MARCH 2019 NEWSLETTER

DEVOTION

Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

Matthew 4:11

Angels Attend Me

All too often I am tempted to think I’m on my own. No one is concerned. No one is paying attention. No one offers any help. The thought becomes especially strong as life becomes more complicated. I may wrestle with uncertainty in my job. I may be anxious over family matters. I may be overwhelmed with health issues. It seems when I really need someone, no one is there. I may even be tempted to think God has abandoned me as well.

Nothing could be farther from the truth. I can always rely on the Lord for his help, just as he sent angels to attend to Jesus’ needs.

Jesus had just completed forty days of grueling and incessant temptation. The devil tried to derail Jesus’ God-given ministry, but he was not successful. Jesus triumphed over every deceptive device his enemy employed, yet his faithfulness came at a cost. He was physically and emotionally drained. This is why the Father sent angels to attend him.

Today, I live with the same assurance. When I am physically and emotionally drained, when I feel abandoned, when I think I am on the verge of despair, I know where I can look for help. God will send his angels to attend me.

Angels attend me according to God’s gracious command. Angels attend me to strengthen and keep me safe. Because of what the Lord has done for me, and continues to do for me, I am never alone. By faith I know God’s angels will be there to attend me. Even more important, by faith I know God’s angels will work in perfect harmony with Jesus for my blessing.

My Savior wants me to be in heaven with him, and he gave up his life to give me this assurance. Through his blood-signed promise and his precious sacrifice on the cross I also know I will never be alone. Jesus will always be with me, and he will always strengthen, comfort, reassure, and forgive me. I also have every confidence he will send his angels to attend me.

Prayer: O gracious Savior, I rejoice in your all precious promises. Keep me in your care. Strengthen me through your grace. Send your holy angels to attend me. Amen.

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NOTE FROM THE PRESIDENT

I wanted to talk about blessings, primarily about two ways we can interpret blessings. Some times we only think of blessings as all the good, and only the good. I do tend to say blessings are both good and bad per se. When we are blessed with challenges and troubles it helps us to build faith, helps to witness, and helps us to unite. I wanted to point out the blessing that our congregation gets as we wait for Gods’ plan to work out for us in our congregation. It is truly a blessing to see how our members strengthen and support one another. This is a time when we all wait to see Gods’ plan, I do not know about you but the excitement that I have knowing that God is in control and he knows what is best for our congregation makes me feel truly Blessed.

I want to remind everyone to check the calendar, in March we start our Wednesday evening services with a simple super before.

In Christ,

Lee Sarnstrom


FEBRUARY COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS

Membership Changes: None

Education: Preschool open house will be March 7th.

Elders: A new service bulletin format to include hymns with printed    music is coming soon.

Evangelism: Looking into a new method to replace the current guest register.

Trustees: A special voters meeting will be held March 3rd to authorize renovation of the parsonage kitchen.

Pastor: Things are going well so far.

President: Church leadership workshop is Saturday, March 2nd in Belle Plaine.

Business Items: Account holder information was updated for Faith’s brokerage account used for the purpose of converting stock donations.

BULLETIN BOARD

  • WLCFS-Christian Family Solutions is looking to hire In-Home Therapists and Mental Health Practitioners for their Lakeville and Mankato counseling clinics. They are seeking individuals who can integrate scriptural truths into their evidenced-based counseling. For detailed information, visit www.ChristianFamilySolutions.org and click on the Employment tab. Questions? Please contact Cheryl Hoelz, Director of Human Resources, at 262.345.5530 or choelz@wlcfs.org.

  • Martin Luther College is now accepting applications for a regular part-time Administrative Assistant for the Education Office. A comprehensive description of this position can be found at mlc-wels.edu/hr. Interested individuals should apply online. Applications will be accepted through 12:00 pm (noon) on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Additional information and details can be obtained by contacting the Martin Luther College Human Resources Office at 507-354-8221.