A Better Place – A Gracious God!

Yes, one day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather wait at the doorway of the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. For the Lord is a sun and shield. God gives grace and glory. The Lord does not withhold any good thing from those who walk with integrity. Psalm 84:10-11 (EHV)

What would you choose? One day in God’s house or a thousand days at Disneyland. One day in God’s house or a thousand days seeing the most beautiful sights in America. One day in God’s house or a thousand days visiting the wonders of the world. One day in God’s house or a thousand days exploring the universe. One day in God’s house or…

There are a lot of places we would like to see. There are a lot of things we would like to do. Yet the Psalm writer helps us keep it all in perspective: Yes, one day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. There are many wonderful, beautiful things in this world—things created by God and untouched by human hands, and things fashioned by human hands from the things God created. We could spend a lifetime seeking them, finding them, enjoying them. But there is still this perspective: None of them is better than spending time with God himself!

The devil, the sinful world, and our own sinful flesh want to convince us otherwise. They tell us we will be happy (blessed) if we go where God has told us not to go, if we do what we know we should not do, if we satisfy our sinful desire, if we indulge our sinful urges, if we lose this silly concern about what others (including God) think, if we stop stressing about how our life impacts others (including our relationship with God)—then we will be happy.

But the Psalmist says, I would rather wait at the doorway of the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. Why?

The Lord God is a sun; he provides light, warmth and life for us physcially and more importantly spiritually. The Lord God is a shield; he protects us and keeps us safe. He bestows his favor and honor on us. He lifts us up from the depths of despair. He assures us of forgiveness through the blood of his Son, Jesus. He makes us his children and guarantees an eternal inheritance kept for us in heaven. He calls us into his service and gives us important work to do. In the good times, in the challenging times, at all times—he embraces us with his love. No good thing does he withhold from the one who walks with him. The one who trusts in him is blessed. Truly, eternally blessed!

Enjoy all of God’s blessings, but realize that there is nothing better than spending time with our gracious God.

— Pastor Gartner


Church News

Called Home To Heaven:

Elaine Jentz was called home to heaven on Sunday, October 7 at the age of 93. Her funeral will be on Friday October 26 at 11:00 am.

Pat Riehl was called home to heaven on Monday, October 8 at the age of 69. Visitation will be at Church from 4-8 pm on Wednesday October 10. Visitation will continue on Thursday October 11 from 9:30 until the time of the service at 11:00 am.

Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die." (John 11:25)

Adult Bible Class:

Everyone is invited to join us for our new Bible Classes that have started. Pastor Frey is leading the Sunday morning class on Prayer. Pastor Gartner is leading the Monday morning class at 8:00am and Tuesday night at 5:30pm on the book of Ephesians. May the Lord lead all of us to grow in our faith through the use of these Bible class opportunities.

 Fellowship Opportunities

The Young Moms’ group is offering opportunities for fellowship for all of our members.

Game Night Please join us for a fun-filled game night on Sunday, October 14 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. in the church basement. (Note The time Change) This event is open to every member, young and old! We will have bingo, catch phrase, telestrations, twister, and more! If you have a game that you would like to share, please bring it. We will not be having a meal but will have snacks and you can bring a snack to share if you would like. A sign-up sheet is in the entry way of church. Any questions, please contact Wendy Raschka at 920-560-2193. Hope to see you there!

Walking We have a few members that walk during confirmation class on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. with the exception of October 3. We walk in the church parking lot or the mall depending on weather conditions. If you are looking for some fellowship and exercise, please join us. No sign up is necessary. If you have any questions, contact Amy Helmrick at 920-833-7525 or Wendy Raschka at 920-560-2193.

Men's Bible Study 

All the men of the congregation are welcome to a Bible study and felllowship on Tuesday, October 16 at 9:00 in the lower level of church.

Bible Information Class (BIC):

Jesus says to each of us “Go and make disciples of all nations.” Here again is an opportunity to invite a friend, neighbor, co-worker or family member to hear the Good News of forgiveness and life through Jesus Christ. This class is for everyone but especially for those who are not members but would like to know what we teach. Classes will begin Thursday, October 11 at 6:30 p.m. Go and invite! Come yourself! Talk to Pastor Gartner if you will be attending or if you have questions.

Quarterly Voter's Meeting:

The quarterly congregational meeting will be on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 7:00 p.m. All voting members are encouraged to attend the meeting. The Lord gives us the responsibility of being leaders in the church.