Celebrating 101 Years 1918-2019
The Barrier That’s Holding Back Destruction
The central portion of metropolitan New Orleans is fairly unusual in that it is almost completely surrounded by water: Lake Pontchartrain to the north, Lake Borgne to the east, wetlands to the east and west, and the Mississippi River to the south.
A little over a year ago the Army Corp of Engineers completed a $14 billion network of levees and floodwalls to protect greater New Orleans. Upon completion – this project was thought to be an invincible bulwark against flooding. But about a month ago – a study revealed that these levees and floodwalls may be in danger of being breeched in as few as four years.
New Orleans is not unique with this dilemma – There are cities around the world – Including even Disneyland – that are facing similar predicaments. In the devotional thought I would like to share with you this month – along with some insights from Ron Hutchcraft - I would like for us to reflect upon "The Barrier That's Holding Back Destruction."
The Apostle Paul, you, and me have something in common - a dark side that keeps wanting to control our actions. He said: "I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do, I do not do, but what I hate, I do...For what I do is not the good I want to do. The evil I do not want to do, this I keep on doing" (Romans 7:19). Then Paul asked, "Who will rescue me?" He found the answer where you and I have also found the answer: "Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!"
As Jesus is given control of more and more of our lives, that flood of darkness starts to recede. For you and me, there's a dam that stands between us and the flood of darkness coming in. That dam is described in Psalm 119, beginning with verse 9. "How can a young man (or any man, for that matter) keep his way pure? By living according to Your Word. I seek You with all my heart; do not let me stray from Your commands. I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You."
What's the dam that holds back the flood of the old you? God's Word, stored in your heart, answering the temptations, and keeping you pure. The writer of this psalm concludes this section of Scripture with this decisive declaration: "I will not neglect Your Word." Any more than engineers can neglect a dam that holds back the flood.
My experience has been that my daily time with the Lord in His Word, the Bible, is literally the difference between the old me showing up that day or the new me in Christ. On days when I've missed my time with Him, I don't like who shows up: sinful attitudes, sinful ways of reacting to pressure, sinful ways of treating people, sinful ways of thinking. For all of us, the selfishness, the lust, the anger, the anxiety, and the negativity - it's held back by the strong wall of the Word of God.
We dare not live a day without it. Not just running some religious words past your eyeballs, but stopping to think about how what you read applies to this day. In fact, I've found that what really helps in growing in Christ is to ask yourself two questions as you read: "What is God saying here?" and, in your own words, put it in a journal. And "What am I going to do differently today because He said it?" That's reading the Bible, not just for information, but for transformation!
If you're wondering why the old darkness has been leaking in or maybe even flooding back into your life, check the dam that holds it back - the soul-cleansing Word of Almighty God. It is of critical importance we make time with Him in His book a non-negotiable bullet point of our personal schedule. Because when we neglect the strong dam provided by God's Word, we are setting yourself up for a flood that can do a whole lot of damage.
Discipleship Encouragement to ALL!
In Christ’s Service,
Pastor Terry Grzybowski
Baptism: Eli James S.
President: Paul B.
Vice President: Charles L.
Secretary: Marcia E.
Treasurer: Jean C.
Lonnie L., George V., Jon R., Dale H., Bob W.
Linda A., Katie R.
Stewardship: Norine B., Jennifer B., Jeanette E.
Trustees: Clark J., Mark K., Mark B., Jim G., Joe H.
Youth: Karen C., Val J., Chris W.
Emmanuel Centennial Items for Sale
We are on vacation until September 3rd.
Cards! Cards! Cards! Don't throw that out!
It sure is fun to be remembered by receiving a card (Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Graduation or??), especially with a hand written note inside. But now that the occasion is over, what to do with them? Cut off the front of the card and put it in the box by the card display at church. Make sure there are no personal messages on the back of it. We cannot accept Hallmark or Disney. These wonderful sentiments are repurposed by the Boys and Girls Ranch to make money for their organization. Please continue to 'shop' at Emmanuel for your card needs - baby, birthday, sympathy, etc. They're only $1! What a win-win situation! We supply your cards and take care of them when you are done with them! THANK YOU for supporting our card counter, the LWML, and the Ranch!!
The first general rule for friendship is to be open, natural, interested; the second rule is to take time for friendship. After all, friendship is what life is finally about. By Nels Ferre'
I am the only one,
different from any before or ever to come,
take away my competitive spirit,
and any war against others,
for they too are unique.
from Lord, If by Herb Brookering
Vacation Bible School 2019
July 21-25 (Sun.-Thurs.) 6:00-8:30 PM
Ages 3 through 6th Grade
Lift off for an intergalactic adventure with Miraculous Mission: Jesus Saves the World. Explore God’s miraculous mission and learn about His plan of salvation from creation to the cross with five spectacular Bible lessons!
Each evening your child’s adventure will be filled with stories, games, crafts, songs and a snack on their space mission with a twist where the God of the Universe sends his Son to save the world. When we feel oh so small in a universe that is oh so big, we can know that we’re not alone when we remember Jesus’ mission to be “God with Us” here on earth. Your kids will learn of God’s great big love that crosses galaxies to save them.
Questions: Contact Beth at: email@example.com
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son,
that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED
2019 Vacation Bible School
JULY 21–25 6:00–8:30 PM
To make this happen we need your help! Be part of the Miraculous Mission!
If you can help full or part time, we have many ways to be involved that will suit your schedule and interests. For more information: Speak with Beth, call the church office at [763-441-2555] or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information. Join us to learn more about ‘His plan of salvation from creation to the cross.’
We need volunteers to serve as teachers and helpers. Sign up now.
Through the dedication of our members and friends who volunteer at VBS, we continue to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If you aren’t a part of VBS yet, why not join the fun today? You’ll be glad that you took this journey with the children!
7/10 Chris L.
7/11 Audrey H.
7/12 Michael P.
7/13 Margaret W.
7/14 Bart E.
7/18 Violet P.
7/19 Rev. Leland B.
7/20 Merle K.
7/23 Liz L.
7/28 Rae B.
7/31 Agnes B.
John & Cammie B. 7/4/2013
Sam & Beth W. 7/8/2108
Riley & Meagan F. 7/15/2017
Dale & Robin H. 7/16/1988
Lonnie & Karena L. 7/29/1995
Bill & Lou S. 7/30/1972
May God Bless,
LUTHERAN WOMENS MISSIONARY LEAGUE
All Women Are Invited!
LWML provides a monthly gathering and fellowship opportunity for women. Each month we'll examine topics provided by LWML which address issues relevant to women of today.
Need to feel refreshed and strengthened in your faith?
Then come to one of our meetings. We would love to see you there!
"Serve the Lord with Gladness” Psalm 100:2
TOGETHER WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Make a Ruckus!
It's always interesting to get another view point. Since we have a DCE Intern who is taking some of our youth to the National Youth Gathering this month, I thought these words were appropriate. I'm going to share them with you. They are from an article written by Joe Towalski from the May 2019 issue of Central MN Catholic.
Pope Francis addresses young people directly. "Dear young people make the most of these years of your youth," he writes. "Don't observe life from a balcony. Don't confuse happiness with an armchair, or live your life behind a screen. Whatever you do, do not become the sorry sight of an abandoned vehicle! Don't be parked cars, but dream freely and make good decisions. Take risks, even if it means making mistakes. Don't go through life anaesthetized or approach the world like tourists. Make a ruckus!"
Later in the same document, the Pope talks about discerning a vocation. He tells youth: "So often in life, we waste time asking ourselves: 'Who am I?' You can keep asking, 'Who am I?' for the rest of your lives. But the real question is: 'For Whom am I?' Of course, you are for God. But He has decided that you should also be for others, and He has given you many qualities, inclinations, gifts and charisms that are not for you, but to share with those around you."
Sage words of advice for all of us. It isn't just our youth who ask 'Who am I?'. When we keep the perspective of what God wants us to do, we can find purpose and live a life for Him and others. I pray that God be with our youth and give them mentors to help them along the way. I pray that God keeps all of us in His care and uses us for His will. Our LWML pledge urges us to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Let's make a ruckus for the Gospel!
Discovering Myself by Joyce Bouley
Help me to know myself;
What I am, and what I can become.
Enable me to see the good in myself
And to rejoice in it,
To see flaws and change them.
Teach me to live with myself,
To accept myself.
Remind me that becoming
What you want me to be
Is more like cultivating a garden
Rather than chopping down a forest.
Afternoon: Meet at Guardian Angels Thur., July 18 at 1PM
Evening: NOTE: WE ARE NOT MEETING IN JULY OR AUGUST! Next meeting: Mon., SEPT. 16 at 6:30 at church - Carol is hostess