“Let us run with patient endurance the race that is laid out for us.” (Hebrews 12:1)
It is Spring which means it is the High School and College Track season. I never ran track because running in circles was not my cup of tea, but I did have sons who ran track and have attended my share of track meets throughout the years. Track like other sports is something that you need to train for and your goal is to try and run as fast as possible. As I observed the kids running track over the years, some of them ran really fast. Others were working really hard only to finish in second place or some actually finished in last place.
What I never saw was the hours and hours of training that each athlete put into training for their events. The track meets are an exciting time for the kids and they are an exciting time for the parents as they cheer on the kids during their different events and races, but they would not be the best they could without putting in the hard work and training.
Just think for a moment! All this work and all this training is for an earthly RACE!! In this race the fans will watch and cheer as their kids and their school attempt to be fastest around the track and to leave all the others in a cloud of dust. In this race the winner will receive a ribbon or a medal.
Thinking about running track and training for a track meet got me to thinking about another “race” that all of us are in. Hebrews 12:1 challenges us to. . ."Run with patient endurance the race that is laid out for us." This race we are in is not an earthly race and it is not for an earthly prize. God has called us to run in a heavenly race in which the prize is the heavenly gift of heaven. This “spiritual race” that we are in is noticeably different . . .
¦ We're in this race -- not to because we decided we wanted to run in this race -- but because God in his mercy invited to run this race when he brought us to faith!
¦ We're in this race -- not to be the fastest -- but to be faithful!
¦ We're in this race -- not to leave others behind -- but to bring others alongside of us!
¦ We're in this race -- not to please our fans -- but to praise and thank our King!
¦ We're in this race -- not to end up in 1st place -- but to end up in the presence of our Lord!
¦ We're in this race -- not to get an earthly ribbon or trophy -- but to receive a crown that will last forever!
Yes, indeed, we are in a race. The most important race of all time. Brothers and sisters in Christ . . . Let’s keep running with our eyes of faith always focused on Jesus and his eternal crown of glory!!!
— Pastor Gartner
Note: There will be no Sunday morning Class the this Sunday. Classes will resume again on May 12. On Sunday mornings, Pastor Frey is leading a study on the first 11 chapters of Genesis—an important and interesting portion of Scripture.
Pastor Gartner will continue his Monday/Tuesday class, entitled, "What Must I Do To Be Saved -- A Study of God's Gospel and the Words The Holy Spirit Uses To Proclaim It."
Sunday in the 10:30 am service we will beConfirmation Sunday for15 young people. Everyone is invited to hear these young people publicly make their confession and promises. Confirmation pictures will begin around 9:15 am.
Updates From April Voter’s Meeting
1. Our pipe organ is in need of repairs. We currently have a quote for $20,000 and are currently exploring all our options. 2. The council is suggesting a number of changes to our current by-laws, including removing and adding certain council positions. A copy of the by-laws with the proposed changes (highlighted in red) is available in the back of Church. If you have comments, questions or input for either of these items, please talk to one of the pastors or the council members.
Ladies Craft Night
Just reminder to all thsoe who signed up that the Ladies Craft night will be Sunday May 5th from 4:00 - 6:00 pm in the church basement.
Adopt-A-Highway and Church Work Day
The work day and the Adopt-a-Highway were both postponed to this Saturday May 4 beginning at 9:00 am. We will clean up the church property and we will also clean our portion of the highway for Adopt-a-Highway. We are still in need of more people to help. If you can help please join us at church on Saturday.
Since November 2017 for the lessons during our worship services we have been using the Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV) translation of the Bible. This is a translation produced by the Wartburg Project, a group of WELS and ELS pastors and professors. The entire Bible is now complete and will be published this summer. You now have an opportunity to preorder this Bible at a discounted bulk-rate price (the exact price will depend on how many Bibles are sign-up for). There is no need to pay right away; once we know the exact price per Bible we will inform those who have signed-up and how to pay for their order.
There is a sign-up sheet on the back counter if you wish to order a new EHV. There are also 100 pamphlets on the back for more information on this new translation. Although we highly encourage you to pick up a copy of this Bible, you should also be aware that the Wartburg Project plans on publishing a study Bible in the next couple of years. For more information, please talk to Pastor Frey or Pastor Gartner.
To learn more about the EHV, click here: https://online.nph.net/ehv?utm_source=pastor-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=spring-resources-0319
To view an electronic version of the informational pamphlet, click here: https://online.nph.net/media/documents/EHV-Handout.pdf?utm_source=general-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ehv-preorder-0219
To view a sample of the translation, click here: https://online.nph.net/media/SampleFiles/PDF/0105000.pdf?utm_source=pastor-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=spring-resources-0319