Praise Chapel – Easter Sunday Services

Note from the Pastor:

Are you feeling sad and depressed? Have you lost your joy? Does it look like nothing will ever change?

I encourage you to come to church this Sunday, we will be celebrating Easter! Let God change your sadness into joy. Jesus has released His power for you to have joy. It is your choice whether to receive it or not. Jesus chose to die for us. He wants us to choose life and not death. Make a choice this weekend to come and find joy! Only in Him will you find it!

Sunday Sermon Title: 

“Easter: Sadness Turned Into Joy!” 

Note from the Pastor: 

Are you feeling sad and depressed? Have you lost your joy? Does it look like nothing will ever change?

I encourage you to come to church this Sunday, we will be celebrating Easter! Let God change your sadness into joy. Jesus has released His power for you to have joy. It is your choice whether to receive it or not. Jesus chose to die for us. He wants us to choose life and not death. Make a choice this weekend to come and find joy! Only in Him will you find it!

If you and your family do not have a home church or if you have never been to church, I invite you and your family to come and join us for Easter Sunday service.  Come and celebrate Easter with us. We want you to become part of our church family!

God Bless,

Pastor Jon

Pastors Jon & Theresa Rhinehart

Praise Chapel PCG

P.O. Box 254

500 W. Broadway St.

(419) 408-HOPE (4673) Prayer & Info Line

jrhinehart67@gmail.com

http://pastorjonrhinehart.blogspot.com/

Service Times: 

Sunday School ~ 9:30 am

Sunday Worship Service ~ 10:30 am

Good Shepherd & Bairdstown United Methodist Church – April 5

Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist

Church news for Sunday, April 5, 2015

Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist will celebrate Easter Sunday on April 5,  2015 with two worship services.  The first is our Youth Fellowship “Sonrise Service” which begins at 8:00 am.  The youth will share the Easter story, and then close with the celebration of Holy Communion.  The service will be followed by Easter breakfast and our Easter Egg hunt at 9:00, provided by Family Ministries.

At 10:15, the traditional Easter service will be offered, sharing again the Easter story in music and song, with an Easter cantata shared by the choir, and a service of Holy Baptism.  Sunday School for youth and adults is held at 9:15 am.  Please plan to join us!

Notice also the other Holy Week worship at the church:  our traditional Maundy Thursday service on Thursday, 4/2 at 7:00 pm; and a Good Friday service being offered at the Briar Hill Health Campus on Friday, 4/3 at 2:30 pm.

Other activities at the church this week include choir practice each Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm.

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Bairdstown United Methodist Church

Church news for Sunday, April 5, 2015 –

The Bairdstown United Methodist Church will be celebrating Easter Sunday on April 5, with worship beginning at 9:15 am.  Rev. Susan Kronbach will preach “He Is Risen!,” as we reflect on the events of that first Easter morning.  Sunday School class is held immediately following worship.  Please plan to join us as you are able!

Desert Pete

A devotional by Pastor Ralph J. Mineo – One of my favorite modern-day parables is titled “Desert Pete.” It’s about a man who was walking across a desert. Dying of thirst, desperately needing water, he came upon a pump, right in the middle of the desert! There was a can tied to the handle of the pump, and in the can was a note.

One of my favorite modern-day parables is titled “Desert Pete.” It’s about a man who was walking across a desert. Dying of thirst, desperately needing water, he came upon a pump, right in the middle of the desert! There was a can tied to the handle of the pump, and in the can was a note.

The note read:

“This is a working pump. I put a new washer into it, and it ought last many years. But the washer dries out and the pump has got to be primed. Under the white rock, I buried a bottle of water. It’s out of the sun and all corked up. There’s enough in it to prime the pump, but NOT if you drink some first.

So pour about one-fourth of the water in and let her soak to wet the leather. Then pour in the rest, medium-fast, and then PUMP LIKE CRAZY! You’ll get water. The well has never run dry. Believe this!

When you get watered up, fill the bottle up again, and put it back like you found it for the next feller. (Signed) Desert Pete. P.S.

Remember: don’t go drinking up the water first! Prime the pump with it, and you’ll get all the water you can hold. And remember to leave a full bottle of water under the rock!”

We have been given the Word of God and many “treasures of the church” such as the traditional Creeds, the waters of Baptism, the bread and wine of Holy Communion. God doesn’t give us these gifts that we would use them one-time only, and certainly that we would use them only for ourselves. The gifts of God are not only for private use. We are called to use these gifts to prime the pump of our life, the well of our souls! We are to pass them on to others. We trust God that these gifts will quench the thirst of our souls, and the souls of many!

So I suggest again: prime the pump of your soul by reading the scriptures, participating in worship, being in fellowship in a church family, attending Bible Study and/or Sunday School, etc.

Desert Pete is a parable of the ways of God, teaching us to receive God’s gifts, to serve others with these gifts, and a reminder that there is enough of God’s gifts for all! Life is all about trusting in God, taking the risk to believe that God provides, and passing these gifts on to others.

May we be blessed to believe that, first, we receive from God. Then we pass these gifts along to others. The good news is that there will always be enough for everyone!

Lutheran Church News — St. Luke’s (NB) & St. John’s (McComb)

“Death: the Final Frontier” is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore on Palm Sunday, March 29 at 10:15 a.m. In celebration Palm Sunday (the first day of Holy Week), worshipers will receive palm branches when entering the church. The Junior Choir will open worship leading the congregation in a song titled “Hosanna.” The Junior Choir will then sing an anthem, “Somebody’s Knockin’ at Your Door.” Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore

“Death: the Final Frontier” is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore on Palm Sunday, March 29 at 10:15 a.m. In celebration Palm Sunday (the first day of Holy Week), worshipers will receive palm branches when entering the church. The Junior Choir will open worship leading the congregation in a song titled “Hosanna.” The Junior Choir will then sing an anthem, “Somebody’s Knockin’ at Your Door.” Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.

As Holy Week continues St. Luke’s will commemorate the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. and commemorate the Crucifixion of Jesus on Good Friday, April 3 at noon.

St. John’s Lutheran Church, McComb

“Death: the Final Frontier” is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. John’s Lutheran Church in McComb on Palm Sunday,  March 29 at 8:00 a.m. In celebration Palm Sunday (the first day of Holy Week), worshipers will receive palm branches when entering the church. The children of the congregation will open worship leading the congregation in a song titled “Hosanna.” The children will also sing an anthem, “Somebody’s Knockin’ at Your Door.” Sunday School begins at 9:15 a.m. (a joint Sunday School with the McComb United Methodist Church).

As Holy Week continues St. John’s will commemorate the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, April 2 at 5:00 p.m.

Members of St. John’s will join with the McComb Area Community of Churches commemorating the Crucifixion of Jesus on Good Friday, April 3 at 7:00 p.m. at the Living Stones Fellowship (7751 US 224 West). Pastor Ralph Mineo will deliver the sermon titled, “By the Cross of Christ.”

St. James (NB) & Hoytville United Methodist – April Events

Pastor Rick Adams’ sermon topic on Easter Sunday, April 5 will be “Running Around at Easter”; John 20:1-9

St. James United Methodist Church
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m.;
Worship Service, 11:00 a.m.;
Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Choir Rehearsal.
Pastor Rick Adams’ sermon topic on Easter Sunday, April 5 will be “Running Around at Easter”; John 20:1-9
Upcoming events:
Thurs., April 2: 7:00 p.m., Maundy Thursday Services at Hoytville UMC.
Fri.., April 3: 7:00 p.m., Good Friday Services at Hoytville UMC.
Sun., April 5: 7:00 a.m., Easter Sunrise Service at St. James UMC.
Mon., April 20: 6:00 p.m., Trustee Meeting.
Mon., April 20: 7:00 p.m., Administrative Board Meeting.
Tues., April 28: 6:00 p.m., Safe Sanctuary Meeting.
Tues., April 28: 7:00 p.m., PPR Meeting.
Hoytville United Methodist Church
Sunday School, 9:00 a.m.;
Worship Service, 9:45 a.m.
Pastor Rick Adams’ sermon topic on Easter Sunday, April 5 will be “Running Around at Easter”; John 20:1-9
Upcoming events:
Thurs., April 2: 7:00 p.m., Maundy Thursday Services at Hoytville UMC.
Fri.., April 3: 7:00 p.m., Good Friday Services at Hoytville UMC.
Sun., April 5: 7:00 a.m., Easter Sunrise Service at St. James UMC.

Praise Chapel PCG – March 29

Note from the Pastor:

We are on part five of the sermon series, “Understand and Experience God”. We are having a great time understanding and experiencing God. God is using these services to bring all kinds of healings to His people.

Sunday Sermon Title:

“Understand and Experience God” ~ Sermon series

Note from the Pastor:

We are on part five of the sermon series, “Understand and Experience God”. We are having a great time understanding and experiencing God. God is using these services to bring all kinds of healings to His people.

If you do not have a home church, we invite you to come and join us for Sunday service!We hope to see you this Sunday. Come and enjoy the love and peace that only God can bring!

God Bless,

Pastor Jon

Pastor Jon & Theresa Rhinehart

Praise Chapel PCG

P.O. Box 254

500 W. Broadway St.

(419) 408-HOPE (4673) Prayer & Info Line

jrhinehart67@gmail.com

http://pastorjonrhinehart.blogspot.com/

Service Times:

9:30 am Sunday School (Discipleship Class) by Pastor Jon

(Adult & Children classes)

10:30 am Sunday Worship Service (Adult & Children services)

Good Shepherd United Methodist & Bairdstown Church news for Sunday, March 2, 2015 

Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist will celebrate Palm / Passion Sunday on March 29, 2015 with worship beginning at 10:15 am. Rev. Susan Kronbach will be preaching “The Holy Week Journey, ” sharing both the story of Jesus’ joyful return to Jerusalem, and then the subsequent events of the Passion story..

Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist

Church of the Good Shepherd United Methodist will celebrate Palm / Passion Sunday on March 29, 2015 with worship beginning at 10:15 am.  Rev. Susan Kronbach will be preaching “The Holy Week Journey, ” sharing both the story of Jesus’ joyful return to Jerusalem, and then the subsequent events of the Passion story..  Sunday School for youth and adults is held at 9:15 am; Sunday School for children is held during worship after the children’s moments.  Please plan to join us!

Other activities at the church this week include choir practice each Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm; and our traditional Maundy Thursday service on Thursday, 4/2 at 7:00 pm.

The Easter worship schedule for Sunday, April 5, is as follows:  8:00 am – Sonrise Service by the Youth Fellowship; 9:00 am – Breakfast served by Family Ministires; 10:15 – Traditional Easter Worship, including the cantata by the choir.

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Bairdstown United Methodist Church

Church news for Sunday, March 29, 2015 –

The Bairdstown United Methodist Church will be celebrating Palm / Passion Sunday on  March 29, with worship beginning at 9:15 am.  Rev. Susan Kronbach will preach “The Holy Week Journey, “ as we reflect on the events of the last week of Jesus’ life.  Sunday School class is held immediately following worship.  Please plan to join us as you are able!

Other events at the church this week include Ladies’ Aid on Wednesday, April 1 at 6:00 pm.  All the women of the church are invited to join us.

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore – March 25

The sermon will conclude the weekly Lenten sermon series on Ephesians: “Grace and Peace.”

The sixth and final sermon is “Good News in Action” based on chapter 6 or Ephesians.

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore – March 25

Lenten Weekday Worship at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore on Wednesday, March 25 begins at 7:15 p.m.

The sermon will conclude the weekly Lenten sermon series on Ephesians: “Grace and Peace.”

The sixth and final sermon is “Good News in Action” based on chapter 6 or Ephesians.

St. Lukes to host Lenten Lunch Wednesday

Final lunch in the series for this year’s Lenten season…..

The public is invited to lunch and Lenten devotions on Wednesday, March 25 from noon to 1:00 p.m. at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church (215 North Second Street in North Baltimore).

This is the final lunch in the series for this year’s Lenten season.

The meal is part of the ministry of NBACM (North Baltimore Area Cooperative Ministry).

 

“Our Standard for Living”

A devotion by Pastor Ralph J. Mineo

I think it’s truly fascinating that before giving the 10 Commandments in the Bible (see Exodus, chapter 20), God first announces a relationship: “I am the Lord your God.” Everything that follows is based on that statement! One of my favorite Bible verses (repeated a few times) is: “I will be your God, and you will be my people.”

The best way for us to live is to have a relationship with God in Christ. Someone posted a quote on the internet: “Do more of what makes you happy.” Someone else crossed about the word “happy” with red lines, and printed in red: “HOLY.”

The calling of believers is to “Do more of what makes you HOLY.” This won’t just make you happy (in fact, you might be going though something in life that makes you truly unhappy), but it will give you true, lasting, soulful JOY, including everlasting joy! Joy in Christ is far better than being “happy!” According to God, our relationship with God means this: “Be holy, because I am holy.” (This is found in both Old and New Testaments: in Leviticus and in First Peter.)

Before giving the Commandments, God said one other thing: remember that I led you out of slavery. I think that the first and most important part of having a right relationship with God is remembering what God has done for us. Remember the big things: like creation, God forming a people, freedom from slavery, sending leaders and prophets, giving us the Word to live by, miracles, and most of all the sending of God’s Son and his sacrificial love on the cross for our salvation.

But we also are to remember the small things (small when compared to the awesome events of “Salvation History”). Remember a moment when God gave you a sense of inner peace, joy, or guidance. Remember when you were healed. Remember when God spoke a word of encouragement to you though someone who cared about something you were going through. Remember an experience of divine presence at sunrise or sunset, or during worship. Remember countless “God Moments!”

The standard for our clocks is Greenwich Mean Time: a non-debatable FIXED reference point for keeping time around the planet. At sea, ships in the northern hemisphere have a non-debatable FIXED point of reference: the North Star. Musicians have a tuning standard called “Concert A” which is EXACTLY 440 vibrations per second. Believers have a fixed standard: our relationship with God. Paul defined that relationship as: CHRIST CRUCIFIED.

The fixed, unchangeable, standard of salvation is the cross of Jesus Christ which is the way to salvation. Let us remember this, above all! That’s being holy! Remember and believe in the Cross of Christ!

Hear this word from God: “I am the Lord your God. I love you. I love your neighbor. In and through my Son’s faith, love, and sacrifice, you will be made holy, and you will be with me in eternal joy, forever!” Amen.

” Encourage One Another “

A Devotion by Ann Elaine Broughton

“And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all” (1 Thessalonians 5:14 ESV).

 

Have you ever needed encouragement or do you need it now? We all go through times in our lives when we need someone to encourage us. You may be feeling that you need someone to encourage you right this moment. Problems, illnesses, money issues, and worries can totally overtake us so that we feel there is no hope. It is very likely that sometime in your life you will say, “Why is this happening to me?”. Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16: 33-34 NIV). Yes, you will have trials, but Jesus will give you the peace you need to get through it.

 

How you handle your trial and the way you show others that your faith has not wavered and that peace is still in your heart is a great witness to others who are going through a trial themselves. This trial and how you handle it with faith can show to others how Jesus can help them and give them strength also.

 

The point I am making is that you need to reach out to others after you have gone through a trial and help them. It is very easy to say to someone, “I am so sorry”, but if you can tell them that you have gone through it too and that God helped you and strengthened your faith through it, you can really show compassion to that person in a special way. There are so many people who feel all alone in their distress. You are the one who can be the beacon of hope for them, and you can tell them how His peace was there for you in the middle of your storm. As the above verse says, “we are to encourage the fainthearted and help the weak”.

The Good Samaritan story comes to mind. Here was a man who was lying by the road all beaten up and half dead. There were several men who just passed him by and did not help him at all. But one Samaritan stopped, bandaged his wounds and took him to an Inn. (Luke 10) We are to be like the Good Samaritan. We are to help others and encourage them when they are fainthearted. Please do not walk by or ignore someone who is having trouble. Be the one to encourage, listen, and show compassion.

 

Dear Lord,

Help us to encourage one another. Help us to tell others how you helped us overcome despair by giving us your peace. Help us to share how faith in you has helped us get through our tough times. Give us a heart that is full of compassion.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen

Lutheran Church News — St. Luke’s (NB) & St. John’s (McComb)

”His Finest Hour” is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore on Sunday, March 22 at 10:15 a.m. Two new members will be received during worship in the “Rite of Affirmation of Faith.” The Junior Choir will sing an anthem titled “Everybody Ought to Know Who Jesus Is” in celebration of new members of the congregation affirming their faith and baptism: Ginger Mills (whose fiancé, Jack Sterling will also affirm his faith) and Chelsey Parsons. There will be a reception in honor of the new members following worship.

Lutheran Church News — St. Luke’s (NB) & St. John’s (McComb)

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore

”His Finest Hour” is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in North Baltimore on Sunday, March 22 at 10:15 a.m.  Two new members will be received during worship in the “Rite of Affirmation of Faith.” The Junior Choir will sing an anthem titled “Everybody Ought to Know Who Jesus Is” in celebration of new members of the congregation affirming their faith and baptism: Ginger Mills (whose fiancé, Jack Sterling will also affirm his faith) and Chelsey Parsons. There will be a reception in honor of the new members following worship.

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

The SLCW (St. Luke’s Church Women) will gather on Saturday, March 21 at 10:00 a.m. for brunch, a program, and a meeting. The program will be a ministry of service in our area: “Fire Relief Foundation.” All women of the congregation, and friends, are invited to brunch!

St. John’s Lutheran Church, McComb

”His Finest Hour” is Pastor Ralph Mineo’s sermon topic at St. John’s Lutheran Church in McComb on Sunday, March 22 at 8:00 a.m.

Sunday School begins at 9:15 a.m. (a joint Sunday School with the McComb United Methodist Church). Sunday School for the St. John’s children will being with a rehearsal with Pastor Ralph for an Easter Sunday anthem.