For those who did not hear, Mr. Gurgel accepted his call to St. Peter, MN. He and his family will be moving this summer, after the school year. We wish him and his family God’s blessings on this new chapter in their life. We have scheduled a call meeting to replace him Wednesday, March 15, at 8:00 pm. “Why Wednesday?” you might ask. The simplest answer is timing. It’s the only time in March Pastor, Principal and BYD Chairman could all be there and still coincide with a service. Please, mark your calendars.
Dinner Around Town is Saturday night at the Friendly Confines in Lake Mary, @ 6:30 p.m. 25 people have signed up to attend.
This is a special Sunday. The children of the school sing for the service. Afterwards, Sunday Funday kicks in. After getting some finger foods, check out the student Art Fair projects or go to the library and check out the books at the Scholastic Book Fair. It’s also our Kindergarten Round-Up. If you know anyone who has a child going into Kindergarten, invite them to come and check out our school and meet our teachers.
Looking ahead, Lent begins March 1, Ash Wednesday. We will have a 2:00 p.m. service and a 7:00 p.m. service. There will also be a dinner served at 6:00 p.m. in the ASC room.
Choir practice for Easter begins March 5, and will run about 20-25 minutes. We need about 20 voices. There will also be practices Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. You don’t have to make every practice, just what you can.
Basketball this Saturday at 9:30. Members and member guests are invited to attend. There is a $2 charge per person.
Now here’s today’s devotion:
Fullness in Christ
For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority. In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.
Our Savior Jesus defies math! If you are student who is struggling through Calculus, hold on a second, let me explain. Though our Savior loves math and has given us the blessing of intelligence to see order and logic in Creation, yet he defies math. He cannot be explained by it! No formula will get us to a better understanding of who he is and it certainly won’t show us what he’s done.
One of the best examples of Jesus’ being bigger and better and wiser than math comes from these words: in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form. Jesus is 100% God and 100% man. That answer would be 100% wrong on your math test, but in Scripture it’s a rock solid truth. Though we cannot explain and it defies logic, Jesus is 100% God and 100% man. There’s no debate if you let Scripture speak plainly.
Just as fully true as that statement is, so true is the next: you have been given fullness in Christ. The one who is fully man and fully God, makes us to be “full” as well. He provides for our needs and wants. He gives spiritual protection and causes spiritual growth. He purchased us with his blood and freely forgives us through his death on the cross. He gives us an inseparable connection to him through baptism and thereby washes us clean from every spot and stain and wrinkle and blemish of sin. He enables us to do what we could not do before–-put off the old sinful nature that once controlled us. By God’s grace, that ball-and-chain of sin is removed. We are set free and redeemed.
Through faith, we are connected with Christ in a wonderful way. We are connected to him by baptism through which our sins were drowned in the forgiving love that he showers on us. We are raised to new life in his Easter victory. Now his glorified body will be ours. His forever in heaven is our future too, all thanks to God’s love for us.
Dear Jesus, thank you for being my Savior—true Man and true God. Thank you for your love which changes my life here on earth and gives me a sure future in glory. Amen