PASTOR'S WEEKLY MESSAGE:
Our next Sunday worship services are March 1st at 10:30 and noon. It will be the First Sunday in Lent. Worship on that day will be 10:30am (led by the pipe organ) and noon (led by guitars). At 9am we have a Sunday School opening and Sunday School classes. The gospel text will be Matthew 4:1-11 and Pastor Hout’s theme is “The Tempter.” You can read the gospel and more of the Bible at the following link: www.biblegateway.com
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Can you believe Lent is here? It all starts with Ash Wednesday on Februrary 26th. Join us for these worship services at 7pm Also, starting in March, we will have Lenten soup suppers at 6:00 before the worship services. Our Lenten theme will be “Great Worship Spaces.”
Prayers of the Church We pray for Loueda Schultz, who has been hospitalized a lot recently. She is now home and under the care of Hospice. We also pray for Phyllis Abney, trying to get stronger at Kingston. Others in our prayers include Bev Kingrey, Linda Hippert, Pat Muller, Bob Greenlee and Hank & Shirley Dodson along with our military men Jacob Gore, Zac Boyd and Ben Sweeney and his family in South Korea. We do not want to forget Chris Boyd on pastoral internship in northwest Ohio.
Our sister congregation at Pleasant Green Baptist Church in Trotwood We also pray for them and their great relief work going on at this church thanks to the efforts of dedicated volunteers. They are still recovering from the multiple tornadoes that hit their area especially hard. We have made several trips there and are happy to report that we have taken 1500 items up there over the past few months? They send a big “THANK YOU” to us and to Mound Elementary.
Prayer of the day for the First Sunday in Lent: O God, our strength, the struggle between good and evil rages within and around us, and the devil and all the forces that defy you tempt us with empty promises. Keep us steadfast in your word, and when we fall, raise us again and restore us through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
2020 has been a good new year with a fine congregational meeting and strong commitments for the coming year of ministry. We also had a good Souper Bowl Sunday in support of the hungry. Thanks for your cans of food, your cash for our food pantry or your check for the ELCA World Hunger Appeal.
The end of 2019 was terrific Miamisburg had its big annual Holiday Fest in the downtown area in December and we were happy to have a nice unit in the parade. We also had a bazaar of gently used Christmas items back at the church. Then there was the Sunday School Christmas program. That was terrific. Many thanks to all who helped with these busy but important activities.
Thanksgiving week Whew!!! It sure was a busy time around these parts. We had a great area wide Thanksgiving service at St. John’s Lutheran. Then we had a fabulous Thanksgiving Day meal in our fellowship hall (also known as Albrecht Hall). Can you believe we served nearly 400 meals?
Other year ending events included:
-a Star City Music Studio Halloween concert with children in full costume
-a terrific hayride with lots of activities and nice weather at warrickfarm.com
-a parade unit in the Kettering Holiday at Home parade
-a visit in worship by the fabulous Paragon Quartet
-a giant top spinning weekend with people from Texas, Georgia, Canada and more
-a fun pool party after a great week of Day Camp
-a solid team in the co-ed softball league
-a Talent Show with lots of various talents
Some great scripture Here are some words from our gospel for this coming Sunday - Matthew 4:10 Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.””
A Special link because it is a great article about St. Jacob. Part of it was in the paper but we have the entire blog article here with some good pictures:
Here are some events and dates to consider:
February 26-Ash Wednesday with service at 7:00
February 27-Lunch Bunch at Ron’s with former Mayor Dick Church to plan 200th
March 4-First soup supper at 6pm. Worship to follow at 7pm with the
theme “Great Worship Spaces”
April 12-Easter Sunday!!!
“Love is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity.”
So........love plenty in 2020!!!