Jan 31, 2016
The Extra Room
By: Guest
2 Kings 4:8-37
This Sunday we celebrate the ministry of women!
Our guest preacher is the Rev. Susan Richey Nienaber, the District Superintendent of our Big Water's District. She will engage the story in 2 Kings 4:8-37 in which a woman in a town called Shunem added a room on to her house for the prophet Elisha to use whenever he came to town. Her message is, "The Extra Room." Come and hear about how to make room for being able to foster God's ministry in your life.
 
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  • Jan 31, 2016The Extra Room
    Jan 31, 2016
    The Extra Room
    By: Guest
    2 Kings 4:8-37
    This Sunday we celebrate the ministry of women!
    Our guest preacher is the Rev. Susan Richey Nienaber, the District Superintendent of our Big Water's District. She will engage the story in 2 Kings 4:8-37 in which a woman in a town called Shunem added a room on to her house for the prophet Elisha to use whenever he came to town. Her message is, "The Extra Room." Come and hear about how to make room for being able to foster God's ministry in your life.
     
  • Jan 24, 2016Putting on the New Self
    Jan 24, 2016
    Putting on the New Self
    Ephesians 4:20-24
    God has created you for a purpose. God’s plan for you is more than it is right now.
    Following Jesus means changing and growing and becoming more like Him, and more the
    way God designed you to be. This Sunday we’ll continue in our series of spiritual growth.
    Come and hear about the future and plan God has for you!
  • Jan 17, 2016Being and Becoming: The Life of a Disciple
    Jan 17, 2016
    Being and Becoming: The Life of a Disciple
    Colossians 3:1-17
    Ever wonder what it means to be a disciple of Jesus? Or, how we work with Jesus to put on his characteristics and carry him throughout the world? This Sunday Amelia Buschena will be preaching on these very questions. She will be discussing what it means to be a disciple and to put on the characteristics of Jesus. 
  • Jan 10, 2016Herod: Voice of Deception and Magi: Voice of Adoration
    Jan 10, 2016
    Herod: Voice of Deception and Magi: Voice of Adoration
    Matthew 2:1-8 and Matthew 2:9-12
    There are still two more voices of Christmas echoing in the air. Come hear King Herod's voice of deception as he fears the new kingdom that Jesus establishes. Yet he does not understand that Jesus is not an earthly king. His kingdom is not of this world. We also struggle to understand how Jesus is our king. The magi bring the voice of adoration, as they bow down to worship the new king. This is our response to Christmas. We come to worship Him, too. 
  • Jan 3, 2016MN Teen Challenge
    Jan 3, 2016
    MN Teen Challenge
    By: Guest
    This Sunday we host Teen Challenge choir. Come hear testimonies of how Jesus has brought transformation to lives in real ways. Give prayers and financial gifts to this ministry. Stay afterwards to eat brunch with Teen Challenge members and get to visit with them individually. What a way to bring in the new year!
  • Dec 27, 2015Simeon: The Voice of Peace/Anna:The Voice of Thanksgiving
    Dec 27, 2015
    Simeon: The Voice of Peace/Anna:The Voice of Thanksgiving
    Luke 2:25-35
    Luke 2: 36-38
  • Dec 24, 2015Angels: The Voice of Praise
    Dec 24, 2015
    Angels: The Voice of Praise
    Luke 2:8-14
  • Dec 24, 2015Shepherds: The Voice of Declaration
    Dec 24, 2015
    Shepherds: The Voice of Declaration
    Luke 2:15-19
  • Dec 20, 2015Mary: The Voice of Wonder
    Dec 20, 2015
    Mary: The Voice of Wonder
    Luke 1:26:38
    Ever look at a newborn baby and see the face of God? Don’t miss that the wonder of Christmas includes the miracle of birth, the overwhelming realization of new life, the wonder of looking into a brand new face. This Sunday Mary is the voice of Christmas. Come hear how the miracle of Christmas is a new born baby, the miracle of Christmas is the birth of new live. Jesus’ new birth gives us new birth. Come this Sunday, in wonder!
  • Dec 13, 2015Joseph: The Voice of Reason
    Dec 13, 2015
    Joseph: The Voice of Reason
    Matthew 1:16-25
    This Sunday is our big Christmas concert, with choir, orchestra, skits by the kids, and carols. You don’t want to miss it! There will also be a guest appearance from Joseph, the human father of Jesus. Joseph, a simple carpenter, brings the voice of reason amid the twelve voices of Christmas we hear this year. Christmas challenges our reason, our thinking. It forces us to look at things differently. God is doing things that don’t necessarily make sense. Come hear how in Christmas, God challenges you to rethink your life, and shows you what you couldn’t see before!
  • Dec 6, 2015John the Baptist: The Voice of Preparation
    Dec 6, 2015
    John the Baptist: The Voice of Preparation
    Luke 1:67, 76-80
    There is a voice calling in the desert! “Prepare for the coming of the Lord!” This Sunday we will hear the voice of John the Baptist, Jesus’ cousin, as the voice of Elijah proclaiming that the promised Messiah is coming. Jesus born in Bethlehem is a new king, and this king changes how we live. Don’t miss this Sunday, when we hear this voice of Christmas tell us how Christmas changes our lives!
  • Nov 29, 2015Zecharias: The Voice of Disbelief/Elizabeth: The Voice of Blessing
    Nov 29, 2015
    Zecharias: The Voice of Disbelief/Elizabeth: The Voice of Blessing
    Luke 1:5-20
    Luke 1:21-25
    We will hear two voices of Christmas this Sunday. One is Zechariah, the voice of disbelief. The other is Elizabeth, the voice of blessing. We hear these two voices in our lives in this coming month,  and as we hear their message of what Christmas is truly about, our disbelief is turned into blessing. Don't miss this important preparation for your Christmas this year.
  • Nov 22, 2015Gabriel: The Voice of Disclosure
    Nov 22, 2015
    Gabriel: The Voice of Disclosure
    Luke 1:11-20, 26-29
    As we prepare for Christmas, we are going to be hearing the voices of those who are part of the first Christmas. This Sunday the angel Gabriel will come and speak words of excitement, anticipation and blessing. Don't miss this first witness in "The Voices of Christmas!"
  • Nov 15, 2015The Invincible Iron Man: Being a Good Steward
    Nov 15, 2015
    The Invincible Iron Man: Being a Good Steward
    Matthew 25:21,23
    Tony Stark is a handsome, genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist. Yet, his life is aimless, until he realizes he needs to stop selfishly squandering all he has been given on his own pleasure and amusement and instead use his resources and his very life to help others. Stark’s change of heart (pun intended, as he has a critical heart condition!) helps us think through our own stewardship of what God has given us. Each of us is rich in our own way. How are we using our money, our mind and talents, our relationships, and our health to glorify God and serve others heroically? (P.S. And, we also have a suit of armor - check out Ephesians 6!)
  • Nov 8, 2015Captain America – Serving God and Country
    Nov 8, 2015
    Captain America – Serving God and Country
    Matthew 17:27
    November 11 is Veterans Day. We stop to give thanks to all those who have served our country and helped make it such a great nation. Yet we realize that our country also  struggles to do what is right and good. We are in an election year, and as we watch the rhetoric, we wonder if as a country we are able to rise above our differences and work together for what makes our country great. In the comic world, Captain America embodies all that is good about veterans and the ideals for which they have always fought. This Sunday we will use the figure of Captain America to explore how we, as people of faith who strive to serve God heroically, should we live out our faith as American citizens. Don’t miss it!
  • Nov 1, 2015The Mighty Thor: Living between Heaven and Earth
    Nov 1, 2015
    The Mighty Thor: Living between Heaven and Earth
    1 Peter 5:5
    What do we have in common with a Norse thunder god with long blond hair and an enchanted hammer? Consider: Is Thor’s primary loyalty to his heavenly realm of Asgard or to the planet earth? Does he carry himself with the pride and nobility befitting a prince or with the proper humility of someone who knows that others are as special as he is? We do see ourselves in Thor’s tensions. Our identity as followers of Jesus is that we are God’s children and princes and princesses of heaven. Yet we are called to live humble lives of service into the world we live in daily. How do we do that authentically? Come find out this Sunday how you are royalty living in our world.
  • Oct 25, 2015The Mighty Avengers – Assembling a Community of Saints and Sinners
    Oct 25, 2015
    The Mighty Avengers – Assembling a Community of Saints and Sinners
    Luke 4:18-19
    The newest box office superhero hit is Avengers: Age of Ultron. While a great movie, it also captures how working together with a constantly changing group of people who come with different backgrounds and different life experiences can be challenging. We can relate to this! Time and time again, however, The Mighty Avengers find a way to work together to save the world. As we strive to live out heroic lives by linking up with others we struggle to understand and agree with, God gives us the grace and wisdom necessary to work together for God’s good in our torn world. Come to find out how you can receive this grace and wisdom, too!
  • Oct 18, 2015Wonder Woman – The Strength of Love
    Oct 18, 2015
    Wonder Woman – The Strength of Love
    1 John 3:11-21
    Strength, power, and influence don’t have to be defined in terms of brawn, aggression and violence. In a world where we personally experience “might makes right” almost on a daily basis, we need a different approach. Our God calls us to be strong and mighty, but not in the ways the world operates. Wonder Woman, our superhero this week, offers an alternative, a way for us to see how we can live heroically in the strength and power of love, truth and  justice. 
  • Oct 11, 2015Daredevil – Vengeance or Mercy?
    Oct 11, 2015
    Daredevil – Vengeance or Mercy?
     
    Micah 6:8
    During the day, Matt Murdock is a lawyer who tirelessly strives as an advocate for justice by taking on cases no one else will. By night, he dons a red devil costume and fights as a vigilante against those who have escaped legal justice. In himself, Matt is torn between his own heroic ideals and his moral failures. People of faith are not always perfect pillars of virtue either. We are called to fight for justice and at the same time to show mercy. How do we authentically do both? Come this Sunday to struggle with this devil, if you dare!
  • Oct 4, 2015The Uncanny X-Men – Dealing with Discrimination and Diversity
    Oct 4, 2015
    The Uncanny X-Men – Dealing with Discrimination and Diversity
    Galatians 3:28
    The X-Men are a group of people who were born different. Because of that, people fear and hate them. Even so, they have sworn to protect the very people who are prejudiced against them. They have more ethnic, racial, and gender diversity than any other superhero team. What would you do if you were mistreated, feared, and even hated simply because of the way you were born? In this Sunday’s message we will wrestle with how God’s people are called to confront prejudice, welcome the stranger, and be a diverse community.