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Disciples John and Peter on their way to the tomb on Easter morning - Eugene Burnand - 1898 2
Wednesday, April 11, 2015

"Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. 
Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah there. 
When the crowds heard Philip and saw the signs he performed, they all paid close attention to what he said. 
With shrieks, evil spirits came out of many, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. 
So there was great joy in that city."
Acts 8.4-8

Acts - the Church in the Power of the Spirit 2

     Last Sunday - Easter Sunday - we heard Mark end his gospel like this: "Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid." We know that fear did not reign for long, though. The Holy Spirit emboldened Jesus' followers to go and to proclaim the good news of Jesus. Over the coming weeks, we will follow Luke's account of the bold and courageous response of the early church to the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit in a few passages from the book of Acts.
     Earlier this year we heard the story of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch. This Sunday we will hear the first part of Philip's story about his entry into Samaria and the courageous proclamation of the crucified and risen Messiah there. I encourage you to read Acts 8.4-25 prior to our time together on Sunday.

     The artwork at the top of the email is a detail from "Disciples John and Peter on their way to the tomb on Easter morning" by Eugene Burnand, 1898.


Bread for the World Offering of Letters:

     The theme for this year's Bread for the World's Offering of Letters (scheduled for April 26) is "Feed the Children." Bread for the World is urging Congress to renew our federal government's major child nutrition programs that help ensure those in need don't go hungry: school meals, summer feeding, and the WIC nutrition program for pregnant and new mothers along with their small children.
     Every five years, Congress must re-authorize the law that funds these programs, which have helped millions of children over the decades. Thanks to the leadership of Bread for the World and its church partners, the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act expanded and improved these programs.
     Now is the time to renew these national programs. You are invited to be part of Bread's 2015 Offering of Letters by taking a few minutes following the service on April 26 to write letters to our members of Congress.
[This message was adapted from Bread's website.] 

Sunday Mornings:
Coffee: 9:15 a.m.
Worship Service:
10:00 a.m.

That we might better pray for one another:

     We pray for God's presence and peace to be with Barb Hover, and with Barbie and Jim Aukema, and the rest of Barb's family as they care for her.
     We give thanks for a successful knee replacement surgery and good initial recovery for Doris Pitcher, and we continue to pray for peace and comfort as she and her family grieve Jim's passing.
     We pray for healing for Holly Nelson as she continues to recover from a concussion.
     We give thanks for the adult and the teen volunteers, and pray for continued strength and energy for the final Kids' Night Out tonight.
     We pray for that those in the greater Binghamton area who would benefit from Faith & Finances would hear about the course and that God would guide the Faith & Finances advisory team as we think about a launch at a later time.
     We pray for God's world: for those who are persecuted for their faith around the world, and for those who are being called to witness to Jesus Christ with their blood; for restoration, renewal, and justice for the people of Haiti; for God's miraculous intervention in the Middle East, that the hearts and minds of the people living there, and that whole cultures, would begin to bend toward peace, and that God's church would continue to proclaim and embody the good news of God's reign there.
     We pray for friends and family: for Beth Cunningham-Blake's great-niece MacKenzie; for Justin Byma's uncle Ed, who is battling cancer; for healing and encouragement for Adam Derzanovich; for the Conrads' friend Dick who is battling cancer; for Doug Aukema's brother-in-law, also battling cancer; and for strength and energy for Alistair Krempel.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities:

Kids' Night Out:
     The final Kids' Night Out is tonight from 5:30 to 8:30.

Deacon and Elder Nomination Suggestions:
     Please be prayerfully considering nominations for the offices of deacon and elder. Forms were distributed in folders. If you didn't get one, please get one from Pastor Kurt. Forms need to be submitted to Trent Nelson, clerk of council, by April 19.

Life Choices Bottles:
     If you have not already returned your bottle full of change for the Life Choices Center, please return them tomorrow or next Sunday.

Sunday Morning Ministries for
April 12, 2015:

Terry Woodnorth

Charlie Huizinga and George DeJager

Intercessory Prayer:
Kurt Monroe

Scripture Reader:
Trent Nelson

Florence Doller
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