We conclude our post-Easter series “Now What?” recognizing our dependence on the power of God through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. It is one thing to recognize that power, it’s another thing to be desperate for it.
Prayer walks will begin in June. You are invited to walk through the neighborhoods of Lake Odessa with others from this community. The “official” times are Tuesday evenings at 7:00 and Wednesday mornings at 10:00.
This morning we continue our post-Easter series: “Now What?” It’s been said that the safest place to be is in the center of God’s will. What if the center of God’s will is the unsafest place to be?
Subject: Prayer Bulletin May 2012 =
Zuni Christian Reformed Mission…
When May rolls in, it feels like there is much to savor. Not precisely true, of course, since each day is filled with remarkable goodness. Nonetheless, as the school and church year acquire mass, there is a sense of substance to our enjoyment. Friday was one such day. We took the kindergarten, first and second graders to the zoo in Albuquerque. At the zoo, the children and I reversed roles. In the classroom, I take the lead, in effect calling out to the children, “Kids, kids, come see this wonder [a math pattern; a lovely word; a science marvel].” Not so at the zoo. There, the children race ahead bidding me come and see the wonders they have found, “Miss Bosscher, Miss Bosscher, there’s a hippo! [an ostrich, a tiger, a giraffe…!]”…animal after animal all through the afternoon.
Savoring is appreciative praise and surely a needful and precious part of prayer. Taste with us the unfailing goodness of the Lord as we pray together this month.
For months, we have prayed for the Tribal Council’s approval to build a duplex on our leased residential site in Blackrock. One afternoon in April, there it was: a simple email stating that a building permit had been granted.
In watching the new school building going up, I’ve noticed that even though the crew is present and working hard each day, on some days, progress seems hardly noticeable. On other days, change is visible everywhere. Just so, with the whole rebuilding project: much of our attention is focused on laying the groundwork for the second phase of the project for building staff housing and the gym/ministry center. Three recent and amazing signs of the Lord’s continued blessings:
An anonymous donor provided a $100,000 matching grant to provide the financial resources to complete the architectural plans for the remaining building projects.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard DeVos have provided a lead gift to initiate the second phase of the capital campaign (as they did with the first phase).
Our Church Council and School Board authorized us to sign contracts with the architect and contractor for residences and gym/ministry center.
On Thursday, May 3, Elliot Elizabeth Murray was born to Ashley Murray, part time 5th and 6th grade teacher, and her husband, Chris who is an officer for the Zuni Tribal Police Department.
As a congregation, we have experienced death in the past month. Dena Natachu, a church member, and Johnny Natewa, brother of our bookkeeper Marian Roskamp, passed away. As a body of believers, we were able to declare together that Christ defeated death and to receive the comfort of the Lord’s presence.
Back to the children: These last weeks of school bring so much pleasure as hard work yields sweet results. Just last week: the 5th-8th graders recited their poems for our annual “Creative Expressions”; 7th-8th grader (reluctant singers at best) gave a marvelous concert with the Rehoboth High School Cantabile Choir; and, our all-school Partner Reading time marked reaching another goal for the children’s home reading program. There is more to come in the days ahead.
Truly, we have tasted and know that the Lord is good. We are grateful for your company in prayer as we savor these blessings of God.
This morning we our post-Easter series entitled “Now What?” we turn our eyes to what we know as the Great Commission: “Go and make disciples.”
This Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - will be the final Coffee Break/Little Lambs meeting for the season, 9:00 am.
Youth Group Work Camp is scheduled for July 21 thru July 30. There are 10 high school students and 3 adult chaperones heading to North Carolina. We have opportunity to help them out. Hire a youth for a work project around your house, or just sponsor a youth with cold hard cash, your choice!
Message: What Now? Obligated