Summer Festival this Wednesday!

Join us on Wednesday, June 26th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for our annual

Summer Festival!

(Rain date: Friday, June 26)

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What’s on your calendar?

festival 2019

Summer of  2019:

  • Sunday Worship services will start at 9:30 a.m. (June – August)
  • Sunday School / Bible Study will be held at 8:30 a.m. (June – August)
  • Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. a Bible Study/Worship hour (June – August)

June:  

  • June 26th: SUMMER FESTIVAL5:30 – 8:00 p.m. This is a Wednesday evening (rain date: Friday, June 28).

July:

  • 4th: Independence Day
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Funerals simplify things

The wages of sin is death,
but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
~ Romans 6:23

furnerals

I always appreciate funerals. I have been at the funerals of poor people and well-to-do people, of old people and young people, of people I knew well and people I never met. And they all helped me. How?

Every funeral helps me, because funerals simplify things. When I stand at a funeral, I am reminded that I am a mortal human being, and the reason I am mortal is because I am a sinful human being. “The wages of sin is death.”

In my day-to-day life, I can think of all sorts of problems that I think are oh-so-important and pressing. The car needs to be repaired, or is on its last legs. The bank account isn’t where I would like it to be. My career doesn’t seem to be moving the way I want. My kids are sick. My parents are struggling. My team isn’t doing as well as I would like. I have so much work to do, and on and on…

And then I stand at a funeral and I am reminded that none of those things are my biggest problem. My biggest problem is that I am a sinner who will die, and even worse, I am a sinner who deserves to go to hell. That’s my biggest problem! And if that one problem doesn’t get solved, nothing else really matters. That’s really simple. Funerals remind me of that.

But then I am reminded of another truth, that Jesus stepped into my place, taking the punishment which I deserved. The wage which I deserved—death—he took. And what’s left for me?

What’s left for me isn’t a wage, but a gift! And oh, what a gift! God gifts to me life eternal! God gifts to me eternity in heaven with him! By forgiving my sins, God gifts to me eternal joy, eternal peace, eternal glory!

And again, life gets simplified! I have eternal life, because God has given it to me! Does that mean all my other problems go away? Not at all! But it does put them into perspective. I am going to heaven! And so I can handle the sickness, the stress, the change, the heartache, the money issues, and on and on. Since God has given me eternal life, certainly he will guide me through these other issues, because they are just things of this earth. Simple.

And funerals help me to remember that.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, keep simplifying everything for me by focusing me on what really matters…You! Amen.

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Peace and Hope through our Triune God

italy windowHe was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.

And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings,
because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
perseverance, character;
and character, hope.
And hope does not put us to shame,
because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit,
who has been given to us.

~ Romans 4:25, 5:1-5

Please join on Trinity Sunday, June 16 at 9:30 a.m.

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Father’s Day ~ June 16

Father's Day

Heavenly Father, you made us and have loved us and protected us each day of our lives. You are truly our loving Father. Thank you for our earthly fathers. Lead us to respect and honor them, even when it is difficult. If we are now fathers, help us take seriously the great responsibility to be faithful teachers and guides for our children. They are a great treasure given to us by you. Give us the courage to teach your words to our children. We thank you for your rich blessings of family.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds…Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. ~ Deuteronomy 11:18a,19

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Volunteers needed!

Our annual Summer Festival is just a few weeks away!

Volunteers are still needed, please let us know if you can help. Volunteers need to check-in at the nurse’s station on the day of the Festival. 

  • gift bags assembly: June 23rd after church
  • set-up starts at 4 p.m. on June 26
  • the Festival begins at 5:30 and goes until 8:00 p.m.
  • clean-up afterwards goes quickly with lots of help
  • yard signs will be available at church soon
  • fun and simple volunteer jobs are still available

What to expect at the Festival:

  • lots of people having fun!
  • fire truck and hopefully a police helicopter
  • ice cream, grilled hot dogs, popcorn, water, juice, Kona Ice
  • bounce houses & games
  • storytelling, Bible story, movie in chapel
  • face painting
  • photo booth–pictures taken by a professional photographer

We are looking forward to another fantastic Festival at Living Hope!

LH group 2017

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Summer Schedule

wildflowers

We are beginning our summer schedule this Sunday, June 9th.

Sunday School/Bible Study will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Sunday Worship Service will begin at 9:30 a.m.

A Bible Study/Worship hour will be held on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Please join us this summer!

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