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Church Email News April 10, 2020


Good Friday, April 10, 2020

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Dear Members & Friends,

I’ll be honest: this has got to be the strangest Holy Week I’ve ever celebrated. Probably for you, too! But guess what? Today is still GOOD Friday! No matter what is going on around us, our Lord still loved His Father by carrying out His work of saving you and me and the world from our sins. Whether we’re gathered together in our church building or not, Jesus still gave His life for us on Calvary. Whether we’re gathered in our church building or not, He still rose again on Easter. Sin and death are defeated. It’s as simple as that. A happy and blessed Good Friday to you and a blessed and joyous Easter to you as well! Christians everywhere rejoice at the Good News these days bring the world!

Streaming and Recorded Video

We stream live on our FACEBOOK PAGE HERE.

Our videos are also live and recorded on YOUTUBE HERE.

The simplest way to watch online (not live) is probably through our church’s website HERE.

Make sure to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE to our Facebook and YouTube Pages so you get updates when we go live and or add videos.

Remainder of Holy Week and Easter Services

Today, Good Friday – Live-Stream at 7 PM
Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil Live Stream at 6 PM
Easter Sunday – Live Stream at 6 AM (Easter Dawn) and 9 AM (Easter Day)

Remember that all services are recorded and will be available to watch any time after they are live on our YouTube Channel or via the church’s website.

Daily Devotions

Pastor is live on Facebook every day, Monday through Saturday for Daily Devotions. Tune in at 8am to start your day with the Word of God and prayer.

Bible Studies Resuming!

We’re going to give Bible Studies a shot using the Zoom Service to meet together virtually.

To join the meeting on your Computer (with camera and microphone) or Phone, click the link HERE.

If prompted use the following information:
Meeting ID: 815 385 0859

Password: ZionLions

If you’d like help getting this set up ahead of time, let Pastor know.

Bible Study Schedule:

Tuesday, 10:30 AM

Sunday (beginning April 19), 8:00 AM

Learning the Faith, (beginning April 19), 10:15 AM

For Learning the Faith, children are encouraged to participate and watch along. We’ll keep the sessions shorter than in person.

Prayers for Healthcare and other “Frontline” Workers

We’d like to include a list of family and friends who we know are working on the “front lines” of this pandemic. If you know of healthcare workers, first responders, grocery store cashiers, and others who are out there working during all of this, please let us know so that we can compile a list of their names to bring before the Lord in our prayers. You can EMAIL, CALL THE CHURCH OFFICE OR PASTOR, or TEXT PASTOR names you would like included. Please let us know their NAME and WHERE THEY WORK.


We ask and encourage every family to consider their offerings that they would normally give to the church. Please MAIL YOUR CHECK or set up your bank account to make a DIRECT BILL PAY to the church. I know there is a ripple effect in our economy. Please consider God’s promise that He will indeed provide us our daily bread. Our offerings help provide for our brothers and sisters in Christ through pastoral ministry and for those in need.

Portals of Prayer

If you need Portals of Prayer (or any other resources), please let the Office know and we can mail you a copy.

Pastoral Care

I’ve been calling to check in on our members. My number is:

(618) 318-3680

It’s an unusual area code (Southern Illinois) which means you might think I’m a scam caller. So if you see that number pop up, it’s just me. Please ADD ME to your Contacts so you’ll know who’s calling.

Today, Jesus died for our sins. Tomorrow, He rested in the tomb. Sunday, He is risen! One way or another, we’re rejoicing in all of this Good News. In the end, it is only the death and resurrection of Jesus that offers true hope for a world surrounded by death. But death has been defeated by Jesus and just as sure as His grave was empty, so yours will be. Then there will be everlasting life where every tear is wiped away for good!

“See” you online!

In Christ,
Pastor Buetow

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