Encouraging Minute: Hail
Tom’s Tablet, May 18, 2017
Too often we think that the way to be “transformed” is to try harder. Paul tells us though, (1 Corinthians 9:24-27) that it’s by training that God transforms us. Join us for worship this Sunday at 8:15 or 10:30!
A new study will be offered beginning this Sunday at 9:40 (and continuing for a total of four weeks) entitled “How We Got the Bible.” We just finished this study in our Tuesday class this week, and the participants in that class thought it would be a great one to share with the rest of the congregation. Dr. Paul L. Maier will lead us in a fascinating discussion of the production, canonization and inspiration behind Scripture, considering the vast assemblage of documents forming the 66 books of the Bible we have today.
We are created by God and built for a purpose. That’s what our kids will learn during this year’s Vacation Bible School at Concordia, “Maker Fun Factory,” June 12th through 15th. You can register your child(ren) by clicking the link on the front page of our website, www.clcgrace.org. I also hope that, if you haven’t already done so, you’ll pick up one or four of the sticky notes in the welcome center and help provide some of the materials needed for our VBS. Thanks for your help!
Prime Timers – our last meeting until fall will be Saturday, May 20 at noon. Our lunch will be Mexican and will be ordered from Qdoba Mexican Grill. We’ll be a little late for Cinco de Mayo but it will be fun, anyway! After lunch we will play the domino game Mexican train, and even if you haven’t played before, it is easy and you’ll have plenty of help. As usual, please sign up in the welcome center. The cost will be $8.00 per person, and you can pay Harriet.
I thought you would be interested in an update today from Pastor Mike: “God has been doing amazing things with our ministry together in Haiti. It was my intention to send you all the emails from our previous trip; however, I got very sick 4 days after returning. It turned into a 5 day stay in the hospital. I got an infection (I think from Haiti), then a bleeding ulcer and a colon issue. I lost a significant amount of blood. My blood count is slowly returning although I am still tired and quite fuzzy by the end of each day. I would appreciate your prayers. And yes, I believe that part of this is a spiritual attack. As we get closer to moving to our new property, my spirit tells me that this will only continue to rise. The land on which we are building is in an area in which there is a strong voodoo influence and the enemy knows that he is losing ground. This June we have our first teachers training conference for the community, and we have even started reaching out to our neighbors with clothes, etc. Please continue to pray. The construction is going well. The first dorm is up and 1/3 of the build-out is done. The guard house is almost finished and our security guard has moved over to our land. The temporary security guard has now been hired as a farmer on our land. He will grow crops to feed our children and provide each mission team with fresh fruit and vegetables. We are excited about the positive use of our land. The container with the next two buildings has arrived in Haiti and the ground work and concrete work for the team center will begin this summer. Pray for all the teams coming and going. Lastly, I am excited about my upcoming Sabbatical. I was awarded the Clergy Renewal Lilly Grant. [Ed. – this is the same grant which Concordia and I received about four years ago.] This provides an opportunity for me to get a two-month respite. I, and my girls, will be going to New Zealand and Australia for June and July.”
Thanks to Gregg, who answered my early Sunday morning phone call to rescue me last Sunday. I think I was experiencing a reaction to some medication I was taking – I’m feeling a little better the last few days.