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The very first Firehouse newsletter May 2007!

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Firehouse of God FIRST Newsletter May 2007 - it's come a long way!

May 2007

1st Issue!

 

 

Firehouse of God Ministries

Newsletter – Issue #1 - May 2007

 

 

Message from Pastor Brian………

 

Spring is upon us – the time of the rebirth of God’s creations. Now is the time we should be thinking about the rebirth of our Faith…. time to plant the seeds of Faith in others by witnessing our Faith to them and watching them grow and be saved!

 

Our Community Light Rescue Program is off the ground and running! We currently have four men and two women in residence. In order for the program to continue to grow, volunteers are always needed. See the Community Light Program section for contact names and phone numbers.

 

Please pray that God will continue to bless this program that we may help and direct those in need.

 

Pastor Brian

 

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Help!!!

 

Volunteers are always needed in every area – both men and women. Have you served the Lord lately? If not, give a thought to the following – call the church if you are interested in helping out in one of these areas.

 

Prepare and/or serve the daily meal

Community Light Rescue Program

Children’s Church Ministry

Nursery

Visit the homebound

Provide transportation – drive the church van

 

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Community Light Program

 

Not only are we now housing the men and women in the apartments, but also we are feeding 20-25 hungry people six days a week. Thanks and blessings to all those who cook, serve, cleanup, bring in food or in any way serve at the noon meal.

 

If you would like to be a part of this exciting program contact one of the following:

 

Community Light

 

 

Men’s Rescue Leaders:

 

Matthew 5:16 Let your light shine before people, that they may see your good works and praise your Heavenly Father

 

Summer/Winter Homeless Ministry and

Summer Kids Program

 

 

Curt Disher – 815-375-0168

Jeff Purcell – 815-626-4851

 

Women’s Rescue Leaders:

 

Paul Buyno – 815-499-5336

Trisha Jankowski – 815-715-2606

Barb Morthland – 815-622-4095

 

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Did we get your email address!

 

If you were not here the Sunday we collected email addresses and want yours listed to receive communications from the Firehouse, you may contact Barb Morthland here at church on a Sunday, call her at 815-622-4095 or email [email protected]

 

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Bible verses to ponder this month:

 

1 Timothy 5:13 (New International Version)

 

Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying things they ought not to

 

Proverbs 26:20 (New International Version)

 

Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down

 

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Have you read a good book?

 

Let us know the name/author for the next newsletter. If you would like to share your copy with others, please bring it to the church. Write your name inside the cover if you wish the book returned to you; if not, we’ll add it to the church library.

 

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Monday Men’s Ministry

 

Another exciting (and growing) program here at the Firehouse! Men from various churches meet here in the church every Monday night. They take turns leading the discussion for the evening; it may be their personal witnessing or it could be a chapter or verse from the Bible that has great meaning for them or they may share trials and tribulations they have endured or goodness and blessings they have received from God. Whatever the topic, it is an evening of fellowship, sharing, and learning. The attendance has grown from 8 to 20!

 

Tuesday Women’s Ministry

 

On Tuesday, May 8th, we will begin something new in the Women’s Ministry. Mary Ann Stern, one of our Rescue Mission residents, will speak to us in the first half hour; she will be the first of several speakers we have lined up – people of different ages and different stages of their walk with Christ will share their life with us. In the 2nd half hour, Ruby will as always, lead us in devotion and prayer. We invite all you women to join us (and bring a friend if you wish).

 

May 15th – Danielle Lopez – May 22nd – Barb Morthland – May 29th – Veronica Disher

 

Sharing of personal information is considered confidential – please honor that.

 

Thursday Adult Discipleship

 

Currently reading 2nd Peter, 1st Chapter – there is much interaction between members of the group while discussing the reading. We bring the Word to life!

 

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Don’t know where to look in the Bible for a subject? Link to www.biblegateway.com - type in word (ex. Troubled) in the “search the Bible” box and it will bring up all the Bible verses pertaining to that subject.

May Celebrations Mark your calendars!

 

Birthdays – May 12th – Sammantha Buntjer / 21st – Manny Campos / 25th Veronica Disher / 30th – Olivia Buyno

 

Anniversary – Let us know when your wedding anniversary is and we’ll include it in the newsletter for that month.

 

 

Scheduled Activities

 

May 5th – Youth Bake Sale – 7:00 a.m. until noon at 1012 W 2nd, Rock Falls – If you would like to contribute baked goods, please have them at the church by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 4th.

 

May 10th – Pastor Brian will be doing chapel at Sterling Christian School at 8:30 a.m. using the fire truck.

 

May 12th – Saturday night service – view the John Hagge DVD “2007 The Year of Destiny”, part of “The Edge of Time” series.

 

May 13th – Mother’s Day – last year we had a Mother’s Day breakfast, but we are unable to do it this year because of the repair work going on in the fellowship hall. However, this special Sunday has been designated Peanut Butter and Jelly Sunday! Bring a jar of peanut butter and/or jelly to church on Mother’s Day.

 

This will be the kick-off for the summer community “Let’s Feed Our Children Program”. Last year 21,057 sack lunches were given out to children who come to pre-designated places to pick them up! The program runs from June 5th through August 16th on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week.

 

This year Firehouse of God would like to become more active in the program and use the fire truck to deliver lunches to the children. We also will need volunteers (there’s that V word again!) to make the meals, pack the bags and serve them. What a powerful way to make our presence known in the community!

 

· Softball Practice – The church softball season is from May 29th through July 17th. Practice will be held every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Sinnissippi Park. Games will be on Tuesday at either 6:00 p.m. or 7:15 p.m.

 

· Firehouse youth are going to the Crossroads Youth Center every Wednesday

 

· Kids Cadets is over for the summer season.

 

Please notify Barb Morthland if you have any events planned for June that you would like to see in the newsletter.

 

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If you need a ride to the Saturday night service please call the church before 4:45 p.m.

If you need a ride to the Sunday service, please call before 9:00 a.m.

 

Sunday

10:30 a.m. – Morning Service / Children’s Church & Nursery

Monday

7:00 p.m. – Men’s Ministry

Tuesday

7:00 p.m. – Women’s Ministry

Wednesday

7:00-8:30 p.m. – Firehouse Youth

Thursday

7:00 p.m. – Thursday Night Rescue / Discipleship Class for Adults

Saturday

7:00 p.m. – Saturday Night Service

Make a Prayer Shawl!

 

What is a prayer shawl? – it is a knitted or crocheted shawl that is done by both women and men as a spiritual practice. A prayer is said as the shawl is begun and then many prayers are added with the stitches. Most of the time the recipient of the shawl is not known, but the recipient receives the message that many people have been praying for them and will continue to do so. Each shawl is a blend of prayers, talents, gifts and grace.

 

The shawls are done in a pattern of three, symbolizing the Holy Trinity. Finished shawls are two to three feet wide and six to seven feet long with the finishing fringe. The shawls are gifts freely given with no strings attached. They are not for sale – they are gifts of love.

 

Sometimes the persons making the shawls gather in a group while making the shawl – others prefer doing it on their own. You can use the following instructions or design your own!

 

Knitting:

 

3 skeins yarn – your choice of colors

size 11 or 13 needles

 

cast on 57 stitches

 

work in pattern of knit 3, purl 3 –always start with knit 3

 

always knit the purls and purl the knits to avoid ribbing pattern to appear

 

continue in knit 3, purl 3 pattern until shawl is 6 feet long

 

finish off with fringe (4-6” long) on both ends

 

Crocheting:

 

3 or more skeins yarn – your choice of colors

size N hook

 

chain 54 stitches or your desired width

 

chain 1, turn, single crochet in each of the stitches to the end –chain 3 and turn

 

double crochet in top of each single crochet – repeating this row 2 more times –chain 1 and do 1 row of single crochet

 

repeat the pattern of 1 row of single crochet and 3 rows of double crochet until shawl measure 6 feet, ending with row of single crochet.

 

Finish with fringe (4-6” long) at each end.

 

 

Name the Newsletter!

Can you think of a snappy, appropriate name for our newsletter?

Write it down and turn it in to Barb sometime this month

 

 

Hope you enjoyed this first newsletter – remember, it’s YOUR news – if you have anything you would like to contribute let me know – if you have any suggestions for content, format, etc. let me know that too!…………Barb

May 2012 Newsletter

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#5 May 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

Could 2012 be the year of Christ’s return?

 

 

What Is the Origin of Making the Sign of the Cross? X

Rachel Lovejoy

Rachel Lovejoy has been a professional journalist since 1990. She has been a correspondent for the "Journal Tribune" and a guest writer for the "Maine Sunday Telegram" and has written for several weekly newspapers owned by Current Publishing. Lovejoy has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Southern Maine.

 

 

Most of us believe that “making the sign of the Cross is limited to Catholics and that it is simply a Catholic ritual – however that is not true – making the sign is common in some Protestant faiths too – Lutherans are encouraged to do it in Luther’s Small Catechism and it has become common in Lutheran churches today. Some Methodist churches also practice making the sign of the cross.

 

Crucifixion was the standard form of execution during the time of Christ. The sign of the cross is an ancient practice that reaffirms the belief in Jesus' atonement for the world's sins. Mainly Catholics practice it, and while its origins are unknown, it is believed to have originated not long after Jesus' death.

 

Christ's death is thought to have taken place around the year 33 AD. As Christianity grew, writers such as Tertullian, who encouraged early Christians to make the sign of the cross, spread Jesus’ doctrines. Subsequent religious figures continued to promote its use. Basil, bishop of Cappadocia, believed that the sign had been used by the apostles to indicate those who believed in Jesus.

 

Tertullian's description of the sign suggests that it was made on the forehead with one finger, and early Christians may have consulted Biblical references that mention making a mark on the forehead to indicate God's claim, states "Christianity Today."

 

There is no dispute over the centrality of the Cross in the spirituality and understanding of the Church. The first definitive written records of Christians “making the sign of the Cross” come from the late 2nd and early 3rd centuries. Scholars have long noted that practices/beliefs were assumed and already well in effect (like the Scriptures) by the time they were in written form.

 

The current evidence is that the sign of the Cross was traced with one finger (most likely the thumb) on the forehead (and over the mouth when reading Scripture) and over anyone or anything Christians wished to consecrate. The Cross was traced with the right hand (unless one was disabled, etc.), which itself symbolized intimacy with the Christ “who sits at the right hand of God.”

 

The making the sign of the Cross on one’s forehead corresponds with the ancient cultures of the Scriptures (e.g. Genesis 4; Ezekiel 9). Marks on the forehead conspicuously display and proclaim the spiritual condition or identity of the person as seen and identified by God.

 

By the 4th century, the sign of the Cross began to be traced by two (the index and middle) fingers. It also reflected how bishops or (beginning with the 4th century) presbyters (when they began to function as priests) blessed others; the classic Roman gesture for public speaking was the two fingers extended. By the 8th century, the two fingers came to symbolize the two natures of Christ and to distinguish Christians in the East under Islamic rule from Muslims who, as some sources from that time show, lifted “one finger when asking Allah for forgiveness.”

 

By mid 9th century the “three fingers” are replacing the “two finger sign” (though in the East it did not become universal until after the 17th century following the Old Believer Schism in Russia), expanding the focus that through the crucified Jesus we enter communion with the Holy Trinity. In the 13th century in the West, we have the first mention of some who “make the sign of the Cross from the left to the right,” the reasons varying from crossing from misery (left) to glory (right) to mirroring the priest blessing them

 

Regardless of how the Cross was (is) traced in the various traditions, the Church has understood its expression as concretely identifying oneself with the Lord who, through His crucifixion, fully participates in our humanity, which then, as seen in the resurrection-ascension, brings us to organically participate in the life of the Trinity. The Cross symbolizes (“brings together”) God’s organic descent into death and darkness, through which we are given back to Him. It also symbolizes our embracing the spiritual battle within the deserts of our hearts and choosing to see things from the perspective of the God who shows His all-powerful and sovereign Love by giving up control of His very life on the Cross.

 

The sign is also used by priests and pastors when making a blessing upon someone or something. It is most commonly accompanied by the words “In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Ghost”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Friendship Circle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Everyone!

 

Wow – time is flying by – as I write this it is already the middle of April and by the time you read it, it will be May 1st.

 

I am sorry I haven’t shared with you before now information on what is happening with our Haiti kids, Ruth and Karl. I want to share a bit on what we have done so far.

 

Earlier this year, in February I believe, we sent little Ruth a birthday box filled with a variety of fun things all wrapped in brightly colored tissue paper. I am sure she was wide eyed as she opened the box and saw its contents. A huge thanks to all who contributed to filling her box with surprises.

 

Karl will be having a birthday in August and I hope to do the same for him as well. Keep this in mind and think about donating a gift for him. I will have more details later on.

 

As of this writing, from donations I received, I have also purchased, prepared and sent school supplies for Ruth and Karl, as well as some items for the teacher and classroom.

 

God bless you all and thanks so much for all your help…couldn’t do it without you!

 

Don’t forget – kids love mail! Write a letter or send a card even if it is just to say “Hi”! …Annie Vroman

 

 

 

House #1 - All going well – currently housing 3 men

 

 

 

 

 

House #2 - Renovation completed – currently housing 2 men upstairs

 

 

 

The shed has a new roof thanks to Cory Olalde who donated the labor!

 

 

Sharing and Caring

 

 

Prayer Request Form – in the back of the pews you will find a small Prayer Request Form – fill it out and put it in with the offering – the Friendship Circle ladies will be praying for you! There are also forms in the Fellowship Hall for guests who come to dinner/lunch

 

The weekly cooking of meals for the Council House has been a huge success!.

 

Greeter Ministry – more volunteers needed!

 

 

GET INVOLVED!

 

 

May Events & Activities

 

Birthdays:

 

12th – Sammantha Abell 24th – Joe Magana

13th – Roger Hampton 26th – Mike Rodekamp

22nd – Dickie Case (Council House)

 

Anniversaries

 

10th – Carl & Barbara Rodekamp – 61 years!

 

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3rd – National Day of Prayer

12th – Postal Worker’s Food Drive

13th – Mother’s Day

19th – 11:00a-3:00p Outreach in Oregon at Dillehay Park –volunteers are needed

28th – Memorial Day

29th – Let’s Feed the Children – we will be participating each Tue, Wed and Thu – volunteers needed – contact Pastor Brian or Barb Evans if interested

 

 

Notes from April - Pastor Brian has introduced a serious and compelling series of sermons on the seriousness of what is happening in our world today and how it effects everyone of us here at the Firehouse of God

 

 

Men’s Ministry – to be announced – Leader needed!

Women’s Friendship Circle will meet Thursdays 6:30p.m. at Sheryl Noble’s home - 1134 West 23rd ST, Rock Falls

Community Light Feeding Program: Monday – Friday 5:00pm – 6:00pm Dinner Served / Saturday 12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch Served

Firehouse Youth Ministry – Sundays 6:00 p.m. at the church

 

 

Old News Items…

 

Sutherland Courier - Sutherland, Iowa Nov 4, 1898

 

Four gasoline street lamps were put in position Wednesday by the town authorities. One was placed at Woodbury's corner, one at the corner by the State Bank, another on the corner by the former D. Hockert store and the fourth on the south side of Second street in front of L. Schwerdtfeger's shoe shop.

 

The lamps are of the pattern used largely in cities and are the best that could be had. They cost $5 each at Cleveland, Ohio.

 

 

LeMars, Iowa Sentinel November 1882

 

-Flood, famine, tornado, mine disaster—to say nothing of the Martinique horror (Mont Pelee eruption)—have followed each other so closely that it is little wonder that believers in the literal sense of the Bible hold that the consummation of the age is at hand. In the face of such horrors as these the Christendom of 500 years ago would have been on its knees. It might be well if the Christendom of today were to take to its knees. The attitude is one that one seldom assumes.

 

 

Two Prayers

 

Last night my little boy confessed to me

Some childish wrong;

And kneeling at my knee,

He prayed with Tears-

“Dear God, make me a man

Like Daddy-wise and strong,

I know You can

Then while he slept

I knelt beside his bed;

Confessed my sins,

And prayed with bow-downed head;

“O God, make me a child

Like my child here-

Pure, guileless,

Trusting Thee with faith sincere”.

 

By Andrew Gillies

 

 

 

 

Community Light

 

 

 

Matthew 5:16 Let your light shine before people, that they may see your good works and praise your Heavenly Father

 

Summer/Winter Homeless Ministry and

Summer Kids Program

 

Feeding the homeless and the hungry – providing temporary shelter for men and women.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homeless Coordinator Men’s Rescue Leaders

Mike Russell Barb Evans

 

Council House Caretakers –

Clayton Conrady / Robert Pyron

Volunteer - Darryl Snow

 

Shelter Dinner / Lunch Shift Leaders

Mike Russell – Keven Miller - Marcia Rodekamp

Margo Converse

 

Shelter Dinner / Lunch Assistants

Sean Broughton – Sheryl Noble

 

Youth Leader

Josh Stroud

 

Youth Co-Leader

Clayton Conrady

 

Children’s Church Coordinator

Erin Stroud

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks & Blessings to all who volunteer in any way to carry out the Lord’s work at the Firehouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stand up, stand up for Jesus,

stand in his strength alone;

the arm of flesh will fail you,

ye dare not trust your own.

Put on the gospel armor,

each piece put on with prayer;

where duty calls or danger,

be never wanting there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 2012 Newsletter

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Firehouse of God Ministries – Vol. 5 – Issue #4 April 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

Could 2012 be the year of Christ’s return?

 

Speak Out For:

 

Anti-Christian bigotry on ABC - Bill Bumpas - OneNewsNow - 3/2/2012

 

A pro-family organization says there's good and bad news when it comes to a new TV show that debuts this weekend on ABC. One character saying, "I feel certain that the good Lord would like me to have a new fur coat. God often speaks to me through Christian Dior," is reportedly among the cleanest clips from Good Christian Belles, a new television program premiering this Sunday night.

 

Monica Cole, Director of Family Association's OneMillionMoms.com, reports that GCB'sproducers responded to her group's earlier protest regarding the show's original title. "They have reworded the title. It was an inappropriate word in there. 'Belles' was swapped out for another 'B' word. They have improved the title, but as far as the program, it's going to be a Christian-bashing program," Cole explains. "So we're asking moms to contact ABC and their parent company, the Walt Disney Company, and let them know that we aren't going to stand for it. We're going protest this particular show."

 

Good Christian Belles follows the story of Amanda, a Christian woman who becomes the topic of gossip when she moves back to a Dallas neighborhood after a marriage scandal. The OneMillionMoms director asserts that it promotes anti-Christian bigotry.

 

"We're prepared to contact their advertisers and ask them to place this show on a 'do not advertise' list," she says.

According to an earlier OneNewsNow report, Gary Cass of DefendChristians.org has already urged Christians to inform their local ABC affiliates that they will ask the stations' advertisers to pull all advertising from the show.

 

 

This topic continues in 2nd news item below – at end of article is web site address if you want to “speak out”

 

 

'Anti-women' language OK in entertainment, but not in politics

onenewsnow.com – March 9, 2012

 

A pro-family media watchdog group is joining in the criticism of ABC for airing a new TV series that sends a politically incorrect message about women.

 

Melissa Henson of the Parents Television Council (PTC) says Good Christian Belles, or GCB, is both offensive to Christians and demeaning to women. She finds it ironic that the program debuted in the middle of the controversy over Rush Limbaugh's derogatory comments toward Georgetown Law School student Sandra Fluke in the contraception debate.

 

"We're caught up in this discussion about 'anti-women' language or misogynistic language and how it should not be tolerated in the political sphere, and yet nobody is saying anything the least bit about this show that was originally titled 'Good Christian blank,' using a derogatory term that's usually used against women," Henson notes.

 

She tells OneNewsNow the show is blatantly sexist. "So we're allowing this kind of behavior to continue by glorifying it, glamorizing it, putting it in the title of these programs, publicizing these programs, and encouraging people to watch these programs," she laments. "If it's not acceptable, as they say, in the political realm, it should not be tolerated in the entertainment realm." The PTC communications director contends that the themes present in GCB communicate the wrong messages to young women and young men.

 

OneNewsNow reported earlier that the American Family Association's OneMillionMoms.com had contacted the show's producers about the original title, so it was reworded. However, the advocacy group still targeted GCB's advertisers because of the shows anti-Christian bigotry. Kraft Philadelphia has since announced that it is pulling all of its advertising from the controversial show.

On Wednesday, the company told TMZ that it has "received a few complaints from consumers, and their opinions about our advertising are important to us. We have recently decided to redirect our advertising to other programs."

 

"We're excited to announce that after just one episode of GCB ... Kraft has decided to pull their support and pull their ads from the television series," says Monica Cole with OneMillionMoms. (Listen to audio report)

 

Cole, who describes the program as "a Christian-bashing program" that is "blasphemy at its worst," notes that other advertisers contacted by her activist groups have not caved in -- yet. "OneMillionMoms is asking mothers and grandmothers to go to our website," she explains. "There are other sponsors that we have not heard from. You may take action at OneMillionMoms.com and let your voice be heard."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part 3 – Raising Up Fearless Kids by Wes Fleming – submitted by Erin Stroud

 

#5 Trust in God

 

This is a hard one – especially if you’re struggling with fear yourself. As long as you’re not so emotionally overwhelmed that you lose your objectivity, it’s a good idea to discuss your battle against fear with children. By doing so, you can offer an example of how to manage anxiety. “I’m scared too, but I know that God is with us and can help us. That makes me feel better. What do you say we pray about it?” If you’re overtaken by fear and unable to help children cope, give them the opportunity to talk with someone who can offer support and help them solve problems with God’s guidance.

 

#6 Control the Flow of Fear-Provoking Information

 

Many Baby Boomers recll the looming fear of nuclear war when they were children. I remember as a child, for instance, lying awake in bed thinking that it would be better to die from the initial blast than to die slowly from radiation poisoning. Disturbing, I know, but I bet I have friends out there who thought the same thing!

 

Information can be a heavy burden for children. So it’s extremely important to keep exposure to frightening news coverage, movies, and video games to a minimum – especially when kids are young. By controlling the flow of media into our homes and accurately interpreting the data that children see and hear, we can reduce the level of anxiety in children.

 

On September 11, my 12 year-old daughter came home from school like many other children in need of answers, comfort, and reassurance. “Dad,” she said in an unusually serious tone, “Is this the Tribulation?” I’ve taught kids the Bible for 20 years and I’ve never had to field a tougher question! Rachael was looking for more than Bible facts; she wanted to hear something that would soothe her fears.

 

After I regained my composure, I put my arm around her and whispered, “Rach, some pretty scary things have happened today, haven’t they? I’m not sure what it all means. But I do know that God is right here with us and that we’ll be okay.” With that, she went carefree up to her room. I exhaled a quiet prayer, “Thanks, God.”

 

The challenge of parenting and ministering to children has never been greater in light of recent events, yet the opportunity to prepare kids to face their future with overcoming faith has never been better. Though we may not always be able to prevent fearful events from entering into children’s lives, we can help them develop lifelong strategies for coping with fear – methods that spark faith and deepen their dependency on God.

 

 

 

The Friendship Circle We are sending cards to ladies from Circle that are ill, also, taking prayer requests from the congregation. We've had some praises and answers to prayer! We are learning that experiencing God also means good mental health, Sheryl shared with the group a study that shares how prayer changes your brain to a peaceful place, and health wise and depression leave when you congregate with church services, worship music and bible study …Sheryl Noble

 

 

Disaster Preparedness

 

Pastor Brian conducted two training sessions in March – the response from the congregation was awesome! He will be having smaller sessions geared to specific segments of training in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharing and Caring

 

 

Prayer Request Form – in the back of the pews you will find a small Prayer Request Form – fill it out and put it in with the offering – the Friendship Circle ladies will be praying for you! There are also forms in the Fellowship Hall for guests who come to dinner/lunch

 

It won’t be long before the Let’s Feed the Children Program starts up again – keep it in mind as a chance to volunteer!

 

 

If you haven’t signed up to cook a meal for the Council House – the signup sheet is on the information table.

 

 

Greeter Ministry – not much response here – think it over – you may find it a good chance for fellowship with the congregation!

 

 

GET INVOLVED!

 

 

April Events & Activities

 

Birthdays:

 

8th - Lacy Renner

23rd - Josephine Wade

23rd - Joe McCallister

 

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1st – Palm Sunday

8th – Easter – Communion – children will remain upstairs for the service

22nd – Earth Day

 

 

Notes from March: The 2nd Annual Chili Cook-off was held on March 25th – there were 9 participants - Winners: Best Tasting - Josh Stroud / Spiciest (and most complaints!) – Paul Campbell / Most unusual taste – Tim Everly

 

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Men’s Ministry – to be announced – Leader needed!

Women’s Friendship Circle will meet Thursdays 6:30p.m. at Sheryl Noble’s home - 1134 West 23rd ST, Rock Falls

Community Light Feeding Program: Monday – Friday 5:00pm – 6:00pm Dinner Served / Saturday 12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch Served

Firehouse Youth Ministry – Sundays 6:00 p.m. at the church

 

 

 

 

Community Light

 

 

 

Matthew 5:16 Let your light shine before people, that they may see your good works and praise your Heavenly Father

 

Summer/Winter Homeless Ministry and

Summer Kids Program

 

Feeding the homeless and the hungry – providing temporary shelter for men and women.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homeless Coordinator Men’s Rescue Leaders

Mike Russell Barb Evans

 

Council House Caretakers –

Clayton Conrady / Robert Pyron

Volunteer - Darryl Snow

 

Shelter Dinner / Lunch Shift Leaders

Mike Russell – Keven Miller - Marcia Rodekamp

Margo Converse

 

Shelter Dinner / Lunch Assistants

Sean Broughton – Sheryl Noble

 

Youth Leader

Josh Stroud

 

Youth Co-Leader

Clayton Conrady

 

Children’s Church Coordinator

Erin Stroud

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks & Blessings to all who volunteer in any way to carry out the Lord’s work at the Firehouse

 

 

Old News Items…

 

Mount Ayr (Iowa) Record-News - April 28, 1926

 

We have an ordinance known as a chicken ordinance, and it has teeth in it. This ordinance has been tested in Mount Ayr and found effectual and (penalty) very severe.

 

Our records show a fine of $5.00 and costs was paid as a penalty for allowing chickens to run at large inside of the incorporation. Word has come to the Mayor recently that some chickens are now running at large, so I take this method of giving you this information for your benefit. There is no open season for chickens running at large. - C. J. LEWIS, Mayor

 

 

 

Plan ahead -- It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark.

 

 

Christian News from onenewsnow.com – sent to you weekly in a separate email

 

 

 

Stand up, stand up for Jesus,

stand in his strength alone;

the arm of flesh will fail you,

ye dare not trust your own.

Put on the gospel armor,

each piece put on with prayer;

where duty calls or danger,

be never wanting there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 2012 Newsletter

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Firehouse of God Ministries – Vol. 5 – Issue #3 March 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

Could 2012 be the year of Christ’s return?

 

Speak Out For:

 

The Catholics…

 

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a communist;

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a trade unionist;

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew;

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak out for me.

 

Catholic bishops informed parishioners of the recent White House edict forcing religious hospitals, schools, charities and other health and social service providers to provide "free" abortifacient pills, sterilizations and contraception on demand in their insurance plans -- even if it violates their moral consciences and the teachings of their churches.

 

Catholic bishops informed parishioners of the recent White House edict forcing religious hospitals, schools, charities and other health and social service providers to provide "free" abortifacient pills, sterilizations and contraception on demand in their insurance plans -- even if it violates their moral consciences and the teachings of their churches.

 

Bishop Alexander Sample of Marquette, Mich., asserted plainly: "We cannot -- we will not -- comply with this unjust law."

 

Speak Out For:

 

Purity and Abstinence…

 

Commitment to purity increasing worldwide, says group - Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 1/29/2012

 

The ninth annual Day of Purity is coming up, being held this year on Valentine's Day. (Although Valentine’s Day is past that does not lessen the need to encourage purity and abstinence)

 

Amber Haskew, the group's international president, says they are encouraging people to mark the day by wearing a white ribbon or wristband to symbolize their commitment to purity and fidelity within marriage.

 

"Living pure is just so, so important," says Haskew. "Everything from higher income to a lower divorce rate to the obvious physical benefit, and even a lower amount of depression, is found in those who are sexually abstinent outside of marriage." Haskew believes that in this promiscuous world, people are looking for a better way to live.

 

"The Day of Purity really just took off last year. We went from participation of eight countries to individuals reaching out to the Day of Purity in 37 countries around the world," Haskew comments. "So everywhere from London to Japan to Africa, there's a huge need and recognition of the importance of purity and abstinence." The website DayofPurity.com has resources for individuals and information on flyers that can be given to loved ones.

 

Speak Out For:

 

Christians imprisoned for their faith…

 

Hope for believers' release from North Korea's prison -While North Korea is set to grant amnesty to prisoners, Open Doors USA awaits word whether that will include any Christians. General amnesties for a few prisoners, political and otherwise, are granted twice a year, but Open Doors spokesman Jerry Dykstra says this time it has special meaning to the North Korean leadership.

 

"It's really to commemorate deceased leaders Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il who died last December," says Dykstra. "It would be the 100th birthday in April of Kim Il-Sung." There are believed to be about 200,000 people behind bars for political and religious reasons. "We believe there's 40,000 to 70,000 Christians who are in prison in some of the worst kind of conditions you can imagine," says the ministry spokesman. "Some of them are being tortured by other prisoners. Many of them do not have enough food. Many of them call it a living hell."

 

According to Dykstra, amnesty is usually granted only to those who are considered re-educated, meaning they have performed well in their tasks and in mandatory ideology classes. Generally people in the labor camps are never released because they are considered incurable, but Dykstra points out that usually Christians granted amnesty walk out of prison with their faith intact.

 

For the tenth year in a row, North Korea has remained ranked number one on Open Doors' list of countries where persecution of Christians is prevalent.

 

Thirty-five Christians have been jailed in Saudi Arabia for worshiping in their own homes according to a recent report. The news only surfaced this week that the Christians have been imprisoned for over a month.

 

Jonathan Racho of International Christian Concern says it is no wonder that Christians there worship in their homes because of the danger they face. "In Saudi Arabia there is no church," says the ICC spokesman. "There is no other place of worship other than mosques -- so the Christians in Saudi Arabia only gather at their private homes to worship. And when they worship, as you can see in this particular example, they could also be arrested."

 

Racho was able to talk with one of the female prisoners by phone and explains that prisoners are suffering because of lack of proper medical attention. "They told me that especially the male prisoners have been assaulted by the Saudi officials," he shares.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part 2 – Raising Up Fearless Kids by Wes Fleming – submitted by Erin Stroud

 

(Last month was #1 Cultivate a Healthy Capacity to Trust)

 

2. Help Children Identify Their Feelings

 

Helping children acknowledge their fears is the first step to overcoming them. Sometimes just naming the emotion brings relief. When a child is able to admit, “I feel afraid,” he/she feels less helpless and out of control.

 

Ask open-ended questions to help a child understand his/her feelings. “What’s going on? What are you feeling? Be careful not to ask questions that accuse. Questions such as “Why did you do that?” or “Why are you acting this way?” cause children to hide their feelings. Second, speculate about children’s feelings to help them open up. Ask, “Are you afraid? A lot of children feel afraid when they see scary pictures and hear such scary things on TV”

 

3. Identify Underlying Reasons for Fear

 

To overcome fear, we must identify and disarm the beliefs that sustain the fear. Ridicule, for instance, is most painful for children who have underlying doubts about themselves. If a child believes he’s ugly or stupid, he’s more likely to take the teasing of his friends personally. The 10-year-old boy who’s afraid of being called “dumb” by his peers at school, for instance, may believe that what his friends say is true. By helping kids realize the truth about themselves or the facts about a particular event, we remove fear’s teeth.

 

My 6-year-old was watching the evening news on September 11 and saw footage of the destruction of the World Trade Center. Suddenly, she began to cry, “Oh no! Another plane crashed into a building!” My poor daughter! Each time she saw the replay of the horrific event, she believed it was another plane crash. When I accurately interpreted the frightening information for her, she was less fearful and anxious.

 

“The truth will set them free!” Help your children get the facts about who they are, who God is, and how real the threat of loss really is.

 

4. Guide Children’s Plan to Handle Fear

 

Kids rebel against our ideas – not their own! When children, especially older kids, feel like adults are limiting their opportunities to gain independence and to think for themselves, they’re like to resist us. That’s why wise parents and teachers encourage children to come up with solutions to fearful situations.

 

In our eagerness to provide comfort and reassurance, we can actually do more harm than good. Moms and Dads whose parental instincts run amuck try to solve all their children’s problems and handle all their fears. “I can’t believe those rotten kids call you ‘dumb.’ I’m going to call your teacher right now! No one gets away with calling my child names!” Unintentionally, an “overprotective” parent robs her child of opportunities to sharpen problem-solving skills, to learn strategies for overcoming fear, and to grow in confidence. Children whose parents “take care” of their fears not only grow up not knowing how to take care of themselves. To foster confidence and problem-solving in her child, the above mother might say this: “Being called a name hurts. What can you do to stop it?” And rather than offering unsolicited advice, she might ask, “Would you like to know what I do when someone says something mean about me?” By asking permission rather than dictating what children should do, parents can help children feel that their decision-making counts.

 

A great way to help preschoolers handle fear is to play with them. One mother frantically shared with me the week after September 11. “I think there’s something wrong with my son. He keeps building LEGO towers and crashing his toy plane into them.” She was relieved to discover that this behavior was totally normal. Children often act out their fears through play. Instead of reacting negatively to behavior that seems violet or horrific, play with children. “Let’s get the fire trucks and save those people in the building. We need to pray for them.” Playing is God’s therapy for kids during times of stress. Encourage children to write a story, draw a picture, or act out the fear-provoking event to help them resolve their anxiety.

 

 

The Friendship Circle

 

The prayer request forms that are filled out

on Sundays are given to us for prayers each

week

 

. .Sheryl Noble

 

 

The Council House

 

Delicious Sunday meals continue to arrive at the Council House – Robert and the residents send their heartfelt thanks!

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to all who contributed birthday gifts for Ruth – I’m sure she will be surprised and delighted when she receives her birthday box!

 

…Annie Vroman

 

 

 

 

 

Sharing and Caring

 

 

Prayer Request Form – in the back of the pews you will find a small Prayer Request Form – fill it out and put it in with the offering – the Friendship Circle ladies will be praying for you! There are also forms in the Fellowship Hall for guests who come to dinner/lunch

 

Greeter Ministry – greet the congregation as they arrive – men, women & youth – need 2 volunteers per week – see Pastor Brian if interested

 

GET INVOLVED!

 

 

March Events & Activities

 

Birthdays:

 

6th – Al Adams, Sr 25th – David Campbell

7th – Dominique Evans 26th – Carol Kirby

16th – Jeff Pursell 26th – Julia Renner

20th – Tricia Campbell 31st – Reece Buyno

 

* * * * * * * * *

 

11th – Daylight Savings Time begins – turn clocks ahead 1 hour!

17th – St. Patrick’s Day

17th – Fun Fair at Christ Lutheran School – we will be taking our inflatables

20th – 1st Day of Spring

25th – Children’s Sermon / Communion / 2nd Annual Chili Cookoff after service

 

Notes from February: Annie Vroman’s request for birthday gifts for Ruth in Haiti was a great success!

 

 

 

* * * * * * * *

 

 

Men’s Ministry – to be announced – Leader needed!

Women’s Friendship Circle will meet Thursdays 6:30p.m. at Sheryl Noble’s home - 1134 West 23rd ST, Rock Falls

Community Light Feeding Program: Monday – Friday 5:00pm – 6:00pm Dinner Served / Saturday 12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch Served

Firehouse Youth Ministry – Sundays 6:00 p.m. at the church

 

 

 

 

Community Light

 

 

 

Matthew 5:16 Let your light shine before people, that they may see your good works and praise your Heavenly Father

 

Summer/Winter Homeless Ministry and

Summer Kids Program

 

Feeding the homeless and the hungry – providing temporary shelter for men and women.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homeless Coordinator Men’s Rescue Leaders

Mike Russell Barb Evans

 

Council House Caretakers –

Clayton Conrady / Robert Pyron

Volunteer - Darryl Snow

 

Shelter Dinner / Lunch Shift Leaders

Mike Russell – Keven Miller - Marcia Rodekamp

Margo Converse

 

Shelter Dinner / Lunch Assistants

Sean Broughton – Sheryl Noble

 

Youth Leader

Josh Stroud

 

Youth Co-Leader

Clayton Conrady

 

Children’s Church Coordinator

Erin Stroud

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks & Blessings to all who volunteer in any way to carry out the Lord’s work at the Firehouse

 

 

Old News Items…

 

Schaller Herald Schaller, Iowa February 27, 1896

 

Arrangements are being perfected whereby the Christian church bell will be used as a fire bell.

 

This is a splendid plan, and is much better than the committee expected to arrange. The bell is of good size, loud sounding and centrally located.

 

A tolling attachment will be added and the outside door will always be found unlocked, so that in case of fire any person may enter and ring the alarm, which will be by rapidly tolling the bell.

 

 

LeMars, Iowa Sentinel November 1882

 

-Jim Brown, the Indian, was fined $10 and sentenced to twenty days in jail at Ferryville one day last week for trying to drown his squaw

 

 

Christian News from onenewsnow.com – sent to you weekly in a separate email

 

 

 

Stand up, stand up for Jesus,

stand in his strength alone;

the arm of flesh will fail you,

ye dare not trust your own.

Put on the gospel armor,

each piece put on with prayer;

where duty calls or danger,

be never wanting there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 2012 Newsletter

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Firehouse of God Ministries – Vol. 5 – Issue #2 February 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

Could 2012 be the year of Christ’s return?

 

Speaking and your Christian Faith

 

This is an item I printed in February of 2012 when the women’s Friendship Circle was being held during the day – I thought it even more meaningful now given the situation of our world and in Israel today…Barb

 

 

There are 3 forms of speaking:

 

Speaking about – when we are together with other Christians talking about our beliefs and faith

 

Speaking up – when we are with a group of people and someone questions our faith

 

Speaking out – when our Christian beliefs are attacked in a public manner, such as proposal of laws to ban prayer in school, remove the Ten Commandments from a public building, make it a crime for a pastor to discuss a particular type of sin – speaking out would be writing a letter to the editor of your newspaper, contacting the lawmakers, continuing to preach against the sin – being verbal in your community, state and/or nation without fear of consequences

 

 

"First they came ..." is a popular poem attributed to Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the inactivity of German intellectuals following the Nazi rise to power and the purging of their chosen targets, group after group. In Niemöller's first utterance of it, in a January 6, 1946 speech before representatives of the Confessing Church in Frankfurt, it went (in German):

 

 

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a communist;

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a trade unionist;

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew;

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak out for me.

 

 

The first Christians did not “suffer in silence” – if they had where would the Church be today? But, because so many Christians seem to be afraid to speak out, the Church and Christianity get weaker by the day.

 

Do you now or are you willing to Speak Out?

 

 

Speak out for Israel

 

Genesis 12 - The Call of Abram

 

1 The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.

 

2 “I will make you into a great nation,

and I will bless you;

I will make your name great,

and you will be a blessing.

3 I will bless those who bless you,

and whoever curses you I will curse;

and all peoples on earth

will be blessed through you.”

 

Exodus 23:31-32

 

31“I will establish your borders from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, and from the desert to the Euphrates River. I will give into your hands the people who live in the land, and you will drive them out before you. 32 Do not make a covenant with them or with their gods.

 

 

Deuteronomy 7:5-6

 

5 This is what you are to do to them: Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones, cut down their Asherah poles and burn their idols in the fire. 6 For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.

 

Deuteronomy 26:18-19

 

18 And the LORD has declared this day that you are his people, his treasured possession as he promised, and that you are to keep all his commands. 19 He has declared that he will set you in praise, fame and honor high above all the nations he has made and that you will be a people holy to the LORD your God, as he promised.

 

Romans 11: 25-27 All Israel Will Be Saved (letter from Paul)

 

25 I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, 26 and in this way[e] all Israel will be saved. As it is written:

 

“The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. 27 is my covenant with them hen I take away their sins.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Youth Group Update by Josh Stroud

 

As the end of January approaches, I’m reminded how quickly time moves. In January the teens stepped outside of their comfort area a little bit when I took them to the youth group meeting at Hope Bible Fellowship in Dixon. A good friend of mine, Nate Meeks, heads this ministry up. I feel it is important for our youth to be involved with other believers in the area to truly understand the full meaning of the body of Christ working together.

 

We have also started to read from a book called Radical. The theme of this book is the retaking Christianity from the American dream. It offers many practical examples of how to live a Christian life and not necessarily the American dream. It reminds us repeatedly of how we have lost our way and need to see things through

 

In Radical, David Platt invites you to encounter what Jesus actually said about being his disciple, and then obey what you have heard. He challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated a God-centered gospel to fit our human-centered preferences. With passionate storytelling and convicting biblical analysis, Platt calls into question a host of comfortable notions that are common among Christ's followers today. Then he proposes a radical response: live the gospel in ways that are true, filled with promise, and ultimately world changing.

I would encourage everyone to read this book. I have really been convicted sense reading this book.

 

In the upcoming months I am looking forward to taking the teens to the “Dare to Share” convention at the Sears center. This will take place on the 13th and 14th of April. Please start praying for the teens that will be going to these events. This is a great opportunity for the teens to draw closer to God.

 

Excerpts from Leadership/Family Ministry – Raising Up Fearless Kids - by Les Fellows – submitted by Erin Stroud (Part 1 in a series)

 

How can we help our children to walk boldly with faith and not fear?

 

#1 Cultivate a Healthy Capacity to Trust – Trust is like a spiritual umbilical cord – it allows emotional nourishment to pass back and forth between two souls. When trust is damaged, it leaves a child to fend for himself. Children who are continually disappointed or hurt by a parent or another adult develop self-protective and self-reliant methos of managing their needs – patterns of behavior that are characterized by pride, anger, rebellion and inappropriate responses to fear.

 

Children who grow up in stable, loving environments where it’s safe to be honest about their feelings – and where trust is reinforced – learn to place trust in others to help meet their needs. Vulnerability, and honesty are seen as acceptable risks. A healthy capacity to trust is, in fact, the emotional groundwork of faith.

 

How can we cultivate children’s ability to trust? Showing respect for and understanding of children’s feelings is probably the most effective way we can build trust and earn their confidence. When a child is feeling afraid, honor his/her feelings rather than try to change them. Say, “A lot of people feel afraid when they face a bully,” rather than “Listen, you gotta be tough in this world?” When a math anxiety strikes, instead of saying, “Come on, it’s not that hard. You just need to concentrate more!” say, “That’s a tough problem for you, but I’ve seen you master hard problems before. What can I do to help?”

 

Sometimes in an effort to encourage children, we unintentionally minimize their feelings with well-meaning platitudes. “Don’t be afraid…just trust God” - banishing feelings (even for the cause of greater faith) won’t make them vanish – it only drives them underground.

 

Cultivating children’s capacity to trust others is critical, but cultivating our children’s ability to trust God specifically is the greatest thing we can do to help them combat fear in their lives. A resolute faith in God is the ultimate weapon against anxiety, fear, and stress. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Fear breeds fear when there’s an absence of trust in God’s availability. Fear is always based on lies that seek to make God out to be less than who he really is. By reinforcing children’s capacity to trust and providing them with an accurate image of God, we prepare our kids to live fearlessly in a frightening world.

 

More than our words, our model is our message. If we portray a grumpy, frustrated, and impatient God – or a preoccupied, busy and neglectful God – it’s unlikely that children will grow to trust God – if we depict an understanding, kind, and compassionate God through our example, we can hope that children will learn to depend on God.

 

 

The Friendship Circle

 

We are collecting money for Adam Devine from Amboy – he was badly injured in Afghanistan and has had some amputations - he needs financial help for his family to be able to travel to Walter Reed Hospital in Maryland

 

. .Sheryl Noble

 

 

The Council House

 

Many have signed up to provide a Sunday meal – thank you!

 

Annie handed out packets with picture and information about each of the 2 children we are supporting (their clothing size and what and how to send things to them – if you didn’t get one, see Annie

 

 

 

 

 

Sharing and Caring

 

 

Volunteers needed! Give Robert a break! Cook and drop off a Sunday meal for the Council House – Give Robert a break! Cook and drop off a Sunday meal for the Council House – the response for this in January was awesome! Only one date in March still open.

 

Thursday Nite cooks and helpers needed! If you can cook the meal or help with setup/serving/cleanup contact Marcia Rodekamp

 

NEW!

 

Annie Vroman will be coordinating sending items to the 2 children we support in Haiti – letters, cards, gift items, etc.

 

Greeter Ministry – greet the congregation as they arrive – info & signup insert in bulletin Sunday 1/29

 

GET INVOLVED!

 

 

February Events & Activities

 

Birthdays:

 

1st – Josh Stroud

2nd-Janet Perkins

3rd – Sarah Tribley

5th – Allie Renner

10th– Paulina Olalde

 

Anniversaries:

 

14th – Harry & Annie Vroman

26th – Sammantha & Brandon Abell

28th – Paul & Tricia Campbell

 

* * * * * * * * *

 

2nd – Groundhog Day

14th – Valentine’s Day

20th – President’s Day

26th – Kids Message & Communion during Service (last Sunday of each month)

 

Notes from January:

 

Jan 8th – Open house was held at the Council House for our congregation to see the house and meet the residents

 

* * * * * * * *

 

 

Men’s Ministry – to be announced – Leader needed!

Women’s Friendship Circle will meet Thursdays 6:30p.m. at Sheryl Noble’s home - 1134 West 23rd ST, Rock Falls

Community Light Feeding Program: Monday – Friday 5:00pm – 6:00pm Dinner Served / Saturday 12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch Served

Firehouse Youth Ministry – Sundays 6:00 p.m. at the church

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Light

 

 

 

Matthew 5:16 Let your light shine before people, that they may see your good works and praise your Heavenly Father

 

Summer/Winter Homeless Ministry and

Summer Kids Program

 

Feeding the homeless and the hungry – providing temporary shelter for men and women.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homeless Coordinator Men’s Rescue Leaders

Mike Russell Barb Evans

 

Council House Caretakers –

Clayton Conrady / Robert Pyron

Volunteer - Darryl Snow

 

Shelter Dinner / Lunch Shift Leaders

Mike Russell – Keven Miller - Marcia Rodekamp

Margo

 

Shelter Dinner / Lunch Assistants

Sean Broughton – Sheryl Noble

 

Youth Leader

Josh Stroud

 

Youth Co-Leader

Clayton Conrady

 

Children’s Church Coordinator

Erin Stroud

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks & Blessings to all who volunteer in any way to carry out the Lord’s work at the Firehouse

 

 

Old News Items…

 

DeWitt Observer – DeWitt, Iowa - Friday, May 13, 1887

 

The Governor has had one hundred "No smoking" notices posted about the capitol building

 

Daily Times - Davenport, Iowa - January 26, 1901

 

Nice Warm Carriages

 

Why shiver in a cold carriage when by ordering from Wiese's Livery your carriage will be warm and comfortable in every respect. Our carriages are heated by Lohman's Carriage heaters, are rubber-tired, and finished in the most approved style.

 

The next time you need a carriage for a ball or party order it from Weise's and get the benefit of this up-to-date service.

 

Christian News from onenewsnow.com – sent to you weekly in a separate email

 

 

 

Stand up, stand up for Jesus,

stand in his strength alone;

the arm of flesh will fail you,

ye dare not trust your own.

Put on the gospel armor,

each piece put on with prayer;

where duty calls or danger,

be never wanting there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 2011 Newsletter

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Firehouse of God Ministries – Vol. 5 – Issue # 1 January 2012

 

 

 

 

Bible Verses for the New Year…

 

New Birth - A Living Hope

 

1 Peter 1:3

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. (NIV)

 

Hope for the Future

 

Jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (NLT)

 

A New Creation

 

2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (NKJV)

 

A New Heart

 

Ezekiel 36:25-27

"Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols. And I will give you a new heart with new and right desires, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony heart of sin and give you a new, obedient heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so you will obey my laws and do whatever I command. (NLT)

 

Forgetting the Past

 

Philippians 3:13-14

No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven

 

 

 

Psalm 51:9-11

 

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,

and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

11 Do not cast me from your presence

or take your Holy Spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation

and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me

 

 

A New Year With The Lord

A new year is about to unfold

With new opportunities to explore

Doors will open for new experiences

New adventures with the Lord

Remember not the former things

The things of this past year

The Lord will do new things in us

Much more than we are aware

For He will make a way for us

As we put our trust in Him

And He will guide our every step

By His presence we have within

What God has placed within our hearts

We find we’ll be able to do

If we look for the opportunities

We’ll see the door to go through

We mustn’t let anything hold us back

But rise up and take our place

And be all that God wants us to be

With a fresh touch of His grace

© By M.S.Lowndes

 

 

 

Making a Christian New Year’s Resolutions

 

 

Many Christians make New Year’s resolutions to pray more, to read the Bible every day, and to attend church more regularly. These are fantastic goals. However, these New Year’s resolutions fail just as often as the non-spiritual resolutions, because there is no power in a New Year’s resolution. Resolving to start or stop doing a certain activity has no value unless you have the proper motivation for stopping or starting that activity.

 

What sort of New Year’s resolution should a Christian make? Here are some suggestions: (1) pray to the Lord for wisdom (James 1:5) in regards to what resolutions, if any, He would have you make; (2) pray for wisdom as to how to fulfill the goals God gives you; (3) rely on God’s strength to help you; (4) find an accountability partner who will help you and encourage you; (5) don’t become discouraged with occasional failures; instead, allow them to motivate you further; (6) don’t become proud or vain, but give God the glory. Psalm 37:5-6 says, “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children’s Church Update by Erin Stroud, Children’s Leader

 

The past few months, our children’s church has gone through some changes. We are currently learning the fruits of the spirit through a curriculum that has lively video clips, interactive games that encourage Scripture memorization, and object lessons.

 

The children seem to really enjoy it and the Bible truths seem to be sticking in their minds. They are being taught how to pray for others also. It’s so important that our children learn that God hears them and He cares! With their child-like faith, their prayers are so powerful.

 

We underestimate what God can do through our children. Let’s pray for God to use our kids in great ways this year! God is taking us in an exciting direction this year with lessons on the Beatitudes and the Armor of God.

 

Thank you for making church a priority for your children! God holds us responsible as adults to see that our children are trained up in the ways of the Lord. We love spending time with them and feel honored to teach them. God bless your 2012 year!

 

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

 

 

From the desk of Greg Stier

 

Apocalypse Now! Could 2012 be the Year of Christ’s return - “Look, I am coming soon!” Revelation 22:7

 

The Mayans predicted it. Conspiracy theorists have confirmed it. Hollywood even made a movie about it. Could the next twelve months culminate in the end of the world as we know it?

 

Think about it from the Christian perspective. We’ve never been closer to the technology necessary for every eye to see him as the Bible predicted in Revelation 1:7. There was no way technologically this could have happened one hundred years ago. But today it could be as simple as telling your iPhone, “Siri, record Jesus riding that cloud down from heaven and post it on Youtube.” (If she refuses then maybe she is the antichrist! Aha!!!)

 

But, on the more serious side, there are true signs of the times on a global scale from economic turmoil to military tensions to religious conflicts. The Eurozone has transformed into a financial roller coaster and the “Arab Spring” has been carried over into Winter. A crazy dictator died and now his unknown son rules the nuclear-enabled roost (AKA “North Korea”;). All of this sounds like iron mixed with clay (Daniel 2:43) mixed with the plot from a Left Behind DVD to me.

 

So will 2012 be the year of Christ’s return?

 

Drum roll please…

I have no idea and neither do you. Jesus told his disciples in Acts 1:7, “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.”In the Greek this means, “It’s none of your beeswax” or something like that. Nobody knows the time of his return, not the Mayan’s camp or the Harold Camping.

 

So how should we as Christians respond to 2012? Here are three reminders:

 

1. Live every moment as if it were your last…because it could be.

From the time Jesus ascended into the clouds Christians have wondered if this could be the year that Jesus descends from them. And rightly so. The whole point of prophecy is to make us live with one eye toward the sky. Somebody once said, “Live like Christ died yesterday, rose again this morning and is coming back again tonight.” If we all did that then we would be ready no matter when Jesus decides to return.

 

2. Don’t drink the Kool-Aid. - There are too many Christians who make definitive declarations about issues that are, at best, a mystery. Don’t try to determine the month, day or year of Christ’s return. Why? Because only God knows! We should not be in the date picking business unless, like the prophet Amos, we pick actual dates for a living (Amos 7:14…okay, so he picked figs…close enough.) We have too much kingdom business to do to waste time trying to predict the unpredictable.

 

3. Get busy sharing the good news! - Right after Jesus told his disciples that trying to determine when his kingdom would come was none of their business he told them what was, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Until Jesus comes back we are to saturate our network of friends, neighbors, co-workers and family with the good news and then we are to reach outside of our social borders to reach anyone and everyone with the gospel! We are to do this with one eye on the clouds and one eye on the crowds that we are to reach before he returns. It is with this cross-eyed perspective that we are to live every moment of everyday.

 

Could 2012 be the year of Christ’s return? Yes! So let’s get busy!

 

 

 

The Friendship Circle

 

Ladies Friendship Circle will meet starting in January on Thursday nights at Sheryl Noble's place 1134 West 23rd ST, Rock Falls, IL. Phone 815 626 6604 - We are continuing our study Experiencing God.

 

. . . .Sheryl Noble

 

 

The Council House

 

A trip was made to Eagle Point Park in Clinton to see the Christmas lights.

 

 

Sharing and Caring

 

 

Volunteers needed! Give Robert a break! Cook and drop off a Sunday meal for the Council House – it can be prepared ahead so they can just heat it up – you could even prepare it and drop it off on Saturday. The Firehouse will provide the food items. Contact Pastor Brian if interested.

 

 

NEW!

 

Annie Vroman will be coordinating sending items to the 2 children we support in Haiti – letters, cards, gift items, etc.

 

She will be giving us more information on this soon. We will be taking pictures of interest here at the Firehouse to send to them also.

 

Watch the bulletins for more information.

 

 

GET INVOLVED!

 

 

 

January December Events & Activities

 

Birthdays:

 

3rd – Don Noble 14th – Marcus Evans

9th – Brian Clyde 16th – Sheryl Noble

 

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1st – New Year’s Day

8th – Open house at Council House after Sunday service – everyone is encouraged to stop down to see the house and how it operates

16th – Martin Luther King Day

 

Notes from December:

 

The kid’s Christmas program was great – everyone enjoyed it!

 

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Men’s Ministry – to be announced – Leader needed!

Women’s Friendship Circle will meet Thursdays 7:00 p.m. at Sheryl Noble’s home - 1134 West 23rd ST, Rock Falls

Community Light Feeding Program: Monday – Friday 5:00pm – 6:00pm Dinner Served / Saturday 12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch Served

Firehouse Youth Ministry – Sundays 6:00 p.m. at the church

 

 

 

Community Light

 

 

 

Matthew 5:16 Let your light shine before people, that they may see your good works and praise your Heavenly Father

 

Summer/Winter Homeless Ministry and

Summer Kids Program

 

Feeding the homeless and the hungry – providing temporary shelter for men and women.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homeless Coordinator Men’s Rescue Leaders

Mike Russell Barb Evans

 

Council House Caretakers –

Clayton Conrady / Robert Pyron

Volunteer - Darryl Snow

 

Shelter Dinner / Lunch Shift Leaders

Mike Russell – Keven Miller - Marcia Rodekamp

 

Shelter Dinner / Lunch Assistants

Sean Broughton – Sheryl Noble

 

Youth Leader

Josh Stroud

 

Youth Co-Leader

Clayton Conrady

 

Children’s Church Coordinator

Erin Stroud

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks & Blessings to all who volunteer in any way to carry out the Lord’s work at the Firehouse

 

 

Old News Items…

 

THE YEAR WAS 1907

 

More than 95 percent of all births in the U.S. Took place at HOME.

 

Ninety percent of all U.S. Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION! Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as "substandard."

 

Sugar cost four cents a pound.

Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.

 

Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

 

Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

 

 

Christian News from onenewsnow.com – sent to you weekly in a separate email

 

 

 

Stand up, stand up for Jesus,

stand in his strength alone;

the arm of flesh will fail you,

ye dare not trust your own.

Put on the gospel armor,

each piece put on with prayer;

where duty calls or danger,

be never wanting there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 2011 Newsletter

Posted by Firehouse of God Ministries, Inc. on December 3, 2011 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (1)

 

 

Firehouse of God Ministries – Vol. 5 – Issue # 12 December, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

 

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."

 

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"--which means, "God with us."

 

When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus

 

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him."

 

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. "In Bethlehem in Judea," they replied, "for this is what the prophet has written: "'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.'" Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him."

 

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.

 

On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

 

When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. "Get up," he said, "take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him."

 

So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: "Out of Egypt I called my son."

 

When Herod realized that the Magi had outwitted him, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: "A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more."

 

After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, "Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child's life are dead."

 

So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee, and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets: "He will be called a Nazarene."

 

--Matthew 1:18 - 2:23 New International Version

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Youth Updates

 

As a youth group we ended October by going to an awesome event called Momentum Convention in Springfield. God used this time to draw us closer to him. Now that we are back I’ve been teaching the teens from the Crazy Love series by Francis Chan. This series is great for teens or adults alike that shows the incredible way that God loves us. Francis has a tremendous relationship with God and shares this relationship through real life examples of God’s love in everyday life.

 

In the world full of misconceptions about God and his love for us, Francis reminds us how much He loves us. For example, in our last lesson, Francis shows us how he knows and loves each of his children even with their unique talents and abilities. Francis then ties this to our Heavenly Father’s love for us. God knows our every detail, and loves us.

 

In this Christmas time it is important to remember that God showed His love towards us by sending His Son to earth to live with us. Let us not forget the reason that we celebrate this time of year.

December Schedule

 

Dec 4th – Christmas lesson & practice (Erin & Sean)

Dec 11th – Christmas lesson & practice (Erin & Sean)

Dec 18th – Christmas program & Family service

Dec 25th – Christmas morning

 

Family Christmas Traditions by Erin Stroud

 

As we enter into the Christmas season, I’m once again considering what our family’s traditions should look like as Christians. Will “how we’re going to decorate our house” or “which recipes we will make for family get-togethers” shape our traditions? Or will it be in the different ways we celebrate and worship our King’s coming as a humble baby? I hope and pray all of our children find Christmas exciting because of the hope baby Jesus brings to the world and not because they got the Transformer or Barbie doll they’ve been asking for. You may be thinking “Yeah, right. How are we supposed to stop them from being excited about toys?!”. You’re right. Kids love toys. Kids love candy. But there are ways for us to make them realize that nothing on this earth comes close to being what we need as Christ does. The first way to do this is to make sure WE live that concept out…that WE believe nothing is more important than knowing Him. Next, we can look for new ways we can train up our children to get excited about the ONE reason Christmas exists:

Have a “Birthday Party” for Jesus. Make a cake for Him. Pray and sing to Him as a family. Be creative!

 

Make or purchase an advent calendar and place a piece of the nativity scene or a Christmas scripture in each pocket to open each day of December...with baby Jesus being “born” on Christmas morning.

 

Have a family movie night and watch “The Nativity Story” or another Christian Christmas movie. Discuss what it means together.

 

Go caroling as a family or with friends throughout your neighborhood.

 

Volunteer with your children in preparing meals for the hungry in our area. Continue this throughout the year.

 

Before opening gifts on Christmas morning, read the Christmas story from the Bible. Use a children’s Bible with illustrations if possible. Use a nativity scene and have the children move the people to make it even more interactive.

 

Pray together as a family. Explain to your kids that the gifts they are about to open remind us of the gift of Jesus that God sent to us…the most important gift of all!

 

I believe if you are genuinely in love with your Savior, your kids will see that love and want to have it in their lives also. Pray and ask God to reveal what He wants to see from your family this year. Have a blessed Christmas and have fun making some new family traditions!

 

 

The Friendship Circle

 

The ladies friendship circle is sending get-well cards to people on our prayer list.

 

A few of our ladies are taking their turn at the 5:00 pm meal, helping to prepare, serve and clean up, lots of fellowship and we could use an extra pair of hands. See Marcia Rodekamp at church to volunteer. We also have a gal who doesn't attend Firehouse and she is helping in the kitchen, that’s dedication!!

 

Our study is on Experiencing God; we are studying about Moses leading the people out of Egypt and how he experienced God in his life.

 

We meet in the church every Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

 

. . . .Sheryl Noble

 

The Council House

 

Things are going very well at the Council House – The men have been taken to some football games that they really enjoyed!

 

We are still in need of volunteers to occasionally bring a nightly meal (enough for 10 hearty eaters!). Contact Pastor Brian if you would like to do this.

 

 

Spread the Joy of Christmas!

 

Send a Christmas card to the men at the Council House

(individual cards would be nice – you can bring them to church and we will take them to the house)

 

Those living at Council House: Steve / Clifford / Scott / Dick / George / Ronnie / Darryl

 

If you wish to mail a card the address is: (or you can drop them off at the church and we will take them down)

 

Man’s Name

c/o Council House

102 5th Avenue

Sterling, IL 61081

 

Sharing

 

It would be a kind gesture if we brought some Christmas cookies and/ or candy to share with those who come to our Shelter meals and/or with the men at the Council House!

 

 

December Events & Activities

 

Birthdays:

 

17th – Allen Adams, Jr

 

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18th – Youth Christmas Program at 10:30 a.m. service

25th – Christmas Day - regular service at 10:30 a.m.

 

Notes from November:

 

We were surprised and pleased on Nov 20th when evangelist Edward Stagl visited the Firehouse and spoke to us about his trials, tribulations, visions and miracles as an evangelist in Mexico and India

 

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Men’s Ministry – to be announced – Leader needed!

Women’s Friendship Circle – Thursdays 7:00 p.m. at the Church

Community Light Feeding Program: Monday – Friday 5:00pm – 6:00pm Dinner Served / Saturday 12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch Served

Firehouse Youth Ministry – Sundays 6:00 p.m. at the church

 

 

 

Community Light

 

 

 

Matthew 5:16 Let your light shine before people, that they may see your good works and praise your Heavenly Father

 

Summer/Winter Homeless Ministry and

Summer Kids Program

 

Feeding the homeless and the hungry – providing temporary shelter for men and women.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homeless Coordinator Men’s Rescue Leaders

Mike Russell Barb Evans

 

Council House Caretakers –

Clayton Conrady / Robert Pyron

Volunteer - Darryl Snow

 

Shelter Dinner / Lunch Shift Leaders

Mike Russell – Keven Miller - Maria Lopez

Marcia Rodekamp

 

Shelter Dinner / Lunch Assistants

Sean Broughton – Sheryl Noble

 

Youth Leader

Josh Stroud

 

Youth Co-Leader

Clayton Conrady

 

Children’s Church Coordinator

Erin Stroud

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks & Blessings to Clayton who serves at the Council House 5 days a week 9:00am – 5:00pm and Robert who serves 7 nights a week plus Sat & Sun at the Council House! And to all who volunteer in any way to carry out the Lord’s work at the Firehouse

 

 

Old News Items…

 

LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel October 9, 1899

 

AKRON (Iowa)

 

A lady schoolteacher received a note from one of the directors saying: ?You kneedn?t to come, we are going to higher a mail teacher.

 

 

Beware! Americans are Voting for Bondage via Democratic Socialism

 

A small segment of the American populace is knowingly pursuing an American democratic form of socialism. But a much larger segment of American voters are unwittingly voting for democratic socialism, to forever increase the size, scope and reach of the federal government in the name of some greater common good, without realizing that what Jefferson and many other Founders warned was true. “A government big enough to give you anything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.”

 

 

 

Christian News from onenewsnow.com – sent to you weekly in a separate email

 

 

 

 

 

Stand up, stand up for Jesus,

stand in his strength alone;

the arm of flesh will fail you,

ye dare not trust your own.

Put on the gospel armor,

each piece put on with prayer;

where duty calls or danger,

be never wanting there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 2011 Newsletter

Posted by Firehouse of God Ministries, Inc. on November 3, 2011 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

 

 

Firehouse of God Ministries – Vol. 5 – Issue # 11 November, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Study the Bible Together?

 

Many of us over the years have probably attended a Bible study of some kind – some for men or women only and some combined. There are many reasons that we choose to attend – but do we do it for the right reason?

 

Do we do it for “self” – to be able to say that we have indeed “studied” the Bible? Did we meet to simply read chapter and verse perhaps with a question and answer period. Are we studying the Bible much as the ancient Jews did, reading and dissecting each and every word or do we “listen” as we read, finding answers to problems in our life, learning the rules that God wants us to live by; are we brought face to face with our sins that we may repent and “sin no more”?

 

We must remember that the Bible is truly “God’s Operating Manual” – everything we need to know about how to live our life, the rewards for following His rules and the results of not following His rules is in the Bible…and that is one of the reasons we should read and study it – so there can be no question as to whether we are doing right or wrong according to the Word and we learn how right the wrongs we have done to gain God’s forgiveness.

 

A meaningful group Bible Study group should be as confidential as a confessional! As we read words that seem to come just as we have the need for them, we should be able to speak out to the others, perhaps asking for help with understanding what we’ve just read as it applies to us or maybe explaining our problem and asking others for their help and prayers.

 

Bible study should strengthen our faith and promote our personal growth as a Christian. We should begin to see ourselves and others in a different light – open our hearts to one another – begin to ask ourselves “am I really doing all that I can do for my Lord, my church and my family and friends?

 

Bible study should create an excitement within us – causing us to want to share it with others – wholeheartedly invite others to join us – make sure someone who has no transportation is picked up – or a Mom has someone to watch the kids so she can attend –

 

Do not forget that to study the Bible is not meant to be just a weekly event – we are commanded to read it and learn it thoroughly so that we may in turn teach it to others.

 

 

The Friendship Circle – women’s Bible study meets at 7:00pm on Thursday evenings at the church – women of all ages are invited to attend and share their faith – see Sheryl Noble if you have any questions.

 

Men’s Ministry – to be announced – leadership needed!

 

 

 

 

 

Let us give thanks for what we have and not yearn for what we don’t have

 

If you have a roof over your head – give thanks

If you have food on the table – give thanks

If you have clothes on your body – give thanks

If you have family and friends – give thanks

If you have fellowship at church – give thanks

If someone gave you a hand today – give thanks

If things are better today than yesterday – give thanks

If you made a new friend today – give thanks

If the sun is shining today – give thanks

If someone offered you forgiveness – give thanks

If you saw a beautiful flower today – give thanks

If you recovered from an illness – give thanks

If you __________________(fill in the blanks!)

If you __________________

If you __________________

If you __________________

 

 

All good things that we have or experience come from the Lord – and we should thank Him and be grateful each and every day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are we obligated?

 

Oblige – to bind together legally or morally

Obligation – an act of obligating oneself to a course of action – something (as a promise or contract) that binds one to a course of action – duty

 

Life is filled with obligations – go to school, go to work, pay our bills, and take care of our children…

 

Do we also have an obligation to the Lord to use the talents He has given us to serve Him in our church? Yes, we do!

 

The words obligation and commitment seem to have disappeared from our Society today – there is a lack of commitment to enter into marriage – lack of commitment to obey laws – lack of commitment to our friends and neighbors – few see these things as an obligation we have as Christians.

 

We have an obligation to our husband or wife to keep our marriage vows – we have an obligation to our children to teach them the Word and to bring them up as law-abiding members of our Society – we have an obligation to our friends and neighbors to always be there when we are needed – and we have an obligation to our church to use our God-given talents by serving whenever and wherever we are needed even when we think it’s an inconvenience.

 

God gave everyone of us a talent to use for Him – are you using yours? This can include but not be limited to teaching at Children’s church – baking something for a fellowship dinner or bake sale – helping with a church repair – cooking the shelter or Council House dinner (and if you don’t think you can cook, you can serve or assist with cleanup – these are talents also) – leading a Bible study (man or woman) – developing new church programs – organizing a church event – cleaning at the church – children’s programs – praise & worship – the list goes on and on and you are free to offer your time and talents at any time!

 

You may even find that you have more than one talent and volunteer in several areas of need at the church – feel free to volunteer – I doubt you will be turned down!

 

So, many things are not really a choice – we are obligated to the Lord to get them done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November Events & Activities

 

Birthdays:

 

Nov 16th – Barb Evans 22nd – Connie Pursell

 

 

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6th – DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS!

6th – 5:30pm City of God evening service – 20th Anniversary celebration – Pastor Brian will be giving the closing prayer – all are invited to attend

8th – Election Day

10th – 4:30 pm – “Four Winds Summit” at the Worship Center **

11th – Veteran’s Day

18th – 6:00pm – 8:00pm Hometown Holidays – US Bank parking lot 2nd Ave and 3rd St in Rock Falls – we will be giving fire truck rides - volunteers needed ***

24th – Thanksgiving – church office closed – no meal served – Harvest Time church in Rock Falls will be serving free Thanksgiving dinner

27th – Advent ****

 

** Four Winds Summit – based on Ecclesiastes 27:8-10 - this is a prophetic conference – 4 out-of-town pastors will be speaking – sign up for a ride if you would like to go

 

*** Hometown Holidays – Volunteers will also be needed to provide baked goods – cookies/brownies – no cake or pie

 

**** Advent (from the Latin word adventus meaning "coming") is a season observed in many Western Christian churches, a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas

 

For Christians, the season of Advent serves as a reminder both of the original waiting that was done by the Hebrews for the birth of their Messiah as well as the waiting of Christians for Christ's return

 

Even though Advent occurs in the month of December and is usually considered to be a prelude to Christmas, it is not simply about waiting for the birth of Christ. Advent is as much about preparing for Christ's return on Judgment Day. Indeed, the Advent season focuses on Christ's threefold coming -- past, present, and future.

 

 

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Men’s Ministry – to be announced – Leader needed!

Women’s Friendship Circle – Thursdays 7:00 p.m. at the Church

Community Light Feeding Program: Monday – Friday 5:00pm – 6:00pm Dinner Served / Saturday 12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch Served

Firehouse Youth Ministry – Sundays 6:00 p.m. at the church

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old News Items…

 

Lyons Mirror Lyons, Clinton County, Iowa

October 15, 1857

 

Banking House Closes

 

The Bellevue Republican of Sept. 20th, say that the banking house of Jonas Clark, at Maquoketa, has closed its doors, and it is thought depositors will sustain much loss.

 

Emmetsburg Palo Alto, Iowa, Wednesday, October 18th, 1905.

 

TOWN TOPIC OF THE WEEK

 

-- Edward McNally is putting in a furnace in his residence and also sewerage connections

 

On the lighter side…

 

It seems that there was a little old church out in the countryside: painted white and with a high steeple. One Sunday, the pastor noticed that his church needed painting. He checked out the Sunday ads and found a paint sale. The next day, he went into town and bought a gallon of white paint.

 

He went back out to the church and began the job. He got done with the first side. It was looking great. But he noticed he had already used a half-gallon.

 

He didn't want to run back in town and being the creative person that he was, he found a gallon of thinner in the shed out back, and began to thin his paint. It worked out great. He finished the remaining three sides with that last half gallon of paint. That night, it rained: it rained hard.

 

The next morning when he stepped outside of the parsonage to admire his work, he saw that the first side was looking great, but that the paint on the other three sides had washed away. The pastor looked up in sky in anguish and cried out, "What shall I do?"

 

A voice came back from the heavens saying, "Repaint, and thin no more!"

 

 

A young pastor was known for his amazing command of the English language – a talent most often than not got in the way of making his points clear.

 

One Sunday, he exhorted, “Oh, Lord, waken Thy cause in the hearts of this congregation, and give them new eyes to see and new impulse to do. Send down Thy lev-er or lee-ver – according to Webster’s or Worchester’s dictionary whichever Thy uses – and pry them into activity!”

 

Contributed by Don Noble

 

 

Community Light

 

 

 

Matthew 5:16 Let your light shine before people, that they may see your good works and praise your Heavenly Father

 

Summer/Winter Homeless Ministry and

Summer Kids Program

 

Feeding the homeless and the hungry – providing temporary shelter for men and women.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homeless Coordinator Men’s Rescue Leaders

Mike Russell Barb Evans

 

Council House Caretakers –

Clayton Conrady / Robert Pyron

Volunteer - Darryl Snow

 

Shelter Dinner / Lunch Shift Leaders

Mike Russell – Keven Miller - Maria Lopez

Marcia Rodekamp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christian News from onenewsnow.com

 

Nat'l policies restricting religious speech revoked - Chad Groening and Stacy Long - OneNewsNow - 10/24/2011

 

Yeah! One for our side!

 

Veterans at the Houston National Cemetery are celebrating a national victory for religious freedom and expression.

 

Federal District Judge Lynn N. Hughes has signed a consent decree ordering the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to stop banning prayer and the word "God" at national cemeteries, to revoke national policies hostile to religion, and to reopen the chapel at the Houston National Cemetery.

 

National policies restricting religious speech brought on a lawsuit filed on behalf of a pastor and several veterans groups over religious censorship during military funerals at the Houston site. The case started in May when Houston Cemetery director Arleen Ocasio told Pastor Scott Rainey that he could no longer pray in Jesus' name at Memorial Day services there.

 

The Liberty Institute took up the case on behalf of Rainey, but further investigation revealed additional First Amendment violations made by the Veteran’s Affairs officials, such as telling speakers to edit the word “God” from their vocabulary, requiring that prayers be submitted in writing for approval, and closing the Houston National Cemetery Chapel and using it as a storage facility. Rainey v. VA developed into a major case against the VA for the re-establishment and protection of First Amendment rights.

 

After five months of litigation, the government chose to act to end these national policies opposed to religion. The two national policies revoked are the NCA Director 3170 and the November 1, 2007, NCA memorandum, both of which restrict speakers at events held at national cemeteries and require that speeches and prayers must be “inclusive and non-derogatory.” Hiram Sassar, director of litigation at Liberty Institute, says this was a huge victory for veterans and religious liberty across the country because the policies revoked are nationally binding.

 

"This is an order from the court that enforces about 12 pages of provisions, some of which include the repeal of some long-standing national policies concerning banning [of] certain religious statements during military funerals,” Sassar explains. “It's just a huge victory for religious freedom across the board."

 

The attorney says this law not only allows for freedom of religious expression, but if any VA employee violates the order, they will be held accountable.

 

"This consent decree will apply to every employee of the VA, including the director of the Houston National Cemetery,” Sassar says. “If any employee of the VA violates this order, they will be subject to contempt of court and be thrown in jail."

 

School to allow invites to all events - Bob Kellogg - OneNewsNow - 10/25/2011

 

A federal court has decided that a Pennsylvania elementary student will now be allowed to distribute invitations to church Christmas parties.

 

A fifth-grader in the Pocono Mountain School District was told last December she could not hand out invitations to her church's Christmas party, even during non-instructional time. The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) represented the student.

 

"Christian students have positive messages to share with other students that are not only protected by the Constitution, but that should be welcomed in public schools," notes ADF attorney David Cortman. "The court was right to stop this unconstitutional ban on Christmas party invitations."

 

Though school officials prohibited invitations to the church party, ADF staff counsel Matt Sharp says they indiscriminately permitted other students to distribute invites to other events.

 

"The flyers were banned simply because the party was being held in a church, while flyers for Halloween parties and promotional events for businesses and other community groups went unopposed," Sharp reports. "If the party had been held in a pizza parlor, the district would have approved the flyer -- and that just doesn't pass constitutional muster."

But the recent court decision ends that discrimination. It also stops enforcement of any school district policy that prohibits any student speech considered to be promoting Christianity.

 

Compliant made about pre-game prayers in Alabama - Associated Press - 10/26/2011

 

FLORENCE, AL - Alabama's Lauderdale County school district is accused of violating the First Amendment by allowing prayers that invoke Jesus Christ to be broadcast over the loudspeaker before football games.

 

The Freedom From Religion Foundation calls the prayers illegal and has written two letters to the school district on behalf of Lauderdale County resident Jeremy Green, who confirmed that he filed the complaint.

The TimesDaily reports that Green says he's not trying to prevent individual Christians from praying. But the Foundation includes all school-sponsored events in its complaint

 

 

 

 

 

Stand up, stand up for Jesus,

stand in his strength alone;

the arm of flesh will fail you,

ye dare not trust your own.

Put on the gospel armor,

each piece put on with prayer;

where duty calls or danger,

be never wanting there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 2011 Newsletter

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Firehouse of God Ministries – Vol. 5 – Issue # 10 October, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

What is Yom Kippur? This is a Jewish holiday celebrated this year on October 8th – following is an explanation of what it means to the Jewish people…

 

Yom Kippur is probably the most important holiday of the Jewish year. Many Jews who do not observe any other Jewish custom will refrain from work, fast and/or attend synagogue services on this day. Yom Kippur occurs on the 10th day of Tishri. The holiday is instituted at Leviticus 23:26

 

“Yom Kippur” means “Day of Atonement,” and that pretty much explains what the holiday is. It is a day set aside to “afflict the soul,” to atone for the sins of the past year. This day is, essentially, your last appeal, your last chance to change the judgment, to demonstrate your repentance and make amends.

 

Yom Kippur atones only for sins between man and God, not for sins against another person. To atone for sins against another person, you must first seek reconciliation with that person, righting the wrongs you committed against them if possible. That must all be done before Yom Kippur.

 

Yom Kippur is a complete Sabbath; no work can be performed on that day. It is well-known that you are supposed to refrain from eating and drinking (even water) on Yom Kippur. It is a complete, 25-hour fast beginning before sunset on the evening before Yom Kippur and ending after nightfall on the day of Yom Kippur. The Talmud also specifies additional restrictions that are less well-known: washing and bathing, anointing one's body (with cosmetics, deodorants, etc.), wearing leather shoes (Orthodox Jews routinely wear canvas sneakers under their dress clothes on Yom Kippur), and engaging in sexual relations are all prohibited on Yom Kippur.

 

As always, any of these restrictions can be lifted where a threat to life or health is involved. In fact, children under the age of nine and women in childbirth (from the time labor begins until three days after birth) are not permitted to fast, even if they want to. Older children and women from the third to the seventh day after childbirth are permitted to fast, but are permitted to break the fast if they feel the need to do so. People with other illnesses should consult a physician and a rabbi for advice.

 

Most of the holiday is spent in the synagogue, in prayer. In Orthodox synagogues, services begin early in the morning (8 or 9 AM) and continue until about 3 PM. People then usually go home for an afternoon nap and return around 5 or 6 PM for the afternoon and evening services, which continue until nightfall. The services end at nightfall, with the blowing of the tekiah gedolah, a long blast on the shofar.

 

It is customary to wear white on the holiday, which symbolizes purity and calls to mind the promise that our sins shall be made as white as snow (Is. 1:18). Some people wear a kittel, the white robe in which the dead are buried

 

Why Christians Should Support Israel - The Apple of HIS Eye...from the web site of John Hagee Ministries

 

Everything Christians do should be based upon the Biblical text. Here are seven solid Bible reasons why Christians should support Israel.

 

1 - Genesis 12:3 "And I will bless them that bless thee and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall all nations of the earth be blessed." Point: God has promised to bless the man or nation that blesses the Chosen People. History has proven beyond reasonable doubt that the nations that have blessed the Jewish people have had the blessing of God; the nations that have cursed the Jewish people have experienced the curse of God.

 

2 - St. Paul recorded in Romans 15:27 "For if the Gentiles have shared in their (the Jews) spiritual things, they are indebted to minister to them also in material things." Christians owe a debt of eternal gratitude to the Jewish people for their contributions that gave birth to the Christian faith. Jesus Christ, a prominent Rabbi from Nazareth said, "Salvation is of the Jews!" (St. John 4:22) consider what the Jewish people have given to Christianity:

 

The Sacred Scripture

The Prophets

The Patriarchs

Mary, Joseph, and Jesus Christ of Nazareth

The Twelve Disciples

The Apostles

 

It is not possible to say, "I am a Christian" and not love the Jewish people. The Bible teaches that love is not what you say, but what you do. (1 John 3:18) "A bell is not a bell until you ring it, a song is not a song until you sing it, love is not love until you share it."

 

3 - While some Christians try to deny the connection between Jesus of Nazareth and the Jews of the world, Jesus never denied his Jewishness. He was born Jewish, He was circumcised on the eighth day in keeping with Jewish tradition, He had his Bar Mitzvah on his 13th birthday, He kept the law of Moses, He wore the Prayer Shawl Moses commanded all Jewish men to wear, He died on a cross with an inscription over His head, "King of the Jews!

 

Jesus considered the Jewish people His family. Jesus said (Matthew 25:40) "Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren (the Jewish people… Gentiles were never called His brethren), ye have done it unto me.

 

4 - "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper that love thee." (Psalm 122:6) the scriptural principle of prosperity is tied to blessing Israel and the city of Jerusalem.

 

5 - Why did Jesus Christ go to the house of Cornelius in Capernaum and heal his servant, which was ready to die? What logic did the Jewish elders use with Jesus to convince Him to come into the house of a Gentile and perform a miracle?

 

The logic they used is recorded in Luke 7:5; "For He loveth our nation, and He hath built us a synagogue." The message? This Gentile deserves the blessing of God because he loves our nation and has done something practical to bless the Jewish people.

 

6 - Why did God the Father select the house of Cornelius in Caesarea (Acts Chapter 10) to be the first Gentile house in Israel to receive the Gospel? The answer is given repeatedly in Acts 10.

 

Acts 10:2 "a devout man, (Cornelius) and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always." Who were the people to whom Cornelius gave these alms? They were the Jews

 

Again is Acts 10:4 "… thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God."

 

Again in Acts 10:31 "… and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God."

The point is made three times in the same chapter. A godly Gentile who expressed his unconditional love for the Jewish people in a practical manner was divinely selected by heaven to be the first Gentile house to receive the Gospel and the first to receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

 

These combined Scriptures verify that PROSPERITY (Genesis 12:3 and Psalm 122:6), HEALING (Luke 7:1-5) and the OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT came first to Gentiles that blessed the Jewish people and the nation of Israel in a practical manner.

 

7 - We support Israel because all other nations were created by an act of men, but Israel was created by an act of God! The Royal Land Grant that was given to Abraham and his seed through Isaac and Jacob with an everlasting and unconditional covenant. (Genesis 12:1-3, 13:14-18, 15:1-21, 17:4-8, 22:15-18, 26:1-5 and Psalm 89:28-37.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October Events and Activities

 

Birthdays

 

3rd – Barbara Rodekamp 24th - Brandon Abell

11th – Sharon Tribley 27th – Latisha Evans

 

Anniversaries

 

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2nd – 12:00 p.m. Oktoberfest at Abiding Word church / 806 E Lynn Blvd – we will be taking the fire truck and inflatables – all are invited to attend

2nd - Day of Prayer for the peace of Jerusalem

2nd – 5:00 p.m.* Firehouse Youth Ministries – NEW! – a group for grades 6-12 will hold initial meeting at the church – see info below for schedule

8th – Yom Kipper – see article on page 1

9th – Clergy Appreciation Day

12th – Columbus Day

16th – National Boss Day

22nd – ** Restart 2011 – Free Concert at the YWCA for youth and adults – sponsored by City of God Church

23rd – “Never Ending Love” – a group of teens from Friendship Temple will be singing at our service

27th – *** 7:00 p.m. Christians United for Israel is sponsoring the event “Night to Honor Israel” at the Adler Theater / 136 E 3rd St / Davenport. Our van will be taking interested people to the event – van will leave the Firehouse at 4:30 p.m. Please sign up if you want to attend and need a ride

28th – 29th – Momentum Youth Convention – being held in Springfield – stay overnight

31st – Halloween

 

* Firehouse Youth Ministries – beginning Sunday October 9th , 6:00 pm – 7:30pm the group will meet at the church – see Josh Stroud or Clayton Conrady for more information

 

** Restart 2011 – performing will be “Alert”, “FUE”, “Buffalo Automation”, Mike Swag, “H Street”, “Sir Ramsalot”, and C.Y.i.C Dance Team

 

*** Honor Israel – a night of celebration, dancing, singing and giving honor to our Jewish friends and the State of Israel

 

Men’s Ministry – Saturdays at 6:00pm at Council House

Women’s Friendship Circle – Thursdays 7:00pm at the church

Monday – Saturday – Shelter Lunch served

Sunday – 6:00pm – 7:30pm – beginning October 9th – Firehouse Youth Ministries will meet weekly at the church – grades 6-12

 

September Events & Happenings…

 

Our church has a new look! Thanks & Blessings to Pastor Tim Wright for doing the painting and to Robert Pyron for doing the prep work – it looks great!

 

Community Light

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change in Community Light Feeding Program!

 

Beginning Monday, October 3rd we will begin serving the meal as follows:

 

Dinner from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Monday thru Friday

Lunch from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm on Saturday

 

We will no longer serve lunch Monday through Friday – we will serve lunch on Saturday only.

 

 

 

Cookn’ for Christ!

 

We are looking for “kitchen angels” – both men and women - to cook and assist with serving the evening meal and cleanup on Thursdays – you can cook it at home and bring it in, cook here in the church kitchen or prepare it and we will pick it up. The food will be provided for you.

 

You can sign up to do it on a regular weekly basis or you can sign up to do it on an alternate basis, such as once a month (depending on how many volunteers sign up it could be more than a month between) You can also sign up as “stand-by” in the event someone can’t make it.

 

Do it for Him!

 

Jesus said: “for I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me drink: “I was a stranger and you took Me in”

 

Jesus said: “Assuredly, I say to you inasmuch as you did it to one of these, you did it for Me”

 

 

Old news items…

 

Mount Ayr Record-News - Mount Ayr, Iowa

February 21, 1895

 

TAKES YOUR BREATH AWAY!

 

Onion sociables are becoming popular in some parts of the country. Six young ladies stand in a row, one bites a piece out of an onion and the gentlemen pay 10-cents apiece to guess who bit it. The correct guessers kiss the other five girls while unsuccessful kiss the one that bit the onion and they are the ones who get 'bit.'

 

This is published by way of suggestion for those who get up church sociables. There can be no objection raised to the scheme, as there are no blanks in the lottery!

 

1907 Trivia from Whiteside County genealogy site…

 

*The average life expectancy in the U.S. was 47 years old.

*Only 14 percent of the homes in the U.S. had a bathtub.

*Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

*A three-minute call from Denver to New York City Cost eleven dollars.

*There were only 8,000 cars in the U.S. , and only 144 miles of paved roads.

*The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

*The average wage in the U.S. Was 22 Cents per hour.

*The average U.S. Worker made between $200 and $400 per year

*A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year,

*A dentist made $2,500 per year,

*A veterinarian $1,500 per year,

*And a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

 

We’ve come a long, long way in 104 years!

 

On the lighter side…Christian one-liners:

 

 

Give God what's right -- not what's left.

 

Man's way leads to a hopeless end -- God's way leads to an endless hope.

 

A lot of kneeling will keep you in good standing.

 

He who kneels before God can stand before anyone.

 

In the sentence of life, the devil may be a comma--but never let him be the period.

 

Don't put a question mark where God puts a period.

 

Are you wrinkled with burden? Come to the church for a face-lift.

 

When praying, don't give God instructions - just report for duty.

 

Don't wait for six strong men to take you to church.

 

We don't change God's message -- His message changes us.

 

The church is prayer conditioned.

 

WARNING: Exposure to the Son may prevent burning.

 

 

Christian News from onenewsnow.com

 

 

U.S. poverty on the rise - Russ Jones - OneNewsNow - 9/19/2011

 

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the nation's poverty level is at its highest since 1994, as 46 million citizens reportedly live in poverty.

 

Some 15 percent of the national population lives in poverty -- that is 46 million in 2010 with a household income of $22,000 or less. This is the highest the rate has been since 1983, when it reached 15.2 percent.

 

Monica Mills, director of government relations at Bread for the World, says her organization is urging the nation's decision-makers to end hunger in the homeland and abroad.

 

"There are some really shocking numbers in here that we are moving closer to one in six Americans living in poverty in the United States," she reports.

 

And Trudy Renwick, director of the poverty statistics branch with the U.S. Census Bureau, says "supplemental poverty measure" will be produced in October. The Bureau contends that if Social Security payments were excluded from income, the number of people age 65 and over in poverty would be 14 million higher in 2010.

 

"We'll add people's tax credits to their income," Renwick explains. "It will add the value of their SNAP benefits, it will add the value of housing assistance, and, I think just as importantly, it will subtract from the income that we consider your necessary expenditures, like what you pay for child care, what you pay to get to work, [and] your medical out-of-pocket expenditures."

The U.S. Census Bureau also reports that 2010's national median household income of $49,400 was a decline of 2.3 percent from 2009.

 

Town council fights for religious freedom - Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 9/24/2011

 

The New York town of Greece is awaiting a federal appeals court decision as to whether it can open public meetings with prayers.

 

The prayers are offered by invited clergy, but two residents objected and Americans for Separation of Church and State sued. The organization appealed a federal court ruling that upheld the constitutionality of the town board's practice.

 

Alliance Defense Fund attorney Kevin Theriot says that since the nation's founding, public meetings have been opened with prayer -- and there is no legal reason, he expalins, why a town should be denied this right.

 

“This practice has always been lawful in America, and the district court rightly affirmed its constitutionality in this case last year,” says Theriot.

 

The attorney adds that "secularist groups might not be happy with [the decision], but an invocation offered according to the dictates of the giver's conscience is not an establishment of religion."

 

ADF has told the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that allowing government entities to acknowledge America's religious heritage and invoke divine guidance and blessings upon their work has always been constitutional.

 

Alliance Defense Fund is defending prayer invocations nationwide.

 

Worshippers can take from NJ church's offering plate this Sunday - Associated Press - 9/24/2011

 

MORRISTOWN, NJ - When the offering plate is passed this Sunday at Liquid Church in New Jersey, worshippers won't be asked to give, but to receive.

 

Pastor Tim Lucas says each worshipper will be invited to take out an envelope that has $10, $20 or $50 inside. He says a total of $30,000 will be given away at the church's three locations near New York City.

Lucas calls it "a spiritual stimulus" and says he'll challenge recipients to use the money creatively to show God's love to someone in need.

At a time when people are recovering from flooding, looking for work and looking to Washington for answers, Lucas says he'll remind people that the money in the envelopes says "In God We Trust."

 

Losing jobs to China - Chris Woodward - OneNewsNow - 9/26/2011

 

A new study shines light on the number of U.S. jobs lost to China since that nation entered the World Trade Organization ten years ago. The Economic Policy Institute has recently discovered that the trade deficit with China has cost America 2.8 million jobs, most of which were in the manufacturing sector. Scott Paul is executive director for the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), which commissioned the study. He says the problem is a lack of trade balance with China.

 

"China manipulates its currency, it provides state support for its industrial firms, [and] it keeps our products out of the [Chinese] market," Paul explains. "There is a lot of intellectual property theft. And when you add all of that up together, it's not a level playing field."

 

So he can think of 2.8 million reasons why the study's findings should catch the attention of American lawmakers.

 

"2.8 million jobs is equivalent to about two percent of our employment," he calculates. "So if we had balanced trade with China, the unemployment rate would be two points lower today than it is at 9.1 percent." The AAM executive director notes that he does not know anyone who would choose a 9.1-percent unemployment rate over a 7.1-percent rate.

And even though China owns some of the U.S. debt, Paul adds that the East Asian country currently sends one-third of its goods to the U.S. market. He decides that that gives America a measure of leverage.

 

 

Stand up, stand up for Jesus,

stand in his strength alone;

the arm of flesh will fail you,

ye dare not trust your own.

Put on the gospel armor,

each piece put on with prayer;

where duty calls or danger,

be never wanting there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 2011 Newsletter

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Firehouse of God Ministries – Vol. 5 – Issue # 9 September, 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earthquakes in Illinois?

 

How serious is the threat of a major earthquake in Illinois? Is our local area in danger of this threat? This article is meant to make you aware of the threat that does exist in Illinois and in our area and how to be prepared if the event occurs. Being aware that certain disasters can happen, and being prepared by knowing what to do immediately can prevent injuries and save the life of you, your family and others.

 

 

1 - Making you aware of earthquakes in Illinois…

 

Historic Earthquakes in Illinois

 

May 26, 1909 – 5.1 M – Aurora

 

This earthquake has been related to the La Salle anticline in the Illinois Basin. Many chimneys fell, a stove overturned, and gas line connections broke at Aurora, west of Chicago. Several chimneys were downed at Forreston, Naperville, Streator, Triumph, and Troy Grove, and one fell at Waukegan. Brick walls cracked at Bloomington, and sidewalks cracked and many chimneys were damaged at Freeport. At Platteville, Wisconsin, about 130 kilometers northwest of Chicago, and old building was cracked; houses were jostled out of plum at Beloit, Wisconsin, about 240 kilometers northwest of Chicago. Felt from Missouri to Michigan and Minnesota to Indiana.

 

Nov 9, 1968 - 5.4 M – Southern Illinois

 

This was the strongest felt earthquake in southern Illinois since the 1895 Missouri event. Property damage in the area consisted mainly of fallen bricks from chimneys, broken windows, toppled television aerials, and cracked or fallen plaster. In the epicentral area, near Dale, Hamilton County, MM intensity VII was characterized by downed chimneys, cracked foundations, overturned tombstones, and scattered instances of collapsed parapets.

 

Most buildings that sustained damage to chimneys were 30 to 50 years old. A large two-story brick house near Dale, Illinois, sustained several thousand dollars damage. About 10 kilometers west of Dale, near Tuckers Corners, a concrete and brick cistern collapsed. A large amount of masonry damage occurred at the City Building at Henderson, Kentucky, 80 kilometers east-southeast of the epicenter. Moderate damage to chimneys and walls occurred in several towns in south-central Illinois, southwest Indiana, and northwest Kentucky. Felt over all or parts of 23 States: from southeast Minnesota to central Alabama and Georgia and from western North Carolina to central Kansas. People in multistory buildings in Boston, Massachusetts and southern Ontario, Canada, felt the earthquake

 

Jun 10, 1987 – 5.1 M – near Olney

 

Jun 29, 2004 – 4.2 M – 70 miles WSW of Chicago, 40 miles SW of Aurora, 120 miles NNE of Springfield

 

Jan 02, 2006 – 3.6 M – 6 miles SE of Eldorado, 6 miles WSE of Ridgeway

 

Apr 18, 2008 – 5.4 M – 20 miles SSE Olney

 

Feb 10, 2010 - An earthquake hit right before 4 a.m., February 10, 2010 about 2 miles northwest of Lily Lake in Kane County and was located about 6 miles below the ground surface. This would be in the layers of granite below Chicago. The magnitude was first reported as 4.3 but was later downgraded to 3.8. The earthquake was felt in 8 states and was reported by about 18,000 people

 

 

2 – Preparing your home

 

Duane Friend, University of Illinois Extension natural resources educator, Springfield Center, says there are ways to minimize earthquake damage in the home.

 

Anchor free-standing bookcases, cabinets, and appliances to walls. Secure ceiling lights, suspended ceilings, and lights to the permanent structure of your house. Water heaters should be secured to a nearby wall. All gas appliances should be fitted with flexible connections and a breakaway shutoff device. Un-reinforced masonry chimneys and concrete walls should be braced. Anchor bolts or steel plates can be added between the home and foundation. In addition, houses with cripple walls—a short wall between the top of the foundation and first floor—should be braced with sheathing.

 

After an earthquake, check your home for possible electrical shorts and gas or water leaks. Contact your local electric cooperative, water, or gas company if leaks are present. Obey evacuation orders from local authorities, and be prepared for aftershocks, some of which could be almost as strong as the initial quake.

 

 

For more information on Illinois and earthquakes:

 

Visit the Illinois State Geological Survey at www.isgs.uiuc.edu,

 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency at www.fema.gov/hazard/earthquake or the Central U.S.

 

Earthquake Consortium at www.cusec.org.

 

Take this preparedness test to see if you know what to do in the event of an earthquake

 

What would you do if an earthquake occurred and you were inside your home?

 

Get out of the house immediately

Get in your car and drive away as far as possible

Go to the basement

Stand in a doorway

Look out the window to see what’s happening

 

What if you are outside when it happens?

 

Take shelter close to a building

Get inside a building quickly

Stay where you are

 

What if you are in your car when it happens?

 

Drive quickly to your home or a shelter

Pull up under a bridge or overpass

Pull up next to a large building

Leave your car immediately and travel on foot

 

What if you get trapped under debris?

 

Light a match or lighter to see what traps you

Start shouting for help

Try to move the debris

 

Place a checkmark next to as many of the answers as you think are correct – scroll down for answers (don’t read them before taking the test) - see if your choices helped you survive the earthquake!

 

 

On the lighter side…

 

A minister told his congregation, "Next week I plan to preach about the sin of lying. To help you understand my sermon, I want you all to read Mark 17."

 

The following Sunday, as he prepared to deliver his sermon, the minister asked for a show of hands. He wanted to know how many had read Mark 17. Every hand went up. The minister smiled and said, "Mark has only sixteen chapters. I will now proceed with my sermon on the sin of lying."

 

 

 

After a very long and boring sermon the parishioners filed out of the church saying nothing to the preacher. Towards the end of the line was a thoughtful person who always commented on the sermons.

 

"Pastor, today your sermon reminded me of the peace and love of God!" The pastor was thrilled.

 

"No-one has ever said anything like that about my preaching before. Tell me why."

 

"Well - it reminded me of the Peace of God because it passed all understanding and the Love of God because it endured forever!"

 

 

Old news items…

 

LeMars, Iowa Sentinel August 25, 1885

 

The Sharpe family had a rough time of it. Mrs. Sharpe applied for a divorce from Mr. Sharpe. Then Mr. Sharpe applied for a divorce from Mrs. Sharpe.

 

Neither of the applications was granted. Thereupon the Sharpes separated, and began to quarrel for the custody of the children.

 

The whole infelicitous business was caused by indigestion, which had soured the tempers of the belligerent parties.

 

Brown's Iron Bitters tones up the digestive organs and enables people to eat joyfully and be happy. It is not a costly experiment - to see what a dollar bottle of this medicine will do to promote family harmony - For sale at LeMars Drug Store.

 

 

Sioux County Herald, Orange City, Iowa, Thursday, June 28, 1877

 

The temperance movement in Seney is gradually becoming interesting. It will be remembered that the temperance folks of that pious burg made a grand raid on Young's gin mill, the only one in town, and with battering ram and battle-ax persuaded Brigham to quit.

 

On Sunday last, the burning of Reeves' tool house being somewhat mysterious, caused some of the folks to connect the fire with the temperance crusade.

 

 

September Events & Activities

 

Birthdays:

 

1st – Pastor Brian 16th – Mary Dickerson

2nd – Cheryl Johnson 19th – Paul Campbell

2nd – Debbi Clyde 21st - Marcia Rodekamp

4th – Harry Vroman 26th – Jacob Combs

5th – Annie Vroman 30th – Andrew Tribley

11th – Ida Schuler

 

Anniversaries: 16th – Don & Sheryl Noble

 

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5th – Labor Day

11th – 10th Anniversary of the terrorist attack on the twin towers – also Grandparent’s Day

23rd – First day of Fall

29th – Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year)

 

 

Men’s Ministry – Saturdays at 6:00pm in church basement

Women’s Friendship Circle – Thursdays 7:00pm at Firehouse of God, 306 5th Ave., Sterling

Monday – Saturday – Shelter Lunch served

Sunday – Junior High & High School Youth Class – to be announced

 

 

 

August Notes…

 

Everyone was kept busy with so many Outreach Events!

14th – The Harris family visited and Jeremy gave an interesting talk – keep them in your prayers

 

 

 

 

Community Light

 

 

 

 

Matthew 5:16 Let your light shine before people, that they may see your good works and praise your Heavenly Father

 

Summer/Winter Homeless Ministry and

Summer Kids Program

 

Feeding the homeless and the hungry – providing temporary shelter for men and women.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homeless Coordinator Men’s Rescue Leaders

Mike Russell Barb & Marvin Evans

 

Shelter Lunch Shift Officers

Mike Russell – Maria Lopez – Keven Miller

Terry Dickerson

 

Current Shelter Lunch Shift Assistants

Cheryl Johnson / Marcia Rodekamp

 

Council House Caretaker

Marvin Evans

Council House Volunteers

Darryl Snow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What to do in an earthquake

 

Check to see how many of the questions on page 2 you answered correctly!

 

 

If indoors

 

DROP to the ground; take COVER by getting under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture; and HOLD ON until the shaking stops. If there isn’t a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building.

 

Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall, such as lighting fixtures or furniture.

 

Stay in bed if you are there when the earthquake strikes. Hold on and protect your head with a pillow, unless you are under a heavy light fixture that could fall. In that case, move to the nearest safe place.

 

Use a doorway for shelter only if it is in close proximity to you and if you know it is a strongly supported, loadbearing doorway.

 

Stay inside until the shaking stops and it is safe to go outside.

 

Be aware that the electricity may go out or the sprinkler systems or fire alarms may turn on.

 

DO NOT use the elevators

 

If outdoors

Stay there.

Move away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires.

Once in the open, stay there until the shaking stops.

If in a moving vehicle

Stop as quickly as safety permits and stay in the vehicle. Avoid stopping near or under buildings, trees, overpasses, and utility wires.

Proceed cautiously once the earthquake has stopped. Avoid roads, bridges, or ramps that might have been damaged by the earthquake.

If trapped under debris

Do not light a match.

Do not move about or kick up dust.

Cover your mouth with a handkerchief or clothing.

Tap on a pipe or wall so rescuers can locate you. Use a whistle if one is available. Shout only as a last resort. Shouting can cause you to inhale dangerous amounts of dust

 

 

 

Christian News from onenewsnow.com

 

 

Church replacing Israel? - Becky Yeh - OneNewsNow California correspondent - 8/24/2011

 

One Messianic Jew says replacement theology is a dangerous teaching that is growing within the Christian Church and breeding anti-Semitism.

 

Ever since the year 2000, Olivier Melnick of Chosen People Ministries says there has been a rebirth of global anti-Semitism as many people, including Christians, are falling prey to the idea that Israel is the problem in the Middle East and is treating Palestinians unjustly.

 

Melnick points out that a dangerous teaching in the Christian Church called replacement theology is also breeding anti-Semitism among Christians, as it essentially teaches that God is done with Israel and the Church has replaced the chosen nation.

 

"That's an interpretation that goes against literal interpretation of the Bible," he contends. "If you were to take all of the 70-plus times in the New Testament when it says the word 'Israel,' pull it out, and insert the word 'church' in there and try to stay within the context of that passage, it would make no sense at all."

 

The Messianic Jew recognizes that anti-Semitism among those who call themselves Christians has existed ever since the closing of the Bible's authorship some 2,000 years ago. But he says there is a continued increase in the acceptance of replacement theology, and he adds that anti-Semitism and replacement theology are "closely related."

 

"If there is a growth in replacement theology and [as] it continues to grow, in a sense, there is somewhat of a growth in anti-Semitism within the Church," he explains. "But the anti-Semitism that comes from the Church is not as violent and as vocal as the one that comes from the liberal left and from the Muslim community."

Melnick affirms that many Christians are friends of Israel, and he contends that the Church must be careful to interpret the Scriptures in context.

 

'Silliness' -- the 'new face' of global warming - Bill Bumpas - OneNewsNow - 8/24/2011

 

(be sure to read this – it will make you laugh!)

 

With increasing amounts of scientific fact refuting the global warming arguments, one global warming skeptic says some within the movement are resorting to "silliness" to try to validate their claims.

 

According to a report from two Pennsylvania State University scientists and a NASA-affiliated researcher, the scenario that aliens may believe that humanity needs to be wiped out to save the planet, albeit unlikely, could be played out if humans and extraterrestrials were to make contact in the future.

 

"This is truly global warming off the deep end," contends Climate Depot's executive editor, Marc Morano.

 

He admits to having difficulty keeping a straight face when talking about this story, which was first reported by the U.K. Guardian, "the world's leading liberal voice."

 

"It just goes to show you the entire global warming debate is just so perverted and silly at this point because the basic science has failed them," Morano decides. "And that's what I think we're finding here -- they're just looking for any kind of diversion now."

 

The report states that environment-friendly aliens "may observe humanity's ecological destructive tendencies and wipe humanity out in order to preserve the Earth system as a whole" and says, "These scenarios give us reason to limit our growth and reduce our impact on global ecosystems. It would be particularly important for us to limit our emissions of greenhouse gases, since atmospheric composition can be observed from other planets."

 

"It's so fantastic and absurd, you'd think it was an April 1st joke; you'd think it was silly," the Climate Depot executive editor says. "But these are actually respected scientist wasting their time on this kind of silliness."

 

(has the whole world gone nuts?)

 

Families help battle cemetery's religious eradication - Chad Groening - OneNewsNow - 8/23/2011

 

A Texas-based Christian law firm that defends First Amendment freedoms has added additional defendants to its lawsuit against the Veterans Administration and the Houston National Cemetery for the attempted eradication of religious expression from ceremonies at the facility.

 

As previously reported on OneNewsNow, Liberty Institute originally filed suit on behalf of Pastor Scott Rainey, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion, and The National Memorial Ladies for the alleged religious hostility and unlawful censorship on the part of cemetery officials. Now, the law firm has announced that three families affected by the policies have been added to its lawsuit.

 

Erin Leu, an attorney with Liberty Institute, says Director Arleen Ocasio is trying to eradicate all religion from the Houston National Cemetery.

 

"She has closed the chapel, telling people she is wanting to make it more comfortable to people of all faiths," Leu reports. "She has told people not to use the word 'God,' not to use the word 'Jesus.' She told the honor guards not to include the religious portions of their ritual. She's attempting to eradicate all religion. It's outrageous; it's unconstitutional," the attorney contends.

Meanwhile, a judge has given the OK for the suit to move forward.

 

 

 

 

Stand up, stand up for Jesus,

stand in his strength alone;

the arm of flesh will fail you,

ye dare not trust your own.

Put on the gospel armor,

each piece put on with prayer;

where duty calls or danger,

be never wanting there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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