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Below are links to our weekly bulletins to help keep you updated with the happenings of our church.

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A Time of Joy — Dec 13, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

Joy is something that is misunderstood in our day. We look for it in things and events instead of to God. God is not a killjoy; He is the author of joy.  If we want to experience it we need to go to Him for it. Since He is the one in which it is found, the things of the earth should not be able to steal our joy. Even in the midst of the struggles of our time we can go to Him and experience His joy.

A Time of Peace — Dec 6, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

We are living in a time of darkness. It seems there is no peace in the world. It is easy for us to think that Jesus who came as the prince of peace is failing at his job, but he told us these things would be. The truth of the matter is the church has the answer to the darkness in the world and it is Jesus. He came to establish his kingdom and his kingdom will continue to grow right on into eternity.

A Time of Hope — Nov 29, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

As we enter into the Advent season it is important that we remind ourselves what is it about this season that fills us with hope? Is it the lights, is it the presents, is it family gathered together? Or is it the hope we have in our savior Jesus Christ? The prophetic word given to Zechariah and Elizabeth had it been understood in its entirety would have brought hope then. For the couple but also for the nation, the Messiah was coming. It also brings about hope for us today. The fact that the Messiah had come for all nations not just the nation of Israel is what fills us with hope even today. This all comes from God who is a God of Hope.

The Lamb of God — Nov 22, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum
Last week we looked at Revelation 5, how John was told there was only one person in all of heaven who is worthy, The Lion of the Tribe of Judah! John bracing himself looks to behold this awesome beast and he sees a lamb, appearing as though he were slain! This lamb is God. While he appears as a gentle lamb he still is the awesome lion. The lamb was slain purchasing men for God. It is He who has redeemed us by His blood. This brings about His praise. That all of heaven and earth glorify His holy name.

The Lion of Judah — Nov 15, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum
In Revelation chapter 5 John reports his vision of a scroll that contains how all of history will be consummated. The problem is no one is worthy to open the scroll. This sends John into weeping, but an elder tells him there is one who is worthy, The Lion of the Tribe of Judah. This title is linked to the promised Messiah going all the way back to Genesis. It is a reference used of God many times in the Old Testament. It points to the fact of how mighty awesome and worthy Jesus Christ is.

Mission Festival — Nov 8, 2015

Speaker: Steve Shank

Mission festival message from the evening of November 8.

Mission Festival — Nov 8, 2015

Speaker: Steve Shank

Mission festival message from the morning of November 8.

Mission Festival — Nov 1, 2015

Speaker: Wesley Furlong

Mission festival message from the evening of November 1.

Mission Festival — Nov 1, 2015

Speaker: Wesley Furlong

Mission festival message from the morning of November 1.

Choose This Day — Oct 25, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

In chapters 23 and 24 Joshua is coming to the end of his life and he reminds the nation of Israel of their entire story. He doesn't start at the gift of the promised land but he goes back to God's promise to Abraham. He then challenges them to choose who they will serve and declares that he and his household will serve the Lord. This is a natural order that starts with our decision. Then it is a response of our household before it goes to the broader general public.

The 2016 Model — Oct 18, 2015

Speaker: Jerry Flueckiger

Near the end of the book of Joshua the tribes of Israel receive their promised inheritance. The tribes east of the Jordan honored God with an altar, which was misunderstood by the western tribes who were ready to go to war over what they perceived as blasphemy. Phineas was chosen and sent to confront the eastern tribes and did a remarkable thing—he listened to what they had to say.  Engaging and listening others prevented a military battle in this case--what could it prevent in our lives?

Promise Kept — Oct 11, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

One of the great things we know about our God is that He is one who keeps his promises; we don't have to worry whether it his word is true or not. In chapter 21 of Joshua the land has been conquered and it has been divided and now the Israelites are being reminded that God keeps his promises. His promise of land and rest were two examples that were used to remind the nation of his faithfullness.

Place of Refuge — Oct 4, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

In chapter 20 we see God instructing Joshua to set up cities of refuge for those who accidently and unintentionally took a life.  There was a time when the high priest passed that there was a pardon for the offender. The cities were accssible to all. We find all these things in our refuge from sin: Jesus Christ.

The Inheritance — Sep 27, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

God has an inheritance for each of us, but we must boldly claim it for ourselves even in the face of adversity.  Do we have the confidence in God's words to step out and grab what he has promised us?

Dividing the Land — Sep 20, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

Caleb waited patiently for 45 years to receive the land that God promised to him.  Once it was time to receive his blessing, he stepped forward with confidence to claim his promise.  The rest of Israel had to follow his example and clear the land of its inhabitants before they were fully at peace.

Stay on Track — Sep 13, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

When God gives us a calling, we must stay on task until we see it to completion.  When we step in faith into God's caling for us, we will face obstacles, but we cannot be deterred.  We must remember that our enemy is Satan and have the confidence that God will overcome him.

Ruse: or a Wily Subterfuge — Sep 6, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

In Chapter 9 of Joshua we see most of the kings of Canaan came together to make war with the Israelites. There was one exception, the Gibeonites they opted for a different route, they were going to rely on a ruse. Why did they go to this? It is because they had heard of the fame of the God of the Israelites. The ruse resulted in their deliverance from death to life and gladly embraced their role as a slave.

Returning and Renewal — Aug 30, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

In Joshua chapter 7 we saw how the nation dealt with the sin in their midst. Now in chapter 8 we see God giving them a new beginning dusting them off and moving in their mist again. He gives them a new plan to defeat Ai with. God is a God of variety he does things in a number of ways. Then we see the nation renewing their commitment to their God.

Insider or Outsider — Aug 23, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

In Joshua chapter 7 we see the Israelites defeated at Ai. We are quick to point to the sin of Achan, but we miss the sin of Israel in this process. They were guilty of the sin of presumption. They felt they didn't need to seek God for guidance before this battle. A sure sign of presumption is when we blame God for things not going our way. They turn to God and then dealt with the sin in their midst.

Holy Violence — Aug 16, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

In the later part of Chapter 6 we are faced with a troubling part of the book of Joshua. The destruction of old, young, men women, and even livestock. These verses and others like it in Joshua and other parts of the Old Testament has caused great concerns over the years. To understand what is happening we need to understand who was living in the land and what was it like. Once we see that we will need to be reminded that God judges sin. In light of God's judgment though we see His Grace in Jesus Christ.

Walls Come Down — Aug 9, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

When Joshua led the Israelites to Jericho, God had already fought and won the battle.  The Israelites fought from a position of victory, rather than fighting for victory.  Faith was the key to the Israelites' victory and they glorified God for His triumph.

Yield — Aug 2, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

It is tough for us to yield in our lives. We have our plan our purpose and no one should get in the way of it, not even God. In Joshua chapter 5 we see the Israelites had just crossed the Jordan river and were ready to march through the land, but they yielded to God. They yielded for a symbol, they yielded for a celebration, and they yielded for a stranger.

Remember — Jul 26, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

We live in a culture that seems to have lost its ability to remember and reflect on the things of the past. In Joshua chapters 3 and 4 we see God moving in the life of the nation of Israel. He calls them to prepare for what will happen, He calls them into action to cross the Jordan river, and He calls them to remember what He has done.

Through the Eyes of Faith — Jul 19, 2015

Speaker: Darren Kloepper

In the story found in Joshua 2, we discover God's favor, humanity's fears, and genuine faith. God was doing something great in the life of a nation, but also in the life of a Gentile prostitute. God had a journey for both that would intersect and ultimately direct God's plans for history. God also has a journey for us that will undoubtedly include fears and require great faith. Listen today and sense how God might show you His favor as He invites you on a journey from Egypt, through the desert, and into the Promised Land

Strong and Courageous — Jul 12, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

As we begin a sermon series through the book of Joshua, we see that God's plans are bigger than any one person; even as Moses has died, God has prepared a new leader for the Israelites to lead them into the Promised Land.  We see that God will fulfill the promises he has made.  Finally, we will see that as we meditate on the things of God, our lives will be transformed and we will be successful, but success in God's eyes is not the same as success in man's eyes.

Now and Then — Jul 5, 2015

Speaker: Jerry Flueckiger

In the conclusion of our sermon series on the Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective, we examine article 24, The Reign of God.  We look through the eyes of John in his record in the book of Revelation and we see God at the center of all worship and praise.  Jesus stands next to the Father as a lamb slaugtered for our atonement from sin.  We see a picture of spontaneous praise that lasts forever.

Jesus Is Lord — Jun 28, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

We examine the relationship of a Christ follower to his or  her government.  We should put our faith and trust in the King of kings and Lord of lords and not in any earthly government, no matter how good and right it may seem.  As Christians, our allegiance must be to God and not divided between the heavenly Kingdom and an earthly one.

The Peace of Christ — Jun 21, 2015

Speaker: Jerry Flueckiger

In article 22 of the Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective, we look at Peace, Justice, and Nonresistance.  We see that peace is proactive and not just the absense of trouble.  We see that we are unified not because of well-planned services or events, but because we draw close to Jesus-the source of all peace.  He alone can bring together different groups, breaking down dividing walls.

Give Him All — Jun 14, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

When we examine stewardship, we begin to realize that it involves more than just finances--it should impact everything in our lives.  Everything we have is God's, but He has entrusted it to us.  How do we use what He's given us for His purposes?  Are we as careful with how we spend our time as we are with how we spend our money?

Truth Spoken Here — Jun 7, 2015

Speaker: Marion Bontrager

We examine the Confession of Faith says about Truth and the Avoidance of Oaths.  In our world, full of corruption and broken promises, oaths and ceremonies are necessary to force people to tell the truth.  Jesus calls for honesty in all circumstances, which should make oaths unnecessary in our lives.

How Long Will You Last? — May 31, 2015

Speaker: Daniel Steffen, Victoria Richardson, Jaci Gorrell

On graduation Sunday, we recall the story of Daniel being to the lions and reflect on what "lions" we will face in our day-to-day lives.

The Promise Fulfilled — May 24, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

As we celebrate Pentecost, we examine the gift of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin, opening the door to reconciliation; the Holy Spirit resides in us, revealing God to us; and the Holy Spirit empowers us for the situations we face.  Do we put ourselves in positions that require God's power?

Family, Singlesness, and Marriage — May 17, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

We see that family has been important to God from the very beginning of time. It starts in the physical family and we see in scripture that even in the Old Testament that God was concerned not just about the patriarchs but the family which would follow. Yet we see Jesus changes the focus of the family to the spiritual family. In this family we have two different states--married and single--and they are both good and pleasing to God.

Life in the Spirit — May 10, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

In looking at what Spirituality is we ask ourselves how do we live a life in the Spirit. In order to answer this we would have to determine who is on the throne of our life.  To live this life in the Spirit we need to stay connected to Jesus in order to grow in our relationship to Him. We then need to cultivate our lives with individual and corporate worship.

The Life to Live — May 3, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

Discipleship and the Christian life:the very core of the early Anabaptist. To live all your life under the Lordship of Jesus Christ takes Discipleship. This call to discipleship is a call to deny yourself in order to follow Him. It is a call to power--not a power of the will or strength of self, but an acknowledgement of our weakness and frailty and reliance on His strength. It is a call to conform to Jesus. We are all being formed into the image of something, but are we aware of what that is? Is it Jesus?

What Is Order and Unity — Apr 26, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

Often when we think about order, we picture rows and neatness.  We imagine an orchard, but God's order is more like the woods, where we see variety and diversity just like the church. In the midst of the diversity is unity. Unity is not uniformity, but finding harmony in the midst of differences. Unity must have a unifying source. Jesus's great prayer of unity in John 17 starts with the importance of the truth of His word.

Doing Ministry — Apr 19, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

When we think about the church and the ministry it offers, we should remember that it is a continuation of Jesus ministry on earth.  There are some who are called to leadership positions, but that does not make their call anymore valid or important in the body of Christ. We are all accountable for the talents God has given us.

Discipline is Love — Apr 12, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

We have rejoined our series of the Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective. We are looking at article 14 and the very sticky subject of Discipline in the Church. We will examine what discipline is and see that at its root, it's a positive thing.  We will examine why we discipline and see that it's because the world is watching.  Finally, we will look at how discipline works in the church.

Easter: Resurrection — Apr 5, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

Resurrection!  What thoughts come to mind when we think about this term? On Resurrection Sunday one of the thoughts that should come to mind is joy. Jesus was the first to experience this joy. For it to be a source of joy for us we need to believe that it is true--that Jesus rose from the dead just as scripture tells us. As we think about the resurrection we should always think about the future joy of our resurrection.

Wash What? — Mar 29, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

At the Last Supper in the book of John, Jesus performed an act that shocked his disciples--he washed their feet. Jesus modeled the humility that is required of us. He performed an act of service for his disciples and gave them an example to follow.

Do This in Remembrance of Me — Mar 22, 2015

Speaker: Darren Kloepper

What Is Baptism? — Mar 15, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

Article 11 of the Confession of Faith is Baptism. We are moving into more of distinguishes the Mennonite Church from other churches. We see that Batpism is a sign, just like the miraculous signs that God performed throughout scripture. We see that it is a pledge before the congregation to walk in the ways of Jesus, but also a pledge to the congregation to be a part of the body. The baptism is by Spirit, blood, and water.

The Mission of Church — Mar 8, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

Article 10 of the Confession of Faith, The Church in Mission, points us outside of ourselves. It tells us that we are about the Kingdom of God and not just our own congregation. We see that there are no geographical boundaries that should stand in the way of taking the message to the world.  The church in mission is about word and deed.

The Church — Mar 1, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

Article 9 of the Confession of faith tells who is the church. This is an important designation for us to keep in mind before we jump into what the church does. The Confession says that we are an assembly, a gathering of those who have experienced the salvation we examined last week. We are a new society empowered by the Holy Spirit to fulfill our mandate as a church; not dependent upon the benevolence of any government. We are the body of Christ and as such we are dependent upon each other.

What Is Salvation? — Feb 22, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

Last week our sermon took us down the road of sin, a topic we do not like to think about much. However, it is necessary to understand bad news if we are ever going to grasp the good news of the gospel. This morning we will see that Jesus is the source of our salvation. We will look at who can receive salvation and how it is received. We will examine the impact salvation has on our lives.

What Is Sin? — Feb 15, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

Article 7 of the Confession of faith is sin. In our day and age we have trained ourselves to ignore sin, but we can't read very far in scripture before we are confronted with its reality. We will look at the source of sin, what sin is, and what the results of sin are.

He Created Us — Feb 8, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

Last week we looked at creation in general this morning we will be looking at Article 6 "The Creation and Calling of Human Beings". One of the most amazing truths in all of scripture is that we have been created in God's Image. We have heard this many times but what are some practical ways are we to live out this image? There is only one perfect image of God, that is Jesus Christ.

Creation and Providence — Feb 1, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

Article 5 of the Confession of Faith is creation of is "Creation and Divine Providence". We need to understand the scripture places a heavy significance upon the fact that God created. We also understand that creation depends upon him to sustain it today, and yet God is separate from His creation.  Finally we see that His creation is spectacular.

It Is God-Breathed — Jan 25, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

As we continue our journey through the confession of faith we are looking at Article IV: Scripture. There are three points about scripture from the confession that we will focus on this morning.  We will see that it is inspired by God, this makes it trustworthy, which in turn gives it authority.

Can You Hear Me Now? — Jan 18, 2015

Speaker: Jerry Flueckiger

Who Is The Son? — Jan 11, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

This morning, we unpack who Jesus is in 30 minutes--no small task.  We are looking at the offices that Jesus has: Prophet, Teacher, Priest, and King. If we truly catch a glimpse of who Jesus is it will cause us to surrender to Him!

What We Believe About God — Jan 4, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

We are beginning a sermon series "This I confess, This I believe" where we will look at the Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective. This morning we will look at the three-in-one God, the Trinity. We will look at why God created us and we will see what God have revealed to us about himself.

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