A new book club is forming for the Lenten season. We will meet on Monday mornings 10:30am at Kaldi’s Coffee in Kirkwood to read and discuss the book “The Pietist Option” by Christopher Gehrz. The book club is open to all and I’d love to have more people join us. You can find the book at https://www.amazon.com/Pietist-Option-Hope-Renewal-Christianity/dp/0830851941/.
Come for a special afternoon of worship while we commune together over dinner. There will be three types of chili: red, white, and green, bread, and dessert. The dinner service will take place Sunday, Feb 25th at 12-2p in the sanctuary. Please invite family and friends to come with you. All ages are welcome.
Here’s a great resource for daily devotional reading this Lent – and it’s free! Feel free to download and share with others.
Due to the icy conditions this morning the worship service is canceled. We will continue with Exodus 7-10 next Sunday.
Reminder: This Wednesday is our Ash Wed service at 6p. Following it will be small group at 7p. Come for one or both.
This Sunday we begin reading and discussing the story of Exodus. We invite you to journey along this learning experience to see what we might learn of God and ourselves. We will start with the first chapter of Exodus. Worship begins at 10:30a. Childcare and children’s church are available.
These are the names of the sons of Israel who went to Egypt with Jacob, each with his family: Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah; Issachar, Zebulun and Benjamin; Dan and Naphtali; Gad and Asher. The descendants of Jacob numbered seventy in all; Joseph was already in Egypt.
Now Joseph and all his brothers and all that generation died, but the Israelites were exceedingly fruitful; they multiplied greatly, increased in numbers and became so numerous that the land was filled with them.
Then a new king, to whom Joseph meant nothing, came to power in Egypt. “Look,” he said to his people, “the Israelites have become far too numerous for us. Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.”
So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh. But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites and worked them ruthlessly. They made their lives bitter with harsh labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labor the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly.
The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, “When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.” The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?”
The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.”
So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous. And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.
Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every Hebrew boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.” — Ex 1
We have a special service this Sunday for New Year’s Eve. We will meet at 12 Noon for a dinner church service of remembrance. We will remember what God has done for us in 2017 and look toward the work He’s calling us to in 2018. Bob Fagyal will share a message with us from Luke 2. Kids of all ages are welcome to the service.
Come be warm with us on New Year’s Eve. We will have the heater going and the coffee hot, not to mention the hot chicken pot pies for lunch.
There will be no regular Sunday morning service on December 24th so that we can all be together Sunday evening for the special Christmas Eve service. On Christmas Eve we will have a special music-oriented, family-friendly, story-telling, candle-lighting service to celebrate the birth of our Savior. The service will begin at 5:00p. Hope you can take part!