After a winter break, First Baptist Dayton’s Saturday contemporary worship service for the “Becomers” starts again on the third Saturday in March, and will be held on the first and third Saturdays at 6:30 p.m.
Are you one of those people who never go to church? You’ll be welcome here! Are you someone who works on Sunday or just don’t want to get up on Sunday morning? Here’s a worship service designed just for you! Do you want a more contemporary worship service? Come and check us out. Whatever your reason, you are invited to join us!
Happy 102nd Birthday to Betty Lightfoot!
Our oldest member, Betty Lightfoot, celebrated her 102nd birthday in February. Members signed a special banner and celebrated with her. Pictured above left to right are: Betty’s son Terry Lightfoot, Patty Pratt, Bro. Pastor Harold Pike, Betty Lightfoot, Clarence Lightfoot and Bud Fowler.
Submitted by: Gail Myers
This is a Test!
This is a test? What do you mean? We are not in school anymore. Our test days are done! Right? Wrong! We are put to tests every single day. It is totally up to us to pass them.How are we tested, you might ask. Let me give you an example: Going way back to the beginning with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, they lived in a beautiful place that was filled with many wonderful things. They had but one rule to follow, “Don’t eat the apples from that tree.” It would be easy enough to avoid one tree, right? In walks Satan. He tempts them and tells them how wonderful the apples are, what great color they have and how shiny they are. And God didn’t really say not to eat the apples. We know what happened in this test; Adam and Eve failed.
We are all put through these type tests every single day. When we are going through dark times, Satan pops up to derail us, to lead us to short cuts. These short cuts do not exist. We need to avoid Satan and stay the course, and have faith that God will lead us through the dark times. Temptations also show up right in the middle of good times. They can be so hard to avoid. Satan makes them look so appealing. We must keep our eyes toward God and we will come out on top.
Many times we do not pass the test the first time around. But God does not give up on us, but instead, he gives us second chances. Do not give up! This can be a test of character. Sometimes when temptations arise, we wonder what is God trying to do to us? This is Satan trying to trick us. Stay in faith! Love God with all your heart and you will pass the test!
In other news, 1st Presbyterian Church continues to be a blessing to the community. For the Super Bowl, our church collected over 650 pounds of non-perishable food for local food pantries. We would also like to invite you to our Good Friday events: At 4:30 we will walk with members to symbolize Jesus’ journey. At 5:30 we will hold a Pot Luck Dinner in Fellowship hall, followed by Good Friday service at 7 p.m. Please join us!
Submitted by: Melody Dilts
Spiritual Tidbits for March from Fr. Tim
March just marched in somewhat like a lamb. The first day of spring arrives on the 20th day of March. It seems winter never really took flight in early 2017. It just sort of fizzled out on the launch pad -- weather wise at least. However, winter illness is another story altogether. Winter bugs rampaged and took their toll on most all of us. Colds, flu, fever, sore throat, coughing, and so forth wreak havoc on our bodies.
Without doubt we know when our bodies are sick and we do our very best to locate a remedy. But what about our souls? Can our souls become sick? Can our souls be afflicted? Absolutely. Sin affects and makes our soul ill just like the flu virus makes the body ill. Illness of the soul distorts a person’s relationship with our heavenly Father.
So what about a remedy for the soul? Where do we find a cure? We find a cure in the hospital of Holy Church. This winter, bodily illness kept many of our pews empty each Sunday. Sick individuals sought out remedies and a comfortable place for their bodies to recover. This Lenten Season should make us aware of our spiritual illness. Sick individuals should seek out remedies and a holy place for their souls to recover.
Will you seek respite at Holy Church? Will you be at the altar on Lenten Sunday’s in deep repentance? Will you be at Holy Church on Lenten Wednesdays in self-denial of worldly ventures? Do you have a Lenten goal? And even more importantly, will you tell others who do not know Christ where to come to heal their soul? Jesus Christ, the Great Physician, awaits all who will come. I hope and pray you have a beautiful and holy Lent.
~ Father Timothy Butler, Rector
Saint John the Evangelist is a parish of the Anglican Catholic Church. It is evangelical, but not Protestant. It is Catholic, but not Roman. It isn’t non-denominational. It is pre-denominational. It has believed, taught, defended and died for the Faith of the Apostles since the day of Pentecost nearly 2000 years ago in 33 A.D. Thus we believe what our Lord and Saviour taught, the Apostles disseminated, the Church Fathers authorized, and the Martyrs confirmed.
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