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Centennial Book

 The Centennial Books have arrived!!  We will have 2 pickup dates available.  On Monday, April 15, the MPR will be open from 5-7PM and then Wednesday, April 17th, we will be in the MPR only AFTER the 7PM Bible class.  Please make every effort to come to one of these dates to get your book.   Starting the week of April 22, we will begin mailing out the rest of the books to those ordered from out of town.    The Centennial book is still available to order though for $15.   Order forms are available in the foyer at the church or you can go online to the church's website.  Please call the church office with any questions. 

Weekly Devotional

“And they said, ‘O LORD, the God of Israel, why has this happened in Israel, that today there should be one tribe lacking in Israel?’” Judges 21:3. Awakened to their drift from God’s commands, God’s people rose up as one man to take action that resulted in the decimation of Benjamin. Now comes the lament, which is also a reaping of what they had sowed. It does not say that they went to God in prayer about their concerns about what they had done that led to this time nor about their future as God’s treasured possession. Neither do we see them inquiring of the LORD about what they ought to do nor a renewing of their covenant with Him. They take action from their own counsel, it seems, to find wives for Benjamin … the tribe that Saul, the first king that they rejected God by demanding (1 Samuel 8), would later come from. So, each still doing “what was right in his own eyes” Judges 21:25, God’s people didn’t learn from how they had gotten to this point. But do we? Boomers make up 75% of our churches while each consecutive generation after them do not attend. Today, there’s more than one tribe lacking in Israel. Will we go it on our own or involve God going forward? 

“But it is you, a man, my equal, my companion, my familiar friend. We used to take sweet counsel together; within God’s house we walked in the throng” Psalm 55:13-14. Where the previous psalm gives the reason why David experiences betrayal from those who should be on his side, encouraging him: “they do not set God before themselves” and how his perseverance in trust results in his redemption, the betrayal in this psalm are more personal. One commentator refers to Psalm 55 as “A Ballad of Betrayal,” and in it, we may see also how Jesus may have felt when Judas, with an angry mob at his back, kissed Him in Gethsemane. Hand-selected by Jesus Himself after a night in prayer, Judas so fits David’s description of this close companion who had turned against him. And so hear the hurt that Jesus would have also felt as we hear David’s words: “My companion stretched out his hand against his friends; he violated his covenant. His speech was smooth as butter, yet war was in his heart; his words were softer than oil, yet they were drawn swords” v20-21. Judas did not act as a friend does, yet Jesus meant every word when He called him ‘friend’ and trusted in the LORD. Do we?

Church Work Day

There will be a work day around the church in preparation for the Centennial celebration on Saturday, April 20th from 9am-12pm.  Please see Jay Houser with any questions or if you know of something specifically that might need worked on.  

Centennial Banquet at Grand Pointe Conference Center


Tickets will be available for the Centennial Banquet until they are sold out.  There will only be 200 tickets sold, so get your orders in ASAP (we are at 199 now).   The cost will be $10 a ticket and it will start at 6PM on May 25, 2024.  There are order forms available at the church or you can go online to print the order form and then send it in with the money.  36th Street members will receive their tickets at church after May 1st and the rest of the tickets will be available for pick up at the door the night of the banquet.  If you have any questions, please call the church office @ 304-295-9696.


We are now able to accept contributions and donations online. 





Friday, April 12, 2024

“Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.”(Daily Reading, ESV)