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Friday Evening Youth Focus Session

October 26, 2018

A youth focus session was held on Friday, October 26, and started with chili soup for dinner and then pumpkin bars and a variety of cupcakes for dessert. It was a perfect meal for a fall evening!

Once everyone finished eating, the group was divided into ten teams in order to participate in a game called "Pumpkin Pictionary." Each team was assigned a lesser-known personality from the Bible, such as Queen Esther’s uncle, Mordecai, or...

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Friday Evening Bible Study

October 26, 2018

Dayle Lee (pictured above) led the eleventh Bible study session of the Living Holy series. Titled “Holiness in Relationships,” the key verse for this study asks “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3). Brother Dayle stated that a relationship which is based on one’s relationship with the Lord and holiness will bring out the best in everyone. God instituted friendship and fellowship, and when those are based on Him the rewards ...

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Tuesday Evening Service

October 23, 2018

Prelude: Heidi Copko played a flute solo of “Redeemed.” A young men’s ensemble (pictured above) followed, singing “Let the Flame Burn Brighter.”

Featured Testimonies: Jennifer Worthington told how she used to fear the Rapture, but when the Lord saved her at the age of eight, He took away that fear. Jodie Hinkle shared how after getting saved she began to experience empathy for others, which she had not experienced before. Josh Friesen was thankful he...

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Sunday Evening Service

October 21, 2018

Prelude: Shyla Piper played a clarinet solo of “The Water is Wide” and “Down By the Riverside.” The choir followed by singing “House of the Lord.”

Featured Testimonies: Caleb Copko was thankful he was saved as a teenager, and has been blessed by faithful Christian examples throughout his life. Shade Ajayi praised God for miraculously bringing her through a difficult pregnancy twenty-two years ago when she could have died, and also for her current privilege...

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Sunday Morning Service

October 21, 2018

Prelude: The orchestra played “My Faith Still Holds” and “Morning Praise.” The choir then joined with them and sang “Come, Christians, Join to Sing.”

First Special: Alicia Parker, Imelda Nedelcu, Rebekka Moen, and Kristin Lee sang “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.”

Scripture Reading: Dave Lambert read from Galatians 1:11-24.

Last Special: Michael McCarville sang “The Old Rugged Cross Made the Difference.”

Sermon: Darrel Lee used Galatians 1:15-17 for his text, and instructed that when Christians experience a period of time alone with God,...

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Friday Evening Service

October 19, 2018

Prelude: The youth orchestra played “Count Your Blessings” and “Nothing But the Blood.”

Baby Dedication: Abigail Anne Mathews, daughter of Michael and Cassy, was dedicated (pictured above). For the dedication message, Darrel Lee read Deuteronomy 6:4 and 6-9, encouraging the congregation to become as little children, dependent upon the Lord, learning obedience, and easily forgiving. He then led everyone in a prayer of dedication.

Featured Testimonies: Cassy Mathews said what a privilege it is to...

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Tuesday Evening Youth Service

October 16, 2018

Prelude: Austin Baltzell played a trumpet solo accompanied by Andrea Gaston on guitar, Russell Mathews on bongos, and David Heintz on shakers. They played “Soon and Very Soon” and “We’ll Understand it Better By and By.” The choir followed by singing “Loud Enough to Wake the Dead.”

Featured Testimonies: Angela Lucescu expressed her gratitude that she has God as her friend, especially during trials. Tim Hammer spoke of realizing the importance of each opportunity...

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Sunday Morning Service

October 14, 2018

Prelude: The orchestra played “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” and “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” The choir then sang “The Battle Belongs to the Lord Medley,” with orchestral accompaniment.

First Special: Imelda Nedelcu, Michael McCarville, and Kristi Riler sang “Jesus, Messiah.”

Scripture Reading: Darrel Lee read Mark 10:17-22.

Last Special: The choir sang “Be Still and Know.”

Sermon: Dave Lambert used Matthew 5:1-4 for his text, focusing on verse 4, and explained that the right way to mourn...

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Sunday Evening Service

October 14, 2018

Prelude: Randy Baltzell, Rob Moen, and Josh Friesen played a trumpet trio of “Let There Be Praise” and “When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder.” A mother-daughter sextet followed, singing “Holy Is the Lord.”

Featured Testimonies: Cameron Hinkle told how he fell this past week and hit his head, and he is thankful for God’s protection because his injuries could have been much worse. Susan Baltzell shared how she woke up at 1:30 one morning...

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Friday Evening Service

October 12, 2018

Prelude: Julianne Luka played “Concerto in G Major, 2nd Movement,” “In My Heart there Rings a Melody,” and “Whisper a Prayer in the Morning,” on the viola. The Hall family (pictured above) then sang “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power.”

Featured Testimonies: Maria Green said she recently started a new job, and when she gets worried, the Lord reminds her that she can trust Him to help her. Hunter McCarville spoke of the terrible...

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