Pastor’s Message

Reaching Out from

Grand Lake Community Chapel

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021 

Greetings in Christ!

Christ is Risen!  He is Risen, Indeed!!  This is the sixth Wednesday in the Season of Easter that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!  It may be hard to believe, but we are nearing the end of the Easter season; tomorrow we will observe the Ascension of the Lord, the day, exactly forty days after Easter Sunday, when our Risen Lord was taken up to Heaven in the presence of his disciples, and took his seat at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.  From that seat, he continues to watch over us, to guide us, and to love us, even as he awaits our arrival before the throne of grace when our time comes to be called home.  We invite you to join with us in taking a moment tomorrow to lift your eyes heavenward, and offer a prayer of thanks and praise for all that we have been blessed with during this most important season of the church year.

And speaking of thanks and praise, this happens to be National Police Week, a perfect time to let the men and women of law enforcement know that their difficult and dangerous work is appreciated.  While it’s true that not all police officers do their jobs perfectly all the time, and tragic mistakes are sometimes made, the vast, vast majority of those who are sworn to uphold the law, to protect, and to serve do their often-thankless jobs with professionalism, humility, and dedication.  Take time to say “thank you” to the law enforcement professionals you encounter, offer a friendly wave as they drive by, and hold them in your prayers that they might return home safely to their loved ones at the end of the day’s watch.

Walk with God through this glorious day; enjoy the sunshine and (relative) warmth, and remember always that God is good, all the time!  And all the time, God is good!

God bless you!

Karen and Greg

In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. John 14:2

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CHURCH AND COMMUNITY UPDATES

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL will be back this summer at The Chapel!  Dates are July 5-9 with VBS Sunday Service on July 11. Watch for more information here. It will be different this year as we are living in different times, but we will sing, dance, love Jesus, and create new memories together safely! 

– WPC Stephen Ministry Announcement – Westminster Presbyterian Church has agreed to join this world-wide, interdenominational ministry. What is it exactly? “A Stephen Minister is a member of the congregation who is trained to listen, care, encourage, pray, and walk alongside you during difficult times.  It is confidential, free, and very helpful.”  Stephen Ministry leaders will be trained in July to begin the program in the fall.  If you are interested and/or want more information, please contact Carrie Wilson (734-355-0780) or Sharon Rocker ( 989-766-2131).
— “As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”—John 13:34b

-FEMA assistance with COVID-19 related Funerals—Call (844)684-6333, or toll free at (800) 462-7585 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET, Monday – Friday to begin the application process.

-Consumers Energy is offering four options to those struggling with utility bills
—Call 2-1-1 or go to mi211.org for help. Contact them at 1-800-477-5050 for flexible payment options. Apply for State Emergency Relief (SER) at Michigan.gov/mibridges. Or apply for a Home Heating Credit by visiting Michigan.gov/treasury to see if you qualify.

THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD

Luke 24:44-53

44Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you — that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.” 45Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 47and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things. 49And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

50Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. 51While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. 52And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; 53and they were continually in the temple blessing God

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Wishing you joy and peace in your day!  Remember, God’s got this.

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