Newsletter | January 31, 2024

From Our Family and Music Minster
| Shortly after Saskia and I got engaged, she wanted us to get a dog together. Long story short, with a bit of manipulation and the help of Sami and Eilene, I was the proud co-owner of a golden retriever puppy the following weekend. As promised, Saskia took care of him, house-trained him, played with him, and even taught him to ring a doorbell to let us know he wanted to go outside. However, shortly after we were married and he moved in with me, it became apparent that I was his human. Saskia wakes up an extra 30 minutes early to take him outside and play at 4:45 AM. A few days last week, I started back into the routine of going and working out in the morning. Maverick stands and watches for me to come out and tell him goodbye before he plays with his football. No matter what Saskia does or how little attention I give Maverick, he is faithful and loyal to me and always shows it.

Newsletter | January 24, 2023

From Our Pastor | It has often been stated that the only constant in life is change.  Every one of us is moving through our present circumstances on our way to different circumstances.  Life is a series of stages and phases.

Newsletter | January 17, 2023

From Our Family and Music Minster |
When I was growing up, sitting still and being quiet was not an ability that I possessed. Therefore, I really enjoyed Sunday School, but attending worship services was a struggle, usually because I got in trouble for talking or moving around too much. So when Sunday morning came, I would stay upstairs quietly in my room, hoping my parents would forget me and go to church without me. However, in all the years, I was forgotten at daycare, my grandparent’s house, and even was left at church a few times, but they never left for church without me. Looking back, I can see what a great blessing it was to have parents who were faithful to God and did their best to teach me the Gospel.

Newsletter | January 10, 2024

From Our Pastor | How can we face life in these days?  Everywhere we look we see violence, lies, fraud, evil and hatred.  It would very easy to get depressed and defeated.  In fact, that would be a normal reaction to these times.

Newsletter | January 3, 2024

From Our Family and Music Minster |
As the new year begins, most people are setting goals for things they want to accomplish in the upcoming year. If you are like me, you haven’t even started on the list you made last year. As we set our goals, we must consider if we are keeping God at the center of those goals. As Christians, we can be guilty of compartmentalizing our lives, especially when it comes to worship, work, and play. We give God our main focus on Sunday. However, the rest of the time, He may be along with us for the ride, but we keep Him in the back seat with the radio turned up, so we aren’t always hearing His instruction.

Newsletter | December 20, 2023

From Our Family and Music Minster |
Christmas is upon us; hopefully, you all have plans for that special day by now. Forbes magazine published a study that in Christmas of 2014, over 99 million people traveled over nine days surrounding Christmas. A large percentage of those are people who say they are returning home for Christmas. When we think about it, home is a place where we feel comfortable, relaxed, and safe. If you think about it as we go through our lives, what we consider home changes. A popular Christmas song that I am sure everyone hears is “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” These lyrics make us think of the desire everyone has to be at home, be loved, or feel like they belong somewhere.

Newsletter | December 13, 2023

From Our Pastor | Merry Christmas!  I hope you are enjoying this Christmas season.  It is a wonderful time of excitement and fun.  Children (including those of us who never grew up) love this time of year.

Newsletter | December 6, 2023

From Our Family and Music Minister | The introduction of electricity was a major historical event in our world. Many people were stunned by its introduction and thought it intimidating, scary, and unnecessary.  Not everyone was impressed when the news got out that Edison was developing the first practical electric light bulb. A British Parliament Committee wrote that Edison’s light bulb was “good enough for our Transatlantic friends… but unworthy of the attention of practical or scientific men.” However, today, we can’t imagine life without it. Unfortunately, those who cannot benefit from it often experience life in darkness. Similarly, the birth of Jesus completely changed the course of the world. Those who accept Him as Savior can benefit from His life instead of remaining in the dark.

Newsletter | November 29, 2023

From Our Pastor | As we look at our nation, it is increasingly obvious that we are under God’s judgment.  For years we have been experiencing judgment by the means of the consequences of our sins.  We are now seeing God’s direct judgment upon us.  We are plagued in so many ways in so many areas.