*** If you need to meet or talk with Pastor Luke please call the church office to set up an appointment."      |      The Mission Room is not taking donations at this time.      |      If you would like to provide "special music" for Sunday morning service, either in person or pre-recorded, contact the church office.      |      Bell Choir will begin practicing on Wednesday, October 7th at 4:30 p.m. in the Bell Choir Room-Wesley Hall.      |      Sunday School (Pre-School-5th grade) kick-off Sunday, October 4th at 10:30 a.m. More information to come.      |      Quester's Adult Sunday School Class is scheduled to begin Sunday, November 1st, 10:30 a.m.      |      The Mission Room is open and there are lots of summer clothes that need a good home. Call the office for Mission Room hours.      |      The Worship Song Leaders are back and ready to lead you in song in the sanctuary or online.       |      Share your prayer request and praises at any time during the week by calling the church office or posting them on the church Facebook page.      |      We are open for Sunday morning services starting at 9:00 am or continue to watch us on our Facebook page.      |      NEW - Online "Giving" is now available. "Giving" button located in the upper right corner of the website. See the "News" section for more information.      |      Listen to Online Sunday Service by your phone. See "News" for more information and directions.      |      "News" page (updated daily & weekly) with Bible App for Kids, Lesson Activities & Resources for Children's Sunday School, activities for everyone, learning resources, and much more.      |      Extra pews FREE and free kid-size chairs. More information is available under the "News" section of the website. ***
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Bible Verse of the Day

Sep. 19, 2020 @ 8:33 am

Ephesians 4:29

New International Version

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

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September 17th Weekly Devotional - Joys of Fall

Sep. 17, 2020 @ 7:21 pm

There are so many things about fall that bring me joy. Driving through the mountainside, camping with my family, late nights by the fire making smores with the kids. Fall reminds me how small I am in the big picture of life and yet how important I am to God. With the fall season comes things that bring such great comfort.

I grew up in the hills of West Virginia.....I think besides Arkansas, where I reside now, there is no greater beauty! As a young girl, I lived right next door to my grandparents. This was a dream come true. I have so many fond memories of family gatherings under the massive oak trees in our back yard and the hours of swimming in the pool my pap put in for us. It couldn't be any better. Then what a child fears the most happened, my parents divorced. I was going to leave the only place I knew as home. ! was leaving my grandparents and my dad and moving 4 hours away with my mom. And so my sister and I went to weekend visitations. This meant traveling through the mountains of West Virginia each weekend. There was one set of mountains that was my favorite, especially in the fall. The Cumberland Mountains. They range in 131 miles long and some spots 20 miles wide. They were massive on both sides and we were so small in the middle of them. There is a certain place in the mountains that you drive through where they tower over you on both sides and I can remember Tying down in the back seat looking out the window and it seemed as if they touched the clouds.

Psalm 90: 2 "Before the mountains were born or you gave birth to the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, you are God.”

But the best part of traveling through these massive mountains was what waited on the other side. As we exited these mountains the hills were full of color. Red, orange, yellow, brown...the beauty was beyond words. Every part of every mountain peak is covered with vibrant colors. One season would paint a picture of perfect greens shaded with all the right accents, this season would paint a picture of change that was full of vibrant color and warm tones. Even at 11, I could see the detail of his master hand on every mountain and I knew He was a God who created and turned things into indescribable beauty.

Ecclesiastes 3: 11 "He has made everything beautiful in its time.."

That's exactly what He does to us. He is massive in size. He is great above all

Psalm 95: 3-4 "For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. In His hands are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to Him."

He takes the heartaches, the hurts, and the messes and makes it all new if we are willing to surrender. It means taking our eyes of the current surroundings and fixing our eyes on him. He turns our ashes into beauty.

Isaiah 61: 3“...to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes the oil of joy instead of mourning and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair they will be called oaks of righteousness a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.”

God is big and massive but yet He still calls us friend.

John 15: 15 “...I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from the Father | have made known to you."

He still desires to have a relationship with us above everything else He has created. He is waiting each morning for us to meet with Him. He wants us to make our lives vibrant with color, His color, reflecting His name above all else. But this means total surrender. This means letting go of the “paintbrush" and allowing Him to paint His perfect picture. Allowing Him to take the areas that are “shaded" and "hidden" and make them new with color. He promises us that through it all, His glory will be revealed.

Romans 8: 18 “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”

You see the best part of your current sufferings is what is waiting on the other side. Its beauty...He wants to make you new! He is waiting for you to surrender. Are you willing to let it go?

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Church Service Every Sunday Morning (online or in person)

Sep. 13, 2020 @ 6:21 pm

Join us Sunday, at 9:00 a.m. in person or online service with Pastor Luke Fillmore. Click here and join the service live on our Facebook page each Sunday. Service will also be posted on Youtube after service has been recorded. You are encouraged to have your Bible available and you can also sing along to songs during worship. Check out our "News" page for more information.

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September 13th Order of Worship

Sep. 13, 2020 @ 6:12 pm


Prelude: Greeting & Welcome

Call to Worship

Leader: Good Morning, we invite you to pause, stand as you're able or center your hearts at home. And join us in the call to worship.

Leader: God is calling you out of sin and death,
People: to lead us into life eternal.
Leader: Christ has forgiven you your sins.
People: And the Spirit resides within us.
Leader: Hallelujah!
People: hallelujah!

Opening Hymn: “O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing” # 57

Prayer of Connection

Song: “Come Sinners to the Gospel Feast” # 339

Old Testament Scripture: Genesis 12:1-5 (Dave Lashier)

Prayers of the People

New Testament Scripture: Romans 3:21-26 (Dave Lashier)

Offering/Song: “Tis Finished the Messiah Dies” # 282

Doxology: #95

Prayer of Gratitude & “The Lord's Prayer”

Gospel Reading: Matthew 5:43-48

Message: “The Road to Salvation”

Communion:

Closing Hymn: “Love Devine, All Loves Excelling” # 384

Announcements:

Benediction

*Pastor- Luke Fillmore *Pianist- Terry Stafford *Keyboard- Sarah Fillmore/Linda Haldane *Song Leaders- Jodi Anderzhon, Deb Finlay, & Jeff Hiser *Media- Pastor Luke Fillmore & Jeff Hiser.

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Sesquicentennial 150 Years Cookbook

Sep. 04, 2020 @ 10:52 pm

In honor of our church “Sesquicentennial” (150 year anniversary), we are making a special new cookbook. Please send in your recipes by October 15, 2020 to Cindy either in person, email: churchs3cr3tary@gmail.com, or by mail, 200 Church Street, Shenandoah, IA 51601. Each person may submit no more than 10 recipes. Christmas is the official anniversary day and we would like to have the new cookbook out by that time.

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Sunday School for All

Sep. 04, 2020 @ 9:56 pm

PK-5th grade Sunday School Kick-Off is scheduled to begin Sunday, October 4 at 10:30 a.m. in the regular Sunday School rooms in Wesley Hall on 2nd floor. There will be social distancing, masks are highly recommended, and you can participate by ZOOM. Everything is subject to change.

Youth Sunday School/Youth Group/Confirmation Class plans are still being worked out. More information coming soon.

Quester's (Adult) Sunday School Class is set to start on Sunday, November 1st at 10:30 a.m. in either the fellowship hall or sanctuary. Please watch for further updates. Everything is subject to change.

The Fall New Small Groups is set to “Kick-Off” on Sunday, September 13th, but subject to change. If you have an idea for a small group or questions, please contact Pastor Luke. More information to come.

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SERVICE TIMES

Welcome Center (Coffee & Conversation): 8:30-9:00 a.m.
Worship Service: 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Fellowship: 10:00-10:30 a.m.
Sunday School: 10:30-11:30 a.m.(only during school year)

P.O. Box 394

200 CHURCH ST

Shenandoah, IA 51601

712-246-2081