“So God said to Noah, ‘I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. Make a roof for it and finish the ark to within 18 inches of the top. Put a door in the side of the ark, and make lower, middle and upper decks.’” (Genesis 6:13-16) Think about how crazy Noah must have looked building that ark.
Think about what people were saying about him. Noah himself may have thought it was crazy to be building such a thing, but “Noah did everything just as God commanded him.” (Genesis 6:22) Our job is not to decide what we think is the best thing to do, but rather it is to do whatever God tells us. Trust and obey. What would have happened if Noah said, “God I think this ark thing is a little over the top. You don’t really mean for me to build such a thing. Instead I’ll put together a little sailboat?” We are to trust and obey.
This week over 50 Heartlanders are on the coach bus tour led by Pastor Stelzer to see many Christian and historical sites. The Ark Encounter in KY is one of them. (See picture below of the group in front of the ark) After last night’s rains and storms, I’m sure many of us are glad that God has made us the promise to never flood the earth again!
Here’s what’s going on:
TONIGHT, there will be a Bible Study at John and Rosana Reade’s house (183 N. Washington Avenue, Centereach) at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome.
There will be no Bible Study tonight at Pastor and Margaret’s house or Chris and Rosann Cicarrelli’s house but it will resume next week at Pastor and Margaret’s house.
This Saturday, August 11, there will be a gathering for all those who are interested in reading Jane Austin’s, “Emma” at Tara Daniel’s house (253 Woodlawn Ave, St. James) from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday evening, August 11, those on the Heartland Trip will be returning.
This Sunday, August 12, we will follow our regular Sunday morning schedule of Communion Worship services at the 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services Bible Study and Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. Come join us! If you are traveling or just want to tune in, you can hear the “Voice of Our Savior” on 1100 AM, 1370 AM and www.WHLI.com at 8:30 a.m. every Sunday.
Also on Sunday, August 12, there will be a time of Prayer Soaking from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Tara Daniel’s house. (253 Woodlawn Ave in St. James)
Basketball Camp will continue to meet weekly and daily August 13 – August 17. This is the last week of summer basketball camp – come and join us! For more information contact the church office at (631-588-2757).
Janet Giacomini would like to invite all to an End of the Summer Party on Sunday, August 26 from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. at 187 Mark Tree Road. Please bring a dish to share. No alcohol please. Outdoor games and entertainment. Hope you can come or stop by.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK TO:
August 8 – Lillian Lundoy
August 11 – Cara Ludwig
August 13 – HopeAnn Johnson
August 14 – Tara Dill, Richard Stroup
Have a great week!
8 & 10:30 AM: Worship Service
• Childcare Provided
"The Voice of Our Savior Radio Show"
Broadcast on 1100 am and 1370 am
• Children's Sunday School
(Pre K to 6th Grade)
• Confirmation Program
(7th & 8th Grade)
• Adult Bible Study
• High School Bible Study
Communion Service Every Sunday
Pastor: Rev. Ronald W. Stelzer
Assistant to the Pastor: Gary D’Aquino, LCMS Deacon
Director of Parish Music: Ray Knehnetski
Secretary: Robin Reade