family uses the food pantry is ~ 6 months. Some use more, some use less. Almost all of the people who have received from the Chenoa food pantry have given back, either with time, labor, or food donations (once they were back on their feet).
Please consider making a donation of one canned food item/week. This may be $2 or less per week. Remember, we have been given the privilege by God of managing his resources (this includes money, food, and time) for him. Reflect on the parable of the talents. God gave us talents (money, time) to use to help others.
Items that are always in need: canned fruit (not pineapple), or fruit cups, canned veggies (not corn or green beans), canned tomatoes or tomato sauce and any sources of protein. Would you please give 1 item this month?
If you have questions or if you have concerns about how the food pantry is run, talk with Pam.
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I have started visiting and interviewing members of our congregation and those interviews appear again in this newsletter. If you would rather not be interviewed, please tell me when I call you.
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