Sharing With Steve
This year our theme has been taken from the book, The Real God, by Chip Ingram. This book examines eight attributes of God. We have just finished looking at the Holiness of God. I have really struggled with this topic from a preaching standpoint. I think that we all have a hard time with this quality. One, we find it difficult to explain or define. Holiness is purity and perfection. It is sinless and full of light. There is no darkness in holiness and certainly no compromise. That is hard for us to understand because we are involved in all of those things. We think that we understand purity and perfection, but can we ever really experience that in an imperfect world?
The New Testament describes Christians as a holy nation yet we are far from perfect. We compromise so often and justify it because we do not do it all the time. We say that “God will understand” or “that is what grace is for,” but that just cheapens grace. Christ did not die on the cross so that we could continue to sin, but that our sins would be forgiven. A terrible price had to be paid to satisfy God’s wrath and justice. To continue to sin or not take seriously the command to be holy is to throw that back into the face of God. His desire is for us to grow to maturity which means putting those sinful ways behind us. It also means that we put the ways of the world behind us. We are to be different than the world. We live in the world, but we are not of this world. This is not an easy task, but John reminds us in his first letter that He who is in us is greater than he who is in the world. We have been called to live holy lives. There is no better time to start than right now.
NEW SERMON FOCUS
Starting Sunday, July 7, we will be looking at Chapter 7 in The Real God by Chip Ingram. This chapter deals with the Wisdom of God. July 7 will be the family Sunday. Steve will have a story for the youth and we will watch the teaching video by Chip Ingram. July 14 will be an Old Testament sermon about the wisdom of God and then on July 21 we will have a New Testament sermon on the same topic. The closing sermon on the topic will be July 28. We encourage you to read chapter 7 in the book. This gives you a foundation as we examine this topic. Please be keeping this series in your prayers.
LAKE JAMES CHRISTIAN CAMP
Steve will be attending the Pre-Teen 2 Camp at LJCA, July 14 – July 19. He is one of the assistant deans. Brenda Cox will be going to lead the music and Matthew Zaremba will be going as a junior faculty member. This is an excellent week of camp with a veteran staff. There are about 80 campers registered. Please be praying for the campers and the staff that all goes well and that Jesus is glorified.
John Ciuba IV – July 8
Stefanie Kapusta – July 9
Harry & Kaye Thompson (Ann.) – July 12
Tim Howell – July 16
Carol Howell – July 16
Hector Urteaga – July 18
Ken Small – July 19
Sandra Krugh – July 21
Mike & Sue Rose (Ann.) – July 21
Mike Rose – July 22
Brenda Cox – July 22
Harry Thompson – July 24
Samantha Kapusta – July 25
Eunice Salminen – July 27
Marian Murphy – July 28
Week of July 7 – The Blue Team
Week of July 14 – The Green Team
Week of July 21 – The Red Team
Week of July 28 – The Orange Team
Annual Church Picnic and Outdoor Church Service
It’s picnic time! Our annual church picnic will be held on Sunday, August 4, at the Auburn Hills Civic Center Park; maps to the park will be located on the foyer table. For everyone’s convenience, a shuttle service will be available from the park’s parking lot to the shelter area. Please see the sign-up sheets that will be posted on the bulletin board in the foyer indicating what food you would like to bring. Meat and drinks will be supplied by the church. Activities at the picnic include volleyball, horseshoes, bean bag toss, and ladder toss. The picnic this year is hosted by the Friday night LIFE Group and questions may be directed to Brenda Cox, Phyllis Martin or Lynn Ross.
Last year’s picnic began with our worship service at the park, instead of at the church building, and will be taking place at the park again this year. The service starts at 10:45 a.m. and Sunday School is dismissed that morning. Please bring lawn chairs to sit on for both the service and the meal. In case of rain the service and the picnic will be held at our building.
Missions Ministry: Focus on IDES
International Disaster Emergency Services (IDES) is an organization that seeks to give physical help and spiritual hope to suffering individuals around the world. IDES works with mission partners (foreign missions, stateside ministries, U.S. congregations in 34 nations), Christians in the field and other volunteers to accomplish their good work. Funds are secured from donations, capital campaigns, investments, and endowments.
As part of the thank you letter for the monthly gift our church gives to IDES, we receive that month’s calendar for the events IDES is planning, as well as prayer requests. A sample of the prayer requests on this month’s calendar includes:
- A Christian mission in India providing medical aid, food and clothing for families affected by the bombing in Sri Lanka
- A mission in Myanmar rebuilding the storm damaged hut of a poor pastor
- Agape International Mission providing drought relief for families in 18-25 different provinces in Cambodia
- IDES’ Executive Director, Rick Jett continuing to recover from health issues
- A mission in Myanmar providing recent graduates with medical kits, purchasing a motorbike for a Bible translator & drilling a well for a village that is without fresh water
- A church in South Carolina helping a couple more homeowners with hurricane repairs
- Providing clean water by drilling a well, medicines for their medical clinic & sewing machines for their vocational school in Haiti.
- Rebuilding a church & homes in a village in Ghana, destroyed by fire due to inter-tribal conflict
- Prayers for food packing events and shed building. As you can see, IDES addresses both international and domestic needs. Our continued support of this ministry through our gifts and prayer is vital so IDES can reach the hurting with help and hope in Jesus Christ.
The Sisters in Service annual garage sale is scheduled for August 22,23,24.
We need everyone to be putting aside their donations. More details to follow in next month’s newsletter.