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Elders, Deacons and You!

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The synergy found in the church is noted in Ephesians 4:11-13. Leaders are given to the church to equip the saints so that the members of the church can contribute to the building up of the body.

It is everyone working together…elders, deacons and you!

Communication…feedback…interaction; it is all vital to our ability to work together so that “we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.”  (Ephesians 4:13)

With that in mind, here are a few ways we want to get started…together.

Contact: Each elder has been paired with a deacon and they have been given a list of names to contact. The goal is to contact the entire congregation by the end of September. You should be expecting to hear from an elder or a deacon soon.

This is a great opportunity to give feedback, voice concerns, ask questions or share prayer requests and needs you might have. 

One of the main reasons we moved to elders and deacons was to better serve you and the various needs of the congregation. Your feedback will help us do that. 

You can also use this time to encourage the elder or deacon who contacts you. Let them know that you are praying for them as they step into this role of servant leadership.

If for some reason, you don’t hear from an elder or a deacon in the next few months, let us know.  We will make sure to reach out to you.

Communication: There are two other ways the elders and the deacons are striving to communicate with you.

Monthly, we will be posting the minutes of our elder meetings on REALM, our database. To gain access to the meeting minutes, you must have a Realm account and be logged into the system. If you don’t have a Realm account and would like to create one, you can do so here.

Once in Realm, under the Group menu you'll see "Minutes - Elders". Click on that group to open it and then on the Files tab. You will see the minutes listed by date. 

If you have any questions or need assistance creating a Realm account, please contact .

This is one way to stay informed with what the elders are discussing.

Secondly, the elders and deacons have their own email address, and you can contact them directly if you have a question or a need.

The elders oversee the ministry and spiritual needs of the church.  If you have any needs, questions, or concerns, you can contact them at .

The deacons serve the physical and practical needs of the church family.  If you have any needs, questions, or concern, you can contact them at

Prayer: Finally, the elders are holding a monthly prayer gathering on the third Thursday evening of the month at 7:00 pm. This prayer gathering will be at the church. 

This is a great way to communicate with each other and pray for the needs of the church and the church family.

The first prayer gathering is this Thursday, July 15. Join us!

Elders, Deacons and You! Let’s get started together!

A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World

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“Connecting with God in a Distracting World.” That is a great subtitle to a book on prayer written by Paul Miller.

Do you feel distracted from God? There sure are a lot of things vying for our attention, crying out to us. I think it is easy to get spiritually distracted in our culture. 

Two things come to mind.

First, my own sense of self-sufficiency is often bred by an affluent culture where everything I really need is readily available to me if I work hard and act responsibly. Or so I tend to think. 

Miller suggests that American culture is one of the hardest places in the world to learn to pray. Why is that? 

“One of the subtlest hindrances to prayer is probably the most pervasive. In the broader culture and in our churches, we prize intellect, competency, and wealth. Because we can do life without God, praying seems nice but unnecessary. Money can do what prayer does, and it is quicker and less time-consuming. Or trust in ourselves and in our talents makes us structurally independent of God.”

Relatively speaking, we live a life of ease, and this distracts us from God.

And yet, the very act of prayer itself is an expression of our need for God. This is the reason we need to pray. 

But then, I also find that when problems come, they too can distract me from God. Often, amid my problems, God can seem far away and somewhat obscure to my sight. In other words, I’m distracted.

This is where I need to be reminded of who God is and what that means for me amid my problems. Consider this helpful insight that helps us find God when we are distracted by our problems.

“If God is sovereign, then he is in control of all the details of my life. If he is loving, then he is going to be shaping the details of my life for my good. If he is all-wise, then he’s not going to do everything I want because I don’t know what I need. If he is patient, then he is going to take time to do all this.”

Suddenly, the problem I once thought was a distraction is the very thing God is using to show himself to me.

Hope these words help you see God in your life.

Power Meets Compassion

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The past two mornings I have been in Psalms 146 and 147.  Both Psalms are songs of praise to God for his absolute power and his incredible compassion.  What a combo!  Power and Compassion! 

In Psalm 146, a clear distinction is made between the power of God and the power of man.  It says in Psalm 146:4-5, “Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there.  When they breathe their last, they return to the earth, and all their plans die with them.” 

Not so with God, the Psalm goes onto say.  He made everything and his promises endure forever.   

And yet, how does God exert his power? The rest of the Psalm goes onto to celebrate the way God cares for the oppressed, hungry, prisoner, blind, those weighed down with life, foreigner, orphan and widow.   

The ESV Devotional Psalter says, “This is the best of all possible worlds.  This is a God who can be counted on unflinchingly...Are you in distress?  Are you overwhelmed?  Marinate your heart in the power and love of the Savior.” 

Psalm 147 reminds us that Psalm 146 is no fluke. The same theme is celebrated all over again. In Psalm 147:10-11 it says, “He takes no pleasure in the strength of a horse or in human might. No, the Lord’s delight is in those who fear him, those who put their hope in his unfailing love.” 

Again, God is exalted for his power. And yet it is a power that is marked with great compassion for those who are humble.   

To whom does God draw near? The ESV Devotional Psalter answers that question this way, “The brokenhearted. To whom is the Lord most strongly, irresistibly pulled? The outcasts. The losers. Those rejected by the world. Those of apparent insignificance by the world’s standards.” 

Two thoughts. 

First, be encouraged. Humble yourself before God and he will meet you with all his power and all his compassion. This is God’s way. This is great encouragement for anyone who is in need. 

Second, imitate God. The world runs after strength, slickness, outward appearance, impressiveness. God runs after the brokenhearted. Which of the two are you prone to run after?   

Hmm!  That is something I am contemplating.   

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