Please join us for Youth Sunday, April 30 at 11:00 am!

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Sunday Worship
Adult Sunday School  10:00-10:45 am
Youth Sunday School  10:00-10:45 am
Elementary Sunday School  (please call church office ahead of the Sunday you will attend)
Church Nursery: 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Chancel Choir Rehearsal: 10:30 am 
Morning Worship: 11:00 am
Youth Group 12-2 pm (alternates with Youth Sunday School, please call to check times)
Bible Study:  10:00 am
Chancel Choir Rehearsal: 7:30 pm
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What's up?
Bible Study Continues - Our Bible Study continues on Wednesdays at 10 am in the Library. Pastor Karen will discuss scripture and how we might apply it in our daily lives.  Bring your Bibles!  Coffee and pastries will be served.
Can you help the Food Pantry? Items currently needed for our pantry include beans, soup, and tomato sauce. Canned fruit, canned vegetables, cereal and tuna are always welcome.  Donations may be brought to the church office or placed in the canvas hamper in the narthex.

Help Hurricane Victims in Haiti Now!

The HEF board met and has determined that the first priority in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew is to secure funding for feeding HEF school communities.  In cooperation with Trinity Hope Feeding, they are working with priests and principals to purchase and distribute food.  The goal is to sustain these communities for the next 30 days until they are able to get their lives and crops back up and going. 

We are asking that you help us in this endeavor.  For less than $2.00 per day, you can feed a family of six people.  We need to act swiftly!  As always, 100% of all donations will be used as designated by the donor.  HEF has people in place in Haiti to make this happen as soon as funds are received.  

Checks can be mailed to:
Haiti Education Foundation, Inc.
 P.O. Box 10775
 El Dorado, AR  71730.
**  Please note on the memo line that this is for DISASTER:  FOOD. **

Or you may give to the Disaster Fund online here.

More information on individual schools will be available on the HEF web site in coming days.  We know that there will be damages to repair, etc., however, food takes priority at this point.

        May 2017

“Speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.” Romans 4:15-16

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Do you remember having growing pains?  Boy, I do.  My knees hurt like the dickens as my body grew to accommodate impending adulthood!

Churches go through growing pains too.  Or as Paul often referred to it, labor pains.

There is goodness in growth, we all know that!  What a blessed Easter Sunday we had with Reese and Amy Roper and Geoff Coleman coming forward to take the vows of membership, and Jim Cooke renewing his promises, and little Linden receiving a blessing as she officially became our little sister in Christ, along with her little sister, the whirling dervish fairy princess Eira.

We’re blessed!  And in that blessing, we need to be aware that growth – spiritual, numerical, missional growth – has its own pains as THE BODY stretches to accommodate its future.   

Here are a few comments on growing pains that were said at 
previous churches: “We don’t know everybody anymore.” “They don’t know how we do things.” And can you imagine 
growing to the point that the concept of a second service 
becomes a concern because “it’s like having two churches” or “when are ‘they’ (the newcomers) going to come to real church (the traditional service)?”

When I do premarital counseling, one of the topics we cover is how each partner’s family traditions come together for a new tradition, and sometimes the newlyweds form their own tradition in the interests of keeping that new being - their union - healthy and loving.  It is good for us to think about this, bride of Christ.  We are not where we were last May.  And we are not where we’re going to be next May.  And we should be expecting to be called on to stretch and develop, for all signs point to this:  rather than the pangs of a slow and crippling disease, our pangs are the pangs of growth, of the goodness of labor that produces new life.  

Let us be aware and embrace the rebirth that God is blessing us with.  We are a resurrection people!

Your sister in the journey,

Pastor Karen