Vacation Bible School

VBS begins Tuesday, July 5th
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
at Straits E-Free Church

Services for Trisha Litzner

"God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling."
Psalm 46:1-3 (ESV)

Services for Trisha will be held Tuesday, June 21, at the
Little Bear East Conference Center

Visitation: 11:00 - 1:00
Memorial Service: 1:00
Burial to follow

Luncheon at Glen Memorial Baptist Church following the burial service.

(church members: please contact Linda Schlehuber regarding food preparations for the luncheon.)

Camp Week

As we get ready to send 60 campers to Lake Ann Camp this week, its worth asking what makes Lake Ann so special. There are many answers, but consider their core values:
  1. Christ First in Love and Life.
  2. We're all About Trust.
  3. Life Application Discovered.
  4. Program Intentionally.
  5. Ask the Question that Begs Asking.
  6. Challenge by Choice.
  7. You Cannot Teach an Unhappy Camper.
  8. If Its Not Broke, Break It.
  9. Camp is Not an Island.
  10. Unique Learning Experiences.
Read more about these values here.

Bonhoeffer on the Fifth Beatitude: Blessed are the Merciful

"These men without possessions or power, these strangers on earth, these sinners, these followers of Jesus, have in their life with him renounced their own dignity, for they are merciful. As if their own needs and their own distress were not enough, they take upon themselves the distress and humiliation and sin of others. They have an irresistible love for the down-trodden, the sick, the wretched, the wronged, the outcast and all who are tortured with anxiety.
...In order that they may be merciful they cast away the most priceless treasure of human life, their personal dignity and honor. For the only honor and dignity they know is their Lord's own mercy, to which they owe their very lives.
...One day God himself will come down and take upon himself their sin and shame. He will cover them with his own honor and remove their disgrace. It will be his glory to bear the shame of sinners and to clothe them with his honor. Blessed are the merciful, for they have the Merciful for their Lord."

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship