Midweek Article

Friends

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!

Who are your friends? Who do you go to when something happens and you need to vent? Who do you go to when life is perplexing or challenging or just plain horrible? Who do you lean on, this side of heaven, when this world poisoned by sin rears its venom?

Pray for Wooster

We have been working with the FEC Tri-State Church planting co-op to prepare Greg Grimwood and his wife, Cara, to launch their church plant ON NOVEMBER 18th 2018!  Pastor Ross has been mentoring Greg, and Pastor David was able to be involved in the research and decision-making phase of where the Church is located.  Greg’s whole team presented to the Elders and Pastors of Evermore on August 20th.  And for the last two months Ryan and Beth Slabaugh have been involved with the Launch Team to get ready for NOVEMBER 18th. 

FIREPROOF

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasurers in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasurer is, there your heart will be also.  Matthew 6:19-21  

Your Church Needs You

Our lives are busy. Too many choices. We constantly juggle schedules of work, activities, kids, parents, grandkids and of course church. It’s easy to choose what to do when we’re choosing between good and bad. Too often we are forced to choose between multiple good options.

Culture has changed and continues to change. Sundays used to be a day designated for church and family time. In my lifetime Hartville’s gas stations and grocery stores were closed on Sundays. Today, there are unlimited choices clawing at us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

A BETTER WAY

“There has got to be a better way.” How many of us have ever had that thought? I know I have. Most of the time it is in reference to some way of going about a task or accomplishing a goal. Now stop and ask yourself, “Have I ever thought there has got to be a better way to live?” Maybe you haven’t, but I venture that many people have. There is a better way to live. This is the exact conclusion that Rodney Stark draws in his book The Rise of Christianity.

BLAMING GOD

Here at Evermore we have been looking at the attributes of God in our study called The Real God.  Additionally, during the Sunday School hour we have been studying “God’s World and God’s People” in the Standard LESSON QUARTERLY.  It has been a privilege to dive into the Scriptures with you all and seek clarity on what it means to know God as He truly is!

SONS, DAUGHTERS, HEIRS

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.  Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.  When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?   Psalm 8:1-4 

How Great Thou Art

Verse #1
O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder
Thy power throughout the universe displayed

Verse #2
When through the woods, and forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees
When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur
And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze

Summer Whirlwind of Opportunities

This past week a group of six young adults accompanied by Harold & Dave traveled to Pittsburgh, PA to lead a VBS for River City Church plant. As part of my role as intern this summer at our church, I was in charge of planning/organizing all things associated with the VBS. Planning the bible story lessons, figuring out crafts that would be fun but not too excessive, thinking of games for all ages, learning new songs & of course picking snacks. The beforehand work of the VBS was more than I had expected, and gave me a new appreciation for those who plan our church’s VBS.

Blessing our Pastors

So, I would like to say that what I am about to write about is totally inspired by me.  But to be honest I need to give credit where it is due – it’s all God and a little nudge from the Holy Spirit.  So, let me explain.  Last weekend I had the honor of spending some time with our 4 pastors at the FEC conference.  It is always interesting to spend time away from church and see them in a different environment – this is where we find out what they are really like!  And you know what – they are exactly the same person away from the office as they are in the office. 

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