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Dear Congregational Family,

1. Funerals: Yesterday was a very difficult day for our church family as we held the funeral service for Stacie Klick. Stacie has meant
so much to many in our congregation as she has loved and served in many capacities in the name of Jesus. This is certainly true
for others as well. Just last Saturday, we held Joan Knefelkamp’s funeral She left behind a godly legacy of love for Christ and the
Church. Every funeral brings a certain pain as we face death. I am so thankful that Jesus came to us, took our sins, went to the
cross and died and rose again in order to defeat sin, death and the devil! I love the words of triumph that we as Christians boldly
proclaim at the gravesite:

“Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?
Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!”

On Easter Sunday (April 1st) the sermon text was from the works of the ancient prophet Isaiah:

“The Lord will swallow up death for all time. And the Lord God will wipe tears away from all faces . . .
Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.” Isaiah 25:8,9

These words are further echoed in the vision of the new heaven and earth that God gives to the Apostle John, when John heard
the voice of God saying:

“And He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be
any mourning or crying or pain; the former things have passed away . . . Behold I am making all things new.”
Revelation 21:4,5

Praise God for the gift of eternal life in Jesus! It makes all the difference, as it turns our sorrow into joy.

2. VBS: This past week, every room of our church building was filled as 200+ kids and adults gathered for Vacation Bible School!
I absolutely love seeing our church family work together in the unity of the Spirit to serve others in the name of Jesus! Many
youth (and adults!) grew in their faith this week! This is a wonderful ministry outreach for our church to our communities!
Check out our church Facebook page to see highlights of the week.

3. Church Picnic: Please remember to keep the church picnic on your schedule for Sunday, August 12th!

God bless you as we continue,

“Growing Together in our Faith as the Family of God.”

Pastor Carlson

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