Lessons from Jesus
Jesus and John the Baptist
11 After Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee.[a]
2 When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples 3 to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”
4 Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy[b] are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. 6 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”
“Some suffering is given in order to chastise and correct a person for wrongful patterns of life (as in the case of Jonah imperiled by the storm), some suffering is given not to correct past wrongs but to prevent future ones (as in the case of Joseph sold into slavery), and some suffering has no purpose other than to lead a person to love God more ardently for himself alone and so discover the ultimate peace and freedom.” - Timothy Keller
- John the Baptist is in jail and he begins to have some significant question. These questions revolve around the purpose and mission that John had been given and who was Jesus. How do you manage life challenges when they seem to interrupt your understanding of your mission and calling? How do you deal with despair?
- Jesus tells John’s disciples to “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.” (Matt 11:5,6) Why do you suppose that Jesus answered Johns question by quoting Isaiah? Why would John be offended by Jesus response? Has Jesus offended or been a stumbling block for you?
Scriptures to Consider
• Isaiah 8:11;17
• Leviticus 13
• 1 Peter 4
MONDAY, August 7
Church office is closed for the holiday
TUESDAY, August 8
WEDNESDAY, August 9
9:45 am Keenager’s Study
6:00 pm Safter & Risk Management Training
7:00 pm Young Adults Study at Vanderveen’s
7:00 pm VBS Leaders Meeting
THURSDAY, August 10
FRIDAY, August 11
SATURDAY , August 12
SUNDAY, August 13
10:00 am Worship Service with Discovery Island Sunday School
12:00 noon Transforming the building for Maker Fun Factory
VBS (Vacation Bible School) August 14 - 18. Maker Fun Factory for ages 3 to 12. Registration is $25 per child online .
VBS LEADERS MEETING Aug. 9, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm VBS Safety & Risk Management training. Meeting to follow for all VBS leaders. We are still looking for a few more teen volunteers and 2 more adults to help with VBS. Contact Pastor Coreen Today.
HELP US TRANSFORM THE CHURCH into Maker Fun Factory on Sunday Aug 13. Bring your lunch and stay after church for a work bee to help turn the entire building into a place of creativity where kids will meet with God. Strong men needed to move tables and chairs.
WELCOME PASTOR ANDREW and family. Andrew will lead our Worship, Arts & Prayer Ministries. We want to bless them with a pantry full of food. Please bring non perishable items here by August 13 and put donations in the shopping cart located in the foyer.
AUGUST 20 FAMILY BBQ to follow the 10am service. If your last name starts with A - M please bring a large salad to share and if your last name starts with N - Z please bring a large dessert to share. This event is for the whole church family. Feel free to invite your friends and neighbors
MISSIONS: Pastor Coreen will be taking a team to Antigua again this January 2018 to provide Discipleship Curriculum in the public schools and present the Gospel in a creative way. If you would like to join our team, please contact Pastor Coreen by email here.
SEPTEMBER 3rd LOVE THE GROVE This is a free community event. Worship service at 10:00 am followed by lunch and activities. Open to all ages. To help the committee organizing this, we are asking if attendees are willing to bring in a case of water, pop, juice boxes or chips - it would help out tremendously. The Door Knocker information will be available to hand out on August 27.
Giving Week of July 30: $16,668
3 Week Average: $15,595
Budget Requirement: $24,327
Future Development Fund:
Giving July 30: $18,183
Balance as of July 16: $453,580
Monthly Update (July 2016 - June 30, 2017):
Budget Shortfall: $74,330
Year to date Surplus: $33,091
Please pray for:
- Our International Workers: Roy & Joyce Hewko, Tracey Flynn, Roy & Miriam Taylor
- Our Pastoral Staff: Director of Women’s Ministries - Karen Houcher. Karen is married to Dan and they have 5 children ages 17, 15, 13 and 10.
- Our Administrative Staff: Debbie Funk. Debbie is married to Rod and they have two children ages 14 and 12.
- Our Elders: Tim Wiebe. Tim is married to Julie. They have 3 children ages 15,12 & 11.