Encouraging Minute: Power
Tom’s Tablet, March 16, 2017
There are a lot of different definitions of “possession” online, but I especially like the first definitions on the Merriam-Webster site: “1a : the act of having or taking into control; b : control or occupancy of property without regard to ownership.” I think that would be close to a Biblical definition of the word, since we are given “control” over what is not really ours – it all belongs to God. Join us for worship this Sunday as we continue our discussion of “Gen – Grace: Following Jesus’ Example of Generosity.” And as a great example of Jesus’ generosity, check out John 6:5-14. (But watch out – it could make you hungry!)
Our adult class this Sunday will continue the fascinating and challenging discussion of “We the People,” all about how Christians live out their faith in a secular nation.
Our Luther movie (next Monday evening) has been moved to a larger theater, and there still are a number of seats left (as of yesterday there were 131 tickets sold). You can still order tickets at https://www.tugg.com/events/martin-luther-the-idea-that-changed-the-world-0f2y.
Here’s a new project from Angie that sounds really cool: Join us in the PLARN PROJECT! A group of students at Lakewood High School is helping the community. This club collects plastic grocery bags and turns them into PLARN, which is plastic bag yarn, and crochets sleeping mats for the homeless. It takes 500-700 bags to make one mat for a grown adult and there are 6 girls making bags. If you have any plastic bags that you would like to donate to the PLARN PROJECT please bring them to church no later than April 23rd and Angie McCaslin will get them to the group. Thank you for your support!!
Prime Timers – don’t forget your potluck and fascinating presentation by Irmgard Schaefer this Saturday at noon!
As many of you know, one of Concordia’s outreach opportunities is volunteer tutoring with WHIZ KIDS. We have five Concordia members who volunteer at Foothills Elementary School — DeeDee Camis, Donna Miller, Sandy Fischer, LaRue Rains, and John Stetson. Ask any of them the next time you see them at church and they will tell you what a wonderful Christian organization Whiz Kids is and how spending time with their kids after school is the best part of their week! Tutors meet every week for 1.5 hours to improve their student’s math, writing, and reading skills while building their self-esteem. Each session concludes with a half hour Bible study where kids are taught songs and are read Bible stories. The best part about Whiz Kids is that every week kids are hearing about how much Jesus loves them! If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to this very worthy cause, please visit the fund raising website at: https://www.coloradogives.org/wk2017. Scroll down the page and find the Foothills picture and click on “Donate”. Our Concordia tutors and their kids thank you for your support.
The re-invented library room has been completed. It is a great place for personal study or prayer, checking out some great reading material (completely honor system), or small classes and meetings. Check it out!
Finally, here is one more repetition of the information regarding buying some of John’s amazing sausage: The elders will be hosting the sixth Lenten supper on April 5, and bratwurst is on the menu. This year again, unsmoked sausage in one pound bulk packages will be available on a pre-order basis only. If interested, please turn in a check for your order to Rebekha Bergstedt or to John Vorwerk by Wednesday, March 29. The suggested donation is $6.00/lb. All proceeds benefit the Student Impact ministry. Please specify either hot Polish or Grandpa Vorwerk’s original recipe. Any of the smoked sausage that remains after the Lenten supper on April 5 will be made available at that time, but it can’t be preordered. As in the past, the smoked sausage is limited to whatever is left after the Lenten supper; there is no limit on the unsmoked bulk sausage if you pre-order. You will have the opportunity to preorder on the tear-off in Sunday’s bulletin.