Life Under the Sun, the Conclusion

Dear Friends,

I’m back from a week of camping with my family. While on our trip we experienced something of the awesome power of God. One afternoon with little warning a storm hit. There was wind. There was rain. There was hail. Hail like I’ve never seen or heard before. It was awesome—in a terrifying / mesmerizing at the same time kind of way.

My nephews' tent wasn't so fortunate.
Fortunately we were able to take shelter in my brother-in-law’s garage right before the storm hit. There we rode out the storm. In fact there we were able to actually enjoy it—even as we stood in awe of the awesome power we were witnessing with our eyes and hearing with our ears.  We could enjoy it because we were safe inside the shelter of the garage even though we had a tremendous respect for it.

Have you ever thought about how God is like that—awesome in power, demanding of our respect? Have you ever thought about how God’s Son Jesus is like that—a shelter from the storm, a place to safely stand?

Keep those thoughts in mind as we look ahead to this Sunday. We’ll be wrapping up our sermon series “Life Under the Sun” on the book of Ecclesiastes which is about the search for meaning in life. Sunday’s the grand finale, the conclusion of the matter. Simply stated Solomon tells us at the end of Ecclesiastes that the meaning of life is this: “Fear God and keep his commandments” (Ecclesiastes 12:13).

But what exactly does this mean? Join us this Sunday and find out.

•    This Sunday at 8:30 we will again be having Bible study before worship. I’ll be wrapping up our study of 1 Peter. Frosty will begin a brand new study the following week on June 30th. Stay tuned!
•    Thanks everyone who came to our brainstorming sessions for the 4th of July Parade and the Fall Festival. I hear from Cassy that you had a lot of good ideas. I’m happy about that. I hope to see a lot of you participating in those events.
•    Soccer Camp is coming up in August. Remember to register your own kids and invite the neighborhood kids! Just click on the link from our website: If you haven’t yet, also please look into how you can help with volunteering. Contact Cassy with any questions.
•    My family and I got a chance to visit Cal Miller on our way home from vacation. He again thanks all of you for your prayers and support and for all the food you helped provide.
•    This coming Wednesday there will be a VotL Leadership Team meeting from 6:30-8:30 at the parsonage. Look for a fiscal year-end review in next week’s bulletin.

In Christ,

Pastor Ben


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