October 2020  Issue 66   Vol. 1
A Nugget of Wisdom for Your Faith
October-November 2020

The First Law of Thermodynamics.  Does that title sound foreboding?  Well, in that title lies a nugget for us to apply to our daily walk with our Savior and those He puts in our lives.

“Energy can neither be created nor destroyed”. So says The First Law of Thermodynamics. Anyone who took any physics classes in school has heard this and many more laws that deal with energy and its properties. Sparks create fire; batteries produce power; nuclear bombs create explosions.  Each of these samples represent a change in the form of energy, not new energy.  Scientists say there is a specific quantity of energy in our universe, and that mankind is tapping into that supply as he discovers new ways to use it..  Without light energy, heat energy, chemical energy, nuclear energy, etc. our lives would be virtually impossible. We wouldn’t have plants or food. We wouldn’t have heated homes. We wouldn’t be able to see anything.

One can see, hear, taste, feel, and smell the results or effect of energy, but, interestingly, one cannot actually touch the energy.

I can’t help but think of the wisdom and might of the Creator, when He made the world and its supply of energy. It’s simply astounding to think that God had our uses of all the kinds of energy in mind when He created the world.

Love is similar to energy in the ways mentioned above. It can be seen in its results, or actions, but one cannot actually touch love.  Kindness, courtesy, gentleness, forgiveness, etc, are the results of love. As without energy, our world without love would be dark and dreary.

So, given that we supposedly have a quantifiable amount of energy in the world, is there also a quantifiable amount of love in the world?  Certainly not!   Scripture tells us that God is love. And since God is all loving, it is natural to assume that there is no limit to His love. After all, He sent His Son, Jesus, as a sacrifice for our sins.  The Sinless for the sinner. The Love-filled for the loveless. The Life for the dead. 

Romans 5:8 says, “God shows His love for us that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  That’s the evidence of God’s love.  John 13:34 says, “A new commandment I give you, that your love one another; just as I have loved you, you are to love one another.”  What’s the evidence of your love?

A long time ago, I heard this phrase in a sermon:  “If you were to be put on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?”

Let your love for your Savior show itself in the love you show for your fellow mankind.
Blessings, and “Happy October” to you.
Stan Fehlhafer
On October first, Messiah's women from the Mustard Seed/Days for Girls ministry met and packed 174 feminine hygiene kits which will be shipped to Latvia and the Republic of Georgia by Orphan Grain Train in the next 2 weeks. These kits allow girls and women to go to school, work and church with the supplies they need. 42 masks were also made and sent to a missionary teacher in Uganda and 10 more were delivered to our Messiah preschool.

PLEASE NOTE that donations of flannel, calico, thread and serger-thread are always welcome. Please deposit them in the tub located in the donation closet.

And if you're a Thrivent member, here's another great way to help:  Write a Thrivent grant  for underwear, soap, and washcloths before the end of the year. Wendy Rich and Kathy Carter are available to help you with this!  Just call 402-416-8953  Thank you Mustard Seed Ladies for your inspirational stitching!

All services are up and running!  Social distancing and masks are encouraged.  

MESSIAH'S MINDFUL MOVEMENT FOR SENIORS keeps you in shape from the comfort of your home! Join us via zoom for this chair-based 45-minute class conducted each Friday at 11 am.  Enjoy gentle stretching, strengthening, balance, and relaxation while focusing on God’s Word.  Call or text Kris Costello for details: 402.416.3600.
HELPING HANDS won't leaf you behind!  If you need some help with lawn work, cleaning the gutter, or simple household chores and repair, call  402-489-3024.
40 DAYS OF PRAYER TO END ABORTION:  Visit 40 days for for details!
IF:Messiah DIY Event for women!
This team of volunteers spent the majority of a Saturday working on this home, sanding the joints and corners of the drywalling, texturing ceilings, installing sub-floorings, and generally preparing the surfaces for the installation of a new finished floor.

This home is dubbed the “Hope House” because it represents the hope-filled attitude of the residents, the staff, and the workers at “The King’s Garden”—that being the official title of the mission and ministry program at King Lake.

The director of the program is Cyndi Borden, whose very interesting story will be told in a future edition of this communication.  This Hope House is being prepared as a residence for some of the staff of the King’s Garden, and a meeting place for the Bible Classes and other spiritual growth efforts.This is one of three houses that are the focus of the Messiah volunteer team.   

Join us any Saturday in October as we continue to move forward on this missional project.  To sign up, please contact Roxie Stork 402.450.604 or Barry Radebaugh 402.440.9109.
The Messiah Respite Care Project's mission is described in this verse from the book of Matthew:  "Come unto me and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28) A team of Messiah Ministry members are busily putting together a plan to provide quarterly respite care for caregivers. 

For 2 hours on a Saturday morning every 3 months, Messiah volunteers will take care of loved ones suffering from dementia to allow the caregivers some free time for themselves. 

The goal is to have the program ready to go as soon as we feel safe to begin.  That's where the Messiah family can help!  We'll be looking for volunteers to do a variety of caregiving functions.  Descriptions of volunteer duties will be announced soon, so please give it prayerful consideration.  You can contact Stan Fehlhafer for more information. 
  • Senior Downsizing Guide:  By the time you hit your sixties, seventies and beyond, you may realize that the home you live in is too big, with too much, and maybe too isolated. This website offers a helpful guide to help you downsize and find the place that best fits your needs.   
  • Lutheran Hour Ministries:  Daily devotions, sermons, and broadcasts from the Lutheran Hour
  • Messiah's Facebook Page: Stay in touch with your Messiah Family!  
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1 cup canola oil

2 cups granulated sugar 

3 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups solid pack pumpkin

3 cups all-purpose flour 

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
In a medium-size bowl, mix together the oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla and pumpkin in a bowl. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Do not overmix.

Grease and flour two 9×5 loaf pans. Divide the batter between the two pans.

Bake at 325 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Allow the bread to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely. 

Sprinkle the top with powdered sugar, if desired.

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 1:31
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