New Pastor Ordination and Installation / New Teacher Installation
Pastor-elect Jacob Limpert and his wife Jessica have made the move to Wonewoc "Pastor-elect" is the official way of referring to a man who has graduated from the seminary and called to congregation but has not yet been ordained and installed. The Limperts are living in the teacherage, which we should probably now call Parsonage 2. They are happy to be here and the soon-to-be pastor is eager to get to work.
We will celebrate their arrival and officially welcome them as the pastor-elect is ordained and installed on Sunday, July 12 at 4pm. While we are still using safe spacing and cleanliness practices, we don't think we'll have to limit the number of people that come to this service. If needed, we'll open up some spaces that we haven't yet used in our services.
While we are very happy to have a second pastor to serve among us and with us, we don't want his arrival to overshadow the fact that we will are doubly blessed to also be adding a new teacher to our faculty. Mrs. Becky Fricke, wife of Pastor Joe Fricke of St. Paul's, Mauston, will also be installed at the same worship service.
As part of our celebration and welcome of these servants of the Lord and his church, we will have a dinner after the service. To help with distancing and keeping things sanitary, the pulled pork meal will be served in containers adn those staying for the meal will be able to eat it in the basement or take it outside to tables set up there. We pray for good weather, but there will be shelters outside for protection from rain or just shade. We hope you can join us!
There will always be opposition to the gospel. There is a temptation to give up and give in when the opposition gets fierce. But the same message of forgiveness and life that we share gives us the courage and strength to continue to share it with others, no matter the opposition.
As we continue the readings from St. Paul's letter to the church in Rome, the fourth word that helps us to understand the Christian faith is not found in the Bible but fits a biblical truth. The word is "Reversal."
If you know someone who would be interested in our services but does not have an internet connection, please let them know that we have DVDs available. They are ready to be picked up each week on Saturday by noon with the next day's worship service on it. They are outside the side door of church, beyond the end of the handicap ramp, in a mailbox mounted on the wall next to the door. Please have them call us at (608) 464-3212 to let us know so that we make enough copies each week. The DVDs are free.
Pentecost 5 Worship Service
Daily Devotion - Saturday, July 4, 2020
Each day we post a devotion to help set our hearts on Jesus.
Patrick Henry was "a well-respected lawyer...blessed with an unfailing wit and mellifluous speaking voice" (History.com). In 1775, at the Second Virginia Convention, Mr. Henry gave a speech that is considered the thing that tipped the scales for the Virginians in favor of defensive action against England. Shortly after this came the Battle of Lexington and Concord and "the shot heard 'round the world." You probably know the famous line the Patrick Henry spoke. Here it is in context:
"The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
Today, we remember the blessing of our nation. We remember how difficult it must have been to make the decision to move ahead with revolution. We are thankful for the freedom that we now enjoy and we must be on guard to keep it. But earthly freedom is a far more tenuous thing that most Americans realize. We've basically been free for the last 244 years, but even US citizens have, at times, had certain freedoms taken away. There are no guarantees that we will remain a free nation.
What IS guaranteed is freedom in Christ. It's not the freedom that we have as Americans, to say and do what we want (within reason). This freedom is far better. It's the freedom to live without fear--of the future, of ills, of enemies, and even of death. All who have faith in Jesus--a gift of the Holy Spirit through the gospel message--have this freedom because they are forgiven of all their sins. They--we--are God's adopted children by faith in Jesus. Not only is our inheritance of heaven secure, but we are also guaranteed that whatever happens in this world is under the control of our heavenly Father for our good.
We celebrate our freedom as Americans ever July 4th, and other days as well. We will celebrate our freedom in Christ forever.
While it can be helpful to have this available during the safer-at-home order, it is something that can be used at any time, or all the time. We are used to the offering being a part of our worship service, but giving online need not take away from thoughtful, heartfelt, faithful giving. In fact, it can be an aid for it.
We have now set up online giving for those who are interested. While many of our members either aren't able to get online or prefer to use their envelopes, we understand that many people today do many transactions online and are very comfortable doing so. It's easy and convenient.
Just so you know what to expect if you use our online giving:
Clicking the link will take you to a third-party website, Faithlife.com. You can donate either with a credit/debit card or by entering your checking account info--your bank routing number and account number. There are minimal processing fees charged to us with each transaction. The fees are taken right out of the gift. Because of greater processing fees with credit/debit cards, it costs less to use your checking account than a debit/credit card. There is also an option for you to cover the processing fees yourself. You simply click a box and, for example, your $25 gift to the church becomes $25.95 in the case of a credit/debit card ($25 to the church and 95 cents in processing fees to Faithlife). Otherwise the church gets $24.05. For using your checking account, the processing fee fro a $25 gift is 56 cents. You don't have to pay the extra for the processing fees. We just want you to understand that the option is available.
If you really like technology and convenience, you can also text "Give" and then the amount you want to give, for example "Give 50" to (608) 424-2445. It will redirect you to our giving webpage to complete the offering, but after you've done it once, you can then give via text without the extra step of going to the giving webpage.
Thank you for your prayers for each other and our called workers and your continued support of our ministry.
Help Available for You
Whether it's a prayer or something else, if you need help of some kind - any kind - and you think that we can help, please call. We're here for each other. We'll do what we can and, if needed, point you in a direction where you can get help that we can't provide. (608) 464-3212.