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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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Faithfullness — Oct 16, 2016

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

Are You Following God’s Purpose? — Oct 9, 2016

Speaker: Pastor Bill Helmlinger

Goodness — Oct 2, 2016

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

Kindness — Sep 25, 2016

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

Try Church:Community — Sep 18, 2016

Speaker: Jerry Flueckiger

Try Church: Real People — Sep 11, 2016

Speaker: Jerry Flueckiger

Patience — Sep 4, 2016

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

Of all the sermons on the fruit of the Spirit this could possibly be the one that most of us struggle with. We see in scripture that this understanding of patience should be there during many different times in our lives. We should have patience when we are mistreated and can do nothing about it. We should be patient when we are provoked and we are in a position to do something about it. We should show patience even with the little annoyances in life.

Peace — Aug 28, 2016

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

We hear a lot about peace in our nation, but we see very little evidence of peace. When we look at peace as a fruit of the Spirit we redefine what it means. It first means you have peace with God! If you have not peace there then it will be impossible for you to have the kind of peace the scriptures talk about. It is then an inner peace. You can face the trials of this life with a peace the world cannot comprehend. Then it flows out in peace with others.

Joy — Aug 21, 2016

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

When it comes to the Fruit of the Spirit expressed with joy, it is probably the one that catches the world’s attention the most. To understand joy we have to understand its source. It comes from God and God alone. We also have to be aware of those kill joys in your life. What is it that you allow to take your joy from you? Do you look to Him for your joy?

Love — Aug 14, 2016

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

We now are turning our attention to life in the Spirit and we will do this by looking at the Fruit of the Spirit. The first Fruit that we will look at is Love. Love is a Fruit because we are told that God is Love. So to understand love is to understand God. We see that Love is a giving in its nature. While love being from the Spirit it is from the very Spirit working within in us that we love. Yet we are also told to love more and more. So we are dependent upon the Spirit to form love in us we are also responsible to grow in our love.

Greed — Aug 7, 2016

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

To understand greed is to know that it doesn’t matter how much you have. Rich people can deal with greed as much as poor people. Scripture tells us very clearly that there is a danger when it comes to this deadly sin, one that is shown from the Old Testament through the New. To overcome this sin is to live a generous life. Letting go and giving away those things that will cause your heart to idolize the material things in your life.

Is the Holy Spirit Swiss? — Jul 31, 2016

Speaker: Jerry Flueckiger

The Holy Spirit changes lives.  At Pentecost, Peter was understood in many different languages, but probably not Swiss.  Like the early followers of Christ, the Swiss who settled in Berne were intensely persecuted.  We all have the Holy Spirit to encourage, strengthen, and guide us; this comes with an expectation of action from God.  Our ancestors, along with the apostles, were led to tell the "old, old story" of God's love.  The Holy Spirit is not necessarily Swiss, but can be if Swiss people let Him control them.

Gluttony — Jul 24, 2016

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum
When we think of the sin of gluttony we think mainly of food and obesity, but it is so much more than this. It is the over consumption of anything whether good or bad. If we are given to the sin of gluttony we need to be aware that there are consequences for this sin. And yet we can overcome this sin!

Envy — Jul 17, 2016

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

As we start to look at this deadly sin of envy it becomes difficult to get our arms around. We'll look at the differences between envy, jealousy, and coveting.  To overcome envy and coveting the key is contentment!

Pride — Jul 10, 2016

Speaker: Pastor Jeff Linthicum

Last week we looked at anger and saw that it was one that effected everyone. Today pride is another one that has infected and effected everyone who has ever lived. It actually has a longer history than anger as well. It was the very reason that Satan was thrown out of heaven. When we struggle with pride we see that there are consequences and if left unchecked and un-repented of they can be dire. We must turn our attention to Jesus and follow in his example of his humility.

Anger — Jul 3, 2016

Speaker: Pastor Jeff Linthicum

We continue our journey through life in the flesh be looking at the 7 deadly sins. We turn our attention to one that has effected each of us at some point in time--anger.  Anger is something that does not discriminate and it doesn’t matter if you fly off the handle or just have a slow burn under the collar. It is one that truly is a deadly sin. It was the cause of the very first murder. But it is also a sin that murders God’s desire for us to live in harmony and peace. Yet not all anger is sin. We see that God gets angry. It is what causes our anger and how we live it out that makes it sin.

Lust — Jun 26, 2016

Speaker: Pastor Jeff Linthicum

The second deadly sin we will be looking at is lust. Traditionally when we hear and think of lust it is in connection with sex. Whether it is an illicit act or just the leering at someone in a lustful way. However, lust does not have to be related to anything sexual. It is listed along with sexual immorality in some verses. It is an overwhelming desire that we allow to gain a foothold in our lives. There is a way to overcome this deadly sin.

Sloth — Jun 19, 2016

Speaker: Pastor Jeff Linthicum

We are looking at life in the flesh through the seven deadly sins and examing sloth. Sloth many time in scripture is referred to as being lazy. And this is truly the basic form of sloth. The early church father’s defined sloth as a lack of love. It is because you don’t love you do not act. So for us today sloth can be the basic understanding of knowing what you should do but you do not do it.

Spirit or Flesh — Jun 12, 2016

Speaker: Pastor Jeff Linthicum

Most of this year is focused on this understanding of are we living our lives in the flesh or in the Spirit. There are several lists throughout scripture about a number of sins. These lists were boiled down to what is known as the seven deadly sins. To combat them we must live our lives in the Spirit. The whole point of the Spirit of God within us is that we take on the character of Christ. It is the Spirit that empowers us to live this way. Yet we have a responsibility to do our part, putting ourselves in the right place to be transformed.

Standing Firm — Jun 5, 2016

Speaker: Pastor Jeff Linthicum

Our last sermon is our series on fear deals with the devil--the one who tries to instill fear in us. We need to understand who the enemy is because the biggest tool of the enemy is making us ignorant of him. To live without the fear of Satan we need to remember that Christ has already defeated him. We are safe and secure because we are in Christ.

Be Brave and Believe — May 29, 2016

Speaker: Jaci Gorrell and Cindy In't Groen

Idolatry and Fear — May 22, 2016

Speaker: Pastor Jeff Linthicum

When we struggle with fear it can actually reveal an idol in our lives. If we have irrational fear of losing something it can serve as a barometer. Idol worship is the most denounced sin in scripture. Yet in the New Testament a change occurred to what is an idol. It was no longer being defined as a statue or rock, it is what takes the place of God in your life. Even good things can be elevated to godlike status in our lives.

Pentecost Sunday: Until — May 15, 2016

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

Pentecost Sunday, the holiday that the church forgot. In Luke 24 we see Jesus continually uses scripture to point to himself. We need to regain scripture as the guide for what we do. Jesus declares that because of what has happened his disciples will be his witnesses to the Truth. But they first need to receive power that the Father had promised-the very coming of the Holy Spirit!.

Good and Bad Fear — May 8, 2016

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

As we continue our series on fear we are looking at that fear which is good a fear that will drive all the other fears away: the fear of the Lord.  We see many places in scripture that fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. This is a foundational truth that we as Christians need to build on-the awesome reverence of who He is. We have lost this fear and need to regain it in our day.

Overcoming Fear — May 1, 2016

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

We are starting a new sermon series: Overcoming Fear. There is a real battle going on in our culture, a battle for believers and non-believers alike. The root of this battle is fear. The enemy wants us to live and respond in fear, because he knows the fear and faith cannot both be in control of us. One of the ways in which fear manifests itself is in the fear of man. We overcome the fear by looking to Jesus and understanding his love.

Sowing and Reaping — Apr 24, 2016

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

Paul is wrapping up his letter to the Galatians and he gives them one final warning. To give this warning he uses an analogy that goes back as far as history itself, the concept of sowing and reaping. Paul warns that if we sow to the flesh we will reap accordingly but if we sow to the Spirit we will reap the blessing of God. He then gives his final challenge in his own handwriting.

Gospel Relations — Apr 17, 2016

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

Paul turns his attention to how we should relate to one another in the family of God. He starts with how we should not relate to each other. He then gives us very practical advice of what to do if we discover someone is in sin: he calls us to restore the person and bring them back into a right relationship with God and with the body. He then closes the section out by challenging us to bear one anothers burdens.

Gospel Freedom — Apr 10, 2016

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

The concept of Liberty (our freedom in Christ) is a major concept in the gospels and especially pointed out in Galatains 5:1. In our text this morning Paul gives warning to 2 things that will return us to bondage. The first being legalism, thinking that we can be good enough in and of ourselves to earn God's favor. The second being license, using our freedom to feed our flesh. Spirit-filled believers stay out of both ditches.

Through a Mirror - Brightly — Apr 3, 2016

Speaker: Jerry Flueckiger

Empty — Mar 27, 2016

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

Grace to the Barren — Mar 20, 2016

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

Paul again stresses the fact that legalistic adherence to religion is not what saves. He uses the story of Ishmael and Isaac as an allegory to point out the truth found in it. He brings shows us that Law and Grace cannot coexist side by side. We need to do away with the flesh and be born of the Spirit.

Testimony — Mar 13, 2016

Speaker: Dennis Miller

Dennis Miller shares his experience where he moved from a mindset of salvation through the Law to salvation through God's grace.

Gospel Response — Mar 6, 2016

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

Paul wants the Galatians to become aware of the fact that they are falling back into bondage by trying to be please to God through the law.  He reminds them of how they first treated him even with his ailment. They responded so well now, but they are now joyless in their approach. Then he compares his response to that of the Judaizers. They were focused on themselves and Paul was focused on Christ.

Gospel Children — Feb 28, 2016

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

Paul starts Galatians 3:26 with a controversial word "sons." He is telling us a spiritual truth that we need to hear for our day. And he let's us know that this great privilege comes because of our relationship to Jesus Christ, we are in Christ. Then he desires to wrap the section up in way that they would understand.

Law & Gospel — Feb 21, 2016

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

Paul continues his letter to the Galatians to help them understand the role of the law. That the law does not undercut the promise given to Abraham 430 years earlier. He explains the law doesn't exist to impart righteousness, but to reveal sin.

Don’t Lose It — Feb 14, 2016

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

Paul in Galatians 3 is shocked that the Galatians are so quickly leaving the gospel of grace empowered by the Spirit of God. He asks them to remember their own history with the Spirit. He then roots their experience in the word. He takes them back to Genesis and father Abraham and how it is by faith that the gospel is possible. The closes out the section by looking at the two paths you can take, living by the law or by living by faith!

Living the Gospel — Feb 7, 2016

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

The second part of Galatians we have Paul confronting Peter. Peter backed away from fellowshipping with the gentiles out of fear which led others away in this act of hypocrisy.  Paul confronts Peter for this because he was not acting in line with the truth of the Gospel. The judaizers were afraid that if the law was not followed as an entry point to salvation then sin would reign in the church. They have lost sight of the fact that the gospel changes us, so we live transformed lives.

Unifying Gospel — Jan 31, 2016

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

In the first part of Galatians 2, Paul tells about his trip to Jerusalem where he laid out the gospel that he preached among the gentiles. The result of the meeting was freedom for the gentiles. They did not have to follow Jewish customs to be a Christian. This meeting brought about a unity of the gospel. While doing so it excluded those calling for a strict following of Jewish customs.

Transforming Gospel — Jan 24, 2016

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

Paul moves into the autobiographical section of Galatians. He is pushing back against the Judaizers and revealing the transformation that comes from the gospel. He tells of who he was before the gospel. He tells of God's actions in his life pre and post conversion. Finally, he tells us how God changes our people-pleasing nature.

Know the Gospel — Jan 17, 2016

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

We are starting a sermon series in the book of Galatians. In the introduction we see Paul defending his authority as an Apostle with a capital "A".  He defends his rights to define the gospel to the church in Galatia. He lays out a basic understanding of what the gospel is and then declares his amazement at how those in Galatia are turning from it. He then gives his gravest warning in all of scripture for those who would pervert the gospel.

It’s About Time — Jan 10, 2016

Speaker: Jerry Fluckiger

One of our biggest stresses is time.  Paul was also concerned about time; he wasn't concerned about our daily schedules, but God's time.  God will break into history at the second coming of Christ and in our everyday experiences with Him.  Through His spirit, we can live in His time.  There should be an urgerncy in us to share the good news in the right time.

Be My Guest — Jan 3, 2016

Speaker: Jerry Fluckiger

Jesus claims to be the bread of life--spiritual life, not physical life; we must remember this when we come to the communion table.  He still welcomes us to be His guests.  When we come to the table through faith we are strengthened to go in His name.

Look Ahead — Dec 27, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

As we come to the end of one year and are on the verge of another year, it is a good time to reflect on Paul's words forgetting what is behind. Paul is a great example of never thinking we have arrived in our spiritual journey. He reminds us to not get tripped up by the things of the past whether good or bad. He tells us to keep pushing forward for what it is God has for us.

A Time of Love — Dec 20, 2015

Speaker: Jeff Linthicum

The last Sunday of Advent we are reminded of the love of God. All of the themes we look at represent a characteristic of our Father in heaven. During the Christmas season it is easy to think of the love God has for us or the love we have for Him, or even the love for family. But God showed us the depth of His love by dying for us when we were he enemies. This is the kind of love that should challenge us this holiday season.

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.

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