Friday, September 23, 2016

A Word of Thanks

There are so many voices in our world today giving out advice on how to have a religious experience. The problem is that all that advice boils down to a list of opinions that someone has put together. The question is, how would God himself describe what needs to happen in our life to establish a relationship with him? In the New Testament book of Hebrews, chapters 9 & 10, he gives us that answer. There he describes the shortfall of a religious system of efforts and points us to what has already been accomplished. This will be our focus on Sunday mornings, September 25 and October 2, 8, & 16.
Every month at Immanuel we collect items for an agency in our area that is coming alongside people with various needs. For the month of September we have been collecting boots, gloves, hats, and mittens for Camp Beechpoint as they prepare for the winter camping season. Below is a quick word of thanks that has come from them reflecting back on the summer.

Dear Pastor Parham,
 
Please thank the folks at Immanuel Church for all the donations and prayer for this summer. The items you have sent were a blessing to those campers who come with little to be at camp. Thought it was a very difficult summer (campers with many anger and social issues). God in His power reached 140 children with the Good News, and another 74 made re-dedications. What a powerful God we serve.
 
I wanted to share with you all about a young man named Elijah. He was sent to camp by a local agency. He was not sure he wanted to be at camp, but ask Jesus into his heart early in the week and was so overwhelmed with Jesus love that he could not get enough information about his new found faith. Elijah went home and shared with his mother. She had made a decision when she was young, but set it aside in her teen years. Elijah told her that his neighbor and best friend Chase needed Jesus and could he go back to camp. The mother called and ask if this was possible. I told her I would make it happen somehow. 30 minutes after that call, the director of Elijah's sending agency stopped by and asked how the week went with Elijah. I shared his story and Wayne said I will find the money for the two boys to come to camp. The following week both boys were here. On Thursday Chase asked Jesus into his heart.
 
In the midst of a tough summer God is at work in lives. Keep praying for us as we follow-up these children.
 
Pastor I am seeking a fulltime housekeeper to serve with us on staff. That position is a paid position. We are also looking for some kitchen support on weekends and for special events. Paid as well. If you have some folks who would love to share their talents for Jesus have them contact me at 
269-650-4113.
 
In Christ alone,
Dave Ditzler
Camp Director
Beechpoint Christian Camp
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Friday, September 2, 2016

We Are Going Outside!

WE ARE GOING OUTSIDE -- This Sunday, September 4, we are taking our morning service outside. Join us at the children's end of the building under the big top at 10:00 am. Nursery and Preschool children will still be meeting inside so check them in first. Get to church early enough to look in your mailbox and grab something from the cafĂ© before you head outdoors. Everything should be ready for you including some cold water bottles for you to enjoy.
GET YOUR NAME IN NOW! – Our Sunday morning adult classes are preparing to start up again on Sunday, September 11. This just gives you a couple of weeks to sign up for the topic of your choice. The options for this first 6-week session include Bible Memorization taught by Don Wilson (limit of 15 for this class); Count for Zero taught by Dave DeCook & Jodi Boyd; Prayer taught by Rich Kornoelje; Spiritual Gifts taught by Kevin Groothuis; Early Ministry of Christ taught by Kevin Bywater; and Treasure Principle taught by Steve Holman & Dennis Fleming. All the details are on tables by the church mailboxes so be sure to stop by when you are at Immanuel this Sunday morning.
Our car show is this next Saturday, September 10. There is still time for you to bring in items for the silent auction. Be sure to grab an information sheet by the church mailboxes so that you can invite a friend, neighbor, or relative to come along with you. This is a great opportunity to invite someone who may be reluctant to coming to a church service as well as being a huge support to the work of Holland Rescue Mission.
PEOPLE YOU NEVER HEAR ABOUT – Have you ever noticed that the Bible is filled with people who are not necessarily the "hero" of the story? While many are only briefly mentioned, they play a significant role in God's story. Over the Sundays of August and the first Sunday of September we are going to take a closer look at a few of these individuals.
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Friday, August 26, 2016

Get Your Name in Now!

GET YOUR NAME IN NOW! – Our Sunday morning adult classes are preparing to start up again on Sunday, September 11. This just gives you a couple of weeks to sign up for the topic of your choice. The options for this first 6-week session include Bible Memorization taught by Don Wilson (limit of 15 for this class); Count for Zero taught by Dave DeCook & Jodi Boyd; Prayer taught by Rich Kornoelje; Spiritual Gifts taught by Kevin Groothuis; Early Ministry of Christ taught by Kevin Bywater; and Treasure Principle taught by Steve Holman & Dennis Fleming. All the details are on tables by the church mailboxes so be sure to stop by when you are at Immanuel this Sunday morning.
HELPING OTHERS – Do you enjoy meeting people from other countries? Please consider volunteering in the ESL ministry. This class for adults learning English as a Second Language meets on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:45 to 8:30 at Harbor Lights Middle School. Linda Masopust is a teacher for this class. For more information contact Linda at 269-455-8971 or masopust@charter.net.
UNDER THE BIG TOP – Weather permitting, we plan to conduct our Sunday morning service on September 4 under a tent here on our property at Immanuel. This will be our last single service before we pick back up on all our normal Sunday morning activities. Be sure to join us at 10:00 for a great time together.
PEOPLE YOU NEVER HEAR ABOUT – Have you ever noticed that the Bible is filled with people who are not necessarily the "hero" of the story? While many are only briefly mentioned, they play a significant role in God's story. Over the Sundays of August and the first Sunday of September we are going to take a closer look at a few of these individuals.
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Friday, August 5, 2016

Watch Out -- We Changed

THIS IS THE WEEK WE CHANGE! – This Sunday, August 7, we start a pause in our normal Sunday morning schedule at Immanuel. We will be giving all of our Sunday morning teachers (elementary, teen, and adult) a respite for the month of August and the first Sunday of September. During these same weeks we are shifting our morning format to a single service starting at 10:00 am. This means that some of you will be coming a little later than normal and some of you will be coming a little earlier. Whichever group you are in; we are looking forward to all being together for a few weeks.
PEOPLE YOU NEVER HEAR ABOUT – Have you ever noticed that the Bible is filled with people who are not necessarily the "hero" of the story? While many are only briefly mentioned, they play a significant role in God's story. Over the Sundays of August and the first Sunday of September we are going to take a closer look at a few of these individuals.
CAR SHOW ASSISTANCE – Over the next few weeks you will hear about several ways you can be of help at our annual car show on September 10. This is a great way for us to connect to our community and provide some financial assistance to the Holland Rescue Mission. Be sure to sign up for one of the serving options presented so that you can help us to make this one of the strongest events yet.
Be A Blessing – For 10 weeks this summer we are endeavoring to see how many way God can use our church, and all the individuals in it, to come alongside people with simple acts of kindness and compassion. Be sure and listen carefully for the promptings of God in your own life as you go throughout the week. When you come to Immanuel on Sunday, jot a note of how God has used you and tape it to the wall as part of an encouragement to the rest of us.
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Thursday, July 21, 2016

This is the Week!

Baptism – This Sunday, July 24, we will be celebrating baptism with several people. Each morning service will be condensed with baptism taking place in the middle portion. Our first service will start at 9:00 and finish by 10:00. Baptism will run from 10:10 to 10:30. Our second service will run from 10:40 to 11:40. Plan to join us for this great time.
Single Service Month – August is coming soon. For those 4 Sundays (and the first one of September) our Sunday morning format will change at Immanuel. Classes for adults, teens, and elementary children will take a pause while we give those teachers a respite. We will also be joining together for one morning service at 10:00 am each week. Be sure to add this change to your calendar.
Be A Blessing – For 10 weeks this summer we are endeavoring to see how many way God can use our church, and all the individuals in it, to come alongside people with simple acts of kindness and compassion. Be sure and listen carefully for the promptings of God in your own life as you go throughout the week. When you come to Immanuel on Sunday, jot a note of how God has used you and tape it to the wall as part of an encouragement to the rest of us.
The Immanuel Annual Car Show is scheduled for Saturday, September 10. This will once again benefit the Holland Rescue Mission. Our silent auction is a significant source of financial support for the mission. If you have any unwanted items or other auctionable items to donate bring them to church and place them on the collection tables in the auditorium space. Check the information booth in the Commons for how you can help with the various gift baskets being prepared for this event.
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