NEW LIFE NEWS ~Welcome ~ GuIded ~Needed ~ Sent ~ April 2015 April 5…...Easter Sunday April 5..Pancake Breakfast April 10-12..Youth Retreat April 12…….Potluck April 22….. Board Meeting Memory Verse And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. ~ 1 John 5:11-12 THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR We welcome you to join us as we make our way through the Bible this year. You will need to have read through 2 Chronicles 25 by the end of this month. Here’s the breakdown Sun 4/5 ~ through 2 Samuel 24 Sun 4/12 ~ through 1 Kings 22 Sun 4/19 ~ through 2 Kings 22 Sun 4/26~through 1 Chronicles 25 Volume 12 : Number 4 As we celebrate Easter I want to look at Jesus’ final words while hanging on the cross. If you have taken part in a Good Friday celebration it usually consists of working through the seven sayings of Jesus. Most of the time on the cross was spent in silence and yet seven sentences are recorded for us. While his body was wracked with pain, his throat parched with thirst, He had no energy to waste on trivial matters, yet He prayed “Father, forgive them.” Listen to Peter’s perspective on how Jesus responded in 1 Peter 2:23: “When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when He suffered, he made no threats. Instead, He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly.” Jesus could have rightly prayed, “Father, consume them. Wipe them out.” There was certainly an Old Testament precedent for this kind of prayer. What happened at Golgotha was unforgivable. They had crucified the Son of God. What could be worse than that? Luke 23:34 records words of grace as Jesus gasped for air, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing. And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.” When the first red drops of blood spurted on his hands and splashed on the soldier’s hammer, Jesus formed the words to a prayer for pardon. His request was not for Himself but for “them” -and us. His first thought is to plead in prayer for those who are in desperate need of forgiveness. When man had done his worst, Jesus prayed, not for justice, but for mercy. This verse is in the imperfect tense. Pastor Brian Bills teaches that what this means is that Jesus prayed repeatedly for their forgiveness. It wasn’t just a one-time request. When the nails tore through His tendons, sending jolts of pain rushing through His body, He closed His eyes and prayed, “Father, forgive them.” When the cross dropped into place between two criminals, He cried out, “Father, forgive them.” When they divided up his only earthly possessions below the cross, He exclaimed, “Father, forgive them.” As the rulers sneered at Him He replied, “Father, forgive them.” When the soldiers mocked Him, He shouted, “Father, forgive them.” When the sign, “This is the King of the Jews” was hammered above His head, He sighed, “Father, forgive them.” Hebrews 7:25 says, He “always lives to make intercession for us.” Prayer permeated everything Jesus did, and still does. Jesus recognized that those who had crucified Him did not really know what they were doing. While His enemies knew full well what they meant when they cried out, “Crucify Him, Crucify Him,” they were ignorant of the enormity of their crime. They did not know that they were killing the “Lord of Glory.” Peter, in Acts 3:17, told those who were responsible for the death of Christ that ~Continued page 2 New Life Church Board Meeting Highlights March 2015 Financial Report Month of February Year to Date Trustees - Several projects are underway and some Budgeted Giving $12,907 Budgeted Giving $25,814 completed. Brandon reported that the “Spruce up the Budgeted Expense $13,811 Budgeted Expense $27,535 -$904 Difference -$1,721 Gym” weekend went very well. The floor was com- Difference pleted and the walls were painted. Thank you to all who volunteered to make sure it was completed. The Actual Giving $11,425 Actual Giving $21,418 shrubs in front of the church are next on the list as Actual Expense $17,477 Actual Expense $30,788 well as getting the awning taken care of. Dave HardDifference -$6,052 Difference -$9,370 ing has replaced numerous faucets and is repairing other areas that need attention. Pastor’s Reports – Pastor Jesse and Jed have been approached to consider hosting a Youth Intern once again. More discussion will be done at the April meeting due to the fact that this being a Youth Intern Jed and Traci would be very involved with this. Please not that the next meeting will be held on April 22, 2015 at 7:30pm. Easter Sunday will begin with an early outdoor service at 8 am, followed by a breakfast at 8:45am, and the worship service at 10 am. Please come and celebrate the resurrection of our living Lord as a community of those saved by grace. The breakfast will consist of Norwegian pancakes, sausage, strawberries or apple filling, whipped cream, orange juice, coffee and milk. The Easter/Lenten offering will be taken up during Morning Worship Service. This offering collected will be put into New Life’s Mission Fund. This fund is used when there are immediate needs that arise in various mission fields. We also ask for free-will offerings during the breakfast to offset the cost of the breakfast, and anything left over will be added to the Mission Fund as well. Come celebrate the Risen Lord and honor Him through worship, praise and expressions of Christ’s love and compassion! Continued from page 1 that they acted in ignorance. And yet, in 3:19, He said, “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” Jesus requested forgiveness for the unforgivable immediately after He was impaled on the cross. When man had done his worst, when the vileness of the human heart was displayed in all its ugliness, when the creature executed the creator, love triumphed and said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Have you been forgiven? If Jesus can forgive those responsible for killing Him, then He can forgive you! No one is beyond the reach of His prayer of forgiveness. No one is good enough to save himself and no one is so bad that God cannot save him. Pastor Jed 8:30 am Coffee & Donuts 9:00 am Sunday School 10:00 am Worship Service Need a ride to church? The Diaconate has made arrangements with Baraboo Cab to get people to and from church. Simply call 356-8300, tell them whether you need the “car cab” or “wheelchair van”, and when you want to be picked up. We have vouchers available at church for the trip to church, and the return trip home. These vouchers are only for going from home to church and church to home. Other stops will be the riders responsibility. Please remind others that may not be aware of this ministry. Breakfast fellowship at the Log Cabin first & third Tuesday of every month at 8:00 am. All are welcome. Youth Group meets every Wednesday evening from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm here at Church. Meals Ministry A wonderful way to show Christian love is to provide meals to persons who may be dealing with issues making it difficult to do so. Doc and Elsie Green could use that help now. If you are able to help, please contact them at 3567586 to make arrangements. If you cannot help with this specific need, but are willing to help with meals for someone in the future, we would like to know. There is a file box in the foyer with neon colored file cards. Please write down your name, phone number and or email address for contact info on a card. Thank you for your prayerful consideration. Any questions about this ministry can be directed to Lisa Meyer at [email protected]ytel.net, or 356-3351. Saturday, April 18th from 8-10am, at New Life, will be the seventh of our Take Point Men’s Ministry. Each month we will be holding a men’s breakfast, that includes discussion questions and a speaker. Our goal will be to encourage and equip men to lead - to “Take Point” - in their faith, their marriage, their family, their workplace, and in the world, as they pursue Christ. Plan on joining us April 18th at 8am at New Life Community AC Church. Choir meets every Tuesday evening at 6:30pm at the church. Kid’s Klub meets every Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the church. Prayer Time: Friday’s at the church at 9:30 am. Church-wide prayer chain: Call the church office at 3563367 with your prayer concerns. Community Groups Various groups meet throughout the week. Please contact the church office for more information. Potluck will be held on Sunday April 12th following the church service. Bring a dish to pass and join us for food and fellowship. 2 Leah VanHauten 4 Dot Gransee 8 Eric Leis 8 Linda Mohar 9 Sabrina Fuller 11 Ray Zamzow 13 Dave Taylor 14 Tracy Fuller 15 Mary Mjelde 16 Nathan Thompson 17 Nathan Hanke 18 Roy Mjelde 22 Jessica Mumford 22 Andrew Crouse 23 Solomon Stevens 24 Sarah Solchenberger 27 Aimee Wallace 27 Carol Nimmow The Easter Lilies The Easter-Lenten committee will be accepting Easter lilies for the sanctuary. Easter lilies may be donated in memory or in honor of a loved one. 3 Judy &Roger Mislivecek 23 Jerry & Edith Kinnamon New Life Community Advent Christian Church 1919 Elizabeth Street Baraboo WI 53913 Check us out on the Web: www.newlifecommunityacchurch.org Dated Materials New Life Community Advent Christian Church 1919 Elizabeth Street Baraboo, WI 53913 356-3367 Rev. Jesse Stevens Senior Pastor [email protected] centurytel.net 408-9804 Jed Crouse Associate Pastor [email protected] centurytel.net 963-1205 New Life Christian Nursery & Preschool Tracy Blake Daycare Administrator [email protected] centurytel.net 356-4211 Church Office Hours Monday - Friday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm [email protected] Registration packets can be picked up from Pastor Jed The Spring Retreat is open to any student in 6th thru 12th grade.
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