Message: The Catching Away

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

From Pastor Walt & Beryl

We are enjoying our trip across America.  That is not to say it has been easy, because we have faced a few challenges.  Thank you for your generosity in allowing us the time to refresh ourselves.  We find ourselves delighting more and more in our wonderful God.  We are anxious to be back with each of you.  We look forward to talking with each of you in a few weeks. 

Recognition Picnic

All are invited to a Recognition Picnic on Sunday, August 21st, at the Luverne City Park.  Following the morning service, we will head to the City Park for a time of food & fellowship recognizing our Sunday school teachers & students, as well as a “Thank You” to Pastor Merv & Jackie and a “Welcome Back” to Pastor Walt & Beryl.  Hot dogs will be provided, please bring sides & desserts, plates, utensils, cups & drinks.  There will be games for the whole family.  Come join us in this special time of fellowship!

Quarterly Business Meeting Rescheduled


Our Quarterly Business Meeting that was scheduled for July 31st has been rescheduled to Sunday, August 28th, following the morning service. Financial reports will be given, as well as updates from our church boards and committees.

Deacon's Fund Offering

Thank You!

Diane and I wanted to say THANK YOU so much for the unexpected gift of $1000 for our ministry with Josh McDowell!  It’s humbling that you would give above & beyond your regular investment.  It’s such an honor for us to have the church behind us in this ministry.  Obviously, I have a long affiliation with 1st B, having grown up in Luverne and attended the church.  You have been partners with us for over 30 years!  That’s amazing & humbling. 


And you have been part of changing millions of lives all over the world!  I think of a recent story of Sue.  Sue is a piano teacher.  One of her students is an 81-year-old Nazi Germany survivor.  She always thought of God as being cold and distant and really wanted nothing to do with Him. 


One day Sue gave this lady a large print version of Josh’s book More Than a Carpenter and asked her to read it.  Two weeks later she went to this woman’s home for a piano lesson.  She was greeted by her with a huge smile on her face.  She told Sue she had read the book and prayed the prayer in it to give her life to Christ!  Now she wants Sue to teach her all about God and the Bible!  This is just one recent example of how you are making a difference for eternity thru your partnership with us.  We deeply appreciate you!


Dave & Diane Bottorff, Josh McDowell Ministry

From Our Trustee Board

The Trustee Board was approached by the Cole-Kraty’s after the annual business meeting and they said they were interested in the church van.  Upon discussion within the Trustee Board, the decision to give the van to the Cole-Kraty’s to be used for their mission work was made.  Our hope is that it will fulfill an important need and help them minister and spread God’s Word.

A Deacon’s Fund offering will be received today and will be distributed to those with special needs.  Please place your gifts in the offering plate provided in the fellowship hall.