Be Still and Know…by Gus Keiser

 

Good afternoon friends!

We have a slow week at First! There will be a Youth Committee Meeting this evening at 7:00 PM. Wednesday will be our weekly Food from the Heart luncheon. Sunday worship will be at 8:15 and 10:00 AM. We had a wonderful time celebrating with Pastor Marleen & Don at their baby shower on Sunday with a very large turn-out! Since this week is a bit on the slow side with activities, we had decided to have a special installment of “Be Still and Know”, by Gus Keiser. Enjoy and have a great week!

God’s Grace & “Squeaks”,

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“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord.  “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. ~ Isaiah 1:18

 Well, the major trial in Florida is over and the verdict is in.  Granted, there are a lot of people not pleased with the decision of the jury, a lot of people who are convinced that there should have been some form of guilty verdict, but the law is the law and the lawyers did the best they could to convince the jury to see it their way.  And, based on the evidence, or lack thereof presented by both sides, the jury had to base its decision on those facts presented

 Good lawyers are known for debating with such authority that anyone listening can’t say anything to refute their arguments.  Well, God isn’t called our Defender, Counselor, and Advocate for nothing.  Once he takes a case, it is as good as settled because he argues with ultimate authority, and always wins.

 Who though, would have imagined he would argue against us for us?

 We are guilty… we know it and he knows it.  However, sometimes we struggle to accept his forgiveness.  For one reason or another… whether a guilt complex or some backward sense of pride convincing us that we don’t need to be off the hook… we allow ourselves to remain in bondage to our guilt.

 And while this might sound just a bit humble and holy, in reality, both of these attitudes disrespect the price God paid to free us from our guilt.  We are each big time sinners, and that’s not something that’s up for debate.  But God not only sees all the evidence of our sins, he also takes it upon himself to clear our names and restore our record to a cleaner state than it originally was.  What an incredible deal God works on our behalf!  For us to even try to go back and attempt to pay the penalty ourselves is like telling God his way and his sacrifice wasn’t enough.  .

 You know, you can argue with God all you want about your sin, but that would be about as futile as trying to convince some baseball umpire he made a wrong call…the facts are the facts and they are not going to change.  God still sent his Son to die for us, and accepting his sacrifice is all any of us needs for forgiveness.  In truth, it’s the only way to forgiveness.

 Your case was settled in God’s courtroom a long time ago.  So, be willing to accept his verdict and his forgiveness, leave those chains that you think are binding you behind, and move on into the life of freedom he bought for you.

Thank you, Father, for being our heavenly Advocate and for releasing us from the guilt of our sins.  Please remind us not to cheapen the price you paid by trying to pay it again ourselves.  Amen.

 

 

July 15-19, 2013

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Good afternoon friends!

VBS Kingdom Rock was a HUGE success! We had over 50 kids! Thank you to all the wonderful people who helped out! On Sunday, we celebrated by sharing songs from VBS with the congregation.

This week:

Mary-Martha circle met today in the fellowship hall from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM for sewing projects and lunch.

Tuesday, Rebekah Circle will be meeting at 10:30 AM. There will be a Finance Committee meeting at 6:30 PM, and there will also be a Christian Education Committee meeting at 7:00 PM.

Wednesday will be our free weekly Food from the Heart ministry in the fellowship hall from 12-1 PM. Come join us for a delicious bite to eat!

Thursday will be our food bank distribution day. We are always looking for people to help out with loading and unloading, so if you are interested in helping with this ministry, please call the office at 724-834-1457. If you are interested in signing up to receive food, please contact Westmoreland County Food Bank, or call the office at 724-834-1457 for more information. Pick up for people currently receiving food is between 9:30 – 10:30 AM. Please arrive on time. We are not able to hold food, or deliver food. If you cannot make it, please either call the office to inform us that you will not be able to make it, or send someone to pick up your food for you  (Must have valid ID).

Sunday, we will have worship at 8:15 and 10:00 AM.  There will also be a Youth Committee meeting at 7:00 PM.

ATTENTION! SPE CIAL DELIVERY!!!

Pastor Marleen and Don are expecting a bundle of joy in the coming weeks and we are holding a baby shower in their honor. The show will be held following the 10:00 AM service this Sunday, July 21st, and it is open to all members of the congregation (men, women and children)! If you would like to attend, please contact the office at 724-834-1457 so that we can get a head-count for food and refreshments.

It’s supposed to be hot and in the 90’s all week, so make sure you stay cool! I would go outside, but I am not sure how to get the sunscreen on without it making my fur stand up!

Have a great week!

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