As we near the end of Lent, I want to jump ahead and share with you a portion of tomorrow's reading from the devotional 40 Days with Jesus that we have been going through as a church family:
Day 32. I am perpetually with you, taking care of you. That is the most important fact of your existence. You need not fear the future, for I am already there. When you make the quantum leap into eternity, you will find Me awaiting you in heaven. Your future is in My hands; I release it to you day by day, moment by moment. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow. (See Matthew 6:34)
I want you to live this day abundantly, seeing all there is to see, doing all there is to do. Don't be distracted by future concerns. Leave them to Me! I am training you to keep your focus on My Presence in the present. This is how to receive abundant life, which flows freely from My throne of grace.
This Sunday, at 9:30am, Pastor Norm will continue our series, Gazing at Glory, as he unpacks for us John 11. Please consider joining us in-person. You can also join me in my office at 8:45am for a time of prayer before our service begins.
NOTE: Our Sunday service continues to meet at 9:30am, with two options for participating.
NOTE: For our "after-church" zoom gathering, we will be joining our newest discipleship class led by Larry Annes.
Discipleship Study: Not the Way It's Supposed to Be
10:45am to 11:30am
In-person and Zoom options
Link for zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84125779768
As I mentioned at our Annual Meeting, we have two ancillary committee vacancies. We need to fill one open seat on our Personnel Committee and one open seat on our Legal Committee. This Sunday, March 21, church members will have the opportunity to vote to confirm the following candidates for these two open positions.
Legal Committee: Jonella Malinowski
Personnel Committee: Greg Malinowski
For those who attend in-person, you will be able to fill-out your ballot either before or after the service. For those of you who wish to vote by email, you may do so by replying to this email. Simply type the name of the candidate and type YES or NO next to their name. Please include your name, so that we can confirm your status as a member of Parkside Fellowship.
Should you have any questions about this process, please email Pastor Doug at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mark Hester at email@example.com
Thank you for being a church that prays!
See you Sunday!
As our nation and our community continues to live in a state of uncertainty and unrest, allow me to share a thought.
Some things are just evil. They can be feelings, events or even people. Joseph was one of those people who experienced evil things. You see, Joseph was his dad's favorite and it went to his head. Joseph couldn't help but throw this fact in the faces of his brothers. Instead of killing Joseph and solving the problem, they instead sold him into slavery. This horrible, backstabbing act of betrayal, led to a very long season of pain and suffering in Joseph's life. Sure, it worked out in the end, but that doesn't erase the evil. Remember what Joseph said about the evil actions of his brothers? He said, "As for you, you designed evil against me, but God designed it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are to today." This incredible story of human trafficking and betrayal in Joseph's life had an evil design, first by his brothers and then by Potiphar's wife, but with this same event, God's design was good. Joseph, as he sat in jail, had to decide which design to live under, God's good design or the evil design of his brothers. That's a hard one to accept.
Anything that you and I experience, whether good or evil, lives under the sovereignty of God and contains two choices for us. Like Joseph, everyone of us makes a daily decision to live under God's good design or the enemy's evil design. As we continue to experience evil, the question is a simple one..."Whose design are going to live under?".
Please join us this Sunday at 9:30am, as Pastor Norm continues our series, "Gazing at God's Glory". Our focus will be on John 1:35-51. In this story, Jesus tells Nathanael that as a disciple, he "will see heaven open and the angels of God going up and down on the Son of Man". With this statement, Jesus is letting the disciples know that the glory of God will be seen throughout his ministry.
There are two options for accessing our Sunday service:
1. Attend our live "in-person" gathering. No reservations are required and we will continue to follow all necessary COVID guidelines. Please wear a mask so we can keep everyone safe and healthy!
2. We value our online church community and will continue to livestream our church service at 9:30am for those who wish to participate. Also, don't forget to stick around after the service for our "after-church zoom gathering". We start at 10:45am.
Also, it is not to late to sign-up for our Parkside Women Zoom Discipleship Class titled, The Sermon on the Mount. This online class, led by Melanie Annes and Melissa Predmore, meets every Tuesday at 7:00pm
You can register for this class on our facebook page. Here is the link: www.facebook.com/events/712020736392195
Nominations for Church Council
If you know an active member of Parkside Fellowship with outstanding leadership ability, you can nominate them by submitting their name via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or there will be submission forms available on Sunday. All submissions will be due no later than January 18th.
Thank you for being a church that values prayer!
"See" you Sunday.
Doug Boyd - Sr. Pastor