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This Sunday: March 31, 2019

8:45 Open Door Worship - Lower Level
11:00 am Worship - Sanctuary

Lost and Found: Feast” - Rev. Amy Starr Redwine

Luke 15:1-32



 

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Week of March 22, 2019

Faith + Hope  > Easy Answers

Although it was never my best subject, I have always loved math. There is something so satisfying about working an equation and, if you follow the right steps and perform the arithmetic correctly, getting the right answer. Or knowing that if the answer was wrong, you just had to methodically work your way backward until you found the error. 

I often find myself wishing that the journey of faith was as straightforward as an algebra problem with one right answer. But it seems that on a regular basis, I am confronted with circumstances that have an unlimited number of answers, none of which feel completely right or completely wrong. Violence, suffering, division, one person’s victory that is another person’s defeat — these are all things that leave us at a loss for answers and require us to dig deep, both personally and theologically, to make sense of our world and our lives.

Fortunately, we don’t have to look far to discover biblical figures who have struggled with these concepts long before we did. Jesus’s disciples often asked him hard questions, to which he rarely gave straightforward answers. This week in worship, we will encounter one of these conversations between the disciples and Jesus and try to find a faith that resists easy answers but offers a transformative way of understanding who God is and who we are — a way that ultimately offers us hope. Join us!

See you in church,

 

Prayer List

Please keep in your prayers:

Those with special concerns:

  • Barbara Jones

  • Reid Land

  • Ed Steiner

  • Gary Wright

Those rejoicing:

  • Matt and Leigh (Greene) Rinckel on the birth of their son, Owen McNair Rinckel on March 7. Owen’s grandparents are Susan and Stan Greene.

Those grieving:

  • Lynn Rohr and family on the death of her aunt, Melinda Luck Shepardson, on March 18. 

Members and family serving in the military:

  • Edward Allen

  • Jenny Sigel Burkett

  • Matthew Horton

  • Mason Louthan

  • Nathan Thomas Meade

  • Connor Partlow

Please let us know if you have a joy or concern that we may lift up in prayer. Contact Mary Kay Collins, or any church staff. If you are in immediate need of pastoral care, please call the church office at 358-2383. During night and weekend hours, your call will be transferred to a pastor on call.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

 

Friday, March 22
Allie Douma
Ellie Hager
Harry Reed
Christopher Rise
Martha Rollins
Debbie Suter

Saturday, March 23
Irv Broocke
Davis Cauble
Nancy Perry

Sunday, March 24
Sam Allin
Nancy Breeden
Ada Carter
Arnold Frederick
L. W. Garnett
Joe Godsey, Jr.
Kelley Hettrick
Erin McCall

Monday, March 25
Kane Corey
Emma Darling
Lucy Davis
Barrett Dyer
Jack McCall
Elizabeth Pace
Joe Rudder
Tee Thompson 

Tuesday, March 26
Julie Armstrong
Libbie Hamner
Priscilla Kasper
Julie Langan
Margaret Meyers
Matt Rash
Blake Schwartz

Wed., March 27
Emily Carter
Spencer Coor
Steve Gentil
Ron Lewis
Herb Marth, Jr.
Sam Pace, Jr.
Wright Villani 

Thursday, March 28
Kendall Smith-Harrison 

Friday, March 29
Jean Frederick
Harry Hettrick
Jed Londrey, Jr.

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