Kick off a new season of education and activities on Sunday, September 9 with an All Church Picnic and Carnival. After worship, Sunday School will begin followed by a potluck dinner at 11:30 AM, and games for both kids and adults at noon. Bring a main dish and side dish to share and your own tableware! Lemonade, coffee and water will be provided.
The Deacons have organized several service projects in the coming weeks. If you are available to help install a fence on August 18, contact Travis Chapa at 507-227-1582. Contact Brad Van De Berg at 507-227-1801 if you could help with a shingling project on September 1.
The Salad Luncheon fundraiser for Talking Bibles International will be Thursday, August 16, 11 AM—1 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Adults – $7; Children under 12 – $3. Sign up at the Narthex table to bring a salad or to help at this event. The Salad Luncheon Committee will meet on Wednesday, August 8, 10 AM if anyone would be willing to join the committee.
August is ARC Food Shelf Month
Rock County churches support the Emergency FoodShelf by donating non-perishable food on a monthly basis. ARC continues to be responsible for the month of August to contribute food or cash.
You can pick up a grocery bag with a list of needed food items stapled to it on the Narthex table behind the Worship Center, or from the small table near the south entrance. Monetary gifts may be left at the church office or placed in the offering plate. Please make checks out to the Rock County Emergency FoodShelf.
Please leave your groceries near the south entrance from where they will be delivered to the United Methodist Church where the FoodShelf operates each Thursday from 1:00-3:00 PM. You are also welcome to leave your groceries at the south entrance of the Methodist Church.
ARC is responsible for serving Home Delivered Meals during the month of September. To volunteer, please choose a date from the calendar at the Narthex table. The meals are picked up at Luverne Senior Dining at 11:30 AM and local delivery usually takes about an hour.
This week I had a cataract removed at the Luverne Hospital. I am grateful that this experience was better than the one I had as a kid when I had my tonsils removed. It was morning when my parents took me up the stairs to the office of Dr. Bofenkamp where he put me on a table and then put a towel with ether on my face. The next thing I knew I was in the car on the way home unable to swallow even though I was promised as much ice cream as I wanted.
Physical sight is important to all of us as we use our eyes every waking minute. Our spiritual sight or vision is even more important. I read this saying: “Poor eyes limit your sight; poor vision limits your deeds.” Cataract surgery should help my physical sight, but what about my spiritual vision. What do we see as important in that area? Am I interested in knowing God’s plan for my life? What is that plan? How do I know if it’s God’s plan? Vision is a discovery of God’s plan as it relates to our life.
I believe the only way to know God’s plan for us is to know God and know of his love for me and his love for the world. Then I look at the gifts he has given me and use those gifts to demonstrate God’s love by showing love for others. Now I know that some of us believe we don’t have gifts. WRONG!! We all have gifts (according to the Bible) and they are not the same. I see so many gifts being used to encourage people and to show the love of Jesus. It may be a goodie made for someone, a card of encouragement, a visit, being a friend, a ride, a word of advice, a hug, teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir, cleaning at church, caring for someone, sending flowers, praying for someone, making a meal, sitting with someone in silence, being an example, caring for someone who is ill, a phone call, playing a game with someone, making quilts, fixing something, having coffee with someone, helping someone move, a smile, holding a door open, or a hundred different ways we can share God’s love with others. When we share these gifts we demonstrate God’s love—that love shown to us by Jesus as our Savior. Now is a great time to share God’s love.
So seeing is important in a physical sense as well as our spiritual sense. I want to have a vision of what God wants from me and for me. This song shares my vision:
Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best thought, by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light
Be Thou my wisdom, and Thou my true word
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one
Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise
Thou mine inheritance, now and always
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart
High King of Heaven, my treasure Thou art
High King of Heaven, my victory won
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heav’n’s Sun
Heart of my own heart, whate’er befall
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all
When you think of vision—think of your vision for your life.
George H. Bonnema
Midweek Meals are in jeopardy. The discipleship team is searching for a person or small groups to take a turn preparing Wednesday night Midweek Meals from September to April. This could be a once a month rotation if we can find 4 teams. Please contact Becky Ossefoort for details. Please share your gifts and talents by organizing a meal once a month.
MARK SCHULTZ CONCERT!
Mark Schultz will be live at ARC on Wednesday, September 19, 7:30 PM. Tickets are available at the church office, at WildFlowers Coffee Boutique and at itickets.com; $20 for Adults, $10 for Students (ages 18 and under). Proceeds will benefit the Luverne Child Guide Program and the Luverne Backpack Program. Doors open at 6:30 PM.
WORSHIP IN THE PARK Bring your tractor and your Bible to worship at the Luverne City Park on Sunday, July 15. Supper provided by the Pork Producers at 5:00 PM, worship service will begin at 6:00 PM with a message by Pastor Billy Van Camp of Heartcry Ministries. Hayrides and homemade ice cream will follow. Bring your own lawn chair. A love offering will be received to defray expenses.
MOTORCYCLES AND MORE! Rev up your engines – motorcycles, cars, etc. Meet in the ARC parking lot at 6:30 PM for a ride to fellowship together and go out to eat. Dates are Thursdays: June 21, July 5, July 19, August 2, and August 16. Contact Marcia Boeve-Alfano with questions.