Lutheran Church News

For Sunday, August 5th….

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore

Sunday, August 5, Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “In a Spirit of Love” based on Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-16 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore at 10:15 a.m. Please join us. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00


St. John’s Lutheran Church, McComb

Sunday, August 5, Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “In a Spirit of Love” based on Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-16 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in McComb at 8:00 a.m. A joint adult Sunday School class with the McComb United Methodist Church begins at 9:15 a.m.

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Sunday, July 29…

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore

Sunday, July 29, Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “The God-ness of God” based on Ephesians 3:14-21 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore at 10:15 a.m. Please join us. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.

St. John’s Lutheran Church, McComb

Sunday, July 29, Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “The God-ness of God” based on Ephesians 3:14-21 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in McComb at 8:00 a.m. A joint adult Sunday School class with the McComb United Methodist Church begins at 9:15 a.m.

“Jesus Lifted Me”

A devotion by Pastor Ralph J. Mineo…..I love Vacation Bible School! The children and youth energize me in spiritual and outward ways.

When I started writing this devotion, it seemed very familiar. I started writing about the favorite song of the children (“Blind Man”) but wanted to write about MY favorite song. As I was writing, I realized that I was re-writing what I wrote a year ago, after VBS. I think this is worth repeating…

I love Vacation Bible School! The children and youth energize me in spiritual and outward ways. We sing our annual signature song (“Blind Man”) twice daily (this year, it was three times, one day!) We sing of a blind man wanting to know the way to get “home.” We sing of Jesus telling us that he IS the way. Finally, we sing of ourselves, believing that Jesus is the way, the way to go home. “Home,” in the song is, I believe, being with God in our daily lives and for all eternity.

Another signature song of VBS is a song titled “I’m So Glad.” There are four verses. In the first verse, we sing that we’re so glad that Jesus lifts me. Therefore, we sing “Glory, Hallelujah, Jesus lifted me!”

In the second verse, we sing “when I was afraid, Jesus lifted me.” Again, we sing “Glory, Hallelujah…”

In the third verse, we sing “when I was in darkness, Jesus gave me light.” Then of course, we sing the refrain once more “Glory, Hallelujah…”

Then comes my favorite part. I keep strumming the guitar and ad lib a story. I tell of the time that the apostles were in a boat and they saw Jesus walking on the water. “Yes, walking on the water!” Peter calls out and asks, “Can I walk on water, too? And, Jesus says, YES!” So, Peter gets out of the boat, and starts walking on the water. “Yes, walking! Walking on the water!”

But a storm came up. Rain. Thunder. Lightening. Big, big waves! Then Peter was afraid. He began to sink. Sink! Sink! Sink! (I’m practically on the floor at this point!) Jesus comes to Peter and reaches out his hand. He grabs Peter and pulls him out of the water.

“And Peter sing:” (here, the whole group of 100 people sing together) “I’m so glad, Jesus lifted me. I’m so glad, Jesus lifted me. I’m so glad, Jesus lifted me, singing Glory, Hallelujah, Jesus lifted me! Singing Glory, Hallelujah, Jesus lifted me!”

People of God, whether your heart or soul, mind or body, has spiritual blindness, if you’ve lost the way, or if you feel overwhelmed or afraid, when your life is like a terrible storm, know that Jesus is standing at the road of your life. He is the way! He’ll lift you out of the storm!

With Jesus, spiritual blindness, or spiritual drowning, even spiritual death, isn’t an option. He’ll get you home. He’ll lift you up. He’ll love you, in your daily life, and for all eternity!

Glory, Hallelujah!

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for July 22………….”Splash Canyon” VBS starts at 5:00pm

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore

Sunday, July 22, Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “Jesus, the Cornerstone” based on Ephesians 2:11-22 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore at 10:15 a.m. Please join us. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.

Our “Splash Canyon” Vacation Bible School begins Sunday night (July 22), from 5-8 pm. Come join us for a splashing good time.

St. John’s Lutheran Church, McComb

Sunday, July 22, Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “Jesus, the Cornerstone” based on Ephesians 2:11-22 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in McComb at 8:00 a.m. A joint adult Sunday School class with the McComb United Methodist Church begins at 9:15 a.m.

“Walk Humbly”: a devotion by Ann Elaine Broughton

As a teacher, I can tell you that little children want their way a lot. It is interesting to watch them line up for recess…..

“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8 NIV).

Are you humble? Do you often show compassion to others who are suffering? Being humble does not come naturally. I think we are born with an innate selfishness. As a teacher, I can tell you that little children want their way a lot. It is interesting to watch them line up for recess. They all argue about who is going to be first. You see each one of them think that they should be number one. It is rare to see a child let someone ahead of them in line. I believe we are all geared to think of ourselves as more important than anyone else. This is why Jesus said, “But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first” (Matthew 19:30 NIV).

 God wants you to be humble. He wants you to care for others and put their needs before your own. I am constantly reminded of what Jesus said in regards to helping others. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me” (Matthew: 25:34-36 NIV).

Dear Lord,

Help me to be humble. Help me to remember that your ministry was once of servitude, and that I am to be your servant on earth. Let me see through your eyes, and show your love and care to others.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen

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Sunday, July 15, Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “Every Spiritual Blessing”..

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore
Sunday, July 15, Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “Every Spiritual Blessing” based on Ephesians 1:3-14 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore at 10:15 a.m.  Please join us.  Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.
Register NOW for our “Splash Canyon” Vacation Bible School, July 22-26, 5-8 pm.  Online at www.myvbs.org/stlukesnb or call the church office 419-257-3253 and leave a message.
St. John’s Lutheran Church, McComb
Sunday, July 15, Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “Every Spirtual Blessing” based on Ephesians 1:3-14 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in McComb at 8:00 a.m.  A joint adult Sunday School class with the McComb United Methodist Church begins at 9:15 a.m.

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For July 8th…..

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore

Sunday, July 8, the participants of the ELCA Youth Gathering, Tracey Pritts, Andrea Dauterman, and Joslynn Sterling will be leading worship and sharing their experiences through a message “Jesus Changes Everything” based on Ephesians 2:8 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore at 10:15 a.m. Please join us.

Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.

St. John’s Lutheran Church, McComb

Sunday, July 8, Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “Depending on God” based on 2 Corinthians 12:5b-10 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in McComb at 8:00 a.m.

A joint adult Sunday School class with the McComb United Methodist Church begins at 9:15 a.m.

St. John’s and St. Luke’s Lutheran Church News

Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “We Live by the Spirit” …..

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore

Sunday, July 1, Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “We Live by the Spirit” based on 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore at 10:15 a.m.

Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.

St. John’s Lutheran Church, McComb

Sunday, July 1, Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “We Live by the Spirit” based on 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in McComb at 8:00 a.m. A joint adult Sunday School class with the McComb United Methodist Church begins at 9:15 a.m.

This Week’s Lutheran Church News

Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “We Live By Grace”

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore

Sunday, June 22, Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “We Live By Grace” based on 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore at 10:15 a.m. Our youth and leader attending the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, Texas, next week will be commissioned.

Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.

St. John’s Lutheran Church, McComb

Sunday, June 24, Pastor Ralph Mineo will share a message “We Live By Grace” based on 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in McComb at 8:00 a.m. A joint adult Sunday School class with the McComb United Methodist Church begins at 9:15 a.m.

Church News for Sunday, June 24, 2018

Rev. Susan Kronbach will share from Matthew 14:22-33 – “Walking on the Water!”

Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist

Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist will celebrate the 5th Sunday after Pentecost on June 24, with worship beginning at 10:15 a.m.  Rev. Susan Kronbach will preach “Walking on the Water!” from Matthew 14:22-33.  Sunday School for adults and youth (middle school and older) is held at 9:15 a.m.; Sunday School for children is off for the summer.

We will also be gathering after worship for a farewell luncheon for Pastor Susan.  Please plan to join us!

Next week, on Sunday, July 1, we will be welcoming our new pastor, Pastor Duane Weaver.  We invite you to come and meet him, and then gather for a welcome luncheon after worship.

Bairdstown United Methodist Church

The Bairdstown United Methodist Church will celebrate the 5th Sunday after Pentecost on June 24, with worship beginning at 9:15 a.m.  Rev. Susan Kronbach will share from Matthew 14:22-33 – “Walking on the Water!”  Sunday School class is held immediately following worship.

Then next Sunday, July 1, we will welcome our new pastor – Pastor Duane Weaver.  Please plan to join us as you are able!