October 2021

A Cautionary Tale

Pastor Joel Leyrer - The Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, October 24, 2021

Text: 2 Chronicles 26:16-23

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Dear Friends in Christ, By definition, a “cautionary tale” is a story or the remembrance of a real-life event that serves as a warning. We find them throughout the literature and folklore of every age and every culture and, in one form or another, parents today still use them when giving guidance to their children.

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The Road to Contentment

Pastor Kyle Bitter - The Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, October 17, 2021

Text: 2 Kings 5:14-27

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What would you wish for if you were given three wishes for whatever you want? That’s the premise of a number of movies – most notably Disney’s Aladdin. What would you wish for if granted three wishes for whatever you want? Maybe thinking as a kid you’d want a fun family trip, or that pet you’ve always wanted, or a new toy. Later on in life, maybe your list would include more athletic talent, smoother social skills, or the respect of your peers. Maybe it would be things with a more lasting impact on life. A better salary package. Greater satisfaction and fulfillment from your career. More time with family and friends. Relief from physical or mental health struggles. And of course, no matter what you use the first two wishes on, everyone knows that the third one should be for more wishes so you can keep on going!

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God-Lived Life: A Life of Discipleship

Pastor Kyle Bitter - The Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, October 3, 2021

Text: 1 Peter 1:22-2:3

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What’s your favorite season of the year? We won’t take a show of hands today, but if we did, I would suspect that there’d be at least some hands raised for each of the four options. Summer would probably be a popular option. The weather is usually beautiful, the schedule tends to be a little more flexible across society with schools not in session. Family vacations, trips up north, time with friends – it’s a good time! But, for as much fun as that is, I would also guess there might be some votes for spring. There’s just something beautiful about seeing the world come to life again after winter, getting outdoors again, and enjoying the increase in activity that accompanies warmer weather! It seems likely that the numbers would be the smallest for winter, but even there I think we’d get a few. For many, Christmas and all that surrounds it is a great time of year, and on top of that there’s something incredibly beautiful about a fresh snowfall. And then we come to the season I’d raise my hand for: fall. It’s the best weather of the year in my opinion. The mornings are cool and crisp, but the days are still very warm. The restart of school brings with it all kinds of fun activity across society, and it’s hard to beat the beauty of fall colors! No matter which one you like the best, the variety of the changing of the seasons is one of perks of living in this part of the world!

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