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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 living." Messages given at commencement ceremonies vary based on the speaker. Some focus on the excellent education that the graduates received. This education will enable the graduates to find jobs, address the world's problems and ultimately be successful in life. Others focus on trusting the "American spirit" including the rule of law, the military might, the resilence of the economy or some other aspect of life in America.

After the graduation celebration, the reality of ecological, economic and moral problems can seem overwhelming. Can the best grades in school or even the "American spirit" solve all the issues? God is wiser than any of us and bigger than the problems our world faces. The advice given in Proverbs, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding," are wise words that should never be forgotten. To the person facing unemployment, military deployment, disappointments in relationships, financial loss and compromised health, God provides hope and the ability to face the challenges.

Graduates, use the knowledge and skills God gave you! Strive for excellence! Work with others! Trust in the Lord! Face the world's challenges with confidence! See you in church!

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

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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Climb aboard Make a Splash 2010 Vacation Bible School

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

Come set sail on an exciting High Seas adventure! Kids ages Pre K-6th grade are invited to High Seas Expedition and plunge through rugged waves and experience the deep, rolling waters of God's love. Join us June 7-10 at Mabel First Lutheran Church. ..... 
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What Does It Mean?

Fri, May 14th, 2010
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"'We hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!' Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, 'What does this mean?'" Acts 2:11-12 NIV

The people who experienced the first Pentecost had good reason to be amazed and perplexed. ..... 
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