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For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:8-10 (ESV)

In Christ, we are to make a difference in the world. At the heart of difference-making is the giving away and investing of our-self.

It is a fact “the more we give, the more we receive” both personally and spiritually.

Serving Others Gets Us into Spiritual Shape
It’s how we get a spiritual workout. When we serve, we build up our faith. Through serving, we give our faith the necessary workout it needs to grow strong.

Serving Others Gets Us into the Game
We were created to take the gifts and talents God gave us and use them for his purpose. Following God’s purpose for us puts more gas into your spiritual tank than we could ever imagine. We are all more passionate about something we’re involved in than something we watch from a distance.

Serving Others Lets Us Make a Difference
Serving others enables us to make a difference in this world: to do something more than just making money, or putting together a business deal, or buying a dream home, or taking a vacation. We want our lives to count. We want to do something with our lives that will matter. And there’s only one way for that to happen - to make the investment of service.

Serving Others Amplifies our Impact
The famous orchestra conductor Leonard Bernstein was asked, “Mr. Bernstein, what is the most difficult instrument to play?” He responded quickly: “Second fiddle. I can get plenty of first violinists, but to find one who plays second violin with as much enthusiasm or second French horn or second flute, now that’s a problem. And yet if no one plays second, we have no harmony.”

True servanthood is what allows us to make a difference.

It is impossible for Christ’ church to go forward without disciples willing to give their time and talents to serve others sacrificially. Most of the time their service goes unrecognized and they seek no recognition.

Today, I want to lift up and give thanks to the following saints who served their Lord by serving us at St. John’s in the month of July:
Roger Bejcek, Carolyn & Terry Barnes, Shelia, Dale & Alonzo Burger, Caroline & George Campbell, Frances & Bill Coffey, Tammy Combs, Bob Deal, Laurie Dishman, Linda Doster, Brenda & Danny Dunn, Brenda Estes, Abby Hager, Becky Henderson, Autumn Hill, Steve & Patti Horinka, John Karriker, Carol Lewallen, B Jo Litaker, Karen Miller, Janis& Phil Mills, Bill Muffley, Janice Mull, Jacob Murphy, Jo Murphy, Scott & Melody Neely, Silvia Nunez, Grace Pennell, David & Gail Pope, Sandi & Ray Rabe, Paulette Rader, Brian & Hazel Sutton, Donna Tazelaar, Bill Teal, Sherry Tedder, Jerry Trostle, Grace Tucker, David Turner, McKenzie Warren, Marianne & Larry Wiegman, and Cletis Wooten. I apologize now if I left anyone out, and I give you thanks.

It takes many of us serving together to make St. John’s a shining light on the hill.

In Christ,

Pastor Ernie

news & events

September 4 First Sunday

First Sunday is September 4th. We will gather in fellowship hall from 5 to 6 pm for a casual, relaxed hour of eating, singing, reading scripture and praying to connect and grow as a community. Bring your favorite bible, sandwiches for your family and a few to spare. St. John’s is providing chips and soft drinks.

September 8Men’s Breakfast

Thursday, September 8th at 7:00 AM at Cracker Barrel in Statesville.

September 10Community Breakfast

8 AM-10 AM in St. John's Fellowship Hall. Come & bring your neighbor—Donations to benefit local charities.

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Sunday, August 21

9:30 am Bible Studies-Adult & Youth
10:30 am Worship
12:00 pm Munchin’ for Missions

Tuesday, August 23

7:00 pm Yokefellow Meeting

Wednesday, August 24

Proclaimer deadline

Thursday, August 25

6:00 pm Civitans

Sunday, August 28

9:30 am Bible Studies-Adult & Youth
10:30 am Worship

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