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From Dr. Kris Prenger:

I am almost for sure going to Afghanistan next week. I will represent Interserve on a board of the umbrella organization where some of our people work. My US boss and my local boss couldn’t go, so suddenly I was the senior person available to represent us.

The timing is interesting, as I was already going to be away from LAMB for another meeting. But turned out that meeting wasn’t what I thought it was going to be, so I was more or less able to just change plans and go to Afghanistan instead.

Please don’t worry too much, as I will only be allowed in ‘safe’

areas. I already received a map that says ‘You can walk here, but don’t walk there’, etc. They sent a clothing guide and I am going out right now to get some long-sleeved clothes made.

I thought I better tell you that, to get you started praying!

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Upcoming Hall Events

Good afternoon,

We have Banquet Hall events coming up on 5/12 and 5/19.

So….we need your help to setup for Sunday Service and
Sunday school on 5/13 & 5/20.

Please put the reminder in your calendar now, and please plan on arriving and be available to help setup at 9:05am.

Your help (yes YOU!)  makes it possible to continue renting our facility as a banquet hall.

Thanks,  Pat Prenger

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Hello,

Is anyone available to meet the Evaniuk’s at Panera by the Fairfield Commons Mall this Saturday night, April 28, and gather pastries for Sunday?

Let me or Martha Berger know if you can do it.

Thanks!

Karla Herman

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Today we will celebrate our noon Eucharist in commemoration of the Feast of St. Mark the Evangelist.

THE LIFE OF ST. MARK THE EVANGELIST

John Mark was a Jew and, according to Paul’s letter to the Colossians, was cousin to Barnabas.  He accompanied Barnabas and Paul on their first missionary journey.  Afterwards, he went to Cyprus with Barnabas and to Rome with first Paul and then Peter.  Mark’s gospel is generally regarded as the earliest and was most likely written whilst he was in Rome.  It was probably based as much on Peter’s preaching of the good news as on Mark’s own memory.  Mark’s gospel has a sharpness and an immediacy about it and he does not spare the apostles in noting their weaknesses and lack of understanding that Jesus the Christ would suffer for the world’s redemption.  Sharing int he glory of the resurrection means sharing int he giving of self, both in body and spirit, even to death; sharing the gospel was, for all, in essence both excessively generous and ultimately sacrificial.

A READING FROM THE TREATISE AGAINST THE HERESIES BY ST. IRENAEUS

Although the Church is spread throughout the world, even to the ends of the earth, it has received from the apostles and their followers the faith it professes.

It believes in one God, the Father Almighty, the creator of heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; and in one Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who became incarnate for our salvation; and in the Holy Spirit, who announced through the prophets and purposes of God, the advent of our Lord Jesus Christ, his birth from the Virgin, his passion, his resurrection from the dead, and his bodily ascension into heaven, and his future manifestation from heaven in the glory of the Father ‘to gather up all things in one’, and to raise to life all human flesh, in order that in accordance with the will of the invisible Father, ‘every knee in heaven and earth and under the earth shall bow’ before Christ Jesus, our Lord and God, our Saviour and our King, and every tongue acknowledge him, and the whole creation be brought to his just judgement.  Those who have sinned, be they angels, be they mortals who have renounced their faith, who have behaved profanely or who are unrighteous, shall be condemned to the eternal fire; whereas those who are righteous and holy, who have kept God’s commandments faithfully, who have presevered in love whether from the outset of their lives, or by repenting of their evil actions, through the exercise of his grace shall be received into eternal glory.

As I have observed, this is the preaching and the faith which the Church althrough scattered throughout the world, continues to maintain carefully as if it lived together in one house.  The church believes these truths as if it had but one soul, one heart, proclaiming them and teaching them and handing them on to others as if it spoke with one mouth.  Although there are many different languages in the world, the content of the tradition is one and the same.

The beliefs of the Church planted in Germany are in accord with those of the Church in Spain and Gaul, the Church in the East, Egypt, Libya and Jerusalem, the centre of the world.  Just as the sun, that creature of God, is identical wherever it shines throughout the world, so too the preaching of the truth shines everywhere, and enlightens all who wish to know the truth.

Someone who is an eloquent speaker among the leaders of the churches will teach nothing different from what I have outlined, for no one is greater than his master; nor will someone less gifted in eloquence be able to diminish the tradition.  Our Christian faith is one and the same, and no matter how much you preach, you will never add to it; and no matter how little you say, the tradition will always be bigger than you.

THE COLLECT FOR ST. MARK THE EVANGELIST

Almighty God, who enlightened your holy Church through the inspired witness of your evangelist Saint Mark: grant that we, being firmly grounded in the truth of the gospel, may be faithful to its teaching both in word and deed; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

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Praise report

Jessie had her appointment with the rheumatologist today. The conclusion was that she is doing excellent. She needs to stay on her meds for now but she can skip her medications for the three weeks in July while she is in Germany. If the MRI at the end of 2012 shows no active inflammation they will take her off her medication to see how she does. Thanks be to God and all of you for your prayers.

Jessie and the Evanhoe gang

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Walk for Independence

Hi,

I will be walking in the Walk for Independence on May 19th, the Toward Independence fund raiser. Anyone who would like to pledge can email me or call me at (937)479-3160. Toward Independence would like each walker to raise at least $50. Checks should be made payable to Toward Independence and should be given to me prior to May 19th. All donations will be used "to assist TI in fulfilling its mission, helping individuals with developmental disabilities to live the fullest life possible."

Thanks,

Debby Smith

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Hi, we need your to re-setup the church on Sunday morning. There is an outside event using the whole bldg on Saturday.

Please arrive at 8:50am to help set up the Sanctuary (gold) and the Green room.

Thank you in advance, Pat Prenger

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