I hope you were encouraged and challenged (as I was) by Pastor Otto's message from Colossians 1:24-29 Sunday. I believe his charge to understand and embrace the same ministry Paul had was timely for our church body. Paul's ministry to the church was to minister the word to them, by the power God supplies, so that everyone would be brought to spiritual maturity. He admonished us that if we would would be effective in this task we must listen (to the word), learn (allow it to shape our thinking) live (in obedience to it), and love (taking these truths to others for their good). Let's do that together this week!


This Sunday we will return to our series on doctrine and begin working through the "distinctives" section of our statement of faith. We will begin by looking at the doctrine of creation. You can read our statement on creation here. Please pray with me that we would come Sunday with open hearts and minds to receive what God will show us in His word.


We are going to begin having a weekly youth meeting on Sunday nights, starting this week. We will meet at Steven and Bradi Parkin's home from 7-8:30pm. Steven and I will lead in some discussion of the morning's sermon. Students from grades 7-12 are invited to come with questions and participate in this discipleship opportunity.


On Friday, April 14th, we are going to be having a "Darkening Service" at the Carnegie Building from 7-8pm. This will be a sober time of reflecting on the suffering and death of Jesus on the cross, and will consist of readings and congregational singing. As the lights grow progressively darker throughout the evening, we will trace the seven sayings of Jesus on the cross. As we finish with the death of Christ, the lights will all be off. Death and darkness. We will leave in silence, reflecting on the awfulness of His suffering on our behalf and the grief He endured. Then we will return with joy to celebrate the rest of the story on Easter Sunday - resurrection!