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Sunday, January 24th, 2016

Week Four: Not For Show


Using The Gospel of John, examine “The Jews,” the problems they had with Jesus, and the problem Jesus had with them. Then, connect it to today, the problems we should have with religion, and what true religion looks like.

Scripture for the Week: John 12:37-43
Psalm for the Day: Psalm 19

Memory Verse: James 1:27 - "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."


Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Souper Bowl of Caring
The NFL Super Bowl is a big event for sports fans. But, St. Joseph area churches have their own big event to participate in: SOUPER Bowl 2016. We need everyone to bring dollars or food items such as dry cereal, canned soup, spaghetti and pasta type boxed dinners, canned tuna, salmon, or chicken, etc. Your donations will help feed hungry people this winter through InterServ’s Calvin Center Food Pantry! Bring donations between now and February 7th.

MWSU Food Drive
The MWSU Campus has a food pantry to help students in need be able to eat. Many times just paying tuition and rent uses up most of their income. There are times when the cafeteria is not open and a student cannot afford to eat out. Your donation of any of the following items will support students in their education and help the graduate with less debt: canned meats (tuna and salmon), crackers, peanut butter, canned ravioli, tuna helper, evaporated milk, canned fruit, pre-made jello/pudding/etc., cereal/oatmeal, pasta/sauce, shampoo/conditioner, bar soap, deodorant, body wash, razors, diapers, baby food. 

New Vine Campus Ministry
New Vine meets weekly at 7pm on the MWSU Campus, Murphy building, Room 109. We are always looking for volunteers. Contact Tom Keller if interested.



February 2016

Do you ever feel like life is a puzzle that you have to figure out? Have you ever thought, “If I just had a sign from God, then I would know for sure”? God does give signs: miracles. Join us as we take a look at the seven miracles of Jesus in the Gospel of John.


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2/7 Football Sunday
Invite your co-workers, friends, and neighbors to church to experience Football Sunday on February 7, 2016. This exciting presentation about the move of God in the lives of professional football players gives us a great opportunity to discuss Jesus in a way that's relevant to our culture today. Even casual football fans celebrate football's biggest game; let's use the championship game day to show the unchurched what life in Christ can be like. 

CALENDAR at-a-glance

1/28 - UMW, 12pm
1/28 - New Vine Campus Ministry, 7pm
2/7 - Football Sunday
2/8 - Board Meeting, 6:30pm
2/10 - Ash Wednesday
2/11 - New Vine Campus Ministry, 7pm
2/18 - New Vine Campus Ministry, 7pm
2/18 - Night Crew Women's Meeting, 7pm
2/24 - Serve at Open Door Food Kitchen


January 27 - Vicki Pike
January 28 - Nichole Faucett
February 4 - James Whitson
February 7 - Steve Allen
February 8 - Mark Payne
February 10 - Ben Mulford
February 12 - Nancy Allison
February 14 - Justin Pike
February 17 - David Carr
February 20 - Rachel Sweet
February 21 - Mary Boyles, James Fisher
February 23 - Shannon Pike

Prayer Requests
Mary Arnold, The Class Family, Mallory Davis, Dana Destain, Gregg, Rhett Hall, Bryan Haynes, Andrea Hughes, Cliff Kerns, Ken Leland, Max Lockhard, Brenda Major, Bev Manring, Sam Still, Bryson, Gina Fox, Robert, Billy Sollars, Jerry Steele, Fred Ritter, Randy & Brenda Miller, Diane Faris, Carlene & Jim Key, John Hunter, Graham, Izzy Lightle, Cory & Stacy Bunton. PeeWee Hamby, Mark Miller

Quilt Blocks for Anniversary Quilt
Quilt blocks for the anniversary quilt are due back to Phyllis Fisher no later than mid January 2016. Any questions? Please see Phyllis or any member of the anniversary committee.

Pastor Ben Mulford is available by appointment. Contact him at 816.689.8885 or
Tom Keller, Director of College-Age Ministries. Contact him at  816-752-1075 or

If you have anything for the bulletin, please contact Pastor Ben by phone or preferably email. Bulletins are prepared on Thursdays, so please make contact by end of day on Wednesday.

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