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Here I Stand Lecture

The Rev. Dr. Dennis N. Voskuil, who in addition to being president of Hope College is a theologian with an emphasis in church history, will bring Martin Luther to life through the presentation “Here I Stand: A Conversation with Martin Luther” on Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 4:30 p.m. in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall through the college’s Presidential Colloquium lecture series.
The public is invited. Admission is free.


500th Anniversary

     Martin Luther was troubled. He was committed to being the best monk possible. He dedicated his life to serving God and the Church. Yet he found that God was impossible to please, and the Church was far from perfect.

     On October 31, 1517, in Wittenberg, Germany, Luther posted his thoughts about God and the Church. His teachings gained purchase with many. The result was the 150-year movement in Europe that became known as the Reformation and that continues to have an impact today.
     Luther was not alone in his struggles and desires.This 500th anniversary of the Reformation reminds us that our fears and needs have not changed. With all our progress and knowledge, we are still concerned about questions of death and our place in the universe.                                              The answers Luther found in the Reformation address our concerns today. How does God feel about us? What do we do in the face of an overwhelming reality like death?

     Luther read the Bible and discovered that God has made Himself known to us as a God of love. Luther’s fundamental discovery was in how he read the Bible. Luther’s heart skipped for joy when he understood God’s character. God shows mercy to the guilty and love to the unlovable. Luther saw himself as the recipient of God’s undeserved kindness, not the target of His deserved anger.

     Luther discovered that God is love. God sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross as a sacrifice for sinful mankind. Jesus wasn’t guilty of any sin. His death paid the price for sin. God’s wrath over sin and all who do wrong was poured out on Jesus.

     The Reformation is summed up in a brief statement by Luther: “I must listen to the Gospel. It tells me, not what I must do, but what Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has done for me” (Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians, Chapter 2).  Because of Jesus, God turns toward humanity in love. God forgives all those who have faith in Jesus. After His death on the cross, Jesus rose from the dead. He conquered death for all those who believe in Him.

     In the Reformation, Luther taught that humans don’t earn God’s love by trying to please Him. God’s love is a free gift because of Jesus. This is the good news of the Gospel. Faith in Jesus as God’s Son and our Savior gives forgiveness of sins and eternal life.

     These answers address humanity’s needs. The individual’s standing before God and the perpetual battle against death are answered in Jesus Christ. He is God’s love. He conquered death. He reconciles you to God.

     Five hundred years have passed since Luther began the Reformation. The truth is still the truth. Humanity’s situation hasn’t changed. Luther needed answers. He found them in God’s love. Luther taught everyone that God sent Jesus to forgive sins and to give eternal life. Where are you looking for answers?



Christmas Child

 

     Samaritan’s Purse demonstrates each year an amazing journey of a simple shoebox gift. This year, Whitney Kesler and Julie Ohse headed up our operation Christmas Child to bless children in need around the world. The goal was to fill 40 boxes for dropping off in November. We filled 60 boxes!!!!
     Pray the children who receive the boxes will be blessed by the gift and respond to the message of Jesus Christ. We have tracking labels on half the boxes with message cards from COS.
     Pastors around the world host shoebox distributions in places where people may not know Christ and invite them to follow Him. Other churches use the boxes as resources for outreach in orphanages and other at-risk areas. In many places, they also offer The Greatest Gift, a Gospel story booklet Samaritan’s Purse developed for shoebox recipients.
     Thank you to everyone that has helped create these special boxes for Operation Christmas Child. 

 



16th Annual Cruise-in

Completed September 8, 2017
The benefit for the Dan Masterton family was a huge success and our team did an outstanding job of representing our Church. A beautiful day brought out well over 500 cars and around
3,000 people to the event and raised $35,000 for the family. Thank you for your support in serving all those hamburgers, hot dogs, and brats for this very worthy cause. Kim Masterton was so very thankful and overwhelmed at how many people came out to help support her with all of  her medical bill from her husband Dan. Thank you all for giving of your God-Given gifts of love for one another.

 

A heartfelt thank you from Tom Nunheimer and Terry Reimink


25th Anniversary Picnic

Completed August 13th.
 
  • Best picnic basket won a prize..
  • Lots of tasty dishes to pass 
  • Great games and many volunteers to orchestrate whatever was needed.
  • 1st and 2nd place finishes for the pie baking contest…our 3 judges enjoyed every bite!.


Recycle for LWML

Get Ready, set, recycle! Your LWML is collecting empty inkjet printer cartridges, empty laser printer cartridges used cell phones, PDAs Palm Pilots, i-Pods, MP3 Players, laptops, notebooks, e-Readers, tablets, & i-Pads (include power cords) to redeem for cash. The cash will be used to pay for expenses associated with hosting the LWML’s National Convention to be held in Lexington, KY in 2021. Just bring your contributions to COS and put them in the recycling bin. It’s easy and it’s good for the environment also. Questions about what we can recycle? Check out the poster in the sanctuary or call Esther Klug at 269-561-2925. Your LWML thanks you!
2021 – 39th Biennial – Lexington, Kentucky, June 24-27


Welcome Whitney

There is a new face in the church office. Her name is Whitney Kesler, and she is our new secretary. Many of you already know her from when she filled in during the winter months. We are glad to have her on board! Stop in to say hello and get to know her between 9:00 and 1:00 Monday through Thursday.


Sunday Worship Schedule

 
Worship Service @ 9:15 a.m.,
 
Adult Bible Class @ 10:45 a.m.


New Mobile App

Christ Our Savior has just launched a Mobile App. Install this App to receive information on worship times, bible classes, event announcements, Sunday sermons, schedule changes and other items.  In addition you will receive important notices through push notifications.  Please go to your appropriate mobile “store” and download the App.  Type in “Christ Our Savior” as  your search criteria.


Archived Calendar

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December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017