Cave Quest: Ecumenical Vacation Bible School

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Embark on a Cave Quest VBS Adventure That Will Light Their Way!
Gear up for an over-the-top underground adventure! Ground kids in the rock-solid foundation of God’s love, a love that takes us through life’s dark times.

Dates: August 7-10, 2016
Time: 5:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Place: Antigo United Methodist Church

 

 

 

Many volunteers are needed! See Pastor Debbie or Denise Janke if you would like to volunteer, or sign up on the clip board in the foyer.
We need volunteers for as crew leaders, Music, Bible Adventures, Games, Decorating, Skits and Imagination Station! Join in the fun as we share the Light of Jesus this summer!!
Registration forms are available here or on the table in the church foyer. You can also call the church office at 715-623-3802.

Sponsored by:
Antigo United Methodist Church
Calvary Lutheran Church
Faith United Church of Christ
First Baptist Church

Spiritual Fruit

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. -Galatians 5:22-23


I love the beauty of the flowering fruit trees in the spring. (As I’m writing this article, the fruit trees are in full bloom.) I have four apples trees in my back yard and a crab apple tree in my front yard. They are beautiful, but they don’t have any fruit yet. Their flowering beauty will be short lived. Because an apple tree’s purpose is to produce…fruit…apples!! Apples trees were created to produce apples. Read more Spiritual Fruit

Trusting

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.” – Proverbs 3:5-7 New Living Translation


I love these verses from Proverbs. They remind me that God Promises His Presence, and His wisdom, as well as His guidance and direction, and that fills me with hope.

My part in this promise is to trust God. Trusting is not always easy, especially as we begin a new phase in our lives, like graduation, getting married, starting a new job. Trusting can also be difficult when our lives take an unexpected turn, illness, losing a job, or losing an important relationship. Remembering God’s faithfulness in the past, and His great love for us, makes trusting easier. God loved us so much Jesus died for us. Jesus promised, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” Read more Trusting

Unshakeable Faith

“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock.” – Jesus in Matthew 7:24-25


Living in Wisconsin, we’ve all probably heard the dreaded sound of the tornado warning. We hear the siren and head for the basement, or an enclosed room, someplace that will grant us shelter in the storm. A mobile home is one of the worst places to be when a tornado is approaching. Why? Trailers or RV’s do not have a strong foundation. There is no basement or storm cellar in which you can ride out the storm unscathed. I’d rather be in a well-built house that I know has a strong foundation when a storm strikes. Read more Unshakeable Faith

He is Risen!…Go and Tell…

I look forward to spring every year. Spring is a time of new life and new beginnings. I look forward to Easter for the same reason! We are about to celebrate Easter and the new life that begins when we encounter the Living, Risen Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Because Jesus is risen from the dead, we know that the powers of sin and death have been broken, shattered dreams can become new visions, and hope blossoms into full flower.

The early disciples exploded with joy, and took seriously Jesus’ Words: “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” (John 20:21) Everywhere they went, and everywhere they were sent, empowered by the Holy Spirit, the disciples proclaimed the good news of God’s love and forgiveness and the new life available through Jesus Christ. Read more He is Risen!…Go and Tell…

Detox

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.  Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.” – Psalm 51:1-3


Does anyone reading this really enjoy “Spring Cleaning” or cleaning out the garage or basement?  I know I don’t!! Yet clean-up is part of life.  It may not be a favorite pastime but spring cleaning can often help our lives run more smoothly.  We have recently heard about the lead contaminated the water in Flint, Michigan, rendering it unusable. When there is an oil spill or some other form of chemical contamination, a great deal of time and effort is often put into detoxing the environment.  There are certain diets that claim to detox our body…this Lent, let’s work together on detoxing our souls. Read more Detox

Resolutions

“I do not mean that I am already as God wants me to be.  I have not yet reached that goal, but I am trying to reach it and make it mine.  Christ wants me to do that, which is the reason he made me his….Forgetting the past and straining toward what us ahead, I keep trying to reach the goal and get the prize for which God called me through Christ to life above.” – The apostle Paul in Philippians 3: 12, 13b, 14


Have you made any New Year’s Resolutions this year?  I don’t make many New Year’s resolutions, but this year I set a goal even before the New Year, to cut down on sugar in my diet. I want a healthy body.  It’s hard, especially during the holidays …but so far I’m still on track.  But I also want a healthy spiritual life.  So here’s a resolution for my soul…I want to read through the 4 Gospels this year, reflecting on what attitudes, and actions I need to cut out of my life if I’m going to love God with my whole heart.

Read more Resolutions