Here's what's happening this week around PLC and your world. God is on the move!
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. - 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Yesterday I had the great privilege to participate in Elder Testimonies and I got a front-row seat to hear about how Jesus has dramatically and consistently changed lives of several people at PLC-Osage. It was amazing to hear how God saved people and the power over sin and death that He's gifted people with by His grace. Despite the wide range of ways that God choose to save the people who shared their story, a few things remained the same - Jesus saves, Jesus heals and Jesus brings life and hope. It's also wonderful that some of these folks are being baptized this Sunday to publically declare what Jesus has done for them and to identify with His life, death and resurrection.
Then last night I received an email from Lisa Friesen that a 5th grader in our Kidventure accepted Jesus as His Lord and Savior yesterday! The Holy Spirit had been working on him for several weeks and God saved him yesterday. Myron had the great privilege to pray with him. Love hearing stories like this!
Often we are bombarded by negative stories, ads, politics and an overwhelming sense of pessimism in our culture today. But God is alive and moving powerfully and we all get to be a part of it! Be encouraged. Keep praying and giving. God is building His Kingdom and transforming lives and the amazing thing is that we get to be participants in what He is doing. God wants to use you to and me to reach people.
Here are some links to happenings in your world worth checking out.
There has been a good deal if misinformation and rumors swirling around regarding the CRC's budget shortfall and how it impacts Prairie Lakes Church-Osage. I want to provide clarity and help correct any misinformation.
Here's what you need to know.
Here's what I'm asking all PLC'ers to do.
Thanks for taking some time to read this and add clarity to your circles of influence. Again, if you think I need to talk to someone who is spreading or believing misinformation - please send them my way. God continues to do amazing things through PLC and I'm blessed to be your pastor!
Our next Membership Class is this Tuesday evening from 6:00-7:30pm at the PLC Office at 619 Main St. Suite B. Membership at Prairie Lakes is more than your name on a membership roster or attending church meetings. Members are called to a higher degree of responsibility, service and even sacrifice. By becoming a member, you become part of a family, a “spiritual” family who will provide support and encouragement in your walk with Christ. It is moving beyond attending on the weekends to joining us in creating and leading our various ministries. Learn the essentials of what it means to be a member, what we believe, our history and what you should expect from our leaders and Elder Board.
Come and meet other newer folks to PLC, grab some refreshments and ask me any questions you have about PLC, faith or how to get connected around here. Click here to register for Membership Class.
In two weeks (April 29) we will have our next Baptism Celebration in the CRC pool after worship at around 11:30am. Baptism is an all out celebration at Prairie Lakes Church. If you have stepped over the Faith Line, we invite you to sign up to be baptized. Bring your friends and family, too. We already have 4-5 folks signed up to be baptized and I'm pumped to celebrate with them as a church family. If you want to sign up for baptism contact Shelly at the church office at 832-2913 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are articles from PLC and around the globe that will make you laugh, cry and grown in your faith.