July 2020  Issue 64   Vol. 1
July 2020
A Nugget of Wisdom for Your Faith
I saw a beautiful white flower about the size of a half dollar, and trumpet shaped.  What attracted my attention was that the flared end of the flower had a perfect 5-pointed star shape to it. It sat in the midst of some Vinca, a ground cover, so I didn’t see its leaves.  I just looked at it for a while thinking how beautiful it was and how the Bible mentions stars.

We know that stars had been created on the fourth day Gen 1:16 and Abraham was promised descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky, Gen 22:16. In one of Joseph’s dreams the sun, moon, and stars bowed down to him Gen 37:9. Balaam, a prophet during Israel’s wilderness wanderings, used a star to predict the coming of the Messiah, “A star will come out of Jacob” Num. 24:17. 

Of course, when one thinks of stars in the Bible, the most familiar star, is the one that led the Magi to the newborn Jesus in Bethlehem, Matt. 2:2.  One more “star reference” came to my mind. Paul writes to the Philippians that they should “shine like stars”, Phil 2:15. (That one might even be used in a song somewhere.)

I began to think of the transition of the appearances of the stars listed above, and realized that this little star shaped flower had led me through the plan of salvation:  The Trinity (Jesus present) created the stars; Abraham received a promise, as did Adam, of the coming Messiah; Balaam prophesied that the Messiah would come; Jesus was born and Gentile Magi came to worship Him; we believers are to show we are God’s children by being those “Good Samaritans”- thus letting our faith “shine like stars”.

I was deep in this philosophical-theological thought as I looked at the little white flowers before me amid my wife’s carefully planted Vinca, with their dark green waxy leaves and beautiful little blue flowers, when I decided to see what kind of flower caught my attention—this beautiful star-shaped, perfectly formed, white flower.

I chuckled to myself when I realized that this white flower, which had led me through such a train of thoughts was a convolvulus arvensis blossom.  I think most of you know the flower by a more common name: bindweed.  This lowly unwanted, undesirable, obnoxious plant served to show me the beauty in God’s creation and the wonder of God’s love for us in Jesus. (Yes, I pulled it out.)

Stay safe in His care! 
Stan Fehlhafer

SENIOR RESPITE CARE PLANS are on hold until further assessments can be made for safe, healthy gatherings.  Please pray for this new ministry. 
  • Volunteer Coordinator qualifications include:
    • Having a heart for serving God's people
    • Taking the time (about 5 hours a week) to connect those with needs to those with the skills to help. 
    • This is a volunteer position.
YOU or perhaps someone you know could be the person needed to grow this ministry and keep it flourishing.  Please contact Stan Fehlhafer to let him know of your interest!  402-560-3906

8:00 In-person worship: Please wear a mask from your car to your seat in the pew.  Once seated at a safe social distance from other groups, you may remove your mask. Please use your mask again out to your car. 
9:30 Online only worship.

11:00 In-person worship: Masks are optional for this service,but please keep social distancing protocol..

We will offer commnion at all of our in-person worship services.  Communion will take place at the end of the service.  The pastors and elders will be wearing masks and gloves, and we will allow families to come up and receive communion, and they will then leave the worship center and go to their vehicles when done.  The ushers will release you from your pews like we are used to doing, but we will ask that you stay al least six feet apart from the individual/family ahead of you.

Due to Covid-19, we have made the decision to cancel this year's Show 'N Shine Car Show. We look forward to another time when we can safely gather and celebrate together!
Help Us Restore Flood-Damaged Homes in King Lake
July 18th join us as we meet at the Messiah parking lot at 7:15a and leave promptly at 7:30a. We will return by 5:00p. At this time we are not taking the church vans, but we are going as a caravan. Please bring your own masks and gloves. All tools are provided, and experience is not needed. Lunch is provided. Please to sign up here so we have a head-count for lunch. Or contact Roxie Stok 402.450.604 or Barry Radebaugh 402.440.9109.
PORTALS OF PRAYER:  By the way, the current Portals of Prayer features August devotions written by our own Lindy Karlin! 
FREE FACE MASKS are also available for anyone who needs one. These are made by Messiah’s Mustard Seeds sewing group.
"Zoom" On Over to Messiah's Chair Based Movement Class!
11am Friday's 

Did you know that Messiah’s Mindful Movement For Seniors class can come right to your own living room via Zoom? Our faithful group of Messiah members and friends would love to welcome you to this 45-minute class that incorporates gentle stretching, strengthening, balance and relaxation, while we focus on God’s Word. As we navigate this difficult time that can feel isolating, this is a great opportunity to stay connected with others! Join any time. Our current 4 week session began July 10. Call or text Kris Costello at 402.416.3600 for more info or to sign up.
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