Last weekend at our celebration services we spoke of the different parts of our human body – and how they reflect the body of Christ — out of many ONE —- the passage we used was 1 Cor 12:18-26…I’d like to use the front page of E-News to follow up on our teaching and share a little more how each of us can SERVE OUR CHURCH….
When I talk about serving the church with God-given talents and gifts, people oftentimes think too small. They might see a praise team – or a D-Group leader or one who serve is the youth department and think along these lines…..”I don’t have any interest or skill in these areas – so I’ll just give up.” There is nowhere for me to serve here…
It’s time we stop thinking in terms of a “Sunday only” event. The church is not a place or a time; it is a body of believers, each one uniquely gifted by God to guide, help, challenge, and support the rest. In fact, most service to the Lord doesn’t take place inside the church building. It happens out in the world, where we do all the things that Scripture commands.
Most believers are not in a position to influence a lot of people. When we act or speak, only those closest to us notice, but a chain reaction ripples outward to affect an entire community. Paul’s metaphor of body parts working together harmoniously is a helpful description of how one small action can have a widespread impact. Consider the way tensing your big toe keeps your foot stable and thereby steadies your whole body. In the same way, a gentle rebuke, a listening ear, or a loving deed benefits the church by strengthening one brother or sister, who then supports another…
We are on this earth to serve the kingdom of God and His church. Our Leader – JESUS CHRIST said – I did not come to be served – but to serve and give……..It is sad that there is a contingent of church members throughout America who ask this question –what can the church do for me!!!? To many have a consumer mentality instead of a servant’s heart…
Everyone at Discovery please – pray – pray – pray…..God – with the talents and gifts you have given –and within my sphere of influence within & without the church please allow your Holy Spirit to lead me – to teach me – where and how I can be used effectively to make a difference in someone’s life for eternity…..I do want to serve the Church…..
1 Cor 12:27 – now all of you together are Christ’s body and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it……
This week we have been praying for Kiki Marshall – who went with her family to a consult with a surgeon in Overland Park on Monday….haven’t heard the outcome – but still praying for answers – and healing resulting in her good health………….as each of us think of a way in which we can serve the church – I’d like to request that you think of a person – a family you haven’t seen in church for some time and pray every day for that family – or person…we do not know what is in their heart that has allowed them to excuse themselves from the fellowship of the redeemed – the Lord’s Supper – and the study of God’s Holy Word…..but we believe prayer changes people and people change things……….our middle school youth will be having a wonderful activity at their respective schools tomorrow (Friday) evening. May we lift them up in prayer that they will enjoy this last hurrah before going to High School –and may they be safe – as well as represent Christ well during the evening………..thanks to each one who wrote a note or brought a small gift to the Care Package forKirsten Yoder….might take a month to complete delivery – but her heart will uplifted as she see the gift – reads the words of encouragement from you………….The Blessing Box is close to being operational. We talking to Beseensigns.com regarding how we are going to advertise the box 24/7 He is thinking of a 18”x24” metal sing with brace…..cost is around $70…..if any would like to contribute to this that would be great…..we will see be allowing our surrounding community to come on campus to receive free food (non-perishable) from the blessing box……………
The June potluck club will be May 22nd at 6;00 PM….It will be held at Eileen Detore’s home. The directions to her place will be mailed to you next week. Everyone is encouraged to bring a food item of your choice…..
General Fund $2862.00
PET (Mission) $ 3.00
· Our youth as they finish the last 2 weeks of school
· Kirsten Yoder – on the Carl Vinson Ship in North Korean Waters (safety & her faith will grow during this experience)
· Courtney Baker – baby delivers within a few days
· Stacey Nowlin – health issues
· God help all of us to be intentional as we evangelize the lost
· Continued blessing on Kiki Marshall –
· Joy Weir – health issues
Mother’s Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed in different forms throughout the world. The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Jarvis would later denounce the holiday’s commercialization and spent the latter part of her life trying to remove it from the calendar. While dates and celebrations vary, Mother’s Day most commonly falls on the second Sunday in May and traditionally involves presenting mothers with flowers, cards and other gifts.
10 [a]Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies. 11 Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. 12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. 13 She finds wool and flax and busily spins it. 14 She is like a merchant’s ship, bringing her food from afar. 15 She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work for her servant girls. 16 She goes to inspect a field and buys it; with her earnings she plants a vineyard. 17 She is energetic and strong, a hard worker. 18 She makes sure her dealings are profitable; her lamp burns late into the night. 19 Her hands are busy spinning thread, her fingers twisting fiber. 20 She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy. 21 She has no fear of winter for her household, for everyone has warm[b] clothes. 22 She makes her own bedspreads. She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns. 23 Her husband is well known at the city gates, where he sits with the other civic leaders. 24 She makes belted linen garments and sashes to sell to the merchants.25 She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future. 26 When she speaks, her words are wise,
and she gives instructions with kindness. 27 She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness. 28 Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: 29 “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!” 30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised. 31 Reward her for all she has done.Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.
Acts 1:4-8 Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before.5 John baptized with[a] water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
6 So when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, “Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?” 7 He replied, “The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”