Today, pitchers and catchers for the St Louis Cardinals reported for spring training. Hooray ! Finally ! In a period of 6-7 weeks, the Cardinals are going to train and be molded into a team that likely will contend for a World Series championship.
But, believe it or not, at Emmanuel we’re going to do even better than the Cardinals. In a period of 3-4 weeks, we are – through our “Discovering My Ministry” 301 class – going to mold together a team that will likely impact Hermann and, yes, parts of the world, for Jesus Christ !
We want you on that team !
Discovering the ministry at Emmanuel for which you are uniquely designed by God will result in fulfillment and fruitfulness in your life. God wants to use you to serve His purposes in the world ! How awesome is that ?
We might be a good team without you, but we won’t be a great one. The Bible says God has given to Emmanuel all the gifts (plus abilities, experiences, personalities, and heart) needed to fulfill what He has created this church for. You possess some of those gifts, abilities, experiences, personality, and heart !
Plan on joining the 39 others of us who were involved last Sunday for the second session of “Discovering My Ministry” 301 this Sunday morning at 9:00 in the auditorium. Everyone, ages 12 and up, are invited and encouraged to attend. It won’t be dull, and you won’t be disappointed. A nursery will be provided, and Pastor Jeff will be leading a fun time called “A Travel Guide Through the Parables” for ages 3-11.
Here’s a snippet of what we covered last Sunday, … and hopefully further motivation for you to join us this Sunday at 9:00 :
Why should you be interested in ministry ?
You’ve been created for ministry ! Eph 2:10
You’ve been saved for ministry ! 2 Tim 1:9
You’ve been called into ministry ! Gal 1:15 / Eph 4:1 (You’re new identity is a minister of Jesus Christ !)
You’ve been gifted for ministry ! 1 Peter 4:10
You’ve been authorized to minister ! Matt 28:18-29 / 2 Cor 5:20
You are commanded to minister ! Matt 20:28
You are to be equipped for ministry ! Eph 4:11-12
The Body of Christ needs your ministry ! 1 Cor 12:27
You are accountable for your ministry ! Rom 14:12 / Matt 25:14-30
You will be rewarded for your ministry ! Matt 25:23
Hope to see you Sunday at 9:00 !
Enjoy some treats this Sunday and help send kids to Winter Blast !
This Sunday morning there will be a breakfast / bake sale at 8:00 at the church. If you can come and purchase something for your morning breakfast or snack, it will help send 30+ JAM youth to Winter Blast later this month at our E-Free Central District camp in Iowa. Awesome !! There will be coffee, tea, and hot chocolate available too. Double-awesome !!
If you have a baked item you would like to donate, you can bring it Saturday evening between 5:00 and 6:00 pm, or Sunday morning at 8:00.
If you have questions, feel free to direct them to Darrel or Leesa Boyer.
Worship, baptisms, trials & tribulations.
We’re going to have a great time of worship Sunday at 10:15 and continue our study in 1 Peter, “Faith Tested by Fire.” We’re going to see what it’s like to live out our hope in trials by depending upon God’s Word (1 Peter 2:1-8).
If you’re interested in being baptized, we are planning baptisms for Easter Sunday, April 20. As I sensed God’s Spirit moving among us last Sunday, I thought to myself, “What a great time for some baptisms !” I sensed there was a yearning on your part to express some new or first-time commitment to the Lord. Pastor Jeff or I would be happy to visit with you about baptism, whether you have been previously baptized or not. Baptism is a great picture of cleansing, death to sin, life to God, and commitment to ministry. We would love to have you be part of a very special baptismal service at Easter.