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Tuesday
Jul092013

July 2013

“This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

Psalm 118:24

 

      Sometimes I have to   remind myself that each day is a gift from God and I need to give Him thanks for each day He gives me.  Today is an opportunity.  Today has purpose.  Today is ours to use for Him.

      Maybe some of you are like me and tend to look at what is coming next in life.  The next big trip, the next deadline to be met, next weekend, or maybe what I have to do tomorrow.  I am always working on or toward something.  My eyes are often focused on the future.

     I need to remind myself to take full advantage of each day.  Not just to get stuff done, but to rejoice in what God has given me.  I can rejoice in the fact that I have a job to do and there are so many things to work toward.  I can rejoice that I serve at such a great church with many great people.  I can rejoice in living in Wyoming and being in the middle of God’s great creation.

     Take time to enjoy each day.  Watch the sun come up in the morning, or set at night.  Go for a walk.  Take time to look at the stars.  Spend time with the people you love.  Tell them how important they are.  Find someone to help.  Look for opportunities to serve others.  Soak up the sun.  Ride your bike.  Take time to do the things that you enjoy and take time to do things to benefit others.  Both are important.

     Remember that THIS is the day that the Lord has made.  THIS is a day that God has given us.  Let us rejoice in what God has done and in what He has given us. 

 

Wednesday
May292013

June 2013

  IT’S TIME FOR VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL!!

     I hope your react with excitement and anticipation when you read these words.  VBS is a great ministry that our church has the privilege of participating in each year.  This is a great way to teach children the truths of Scripture in a fun, creative environment.  They will be challenged with God’s word and learn how it can impact their lives.  Children will learn fun songs, hear about and participate in missions, do wonderful crafts, play goofy games, and eat interesting snacks. 

     We will kick off the week before VBS with our missions’ yard sale on May 31 and June 1.  Then on the afternoon of June 1st we will have our VBS kickoff block party. From noon until three we will have a hot dog lunch, snow cones, cotton candy, and the inflatable slide and bounce house set up in our office parking lot.

     The best part is that the whole church needs to be involved.  If you are a child, come and participate.  If you are a teenager, come and help.  Adults, we need you, too.  If you are available, come and help teach and lead these children in a variety of activities.  If you can’t come during the VBS times, pray for the teachers and children.  I promise, prayer is essential to this ministry.  On Wednesday  night we will have a family night.  Everyone should come and encourage the children as they share the things they have learned.  This is also a great opportunity to meet parents of these children.  Many of them don’t come to church.  This is a great time to share the love of God by supporting these parents and children.

     I am thankful for the workers who put lots of time and energy into making VBS a success.  It takes everyone.  I look forward to your involvement the week of June 3-8.  Hope to see you here.  I know you’ll be praying.                   

SEE YOU AT VBS!!

 

Be sure to register for Summer Camp

immediately! 

Children’s Camp           July 8-12

Summit (Youth Camp)       July 15-20

See Pastor Ed for forms

and information

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday
Apr302013

May 2013

     I have enjoyed our partnership with Canada over the past five years.  We have worked with Southwinds church in Calgary doing soccer and basketball camps and they will return to Casper for the third year to help with our VBS and ministry in Midwest.  This partnership has gone from a mission trip to a great time assisting friends in ministry. 

     This year we will return to Calgary June 28-July 6 to help with basketball camp and community outreach activities.  Calgary is a very fast-growing city with people from all over the world moving there.  We will have the opportunity to work with children and their families teaching them basketball skills, Bible lessons, and most importantly, sharing the love of Jesus.  Our team will teach basketball skills, coach the teams (which mean love on and care for the children), assist with younger child care and help with mom’s crafts during the camps.  In the afternoons we will help with children outreach projects.  We will set up and man the bounce house, make cotton candy and popcorn, face paint and play games with the children in a neighborhood park.  The community loves these events and the opportunity to allow their children to play in what they have come to trust as a safe environment. 

     There is still opportunity for you to go.  We will be taking about twenty people with us this year and there are still openings available.  Knowing basketball is not important.  Loving children and wanting to share Jesus with them is what is important. 

     Also, during the first week of June, spend some time with the Southwinds team that will be here.  Get to know these friends as they minister alongside us.  They will be staying in our homes that week.  If you would like to host someone, that would be a great way to be involved in the ministry.  Pray for them as they are involved in what we are doing in Casper and Midwest.

     We go on several mission trips.  Our relationship with Southwinds has grown beyond a mission trip.  We are friends, brothers and sisters in Christ, working together.  A true partnership to see Jesus shared both in Calgary and here in Casper.  Join us in being part of this relationship.

 

Tuesday
Apr022013

April 2013

I was walking through the church on Wednesday night and was humbled as I observed our teachers and the children interacting.  I began to think of how nights like that would leave a lasting impact on those children.

I remember when I was a young boy, sitting in Sunday school, learning the stories of the Bible.  We learned about Adam and Eve, Noah’s Ark, Moses leading the people out of Egypt, Jonah and the great Fish, Joshua and the battle of Jericho, the stories of Jesus and His miracles, and the journeys of Paul.   When I was a little older we would spend time doing Bible drills and memorizing scripture.  I can’t recall the names or sometimes even the faces of those who taught me, but I remember learning these important stories and practices of the faith.  Years later, when I went through a period of struggle and eventually returned to my faith, these lessons stuck with me.  I thank God for the men and women who took the time to teach and train me as a child.

As a teenager, God put a couple of Godly men in my life to give me advice and guidance.  Unfortunately, at the time, I ignored much of their advice.  Still, their words remained with me and eventually they played an important role in my life.  These men took the time to spend with me when they saw no immediate results.

In college, God again placed great men and women in my life to teach and train me for what He was calling me to do.  People who gave of themselves for the purpose of helping another.  I have learned so much from these people.  Some of them have no idea the impact they have had on my life.  God used pastors, teachers, deacons, and just some God-fearing individuals to help mold me into the person I am today.

As I continued my ministry, God continued putting people in my life.  Some for short periods, some for long relationships.  Each one of them has had an ongoing impact in my life.

Most of the people who impacted my life have no idea of the important role they played.  They were just doing what God had called them to do as they served in the ministries that were set before them.  They were obedient to teach and love the students that God entrusted them with.  The results of that were in God’s hands.

Hopefully, years from now, someone will say the same things about us.  God has entrusted us with children and youth to teach and to love.  We have no idea how God may use some of them in the future.  We are to be obedient and give them the tools for a successful life as a Christian.   Each of us has a part to play.  God has given us the opportunity to impact the lives of children and youth.  Join with me in praying for and ministering to the students that God brings across our path.

 

Thursday
Feb282013

March 2013

I guess this is the time for my annual newsletter article promoting our summer camps.

We are looking forward to another great year on Casper Mountain as we participate in Summit and Children’s Camp.  If you are not going to camp, please don’t stop reading.  This is a tremendous ministry that all must participate in for it to be a complete success.

Summit will hopefully be a full camp, and we have about 50 spots reserved.  This camp takes place July 15-20 and the cost is $155.  This camp is open to those that are completing sixth through twelfth grades.  July 1st is our deadline to sign up for Summit.

We also have Children’s Camp July 8-12.  This camp is open for students grades finishing grades three through six.  The cost of this camp is $75.  Children’s Camp is a very popular camp and we need to get our registration in early.

These camps play a strategic role in our youth and children’s ministry.  These weeks are highlights of the summer and are used as platforms for further ministry.  Every year, we see students become Christians, grow in their relationship with Christ, and deal with issues in their lives.  I am very thankful that we have Mountain Top Baptist Assembly and these camps as resources in our state.

As a church, there are ways to be involved.  It is essential that we pray for these camps.  Pray for those that are going, both students and sponsors.  Pray that God will work in the lives of these that are going.  Pray for those that are preparing and leading these camps.  We also have a need for sponsors to go with our students to camp.  Maybe God would have you spend a week on top of wonderful Casper Mountain with a group of teenagers or children. 

There is also a financial need.  Many students can’t afford the cost of camp.  Every year we scholarship several students so that they can attend one of these camps.  I am so very thankful that I can tell students and their families that we will be able to help them.  There has not been a student   in my time here not go to  camp because they could not afford it.

I am already excited about what God will do this summer.  Thank you for participating in Camp with us.  As part of the body of Christ, this is a ministry we do together.