Pastor’s Weekly Message – August 3, 2014

5,000+ men, women, and children fed with 5 loaves and 2 small fish??? Impossible? Miraculous? That’s how it is with God’s love and mercy.  God provides us daily bread – all we need and more – for the body.  AND God feeds us with “soul food” as well.  Did you ever feel like you just don’t have enough resources or faith?  Come and hear the story of the Feeding of the 5,000 (Matthew 14:13-21, below) at our Sunday Worship on August 3rd at 9:30 AM.  Come and be fed so that you can feed others as well.

It’s not too late!!  The Annual Beef Roast is THIS SATURDAY, August 2, at 5:30 PM at the Springtown Rod & Gun Club.  It’s not too late to get tickets – just show up a little early on Saturday and tickets will be available.  Prices are $12 for adults, $6 for kids ages 6-12, and free for kids 5 and under.  It’s a great meal and 2 great causes:  ‘Stop Hunger Now’ and support for our youth attending the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Detroit next Summer.

Did you hear about our wild, weird, wonderful Vacation Bible School?  29 kids and 17 youth and adult helpers participated in “Weird Animals,” with great music, games, movies, snacks, crafts, and worship.  An offering of $197.25 was collected to support anti-bullying efforts with our kids.  God truly blessed our VBS!

August 23 – Special Sunday – BACKPACK BLESSINGS!  It’s almost time for back to school – Pre-school, Kindergarten, Middle and High School!  We will be hosting our 2nd Annual “Backpack Blessings” for all students and teachers.  Please have kids bring their backpacks to worship on August 24th at the 9:30 AM service.  Blessings and prayers will abound!!!

Matthew 14:13-21Feeding the Five Thousand

13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. 15When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, ‘This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.’ 16Jesus said to them, ‘They need not go away; you give them something to eat.’ 17They replied, ‘We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.’ 18And he said, ‘Bring them here to me.’ 19Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. 21And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

 

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