8S Pentecost Picnic in the Park

Welcome! 8S Pentecost Community Event

Spirit of Peace Church

Service, Fellowship, and Potluck Picnic Lunch

Everyone is Welcome!

When: Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 11 am to 2 pm

Schedule: 11:00 Service 11:40 or so Fellowship 12:00 Potluck Picnic Lunch

All Ate and were Filled … Matt. 14.

Picnic Fellowship Activities for the Entire Family!
Of course rocket science will be available!
Contact Us with Special Requests!

Where: Valley City Park Pavilion
400 West Vass Street Valley, NE 68064

Latitude, Longitude: 41.311598, -96.35116

Price: Free will offering (sweet!) Thank you!

Questions: Please contact Michael or Cathy Hanus

Spirit.Peace@icloud.com

http://blog.peacelcmc.org

402-541-7019 – Pastor

LORD070910 (567-307-0910) – Church

Twitter: @SpiritOfPeaceCh

Please See the Church Blog for Information Updates –

http://blog.peacelcmc.org

Thank you!

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7S Pentecost Picnic in the Park

Welcome! 7S Pentecost Community Event

Spirit of Peace Church

Service, Fellowship, and Potluck Picnic Lunch

Everyone is Welcome!

When: Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 11 am to 2 pm

Schedule: 11:00 Service 11:40 or so Fellowship 12:00 Potluck Picnic Lunch

How Do You Complete the Phrase
The Kingdom of Heaven is Like … (Matt. 13)?

Picnic Fellowship Activities for the Entire Family!
Of course rocket science will be available!
Contact Us with Special Requests!

Where: Valley City Park Pavilion
400 West Vass Street Valley, NE 68064

Latitude, Longitude: 41.311598, -96.35116

Price: Free will offering (sweet!) Thank you!

Questions: Please contact Michael or Cathy Hanus

Spirit.Peace@icloud.com

http://blog.peacelcmc.org

402-541-7019 – Pastor

LORD070910 (567-307-0910) – Church

Twitter: @SpiritOfPeaceCh

Please See the Church Blog for Information Updates –

http://blog.peacelcmc.org

Thank you!

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6S Pentecost Picnic in the Park

6S Pentecost Community Event

Spirit of Peace Church

Service, Fellowship, and Potluck Picnic Lunch

Everyone is Welcome!

When: Sunday, July 20, 2014 from 11 am to 2 pm

Schedule: 11:00 Service 11:40 or so Fellowship 12:00 Potluck Picnic Lunch

Weed the Kingdom! Good Seed are the Children of the Kingdom. Matt. 13.

Picnic Fellowship Activities for the Entire Family!
Of course rocket science will be available!
Contact Us with Special Requests!

Where: Valley City Park Pavilion
400 West Vass Street Valley, NE 68064

Latitude, Longitude: 41.311598, -96.35116

Price: Free will offering (sweet!) Thank you!

Questions: Please contact Michael or Cathy Hanus

Spirit.Peace@icloud.com

http://blog.peacelcmc.org

402-541-7019 – Pastor

LORD070910 (567-307-0910) – Church

Twitter: @SpiritOfPeaceCh

Please See the Church Blog for Information Updates –

http://blog.peacelcmc.org

Thank you!

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5S Pentecost Picnic in the Park

5S Pentecost Community Event

Spirit of Peace Church

Service, Fellowship, and Potluck Picnic Lunch

Everyone is Welcome!

When: Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 11 am to 2 pm

Schedule: 11:00 Service 11:40 or so Fellowship 12:00 Potluck Picnic Lunch

What is sown on good soil bears fruit. Matt. 13
Is your heart like the good soil?

Picnic Fellowship Activities for the Entire Family!
Of course rocket science will be available!
Contact Us with Special Requests!

Where: Valley City Park Pavilion
400 West Vass Street Valley, NE 68064

Latitude, Longitude: 41.311598, -96.35116

Price: Free will offering (sweet!) Thank you!

Questions: Please contact Michael or Cathy Hanus

Spirit.Peace@icloud.com

http://blog.peacelcmc.org

402-541-7019 – Pastor

LORD070910 (567-307-0910) – Church

Twitter: @SpiritOfPeaceCh

Please See the Church Blog for Information Updates –

http://blog.peacelcmc.org

Thank you!

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4S Pentecost Picnic in the Park

4S Pentecost Community Event

Spirit of Peace Church

Service, Fellowship, and Potluck Picnic Lunch

Everyone is Welcome!

When: Sunday, July 6, 2014 from 11 am to 2 pm

Schedule: 11:00 Service 11:40 or so Fellowship 12:00 Potluck Picnic Lunch

“Come to Me and I will give you rest!” Matt. 11.

Picnic Fellowship Activities for the Entire Family!
Of course rocket science will be available!
Contact Us with Special Requests!

Where: Valley City Park Pavilion
400 West Vass Street Valley, NE 68064

Latitude, Longitude: 41.311598,-96.35116

Price: Free will offering (sweet!) Thank you!

Questions: Please contact Michael or Cathy Hanus

Spirit.Peace@icloud.com

http://blog.peacelcmc.org

402-541-7019 – Pastor

LORD070910 (567-307-0910) – Church

Twitter: @SpiritOfPeaceCh

Please See the Church Blog for Information Updates –

http://blog.peacelcmc.org

Thank you!

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3S Pentecost Picnic in the Park

3S Pentecost Community Event

Spirit of Peace Church

Service, Fellowship, and Potluck Picnic Lunch

Everyone is Welcome!

When: Sunday, June 29, 2014 from 11 am to 2 pm

Schedule: 11:00 Service 11:40 or so Fellowship 12:00 Potluck Picnic Lunch

“Whoever welcomes you welcomes Me!” Matt. 10.

Activities for the Entire Family!
Of course rocket science will be available!
Contact Us with Special Requests!

Where: Valley City Park Pavilion
400 West Vass Street Valley, NE 68064

Price: Free will offering (sweet!) Thank you!

Questions: Please contact Michael or Cathy Hanus

Spirit.Peace@icloud.com

http://blog.peacelcmc.org

402-541-7019 – Pastor

LORD070910 (567-307-0910) – Church

Twitter: @SpiritOfPeaceCh

Please See the Church Blog for Information Updates –

http://blog.peacelcmc.org

Thank you!

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2S Pentecost Picnic in the Park

2S Pentecost Community Event

Spirit of Peace Church

Service, Fellowship, and Potluck Picnic Lunch

Everyone is Welcome!

When: Sunday, June 22, 2014 from 11 am to 2 pm

Schedule: 11:00 Service 11:40 or so Fellowship 12:00 Potluck Picnic Lunch

(“Have No Fear!” Matt. 10).

Activities for the Entire Family!
Of course rocket science will be available!
Contact Us with Special Requests!

Where: Valley City Park Pavilion
400 West Vass Street Valley, NE 68064

Price: Free will offering (sweet!) Thank you!

Questions: Please contact Michael or Cathy Hanus

Spirit.Peace@icloud.com

http://blog.peacelcmc.org

402-541-7019 – Pastor

LORD070910 (567-307-0910) – Church

Twitter: @SpiritOfPeaceCh

Please See the Church Blog for Information Updates –

http://blog.peacelcmc.org

Thank you!

Living with a Grief Experience

Teacher, How do we manage to survive grief in our lives?

Grief is a challenge and a journey.
The Holy Spirit comforts believers. (John 14). The Holy Spirit gives us God’s peace, even in the midst of suffering. Philippians 4 tells us, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” The peace of The Lord comes from drawing close to Him; not from those circumstances that challenge our peaceful lives and spirits.

Jesus promises, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” (Matt. 5). The Lord calls us into His loving arms so He can heal our wounded hearts.

Jesus is the believers’ role model for discerning faith and grief. (John 11). When Jesus saw Mary and Martha anguish over the death of their brother Lazarus, He wept. Jesus knew He was about to raise Lazarus from the dead, yet He allowed Himself to feel and express the depths of human sorrow.

We take comfort in our knowledge and belief that Jesus has experienced all of our pain, including loss, rejection, betrayal, and death. As our Savior and Redeemer, He took all our sins to the cross and forgives us when we ask forgiveness. As our Good Shepherd, He leads us safely through “the valley of the shadow of death.” (Psalm 23).

Faith in Christ does not prevent grief in believers when a loved one and fellow believer passes away, but it infuses our grief with hope! For believers in Christ, death is a passage to eternal life (John 5). We experience death to sin and are gifted eternal salvation through Jesus. Paul said, “To live in Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1). He also said, “I want you to know what will happen to Christians who die so you will not be full of sorrow like people who have no hope. Since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus comes, God will bring back all the Christians who have died with Jesus.” (1 Thes. 4).

Managing Grief

Grief can and may affect our thinking, behavior, emotions, health, and eventually, relationships with others. We can and may experience indigestion, lack of appetite, sleeplessness, among so many physical and emotional responses. Reaching out to friends, joining a prayer group, or asking a pastor or Christian Faith counselor for assistance can and may help us work through the grieving process.

How do we manage to adjust to the new environment without our loved one who has died or departed in some way? How can we manage to cope with the ever-present memories of our loved one, make obvious lifestyle changes, or form new relationships? We find the answers as time passes and recovery progresses. The Lord will show us His timing and His direction as we seek Him.

Here are three steps to recovery

Grieve – Though grief is bitter, we must let sorrow run its natural course. Isaiah 53 describes Jesus as “a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” Denying or repressing pain may lead to emotional problems.

Believe – We need to put our faith in God’s promises, trusting that our Heavenly Father knows best and that His understanding is perfect. Isaiah 55 states, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts higher than your thoughts.”

Receive – God desires to give us comfort, but we must reach out and accept it. Through prayer and meditation on His Word, we can find a place in God’s presence where He will wrap His arms around us as a loving father would console a concerned child.

Merciful Lord, how mysterious are Your judgments and Your will beyond understanding. We are troubled, but not crushed; sometimes in doubt, but never in despair; dejected, but not destroyed. Your grace in Christ is all we need, for Your power is greatest when we are weak. In these dark hours strengthen us by Your Word and Sacrament, and grant us Your abiding presence in the midst of what we cannot understand. Take into Your care those whose hearts are heavy with sorrow and grief, and lead them to look to You for confidence and strength as they face the future. Sustain them with Your comforting love, and finally receive them and us into glory; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

– Credits to Scripture, Martin Luther’s teaching, the Christian Broadcast Network series on Managing Grief and life’s experiences.

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Natures Fury Strikes Pilger Community

On June 17, an unusual but significant twin tornado swiftly descended upon Pilger, Nebraska with little warning. This child was in the community with her family visiting her grandparents. Mom and her daughter were swept away by the aberrant fury of nature. Today Mom is in critical condition, her daughter is called home to heaven.

A natural fury from this world has taken her away, but we know that she is with The Lord, and in that sense, He has taken her to a better place.

In grief we cry out, “Perhaps something must have gone wrong! Why must this happen in our lives?” By the grace of The Lord and the strength of the Holy Spirit we have the courage to accept unfortunate challenges in life. Through His love for us, The Lord has given His only Son for us on the cross. He knows our pain. He understands. He is there to help.

Dear Lord, Maker of heaven and earth and Giver of life, we thank You for all the mercies You grant to our brothers and sisters in Christ, during their earthly lives, especially for calling them to faith in Jesus Christ. Please comfort the survivors who mourn their deaths with the hope of the glorious resurrection and a joyful reunion in heaven. Keep us mindful that we are your beloved children so that we will be prepared to die in the faith and receive the glory promised to all who trust in Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen

Library Hosts Academy Science Rockets

Valley Library hosts a Summer Reading Program. Twin Rivers YMCA co-ops with Valley Library in the Summer Reading Program. The library staff reaches out to the community with interesting and educational children’s activities throughout the summer.
In June, on Wednesdays 11th and 18th, from 10 am – Noon, Academy Science is visiting the Valley Library with its STEM focus on air rockets build and launch competition demonstration.
All participating youth and adults get personalized instruction in building a performance style competition air rocket and an opportunity to launch in sandlot style competition. It is typical performance for a first time rocketeer in this program to get one hundred feet altitude and two hundred fifty feet in lateral flight distance on the first or second try with the air rocket launch shot.
So come on down for some fellowship and science FUN!