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5/2/2013 2:50:00 PM
Eden Chapel United Methodist Church

Welcome to Eden Chapel United Methodist Church a very unique experience in worship. We do Sundays a little different at Eden Chapel and we believe you will enjoy it as much as we do. We begin every Sunday morning with a very personal Communion Experience in our Prayer Chapel. Then we prepare for our Sunday Morning Worship which leads us into our Gathering Time; after that we are off to Sunday School to share our lives and experiences with each other. We have children, youth, adult and inter-generational groups, so we just know that we have one for you. Our Sundays are as follows: Sunday 9:00am Weekly Communion in the Prayer Chapel, Sunday 9:30am Worship in the Sanctuary, Sunday 10:30am Gathering in the Fellowship Hall, Sunday 11:00am Sunday School and Special Bible Study Classes, Sunday 6:00pm Gospel According to John - Bible Study - all are invited, Wednesday 6:00pm Choir Gathering - come join us and sing for fun, Wednesday 6:00pm Youth - come join us. This is the 6th Sunday of Easter and Communion Sunday at Eden Chapel. Pastor John will be preaching from the New Testament Book of Revelation 21: 10; 21:22-22:5 and with the sermon title: "Church is gone; Only God remains." There is a story that comes out of "East Berlin" (before the wall came down) and it goes something like this. The Great day of" Kirchentag", literally "Day of the Church" was about to take place. It was a time that Christians from both sides of Berlin were allowed to gather together and celebrate their faith. As a visiting Christian from America was riding on the subway in route to the celebration, she asked a young lady for directions. The young lady said how she would love to attend "Kirchentag" but her boss was a communist and would not allow her the day off to attend. She was a "Verlorene Kinder" (lost children of the war) and did not have any relatives that she knew. The American Christian said, "You are not alone, you are part of Church of Christ throughout the world. You have "Kirchentag" in your heart. No one can take the Church from you, because you are the Church. You can go into the chapel of your heart at any time and join other Christians everywhere in worship and praise, no one can stop you. She smiled and said, "Do you worship in the chapel of your heart?" And the American Christian answered, "Unless you worship there, you worship not at all!" Imagine if we could just worship God in our hearts and not be concerned about religions or denominations, church politics or doctrine, what a great place that would be? We talk about it as if it cannot exist here on earth, yet we pray for it each week; "Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven". Sound familiar, just doesn't look familiar, however it should not keep us from trying! Have a happy "Kirchentag" this week.

Please remember you are always welcome to come and experience a very unique way of learning more about God and church family. Again weekly Communion is at 9am; Worship Service starts at 9:30am; Gathering Time is 10:30am with classes at 11:00am. Eden Chapel United Methodist Church is located at the corner of 92nd Street and S. Fairgrounds Road. We are the little church under the Big Sign. Come see us, we think you will find a home with us!and then enjoy a tour of he plaza! Bring your lunch and come join them! Come visit us at 2415 E 104, just a mile north of Perkins. Info: 547-1222 or www.immanuelbaptistperkins.org

Immanuel Baptist Church
By Claudia Andrews

Plan to join us for the Perkins Ministerial Alliance Baccalaureate service at First United Methodist Church this Sun., May 5 at 6 p.m. as we honor our Perkins-Tryon seniors John Curtis, Eden Chapel UMC will bring the message. The last day of school is May 17 and Graduation will be that evening. Tobie Sanders played the trumpet solo "Moment by Moment" for our offertory. Jim Bickell sang "I'm Satisfied with Jesus in My Heart" and "Precious Memories" before the sermon for those who came to celebrate Jesus as Lord.

Our guest preacher Brother Rob Miller's morning message "Why Bother to Pray" was taken from Isaiah 59:1-2. "Behold..." a statement drawing earnest attention to what the Lord is saying. "Save" here denotes there was a major separation between God and His people that He can bring back together, but they must understand that their sin choices have hidden His face from them. Israel's moral integrity had deteriorated far from God; they had accepted the immoral culture around them. Christianity is in danger of falling into that same trap today because Truth is being abandoned in our culture. C.H. Spurgeon stated "the condition of the churches may be accurately gauged by it's prayer meetings." Satan's kingdom will be damaged when God's people begin go pray earnestly! In Acts 2, prayer is one of the four things the disciples were doing. Emphasis about the important one is found in Matthew, Mark, and John, where Jesus stated "My house shall be called a house of pray." II Chronicles 7:14 gives us direction: humility and repentance leads to forgiveness and healing. Why bother to pray? It is a must for the child of the King!

Brother Rob's evening message "Be Doers of the Word" came from James 1:22 and II Peter 1:3-10. Hear (read), respond, and grow in the Word of God through the Holy Spirit, ultimate teacher. Every time we hear, or read, the Truth, we have a choice to make. We have been given everything we need for spiritual growth, the foundation being Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. In our faith we must add Virtue: moral excellence; Knowledge: II Timothy 2:15; Self-control: letting God, not our emotions control us; Perseverance: I Peter 5:8; Godliness: Christ-likeness, being identified with Father God; Brotherly kindness: care about the needs of people; Love: choose to love regardless (John 15:12). Therein lies the sequence of spiritual growth. We need to pay attention (v.8) or else (v. 9)!

Our senior adult A-Y'S group will meet at the Bartram Pavilion with a sack lunch at 11:30 a.m. on Mon., May 6

The Church of Christ in Perkins
By Bob Penick

Wes Holly, a former member of our congregation, came by the other night and peaked our interest in mission work by telling us about what he is doing in Equador. He and other Christians are sharing the gospel as they work with receptive people who live in poverty along a major river in that country. They are helping those people build houses, and a building to meet in and provide fresh clean water there. Pictures of little children living on the banks of the river really touched our hearts. Wes says there is no way, even with pictures, to get across to us how important and rewarding this effort is, but what he is doing there has deepened his commitment to the Lord and made a very different man of him. He's going back, and he challenged us to go with him.

As when Katie Tyler shared her work in Haiti, we rejoice with Wes to hear about what some in our fellowship are doing to share the love of the Lord with others and help them obtain a more satisfying life style. We look forward to future reports about such endeavors that we might be involved with.

We always welcome you to come meet with us on Lover's Lane and feel the Spirit ofthe Lord moving among us.

Mehan Union Church

There are so many members, friends, young and old needing our prayers, we keep worrying about the outcome for them all. Worrying won't stop the bad stuff from happening, it just stops you from enjoying the good stuff (A cartoon message I read this week). 1 Peter 4:7 says "Cast all your cares on Him for He cares for you " Come you are Blessed by the Lord--Gen.4:31

It is more blessed to give than to receive--Acts 20:15. We honored all those who give so much time and talent to our churches ministries we thank you so much. We have a chance to give by donation Sunday . A Mexican carry out dinner --if you didn't get signed up call the church at 743-2097. The donations go to Falls Creek coming up in just a few weeks. A bake sale and a parent-student meeting.

Romans 14:18 Serving God is pleasing to God and approved by man.

VBS workers meetings are beginning for younger members of our congregation. A good happening for you to volunteer.

Don't forget Bible studies groups, evening services, youth on Wednesday night, cooks serving a great meal on Wednesday nights. janitors, lawn keepers, musicans, teachers, board members, and the minister Pastor Larry Eslinger who brings us the spiritual messages from God each week.

For great is the Lord and most worthy to be praised. 1 Chronicles 16:25 Proverbs has 31 chapters-a chapter for each day of MAY!

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
By Fr. Ken Harder

When you are going somewhere and leave last instructions, whether it is to family, business associates, friends, etc., you give the most important instructions. You want to make sure that no matter what else happens, the important things are observed. Jesus did the same thing for his disciples, not just the first ones, but all of them through time. Look carefully at the gospels and you will find many teachings of Jesus. For instance, 'if you want mercy, then show mercy" or "don't judge and you won't be judged." He gives very few commandments, that is, he rarely says ' I command.' There are three cases of him giving a command. The work in his physical body is coming to an end; the work of his mystical Body, the Church is now commencing. Two commands are given as his final instruction before he completes his work, "love one another' and 'do this in memory of me.' Think for a minute on the command to love. We often think of love as something that just happens. For instance, a person falls in love with another or you find that you love someone who has been your friend. While these are part of our reality, love in its truest sense is an intention that we make; it is an act of the will, not just an emotional response. As Christ has loved, so are we to love. It is the deepest thing we do. Our lives in their totality must be guided by the intention to love. No matter what else we intend, love must be the primary. That is what we call Christian fidelity. This love that we choose to do makes us like Christ on the deepest level of person, yet it is not enough. The fulfillment of the command, 'do this in memory of me,' makes our love a perfect act of worship. Worship of God is first and foremost offering to him what is worthy of him. Of ourselves, we have nothing to offer. When we follow the command of Christ and participate in the sacred act of worship that is a meal, the love we show in our ordinary lives becomes a perfect act of worship. It is greater than what any angel can offer because it is our full participation in the one perfect offering that Jesus made to his Father. Worship is not about how we feel; it is not about what is fun or exciting. In its essence, it is about approaching God worthily. That is why our Catholic Mass will always be offered. It is why we do things differently than others. Your best worship experience may actually be one in which you feel dry; one in which you feel nothing good. It is in precisely such an experience that we worship not because it makes us feel good, which is ultimately selfish, but it is love of God alone that motivates us. The final command of Christ, the one given as his physical being is leaving, is to 'go out and teach all nations.' My friends, this is the core of our faith; love one another, do this in memory of me (Eucharist) and go and teach others what you have received.

Finally, this is a happy weekend for us. With joy, we celebrate with those children who receive the Eucharist for the first time. May this be their sure pledge for eternal life. May their fulfillment of the command of Christ bring them the fullness of eternal life that we share in. Congratulations to the following students who received their First Communion this weekend at St. Francis. We pray their lives are continually enriched by the gift of the Holy Eucharist: Allison Bishop, Mia Blake, Ben Brown, Sadie Crocker, Adolfo Dimas, Guadalupe Dimas, Sandra Dimas, Hannah Douglas, Grayson Goodwin, Samuel Grice, Cherry Halford, Emma Hendricks, Josh Hering, Logan Hering, Yahir Hernandez, Diego Hinojos, Lori Jackson, Molly Kilcrease, Alexander Kilschautzky, Isabel Long, Nathan Ly, Michael Magallenes, Victor Minasian, Grace Mondy, Andrew Moranz, Cagney O'Hara, Ashleigh Pickett, Miles Rebek, Colin Schaller, Gianna Tejral, Emily Wolfe.

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