Annual Reports due on January 14th. Annual meeting on February 4th, 10 am.
First Communion Class for any youth 3rd grade or above on Sunday, January 21 at 10:30 am. Make up class on January 28th at 6 pm. Parents should attend with their child. Please bring a Bible. Please contact PB if you are coming on the 28th. First Communion Sunday is February 3rd at 9 am.
Crew on January 17th, 3:30 pm till 5 pm for all 3rd-6th graders.
Lagers with the Lord, January 22nd, 6pm at Buckshot’s.
Super Bowl Pizzas! Order Pizza’s by February 4th to support our youth going to Luther Park Bible Camp this summer. Pick them up on Super Bowl Sunday, February 11th. Form included in this email.
MUSINGS FROM PASTOR BRAD
Amy and I were flipping channels the other night and we came across “The Lion King.” There are, of course, a lot of great songs in the movie but my favorite is probably “Hakuna Matata.” Do you remember from the movie what that means? It means “no worries.” I would love to live like that. To have no worries. To not fret or be anxious about anything. Yet, that isn’t the case. I worry all the time. Maybe you do as well. What are we to do with our worries? Should we just keep singing “Hakuna Matata?”
Maybe our help comes from God’s Word. As it says in Philippians 4:6, “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” You could say it is the Bible’s own version of “Hakuna Matata.” When we have a worry, we have a Savior that we can go to, a loving God who is there to hear our worries, our anxieties, our fears. In the Lion King, it is Timon, Pumba, and Simba who are together to sing “Hakuna Matata.” For us, we have our Lord by our side, the same Savior who takes those worries, those fears, those anxieties, and defeats them on the cross. This same Savior who promises to carry our burdens and to be with us always.
The thing I’ve realized over the years is that I won’t be able to stop worrying. It will always be there. But I can’t just forget them either. Rather, I can give them to the Lord. I can talk to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and know that he is there to listen, to take those worries, and to walk with me in the midst of my anxiety and worry. And this Lord is there for you as well.
May God bless you today and always!