Archive for July, 2014

June 2014 Pastor’s Newsletter

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Blessings to you from God’s Home to your homes,

            What an honor it is in knowing that in the past three years we have received 67 new members and Baptized 30 adults and/or young people.  Yes, it  is a great time of the year, to be here  honoring Our Risen Lord, and “helping others become one in Christ.”

            The great thing about the new members is that 80%+ are active.  One of our new couples are Karl and Pat Slonaker.  They brought into our membership a challenge to the seniors and started a “Senior Fellowship Group”.  This past month, sixteen members visited Medina and went to lunch at Miss Molly’s Tea Room and visited  other  shops, including a tour of A. I. Root Candle Company.

            In one of the shops was a plaque which my wife bought me.  The words are simple  but powerful, for it says:

 “ DON’T JUDGE THE DAY BY THE HARVEST YOU REAP

BUT BY THE SEEDS YOU PLANT.” 

Are you planting seeds to the Glory of God by your acts of kindness and your actions of helping others?  Yes, we know that a seed and our acts of godliness can have small beginnings, but will grow, as we are growing, by making Christ first and allowing His Love to produce great results.

Jesus shared a parable with you and with me in Matthew 13 when He said that the Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed that was planted in the field.  Like you and me, when we plant, like Jesus talked about, we can help others to grow.

Come to God’s house, which is YOUR church and grow with us.  Safe and blessed summer to all of you.      

                                                                        In His Service ,

                                                                        Pastor Jim

May 2014 Pastor’s Newsletter

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Good morning and blessings to you and those you love, 

I received an e-mail from Gary Aleman stating a story about a man who wanted a car and not a Bible.

He came from a very wealthy family and saw a sports car in a showroom and told his dad, “All I want for graduation is that car.”  When graduation came, he opened a well wrapped box and inside was not a car, but a Bible.

The young man was angry and raised his voice saying, “With all your money, all I get is a Bible?”   He  threw the box to the floor and stormed out of the house, leaving  the Bible behind.

A few  years passed and he had become a successful business man.  It had been a long time  since he saw his dad.  On this particular day, he received word that his dad was soon to pass, but before he could get there, his dad had gone to be with Our Lord. 

Going through his dads belongings, he found a box in the corner of the room in the exact place that he had thrown it years ago.  He opened it and saw it was the Bible.  Inside, were words referencing Matt. 7:11,  “And if ye, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Heavenly Father which is in Heaven, give to those who ask Him?”

The young man picked up the Bible only to have a key fall out with a tag saying “Paid in Full.”  Yes, the car was still waiting for him at the dealership.

Jesus has given to us the gift of His Word.  You may want to open it so that you can see that the true gift to you and me is within its pages.

God so loved the world that He gave first.  My prayer is that you will open your Bibles, read and receive His Gift to you and to me.

                        Come and grow with us. 

                       In His Service,

                        W. James Case, Pastor and friend.