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A Word From Pastor John
I hope each and every one of you are having a blessed week.
I'm reminded this week of the passage found in James:
"God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him."
James 1:12 NLT
It's a great reminder that life will not always be easy and without temptation. We're not exactly sure everything this crown of life entails. But this verse does remind us that God will bless us as we continue to persevere the trials and temptations of life.
We are confident, however, that God has promised us eternal life. I think it is very important that we regularly embrace this truth. It can become so easy to be brought down by the trials and temptations of life.
But God has promised us something so much better. And we are reminded that he rewards those who patiently endure.
Whatever it is that you are "enduring" this season of life, be reminded that in the scope of eternity, it is temporary. May the God of all blessings continue to be with you this week.
Pray for One Another
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or call/text (520) 709-0815
Our pastors and their families
Our board members
The world as we all continue to navigate this Covid-19 pandemic.
Walt and Marlene Ballard's grandson, Kyle
Lois Pierce's granddaughter
Talma Harmon's son, KC
Friend of Rick Foss', Cory
Bonnie Rickman's Daughter-in-law, Tina
Pastor Jeff Fillis and his family
The many unspoken requests
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Bible Reading Plan
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Verse of the Week
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Opportunity to Serve
Saying “yes” is not always easy, especially when it is in response to something that pulls you out of your comfort zone. As a pastor’s kid who grew up in the church, I can’t remember a specific time when I decided to follow Jesus. As a result, I often felt like my testimony wasn’t big or transformational enough. However, as I drew nearer to God, He began showing me that my story was only just beginning and there was so much in store. But I first had to give up the control that I loved so much and begin saying “yes” to the opportunities He laid before me—even when it was scary.
When I was younger and people would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would often tell them I didn’t know but that I wanted to change someone’s life for the better—if I could make a difference in just one person’s life through my faithfulness to God, every trial would be worth it. I always imagined such an opportunity would come many years down the road, but over these last four years at Olivet Nazarene University, God has showed me that He has more planned for my life than I could have ever imagined.
During my freshman year at Olivet, I planned to get involved but only in the background. God had other plans for me, and He continuously urged me to say “yes” by placing opportunities before me. When I applied for a seven-day mission trip to Santa Barbara, Honduras, I had no idea how much that experience would change me. I could have never predicted that I would later serve as an intern for Footsteps Missions and move to Honduras to serve at an economic orphanage the following summer.
I joined Enactus, a business club on campus, hoping to just observe before jumping in. Instead, I immediately became a part of the team that established Olivet’s chapter of the Food Recovery Network (FRN). Our team of student volunteers fights the issue of food waste and hunger by recovering the leftover food from the campus cafeteria and delivering it to the local Salvation Army where it provides a free hot meal to 100 food insecure individuals daily. Since our establishment in October 2017, we have diverted 19,000 pounds of food from landfills and provided almost 16,000 meals to the food insecure in our community. I have had the honor of serving as the FRN president for three years now and as the Enactus club president for the past two years.
I truly cannot imagine where I would be if I had ignored these opportunities instead of stepping out in faith and saying “yes” every step of the way.
I am so glad that God saw more potential in me than I could see in myself. I am thankful that He urged me not to limit myself and instead to say yes to Him. I am humbled that I’ve had the opportunity to serve His beloved people in the ways I have. My outlook has changed, and I will never be the same. I plan to live the rest of my life saying “yes” to God and keeping my eyes open for opportunities to serve Him and His people. Even though it is scary at times, I can honestly say that stepping out in faith with the One who holds the future is so much better than staying in control.
Madeira Sherwood will graduate from Olivet Nazarene University in May 2021 with a double major in accounting and business administration and a minor in Spanish.
Opportunities to Give and Serve
We have a volunteer cleaning crew who meets on Friday morning to make the church building sparkling clean.
Would you like to help?
Just come to Mosaic on Friday morning at 8:30am.
See you there!
Donations of clothes for infant to adult are currently being accepted.
Thank you, for your continued generosity of both time and resources. Your gifts make a difference!
Contact Barbara Keeler: (520) 709-8925