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Church Email News, April 17, 2020


Friday, April 17, 2020

Dear Members & Friends,

“Seeing is believing.” That’s what we say. If we can see it with our eyes, then we’ll believe something is true or really happened. But in the church, “Believing is seeing.” That is, when the Holy Spirit gives us faith that trusts in Jesus, whom we have not seen, that is how we “see” Him. To put it another way: We “see” Jesus with our ears which hear His Word, for He is hidden to our eyes until He appears in glory on the clouds of heaven. This is what our Lord taught His Apostles, and especially Thomas. We’ll hear it too this weekend as we celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter.

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.

Weekly Worship Services:
Sunday, 9am – Facebook and YouTube
Wednesday, 7pm – Facebook and YouTube

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 to start your day with the Word of God and prayer.

Bible Studies Resuming!
We’ve begun our weekly Bible Studies again. We’re using the Zoom service where we can meet together online.

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.

Tuesday Zoom Bible Study

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’re including 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.

On the day He rose from the dead, Jesus appeared to His Apostles and told them to go and forgive sins. Jesus being alive means God’s people speak boldly that iniquities, transgressions, trespasses, and sins are done! Forgiven! God doesn’t hold them against us. And again, while we don’t always “see” forgiveness, we know it’s true because we hear Jesus’ words. You are forgiven! Tell everyone you know that Jesus forgives you…and them too!

“See” you in church soon!

In Christ,
Pastor Buetow

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