Paul gives us a hard word in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. It would not be a difficult word had he not included the words in all circumstances. Certainly, it is easier to rejoice, pray and have thanksgiving when things are going as we wish. Rejoicing, praying continually, and being thankful in all circumstances becomes the hallmark of the believer and what sets believers apart from everyone else.
There are certain lessons we will never learn and spiritual growth we will never know apart from rejoicing in loss, praying through darkness, and giving thanks no matter the circumstances. It is in these moments that we find what we truly believe. True faith is seen not when everything is coming up roses, true faith is found in the surrender that no matter what the circumstances, God has got this, so I can rejoice, pray and be thankful. It is in this that we become more and more like Jesus.
2 Corinthians 2:14-15 (NKJV) says, Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. Surrendering all to Jesus and rejoicing, praying without ceasing, and giving thanks in all circumstances releases the aroma of the presence of Jesus to all of those around.
A great example of this is the woman who broke the alabaster container and anointed Jesus with the valuable perfumed oil contained within (see Mark 14). In full surrender, she gave of herself and this precious perfume. What was cool, she surrendered it all to Jesus and when she came out of the room she smelled the same as Jesus.
Praying that God will give each of us strength to rejoice, pray, and give thanks no matter the circumstances….and as a result, a beautiful aroma will be released in our lives.
Save the Dates
Community VBS @ Summit-July 25-28 @ Summit
Baptism & Potluck Picnic– August 13 &14 at the Train Side of the Park.
Power Cooking at GF– August 13, 9-12:00 Text Jill Thorson (307-217-0801) to register
Mexican Fiesta Dinner & Auction—September 9, 5:30-8:30 @ Bomber Mtn. Marietta Wright has donated 17 “Art from the Heart” drawings that will be auctioned. We will also be looking for other items of value: guns, antiques, times shares, etc. All proceeds will go to the Building Fund, More details will be forthcoming. For any questions see Tom Ostlund or Ronda Schlicting.
Family Night Kickoff– September 21
Equip-Open Heavens–November 4-6 with Peter Xu and Marietta Wright
Meeting this Thursday (July 21) at 6:00 pm at Summit
Mark your calendars
for September 9 for the Mexican Fiesta Dinner and Auction Fundraiser. We are still looking for items of value, such as coins, guns, time-shares, collectibles, etc.
Opportunity to Serve
We are looking for someone to head the Amie Holt services once a month. We cover the 4th Sunday of each month. The services are about 30 minutes and consist of a few songs and a short devotio8nal. If you are interested in helping with this ministry, contact Tom & Roxanne Ostlund (307-630-1281)
Baptism & Picnic
August 13 & 14 at the train side of the park. This will be a potluck meal with the church providing the meat, drinks, and table setting. If you are interested in baptism contact Pastor Paul (307-621-2314) or Stephanie(307-887-5208).
Brown House Update
The Brown House is presently under contract for $326,000, which is $1000 more than the listing price. We are expecting a closing date for the sale on July 26.
Community Vacation Bible School will be July 25th-28th (Monday through Thursday) in the evenings from 6-8pm. Summit Church is hosting this year and we are so excited! The theme is “On The Case”. We will have 4 stations that kids will rotate between and I’m still looking for help leading some of the Bible Story element.
For individuals wanting to help, they can sign up for decorating, registration, small group leader or clean up on Friday. Please have them apply to volunteer using the link https://summitwy.breezechms.com/form/VBS2022Volunteer
Kids can register at: https://summitwy.breezechms.com/form/CommunityVBS2022
Save the Date
Children’s Church @ Grace Fellowship 5:30pm– 7:00pm
Children’s Church @ Grace Fellowship 9:00am–10:30am
Flashpoint Youth for Middle School & High School Students
Hang out, games, snacks, and lots of fun @ GF after the worship service until about 9:00
Adult Small Groups
Prayer for Missions in the Prayer Room @ GF 12:00pm–1:00pm
Friendship Ministries text 307-267-9833 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for location, etc.