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"This Week" with Pastor Frank... June 27, 2017

Dear Friends,

Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ!  This past week we had services strongly emphasizing mission.  We had two of our missionaries, Mike and Jessica, give us an update on their work with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Asia and introduce us to their little Naomi!  They work in an area where there are millions who do not know the love, the forgiveness, the promise of life found in Christ.  Please continue to keep them in your prayers.  They spoke at each service and at an adult and  youth Sunday School class.

Many of the kids and adults who returned from the week-long FUGE camp told about their experiences of worship and going out on missions in the Houston area.  All of us who went grew in our love for Christ and Christ's people.  Thank you for your prayers, and thanks to our incredible adult volunteers Cassandra McGregor, Christen Thibodeaux and Shawn Andrews who went, worked, cried, laughed and celebrated with our kids.  (And in Cassandra's case, filled out a lot of paperwork!)  

John Marion told us about U.M.A.R.M.Y., a life-changing experience for kids and adults coming up the week of July 9.  This year they'll be going to Henderson, Texas.  United Methodist Action Reach-Out Mission by Youth has a mission "to provide Christ-centered missions that serve people in need and promote spiritual growth and leadership development in youth and young adults."  They go into neighborhoods and provide services like wheel-chair ramps, painting and construction, yard work and other projects.  Kids learn to use tools, to build things and to see an aspect of life that is far different from their own in many cases.  LHUMC has hosted a U.M.A.R.M.Y. camp for more than 20 years. (More info here)  

This past Sunday we spoke of the sudden passing of our beloved Betty Frisk.  She has served the Lord and this church for many, many years and her loss is deeply felt.  There will be a celebration of her life on Saturday, July 1, at 2 pm in the Christian Fellowship Center.  I ask that you send remembrances of her to me by replying to this email, and I will share some of them at the service.  

On Tuesday of next week we celebrate July 4, the remembrance of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and created a nation "conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal", in the words of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.  Lincoln wrote those words in 1863, in the midst of the terrible Civil War, a full 87 years after the signing of that great document.  We remember this freedom we have in the United States of America, and we remember the freedom we have in Christ, the freedom of being forgiven, the freedom of being loved by our Creator,  the freedom to love God and God's people and the freedom from the power of sin.  Let us remember these things, and be grateful.

This Sunday we will hear another of the difficult stories of the Bible, when the Lord asked Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac, found in Genesis, 22: 1-14.  Additionally, we'll look at Matthew 10:40-42 with a sermon called "Reckless Faith".  It can be dangerous to follow God!  Come and see... (Online Sermons)

Faithfully in Jesus Christ,

Pastor Frank 

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