Palm Sunday
 

You are invited to a special showing of

“Come, Touch the Robe”
Encounters with the Healer, the Servant, the Lord of Easter
a Cantata by Pepper Choplin

Palm Sunday, March 20, 2016
8:15 and 10:00 AM services
Presented by Spirit of Joy Festival Choir

Bring your family, friends and neighbors.

Don't miss Holy Week Events

  • April 13, 6:00pm: Observe Passover with us at our annual Seder Supper followed by a potluck
  • April 14, 7:00pm: Good Friday Service of the Seven Last Words
  • April 15, 9:00am: Bunny Hop Easter Egg Hunt on the Land. Families, Friends & Neighbors are welcome.
  • April 16, 6:30, 8:15, 10:00am: Worship Our Risen Savior on Easter Sunday
 
 
It's All About God...
 
   

God is the very first piece of the Christian Story because the Story is all about him. God is the central character. The Story does not start with us because the Story is not about us.... We have an important part to play in the Story, but we are not the most important players.

Many people are confused on this point. When discouragement, disillusionment, or defeat creep into their lives, they are caught by surprise. They thought the Story was about them— their happiness, their comfort, their personal prosperity. Then they wonder what went wrong when things go in another direction. “How could God let this happen to me?” they ask. They thought that with God in their lives they would be the center of his attention and everything was going to be easier. Then they are caught off guard when things work out differently.

That's what happens when we think the Story is about us. In fact, a large part of the Story was written to people who believed in God and trusted in him yet experienced tremendous conflict and distress in this world. Suffering is standard fare in life, but especially so for those who take the Story seriously. This is a clue that man did not make up the Story by himself. If he did, he probably would have written a different story.

There is a saying that has been helpful in some ways but I think is misleading in this regard. The saying goes, “God has a wonderful plan for your life.” From what I understand now, that perspective is in the wrong order. The Story is not so much about God’s plan for your life as it is about your life for God’s plan. Let that sink in. God’s purposes are central, not yours. Once you are completely clear on this fact, many things are going to change for you.

Koukl, Gregory. The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between (pp. 43-44). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.
 
This Week's Construction Video
Work Party on the Land March 9 2017
 

I saw some underground work going on. Something besides pushing mud around is progress, in my mind..  Harvey Payne, 29 Mar 2017.

Click on the image above to view the current video. Please continue to pray for resources to build a worthy worship center.

 
 
Coming Events
Wed, Apr 5 6:15 pm
Lenten Devotions and Soup Suppers
Sat, Apr 8 9:00 am
Palm Sun Festival Choir
Rehearsal 9:00-11:00 am
Wed, Apr 12 6:30 pm
Women's Bible Study Continues
Thu, Apr 13 6:00 pm
Passover Seder & Service
Fri, Apr 14 7:00 pm
Good Fri Service
Sat, Apr 15 9:00 am
Bunny Hop Easter Egg Hunt
Sun, Apr 16,
Easter Sun Services
Mon, May 8 5:30 pm
SOJ MEN Serve Open Door Meals

SOJChurch Calendar

 
 
Weekly Activities
Sunday
8:15 & 10:00 am: Worship
8:15: SS preK-6th grade
10:00: SS preK-High School
6:30-8pm: Junior High
Sunday: 1st & 3rd A.M.
11-12:30 High School
Monday
8-9am: Bible Study
6-7pm: Bible Study
Tuesday
9am: Prayers & Squares
4-6pm: Kids Klub
7-8:30pm: High School
Wednesday
7-8am: Men's Breakfast Ramona Cafe
First Wednesday
9:30am: Spirits of Grace
Second Wednesday
7-8:30pm: Women's Bible Study
At Church
Thursday
7pm: Choir
Saturday
9:00am: Church Cleanup
We need your help: Please vounteer
Saturday: 1st & 3rd
8-9am: Men's Bible Study
 
 
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