Now For the Rest of the Story...

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Now For the Rest of the Story...

Hello Friends,

Good news is something we need more of.  Does anyone remember Paul Harvey?  His AM radio program was one of the best ways to be uplifted and to hear good news.  I have great memories of listening to that radio program and walking away feeling better about people even when I was younger.  There was a segment of the program called "The rest of the story" where he followed up on the final chapter of a news story or event.  It's how it all ended.  Pastor Steve's message on Good News is that there's even a better place to hear and know good news.  His name is Jesus Christ.  

And now the rest of the story...Jesus came, gave himself to be crucified on our behalf, died and rose again.  He returned to the Father and is coming back for us.  The rest of the story is the story!  I can't begin to describe how blessed my life has been knowing and following Jesus for 41 years.  How I have real hope, real joy, and a faith that carries me through.  I hope your story is the same or you are seriously considering making Him your hope.  Pastor Steve's final point was the good news needs to be shared.  Help make it someone's hope and blessing.

In other good news, we have some opportunities coming up that you won't want to miss!

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3rd Annual

 

Alive

 

Retreat

 

For Women

Ladies don’t forget to sign up for the Alive Women’s Retreat coming up September 29 and 30. We’re excited to have Kelley Latta coming to minister to our women.  You can find more information about Kelley’s ministry at her website.   To register online or for more information please click this link.

Another great event fast approaching is the Rock Run Raiser at Rock Plaistow on Oct 21st. We need over 50 volunteers! So for those interested in helping please join us for a meeting at Rock Plaistow coming up on Thursday, September 28th at 7 pm.  Or if you plan to participate in the race you can register at this link.

I hope your week is awesome and full of good news.  

Pastor James

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Pray for One Another

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Pray for One Another

Greetings Friends,

I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend!  The final message of the sermon series “One Another” highlighted pray for one another.  Pastor Steve illuminated that prayer is a gift, not an obligation.  Inviting God’s influence into our own circumstance or one another’s should be second nature to us.  As I consider my prayers, sometimes I have to check to see how well I’m listening.  I do the inviting God part well, but can probably improve hearing the response. 

The call to action of all the “one another” messages is planning to execute.  We can hear the message, but unless we implement it into our lives we don’t really benefit from it:  freedom in forgiveness, humility in being served, loving and being loved, actively encouraging each other, and praying to gain perspective and bring encouragement.

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I hope you’ve been as blessed by these messages as I have and experience the gift of prayer. 

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We have an awesome weekend planned! Join us this Sunday, September 10th for our new teaching series Real Hope, the launch of our new NextGen children’s program and the Beach BBQ and Baptism Service at Camp Tasker (36 Country Pond Road, Newton, NH). Email Lynette if you are interested in being baptized. Click the link to each activity above for more information.

Pastor James

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One Another

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One Another

Hi Friends, 

I hope your week is full of encouragement!  How is your challenge to encourage one another going?  I started texting in my list today, and yesterday I had at least 10 (which was unusual).

I hope you're able to meditate on the messages of "One Another"; Forgive one another because we were forgiven, Love one another because we are loved, serve one another and be served, and encourage one another because God gives us gifts of encouragement.

I love the freedom we have in Christ.  It's amazing to me that our Heavenly Father, the one who's opinion is the only one that matters, allowed his only Son to die on a cross for us because he loved us that much.  Because we matter in the eyes of the almighty God, how much freedom is given to us to forgive, love, serve, and encourage one another?

On September 10 we are planning an awesome full scale all day Sunday event.  Starting in the morning we launch a new worship series, as well as NextGen (our new children's program!), and in the afternoon we’ll enjoy our annual church BBQ and Baptism at Camp Tasker.  To see all of what's coming up, please see our online newsletter.

May your week be truly blessed!
Pastor James

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