Take a moment and read the following scriptures:
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. 16 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; 17 and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:13-17
17 And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. 3 And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. 4 And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 5 He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” 6 When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified. 7 But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.”8 And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.
9 And as they were coming down the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Tell no one the vision, until the Son of Man is raised from the dead.” 10 And the disciples asked him, “Then why do the scribes say that first Elijah must come?” 11 He answered, “Elijah does come, and he will restore all things. 12 But I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they pleased. So also the Son of Man will certainly suffer at their hands.” 13 Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist. Matthew 17:1-13
What stuck out to me was the proclamation of the Father. “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” God proclaims this over Jesus before Jesus’ mission was complete. Before Jesus had followed through in obedience with the purpose of His coming, God proclaims who Jesus is and that God the Father is pleased with Jesus.
God the Father does the same for us:
12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:12-13
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:3-6
Let that sink in. God the Father proclaims in His word that we who have received Jesus as our Savior are God’s sons and daughters. He is pleased with us to bless us in His Son with every spiritual blessing, with adoption as His children and we are beloved. We have done nothing to earn this position and like Christ our mission isn’t complete. In light of God’s immense grace and Christ’s obedience may we walk in the reality of who we are as children of the one true God seeking to complete His mission of reconciliation and redemption.
OPPORTUNITIES OF THE WEEK
Wednesday, April 24
- 9:45 a.m., Senior Bible Study meets in the Fellowship hall wing.
- 7:00 p.m., Seventy4 Bible Study meets at Jeremiah Hershberger’s home.
- 7:30 p.m., College & Career Bible Study meets at Paige & Trey Sommers home.
Saturday, April 27
- 7:00 a.m., Men’s Bible Study meets in the Conference Room.
- 9:00 a.m., Women’s Ministry “Refresh” meets at the Front Porch Café.
Sunday, April 28
- 8:30-10:00 a.m., Library will be open.
- 8:30 a.m., Coffee and Fellowship time.
- 8:30 a.m., Bible Memory Ministries meets in the Sunday School Wing.
- 9:00 a.m., Sunday School for all ages.
- 9:00 a.m., Membership class meets in Room 9 in the Children’s Sunday School wing.
- 10:00 a.m., Kings Kids meets in the upstairs Sunday School wing.
- 10:00 a.m., Children’s Church (kind.- grade 3) meets in the Fireside Room.
- 10:00 a.m., Worship Service with Kevin King.
FOR YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS FOR OUR PEOPLE:
- We extend our sympathies to the family of Dani Troyer who passed away on Saturday, April 20th in Haiti. Funeral arrangements are pending.
- Laura Sommers who is now home from the hospital recovering.
- Yvonne Howell who is recovering from partial knee surgery.
- Jane Slabaugh who is recovering from surgery.
- Dylan Reeves surgery has been postponed.
- Rose Wittmer with health concerns.
- Rick Franick with health concerns.
- Noah Miller with health concerns.
PRAY FOR THE BROADER CHURCH & THE WORLD
- The extended ministry of our church: Wooster Church Plant; Eric & Briana & Family with Pioneers in SE Asia; Kyle & Dani Troyer family in Haiti; Galen & Bonnie Stutzman with Wycliffe.
ADDITIONAL PRAYER REQUESTS
- We extend our sympathies to the family of Betty Slusser (mother to Jody Hershberger) who passed away on Thursday, April 18th. Funeral was held at Evermore on Tuesday, April 23rd.
- Jennie Quinn (mother to Carol Brown) for health concerns.
- Henry Sommers Jr. (nephew to Joe Troyer) with health concerns.
- Cheryl Cunningham (friend of Lisa Rowland) with health concerns.
HOMEBOUND CHURCH FAMILY: Wanda Rodgers; John Horn; Kathryn Slabaugh at the Homestead; Delilah Hershberger at the Homestead; Clara Hostetler at Hennis in Bolivar; Loyal Schloneger at Oakhill Manor in Louisville; Emanuel Yoder at Walnut Hills; Elsie Bliler at Glenwood Assisted Living.
Please remember Logan Miller (son of Blaine & Marlene) in the loss of his girlfriend, Brianna Lewandowski, who died in a tragic car accident last week. Your prayers and expressions of kindness are needed and appreciated.
FOR THE RECORD - FIRST FRUIT TITHES & OFFERINGS Attendance Sunday, 04/21:
Ministry (General) Fund $19,886.25 1st Worship Service 275
Property Development Fund 9,016.00 2nd Worship Service 547
Special Designations 817.00
DAILY SCRIPTURE READINGS
April 22-28 April 29-May 5
22nd – Isaiah 2:1-4 29th – Ecclesiastes 3:9-17
23rd – I Corinthians 12:12, 13; 30th – John 10:11-18
Colossians 3:12-17 1st – Romans 7:7-12
24th – Acts 16:11-15 2nd – Galatians 3:19-29
25th – Acts 16:25-34 3rd – Romans 3:1-8
26th – Acts 18:5-11 4th – Romans 3:9-20
27th – Acts 1:12-17, 21-26 5th – Romans 3:21-31
28th – Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 1:6-8
PLEDGE CARDS may be placed in the box at the Information Center, brought to the church office or place in Lonita Mast’s church mailbox.
PARENT/CHILD DEDICATION: We will be having a parent/child dedication on Mother’s Day, May 12th. IF you would like your child dedicated contact the church office at 330-877-2050 or email@example.com.
YEC NEWS! Anyone in 3rd – 5th grade that would like to participate in the Pinewood Derby on May 18th can contact Dale or LaDonna Schrock or Seth or Lindsay Coblentz to get a car.
MEMBERSHIP CLASS on Sunday, April 29 & May 5th. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 330-877-2050 if you would like to become a member.
HANDS FOR MISSIONS meets on Wednesday, May 1st at 9:00 a.m. in the Mission House. Lunch will be provided. All ladies are welcome.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to serve lunch to school staff on Tuesday, May 7th (Lake High & Middle School), Wednesday, May 8th (Lake Elementary), Wednesday, May 15th (Lake Center, rescheduled) and Wednesday, May 22nd (Lake Primary). Contact Dave Windham or Paige Sommers (330-603-4484) if you can help.
WOMEN’S MINISTRY “REFRESH” meets on April 27th at 9am at the Front Porch. "Refresh" is an informal time for women to come and be refreshed in the word, prayer, and community. A short devotional will be shared, followed by fellowship. May 11th will be the last "Refresh" meeting.
THANK YOU for all of the cards, flowers, meals, thoughts and prayers following the loss of my mother. Your kindness means so much in this difficult time. - Jayme Troyer
EVERMORE ADULT SINGLES EVENTS
4/26/19-7 p.m.-Book Study
"Hungry For God" Hearing God in the Ordinary and Everyday
Where: Kerry Shidel’s 10325 Wanda Cir. NE, Hartville
4/28/19 – Lunch at Samantha’s Frontier Restaurant immediately following the service.
HISTORICAL ITEMS NEEDED: The historical committee is looking for old pictures and memorabilia from our past as we prepare to celebrate 75 years as a church next Fall. We are receiving all donated and borrowed items in the office
PARENTS WE NEED YOUR HELP! For the month of April we will be collecting food items for weekend meals for students in Plain Township. The children were given a list of food items to bring. Please send these items with your kids to Sunday School. We will have a collection box. This is a great way for the children of our church to help make a difference!
INFANT NURSERY is open for ages 0-16 months. Toddler nursery is for ages 1-3 yrs. old during Sunday School and ages 16 months -3 years old during church. We would like to remind parents to not place sick children in the nursery. This includes children who have had a fever in the past 24 hrs. & those with frequent runny nose & cough. Thank you for your cooperation!
May 1st – 7:00-8:00 p.m. Fireside Room
May 15th – 7:00-8:00 p.m. Fellowship Hall Wing for weights and test runs on Pinewood derby cars.
May 18th – 5:30 p.m. Fellowship Hall Pinewood Derby.
Anyone in 3rd – 5th grade that would like to participate in the Pinewood Derby on May 18th can contact Dale or LaDonna Schrock or Seth or Lindsay Coblentz to get a car.
MEN’S RALLY IN THE VALLEY – Jesus the Anchor in the Storm on Saturday, April 27th at 7:00 a.m. at Covelli Centre, Youngstown. Free Admission. Speakers Ken Ham, Michael Vick, Kyle Snyder, Duffy Roberts, Dimas Salaberrias and Mark Schultz in Concert. For more information www.mensrally.org.
POSITION AVAILABLE: The Hartville Thrift Shoppe is looking for someone to hire as our Head Cashier. The Head Cashier is primarily responsible for scheduling and supporting our volunteer cashiers. This is a full-time position. The Hartville Thrift Shoppe's mission is to support the mission of Mennonite Central Committee through the dedication of volunteers and staff taking quality donations and making them available at an affordable price to the general public. If you are interested in the position please e-mail your interest and/or resume to Phil Stauffer, email@example.com.
GOSPEL ECHOES TEAM BANQUET on Saturday, April 27th at 6:30 p.m. at Hartville Kitchen. Sharing Christ in Prison. Tickets are $10.00 each. For tickets contact Dave & Nancy Sommers at 330-877-2368. A freewill offering will be received for the ministry.
C O M I N G E V E N T S
April 27, 2019- Women’s Ministry Scavenger Dinner
May 17, 2019 – Seventy4 Chicken BBQ
May 18, 2019 – YEC Pinewood Derby
June 17-21, 2019 – VBS at Evermore
July 20, 2019 – Women’s Ministry Chick Flick Movie Night in the Pavilion
- Bertha Belch, a missionary from Africa, will be speaking tonight at Calvary Methodist. Come hear Bertha Belch all the way from Africa.
- The Rev. Merriwether spoke briefly, much to the delight of the audience.
- Applications are now being accepted for 2 year-old nursery workers.
- The pastor will preach his farewell message, after which the choir will sing, “Break Forth Into Joy.”
- If you would like to make a donation, fill out a form, enclose a check, and drip in the collection basket.
- Next Sunday Mrs. Vinson will be soloist for the morning service. The pastor will then speak on “It’s a Terrible Experience.”
- A worm welcome to all who have come today.
- Barbara remains in the hospital and needs blood donors for more transfusions. She is also having trouble sleeping and requests tapes of Pastor Nelson’s sermons.
- The ushers will come forward and take our ties and offerings.
KING’S KIDS SCHEDULE
Room #12 (Younger)
April 28 – Matt & Jenny Rutan
May 5 – Brian & Brenda Bomberger
May 12 – Joe & Kelsey Wood
Room #4 (Older)
April 28 – Tara & Olivia Bowers
May 5 – Rachel Lam & Heidi Mansfield
May 12 - Zach & Mary Kooker
N U R S E R Y V O L U N T EE R S
SUNDAY, APRIL 28
Toddler Nursery (S.S.): Scott & Dawn Hyland
Infant Nursery (10:00 service): Dan & Whitney Beachy
Toddler Nursery (10:00 service): Sam & Mindy Blough
Helpers: Kiley Schrock & Adella Coblentz
SUNDAY, MAY 5
Toddler Nursery (S.S. ages 1-3): Brent & Lydia Weaver
Infant Nursery (10:00 service ages 0-16 mon.): Chris & Heather Calabretta
Toddler Nursery (10:00 service ages 16 mon.-3 yrs): John & Faith Briscoe
Helpers: Kennedy Shuman & Evanne Mast
If you cannot serve in the nursery when you are scheduled, please switch with someone then contact Ashlee Hershberger at 330-805-0232
Library Hours: Sunday - 8:30 - 10:00 A.M.
Note: If you cannot serve in the library on the day you are scheduled, contact Marilyn Miller 330-877-3832.
April 28 – Chris Mattingly
May 5 – Charlene Coblentz