NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER - 2018

Questions and Answers!

There are some things that are hard to understand.  There are many questions that are hard to answer.  What do we do with our questions?  Where do we go for answers?  We acknowledge that we go to God’s Holy Word and God answers!  In the book of Romans there is a series of questions and answers that bring great encouragement to the soul!

 In Romans 8 Paul concludes the chapter speaking of God offering Himself and predestining those who believe to “become conformed to the image of His Son.” (Rom. 8:29)  These He also, “called and these who He called, He also justified, these who He justified, He also glorified.” (Rom. 8:30) Following these truths come power statements of God’s saving, giving and keeping power in the form of questions and answers:

Question #1

“What then shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who is against us?” (Rom. 8:32)

Wow!  Paul’s heart is so full in understanding God’s love and care for him that he doesn’t know how to express it in words.  Have you ever been speechless when God has revealed Himself to you in such a powerful way?  In the true stories of the Old Testament we see over and over God’s doing exactly what He said He would do.  The same is true in the New Testament.  God is and always is who He said He would be.  He also does what He says He will do.  It is no different today.  Let’s trust and believe His promises.

Question #2

“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us, how will He not also freely give us all thing?” (Rom. 8:33)  God has given us everything that we need for life and salvation.  He offered His only Son to die for us on the cross.  He raised Jesus from the dead and conquered sin, death and the devil.  He has given us His Holy Spirit, His Word, the fellowship of the body of Christ and eternal life.  “All things,” speak to all the blessings that we have in Christ!

Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies, who is the one who condemns?  Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.” (Rom. 8:33)  Praise God that we are justified (made right with God)  because of what Jesus has done.  He died for us, was raised for us, He sits at God’s right hand and intercedes for us.  What a friend we have in Jesus, who knows every need of our soul and gives the believer a right standing in God’s sight.  “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1)

Question #3

“Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies, who is the one who condemns?  Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.” (Rom. 8:33)  Praise God that we are justified (made right with God)  because of what Jesus has done.  He died for us, was raised for us, He sits at God’s right hand and intercedes for us.  What a friend we have in Jesus, who knows every need of our soul and gives the believer a right standing in God’s sight.  “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1)

Question #4

“Who will separate us from the love of Christ?  Will tribulations, or distress, or persecutions, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” (Rom. 8:35)  Nothing, absolutely nothing but rather, “in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.” (Rom. 8:37)  Trials come, heartaches abound, life is not easy, but we have the promise that we “overwhelming conquer,” through Christ.  This is not just slipping by our opponent or winning on a last second shot, but this is complete and dominating victory over the things in life that challenge us.  The key is “through Christ.”  It is not in our own strength and understanding of what we may think, but rather in what He has done for us! 

As we come closer to Thanksgiving I pray that these words would be encouraging and help us look to the future filled with thankfulness fulling trusting in the promises of God!

Amen and Amen,

Pastor Mark Johnson

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Ministerial Acts

Wedding

Cody Johnson & Whitney Moore

Tordenskjold – October 20, 2018

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        Preaching Rotation - November,  2018

November 4

9:00 a.m.         ZS (Pr. Mark) Mark 11:7-14

10:30 a.m.       Kvam (Pr. Dan) Mark 10:46-52

10:30 a.m.       Tord. (Pr. Mark) Mark 11:7-14

November 11

9:00 a.m.         ZS (Pr. Dan) Mark 11:15-26

10:30 a.m.       Kvam (Pr. Mark) Mark 12:1-12

10:30 a.m.       Tord. (Pr. Dan) Mark 11:15:26

November 18

9:00 a.m.         ZS (Pr. Mark) Mark 12:1-12

10:30 a.m.       Kvam (Pr. Dan) Mark 11:15-26

10:30 a.m.       Tord. (Pr. Mark) Mark 12:1-12

November 25

10:30 a.m.       ZS (Pr. Mark) Mark 12:27-40

9:00  a.m.        Kvam (Pr. Mark) Mark 12:27-40

10:30 a.m.       Tord. (Pr. Dan) Mark 12:13-27

 

November Communion

Zion-Sarpsborg: Nov. 4

Tordenskjold: Nov. 11

Kvam: Nov. 18

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 Church Libraries - Be sure to check out all of the good books at each of our church’s libraries.  There are many wonderful reads and resources available.  A special thanks to those in our churches who so faithfully work with this ministry!

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Thanksgiving and Praise

November 21, 7 p.m. at Kvam

On November 21st join us at Kvam for our Thanksgiving Service at 7:00 p.m..  We are blessed people!  God is so good!  During our time together we want to give testimony of God’s faithfulness.  “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.  His love endures forever.  Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, His love endures forever.”  Psalm 136:1-3

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 GROUP BIBLE STUDIES - The early church gave themselves to the “apostles” teaching, the breaking of bread, fellowship and to pray.”  (Acts 2:42).  We would like to extend a special invitation to anyone who would like to be a part of one of our home group Bible studies: 

Gordy & Marian Grage Home, each Wed. @ 7:00 pm (Ephesians)

Sid & Diane Wisness Home, each Sunday Oct. 28 @ 6:00 p.m.(Psalms)

Earl & Julie Fietek Home, each Sun., Nov. 4 @ 6:00 p.m. (James)

MEN’S STUDY – Each Tuesday morning the men’s study meets at the Quik Stop in Underwood at 7:00 a.m.  

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Thank you to those who helped with our Parish Service on October 21.  Thanks to the Hospitality Committee for planning and preparing the meal.  The freewill offering from the meal was given to FLY.    Thank you to the Sunday Schools for their special music and to Julie Fietek and Paul Vukonich for sharing your testimonies. 

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For information concerning parish events, check our website: www.daltonfreelutheran.org.  We will add any weather related cancellations on the web site. Announcements are also added to the Dalton Free Lutheran Parish Facebook page.     

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Advent/Christmas Schedule:

Dec. 5              Kvam Advent Service 7p.m.

Dec. 12            Parish Christmas Party, 6:00 Fellowship, 6:30 meal/program  (Meal: Zion-Sarps. Program: Kvam;  Decorating: Tord.)

Dec. 19            Tordenskjold Advent Service 7 p.m.

Dec. 24        

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Zion-Saprsborg 4:30 p.m; Tordenskjold   at 10:00 p.m.

Dec. 25                       

Christmas Day Service at Kvam   10:00 a.m.

Sunday School Christmas Programs:

Tordenskjold:  Sunday, Dec. 16 at 4:00 p.m.

Zion-Sarpsborg:  Sunday, Dec. 16 at 5:30 p.m., soup & sandwiches following.

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FLY News

FLY is selling scented candles from Crossroads through the month of November.  The orders will be here in time for Christmas.  Order forms are due back to Pr. Dan no later than Nov. 26th.

Our District Fall Youth Retreat is set for Nov. 16-17 at Inspiration Point.  Cost is $75/person (financial aid is available). Registration forms are available online at www.daltonfreelutheran.org  or from the parish office, and are due by November 7. 

Thank you to all who provided pies for the Silent Auction, and to those who participated!

 The next Youth Advisors meeting is Sunday, November 18 at 6:00 p.m. at the parsonage.

Congratulations to Pr. Dan & Hannah on the birth of their daughter, Maisie Abigail, who was born on October 30.Also welcoming the new arrival are big sisters Eloise and Ad