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"God Shed His Grace on Thee...."


Mon, Jun 7th, 2010
Posted in Faith & Worship

"But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness." 2 Peter 3:13

People who sing the patriotic song, "America the Beautiful," with its references to "purple mountain majesty" and fruitful plains, may be missing the point. Although the song speaks of God, many who sing the song focus their attention on the natural wonders. While summer plans might include enjoying the gift of a beautiful environment, the Giver of the gift may be forgotten. The growing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has given a new meaning to "shining sea." People expected a giant corporation or the government to control the menace and clean up the mess so that we could get back to normal. The ecological damage continues and seems to be growing. Who can clean up a mess of this magnitude?

God has been cleaning up human messes ever since humans first sinned. God cleaned up the moral filth of the early earth with a worldwide flood that created a new world with mountain chains, lakes and a new ecology. Knowing that humans could not pay the price needed to clean up after their own sins, God sent Jesus to take away the sin of the world. Cleaning up the world once and for all, God has promised a "new heaven and a new earth."

God knows the solution to the oil spill. God knows the solution to everything. It is time to turn to the Maker for the problems too big for us to handle. See you in church!



Submitted by Paul Ibisch, pastor emeritus and adjunct professor of religious studies at Viterbo University. Telephone 608-799-0990.

Triumphant Brass coming to First Baptist Church

Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
Posted in Faith & Worship

Triumphant Brass, a musical group from Maranatha Baptist Bible College, will be in concert at First Baptist Church in Preston, Monday evening, June 7, 2010, beginning at 7 p.m. The church family invites everyone to join them for an evening of inspira ..... 
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After graduation

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Faith & Worship

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding," Proverbs 3:5.

Graduation marks a milestone in a person's education. It may mark the end of a structured environment of learning and the beginning of "making a li ..... 
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Flag celebration at historic Lenora Church

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Faith & Worship

There will be a service commemorating "Flag Day" held at the historic Lenora United Methodist Church (1856) on Sunday, June 13, 2010 at 3:00p.m. The worship service will lift up some patriotic themes in relation to Red, White and Blue -- the colors ..... 
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Cowboy yodeler to appear at Cowboy Church

Fri, May 28th, 2010
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On Sunday evening, June 6th, the Cherry Grove United Methodist Church will again be offering a "Cowboy Church" service open to all who may be interested. The service, which will begin at 6 pm, will include Christian Country and older gospel hymns. L ..... 
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Diving for treasures at First Baptist VBS this week

Fri, May 28th, 2010
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First Baptist Church of Preston is holding their Vacation Bible School program this week, beginning Tuesday night, June 1 through Friday evening. Registration and a light supper begins at 6 p.m. for children ages kindergarten through the sixth grade ..... 
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Sons Quest Rain Forest Vacation Bible School in Fillmore

Fri, May 28th, 2010
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"SonQuest Rain Forest" will be the theme of the Vacation Bible School at the Fillmore Free Methodist Church (in the village of Fillmore) on June 14-18. The VBS will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. each day on Monday through Friday, and a closin ..... 
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Progressive Ecumenical Dinner

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Faith & Worship

Coming soon will be the Progressive Ecumenical Dinner on Thursday, June 10, 2010, starting at the Methodist Church at 6:00 p.m., Christ Lutheran about 6:45 p.m., and St. Columban about 7:30 p.m. The speaker will be Barbara Hight-Randall presenting a ..... 
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Prime Directive

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Faith & Worship

"Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you...." Joshua 1:7a NIV

The technology, strategy and the terrain in which wars are fought has changed. Drones, guided missiles, precision guided artillery an ..... 
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