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LAKEVIEW MISSIONARY CHURCH

Weekly Update for August 3, 2022

IMPERFECT PEOPLE FOLLOWING A PERFECT GOD

Life is messy. And as believers it’s a relief to say those words, and admit that is how the world is. (As a pastor I can admit that church work is messy too!)
            More people would visit our church services on Sundays or try out our Bible studies during the week, if we admitted that life is messy. If they knew that they could come as they are and not have to be perfect, they would more likely visit us. If they knew they didn’t have to present the perfect image or let everyone know they have it all together, then they would be more likely to become part of our faith communities.
            The apostle Paul had arrived in the city of Corinth after a discouraging experience in Athens (Acts 17:15-33). He was also probably anxious about the believers he had just left in the city of Thessalonica (Acts 17:1-14). When he arrived in the city of Corinth he saw sin, wickedness, prostitution, and drunkenness. Paul’s arrival to Corinth only added to his anxiety that started in Athens and Thessalonica.
            Paul wrote about this messy life to the believers in Corinth, “And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 (NASB)
            In these five verses I believe Paul gives us three principles we can follow that will help people (both inside and outside the church) understand that we don’t have everything figured out.
            First, share our story. Tell others about what we’ve been through; about the good and bad decisions we’ve made, as well as what we have learned through the process.
            Second, know Scripture. Through our story we see how God has worked in our lives and provided for us. Including Scripture shows others how God was working through us and our circumstances.
            Third, let God do His work. There is only so much that we can do and control in our lives. At some point can release control of our circumstances and our desired outcomes. Instead of trying to create what we want, we can let God work in our lives.
            For us to minister to others we don’t need to brag about “how clean our lives have become because of Christ.” We can instead show others how “God still accepts us when we are messed up” because life is messy.            

Pastor Christopher

PRAYER REQUESTS
-Hazel's family as they mourn her death 
-Church missionaries: Nickel, Futch Family, and Tice Family
-Fleming family as they mourn the loss of Ralph
-Nancy's health
-John's decision about health issues
-Traveling mercies for people on the roads
-First responders in our community
-Joe and Judy's son, Toby
-Praise that the women's Bible study is meeting throughout the summer
-Janice's neighbor's daughter, Lexus
-Swanson family
-Noteboom family
ANNOUNCEMENTS
UPCOMING MEMORIAL SERVICES AT LAKEVIEW
-Marci Hayes, Friday, August 5th at 11am at our church. Please RSVP by emailing LakeviewMissionaryML@gmail.com or call the church at 509-765-5270. 
-Hazel Ham, Thursday, August 11th at 2pm
-Ralph and Louise Fleming, Sunday, August 14th at 2:30pm.
FAIR OUTREACH EVENT. Our church will be at the Grant County Fair sharing the gospel with children and building relationships with their families on Thursday, August 18th, 12pm-4pm. Ask Shirley Scott about signing up to help for an hour or two. 
AUGUST MISSIONARY VISIT, POTLUCK, AND BAPTISM. On Sunday, August 21st we will have a church missionary visiting, then will have a baptism celebration, and our monthly potluck on this Sunday as well. 
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY TRIPSeveral of us are making a trip to meet with the folks at Child Evangelism Fellowship on Wednesday, August 24th leaving at 9:30am and returning about 2:30pm. If you are interested in learning more about kids ministry for our church and community we hope you can join us. 
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LAKEVIEW MISSIONARY CHURCH
810 S. Evergreen Dr.
Moses Lake, WA 98837
509-765-5270
www.LakeviewMissionaryChurch.com

Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE, © Copyright The Lockman Foundation 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995. Used by permission.

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