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2/23/2020 Bulletin

The Worship of Our God

Resting in the Renewing Power of God’s Grace

February 23rd, 2020

Christ the King Sunday/Transfiguration Sunday

Prelude

Our Praise to God

*Opening Hymn “O How Good It Is” (I)

Invocation

Passing Of The Peace

Leader: May the Peace of Christ Be with You

People: And Also, with You

Hymn #509 “In Christ There Is No East or West” (G)

Our Confession to God

Our Assurance of Forgiveness

Statement of Faith

Our Petitions to God

Pastoral Prayer

Tithes and Offerings

Special Music Jonathan And Rachel Faulkner

*Confession of Faith: “The Apostles Creed” (Insert)

The Equipping of God’s People

Scripture Acts 4:32-37

Message A Family on Mission Part 5: “Gospel Hospitality”

Closing Hymn: “They’ll Know We are Christians By Our Love” (I)

Benediction

Postlude

Pastor Jonathan Faulkner

Accompanist: Kathi Nelson, Phyllis Shortenhaus, Rachel Faulkner & Mary Haakenson

The People of God, Ministers to the World

*Indicates standing (G) Green Hymnal (P) Purple Chorus Book

Welcome! We are so thankful that you could join us today! May our hearts and minds be shaped into greater conformity with Jesus as we worship together. We are delighted to serve you as we love one another in Christ.

Faithful in Prayer

Praise the Lord for…

•His grace in preaching, prayer, the sacraments & fellowship

•The beauty of creation & His divine imprint on all that He has made

•His powerful & life-giving Word

Hospitalized, Sick or Shut-in

*Marlyn Hanson

*Jan Missman

•Jenny Frerichs

•Carol Malmberg

•Larry Dirksen

•Jack Jutting

•Elizabeth Van Eyll

•The Family Of Jerry Bechler

•Connie Burhow

•John Davids

•Billy Smith

•Dale Heitland

•Richard Heyes

•Travis Stohr

•Kim Enright

•Jeff Buege

•Colt (Paul and Cheryl Beenken’s grandnephew)

•Pat Skilbred (Sister of Sue Kiewiet)

•John Szatkowski (Friend of the Faulkners)

Mission Partners of the Month: Roger & Murial Anderson

Day-to-Day

•OCC Shoebox ministry

•Revival and reformation in our land, community & families

•Governing authorities & our Country

•Strong marriages committed to the Lord and to maturing in Christ

•Those recovering from surgery & treatment for illnesses

•Wisdom as parents & grandparents committed to raising children in the fear and instruction of the Lord

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Looking Ahead

Today

9AM Worship Service

Announcements

Fellowship Coffee March First: Louise Enright and Harley Hassebroek

Special Congregational Meeting: We will have a special and brief congregational meeting following the service on March 8th. Please see the insert entitled Congregational Meeting for the two topics we need to discuss and vote on.

Friday Prayer: Starting the first Friday of Lent, February 28th the church will be open for Friday Prayer. This is a come-and-go time where you can either take a pre-written prayer prompt or just pray by yourself or with a group. The church will be open from 8AM-5PM and Pastor Faulkner will be in the sanctu

Women’s Fellowship: Women’s Fellowship will meet Thursday March 5th At 2PM in the fellowship hall.

A Chance to Serve: As we enjoy the sounds of children in our church service. Our young mother’s have asked for nursery service so that they can receive the blessing of worshiping with our church family. This is a need that has arisen among us that we have been asked to meet. On the table on the North side of the basement when you first enter is a signup sheet for Nursery. We need TWO volunteers a week. Parents are asked to keep children in the service until either special music or the hymn before our confession of faith. This is a way we can be the gospel to our young moms worshiping with us.

February Food Pantry Needs:

Fruit Juice, Fruit, Canned Soup, Crackers, Spaghetti Sauce, Spaghetti, Noodles, Tuna, Muffin Mix

Week One Acts 2:14-41

Family Life of the Early Church

• Early church was an alternate community/alternate FAMILY for those being ostracized from their families

• Family took care of one another

Family Mission

• God has made us a family

• Preach the gospel within our actions

• Everyone is either a family member or potential family member

• CARE for each other

• Turn outward—care for our neighbors

• PREACH THE GOSPEL-with words if you need to

o To ourselves

o To one another

o To our spouses and children

•To our friends and neighbors

Week 2: Acts 2:42-47 – “Gospel Togetherness”

Family Life of the Early Church

They Devoted Themselves to the Teaching of the Apostles, Fellowship, Breaking of Bread and Prayers

They had everything In Common

They had favor with all the people (believers and unbelievers)

Family Mission:

Meeting the Needs of their Community

Spreading the Gospel with their Lives

Knowing and communicating the Gospel

Week 3: Acts 3:1-10, 4:1-22

Family Life of the Early Church

Peter and John were going to the temple to Pray

They were arrested for Doing a Good Deed and Preaching Christ Resurrected

Family Mission:

The religious leaders were astounded because they were common and uneducated men

Peter was bold and defiant

Peter did these things by whose authority: God’s

Week 4: Acts 4:23-31

Family Life of the Church:

Peter and John return to the community to Lead them in a prayer for boldness.

The Early Church rallies together as a family and are of One Accord

Family Mission:

After they pray the room is Shaken

Because of the Holy Spirit they are Filled with Boldness to preach the Gospel.

Family Life of the Early Church

The Early Christians were again of………………..

The believers sharing of possessions and meeting needs was a fulfillment of………………………….

Family Mission:

The Family of God took care of every_______________________

They were willing to make _____________ for one another

Questions for Reflection:

IIn our individualistic world what would it look like for us to show radical, Gospel Hospitality where all needs among us are met?

How can we share in this kind of hospitality today in Buffalo Center?

What are some ways we as a Church can carry out this mission in our own community?

Congregational Meeting

On Sunday March 9th the Board of Deacons and the Board of Trustees are calling a special congregational meeting to discuss the following two agenda items.

1.To discuss and vote on the purchase of a new sign to be placed on the outside of the church. This sign would be the 3X6 that we showed you at the Annual Meeting. The coast will be around $21,000 when you include installation and electrician fees. The Trustees are proposing that we use Memorial Money set aside for these purposes to purchase the sign without leasing. The sign includes a 1-year warranty from Nagal Signs and a five-year warranty from and a 5-year warranty from Daktronics. This sign will be operated digitally and be a means for us to communicate to the community what we are doing as a church. We know the cost is higher than what we were thinking it would be, but in the words of the Trustees, “if we are going to do it, we want to do it right.” \

2.We will discuss and vote putting Pastor Faulkner forward for ordination within the CCCC. This vote would put him forward for his Vicinage Council (Council of area CCCC pastors) for testing to see if he meets the qualifications for ordained, pastoral ministry. The Council would also be open to members of the congregation.

Pastoral Thought: Church are we anxious? Are we looking around at the changes in our cul-ture, in our town, in our church and worrying about our future? Are we wondering how we are going to keep the doors open? If so, the words of Isaiah 40:1 come instantly to mind: “Comfort, comfort oh my people.” I know the general view of New England here is that nothing good can come from there. However, living there gave me a glimpse of what can be in re-gard to the church. All these things we are now experiencing in our town, the New England churches experienced 10+ years ago. When the various research groups came expecting to find a dead and dying church, they found the opposite, a vibrant and thriving church marked by devotion to Jesus and His Word. Like Peter walking out to Jesus on the storm we tend to take our eyes off Him and look at the cultural changes and dwindling numbers and take our eyes of Jesus. That is when we sink, that is when we suffer and that is when we die. Corrie Ten Boone who saw infinitely worse things then we may ever had this to say: “If we look at the world we will be destressed, if we look within we will be depressed, but if we look at Jesus we will be at rest.” Let’s look to Jesus church, before we look at anything else, let’s look at Jesus.

Anyone needing Pastoral Counseling or who wants to set up a meeting with Pastor Faulkner can schedule a session with Pastor Faulkner by calling 6415622165 or email jon.faulkner.arl@gmail.com. We have a space set up at the Church Building specifically for counseling and will meet there.

The Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, Our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit

and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again.

He ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body

and the life everlasting. Amen.

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