First John 1:7 (NRSV) says: “If we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another.” That kind of fellowship can begin here and now. Let us place ourselves in the light of God and joyfully reach out in fellowship with others.
Message: The Sin Offering and Jesus
Scripture: Leviticus 4:1-5:13
Offering: General Fund
This week we are asked to pray for Aaron and Megan Speyer and their children, Lanny and Christine Speyer, Phil and Jolene Skovron and their children, Karen Smith and Chris Pike, Don and Elaine Snapper. Suggestions for prayers would be for their spiritual growth, opportunities to see Christ in their everyday life, and anything else that God puts on your mind for them.
Our sermon next Sunday will be “The Guilt Offering” based on Leviticus 5. Everyone is encouraged to prepare their heart for the message. The monthly sermon topics with scripture are listed each month in the Heartbeat.
Ladies, if you are interested in the Wednesday morning study group that will begin in September, please contact Ruth Stadt at 73-4876. The group will be studying “Living For God’s Glory, an Introduction to Calvanism.” Books need to be ordered soon, so let Ruth know if you will be joining them. She has a copy of the book if you wish to preview it.
If you are interested in the Tuesday evening study group, please contact Terry Vander Woude at 671-5333 or in the church office at 733-6177. The group does not yet have a study book, so suggestions would be welcomed.
Join your church family next Sunday after the service for a potluck. Hospitality Team will be providing the hotdogs and condiments. So plan to stay afterwards for lunch, bring a salad or dessert to share and your own tableservice. Donations of pop and chips would be welcomed.
Articles and notices for the August “Heartbeat,” our monthly newsletter, are due in the church office prior to Thursday afternoon.
DISASTER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED IN DETROIT: The greater Detroit area was hit by severe flooding in 2014. Church, school, and family groups are needed now, and through this fall to repair homes for the elderly, disabled, and otherwise vulnerable. Groups who wish to serve in Detroit, particularly those that include some diversity and otherwise could not afford to serve in this way, through World Renew Disaster Response Services are eligible to apply for special funding to help with volunteer expenses. Visit worldrenew.net/group-mission-trips or call (800) 848-5818 to learn more about this and other opportunities to make a difference.
Dear family of God: Thank you for all your prayers, cards and good wishes. The immediate hand of God was felt right in the beginning of this process. He has let me endure this without pain the whole time and all the steps from the beginning were as if He was guiding the way. Thank you also that Gloria took it all in stride after I was daily improving. Thank you again—Darryl & Gloria Groothuis
Servants Next Sunday, July 31: Greeters: Jerry and Faye Hop; Nursery: NONE; Snacks: Evelyn Kooistra and Ali Laninga; Snack Assistants: Grace, Faith and Caleb; Ushers: Don Knutson and Len Vander Woude; Prayer Room: Lou Kooistra.
Missing Book: The book “The Kingdom Equation” by John Timmer was left at church and now it cannot be found. Please check your books at home to see if you mistakenly grabbed it. If you find it, please give it to Ruth Stadt.
The GEMS Girls Club supports the Esther School for their service project. They have available coin jars to collect loose change and so far over $400 has been collected. If you still have a jar, please turn it in this month so we can get the check to the Esther school in time for the new school year. This school provides cloths, food and a Christian education for orphans and underprivileged children. It is built and funded by the GEMS clubs of North America. For more information, check the web site: http://www.estherschool.org or https://www.facebook.comtheesther school.
Council, at the suggestion of the Building and Maintenance Team, has decided to remove the three-portable set. If you or someone you know would like the portables, please contact Len, Lou, Bud or Doug.
Interfaith Coalition is looking for volunteers this summer to help with low-income families to repair, paint a home, do yard work, haul stuff, etc. If you would be interested in coordinating our church to volunteer to take on one or two of these projects, please contact the church office.
Reminder from the Deacons: Your offerings to the church may be mailed to the church office if you are away. The address for the church is 710 E Sunset Dr., Bellingham 98225.
Volunteers are needed for four-hour shifts to staff the lost and found booth as well as maintain the adjacent mother and baby care area during the Northwest Washington Fair on Aug. 15-20. This fundraising activity on behalf of New Way Ministries is an enjoyable way to provide valuable services to those attending the fair. Free fair passes are provided. To help or for more information, call New Way at 354-9930.