April Newsletter/2018

Pastor MaryAnn's Message..........

     April 1st, What a way to open a month,.....with Easter, the Rising of THE SON!

Luke 24:1-2  Very early in the morning the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.  They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body...

     Why were they looking for the body?  I think that today just like many years ago we are looking for the body when Christ is still not in the tomb!  He told us where He would be.  He has risen...He is Risen IN DEED, as we proclaim every Easter Sunrise service!  So, why look for Him there.  There is no place on earth where God, His Son, and even the Holy Spirit are not.  We can find Him by the sheer utterance of a word...Jesus!  He has no limitations to where he can be.  But the best place is in our hearts.

     It has been a pleasure to be your pastor for the past 10 years and I am proud of how many of you have come to know the Lord for maybe the first time or have reinvested your time and heart with the Lord like never before.  But we have a long way to go here at Hartford, Ohio!  Look at our friends, family members, and neighbors...Do they know Christ?  Do we know Christ for that matter...where are we looking for Christ today?  Do we still look for Him in the tomb?  Or are we celebrating the fact He has risen?

     We refuse to be seat warmers.  We are the church with a vision for Christ and His people!  We are his hands and feet in a broken world.  We are stepping out of our comfort zones and reaching out to His people!  I am so proud of the men and women who have said yes to evangelize with the Maundy Thursday Service...and those of you coming out to the "Night Out", the 21st...just to name a couple of things.  Jesus sees our hearts and knows what our desires are...hopefully He sees how our love just continues to grow towards Him.  So, this Easter season don't look for Him to be in the grave, because you won't find Him there!  Let our hearts prove it!  He has Risen...He has Risen In Deed!

                                                                                                     ~  With a Heart Deelpy Won, Pastor MaryAnn

.....Heads Up!

    Bible Study will resume Wednesday, April 11th...after Easter Sunday.