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2nd Quarter Note 2016

From the Pastor’s Desk

April, May, June 2016

‘He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust. Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”—-“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation” —– Psalm 91:1-4, 14-16.

Technology is amazing and can take us to places, and enable us to witness events as they happen. If you have the capability, you could have watched baby Bald Eagles being hatched at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington DC. The adult eagle parents, Mr. President and The First Lady, chose a Tulip Poplar tree amongst the Azalea Collection in the arboretum to build their nest. Mr. President and First Lady had their first eaglet last season, named DC1. The two hatched this year are named DC2 (March 18 at 8:27A.M., and DC3 hatched March 20 a little before 8:00 A.M).
As I watched the eaglets hatching and the way their parents provided food for them, and protected them under their wings, I was reminded of Psalm 91. The writer of this Psalm obviously had a close relationship with God, and trusted in God’s provision and protection. It is a beautiful Psalm of faith and of hope. In our good times, and in our bad times, God remains faithful, and God is always with us to provide and protect, when we believe in and trust in Him.
Even in the dead of winter, we have faith that Spring will come and God’s planned provision is for new life to spring forth. The same applies to our times of trial. In the midst of our darkest times, God’s Son Jesus brings light and life, if we believe.
Take a walk in the Spring air, and notice the flowers pushing out from their winter coats of snow. Take notice of the geese and the robins returning, as the baby leaves burst forth from seemingly dead branches. Listen to the children running and playing in the Spring sunshine, and thank God for life itself.
We are only given one earthly life, which I believe is a preparation for the life which is to come. Choose to live life abundantly, trusting in God to provide and to protect. No matter what life circumstance we are facing, God is waiting to protect your heart, your mind, your soul. He will provide direction, comfort and strength.
When you feel as if you are down, as the eaglets are at the bottom of the nest, look up, call out to God, as the eaglets call out to their parents. Just as the adult eagles provide and protect, God is waiting to answer your call. God says, “He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble. I will deliver him and honor him” (v. 15). You can depend upon God!

Blessings of Life Abundant

Serving God with Jesus, Others, Yourself,
Pastor Rosemary DeHut

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1st Quarter 2016

From the Pastor’s Desk

1st Quarter Note
January, February, March, 2016

Zechariah’s prophecy
“Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.”
Luke 1:78-79 NIV

Jesus is the morning light from heaven which breaks upon us in the manger in Bethlehem, and guides us to the path of peace.

Jesus says to his disciples,
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NIV

The Apostle Paul writes to the church in Philippi,
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 NIV

The word for 2016 is PEACE.

My 91 year old mother shared with me, she doesn’t even want to turn on the T.V. because there is so much chaos, violence and just plain bad stuff on the news, in the daily programming, and now in the political campaigns. I try to encourage her with my pastoral wisdom, but being my mother, she doesn’t listen to me very well!

I must admit there are times when I get discouraged with all the trouble in our world, but the above scriptures encourage me. God had a plan to help his ‘created in his image’ human beings. He would come himself incarnate in Jesus of Nazareth. He would show and tell us that true peace comes from believing in Him.
Jesus said in John 14:27, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” NIV

Winter has come to our northland. Think of winter as a time when the earth is at rest, peaceful rest.
Even with the man made turmoil all around us, God plans a time of beautiful, quiet rest. If you are able, take a solitary walk in the snow, being mindful of your breath and your heart beat. Experience the peace of God’s presence. If you are unable to walk outside, find a quiet place to be by yourself and breathe in the peace of Christ, exhaling all those worries and anxieties of earthly life.

Remember Jesus said, “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NIV

My prayer for each of you is PEACE. Spend time with Jesus and time in your Bible, getting to know the God of all time and life. Be reassured that no matter what chaos we live in, the peace of Christ will live in us, if we choose to accept Jesus’ presence into our heart and life.

Know you are blessed and loved by God 

Serving in the Peace of Jesus Christ,
Pastor Rosemary DeHut

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4th Quarter 2015

From the Pastor’s Desk

4th Quarter Note
October, November, December, 2015

“O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger. When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor. You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
–Psalm 8:1-9 NRSV

Take a deep breath, and breathe in the scent of autumn! Enjoy the coolness of the nights and the warm sunshine of the days and know you are blessed to be a human being created in God’s image. We were created uniquely by God to have dominion over the earth and all the creatures that run, and swim, and fly. This is both a privilege and a responsibility.

I pray that we all are being good stewards of God’s gift of creation, and that we are being good stewards of ourselves as well. Taking care of the life God has gifted us with is a praise and thanksgiving to our Creator.

The scent of autumn will soon turn into the sight of white as we move from fall into winter. Take a deep breath and breathe in the cold, clean winter air. Open your eyes to the snow frosting on branch and post. Snuggle with the Good Book while the winter winds blow. Getting to know your Creator through daily Bible reading is a wonderful way to be a good steward of your relationship with God.

Thanksgiving Inventory
By Sudie Stuart Hager

I thank Thee, Lord, for beauties such as these
Out of the dying year’s abundant yield:
The first long strands on weeping-willow trees,
The rich brown furrows of a new-plowed field.

Sunset clouds like chariots of fire,
A mountain lake of deep, mysterious blue,
Exultant music of a linnet (bird) choir,
The scent of roses, cool and fresh with dew.

Frost-turned maples in a hilltop row,
Bins of corn and dancing bonfire lights,
Arms of cedars sagging under snow,
Drifts of wind-blown stars on clear, cold nights

I thank Thee, Lord, for beauties given me;
I pray I gave some lovely thing to Thee.

Know you are blessed and loved by God 

Serving God with JOY,
Pastor Rosemary DeHut

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~~ For the renewal of the church Spirit of promise, Spirit of unity, We thank you that you are also a Spirit of renewal. Renew in the whole Church That passionate desire for the coming of your kingdom Which will unite all Christians in one mission to the world. May we all grow up together into him who is our head, The Savior of the world. Amen. ~~