IN THIS ISSUE
I Need More Satisfaction
From the Pastor
Beautiful Savior News
Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus
News from the WELS
For the Generations to Come Update
Which Comes First
No One will Snatch You
WORSHIP SERVICES AND BIBLE STUDY
Sunday Worship, Communion on First & Third Sunday.............. 9:30 AM
Sunday Adult Bible Class, A Study of the Book of Acts............... 11:00 AM
I NEED MORE SATISFACTION
Ecclesiastes 2:24 “A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink
and find satisfaction in his work”
If we walk in the light, as he is in the light,
That is what the writer of the book of Ecclesiastes said, and he said it three different times in his book. It sounds simple enough: Somehow find the ability to lean back in your hammock on your day off and say, “What a satisfying life this all is!”
But maybe your expectations for satisfaction in this life are too high. Maybe they are unrealistic. Maybe they are even wrong and pivot around your own self and ego.
The Bible says about God, “You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing” (Psalm 145:16). Many believers bow their heads and speak this verse before they eat their food. In prayer at their dinner tables they acknowledge that God is the source of their satisfaction. They recognize it too when they pray this part of the Lord’s Prayer: “Give us today our daily bread.”
The apostle Paul told a young pastor, “If we have food and clothing, we will be content with that” (1 Timothy 6:8). Perhaps those who demand more satisfaction from life are not thinking of the simple but sublime satisfaction that is the desire of many hearts. They forget that in their work—whatever it may be—they can glorify God with faithfulness and cheerfulness. Thankfulness that they have the ability to feed themselves and their family. Those are the aspirations of a loving God for our satisfaction.
Satisfaction in our lives does not come because of what we do but because of what God does. He takes care of us…body and soul. He feeds us. He sent Jesus to rescue us from his great dissatisfaction over our sin. He promises to be with us and bless the work of our hands. He says that what we do for him will not be in vain.
Be satisfied—truly satisfied—with that!
we have fellowship with one another,
and the blood of Jesus, his Son,
purifies us from all sin. 1 John 1:7 (NIV)
FROM THE PASTOR
Don’t Take it Personally!
Luke 10:16 “He who listens to you listens to me, he who rejects you, rejects me; but he who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”
When Jesus spoke these words, he was talking to the disciples. There were 72 of them that had gone out at his command to get some practice in on sharing the message about Christ before he left them. He gave them some basic instructions.
1. You are going as sheep among wolves as an answer to prayer to the Father to provide workers for the harvest.
2. Stay in the house that welcomes you if it is a house of peace. 3. Don’t jump from place to place while in that town. 4. If the town rejects you, shake the dust off your feet. It was in this context that those 72 heard these words.
Those words were very important for the work they were about to do. They were going to a world that needed to hear about Christ and what he had come to do. They were going to a world that needed to be told about their condition. They were going to a world that did not know Christ and to a world that really had no interest in knowing about Him. As they would face the possibility of rejection, they were not to take it personally.
Jesus helped them see who was in charge of their mission. It was the Father himself. They were simply the messengers. They were simply the ones carrying what God wanted the world to know. They weren’t the ones creating the message. They were the ones who simply proclaimed it. The responsibility of the results was on Him.
Even with that knowledge, it would still be difficult to not take it personally. The very one they were putting their own hope in is the one being rejected. The very one they depended on for help and support is the one rejected. The one they loved, they one they rejoiced in, the one who was watching over and protecting them is the one being rejected. It would hit very close to home.
Nothing has changed for us today. When we get into discussions and have opportunities to share God’s Word, it is a challenge for us to not take it personally when the message is rejected. It doesn’t make sense to us that someone would not want such wonderful news. We can understand when we must really share a large amount of God’s law to an individual why they might want to reject the message.
The reason this is something we need to understand this is because we know that we are not guaranteed tomorrow and neither is the rest of the world. Think of the storms that came through our area recently. Fortunately, I haven’t heard of any deaths, but these storms remind us that anything can happen quickly to end a person’s life on this earth. Maybe it’s a car wreck. Maybe it’s a medical issue. There are so many things that can happen to someone we know that they need to hear God’s wonderful news today. If we are afraid of rejection, it is impossible to even think about trying to share the word. When the fear of rejection is off the table, the sharing becomes easier.
So, keep on growing in your own faith and share God’s Word, His message of Salvation without fear of being rejected. There’s no need to take it personally.
BEAUIFUL SAVIOR NEWS
Choir: We are looking to restart the choir. All those interested in being part of the choir will meet on Sunday, August 25, following the service. If you have any questions, speak with Pastor Warskow.
BACKPACKS FOR SCHOOL - During our Free Rummage Event new backpacks filled with school supplies will be distributed to children who come to the event. If you would like to donate them for the school children, please bring them to the church and put them in the Youth Room (the last room on the left down the hallway).
The backpacks are on sale until August 3 at Menards for $7.99, with a $6 mail-in rebate for the 17" ProSport Backpack which comes in assorted styles. Just mail in the rebate portion of your receipt with the rebate form that is located in the front of the store.
Free Rummage Event (FRE) days will be Friday and Saturday, August 23 and 24.
Set-up days are Sunday August 18 following Bible Study when the fellowship and library areas are stripped; tables, racks and boxes of clothing from shed are physically brought inside. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are days for staging all items. Tasks are assigned as people arrive for the day or just an hour.
The FRE will be Friday and Saturday, August 23 8AM to 4PM and 24 8AM to 2PM. By noon Saturday the library is usually cleared and cleaned and ladies items shifted toward the front door.
Take down will start August 24, with leftovers being boxed up at 2PM. This will last until the area is cleaned and ready for worship on Sunday.
Volunteers will be needed to transport leftovers to Rice Lake unless another group takes them. Stay tuned on this.
This event will welcome our “neighbors” into our building where we can greet, help and invite them to return, perhaps to worship with us and learn about our Lord. What a wonderful way to follow Jesus’ teachings.
You can help and serve others while you serve the Lord. As Jesus tells us, “‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me’” Matthew 25:40 (NIV). We can combine evangelism, stewardship and Jesus/love for all.
For more information speak to Debra Boelk, Elaine Bullens or Sharon Schultz.
Church Telephone Directory Update -We are planning on updating the directory soon and need your help. Starting on the first Sunday in August the directory sheets will be located on the table by the cards in the fellowship hall. Please look over your contact information and update as needed (please print not writing.) If everything is still current, please put a check mark by your name so we know you have looked at it as it will save time and confusion. There will be a blank sheet for newer members and friends of Beautiful Savior as we want to be sure and add them to the directory. Joyce will be available to take pictures on the 4th and 11th of August and the 1st and 8th of September for anyone wanting an updated picture. Thank you so very much, in advance, for your help.
Beautiful Savior Prayer Chain
The Prayer of Faith Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:13-16
Request a prayer - contact Pastor by phone 715-635-7672 or email email@example.com or Sharon Bingen by phone 920-279-9601 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The request can be made for anyone, a member, family member, yourself, etc. ALWAYS ask for permission before making the request. The request can be made without using the person’s name.
Be a “prayer warrior.” If you would like to become a “prayer warrior”, send an email or call Sharon Bingen at email@example.com or call at 920-279-9601.
In the above verses variations of the word “prayer” occur frequently. God is telling us that as we look at the many minutes he gives us each day, we want to spend a portion of that time praying—especially for those who may be ill. If you currently are not in the practice of praying for others, consider saying a quick prayer for someone in your church. God promises that our prayers, offered in faith, are powerful and effective.
Save & Clip Our Family Barcodes: Help collect Our Family UPC Barcodes. For every 500 we mail in, we receive a check for $25.00. It helps fund items needed in our preschool. Just a reminder, we only need to mail the “barcode” portion of the labels. Please, put them in the box in the library. This a great way to support our Preschool and students. If you have questions, talk with Pat Miller.
The 2019 Flower Calendar is posted on the bulletin board in the fellowship area. Cost per arrangement is $20. See Sharon or Peggy.
Miss Last Sunday’s Sermon? What time is Bible study?? Wishing a friend or relative could listen to a sermon? Go to our website (www.bslcspooner.com). You will find audio recordings of sermons, the calendar and newsletter, directory and more. Members of Beautiful Savior can set up an account with password for additional info at the above site. Share the web address with a friend; they can read the latest article or hear a sermon.
The Sunday Fellowship Treat sign-up sheet is hanging by the kitchen door. Please sign up so we can spread out the treats over different Sundays! Thanks for your contribution to a special time with fellow Christians!
Deadline for the Calendar and Newsletter is the third Friday each month. Submit articles and calendar information by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email to email@example.com add “NEWSLETTER.” as the subject .
Support the Washburn County Food Pantry with donations of non-perishable food items. The donation box is in the fellowship area on the greeting card table.
Difficulty hearing the sermon? Ask for an assisted listening device for a little boost in volume during worship services. If you would like to try one, tell Pastor or an usher. Parents, these devices work in the education wing. If you need to take a noisy infant or toddler out of church, you may sit in the last classroom on the left, and still hear the service.
Address Change? Are You A Snow Bird? Going Away To School? Moving? Please, let us know your address, when you are leaving and when you plan to return. Please mail it, drop it off, phone it in (715-635-7672), or email it to beautiful0001@ centurytel.net. That way we can keep in touch with you and send your newsletter to you. Thank you.
Lawn Mowing sign-up sheet is on the fellowship hall counter. Please sign up for a week of mowing the lawn.
LET US EVER WALK WITH JESUS IN THE HEARTLAND was the theme of the 56th Annual LWMS Convention held the last weekend in June in Des Moines, Iowa. Sharon Baker, Peggy McKibben, Kristen and I were among the 1,054 people who joined their voices in worship at the opening service on Thursday evening. There were 943 registered attendees, 29 Send One Sister, 138 first timers and 27 former board members present.
One of the missionaries who spoke was Pastor Jon Bauer who serves in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin. He is also a regular speaker on "Grace Talks" from Time of Grace. Did you know that Wisconsin ranks 44 out of 50 in religious attendance? " What people need most, what people are getting least, we can deliver best", he told us. We also heard from Rev. Joel Sutton from Mexico, Robert Siirila from East Asia, Rev. Pehng Moua from St. Paul, Minnesota, and Rev. Paul Nitz from Africa.
The worship services included some of my favorite hymns like God's Word Is Our Great Heritage, Spread, Oh, Spread the Mighty Word, Jesus Sinners Does Receive, Be Still My Soul, Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus, Onward Christian Soldiers, Hark! The Voice of Jesus Crying, and Lift High the Cross.
The speakers were all thankful to God for His blessings on their efforts and for the support of LWMS. Pastor Nitz called the convention a shot in the arm.
It was very moving to be singing Lift High the Cross as the 63 flags left the ballroom at the close of worship on Sunday.
The 57th Convention will be in Athens, Georgia.
A former Mormon who was a first timer at Des Moines wants to go next year and take her husband.
Thanks be to God for His many blessings.
Submitted by Rose Sexton
Offerings were gathered from LWMS circuits for several Home and World Mission projects. This year $41,204 was given to both the East Asia Outreach and Campus Ministry projects. LWMS also raised $49,938 for kids c.a.r.e.—kids’ summer Bible camps.
Learn more about LWMS at lwms.org.
NEWS FROM THE WELS
- Live streaming of the opening and closing worship services, plenary meetings, and missionary presentations.
- Video news updates that feature interviews with synod leaders, delegates, and guests.
- News articles that capture key decisions and topics of discussion.
- Convention business such as daily minutes, election results, and resolutions.
Photos and news will also be posted on WELS' Facebook
) and Instagram
Heart to Heart: Parent Conversations, Support for Christian Parents - God gives us some general guidelines for how to raise our children so they walk in his path, but much of what we do is a judgment call. We pray for guidance and that God will bless our decisions. Being criticized for those decisions can hurt. Heart to heart: Parent Conversations from Forward in Christ magazine offers three viewpoints in the July issue on how we can handle it when people undermine, question or criticize our parenting decisions. They are available in print and online at forwardinchrist.net.
Each month Heart to heart: Parent Conversations provides support for today’s Christian parents.
Visit forwardinchrist.net to read these and more articles, webcasts, and podcasts on Christian.
Work In Vietnam Continues - WELS leaders traveled to Vietnam in June to continue the training of Hmong church leaders as well as to further plans for the theological education center being built in Hanoi.
“Our training session on Isaiah has helped the students in many ways,” says Lor. “I think especially important is that our instruction has helped our students learn how to interpret the Bible. We are talking about the law and the gospel in Isaiah.
Mr. Sean Young, director of Missions Operations, arrived later to work through details regarding the building of the theological education center. Construction should begin later this year.
Learn more at wels.net/vietnamhmongoutreach.
Please pray for the Hmong Fellowship Church as they continue their studies with Rev. Bounkeo Lor and the Pastoral Studies Institute. We pray that the Lord continues to bless these pastors-in-tra+ining as they bring the message of grace to their congregations. We pray for blessings on the WELS effort to build a theological training facility in Hanoi, so that we are able share the message of salvation with generations of Hmong in Vietnam for years to come.
For the latest updates about this amazing story, visit wels.net/vietnamhmongoutreach.
Online Outreach In A Restricted-Access Country - Imagine a country where it is illegal for churches to gather without special permission, to proclaim any gospel other than what the unbelieving government approves. A country where churches, obviously, cannot do any promotion, canvassing, or big outreach events, where all social media is controlled, and where most everything that is perceived as coming from the West is considered suspect. How would you do large-scale outreach and evangelism in a setting like that?
One group has launched an outreach website on the approved social media platform through the help of Multi-Language Publications (MLP). It is not overtly Christian, at first glance. At the bottom there is a link; readers can access more about the Christian message through articles such as “Who is Jesus?” and “What is the Bible?”
This article was condensed. Read the complete article at wels.net/online-outreach-in-a-restricted-access-country. Learn more about WELS Multi-Language Publications, visit wels.net/mlp.
Oh, Blest the House
O blest the house, whate’er befall,
Where Jesus Christ is all in all;
Yea, if He were not dwelling there,
How poor, and dark, and void it were!
By: Christoph C. L. vonPfeil
WELS Missions - Like the new WELS Missions Facebook page to stay up to date on news from Home and World Mission fields, read inspiring stories of the gospel at work, and take advantage of the many resources WELS Missions has to offer. Visit facebook.com/WELSMissions and wels.net/serving-others/missions/ to learn more.
International Friendship Center – Jesus, friend of sinners, thank you for guiding the circumstances that led to a Lutheran church in Pakistan and an International Friendship Center connecting new Americans to your gospel here in the United States. Open our eyes to see the opportunities you have put in front of us so that we can spread your Word and help others. Amen.
Women’s Ministry Conference – Lord and Savior, you are the Living Stone on which the Church is built and thrives. Through this year’s Women’s Ministry Conference, help the attendees grow in their faith as living stones built on you. Inspire, teach, and lead them as they find joy in serving you and others; bless their time of fellowship and encouragement. Thank you for all the blessings through this conference and similar gatherings throughout our synod. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Indonesia – Lord of the Church, we thank you for all who share the gospel across cultures. We especially thank you for our brothers and sisters in the church of Gereja Lutheran Indonesia. Bless their outreach efforts and give success to the new publications they are developing to reach many ethnic groups in their country. Guide the leaders of Indonesia so that Gereja Lutheran may continue to freely worship and spread the good news of Jesus. We ask this trusting in your promise through Jesus, our Savior. Amen.
For the Generations to Come UPDATE
That is how many members WELS has lost in the past five years. Some losses are members going home to heaven. The majority, however, are people leaving our congregations.
WELS' decline should have us all concerned for the eternal well-being of the souls that are leaving and the impact this will have on WELS' ability to bring the life-giving gospel of Jesus Christ to a dying world.
The For the Generations to Come (wels.net/serving-you/christian-life/for-the-generations-to-come/) campaign is an effort to help WELS congregations minimize member losses and increase gospel outreach. The goal is to raise one million dollars to fund the work of congregational counselors for boots-on-the-ground assistance to churches and provide online synodwide programs (welscongregationalservices.net/) congregations can use to enhance ministry efforts.
Halfway to our goal, we've been able to do much!
Spiritual and numeric growth is the work of the Spirit. He does that work through the gospel, which he entrusts to us. The campaign is an effort to help churches do all they can with that life-giving gospel.
Your servant in Christ, Jonathan Hein, Coordinator, Congregational Services
For more information go to (wels.net/serving-you/christian-life/for-the-generations-to-come/).
A lie is like a snowball. The longer you roll it, the bigger it gets. (Ninth Commandment, 91-92)
WHICH COMES FIRST By Pastor Mark Jeske
The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because he loves us.—C.S. Lewis
I used to have a pear tree in my backyard. It bore pears like crazy. I ate as many as I could, gave away as many as I could, composted as many as I had energy to pick up, and toward the end of summer just drove the lawn mower over the rest and fertilized the grass. That tree bore pears not in order to become a pear tree but because it was a pear tree. It couldn’t help it. That’s what God made it to be. That was its design, function, and purpose.
Luther Quote: Music is an outstanding gift of God and next to theology.
I would not give up my slight knowledge of music
for a great consideration. (17th Commandment, 91-92)
NO ONE WILL SNATCH YOU
God designed you to be a good works machine—worshipful, kind, generous, and eager to share the gospel. And you do those good works not in order to become a child of God but because you are one. “When the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:4,5).
God’s promises and plans take away our fear. God’s generosity to us takes away our excuses. God’s Spirit in our hearts replaces the god of Self. So, tell me—what fruit did you bear today?
Devotion posted 2017/09/20used by permission of Time of Grace®, more information visit timeofgrace.org.” Copyright © 2017 Time of Grace Ministry.
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Michael Zarling writes blog posts that are consistently uplifting. We share another of his blogs below. Because of our space constraints, we have abridged his post. Read the entire post at Bread for Beggars.
This imagery is why I love this illustration of Don’t be Afraid
by Willustration. Four snarling wolves surround Jesus. They are ready to tear into Jesus to get at the helpless lamb in his arm.
But Jesus is having none of it.
A tenacious shepherd
Jesus is tenacious. He is going to defend that lamb with his very life.
He swings his Shepherd’s staff. He will not let the wolves get close to the lamb. Despite the snarling wolves, there is no safer place that lamb could be then in the arms of his Good Shepherd.
So many illustrations, paintings, and stained-glass windows beautifully portray Jesus as the Good Shepherd. The scene is calm, peaceful and idyllic. There are green pastures and quiet waters. The lambs and sheep are in the pasture. Jesus is holding a lamb in his arms or carrying a sheep over his shoulders.
None of those pictures portray the ferocity of our spiritual predators like this illustration of Don’t be Afraid.
A committed shepherd
This is what the artist wrote about his artwork: “Jesus is my Savior! ‘Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves,’ Matthew 10:16. ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ The Book of Hebrews 13:5. If you really think that you don’t need Him, you think you can survive this world by yourself … well, think again!”
Our Good Shepherd laid down his life for his sheep (John 10:11). He walked through the dark valley of death (Psalm 23:4). He stands between his lambs and sheep and the lion and his wolves. He has silenced the lion’s roar. He has muted the wolves’ howl. Our enemies are out there ready to attack us. But with our Good Shepherd between us and them – they are nothing more than a kitten and his puppies. They are nothing to be afraid of!
Jesus is our guarding and guiding Good Shepherd. He is committed to getting us safely home. This is what that will look like:
These are the ones who are coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Because of this they are in front of the throne of God, and they serve him day and night in his temple. He who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them. They will never be hungry or thirsty ever again. The sun will never beat upon them, nor will any scorching heat, for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd. He will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes (Revelation 7:14-17).
A faithful shepherd
Hold onto this promise: “My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all. No one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one” (John 10:27-30).
Those nail-scarred hands of Jesus hold your life in a way that you cannot. Your hold on this life is tenuous. A doctor’s visit, divorce papers, car accident, school shooting, flood, fire, disease – there are so many things that can cause us to break our grip so easily. One day, you will lose your grip on your home, your family, on your very life.
But Jesus does not.
Jesus holds your life wholly and entirely. You are a sheep in his hands. He will not let you go. Not until he is ready to set you down gently and safely in the green pastures of his heavenly paradise (Psalm 23:2).
A loving shepherd
You see, it’s not your grip on Jesus that is important. It is his grip on you. Jesus gripped you in his arms at your baptism. He places his divine food right into your mouth with his sacramental meal of body and blood. He speaks into your ear in his holy Word. He has made you a sheep in his flock.
Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name;
you are mine.”
You see, sheep don’t make the flock. Shepherds do. Sheep are in a flock, but it is the shepherd who gathers them. And you have all been gathered together by the Good Shepherd. You have been gathered forever.
By the grace of God, your Good Shepherd has placed his nail-scarred hands around you. No trial or temptation, no cancer or car accident, no divorce or demon can harm you. Your Good Shepherd stands between you and your enemies. Nothing can snatch you out of Jesus’ hands.
Copyright © 2019 316NOW. Reprinted with permission Blog post by Silas Now 2019/05/22. 316NOW is an educational, humanitarian organization led by Confessional Lutherans that equips and mentors Christian leaders in China for their service to others.