God Works the Night Shift
It is 3:00 A.M., the house is quiet, your family members are asleep, it is warm, it is dark, and you should be asleep too . . . but your mind is racing, your heart is pounding, and worries overwhelm you. You might be thinking about the pressing needs of a tomorrow that will find you unprepared, or it may be an area of concern-financial, relational, or employment. You may even continually find yourself in a place where you are out of hope and out of peace. A place that points to a spiritual separation from God that leaves you vulnerable and open to attacks of anxiety from the enemy. There is something about this part of the night that seems to magnify all of these problems, and I am not sure exactly why that is. Maybe that is why the psalmist said "He guards us from the flaming arrows at night."
I am convinced that we need God's help, not only when we are alert and awake, but even when we are sleeping. As you get ready to go to sleep, I think that it is a great thing to end the day in prayer. It has been said that God works the nightshift, and it is so true.
The best place to start is back at the beginning of each new day. Start your day in prayer, committing your decisions, your challenges, and whatever you are going to face that day to the Lord. Then, as I suggested, end your day with prayer as well. In each instance, our prayer should be, "Lord, here it is. I commit it to You." It reminds me of a quote from Martin Luther, "Pray and let God worry." I like that. Not that God worries, but the idea is that you should pray about it, rather than worry about it.
Let me ask you right now, is there something troubling you? Is there something eating away at you? Bothering you? Irritating you? Causing you to be afraid? Pray about it, right now. Just say, "Lord, I can't handle it." Philippians says, "Don't worry about anything, but pray about everything. The peace of God that passes all human understanding will keep your heart and mind in Christ Jesus."
So don't worry. Pray. You will sleep, and live, much better.
Sunday Bible Classes
Sundays 9:00 AM
We are studying the 3rd Article (Enlightens).
Wednesday Evening Bible Class
6pm each Wednesday night.
John Bible Study
Every Tuesday morning at 6:30 AM
A study of the book of John
Classes are Wednesday afternoons at 4:30 PM
Lenten Devotions Available
Once again, we are providing special daily devotions through our South Atlantic District, to walk you through this season.
Each day is a devotion and prayer based on the theme "When Christ Went to Calvary." These devotions will focus on everything Jesus did to accomplish our salvation.
The devotions are available for you in a number of different formats. We will have hard copies available on the table in the narthex. The links below will provide them in digital and audio formats, or also a link to have them emailed to you each day:
I pray that these devotions will serve your family to walk through the season of Lent together.
Christian Aid & Relief in Panama City
We need your help. Hurricane Michael was a beast in October. But, the rebuilding effort of the parsonage and church in Panama City, Florida is running smoothly. The volunteers from CA&R and Builders for Christ have been working well together and both projects are projected to be completed by the end of March. We can definitely use more volunteers starting March 18 and into April. I am looking for a two plus week commitment of time from our volunteers.
Secondly, Amazing Grace Lutheran has decided to continue to use this disaster relief effort to assist not only members to help them refurbish their homes, but to reach out to their community. Over a dozen non-member homes are currently being worked on. This involves gutting homes, clearing debris, chain-sawing, fence demolition, fence rebuilding, tarping roofs, simple roof repair, and a host of other things. Meals prepared by our cooking staff are being delivered to many of these people until they are able to have their homes repaired.
So you ask, how can you help? For more info or if you are ready to volunteer, call or text me, Pastor Rich Warnecke at 262-424-8792. You may also email me at email@example.com
There is a specific website now for the South Atlantic Youth activities. You can register online for our two big youth trips.
Sermons are Live on Facebook!
Sermons each Sunday are on facebook, share with a friend!
Also contact Pastor Schmeichel as we hope to get another work force group together for March or April.
Come Join Choir!
Choir practice Wednesdays at 7pm. Any member interested in singing is welcome. No auditions.
Lenten Service Schedule 2019
Three Words of Truth
Wednesday ~ March 20 Fellowship Dinner 6 PM ~
Midweek Service 7 PM
Wednesday ~ March 27 Fellowship Dinner 6 PM ~
Midweek Service 7 PM
Wednesday ~ April 3 Fellowship Dinner 6 PM ~
Midweek Service 7 PM
Wednesday ~ April 10 Fellowship Dinner 6 PM ~
Midweek Service 7 PM
Palm Sunday ~ April 14
Maundy Thursday 7PM ~ April 18
Good Friday 7PM ~ April 19
Easter Sunday ~ April 21 Sunrise Service 7:30 AM
Breakfast 9 AM Service 10:30 AM
Wednesday Night Lenten Meals
We have 4 meal slots to fill up for the Lenten meals. Can you help?? Please plan on feeding 20-25 people. Would you like ideas for easy meals that feed a small crowd? Think tacos, pasta with sauce, sloppy joes, sandwiches, soups, casseroles, rice and meat, pizza, chili, or even fried chicken that you pick up on your way to church! Dinner time is 6:00, with church service at 7:00.
Contact Krista Hahn for questions. Thank you!
Lawn Mowing Teams
With all the rain we've had, and with the temperatures warming up, the time will soon come to begin our mowing season.
We are so thankful for all of you who have been a part of our mowing teams. This is a special service you give our ministry - to keep our property looking great!
We will be getting mowing teams together again. Dave Bray will be putting these together. If you are interested in helping, or just want to find out more about what being on a mowing team entails, please contact Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org or text to 256-508-0699. We need both your email(s) & phone #(s) for anyone interested in helping . Thank you for serving Jesus!
Hymns at Heritage
Join us for the monthly hymn sings at the Heritage Care center next door on Thursdays at 2:00 pm. We are on their schedule for the first Thursday of each month at 2:00 pm.
We meet at church at 1:45, so we can be over there ready to go at 2pm.
Special Ministries Highlight: Mission for the Visually Impaired (MVI)
Here are 5 things to know about Ministry to the Visually Impaired:
1. People who have vision loss need and want to be part of their church family. Begin a conversation with a person who is blind by identifying yourself.
2. As members of the Body of Christ, God has given them gifts to serve. Encourage your committee leaders to ask members with visual impairments about their abilities and desire to be involved.
3. Technology has made it much easier to provide visually impaired people with resources so they can fully participate in the worship and activities of the congregation.
4. "Serve one another in love" works both ways: people with visual impairment often need a fellow Christian to help them cross unexpected barriers, but they will surprise you with the ways they can assist in ministry.
5. MVI provides spiritual resources such as Meditations, Forward in Christ, and NPH publications without charge. All material is mailed postage free.
For more information or resources on MVI, please go to wels.net/mvi
You can search online anytime to see what is in our library collection! Here's the link or you can click on the Church Library link from this LOG Website. About to buy that book from amazon.com or make a trip to the public library? Wait...check our church library first! We might have it! We now have 186 titles plus 21 DVD's in our collection. If you have a special birthday or anniversary coming up and you would like to donate a book to the church library in honor of a special event or person, please see Gwen Smith at church or
you can e-mail me at email@example.com
or call me at 256-506-1024.
To God be the Glory!
Here is the WELS Connection that is played once a month after service if you would like to rewatch it or share with a friend!
Lamb of God Coming Events
Anyone can come to the fellowship room on Fridays (10 AM to noon) and join with others working on their own arts and crafts projects. The Craft Circle is the place to come to relax and work on any sort of project you want to!! Our ladies have worked on cross stitch, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, scrapbooking, quilts, beading and jewelry, or just come and relax~! Come and join the ladies~feel free to bring a friend. She works with her hands in delight...Proverbs 31:13
Bible Reading on the Go!
Would you like a free app for your iphone or ipad for bible reading? The Bible Gateway Bible App offers many wonderful ways to experience Bible reading and Bible study, including:
More than 90 different Bible translations, including NIV. Easy-to-use and reliable Bible search, both online and offline. Daily Bible verse in the translation of your choice Daily Bible reading plans Bible audio in a number of different translations and styles.
Here is the link to get it at itunes
3/20 Fellowship Meal 6 PM
Lenten Mid-week Service 7 PM
Choir 8 PM
Friday 3/22 Craft Circle 10 AM
Sunday 3/24 Adult Bible Class & Sunday School 9 AM
Worship Service 10:30 AM
3/25 Elders Meeting 5:30 PM
3/27 Fellowship Meal 6 PM
Lenten Mid-week Service 7 PM
3/30 Men’s Breakfast 7:30 AM