17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
2 Corinthians 5:17-20
As a child growing up, summertime was always a fun time for me. We lived on a lake. We were one of the few homes in our neighborhood with a sandy beach, a dock and a raft, rowboats, ski boats, all of which made for great summertime fun.
Summertime raising our children meant visiting parents and grandparents and, in later years, taking a vacation somewhere often involving water activities. Regardless of where we went or what we did, vacation was a time of refreshment away from work and a time to reengage as a family.
God's word has much to say about times of refreshment.
Psalm 51:10 (NIV - Anglicised) — Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Make vacations a time to grow in the Word. Bring your Bible on vacation. You don't have to retreat to a monastery but make time for daily prayer.
Do something new or on vacation. Climb a mountain, take a walk, enjoy a sunrise or a sunset.
1 Timothy 4:4 (NIV - Anglicised) — For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, Enjoy God's creation. Don't wreck creation. Instead, find ways to re-create and enjoy God's amazing creation.
Remember to worship God.
After last summer, because of COVID-19, we canceled many of our vacation plans. I hope that changes for everyone this summer. Make this summer a time of refreshment and re-engagement with family, friends, and God's wondrous creation.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV - Anglicised) — Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
Have a refreshing, safe, and blessed summer in Jesus' name.
Happy birthday, Hope!!! Yes, Hope Comfort Dog's birthday is Tuesday, she's turning FIVE years old, and you're invited to celebrate with her. Join her for cake after the 8:00 service in the breezeway outside the church.
Summer Sunday Bible Study. Led by resident Seminarian Nicholas Sinatra, we'll be digging more deeply into the Scriptures for each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in the Cafeteria. Bring a Bible, if you have one. If you do not, one will be provided for you. Join us for some lively discussion and application of the lessons.
Flowers of Friendship
Do you have ONE hour to spare? Do you need a service for your Red Letter Challenge or your Purpose Driven Life? We have a perfect task for you – join the “Flowers of Friendship” group. Each Sunday the altar flowers are being delivered to congregational members – shut-ins, hospitalized, or any one in need of a surprise of love and friendship. If you can volunteer one hour a month, one hour every six months, or even one hour a year, this is the group for you. If you are interested in joining, please email Sherri Booker at email@example.com. When you volunteer your one hour, you will have the opportunity to bring a smile to a Faith member’s face and walk away feeling GREAT!
Amy works for Lutheran Bible Translators and is now back to living in Sierra Leone. After a year of working from home due to covid restrictions she is happy to be back to work! Amy’s team is currently working on proofreading Lamentations, so it is ready for the reviewers to read through, and then they will begin team-checking Jeremiah. Jeremiah, and then Ezekiel, will take some time and energy because of their length and their poetic way of prophesying. Thank God for translating! (Taken out of Amy’s newsletter)!
Birthday Kits– Summer Camp is doing a fun mission project that if any of the congregation is interested in doing that would be awesome! The children are putting birthday kits together for less fortunate children. The kits consist of cake mix, frosting, sprinkles, candles, plates, and napkins placed inside of a disposable 9x11 inch foil pan and wrapped in plastic wrap! If you want to put one together you can drop it off in the basket in the narthex or in the chairs directly across from the basket and we can collect them weekly. This little project will end Sunday July 25th! Thank you in advance!
JUST ONE THING
JUST ONE THING - BELOW you will find the sales ads for this week. There are some wonderful ads this week. With school out for the summer, for many families who receive breakfast and lunch the need will be great to keep the children fed, as well as many seniors in our community. This week is a great time to stock up on your favorite breakfast item that you would like to share with a family in need! Just remember that JUST ONE THING you would love to share! Also if you would like to take a peek at our “New Food Storage” also known as the bat cave… let me know and I would love to show it to you!!! God’s richest blessings on you and your families!
General Mills Cereal - Check signage which size - Buy 1 Get 1 Free (BOGO)
Kellogg's Cereals - check signage for which items are BOGO
Vigo Yellow Rice - BOGO
Old El Paso Taco Kits - 2 for $5.00 check signage for which are on sale
Jiffy Cornbread - not listed in ad but has been running .50 cents a box
Hunt's Tomato Ketchup 20 oz bottle - BOGO
KROGER - Must have Kroger Card - specials vary using digital coupons which you add to your card, etc. Please see flyer at store
Kellogg's Cereal - $1.49 when you buy 5 or more of items listed as BUY 5 OR MORE
General Mills Cereal 8.9-12 oz - 1.79 when you buy 5 or more
Ronzoni Pasta 12-16 oz box - 10 for $10.00
Classico Pasta Sauce - 1.49 - part of buy 5 or more sale
Kraft Mac and Cheese - 10 for $10.00
Suave Body Wash - .99 cents when you buy 5 or more
VO5 Shampoo or Conditioner 12.5 fl oz - 10 for $10.00
Colgate Toothpaste 4 - 4.6 oz - 10 for $10.00
White rice - 1 lb bag - .72 cents
Small 4 roll pack of Toilet Paper - .60 cents a pack
Hunts Pasta Sauce - under a dollar a can
Grape Jelly - under a dollar a jar
Jelly is always appreciated to go with the peanut butter.
Please continue to submit your requests for a Zoom visit via the following methods:
Complete the ‘Hope Comfort Dog Request’ form via this link: https://forms.gle/8oknB7haY7VLGgtE9 When a request is submitted, the information is sent directly to my organizer’s phone.
Call the church office at (770) 973-8877 to set up a visit. Janice Schaag and Susie Glass are excellent sources for getting this information to my group.
Jun 26 - Ryan Cain
Jun 26 - Charlotte Rice (E4)
Jun 26 - Zachary Wooden (G7)
Jun 27 - Janee Gaffney Jun 27 - Elizabeth Spears
Jun 28 - Gary Schleicher
Jun 29 - Frances Paradies
Jun 29 - Barrett Karvis
Jun 29 - Aja Seaman
Jun 29 - Hope Comfort Dog
Jun 30 - Lyndsey McKeone
Jul 3 - Carter Rush
Jul 4 - Sue Garner
Jun 25 - Aaron & Angie Rush
Jun 25 - Pastor Carl & Patti Schneider
Jun 26 - Dave Peterson & Pamela Saunders
Jun 27 - Greg & Alisa Staude
Jun 27 - Mike & Julie Wolber
Jun 29 - Dennis & Jessica Shea
Jul 1 - Greg & Janice Schaag
Jul 4 - Bob & Mary Bowen
Jul 4 - Tim & Julie O'Brien