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October 2014

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Looking For Help

This month Beautiful Savior sponsors a Port-a-Pit fundraiser to support our local volunteer fire department. The event serves as the culmination to Fire Prevention week.  That week, along with the Port-a-Pit, puts these volunteer firefighters, as well as all firefighters and emergency responders, in the forefront of our minds. While we might not always be conscience of their presence, how grateful would we be when we experience a true emergency?  When we desperately look for help in the face of the fire consuming our house or the twisted hunk of metal that seconds ago was our car, how grateful would we be that those emergency personnel show up with their training, their tools, and their expertise?

There are also times in our lives when we face emergencies for which we are not able to pick up the phone and dial 911.  There are times in our lives when we desperately look for help, but know that human beings can only do so much.

I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from?

Give thanks that you know the answer to that question!

My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.

In our deepest needs – from personal demons that attack us to stress when we try to balance too much in our life to agony at the prospect we may lose a child to the dramatic realization that we don’t know what to do – in all of those needs, as we lift our eyes in search of help, our LORD is there.  Our Lord helps us with his tools and his expertise as the Maker of heaven and earth.

Emergency responders always keep track of their response time.  They always want to be quicker to get to the scene. Seconds could be the difference between a life saved and a life lost. Certain things get in the way of those response times. There is equipment to check and put on, there is drive time and road conditions, and when an emergency occurs in the middle of the night, there is the obstacle of sleep. However, your Lord does not sleep:

He will not let your foot slip – he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

Emergency responders must travel to the scene.  Your LORD, the maker of heaven and earth is always with you.  He is ready to respond at a moment’s notice, whether day or night:

The Lord watches over you – the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.

We give thanks for the work of all of our emergency responders, police officers, and firefighters; both paid and volunteer.  The work they do is truly amazing.  Our Lord’s work of help and protection is also amazing. Give thanks that he watches over you.

The Lord will keep you from all harm – he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. – Psalm 121

Beautiful Savior’s newsletter articles in 2014 will focus on portions from short Psalms.  These Psalms can be easily committed to memory and serve as wonderful prayers and tools for daily meditation on God’s Word.

 

Port-a-Pit for CTVFD

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church will host a port-a-pit event on October 11th, 2014 to support the work of the Center Township Volunteer Fire Department.This event reflects our congregation’s commitment to our community.  As we recognize the vital role our volunteer fire department fills in our community, we hope to support them. The total profit of the funds raised through this Port-a-Pit event will be given to the Center Township Fire Department for their necessary, but non-budgeted items, as they continue to meet the emergency response needs of Center Township.

Members of the Center Township Volunteer Fire Department will be on hand to answer questions about their work, their training, and their equipment. Multiple trucks and rescue vehicles will be on display.  Sparky the Firedog is also scheduled to make an appearance. Bring your family and enjoy your Port-a-Pit lunch on the grounds of Beautiful Savior.


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Port-a-Pit to Benefit Center Township Fire Department

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Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church will host a port-a-pit event on October 10th, 2015 to support the work of the Center Township Volunteer Fire Department.

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church is committed to the growth and improvement of our community and recognizes the vital role our volunteer fire department plays to that end.  We seek to demonstrate our appreciation to the fire department, as well as our commitment to community through this event.

Please help us to support the Center Township Fire Department. The total profit of the funds raised through this Port-a-Pit event will be given to the Center Township Fire Department for their necessary, but non-budgeted items, as they continue to meet the emergency response needs of Center Township.

Members of the Center Township Volunteer Fire Department will be on hand to answer questions about their work, their training, and their equipment. Multiple trucks and rescue vehicles will be on display.

The Port-a-Pit will run from 10am-2pm.  Pre-sale ticket holders are asked to pick up their chicken between 10:00am and 12:00pm. Chicken, Pork Chops,  and Pit-tatoes will be available.  Quantities are limited.

To order pre-sale tickets call Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church at (219) 324-7442

Address: 3628 W. Johnson Rd., La Porte, IN 46350


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Need More Faith?

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Do you?  Would you make that statement your own: “I need more faith.”  What if we changed it a bit?  “I need something I can believe in.” “I need something that won’t disappoint me.” “I need something in which I can place my trust, my confidence, and my faith.” Do the statements resonate more then?

Those things can be hard to find.  How many of us are rapidly losing faith in our elected officials as the government has come to a screeching halt? How many have lost faith in our judicial system over the years?  Have you ever lost faith in a business partner, colleague, or even a member of your own family? Faith can certainly be hard to come by, and we haven’t even talked about that idea of faith in religion, in church, or faith in Jesus.

So what about that kind of faith?  Even the Bible’s description of faith is a little hard to swallow: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1) I’m supposed to be sure about a hope?  I’m supposed to be certain about something I can’t see?  That sounds like a daunting task, but this faith is built on a solid foundation.  Just about every time the Beautiful Savior family gathers for worship, we join together to state our faith.  We usually use Creeds – “I believe…” statements. The key truths of the Christian faith are very briefly and yet adequately summarized in those statements. The foundation of this faith is Jesus and what he has done for us. That’s the important aspect about faith: knowing the truth about the true God and the Savior he has given us. Here is part of one of those statements:

I believe in Jesus Christ, [God’s] only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell.  The third day he rose again from the dead.  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.  From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

Yes, it’s a lot to believe, but there is a huge comfort about this faith.  You don’t have to come up with it all on your own.  It’s a gift from God: “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8) Sometimes you might have a problem with the strength of your faith.  Sometimes you might struggle.  We’ve lost faith in so many things, how can we keep faith in Jesus? Then, it’s important to make the request that a greatly distressed father made to Jesus with regard to his son’s great need and his own weakness of faith: “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24 – Read the whole story.)

The most important thing to remember about faith is that it derives all of its strength from that rock-solid foundation.  A famous preacher once said, “It is not your hold on Christ that saves you; it is Christ. It is not your joy in Christ that saves you; it is Christ. It is not even your faith in Christ that saves you, though that be the instrument. It is Christ’s blood and merit.”

Are you looking for something you can really have faith in?  Have faith in Jesus, who loves you, who has saved you, who will never let you go.


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Trunk-or-Treat 2013

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Trunk or TreatTrunk or Treat is still on!  If rain continues at 3:00pm the event will be moved inside.

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church invites the children of our community to “Trunk-Or-Treat” on November 2nd, 2013.

Time: 3pm-5pm

Cost: Free

 

 

Beautiful Savior’s “Trunk-or-Treat” event will be offered for children ages 1-12.

Beautiful Savior’s “Trunk-Or-Treat” event will be a fun, safe, non-threatening alternative to traditional Trick-or-Treating.

Parents are encouraged to bring their children, dressed in costumes if desired, to Beautiful Savior’s campus on November 2nd, 2013 beginning at 3:00pm.  Members of Beautiful Savior will decorate the trunks and tailgates of their vehicles and load them with candy and treats.  Parents are encouraged to walk from “trunk” to “trunk” with their children as they receive the candy.  The scare factor will be kept to a minimum so parents may feel comfortable enough to bring their youngest of children.

For more information contact Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church at (219) 324-7442.


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