*** If you need to meet or talk with Pastor Luke please call the church office to set up an appointment.      |      No "in-person" service, only online service, through January 10th.      |      The weekly Booster can be found under "News" along with much more information.      |      Poinsettias now on sale for $13.00 each. Contact the office to order. Please pay when you order.      |      December Newsletter from Pastor Luke can be found under "News."      |      2nd Sunday of Advent, December 6th.      |      Prayer Request and Our Care Center Family link can be found under "News."      |      The Hispanic Center is now accepting donations for fall and winter clothing items on Tuesday and Wednesdays from 9-10:30      |      If you would like to provide "special music" for Sunday morning service, either in person or pre-recorded, contact the church office.      |      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.      |      NEW - Online "Giving" is now available. The "Giving" button located in the upper right corner of the website. See the "News" section for more information.      |      "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. ***
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Find Help in the Bible When You Need

Jul. 30, 2020 @ 5:49 pm

COMFORT
Psalm 23
2 Corinthians 1: 3-4
Psalm 55: 22

HOPE
1 Peter 1: 3-5
Hebrews 6: 9-12
Lamentations 3: 24-25

COURAGE
1 Chronicles 28: 20
Hebrews 13: 6
Psalm 27:1

LOVE
1 John 4: 7-21
1 Thessalonians 3: 12
Romans 8: 38-39

FAITH
Joshua 24:15
Romans 10: 8-13
Hebrews 11: 1-6

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Anxiety - Devotional

Jul. 23, 2020 @ 5:41 pm

They reeled and staggered like drunkards and were at their wits'end. "Lord, help!" they cried in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress." (Psalm 107:27-28 NLT)

Like the Psalmist, we cry, “Lord, help!” when we are in trouble and can't find a way to get out of it by ourselves. We've exhausted our resources, stamina, skill, and patience, and are at the end of our wits! The devotional thought for today ponders what it means to be at wits' end, and what to do about it.

Reeling, Staggering, and Don't Know
What to Do!

According to Psalm 107:27, a person who is at wits' end is like a drunkard who sways and stumbles and can't stay upright! Emotions like worry, anxiety, and anger battle for supremacy, leading to frustration and defeat. You consider and try out several options, but NONE of them work, and finally you've reached the limits of your physical and mental energy!

There's no need for despair. The scripture references in this devotional thought for today offer hope and salvation! Psalm 107:28 is a timely cry for release from the distress. The Lord promises to help when you ask Him. You have a choice to continue wallowing in exhaustive misery at your wits' end or to release your burdens to God, who will rescue and save you from harm.

After meditating on the Scriptures in the devotional thought for today, what will you do the next time you are at your wits' end?

Father, I'm out of ideas and solutions to problems I thought I could fix. Help, please save me. I'm giving you my burdens and am waiting for Your Rescue!

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Children's Sunday School Lesson Activities & Resources

Jun. 09, 2020 @ 2:57 pm

When children can't attend Sunday School in person bring Sunday School into your home with lesson activities and resources. April 15th lesson, "Doubting Thomas Believes." Click here for activities & resources. Theme: Jesus has risen. Believe it or not! Scripture: John 20:19-31

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April 22nd lesson, "The Road to Emmaus" Theme: Jesus reveals himself to his followers Scripture: Luke 24:30-31

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April 28th lesson, "The Good Shepherd's Voice" Theme: We know Jesus' voice Scripture: John 10:4

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May 5th lesson, "Jesus Is The Way" Theme: We can only come to God through Jesus Scripture: John 14:6

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May 12th lesson, "Jesus Gives Us the Comfort" Theme The Holy Spirit is our comforter Scripture John 14:16

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May 19th lesson, "Up, Up And Away" Theme: The Ascension of Christ Scripture: Acts 1:9

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May 25th lesson, "Filled With the Holy Spirit" Theme: God sent the Holy Spirit at Pentecost Scripture: Acts 2:4

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June 2nd lesson, "And It Was Very Good" Theme: The Creation Scripture: Genesis 1:1

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June 9th lesson, "Issac is Born" Theme: God keeps His promises Scripture: Genesis 21:1

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Copycat See's Candy Fudge

Jun. 04, 2020 @ 4:08 pm

Copycat See's Candy Fudge

This food court's favorite recipe is melt-in-your-mouth good. Relive your childhood with this excellent Copycat See's Candy Fudge Recipe. The nutty and chocolate flavor is part of its signature taste. You can't find See's Candy everywhere, but now you won't have to worry about that, just make this copycat recipe. This recipe is simple and fun to make! This is a great fudge recipe to give as an edible gift during the holiday season. Plus: Take a trip back in time and enjoy some of the simplest, most comforting dishes around. This collection of 20 Copycat Recipes from the 1950s are old school but can be updated to modern-day in a snap.

Makes: 5 Pounds

Ingredients

• 41/2 cups sugar
• 12 ounces can of evaporated milk
• 7 ounces jar of marshmallow fluff
• 2 sticks softened butter
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 36 ounces chocolate chips
• 2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts

Instructions

1. Line a 9 x 13- inch baking pan with parchment, leaving sides overhanging the pan.

2. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar and milk and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook at a rolling boil for 7 minutes. The mixture will bubble up, so be sure the pan is large enough to accommodate this and watch carefully, stirring often.

3. In a large bowl, stir the marshmallow fluff, butter, and vanilla together until mixed, then stir in the chocolate chips. Pour the boiling sugar mixture into the bowl and stir with a wooden spoon or wide spatula until all white streaks disappear. Stir in walnuts.

4. Pour fudge into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Chill 30 minutes before cutting into squares to serve.

*A lot of people have been making Christmas Candy during this time, so I thought I would send this recipe along.

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Pray for Answers

May. 21, 2020 @ 5:22 pm

A conversation takes two people. One speaks the other responds. One asks a question. The other answers. If prayer is a conversation between us and God, then God must answer us when we pray, right? While we cannot hear the audible voice of God, He DOES answer our prayers. Sometimes He says yes. Sometimes he says no. Sometimes he says...wait. Whatever the answer, God will reveal His will for our lives through the prayers that we pray. Read more

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Learning for ages 3 to 103

May. 18, 2020 @ 8:34 pm

There is something for almost anyone who wants to learn something new or sharpen their focus. Explore free resources, apps, and games designed for any age. Find out more...

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P.O. Box 394

200 CHURCH ST

Shenandoah, IA 51601

712-246-2081