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The Pastor’s Pen!!!
He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! A typical European Easter greeting, to greet fellow Christians, so to the rest of us, Happy Easter! Easter is when we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. It’s not a Day, it’s an Event, an event that changed lives! He is Risen! Jesus is Alive! But there can be No Resurrection without the Cross.
Jesus Died on the Cross to Save us from our Sins. The Priests thought they were rid of the One who robbed them of their authority. The Pharisees thought they were rid of the One who exposed their sin. The authorities thought they were rid of the One who caused so much uproar. The Disciples thought the One who had come to Save them was dead. Believers thought the Romans had killed the Messiah. It was His Death that Saved us from Hell.
But after the Cross comes the Resurrection! They buried Jesus in a borrowed tomb, but the story doesn’t end there. On that first Easter morning when the women came to the Tomb, the Tomb was Empty! The Stone was rolled away for us to see for ourselves that “He is Not Here, for He is Risen!” The women returned to tell the Good News to the Disciples. Jesus is Alive! His Resurrection gives us the Power to Live, to Live Victoriously, victorious over Hell, Death and the Grave. It is the Resurrection, not His Death, that changed the doubting, discouraged Disciples into the men that set their world on fire. They Knew the Savior, they Knew He was Alive and they Knew they were Saved. Because He Arose, we too shall arise from the dead to Live forever with Him in Heaven. (John 11:25-26)
He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!
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As I walked outside in the warm sunshine a few days ago, I was so delighted to see the jonquils and primrose in bloom and it looks like the dogwoods aren’t far behind. I knelt down to clean the leaves out of a small flower bed around the light post and get it ready for the pansies soon to be planted there. Suddenly my thoughts transported me back to the home of my childhood where mother had so many beautiful flowers. My favorites as a young child were the pansies and snapdragons. I felt such a sense of loneliness in that moment but as I looked around me at the beauty of the spring colors, I thought about the beauty and celebration mother will experience her first Easter in heaven. Until such time as I can join her and Daddy there, I’ll continue the spring tradition of planting pansies and snapdragons and think God for the beautiful childhood memories and His promise of a beautiful “forever”!
I would encourage you to be at the 11:00 worship service Easter Sunday to hear the musical presentation of “Hallelujah, Praise the Lamb”. Come celebrate with us the truth that God himself became the Lamb whose blood was shed for our reconciliation.
The last Sunday of April, we have the privilege of having Don Shire to play his trumpet for us. If you haven’t heard him, you are in for a treat!
“Broken” had an opportunity to sing outside of our church last month and will be singing at Mt. Olivet for their revival service on Monday, April 26th. Pray for us as we go and come go with us if you can.
Happy Spring to everyone – enjoy all the beauty this season offers and remember…….KEEP SINGING!
Carol (Judges 5:3)
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Bedford County’s population was roughly 67,000 as of July 2008. On the other side of the world there are children who are starving to death at the rate of 26,000 lives lost every day. That means that within two and a half days at that rate as many children as there are people in Bedford, County will die. That brings the grand total to a whopping 9 million children every year. And that’s just from lack of food.
Our students this past month have taken up a cause to do their part in fighting hunger and hopefully reach as many children with the gospel of Christ in the process. They are doing this through taking part in 30 hour famine on Friday April 23 and Saturday April 24. The famine is an event put on by World Vision that raises money and awareness among the students of our nation’s churches. During the famine the students will get a real taste of hunger by fasting for 30 hours beginning after their lunch on Friday afternoon and ending at dinner Saturday night. In between the beginning and the end of the fast our students will take part in activities, worship, and community service.
Collide’s goal for fundraising is $1500, enough money to feed four children for a year ($360 per child). Now this is where you all come in. If you wish to take part in the famine by contributing money find the first student from our congregation that you get to and tell them, “I want to give to the famine!!!” You can give any amount, but be creative. Many people pledge $30 which is one dollar for ever hour the student goes without food and is the amount of money it takes to feed a child for a month.
Please pray about how you can help Collide have the best famine ever! We also are in need of large cardboard boxes, Juice for the students while we fast, many other items that will be announced in the future, and prayer.
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Sunday School - 67 + 21 (Nursing Home)
Mar Receipts $13,302.75 - Disbursements $17,010.51
Building Fund $14,819.18 - Scholarship Fund $15,245.65
YTD Receipts $103,686.67 - YTD Expenditures $103,735.34
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Baked Potato Bar Fundraiser LUNCHEON
SUNDAY – APRIL 11th
Immediately following the morning Worship Service
Donations will be accepted for our PA Mission Trip in June, 2010
You won’t want to miss
Don Shire, Trumpeter
Sunday, April 25
During our 11:00 am Morning Worship Service
Please contact Wanda 330-9759 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be visiting six different shops and stopping to eat, of course. Thursday we would go to Lynchburg and then do the rest on Friday and Saturday. See details on the bulletin board.
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“Son-rise” Service 6:45 am
Breakfast 7:30 am
1st Worship Service 8:30 am
Sunday School 9:45 am
2nd Worship Service 11:00 am
(Choir will be presenting our Easter Cantata at the 11:00 am service)
We will be collecting the
Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for Home Missions
throughout March, up through Easter
Our Goal is $1,500 ($822 collected thru 3/28)
“Live With Urgency” – Share God’s Transforming Power
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Thanks to YOU Our Pantry is looking Great!!
We appreciate your kind & generous response to our need for more food…once more You came through in a big way!
Anything you can donate will be greatly appreciated!
JANUARY - Canned Green Beans, Sweet Peas, Corn, Carrots, Mixed Vegetables, Canned White Potatoes, Canned Sweet Potatoes, Dried Beans (any kind)
FEBRUARY - Canned Peaches, Fruit Cocktail, Pears, Applesauce, Chicken Noodle, Beef Vegetable & Tomato Soup
MARCH - Tuna, Beef Stock, Chicken, Salmon (All meats MUST be canned)
APRIL - Grape Jelly/Jam, Peanut Butter (smooth)
MAY - Comet/Ajax, Pine-Sol, Laundry Detergent, Dish Detergent, Paper Towels
JUNE - Baby Food (please check date), Baby Shampoo, Baby Soap, Baby Lotion, Baby Powder
JULY - Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Shampoo, Bar Soap, Solid Deodorant
AUGUST - Canned Spaghetti O’s, Dried Pasta (elbow, spaghetti & rice), Oatmeal (plain), Cereal (breakfast)
SEPTEMBER - Pickles, Catsup, Mustard, Pancake Mix, Pancake Syrup
OCTOBER - GETTING READY FOR THANKSGIVING! Turkeys, Stuffing Mix, Canned gravy, Canned Sweet Potatoes
NOVEMBER & DECEMBER - To be Announced
Post list on your refrigerator as a reminder of what is needed for each month
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