News – March 20

Paul DreillingChurch News

Dear Immanuel family,

In my pre-Christian days in high school I remember my other brother coming up to me one day and saying, “You are so proud.” Although I didn’t want to hear it at the time, I was very self-centered and strove to do only what brought me pleasure.

Over 2000 years ago, Epicurus, a Greek philosopher who lived from 341 to 271 B.C. also promoted pleasure seeking. A sign at the entrance of a garden in Athens that he designed read, “Stranger, here you will do well to tarry. Here our highest good is pleasure”. These pleasure seekers live on today and, “Their good news: We humans, despite the lessons in history, could believe in our own magnificence. We rule, and God doesn’t. Their bad news: When we’re dead, we’re dead. Life is essentially meaningless.” (World Mag. 7/13/15)

But we as Christian have a higher hope. The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Corinthians, got to the core of the matter, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile…But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.” Christ’s resurrection is the cornerstone of our faith and gives us a hope after the grave and a reason for living. Because Christ rose, we have faith that we, too, will be resurrected. “This perishable body will put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality….O death, where is your sting?” (I Cor. 15:53-55) Those who have been made righteous by faith in Christ have this hope of eternal life in heaven.

Interestingly, the New York Times reported recently that, Dmitry Itskov started the “2045 Initiative” in which he plans to produce a lifelike robot that can be uploaded with the contents of his brain, complete with personality wrinkles, so that an edition of him can live for hundreds or thousands of years. By this, millions of people could be “immortal.”

How about you, which wagon will you hook your horse to – Epicurus, Mr. Itskov or what the Word of God says?

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PSD

Preparing for Sunday’s Worship
· Sermon Title & Text: The Vision of Summer Fruit (Amos 8:1-14)

· Scripture Reading: Matthew 24:29-35

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND UPDATES:

 

Monument Avenue 10K- Tailgate Party – Saturday, March 28nd – Don’t forget the Monument Ave 10K Tailgate Party on March 28 from about 9am-1pm. Come cheer on the runners/walkers and enjoy some good food and fun games! More details will follow in the coming weeks! The singing group “Redemption,” from Word of Life, will be appearing at our 10K event as part of their spring tour.

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Palm Sunday Evening- March 29th – In preparation for Passion Week, on Palm Sunday Evening March 29, at 6:30 pm, we will once again be blessed by the ministry of Mr. Marquis Laughlin as he presents the Book of Exodus. Marquis is the founder of Acts of The Word, a non-profit, non-denominational ministry devoted to transforming people’s lives through the words of the Bible. He is a performance artist, theologian, and missionary to the church here in America.

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Service of Communion and Remembrance – April 3rd – – Join us on Good Friday, April 3rd.

· Reflection on the Last Supper and The Cross.

· Presentation by Immanuel’s choir and instrumentalists, and guest soloist, Laura Ann Singh.

Easter Sunday Celebration – April 5th – Immanuel will again celebrate Easter with a Continental Breakfast at 9:30 in the Fellowship Hall during Sunday school followed by our Easter Celebration in the Sanctuary.

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Memorial Service of Praise – On Friday, March 27, at 2:00, there will be a memorial and celebration service in memory of Al Froelich. Continue to pray for Al’s family as they gather this coming week.

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Men’s Group – Mar 11 – Ask It: The Beginning…

Tom SmithMen's Ministry

Greetings Men – As we conclude our “ASK IT” series, which encourages us to seek wisdom and ask “What is the WISE thing for me to do?” when we have to make decisions, I began wondering how many decisions we make on a daily basis. After some research, conservative estimates say that the average person makes about 5,000 decisions every day. Think about it – you wake up, decide what to wear, which sock to put on first – left or right – which shoes to wear, what to eat, how much to eat, etc. If you go out, you decide when to leave, which direction to go, how fast to go, when to apply the brakes, whether to yell at the other drivers or not, etc. Multiply this by everything you do in a typical day and it easy to understand how you could rack up 5,000 decisions. Some of them don’t matter. It doesn’t require a lot of wisdom to put on your socks. But some decisions do matter and do require wisdom. Things like whether to buy a particular vehicle or not, how much money to save for retirement, whether to make a certain investment, etc. Some decisions require even GREATER amounts of wisdom… things like which house to buy, which person to marry, which job to take, etc. Some decisions have short term consequences, while others have serious lifelong ramifications. Even the decision as to whether we should seek wisdom or not is life changing!

We have been encouraged to “seek wise counsel”. But where does wise counsel and wisdom come from? Over 200 times in God’s Word, we are told that the source of all knowledge and wisdom is God Himself. Just yesterday we read in James 1:5 “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” All wisdom begins with God. Psalm 111:10 says “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.” It seems obvious that the basis for ALL the decisions we make BEGINS with God.

Is it any wonder then that our culture, which has sought to remove God as far away from daily activities as possible, is fraught with such an acute lack of wisdom? Is it any wonder then that mankind struggles with knowing and doing wise things? As we think about our own lives, were there times when we did not seek wisdom and ended up making an unwise decision? Fortunately, this does not have to be the norm – we CAN have WISDOM! This week, as we conclude the series, Andy will share with us a GREAT example of “acquiring wisdom” from his own life. Don’t miss this final episode!

Charlie Baber and D.J. Johnsen are on for snacks. These guys are veterans so I am sure we won’t be disappointed. God bless you men… Tom

News – March 13

Paul DreillingChurch News

Dear Immanuel family,
Galatians 6:10 says, “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” The exhortation is pretty straight forward. Do good…to everyone. Yet there is a point of emphasis to those who “are of the household of faith.” Why? They are your brothers and sisters. They are your family. And we also know that the world will see that we are Christ’s disciples if we have love for one another.

I have been the beneficiary of many in our church giving of their time and abilities to come help me (a man who is, at best, inept with his hands) with work at my house. William Haase, our dear missionary, framed my entire upstairs…for free! DG Haase, David Breedlove, and others helped me finish it. And that’s just the start of those that have helped us here! But I’m not alone. Courtney Bowles is using her skill as a photographer to raise money to help the Clay’s (see it here). On Facebook, Lindsey Lucy started a “Rachel Clay Fundraiser” through her selling of Thirty-One bags. Both ladies are trying to “do good to the household of faith.” And they aren’t the only ones…just a couple of those who have publicly expressed a way to help the Clays.

So what about you? There are more needs around us at IBC. You may stink at photography, but maybe you’re good at electrical. Who can you help? How can you use your gifts to edify the household of faith? Maybe you’re great at construction and the missions trip to Scripture Memory Mountain would fit the bill. Whatever your ability is – selling bags, snapping photos, changing oil, chopping fire wood – find a way to “Do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”

In Christ Alone,
Michael Saunders

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Preparing for Sunday’s Worship – Dr. Jim Schuppe Bible Conference
· Bible Passage – James 1

· Dr. Schuppe will speak three times on Sunday: Sunday School (Junior High and up), AM Service, and PM Service

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND UPDATES:

Good Samaritan Ministries (GSM): Please remember to pray for the IBC team that will be going to GSM on Saturday, March 14th. They will be providing a meal and leading the Saturday evening program (5:30 to 8:00pm)

CEF Good News Across America – Summer Missionaries – APPLICATION DEADLINE IS MARCH 15th – GNAA is looking for Summer Missionaries who would love to minister to children or help with logistics in Indianapolis for two weeks (July 13 – 25, 2015) this summer.

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Camp Nathanael Missions Trip – There will be a meeting this Sunday March 15 at 5:30pm for everyone who has signed up or anyone who is still considering the mission trip. We plan to work at Scripture Memory Mountain Mission’s Camp Nathanael the week of May 3-10. We will meet upstairs in the Women’s Ministry Room and cover some information about the SMMM ministry for those not already familiar with it and discuss the logistics for the week.

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Palm Sunday Evening- March 29th – In preparation for Passion Week, on Palm Sunday Evening March 29, at 6:30 pm, we will once again be blessed by the ministry of Mr. Marquis Laughlin as he presents the Book of Exodus. Marquis is the founder of Acts of The Word, a non-profit, non-denominational ministry devoted to transforming people’s lives through the words of the Bible. He is a performance artist, theologian, and missionary to the church here in America.

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A Service of Communion and Remembrance – Join us on Good Friday as we reflect on the Last Supper and The Cross. Presented by Immanuel’s choir and instrumentalists, and guest soloist, Laura Ann Singh, Friday, April 3, 2015, 7:00 PM.

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Special Thanks – The Clothes Closet ministry provides bread to people who come to the Clothes Closet each Friday morning. We would like to give a special thanks to Montana Gold on Cary Street and from Great Harvest Bread Co. on Atlee Road in Mechanicsville for providing this bread. Both companies have been so generous and would appreciate your patronage.

Men’s Group – Mar 11 – Ask It: Hold My Hand!

Tom SmithMen's Ministry

Greetings Men – One of the most shocking signs that lets you know you are growing older is when you say something like “I love The Beatles”, and people around you look at you with blank, puzzled faces and reply “You like bugs?” Then you have to explain that they were four guys from Liverpool England that came to this country in 1964, inspired “Beatle Mania”, and made all the guys want to grow their hair long to look like Ringo Starr. Still, they just don’t get what great musicians they were with wonderful songs like “HELP”, “I SAW HER STANDING THERE”, and their first huge hit that they sang on the Ed Sullivan show (I’ll explain who he was in another story) “I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND”! Who else but the Beatles could sell 250,000 records in three days after they released the song, and millions of copies before it was all said and done. And basically all it said was “I want to hold your hand!”. Go figure!!

Hand holding is an interesting thing. It communicates affection and sometimes security. I recently went for a walk in the snow with my Granddaughter. As we negotiated a slippery uphill part of the trail, she stopped and said “Papa, hold my hand.” What loving grandfather could resist such a plea? I took her hand, and showed her how to walk sideways up the hill so we wouldn’t fall. As I thought about that adventure, I thought about how our Heavenly Father loves for us to say “Father, hold my hand”. He delights in helping us negotiate the slippery paths of life. All too often, we want to do it ourselves, and then end up slipping and falling. Oh that we as mature adults could just say “Hold my hand”. This week, Andy will help us understand how important it is to just ASK IT… “Father, hold my hand!”

Dwight Nesbitt and Adam Pearcy are on for snacks this week. I’m not sure what is on the menu, but Dwight did say something about pulling pork on Sunday! Sounds very interesting. See you tomorrow evening.

God bless you men… Tom

News – March 6th

Paul DreillingChurch News

Dear Immanuel family,

Recently someone laid a letter on my desk written by missionary Mary Baker in 1962.  She was returning for her fourth term to the Belgium Congo after her furlough in the US.  Explaining what it was like to be back in Africa, she said “Perhaps there never was in my heart a keener forward-look to a term of service than I feel in my heart just now. “Urgency” is the compelling force; the present world situation…internal upheavals in Congo itself – all these things cry loudly “Now or never!” in the task of making Christ known.”

Even though it’s been 50 years since she wrote this, we too should have this same sense of urgency.  Mary was so committed to seeing the Gospel go out among her African friends and continued to serve even in the midst of personal threats.  In 1964, Mary and a number of others would be taken hostage by the Congolese rebels.  Angry over recent defeats, the rebels took revenge by killing the hostages including Mary.   In the last letter she wrote to her coworkers in Africa, Mary told them, “With me it was settled long ago, ‘by life or by death’ and there it rests!”

We do live in perilous times and as Isaiah put it “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil.” (5:20). Our world is changing so quickly.  May the Lord give us a sense of urgency about getting the gospel out to those around us.   May we have the resolve and commitment that Mary Baker had to do whatever the Lord asks us.

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PSD

Preparing for Sunday’s WorshipMarch 8, 2015

  • Sermon title and text: The Vision of a Plumb Line (Amos 7:1-17)
  • Sunday’s Scripture Reading – 2 Peter 3:8-13

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND UPDATES:

Winter Bible Conference – Sunday, March 15th – Dr. Jim Schuppe, will be with us again this year for a conference entitled, “Hearers and Doers” from James 1.  Dr. Schuppe will bring three messages during the Sunday school hour, AM service and PM service.   Dr. Schuppe is a former Pastor, Academic Dean at Washington Bible College, and professor at Liberty University.  You will love how he handles the Word of God in a precise, practical and humorous manner.

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Palm Sunday Evening- March 29th In preparation for Passion Week, on Palm SundayEvening March 29, at 6:30 pm, we will once again be blessed by the ministry of  Mr. Marquis Laughlin as he presents the Book of Exodus. Marquis is the founder of  Acts of The Word, a non-profit, non-denominational ministry devoted to transforming people’s lives through the words of the Bible.  He is a performance artist, theologian, and missionary to the church here in America.

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A Service of Communion and Remembrance Join us on Good Friday as we reflect on the Last Supper and The Cross.  Presented by Immanuel’s choir and instrumentalists, and guest soloist, Laura Ann Singh, Friday,  April 3, 2015, 7:00 PM.

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CEF Good News Across America  – Summer Missionaries – GNAA is looking for Summer Missionaries who would love to minister to children or help with logistics in Indianapolis for two weeks (July 13 – 25, 2015) this summer.  For more information and questions please call Amy Haines at 804-690-8763.

Monument Avenue 10K- Tailgate Party Saturday, March 28nd  – Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Monument Ave 10K Tailgate Party! It will be March 28 from about 9am-1pm. Come cheer on the runners/walkers and enjoy some good food and fun games! More details will follow in the coming weeks!

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Men’s Group – Mar 4 – Ask It: On The Edge

Tom SmithMen's Ministry

Greetings Men – Well last week it happened! I think we broke the MAN barrier! Several of you men said to me “We know a lot about you… you love clocks, you hate hot weather, cold weather is not really COLD to you, you love your grandchildren, you are praying about your personal relationship with other ‘less capable’ drivers on the roads, etc.!” And then you men told me about yourselves and your similar ‘challenges’ – and said “Yeah, us too”! This is GREAT! We are acknowledging to ourselves and each other that we, as MEN, have our issues, and we NEED the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ!

And Praise God, we will never be alone with our ‘issues’ : Hebrews 4:15 says ‘For we do not have a high priest (Christ) who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.’ Our Lord Jesus Christ knows us, and yet loves us unconditionally!! How amazing is that?

Well, time for another family story! When one of my daughters had just owned her driver’s license for a few weeks, she called me at my work one day and we had the following conversation:

  • HER: Dad, I got too close to the mailbox, and it fell off!
  • ME: It fell off?????
  • HER: Yes – it fell off!
  • ME: Are you sure you only got ‘too close’?
  • HER: Yes Daddy – and it fell off!
  • ME: OK – I’ll check it when I get home Sweetheart!

Now you need to know that I, with all my engineering background savvy, built this mailbox by hand! It went 3 feet into the ground, and the arm was attached with a mortise and tendon joint, and 3 lag screws and 3 carriage bolts! It WOULD NOT FALL OFF!

Nevertheless, I accommodated my dear daughter as I investigated the situation. TURNS OUT, she had the back window of her car down, caught the mail box arm and box in the back window compartment, drove forward, and sure enough… IT “FELL” OFF!! But in fact, it was ‘RIPPED OFF’!

Years later, my daughter, her Mom and I – and her driving sons – laugh about this story. BUT I am reminded of getting “too close” in any situation. How close is dangerous? How close is enough to be ‘RIPPED OFF’ in a career, relationship, marriage, ministry or family? How close?

This week, in our series “ASK IT”, Andy Stanley talks about being on the edge. How CLOSE is too close? When should we back up, back away, or RUN? Don’t miss this one guys – it is very relevant!

GORDY SLIFER and ADRIAN ELIZALDE are on for snacks this week! We have a NAVY guy and an AIR FORCE guy doing snacks! Think about it guys… How great could this be?????

God bless you men… Tom

News – February 27th

Paul DreillingChurch News

Dear Immanuel family,

The Apostle Peter in his first letter wrote, “Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme…” (I Peter 2:13). But what do we do if the laws of the land conflict with God’s law? In Acts, Peter had experienced this conflict first hand when he and the early Christians were told by the high priest, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching,” to which Peter responded, “We must obey God rather than men…” (Acts 5:28, 29).

Our world is becoming more and more hostile toward Christianity. This week, Fox News ran a column about Barronelle Stutzman, who is a florist and a follower of Jesus. Last year she refused to provide flowers to a long-time customer who was marrying his male partner. Mrs. explained, “My relationship with Jesus Christ teaches me that marriage is between a man and a woman, I couldn’t do his flowers and create something that was special for him because it would — it would dishonor Christ.”

A superior court judge has now ruled against her saying the first amendment protects religious beliefs, but not necessarily actions based on those beliefs. The attorney general has agreed to settle the case for a $2,000 penalty if Mrs. Stutzman agrees not to discriminate in the future. The article goes on to say, “Stutzman compares the deal to the one Judas struck saying, quote, I certainly don’t relish the idea of losing my business, my home, and everything else that your lawsuit threatens to take from my family, but my freedom to honor God in doing what I do best is more important.” What a courageous woman who is choosing to obey her God rather than man.

http://www.foxnews.com/transcript/2015/02/24/exclusive-florist-who-refuses-to-do-gay-wedding-speaks-out/

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PSD

Preparing for Sunday’s Worship – March 1, 2015: We have a special Sunday morning of worship and a Baptismal service. You will be encouraged as we worship together, Pastor Michael shares about baptism, and many of those being baptized share their testimonies.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS AND UPDATES:

· Winter Bible Conference – Sunday, March 15th – Dr. Jim Schuppe, will be with us again this year for a conference entitled, “Hearers and Doers” from James 1. Dr. Schuppe will bring three messages during the Sunday school hour, AM service and PM service. Dr. Schuppe is a former Pastor, Academic Dean at Washington Bible College, and professor at Liberty University. You will love how he handles the Word of God in a precise, practical and humorous manner.

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· CEF Good News Across America – Summer Missionaries – GNAA is looking for Summer Missionaries who would love to minister to children or help with logistics in Indianapolis for two weeks this summer. For more information and questions please call Amy Haines.

· Monument Avenue 10K- Tailgate Party – Saturday, March 28nd – Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Monument Ave 10K Tailgate Party! It will be March 28 from about 9am-1pm. Come cheer on the runners/walkers and enjoy some good food and fun games! More details will follow in the coming weeks!

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· Church Photo Directory – Don’t Miss Out –Photography dates NOW include March 19, 20, 24 & 25 (2pm to 9pm) and March 21 (10 am to 5pm). Sign up at the Welcome Center – 1) after Sunday School, 2) after AM service and 3) before PM service! Registration available online through the IBC website at the bottom of the home page. Contact ibcphotodirectory@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Men’s Group – Feb 25 – Ask It: Time Over Time…Take 2!

Tom SmithMen's Ministry

Greetings Men – Well guys, I trust none of you came to church last Wednesday evening and sat in the frozen, snow covered parking lot waiting for our group to start. But if you did, you MAY have seen one of our guys, who picked up donuts from Krispy Kreme anyway, and sat outside in the frozen parking lot, and ate them all! ALL 36 (3 dozen) of them……

IF this actually happened (and it has before), and IF you truly did witness it… just keep it to yourself! Remember rule number 2 of our Men’s Group: “What happens in Men’s Group stays in Men’s Group.” We are a SAFE group of men!!!

Now on to more serious stuff! Strange as it may sound, one of my favorite words is “incremental”. According to one of my online dictionaries, the term is defined as ‘A slight, often barely perceptible change’.

Think about this – when our kids were born, did we expect them to walk, talk, feed themselves, ride a bike, go to college, get a job, earn money and plan for retirement ALL on the day they were born? When we started our jobs or careers, did we know everything day one? Did our 401K’s or IRA’s exist immediately out of the blue? For those of us who are “folliclely challenged” (BALD), were we always that way? And for those of us who know the Lord as Savior – did we become perfectly Christ like on the day we came to know Him?

The answer to ALL of these questions is a definite and emphatic NO! So how does anything progress from nothing to something? The answer is incrementally – little by little, over time – often barely perceptible! My favorite example of this is watching kids grow. First they are totally helpless. They need changing, feeding, washing and carrying around. Soon they walk, then they talk, then they feed themselves, dress themselves, start to make their own decisions, learn, communicate, read, ride bicycles, drive cars, go to college, get jobs, marry and have children of their own. How wonderful to watch the incremental changes in their lives.

And so it is as we walk with the Lord. We make incremental investments in our relationship with Him over time. We come to know Him, we learn about who He is. We grow to trust and depend on Him, and strive to become more like Him every day. But this requires incremental investments of time with Him and time in His Word. And just as those incremental investments of time with our children and saving for retirement ultimately pay off, so does our incremental investment of time with our Lord.

This week, Andy talks about how TIME OVER TIME (incremental) investments make a difference in our lives. This is a fantastic session. Don’t miss it.

JON PETERSEN and CHRIS CLARKE are on for snacks this week. I can’t say what we are having, but I will say that we will dismiss PROMPTLY at 8:30!! God bless you men… Tom

News – February 20th

Paul DreillingChurch News

Dear Immanuel family,

This past week some Christians celebrated Ash Wednesday which is the first day of Lent for Western Christianity. Lent is a 40 day period leading up to Easter. In the Roman Catholic tradition, it was a time of self-denial and fasting, however, the Protestant Reformers celebrated Lent in an “evangelical way” by rejecting the connection between fasting and penance “as a work of merit or a form of divine worship,” as Calvin put it.

In Christianity Today, Pieter Bruegel writes, “Without the observance of Lent, and Holy Week in particular, Easter Sunday fails to keep in proper balance the Cross and the Resurrection as the two main New Testament paradigms for the Christian life. The dominant paradigm for Christian discipleship this side of heaven is “sharing in his sufferings” (Phil. 3:10). Baptists not only can but should observe Lent, because it will help them take up the cross and follow Christ in the midst of a suffering world.”

Whether you practice Lent or not, this might be a good time to practice one of the principles of Lent, that of self-denial. Can I make an observation and suggestion? In our high tech world we are inundated with time on our “screens” – the TV, computer, smart phone and tablet. But the Bible tells us that we need to have dominion over things like this. Some might say that we are no different from the folks of Babel who wanted to elevate themselves above God, by using our technology. How are these devices changing us and what is it doing to our relationships with the people around us?

There are some who believe that Satan is using technology to stamp out meaningful relationships from our lives. I am not advocating that we celebrate Lent, but I am challenging myself and you to have a time of turning off the “screens” and spending time together talking, playing board games, or taking a hike. The church can be one of the places where we put limits on technology and give priority to meaningful relationships. Let’s just do it.

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PSD

Preparing for Sunday’s Worship – February 22, 2015
• Sermon title and text: At Ease in Zion: The False Hope of Religion and Luxury (Amos 5:18-6:14)
• Sunday’s Scripture Reading – 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND UPDATES:

Churchwide Elder Fellowship: If you don’t have tickets yet, you will have to go to the Fellowship Hall kitchen and see John Luck after the Sunday AM service. The Elder Fellowship is scheduled for this evening, February 22 promptly at 5:30 pm. Come join us for a special time of meeting with your elder and praying for our missionaries. Tickets are $4/person or maximum of $20/family.

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Church Photo Directory – Don’t Miss Out –Photography dates NOW include March 19, 20, 24 & 25 (2pm to 9pm) and March 21 (10 am to 5pm). Sign up at the Welcome Center – 1) after Sunday School, 2) after AM service and 3) before PM service! Registration available online through the IBC website at the bottom of the home page. Contact ibcphotodirectory@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Good Samaritan Ministries (GSM): GSM is a rescue mission for men and Immanuel has been invited to lead their Saturday evening program (5:30 to 8:00pm) on March 14, April 11 and May 9 . We are looking for volunteers who can work alongside the leadership team. There will be sign ups in the Welcome Center this Sunday.

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10 K training – Cancelled: Because of the weather, the 10 K training has been cancelled for tomorrow, Saturday, February 21st. I guess you’ll have to jog in place at home.

Men’s Group – Feb 18 – Ask It: Time Over Time!

Tom SmithUncategorized

Greetings Men – From time to time, I have confessed various things about myself to you guys. It is now time for another confession!

Here goes… For whatever reason, be it a genetic flaw, be it a personality issue, or be it a thing drilled into me by my Dad who considered waking up after 6:00 a.m. was the waste of a whole day of time… who knows… but I am OBSESSED with time.

My dear understanding bride knows this. And anytime one of my daughters or family members asks my bride “What can I give Dad?” the answer is a clock!

I love clocks! I have clocks in every room of my house. If there is a room without a clock… I find one and put it in there”. I have clocks that display time on the wall. I have clocks beside my favorite chair. And I have a clock in every bathroom in my house! I have digital, analog, windup… I have CLOCKS! Clocks tell me what time it is TODAY….

Moreover, the few times when I have had a medical procedure that required that I go under anesthesia, the first question I always asked when I woke up was “What time is it?” The questions were NOT “AM I SICK, AM I GOING TO LIVE OR DIE, DO I HAVE TO EAT VEGETABLES FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE” – BUT What time is it?

Somehow, I think the Lord was setting His Word in my mind about the importance of TIME… not my time, but HIS time in MY life.

This principal is illustrated in the verses below:

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of every opportunity of TIME, because the days are evil. ‘Ephesians 5:15,16’

A person’s days (TIMES) are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed. ‘Job 14:5’

Both of these amazing verses come down to “TIME”.

Guys – God has given each of us a set amount of TIME. And the pertinent question is NOT “WHAT TIME IS IT?” but “WHAT DO WE DO WITH THE TIME GOD HAS GIVEN US?” What a great question for us men to contemplate!!

Please join us as Andy talks to us about this very important subject Wednesday night!

LARRY HUNSUCKER and BOB CHILDRESS are on for snacks this week. I would suggest you throw your diet books away for this week as these two guys are GOOD!!

God bless you men… Tom