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Lenten Devotional Blog

For 2014 we will continue to share daily devotions in a couple of different ways. First, in blog format, which can be read here or set up as an RSS feed using the orange button below. Second, you can request that you be added to our Lenten Devotional email list, and we will email you a daily devotion throughout the Lenten season. We hope that you will choose to receive this year's devotional in this way. We hope that utilizing these forms of technology will enable us to reach a wider audience with this gift. Please note that under "author" appears the name Penny Rasnake but that is simply because I post them each day.  The actual author of the daily posting appears at the end of each devotional article.

God's Love is Deeper Still


4/18/2014 by Penny Rasnake

Good Friday, April 18   Read: Psalm 22

TODAY: Offer this prayer: Lord, thank you for blessing me with
people who loved me and encouraged me when I was young. Help
me find ways to encourage others so that generations to come will
know that the Holy Spirit is alive in the world. Amen.


GOD’S LOVE IS DEEPER STILL
~by Sue Warrick

Last
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MY REFUGE


4/17/2014 by Penny Rasnake

Maundy Thursday, April 17   Read: Matthew 26:36-46

TODAY: At the
moment of greatest
crisis, Jesus went to
the dark and quiet of
a garden to pray.
Where is your place of
peace? Today, go
there and remember
Jesus at Gethsemane.

MY REFUGE
~by Tommy Warrick

As long as I can remember, the cemetery
behind my house has been a place where I
can
...

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Thank You, Savannah Alligators!


4/16/2014 by Penny Rasnake

Wednesday, April 16    Read: Psalm 27:1,5-9

TODAY:
Check the index
of your hymnal.
Pick one by
Charles Wesley,
read the words,
start humming
and give thanks.


THANK YOU,
SAVANNAH ALLIGATORS!

~by Jim Teodtman

From Savannah, Georgia. There are lots of other Methodists here. The
founder of our faith, John Wesley, and his brother Charles
...

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The Wisdom of God


4/15/2014 by Penny Rasnake

Tuesday, April 15 Read: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

TODAY: Pray this prayer: O God, by the passion of your blessed Son
you made an instrument of shameful death to be for us the means
of life. Grant us so to glory in the cross of Christ, that we may gladly
suffer shame and loss for the sake of your Son our Savior Jesus
Christ; who lives and reigns with
...

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A Life Connected to Others


4/14/2014 by Penny Rasnake


Monday, April 14  Read: Ephesians 4:1-3

TODAY: Think of people
who have made efforts
to connect with you in
warm and loving ways.
Make a special point of
reaching out to them
and to others. Everyone
enjoys hearing from a
friend.

A LIFE CONNECTED TO OTHERS
~by Joyce Lynn

We recently attended the memorial service
for my mother-in-law,
...

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Triumphal Entry


4/13/2014 by Penny Rasnake

Sunday, April 13   Read: Matthew 21:1-11

TODAY: Think of how you can make a difference in someone else’s
life. Through simple words or deeds, can you inspire those around
you to keep the faith? Write down a few ideas that you can put
into action. Then make it happen—and smile.

TRIUMPHAL ENTRY
~by Melissa King

Today’s
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Grandama's Music


4/12/2014 by Penny Rasnake

Saturday, April 12    Read: Psalm 98:1-9


TODAY: Offer this
prayer: Lord, thank
you for blessing me
with people who
loved me and encouraged
me when I was
young. Help me find
ways to encourage
others. Amen.


GRANDMA’S MUSIC
~by Dan Pearson

My grandmother, Alice Pearson, truly loved music. Born on a farm in a
Norwegian
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Just Do It!


4/11/2014 by Penny Rasnake

Friday, April 11 Read: Isaiah 41:3

TODAY: Offer this
prayer: Lord, help me
to remember that I
always can call on your
healing power to help
me deal with pain that
comes in so many of
life’s challenging
moments. Amen.

JUST DO IT!
by Eleanor Taylor, Age 12

I’ve learned that sometimes you have to
just go ahead and do something. Just do ...

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You Want Me to Pray for Them?


4/10/2014 by Penny Rasnake

Thursday, April 10 Read: 1 Timothy 2:1-7

TODAY: Is there someone
you don’t want to
pray for? Someone
who has hurt you or
inflicted pain without
remorse? Offer this
prayer today: Dear
Lord, thank you for
offering your grace,
always. Thank you for
those who pray for me
even when I don’t
deserve it. Please help
me remember to
earnestly
...

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Remember Those Who Suffer


4/9/2014 by Penny Rasnake

Wednesday, April 9 Read: Hebrews 13:3

TODAY: Search on the Internet for those who are being persecuted,
such as American pastor Saeed Abedini, who has been imprisoned
in Iran for his faith since the Summer of 2012. Take time to
really remember and identify with them in prayer. Focus on the
words of the hymn, “In Remembrance”: “In
...

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Music Makes Joy!


4/8/2014 by Penny Rasnake

Tuesday, April 8    Read: Psalm 84:3-5

TODAY: What music
brings you joy? Sing,
play your favorite
instrument, or just
listen to it with
appreciation.

MUSIC MAKES JOY!
~By Christian Bair, age 10

I like a lot of things about coming to church. I
like to play drums in the “Many Strings of Joy”
band because it’s fun and I
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God's Faithfulness


4/7/2014 by Penny Rasnake

Monday, April 7 Read: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

TODAY: God, help
me to remember
that whatever happens
to me, You will
be there when I call
and Your protection
will carry me
through the good
times and bad in all
the seasons of my
life. Amen.

GOD’S FAITHFULNESS
~by Jane Wimmer

Just a little over a year ago I retired from my
job after more than 30
...

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What is Faith?


4/6/2014 by Penny Rasnake

Sunday, April 6 Read: John 11:17-27

TODAY: Offer to run an
errand or just provide
presence and a listening
ear for someone you
know is suffering.

WHAT IS FAITH?
~by Linda Moody


I confess it bothers me when I hear Christian songs or testimonies
that “advertise” faith with stories about how
God miraculously solved a problem or saved a
...

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Cooking For God


4/5/2014 by Penny Rasnake

Saturday, April 5 Read: Ecclesiastes 3:13

TODAY: Consider
joining in one of Good
Shepherd’s ministries
to provide food for the
needy. Or take soup or
a meal to a sick friend
or neighbor. Food is a
way of showing God’s
love.

COOKING FOR GOD
~by Pamela Dicks Rawlinson

Cooking has been a part of my life since I can remember.My sweet
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Who's on the Other End of the Line?


4/4/2014 by Penny Rasnake

Friday, April 4 Read: Psalm 129:1-3

TODAY: Pray this prayer: Lord, grant me the faith always to serve
you, to share the wonder of life with you, to thank you, to lean into
you, and to join with you in a continuous conversation. May your
grace flow through me and thereby reach out to others to
strengthen them in their faith. Amen.


WHO’S AT
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April 2014
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
1 Boy Scout Troop 13
Location: Rooms 5, 7,8,9,10,11
Time: 7:00pm

Traveling the New Testament
Time: 7:00pm

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2 Wednesday Morning Prayer
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 6:30am

Bell Choir Practice
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 6:15pm

Chancel Choir Practice
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 7:30pm

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3 DCOM
Location: Room 11
Time: 9:30am

Fresh Air Bible Study
Location: Adult Room #2
Time: 9:30am -11:30am

Practicing the Presence
Location: Room 7
Time: 1:00pm

Many Strings of Joy Rehearsal
Location: music room
Time: 8:00pm
Rehearsal is held in the Music room or in the Sanc ...

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4 AA
Location: Room #10
Time: 8:30pm

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5 Painting Party
Time: 8:30am

AA
Time: 2:00pm

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6 Morning Prayer
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 8:30am -9:00am

Church School
Location: Education Building
Time: 9:00am -10:00am

Worship
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 10:15am -11:15am

Eagle Ceremony
Location: Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall
Time: 1:00pm -4:00pm
Garrett Stewart is the Scout being honored. Reserv ...

Confirmation
Time: 4:00pm

Youth Group
Time: 5:30pm

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7 Church Council
Location: The Gallery
Time: 7:00pm

OA
Time: 7:30pm
Meets in Room 10

AA
Location: Room 7
Time: 8:30pm -10:00pm
Meets in Room #7

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8 Boy Scout Troop 13
Location: Rooms 5, 7,8,9,10,11
Time: 7:00pm

Pack 13 Monthly Meeting
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 7:00pm -9:00pm
.

Traveling the New Testament
Time: 7:00pm

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9 Wednesday Morning Prayer
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 6:30am

Saints Alive!
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 12:00pm

SOUP, SONG & STORY
Location: Fellowship Hall
Time: 6:00pm

Bell Choir Practice
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 6:15pm

Chancel Choir Practice
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 7:30pm

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10 Fresh Air Bible Study
Location: Adult Room #2
Time: 9:30am -11:30am

Practicing the Presence
Location: Room 7
Time: 1:00pm

Parent Support Group
Location: Room 10
Time: 7:00pm -8:30pm

Many Strings of Joy Rehearsal
Location: music room
Time: 8:00pm
Rehearsal is held in the Music room or in the Sanc ...

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11 AA
Location: Room #10
Time: 8:30pm

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12 AA
Time: 2:00pm

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13 PALM/PASSION SUNDAY

Morning Prayer
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 8:30am -9:00am

Church School
Location: Education Building
Time: 9:00am -10:00am

Worship
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 10:15am -11:15am

Confirmation
Time: 4:00pm

Youth Group
Time: 5:30pm

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14 Girl Scout Trp 5714
Location: Junior High Room 9
Time: 7:00pm -8:30pm

OA
Time: 7:30pm
Meets in Room 10

AA
Location: Room 7
Time: 8:30pm -10:00pm
Meets in Room #7

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15 Boy Scout Troop 13
Location: Rooms 5, 7,8,9,10,11
Time: 7:00pm

Traveling the New Testament
Time: 7:00pm

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16 Wednesday Morning Prayer
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 6:30am

Bell Choir Practice
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 6:15pm

Chancel Choir Practice
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 7:30pm

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17 HOLY THURSDAY

Fresh Air Bible Study
Location: Adult Room #2
Time: 9:30am -11:30am

Practicing the Presence
Location: Room 7
Time: 1:00pm

Many Strings of Joy Rehearsal
Location: music room
Time: 8:00pm
Rehearsal is held in the Music room or in the Sanc ...

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18 GOOD FRIDAY

AA
Location: Room #10
Time: 8:30pm

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19 AA
Time: 2:00pm

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20 EASTER SUNDAY

Morning Prayer
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 8:30am -9:00am

Church School
Location: Education Building
Time: 9:00am -10:00am

Worship
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 10:15am -11:15am

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21 Church Rummage Sale Collection
Location: Fellowship Hall & Room 1
Time: 9:00am -5:00pm
Collection begins on Monday after Easter.  Bu ...

Trustee's Meeting
Location: Adult 2
Time: 7:00pm -8:30pm

OA
Time: 7:30pm
Meets in Room 10

AA
Location: Room 7
Time: 8:30pm -10:00pm
Meets in Room #7

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22 Church Rummage Sale Collection
Location: Fellowship Hall & Room 1
Time: 9:00am -5:00pm
Collection begins on Monday after Easter.  Bu ...

Boy Scout Troop 13
Location: Rooms 5, 7,8,9,10,11
Time: 7:00pm

Traveling the New Testament
Time: 7:00pm

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23 Wednesday Morning Prayer
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 6:30am

Church Rummage Sale Collection
Location: Fellowship Hall & Room 1
Time: 9:00am -5:00pm
Collection begins on Monday after Easter.  Bu ...

Bell Choir Practice
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 6:15pm

Chancel Choir Practice
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 7:30pm

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24 Church Rummage Sale Collection
Location: Fellowship Hall & Room 1
Time: 9:00am -5:00pm
Collection begins on Monday after Easter.  Bu ...

Fresh Air Bible Study
Location: Adult Room #2
Time: 9:30am -11:30am

Preschool
Time: 9:30am

Practicing the Presence
Location: Room 7
Time: 1:00pm

Hot Meals
Location: Kitchen
Time: 2:00pm -5:30pm
Contact Lyn Hanke or Laurie Juliana.

Many Strings of Joy Rehearsal
Location: music room
Time: 8:00pm
Rehearsal is held in the Music room or in the Sanc ...

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25 Church Rummage Sale Collection
Location: Fellowship Hall & Room 1
Time: 9:00am -5:00pm
Collection begins on Monday after Easter.  Bu ...

AA
Location: Room #10
Time: 8:30pm

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26 BS Collection Begins (Rummage Sale)
Location: Fellowship Hall
Rummage Sale Collection for Boy Scouts on the Satu ...

Outreach Rummage Sale
Location: Fellowship Hall & Room 1
Time: 8:00am -1:00pm

AA
Time: 2:00pm

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27 BS Collection Begins (Rummage Sale)
Location: Fellowship Hall
Rummage Sale Collection for Boy Scouts on the Satu ...

Morning Prayer
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 8:30am -9:00am

Church School
Location: Education Building
Time: 9:00am -10:00am

Worship
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 10:15am -11:15am

Confirmation
Time: 4:00pm

Youth Group
Time: 5:30pm

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28 BS Collection Begins (Rummage Sale)
Location: Fellowship Hall
Rummage Sale Collection for Boy Scouts on the Satu ...

OA
Time: 7:30pm
Meets in Room 10

Worship Team
Location: Information Center
Time: 7:30pm
Contact Lyn Hanke.

AA
Location: Room 7
Time: 8:30pm -10:00pm
Meets in Room #7

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29 BS Collection Begins (Rummage Sale)
Location: Fellowship Hall
Rummage Sale Collection for Boy Scouts on the Satu ...

Boy Scout Troop 13
Location: Rooms 5, 7,8,9,10,11
Time: 7:00pm

Traveling the New Testament
Time: 7:00pm

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30 BS Collection Begins (Rummage Sale)
Location: Fellowship Hall
Rummage Sale Collection for Boy Scouts on the Satu ...

Wednesday Morning Prayer
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 6:30am

Bell Choir Practice
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 6:15pm

Chancel Choir Practice
Location: Sanctuary
Time: 7:30pm

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