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Friday Evening Bible Study

February 24, 2017

Ed Habre led the adult Bible Study on the first four chapters of 1 Corinthians. He first some descriptive background about Corinth, including some history and information on its location. At the time of Paul’s writing, Corinth was a prominent trade city made up of many cultures. The Corinthians enjoyed great material prosperity and intellectual superiority, and this combination led to moral corruption.

Paul’s letter to the Corinthians addressed a foundational spiritual problem that threatened to tear...

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Friday Evening Youth Focus

February 24, 2017

The first youth focus session of 2017 was held Friday, February 24. As usual, the evening began with a meal—gyro sandwiches and “Krispy ice cream” (a concoction involving chocolate-peanut-butter Krispy treats rolled into vanilla ice cream) for dessert. The whole meal was a hit!

After dinner, the group moved to the front of the room and joined in a few worship songs including “How Great Is Our God” and “This Is Amazing Grace.” Then Ryan...

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Tuesday Evening Service

February 21, 2017

Prelude:Rebekka Moen played “Fairest Lord Jesus” and “Be Thou My Vision” on the flute.

First special: The choir sang “Isn’t the Love of Jesus Something Wonderful?”

Testimonies: Chet King gave thanks for the Lord saving him forty-eight years ago. Cliff Paulsen thanked the Lord that he has been saved now for fifty-six years. Phyllis Waddell told of getting saved the first Sunday of camp meeting when she was sixteen, and she was sanctified later that day during the ...

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Sunday Evening Service

February 19, 2017

Prelude: A Serenaders' group of Curt Cook, Matt Hanson, and Shawn Worthington played “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” and “In the Sweet By and By.” Then the choir sang “I’ve Got Joy!” with Deborah Brenner as soloist.

Featured Testimonies: Yvonne Wilson thanked God that she could attend the Chile camp meeting this year and spoke of a very special altar service where the Lord really poured out His blessings. Duane Wilson testified that he...

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Sunday Morning Service

February 19, 2017

Prelude: The orchestra played “Come, Now Is the Time to Worship” and “Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say So.” Then the choir sang “Welcome to the House of the Lord” featuring a vocal trio of Jillian Luka, Michael McCarville, and Imelda Nedelcu.

First Special: The octet sang “How Great Is Our God.”

Scripture Reading: Clark Wolfe read Psalm 87:1-7.

Last Special: The choir sang “Come to the Water.”

Sermon: Darrel Lee preached from Psalm 87:5-6, explaining that the Gospel is...

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Friday Evening Service

February 17, 2017

Prelude: Curt Cook played a trombone solo of “Day by Day” and “Sound the Battle Cry.” Then Gary Wolfe and Norman Hall (pictured above) sang “There Is Someone.”

Featured testimonies: Chris Luka said his family has been using their devotional time to study the basic Bible doctrines, and he has been encouraged to see his children embracing the Gospel. Al Smith said his recent cataract surgery enabled him to see at a greater distance and in more vivid...

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Tuesday Evening Service

February 14, 2017

Prelude: Jillian and Julianne Luka played a cello and violin duet of “He Keeps Me Singing” and “In My Heart There Rings a Melody.”

Featured Testimonies: Darrel Lee stated that his marriage began as an adventure forty-one years ago on this date, with several challenges on their wedding day, but God intervened and has continued to be with them since then. Debbie Lee testified that she gave her heart to God when young and life has turned ...

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Beginner's Valentine Program

February 12, 2017

After a nearly two-month delay (due to weather), the congregation was finally able to enjoy the Beginner Program at the beginning of the Sunday morning service on February 12. Originally planned as a Christmas program for December 18, the theme was changed slightly to a Valentine’s Day message celebrating God’s love.

As the performers assembled, the junior orchestra played several songs including “His Banner Over Me Is Love” and “He Is Lord.” Then the program...

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Sunday Evening Service

February 12, 2017

Prelude: Jane and Brian Ewers and Susan Anderson played a violin trio of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” “How Great Is Our God,” and “Power in the Blood.” Kristi Riler, Michael McCarville, and Imelda Nedelcu then sang “I Have a Father Who Can.”

Featured Testimonies: Tosin Shobucola, from Nigeria, testified that he recently had to take an exam that he did not have time to prepare for, but he prayed, and God helped him pass the...

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Friday Evening Ordinance Service

February 10, 2017

Prelude: Shawn Worthington played “Were You There?” and “I Believe in a Hill Called Mount Calvary” on the organ. The choir then sang “I Plead the Blood.”

Last Special: Randy Baltzell sang “He’s Everything.”

Lord’s Supper Sermon: Tom Pricskett read 1 Corinthians 11:23-34 for his text, and brought out that Jesus intended the first Lord’s Supper to be an intimate time that His disciples would never forget, and today, it is also a cherished time...

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