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Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Greetings in Christ!

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!  Let us rejoice in life-giving rain falling that is so badly needed, and let us be glad that the forecast is for a dry and sunny weekend!  Our lawns and gardens are smiling right now!

The perfect timing of the gentle rain this morning brings to mind the perfect timing of all of God’s provisions for our needs.  Have you ever given serious thought to how many times the exact thing you need has shown up at the exact time you needed it; often when you had absolutely no idea of how you were going to deal with a particular situation?  You weren’t sure how to pay an unexpected bill, or you didn’t know how to adjust your calendar to accommodate a special event, or you were concerned for a loved one’s welfare, and a check came in the mail from a long-forgotten source, or a surprise cancellation cleared your schedule, or the phone rang just when you were on the verge of panic?  We’ve experienced countless such moments, and they have never failed to put a smile on our faces, even if that smile was at times accompanied by tears of joy – or of relief.  But such moments have often caused us to hang our heads in shame, because we had not trusted in the ultimate source of all things.  It may be rather redundant to say, but God wants only good for us.  God wants us to put our complete faith in him to provide what we need, when we need it; and he always comes through.  Sometimes we miss out on his provision, because we were expecting something that looked or sounded or felt different, but if we do miss out, that’s on us, not on God; because God is good, all the time; and all the time, God is good.

Blessings,

Karen and Greg

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

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Wishing you joy and peace in your day!  

Remember, God’s got this.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Greetings in Christ!

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!  Let us rejoice in real summer-like temperatures, and let us be glad that air conditioning is available for those who are uncomfortable in the heat!  Not to mention how nice the lake water feels when it’s warm outside!  We’ve been on such a roller coaster with the weather lately, and it’s kinda’ nice that it feels like summer (at least for a few days).

And isn’t it kinda’ nice that following our Lord and Savior isn’t a roller coaster ride?  Isn’t it comforting to know that God is the same today and tomorrow and forever?  No matter what we’re facing on any given day, no matter how badly we may think we’ve messed up, Jesus Christ loves us!  God is holding us in his loving arms, and we are able to deal with anything that comes our way!  It’s so easy to forget these unalterable facts when we’re in the midst of struggle, but we have to remember that we can do all things through him who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).  We have to remember that we are loved, that we are offered forgiveness, and that God wants only good things for us.  These eternal truths can lift us out of any despair we might be feeling, and set us back on the path to a glorious day!  God is good, all the time; and all the time, God is good!  Go out and make it a spectacularly good day!

Blessings,

Karen and Greg

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.  Philippians 4:13c

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

Wishing you joy and peace in your day!

Remember God’s got this!

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Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Greetings in Christ!

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!  Let us rejoice in comfortable temperatures (although a bit cool for some), and let us be glad that the forecast has no indication of severe weather!  This looks to be a wonderful few days to get out and enjoy Up North summertime!!

We have so much to be thankful for, in spite of bad economic news, unrest in major cities, and unsettledness overseas; there are days when we have to work extra hard to find those things to be thankful for, but trust us, they’re always there!  The song of a bird, seeing a deer grazing, a note from a dear friend or family member whom we haven’t heard from in a while, the gentle touch of our dearest love all are worthy of our thanks and praise.  Then there are those random acts of kindness that happen every day, that we don’t always record in the busyness of the day; for example, we were in a grocery store a couple of days ago, wrote a check for our purchases, and then were informed that the check reader wouldn’t accept our check – a couple in line behind us, whom we had never met before, offered to put our order on their debit card if we’d write them a check!  Their kindness made our day brighter than we could have imagined, and filled us with resolve to take advantage of every opportunity that comes our way to be kind to another.  What an amazing blessing, and what a powerful reminder of the goodness that is in each person we encounter!  God is good, all the time; and all the time, God is good!  And so are his children…

Blessings,

Karen and Greg

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Galatians 6:10

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The Grand Lake Community Chapel VBS of 2022 is in the books and was a huge success!  We thank our dedicated organizers, leaders, teen leaders, staff, supporters, and families who made this time with God and fellowship with one another possible. God’s greatness will continue to be celebrated as the seeds that were planted grow!

Wishing you joy and peace in your day!  

Remember, God’s got this.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Greetings in Christ!

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!  Let us rejoice in the delights of Up North summer, and let us be glad for the myriad opportunities for rest, relaxation, and recreation that are arrayed before us in Presque Isle County!  Sometimes there are so many things to choose from, we don’t know which way to turn!  Summer concerts by the lake in Rogers City, ice cream socials at Grand Lake, farmer’s markets, and gatherings of family and friends; we’re blessed beyond measure with choices!

We’re also blessed beyond measure to walk through the forest, along the beach, or among the vacationers, side-by-side with our Risen Lord.  As the classic hymn “In The Garden” reminds us, “he walks with me, and he talks with me, and he tells me I am his own.  And the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known.”  No matter where we are, no matter what we’re doing, we are in the presence of Jesus Christ; that simple fact should fill us with confidence and joy, and makes our experiences all the more incredible.  So don’t rush through your day, with your head filled with the “have-to’s” of life, never looking up to see the beauty around you – tarry with the Lord, saunter through the woods, splash in the lake as it laps on the beach.  Walk every day with Jesus, and every day will be richer and fuller than you can imagine!  

Blessings,

Karen and Greg

For you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord;
walk as children of Light Ephesians 5:8

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A Message From the Desk of Toby the Church Dog

Hello dear friends!

Guess what??!?  I just turned six years old!  Mom and Dad gave me some extra cuddles and some birthday ice cream; and my sis shared birthday wishes with me over the phone.  It was a great day!  I’m told that now my age is equivalent to 42 in human years.  It seems that this would mean that I am wiser now, but I know I still have so much more to learn.  However, there are a few thoughts and ideas that have come to me recently that I’d appreciate sharing.

  1. You may have noticed that I’m a bit height challenged.  Don’t get me wrong; I have fine-tuned my ability to conquer heights of all kinds with my mind, muscles, and daring, but largely I spend my time close to the ground.  This brings me very close to your feet, people.  I, myself, spend a good chunk of my day cleaning my feet; foot hygiene is a priority to me. May I lovingly suggest, my friends, that you add a few more minutes of foot-licking to your day too.  After all, happy feet – happy hearts! 
  2. I have been pondering whether humans realize how disorderly life would be without their animal friends.  Do you know how much you drop!???  Just in the kitchen alone there are crumbs, cooking spatters, and big “oops” moments.  I stand ready at all times to relieve my family of the burden of their messiness—and let me tell you, it can be a challenge!  I also work to train, and re-train, loved ones when they neglect to pick-up after themselves.  For this I use several methods.  For instance, if Dad drops a note or paper napkin to the floor, I give it a good chew and then put it back where I found it.  The result?  Dad drops less paper!  If my sis sets down her gaming controller or a book, I enjoy creating a game of chase by grabbing them and running.  What fun we have; and we have good exercise too!  The result?  I have a neater Sis and house!
  3. I’ve noticed that whenever I am with humans lately it seems either much quieter or much louder than I am used to hearing.  We canines are pretty good at sensing distress, concern, or pain in our people; and so it always surprises me to discover that humans don’t seem to recognize these things in each other.  When I sense pain, I sit closer, share a kiss, nudge a hand, and generally do my best to lend a loving and caring presence.  In the past I would see many humans doing this too, but not so much anymore.  Instead, I hear people speaking more loudly and listening less.  I see bodies with arms and mouths tightly clenched.  And what disturbs me the most; I witness more people walking away from each other than toward each other.  I am sensing so much hurt that sometimes this puppy hasn’t a clue where to turn first.  But, I try not to let the abundance of the need paralyze me.  I just go forth and share love with as many people as I can, hoping that this will make a difference.

I am very grateful for the six years you have shared with me.  Knowing you makes this puppy’s life so much better!

I love you, dear friends,

TOBY

VBS Is In Full SWING!

The Littles learning about Jesus!
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Singing praises to our God and His Monumental Love!
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The Middles and their Teen Crew Leaders in Imagination Station where they do crafts and science experiments.
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Bible Adventures for the Middles and their Teen Crew Leaders.
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We are blessed daily with over 64 kids and 14 adults this year! God’s got this indeed!

Wishing you joy and peace in your day!  

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Greetings in Christ!

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!  Let us rejoice in clear skies and sunshine, and let us be glad that the forecast for the upcoming holiday weekend is pretty darned good!  We’re all getting a little tired of the weather roller coaster we’ve been on, with one day being crazy hot and windy and the next being crazy cold (and windy), but that’s life in Northern Michigan!

While the weather might be a bit up-and-down these days, it’s good to know that our Triune God is rock-solid, consistent, predictable, and unchanging.  No matter the challenges we might face, we can count on the steadfast love and guidance of our God.  When the world appears to be coming apart at the seams, the truth is that our Risen Lord is holding things together.  If we experience a great joy in our life, the Holy Spirit celebrates with us, increasing our joy.  Sometimes we forget that no earthly power can separate us from the love of God, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit; no matter how hard those earthly powers try to come between us and our faith.  As we gather to celebrate Independence Day on the Fourth of July, we invite you to take a moment to remember the principles on which the United States was founded – one of which was the unshakeable faith of those who bravely stood up to the tyranny of England, closing the Declaration with these words: “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

Blessings,

Karen and Greg

The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk
in the same manner as He walked. 1 John 2:6

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

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Greetings in Christ!

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!  Let us rejoice in the second day of summer, and let us be glad that the day dawned bright and clear!  We have been blessed with a beautiful day to enjoy, so if your schedule allows, get out and take advantage of this glorious day!

If you are able to get out and about, let us invite you to consider finding a quiet spot and “sit for a spell” listening for the still, small voice of God.  It seems to us that just about everyone could use a break from the busyness of our age, and from the relentless less-than-great news that confronts us on a daily basis.  Whether you’re a fan of the beach, the forest, or of rolling farmland stretching out in front of you, stopping for a little while to let your mind wander or to focus on a particular subject can be both inspiring and energizing.  As we learned during the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic (and understanding that it’s still with us in a somewhat different form), we will get through our current unsettledness if we are able to turn everything over to God and trust in his wisdom and guidance at every turn.  That may not sound “active” enough for some, but the simple truth is that letting go of the reins for a time can be an opportunity to see the world through a different lens – a Divine lens.  Remember that God is good, all the time; and all the time, God is good.

With our love in Christ,

Karen and Greg

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.  Philippians 1:6

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

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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Greetings in Christ!

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!  Let us rejoice in the joys of summer, and let us be glad that the extreme heat seems to be staying South of Presque Isle County!  While we understand that it’s been an unusually cool late spring (so far), it’s been quite comfortable to be outdoors and enjoying our yards and gardens, riding our bicycles and taking walks.  All of the seasons of the year have their delights, and their frustrations, so let’s get out and enjoy this season and all of the possibilities it brings!

All of the seasons of the church year have their delights, and their frustrations, as well.  Now that Pentecost and Trinity Sunday are behind us, we will be settling into the season after Pentecost during which time there are no celebrations or feast days on the church calendar, until Christ the King Sunday in late November.  We’re not terribly fond of the term “Ordinary Time” as it relates to the life of the church, because there’s nothing “ordinary” about living into the fullness of our calling as Christian brothers and sisters; these several months present us with the incredible gift of uninterrupted time to contemplate our lives, seek ways to grow in our faith, and invest in learning and study so that the messages of the high holy days aren’t lost in the rush of planning to celebrate the high holy days.  Just as late spring, summer, and fall are days of blissful rest and joyful play, the post-Pentecost season can be days of enjoying the Triune God in every aspect of our lives in a less-hectic way.  Cherish this time, and allow it to deepen your relationship with the Divine.

With our love in Christ,

Karen and Greg

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 1 Peter 2:9

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

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

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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Greetings in Christ!

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!  Let us rejoice in cobalt-blue skies and comfortable temperatures, and let us be glad that the weather forecasters are promising many more days like today!  And let us also rejoice with recent graduates from our local schools, and be glad that they have incredible opportunities before them to build their lives in ways that will bring them great joy, and make significant contributions to the world!

You know, graduation reminds us of the order of life; for students, there’s a well-defined process that starts with preschool and goes forward in an unbroken stream until high school graduation.  Very orderly, very predictable.  Of course, there are the occasional deviations from the path for those who skip grades, or sadly, for those who choose to leave school before graduation.  But for a great majority of students, school represents an orderly path from childhood to adolescence to early adulthood.  For those of us a few years (or LOTS of years) beyond our graduation days, there is another form of order available to us, to keep us on the path through our working years to our retirements to our eternal reward – and that is God’s Divine Order.  God has a plan for each one of his beloved children, a perfect plan that unfolds day-by-day in perfect order. Embracing this Divine Order requires that we relinquish our desire to control everything, let go of our sometimes-narrow vision of the way things should be, and trust that we will be given precisely what we need precisely when we need it.  Divine Order encompasses financial matters, relationship issues, health concerns, and absolutely everything else under Heaven.  The key to living in harmony with Divine Order is trust; and since Divine Order is of Almighty God, trust shouldn’t be a problem, should it?

With our love in Christ,

Karen and Gre

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.  Proverbs 3:5

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The Chapel Family welcomes Hazel and Hudson, children of
Melissa and Spence Kendziorski into God’s Holy Family! 
They were baptized on Sunday, June 5th.

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

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Greetings in Christ!

This is the magnificent day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!  Let us rejoice in a bright blue sky with puffy white clouds, and let us be glad in the mild temperatures – much more comfortable than the intense heat of the weekend!  Summer has taken firm hold of our weather, and of our activities as we have crossed the threshold of Memorial Day and are now in the “100 Days of Summer” until Labor Day.  Finally!!

It seems fitting that we’re writing this on June 1st, the first day of a new month, which also marks the start of a new season in the life of the church, as well as a new season of the meteorological year.  Today marks a new beginning, and so let us take a moment to consider the possibilities that this new beginning might present to us.  Traditionally, the summer months present us with the promise of relaxation, fun, and adventure, without having to worry too much about road conditions putting our travels at risk or extreme temperatures forcing a change in our outdoor plans; so let’s get out into Creation and enjoy all that Almighty God has prepared for us!  In the post-Pentecost season in the church, we are presented with the opportunity to live out the promises of Christmas and Easter by incorporating all that we have been reminded of during our celebrations into our daily lives; this is the season to practice peace, joy, compassion, forgiveness, and love each and every day without the distractions of planning for special worship services and scurrying about looking for the perfect gift or finding our new Easter finery.  This is the season to live the Christian life; so let’s get out there and do it!

With our love in Christ,

Karen and Greg

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

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

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Pastors are away so I am filling in with some scriptures to ponder over this week from Kenneth Copeland Ministries through the You Version Bible App. I hope they are as valuable to you as they are to me.

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“Galatians 5:22-23 lists nine separate fruit of the spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. According to the authors of this particular study, most are easy to define. But the fruit of kindness and the fruit of goodness are so similar, it can be difficult to differentiate between the two. The Bible lists them separately throughout the Scriptures and uses the two terms differently, so it’s important to take the time to discover their true meaning. 

Most Bible scholars agree that the two are interdependent. Through study,  it seems clear that goodness is God’s foundation imparted to us in the form of kindness. Kindness then becomes our responsibility to share with the world. The Bible describes goodness as a state of being. It says that God is Good. Goodness isn’t just something He has, it’s who He is. Since we’re re-created in His image, goodness is who we are, too. (We just have to develop the fruit and act on it!)”

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Remember this when you’re running short on kindness, “God is Good! Run to Jesus!” Always bear good fruit by remembering to extend “good will to all!”

Thanks be to God as He’s still got this!