What if the Resurrection Never Happened?
1. If Christ is not risen, then preaching is useless. 1 Corinthians 15:14a
2. If Christ is not risen, then our faith is vain. 1 Corinthians 15:14b
3. If Christ is not risen, then Paul and the rest of the Apostles were liars. 1 Corinthians 15:15a
4. If Christ is not risen, we have no forgiveness of sins. 1 Corinthians 15:17
5. If Christ is not risen, we’ll never see our deceased loved ones again, for the grave ends all. Simply put, without the resurrection, we have no future. 1 Corinthians 15:18
6. If Christ is not risen, then we are to be pitied above all men most miserable. 1 Corinthians 15:19
7. If there is no resurrection then we are to be pitied as fools. 1 Corinthians 15:20
Pastor Walt will be live on Zoom to talk with any and all who want to join him. You can drop in anytime between 10:30am and Noon on Monday, April 6th to talk, stay for a little or stay for a while. You are welcome to connect and say nothing but know you’re with someone else while you work. It’s like creating an office environment while not leaving your home. Here is the Zoom address: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/6860626972
We are providing an opportunity for you to connect up via Zoom Wednesday from 7:00 – 8:00pm to ask question(s) about AWANA or if you are an AWANA kid, connect and talk with your friends face to face. Kids connect and tell us what you're doing since you can’t go to school. You can stay for a little or for the full hour. Tom Lanoue and Pastor Walt will be there. Here is the Zoom address. https://us04web.zoom.us/j/6860626972
Our Easter offering this year will go to our Camp Shetek Scholarship fund for those who need a little help going to Camp. Make your check to FBC and designate "Easter Offering" on your check or offering envelope. You may give online or by mailing your check to the church (P.O. Box 975, Luverne, MN 56156). If you would like us to come pick up your offering, give us a call at 507-283-4091. Thank you for helping make it possible for kids to go to camp!
Your prayers and your compassionate acts are like a memorial offering to God. Acts 10:4 (CEB)
Dear Friend of Union Gospel Mission,
Many of you are dealing with hardships due to the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis. Hearing about the tragedies related to the virus are almost inescapable! So let me tell you some good news:
Union Gospel Mission of Sioux Falls is doing everything possible to help homeless men, women and children find the shelter, food, clothing and other care they need during this very critical time!
Think about it. While most of us have been asked to stay in our homes, safe from exposure to the virus, the homeless in our area have no home to stay in! That’s why Union Gospel Mission’s doors are still open every day and every night. In fact, here’s some of what we are doing right now:
· Sheltering an average 110 people a night—usually we shelter around 80 people a night!
· Serving around 480 meals daily, and more on weekends when other food programs are closed.
· Providing clothing, hygiene items and other services to anyone in need.
· Continuing to share the Gospel through our staff and chapel services every day.
We have a great opportunity to reach more individuals with Christ’s love as we care for the hurting during this nationwide crisis. And we’d like to give you an opportunity to help with two urgent needs:
1. Daily Needs: disinfectants like Clorox and Pinesol, liquid bath and hand soap, hand sanitizer, toilet paper and tissues.
2. Donations toward our critical need for 120 antimicrobial mattresses. The cost is $100 per mattress … $1,000 for 10 mattresses … or $12,000 for 120 mattresses.
The first list can be dropped off at our front door at 701 E. 8th Street, Monday-Saturday. These donations will help us stay healthy and strong throughout the duration of the crisis.
The new mattresses can be wiped down and sanitized from day to day, helping us avoid an outbreak of the virus in our shelter as our homeless clients come and go. Even better, they’ll continue to provide a healthy environment by preventing bed bugs and illness in the years to come.
I can’t tell you how important your prayers and gifts are to the staff and clients at Union Gospel Mission right now. We are so thankful for you … and we are praying for you, too!
Please take a moment to prayerfully consider a gift to UGM and our needs for hygiene products and antimicrobial mattresses. You can donate online at www.uniongospelmissionsf.org. If you’d like to learn more, please give me a call at (712) 578-9022. Thank you again for taking the time to pray for us and consider giving! God bless and keep you.
In His Service, Eric Weber - CEO of Union Gospel Mission of Sioux Falls
701 E 8th St Sioux Falls, SD 57103 email@example.com
Due to the measures that have been put in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19, our Election of Officers has been postponed to a date to be determined later. We are asking all officers to continue serving until we are able to meet again to elect new officers. Thank you all for your willingness to serve the body of Christ.
If you are a chairman of a committee or board or are a treasurer, you probably need to write a report for the Annual Meeting. Please check the following list to see if you have a written report due by April 5th or a financial report due by April 12th.
Deacons, Trustees, Deaconesses, Church Clerk, Awana, & Sunday School Superintendent
General Account Treasurer, Awana Treasurer, Financial Secretary, Building Fund Treasurer, Missionary Treasurer, Women’s Ministries Treasurer, and Sunday School Treasurer
Camp Shetek is a great place for summer spiritual encouragement. Bible lessons, athletic activities, singing, new friends, good food, and a lot more can help our kids grow deeper in Christ. We are again offering church scholarships for kids needing a bit extra to attend camp. Contact the church office if you would like to apply. The deadline for all scholarship requests is Sunday, April 26th. Those receiving scholarships will be asked to give a brief testimony about their time at camp after they return.
2020 Reading the Bible Prophets
March 30 - Isaiah 64
March 31 - Isaiah 65
April 1 - Isaiah 66
April 2 - Joel 1
April 3 - Joel 2
April 4 - Joel 3
I am wondering, have you noticed a change in Isaiah? Many divide Isaiah into two major sections. Much like the Old and New Testaments, the first 39 chapters and the last 27 chapters of Isaiah are divided. The writing tones are also different. Some even suggest that these two parts are so different that they must have different authors. I am doubtful of that. I myself have written love letters and term papers which are so different that someone might think I am two people!
Some students divide Isaiah into three parts. They put chapters 36-39 into the history of Hezekiah. I find it very interesting that 2 Kings, 2 Chronicles and Isaiah give 12 chapters to this one king. Perhaps it is because the Northern kingdom was captured and yet Judah survived during his reign.
After finishing Isaiah, we will go backward in time to the beginning of the prophets and read to the end of the kingdom of Judah. That will conclude the Pre-Exile prophets.
Once again—- the writing prophets of the Old Testaments are clustered around crisis times after King Solomon’s death. Pre-exile, Exile, Post-Exile. Most can be placed in time by the events or people involved. A few have very little indication of their dates.
Our first read is Joel. There is no historic data of these plagues in other Bible passages. Some date Joel at 850 BC, some feel he is much later. The tragedy of this little prophet will be just after Easter. Perhaps you will be thinking of the growing disaster of Covid-19 as you read. Perhaps you will be thinking of the disaster of the passion week. Passion week ended with a glorious Easter resurrection. The book ends with a glorious eternity. Also please note the repentance.
A common phrase in the prophets is “the day of the Lord.” You saw it six times in Joel. You will see it in many of the other prophets. You will want to compile a list of things about that day and compare it to other days. The day of Christ. The day of God.
Next, we will read Jonah. Only four short chapters. A well-known true story. Remember, we started in the prophets with the prince of prophets, Isaiah. He lived at the time of the end of the Northern country, Israel. They were carried into captivity and relocated by the Assyrians whose capital was Nineveh. 100 years before that, God sent Jonah as a foreign missionary to Nineveh. He did not want his enemies to come to the Lord. He wanted the Lord to wipe them out. Jesus said to pray for your enemies. I think God’s work through Jonah might have delayed the Assyrian’s rise to power.
After the fall of the North by about 75 years, God instructed Nahum to write to or about the fall of Nineveh. Let’s skip ahead and read those three chapters next.