The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

January 31, 2021

What’s Threatening to Sink Your Ship

…and How are you Responding to it?


We all have bad days, don’t we? Maybe you can identify with this person in one of my all-time favorite stories:


“I am writing in response to your request for additional information. In block number 3 of the accident reporting form, I put, “Poor Planning”, as the cause of my accident. You said in your letter that I should explain more fully, and I trust that the following details will be sufficient:


I am a bricklayer by trade. On the day of the accident, I was working alone on the roof of a ten-story building. When I completed my work, I discovered I had about 500 pounds of bricks left over. Rather than carry them down by hand, I decided to lower them to the ground in a barrel by using a pulley which, fortunately, was attached to the side of the building at the tenth floor. Securing the rope at ground level, I went back to the roof, loaded the 500 pounds of bricks, then went back down to the ground and untied the rope…..holding it tightly to insure the slow descent of the 500 pounds of bricks. (You will note in block 11 of the accident reporting form that I weigh 135 pounds). Due to my surprise at being jerked off the ground so suddenly, I lost my presence of mind and forget to let go of the rope. Needless to say, I proceeded at a rapid rate up the side of the building. In the vicinity of the fifth floor, I met the barrel coming down. This explains the fractured skull and broken collarbone. I continued my rapid ascent, not stopping until the fingers of my right hand were two knuckles deep into the pulley.


Fortunately, by this time I had regained my presence of mind and was able to hold tightly to the rope in spite of my pain. At approximately this same time, however, the barrel of bricks hit the ground, and the bottom fell out of the barrel. Devoid of the weight of the bricks, the barrel now weighed approximately 30 pounds. I refer you again to my weight in block number 11 of the accident reporting form. As you might imagine, I began a rapid descent down the side of the building. In the vicinity of the fifth floor, I met that barrel coming up again! This accounts for the two fractured ankles and lacerations of my legs and lower body. The second encounter with the barrel slowed me enough to lessen my injuries when I fell into the pile of bricks, and fortunately, only three vertebrae were cracked. I am sorry to report, however, that as I lay there on the bricks — in pain and unable to stand — watching the empty barrel ten stories above me — I again lost my presence of mind — I LET GO OF THE ROPE …..and what was left of the barrel fell down on me.”


Have you ever wondered why is it that life often doesn’t come easy for us  – especially when we are trying to do the right things?   Why do tribulations come?  Why are there hard circumstances?  Why do we have to face difficult problems?  Why don’t the storms of life only come to those who are doing evil?  Why do they come down on us Christians as well?   After all….we’re God’s people.   Isn’t He supposed to be on our side, working everything out for our good?


The fact is, difficulties come to everyone. Even Jesus had to face life’s storms. Our sermon text today, of course, speaks about a literal storm. But there were many other kinds of storms with which Jesus had to deal.  Facing life as a man was a storm in itself.   But He was also caught in the storm of temptation by the Devil in the wilderness. He endured the storm of being rejected by everyone at one time or another.   While dying for the world’s sin on the Cross, even God the Father turned His back on His Son, our Savior.  He also faced the storm of betrayal by Judas, of abuse in Gethsemane, and especially the storm of His innocent death and burial in the tomb.  


Storms come to all of us as well.    Perhaps today, as we study, contemplate and apply some very appropriate portions of God’s Word, we’ll come to a better understanding and even – perhaps – a better appreciation of the storms that God allows to come our way in life….always to bless us (even though it often doesn’t seem that way while those storms are blowing), and to accomplish His will for our good and His glory.


Storms are always brewing here among us at Grace, aren’t they?…and they always will on this side of heaven.   These storms can threaten to destroy our congregation, our families, and even our immortal souls.   Perhaps some  have come here this morning who are at this very minute in the middle of one of those monster storms.   Those of us who are not battling the waves and winds right now have probably been in rough waters before – most of us more than once!   And it’s quite likely that all of us will face a big storm, if not more than one, somewhere in our future. 

                        What a precious thing it is for us this morning, then, to have the opportunity through our Sermon to study the beautiful and encouraging story of Jesus calming both the storm…and His disciples’ fears.    You see, my brothers and sisters, that story teaches us that Jesus is also your Storm-Stiller and mine, too.   We need – (and we do have!) – His divine protection and His assuring promises every bit as much today as His disciples did in that boat on the Sea of Galilee nearly twenty centuries ago.    By His grace you and I have the blessed assurance that, just as our Savior has delivered us from being shipwrecked in our sins through His death and resurrection for us even so, Jesus will protect us from every other peril and problem in life….guarding and guiding us through life until we safely reach heaven’s eternal shore.


In addition to studying the words of our Sermon Text….. as we mine the gems of God’s Word this morning, we’ll join the Psalmist, through the words of Psalm 42, in longing for and receiving God’s relief from life’s storms and disappointments, as well as the problems and perils we endure as His children on earth.  This Psalm, along with today’s other Scripture readings, has been selected to remind and encourage us that our LORD is always watching over, guiding, and defending His people.  Let’s never forget that!


Israel learned that in dramatic fashion at the beginning of its exodus from Egypt.   In our Old Testament Lesson we’ll hear how God ushered Israel to safety (displaying His almighty power) by miraculously parting the Red Sea before them, and then delivering them from Pharaoh’s pursuing army by drowning it in the returning waters of the Sea.  


Through our Epistle Lesson the Apostle Paul will share with us his confidence in the Lord as the One Who can and Who does safeguard His children and comfort them in all their troubles.  He also talks about how sufferings that he endured for the sake of the Gospel while serving as a missionary in Asia taught him to rely on God, not himself, in his troubles.     


This morning’s Gospel Lesson is the account of Jesus’ walking on the waters of Galilee.   Into every life come the “turbulent storms” of adversity and temptation, but as long as we keep our eyes of faith focused on Jesus as our Protector, we don’t have to be afraid of anything or anyone.  At the side of our Savior we can and will “sail” through all the storms life until we land safely on that heavenly shore. 


Finally, in our Children’s Lesson today, we’ll talk about Jesus’ words to His disciples:  “Do not be afraid.  It is I.”   Whenever we start to be afraid, we can find comfort in remembering that Jesus is always with us, watching over us because He loves us.




Pre-Service Prayer 

Lord Jesus, though but two or three    In Your dear name assembled be,

You will among them show Your face    And bless them with Your saving grace.

In Your dear name again we meet     And worship humbly at Your feet;

You will Your gracious Word fulfill     And cheer us with Your presence still.

Jesus, from Whom all blessings flow,     Your peace and comfort now bestow;

Abide with us till life is o’er      And keep us Yours forevermore.     Amen.




The portions of God’s Word used in this worship flyer have been taken from

The Holy Bible, Evangelical Heritage Version    Copyright 2019,  

The Wartburg Project, Inc.   All rights reserved.   Used with permission.




Prayer upon entering the worship area

Pre-service Music                                                                                                                                                                           


We Praise Our God


Welcome and Introduction to Worship


after which the Congregation will rise for


The Invocation


            Pastor   We begin this service in the name of the Father


                 Congregation   Who gave us our lives through His almighty power.


                 P:        And of the Son

                 C:        Who redeemed our lives with His precious blood.


                 P:        And of the Holy Spirit

                 C:        Who gave us eternal life through faith in Christ Jesus.

                 P:        Amen.


Our Opening Psalm and Prayer                                                                                      Psalm 42, selected verses


     P:        As a doe pants for streams of water,

     C:        So my soul pants for You, O God.

     P:        My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.   When can I go and appear before God?

     C:        My tears have been food for me day and night,   +   while people are saying to me all day, “Where is your God?”


     P:         I am overcome by my emotions whenever I remember these things:

     C:        how I used to arrive with the crowd, as I led the procession to the house of God,   +   with shouts of thanksgiving, + with the crowd celebrating the festival.

     P:        Why are you so depressed, O my soul?   Why so disturbed within me?

     C:        Hope in God,     +   for I will again praise Him for salvation from His presence.


     P:        Deep calls to deep in the roar of Your rapids.

     C:        All Your breakers and Your waves have swept over me.

     P:        By day the LORD commands His mercy.

     C:        and at night His song is with me — a prayer to the God of my life.


     P:        Why are you so depressed, O my soul?   Why so disturbed within me?

     C:        Hope in God,   +   for I will again praise Him for my salvation from the face of my God.


After which the Congregation will be seated for


The Opening Hymn                                                     “His Eye is on the Sparrow”


Why should I feel discouraged,     Why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely,    And long for heav’n and home,
When Jesus is my portion,    My constant Friend is He?

His eye is on the sparrow   And I know He watches me.

His eye is on the sparrow   And I know He watches me.


Chorus:       I sing because I’m happy,     I sing because I’m free;
For His eye is on the sparrow,    And I know He watches me.

“Let not your heart be troubled,”   His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness,   I lose my doubts and fears,
Tho’ by the path He leadeth,   But one step I may see;
His eye is on the sparrow   And I know He watches me.

His eye is on the sparrow   And I know He watches me.     Chorus:


Whenever I am tempted,    Whenever clouds arise,
When song gives place to sighing,     When hope within me dies,
I draw the closer to Him;     From care He sets me free;
His eye is on the sparrow   And I know He watches me.

His eye is on the sparrow   And I know He watches me.


After which the Congregation will rise


We Make Confession Of Our Sins To God


Pastor             Brothers and sisters in Christ:    the Word of God urges us to confess to our Lord all our sins of thought, word, and action.   This is something that ought to be daily part of our spiritual lives, and should come forth from

every heart that is humble and penitent. But we should especially do this when we meet together in His house to thank God for all that He has done for us, to praise Him, and to hear His life-giving Word.    Therefore, come with me now, to our Heavenly Father’s throne of grace, and let us confess our sins together.



Congregation Miserable person that I am,   +   I confess and lament to You, O most holy God,  +   that I  am a weak and sinful creature,  +  guilty of every sin, of unbelief, and of blasphemy. +   I also confess that Your Word

has not brought forth good fruit in me.   +   I hear it, but do not receive it earnestly.   +   I do not show works of love toward my neighbor.   +   I am full of anger, hate, and envy.   +   I am impatient, greedy, and bent on every evil.   +   Therefore my heart and conscience are heavy.   +   Lord, I ask You, free me from my sins,   +   strengthen my faith,   +   and comfort my weak conscience by Your divine Word,  +   that I may obtain Your promised grace.



Pastor       Having humbly and sincerely confessed your sins before Almighty God, now be strengthened in your faith, mindful that our Lord is not willing that anyone should perish eternally, but that everyone should come to repentance, turning

 from their evil ways and receiving from Him everlasting life.    God has commanded His ministers to declare His forgiveness of sins to all who are penitent.   Therefore, rest assured that your sins have been fully covered by the blood and righteousness of Jesus Christ your Savior.  May the peace of God rest upon all of you.   In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

     Now, in the peace of God’s forgiveness, let us together praise our gracious and glorious Lord!


            The Congregation responds by singing:                                                  “The Lord, my God be Praised”


                 The Lord, my God be praised,                     To Him with joyful song

                 My God, Who ever living,                           Our praises we are bringing

                 To Whom the heavenly host                        And with the angel throng

                 All praise and honor giving.                       Thrice “Holy” we are singing,

                 The Lord, my God, be praised,                    With one united voice

                 In Whose great name I boast,                     The Church does Him adore.

                 God Father, God the Son,                           The Lord, my God, be praised

                 And God the Holy Ghost.                            Now and forevermore.    Amen.



Our Prayer for This Morning                                                                                                                             


O Lord, my Almighty, Always-Faithful Father in heaven …..    +   Every day I face all sorts of  challenges   +   and I struggle with different matters that often cause my heart to ache.   +     I know that some of these difficulties   +   are simply the result of my being a sinner who lives  in a sinful world.   +   Others problems are self-inflicted   —-  the result of following my sinful desires   +   or of me trying to solve my own problems……instead of relying on You for comfort, guidance and deliverance.    +   Other challenges are actually blessings in disguise;   +   ….I know that by faith, +   even if,  at times, my human reason struggles   +    to see Your blessings in what seem to be my burdens.   +    As I meditate on Your Word this morning,  +   please strengthen my feeble faith in You  +   so that I might turn to You more confidently and more quickly  +  in all my trials and troubles.  +   Graciously grant me Your continued divine protection  + plus an ever-increasing faith in You   +   so that I might be more certain of Your perfect support   +  in every difficulty, and through all my temptations and problems.  +    I this humbly    +   in the name of Jesus Christ, Your Son, my Lord,  +  Who lives and rules with You and the Holy Spirit,  + as the one, true God  —  now and forever.  +   Amen.


After which the Congregation may be seated as


We Hear God’s Word


The Old Testament Lesson                                                                                                        Exodus 14:21-31


21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all night long the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned the sea into dry land. The waters were divided. 22 The Israelites went into the middle of the sea on dry ground. The waters were like a wall for them on their right and on their left. 23 The Egyptians pursued them, and all of Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his charioteers went after them into the middle of the sea. 24 During the last watch of the night, the Lord looked down on the Egyptian forces from the pillar of fire and cloud. Then He confused the Egyptian forces. 25 He jammed their chariot wheels, and they had difficulty driving them. The Egyptians said, “We must flee from Israel, for the Lord is fighting for them against Egypt!”


26 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, and the waters will come back over the Egyptians, over their chariots and their charioteers.” 27 So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea returned to its normal place. While the Egyptians were fleeing from it, the Lord threw the Egyptians into the middle of the sea. 28 The waters came back and covered the chariots and the charioteers, the entire army of Pharaoh that went into the sea after the Israelites. Not even one of them survived.


29 But the Israelites went through the middle of the sea on dry land, and the waters were like a wall for them on their right and on their left. 30 On that day the Lord saved Israel from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. 31 Israel saw the mighty hand which the Lord put into action against the Egyptians, and the people feared the Lord and believed in the Lord and in Moses, His servant.



The Epistle Lesson                                                                                                             II Corinthians 1:3-11


3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 Who comforts us in all our trouble, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the same comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For just as the sufferings of Christ overflow to us, so through Christ our comfort also overflows. 6 If we are troubled, it is for your comfort and salvation. If we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you the ability to endure the same sufferings that we are also suffering. 7 Our hope for you is sure, since we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so you also share in our comfort.


8 Brothers, we do not want you to be unaware of the trouble that happened to us in the province of Asia. We were burdened so greatly, so far beyond our ability to bear it, that we even gave up hope of living. 9 Yes, we even felt the sentence of death within ourselves. This happened so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God, Who raises the dead. 10 He rescued us from such a terrible death, and He will continue to rescue us. We have set our hope on Him that He will also rescue us again, 11 as you join in helping us with your prayers for us. Then many people will thank God for the gracious gift given to us through many prayers.



Today’s Psalm                                                                                                                                     Psalm 145




     Surely it is God Who saves me.   I will trust in Him and not be afraid.

     For the Lord is my Stronghold and my sure Defense.   And He will be my Savior.





I am always with you…..O Lord.    You hold me by my…..right hand.

You guide me with Your…..counsel.     And afterward You will take me into …..glory.

Whom have I in hea…..ven but You?    And earth has nothing I desire be….sides You.

My flesh and my…..heart may fail.       But God is strength of my heart and my portion for….ever.



after which, the Congregation will rise for


The Gospel Lesson                                                                                                                  Matthew 14:13-36


13 When Jesus heard this, He withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place to be alone. When the crowds heard this, they followed Him on foot from the towns.    14 When Jesus got out of the boat, He saw a large crowd. He had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 When evening came, His disciples came to Him and said, “This is a deserted place and the hour is already late. Send the crowds away, so that they can go into the villages and buy food for themselves.”    16 But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”  17 They told Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.”


18 “Bring them here to Me,” he replied. 19 Then He instructed the people to sit down on the grass. He took the five loaves and the two fish. After looking up to heaven, He blessed them. He broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples. The disciples gave the food to the people. 20 They all ate and were filled. They picked up twelve basketfuls of what was left over from the broken pieces. 21 Those who ate were about five thousand men, not even counting women and children.


22 Immediately Jesus urged the disciples to get into the boat and to go ahead of Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowd. 23 After He had dismissed the crowd, He went up onto the mountain by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone. 24 By then the boat was quite a distance from shore, being pounded by the waves because the wind was against it. 25 In the fourth watch of the night, Jesus came toward them, walking on the sea. 26 When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified and cried out in fear, “It’s a ghost!” 27 But Jesus spoke to them at once, saying, “Take heart! It is I! Do not be afraid.”


28 Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”

29 Jesus said, “Come!”   Peter stepped down from the boat, walked on the water, and went toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the strong wind, he was afraid. As he began to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”  31 Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand, took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 When they got into the boat, the wind stopped. 33 Those who were in the boat worshipped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God!”


34 When they had crossed over, they came to the shore at Gennesaret. 35 When the men of that place recognized Him, they sent word into all the surrounding region. They brought to Him all who were sick 36 and begged that they might just touch the fringe of his garment. All who touched it were completely cured.



The Apostles’ Creed


I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.   And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord;  Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost;  Born of the virgin Mary;  Suffered under Pontius Pilate;  Was crucified, dead, and buried;  He descended into hell;  The third day He rose again from the dead;  He ascended into heaven;  And sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.   I believe in the Holy Ghost;  The Holy Christian Church, the Communion of Saints;  The forgiveness of sins;  The resurrection of the body;  And the life everlasting.  Amen.



The Congregation will now be seated for

The Children’s Lesson                                                                                                                   Matthew 14:27


But Jesus spoke to them at once, saying, “Take heart! It is I! Do not be afraid.”


What Are You Afraid Of?



The Hymn of the Day                                                                                                    “Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me”


1 Jesus, Savior, pilot me,  Over life’s tempestuous sea;

Unknown waves before me roll,   Hiding rocks and treach’rous shoal;

Chart and compass come from Thee–   Jesus, Savior, pilot me!


2 As a mother stills her child,   Thou canst hush the ocean wild;

Boist’rous waves obey Thy will   When Thou say’st to them, “Be still!”

Wondrous Sov’reign of the sea,   Jesus, Savior, pilot me!


3 When at last I near the shore,   And the fearful breakers roar

‘Twixt me and the peaceful rest–   Then, while leaning on Thy breast,

May I hear Thee say to me,   “Fear not– I will pilot thee!”      Amen



The Pre-Sermon Salutation


Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ, our Lord!   May the words of my mouth and the meditation of our hearts be pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, our Rock and our Redeemer.  Amen.



The Sermon Text                                                                                                                          Mark 4:35-41


35 On that day, when evening came, Jesus said to them, “Let’s go over to the other side.” 36 After leaving the crowd behind, the disciples took Him along in the boat, just as He was. Other small boats also followed Him. 37 A great windstorm arose, and the waves were splashing into the boat, so that the boat was quickly filling up. 38 Jesus Himself was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. They woke Him and said, “Teacher, don’t You care that we are about to drown?”


39 Then He got up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” The wind stopped, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still lack faith?”


41 They were filled with awe and said to one another, “Who then is this? Even the wind and the sea obey Him!”


Lord….Don’t You Care?


Following the sermon the Congregation will REMAIN SEATED for


The Post-Sermon Blessing


May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and God our Father, Who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, now encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.  Amen.



We Offer Our Gifts to the Lord


Our Offerings of Love to our Lord


Because we aren’t able to pass an offering plate today during this morning’s worship service, those in attendance may leave their offerings in the offering plates by the exit at the close of our service.    For those watching this worship service, we offer you the following suggestions for providing God with Your thank-offerings through our ministry:     

1) You can mail a check (no cash) to the church address (415 N. 6th Place, Lowell, AR 72745)

2) You can go to our website ( and use the giving option.


after the offerings are brought forward, the Congregation will rise for


Our Prayers to the Lord


Today’s Special Prayers


Included in our prayers this morning are:

Prayers of Intercession for our sister and brother in Christ, Bev and Darrell Anderson

who are contending to receive rehabilitation therapy at the Highlands in Bella Vista.

And on behalf of CarolAnn Heinemann’s great-grandson, Bronson  who yesterday

received a new heart, via transplant, in Madison, WI


Prayer of Thanksgivings on behalf of Jim and Linda Winnat

who will celebrate their wedding anniversary this coming Thursday.

And on behalf of Joanne Huebner who successfully underwent heart surgery

this past Thursday and is recovering at home today.


Today’s General Prayer


The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, Who art in heaven,  +   Hallowed be Thy name;   +   Thy Kingdom come;   +  Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven;   +  Give us this day our daily bread;   +   and forgive us  our trespasses,  as we forgive those who trespass against us;   +  and lead us not into temptation;   +   but deliver us from evil;    +   for Thine is the Kingdom,  and the power,  and the glory,   forever and ever.  +   Amen.

We Leave With The Lord’s Blessing


The Benediction  


                 The LORD bless you and keep you.

                 The LORD make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you.

                 The LORD look upon you with favor, and give you His peace.  Amen.



The Closing Hymn                                                                                                 Hymn 369 “Beautiful Savior”



1 Be still, my soul; the Lord is on your side;

Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;

Leave to your God to order and provide;

In ev’ry change he faithful will remain.

Be still, my soul; your best, your heav’nly Friend

Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.


2 Be still, my soul; your God will undertake

To guide the future as he has the past.

Your hope, your confidence let nothing shake;

All now mysterious shall be bright at last.

Be still, my soul; the waves and winds still know

His voice who ruled them while he dwelt below.


3 Be still, my soul; though dearest friends depart

And all is darkened in the vale of tears;

Then you will better know his love, his heart,

Who comes to soothe your sorrows and your fears.

Be still, my soul; your Jesus can repay

From his own fullness all he takes away.


4 Be still, my soul; the hour is hast’ning on

When we shall be forever with the Lord,

When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,

Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.

Be still, my soul; when change and tears are past,

All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.     Amen


Silent Prayer   


Post-service Music







This Past Week at Grace Lutheran Church                                                                     Worship Attendance: 51

Bible Class: 16         Sunday School: 2          Budgetary Offerings: $2180

Online Budgetary offerings:   $40               Tuesday Bible Class: 11       

Wednesday Evening Bible Studies:    Men: 5    Women: 5


Serving Us Next Sunday                                                                                  Elders:   Steve Stone, Rick Tragasz

Ushers:  Kent Mayer,  Chris Roberts, Tom Otto    

Altar Guild: Tina Wambold, Harriet Johnson


Birthdays and Anniversary This Week:                   Feb 02 –  Rachel Johannes;   

Feb 04 – Tammy Schwartz;         Feb 05 – Shelby Bruns;          Feb 06 – Linda & Jim Winnat;


This Coming Week at Grace Lutheran Church


Today              Morning Worship Service, at 9:30 a.m.

                                   Bible Class  – 11:00 a.m.      Youth Confirmation Class, 12:00 to 1:15 p.m.

     Monday                  Pastor out of town for a Pastors’ Conference in Marshfield, MO

     Tuesday                 NO Morning Bible Class (Pastor out of town for a Pastors’ Conference)

     Wednesday            Evening Bible Classes, 6 to 7 p.m.

     Saturday               Outreach Calls, 10:00 a.m.

                                   Sunday                                    Morning Worship Service, with Communion 9:30 a.m.     

                                                            Bible Class/Sunday School 11 a.m.           Youth Confirmation, 12-1:15 p.m.


Lent Will Begin With an Ash Wednesday Worship Service on February 17th !!!…..that’s less than three weeks from now, at 7 p.m.   Starting that Wednesday evening we’ll offer the first of six special midweek worship services that will carry us through the Lenten season, and which will help us to better prepare for the commemoration of Christ’s death as well as the celebration of His resurrection on Easter morning..     Please make every effort to attend these services, and do invite your friend(s) to join us.    …….We will be worshiping in the chapel for these midweek services.


Please Join Us Wednesday Evening for Family Bible Studies from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.   We have classes for women and men.   We encourage you to join us for this midweek “rest stop” in God’s Word as well as for this opportunity for some good middle-of-the-week fellowship with fellow church members.   Our women are studying Paul’s Letter to the Philippians, while our men are studying “Selections from the Book of Psalms” (…this week, Psalm 51).


Pastor Out Of Town…..NO Tuesday Bible Class……   This week we won’t be offering a Bible class on Tuesday morning, because Pastor Huebner will be out of town to participate in a Pastors’ Conference in Marshfield, MO on both Monday and Tuesday.    He will be returning home late Tuesday afternoon.   The Tuesday Bible class will resume the following week (studying I Kings 3), on February 09 at its usual time of 10:30 a.m.