Book Challenge

Instead of spending June complaining about bad TV and reruns, how about reading a good book?  During the month of June, I am challenging you to read Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together.  There are several editions, print and electronic, new and used.  I like this devotional book because it helps us understand that our spiritual lives are lived in community.  I have scheduled two discussions for those who would like to talk with others about the book                                                              [June 12 and June 26, at 5 P.M. in the church library].

Praying for God’s Guidance

        We have spent the last six months praying for our Senior Pastor Search Committee and they have been working diligently to seek God’s new leader for us.  They will bring a unanimous and enthusiastic recommendation for our new senior pastor to the congregation board this Sunday.  Let me ask you to do the following.

Pray.  Pray for the candidate, even though for privacy’s sake the candidate’s name has not been officially announced yet.   Pray for the church, that we will prayerfully seek God’s leadership.  Pray that we will put aside personal agendas and seek the welfare of the congregation.  Pray that our hearts will follow God’s will in this selection process.

Participate.  There are two events scheduled next week in which we can learn more about the recommended candidate.  The Sunday board meeting [reserve a place for lunch] and a meet and greet on Wednesday with the candidate will help us know more about the minister.   On May 28, the congregation will vote.  Please participate in these activities as you can.

To our faithful visitors, let me say this.  Please pray for us as we go through these next weeks and participate so you too can learn more about our prospective new pastor.  Our church needs your input as we follow God’s will for our future.

God Bless You!

Life Together

         Schools will soon be closing for the summer.  People are planning vacations.  Some are looking forward to trips to the lake.  Others are looking forward to fresh vegetables.  In your planning, do not forget the many activities and ministries provided here at First Christian Church.  Don’t forget Vacation Bible School.

During the month of June, I am asking you to read, as I reread, my favorite devotional book:  Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together.  Unlike most devotional books, it focuses on the Interaction of people with each other, and not just our relationship with God.  As Jesus pointed out in the upper room, it is how we treat one another that shows to the world that we are indeed Jesus’s disciples [John 13: 35].  After all, why would non-Christians want to join a group that taught love but practiced hostility one to another?

Bonhoeffer was a young German theologian active in the ecumenical movements and with contacts throughout the world.  He had several opportunities to flee Nazi Germany, but he chose to stay and “witness” before them and the world to his Christian faith.  During the time he developed the ideas in Life Together, he was teaching in a secret seminary to avoid the German authorities.  He later joined one of the plots to assassinate Hitler.  He was hanged just prior to the liberation of the concentration camp at Flossenburg in April, 1945.  Despite the vast number of his writings and their influence, this remains, I think, one of the most important.  Read it with us, and make up your own mind.   God Bless You!

Thank you for Your Service

Thank-You                   Thank-You            Thank-You

Holy Week was wonderful.  Many people drew inspiration and were spiritually strengthened by participating in our worship services.   So many people contributed to the week in so many ways that it is  beyond my ability to thank each one for the ministry they provided during this week.  Be assured of my gratitude and thanks for all that you have done.  Moreover, there is ONE who knows exactly what you have done, and, if I can be so bold, the LORD thanks you for what you have done.  May your hearts and souls be blessed, even as you bless others.

God Bless You!



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