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2000 Luther Dr., Peru, IL

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815/223-1144
Office Hours: (M-F)

8:30am - Noon

1pm - 3pm

 

 

2017-18 Sunday School Schedule CLICK HERE 

Saturday Worship/Communion 5:30pm

Sunday School 9am

Sunday Worship/Communion 10:15am

 

Summer worship schedule starts May 27 with Sunday worship at 9:00 a.m. and Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m.  Sunday, May 20, will be the last day of Sunday school and will be a FUN DAY.  Please plan to attend and join in the fun!

 

 

 
 

 

 

 


 

A reminder—If you or a family member enter the hospital and you’d like Pastor Kenyon to visit, please call the church office 815-223-1144.

 

 

PASTORS NOTES

Things and circumstances have changed over the years.  It’s a part of life.  St. Paul, the apostle, experienced many different kinds of circumstances in life.  After meeting the risen Christ on the road to Damascus, pain, hardship, persecution, and unjust imprisonment followed.  In Paul’s letter to the Philippian church (4:12) he writes:  “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want” (NIV).  It seems he figured out how to weather change from one circumstance to another without a lot of fuss or complaining.  Why was this possible for Paul?  Is it possible for us to do the same?  He trusted that the risen Christ was alive and with him in life every day.  His witness inspires us to be content.  With Jesus in our midst, we have everything we need.

What situations or circumstances are you struggling with right now?  What are your fears and frustrations in life?  Also, what are the joys which have come to you recently?  Have you taken time to give thanks as St. Paul so often did? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How easy it is to get caught up in the pursuit of having “more” when in actuality we already have “enough”.  Paul reminds us that with the abundance of riches, it is in sharing generously with others that we are blessed with great joy.  After meeting Christ, Paul so often indicates he gained “everything”.  Having been turned upside down once being named Saul with many possessions and power, became a new person, who so often spoke of his abundant new life in Christ.  He encouraged believers to become generous to others, faith active in love and generosity.

As members of this congregation, each member has numerous opportunities to participate in Christ’s work.  We express our joy and thanksgiving through the offerings which are brought forward to the altar each week, thanking God, that Christ is present with us in each and every circumstance in life.  Through you and your generosity God’s work is being done in the world.

Give generously.  Live abundantly!

In Christ, Pastor Kenyon

 

 

 

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