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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Pastor's Wednesday Message

from Pastor Brian

Next Sunday, we'll baptize baby Romie and welcome her as a sister in the body of Christ.  I've met with Romie's parents, Whittney and Jake, to talk about the promises of Holy Baptism — God's promises to Romie, and the promises made to Romie by parents and godparents.  God's promise to Romie is that she is loved with an everlasting love, that she's "in Christ" forever and a full member of God's family.  God promises to bless her and guide her so that she may do good and enjoy fulfillment in God.  Romie's parents and sponsors promise to raise her in the Church and make sure she learns the traditions and practices of Christian community.

There's some skill needed to raise a child in the Church so that the promises of baptism bear good fruit.  One of the resources I use to help families nurture their child after baptism is a book by Dan Erlander, Let the Children Come.  He offers three suggestions about how to raise kids in Christian faith:
  1. Remember that your child's life of faith is not yours to mold.  It is the work of the Holy Spirit.  You are called to be a loving and forgiving presence as the Holy Spirit moves in your child to bring forth the "fruits of the Spirit" (Gal. 5:22-23).
  2. Tell the story!  Read the story of Jesus and other Bible stories.  Through the stories help your child to know Jesus as a friend.
  3. Love as God loves — unconditionally!  Let your child know in every possible way that worth and identity are gifts of baptism, never earned.
That's good advice for raising children in Christian community.  Actually, it's good advice for us all.  I invite you to return to baptism daily by treating others and yourself according to Erlander's advice for baptismal life.  It's a good way to help each other grow to spiritual wholeness in Jesus Christ.

Lessons for Sunday, June 1, 2014
Acts 1:6-14
1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11
John 17:1-11

THIS WEEK

Wednesday   10:00 a Bible Study w/Pastor Brian
                     7:00 p SOV Choir Rehearsal

Thursday      12:00 p All Church Luncheon
                     1:00 p  Prayer Shawl Ministry

Friday          1:00 - 9:00 Palmeter Piano Studio

Saturday     6:00 p Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
                        Don't forget to wear your favorite hat....

**Sunday Summer Worship Schedule Begins

      worship at 8:30 & 10:30 (Sunday School resumes in September)

SOV Youth Group Fundraiser  All Fireworks MUST GO!
We will be selling fireworks in prepackaged baskets as well as a few individual fireworks. The baskets contain 4-6 medium-large fireworks plus small novelty fireworks. You can purchase a $25, $50, $75 or $100 basket. There are only a limited amount of each!

The Youth Group will start pre sales after both services starting June 1st and going through June 29th (Sundays only). We will only be delivering to the church on June 22nd and 29th. If this is a problem please let Stacey or Caitlin know at the time of purchase.