We as Americans are a people who love our freedom. Since the founding of the nation, people from around the world have come here in search of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And freedom is a wonderful gift and virtue.
It can also be a dangerous trap.
Paul tells us that our greatest freedom has little to do with our national identity, but with our identity as God's children. Then he warns us not to let that liberty, that freedom, lead us into bondage:
"Freedom is what we have- Christ has set us free! Stand, then, as free people, and do not allow yourselves to become slaves again. As for you, my friends, you were called to be free. But do not let this freedom become an excuse for letting your physical desires control you. Instead, let love make you serve one another." Galatians 5:1, 13
Paul says, we are free people. And the proof of it is when we, motivated by love, submit to and serve one another.
As strange as it may sound, we are freest when we are surrendered to Christ, and most enslaved when we ignore him to do what we want. Jesus himself said, "If the Son sets you free, then you will be really free." (John 8:36)
As we celebrate our national freedom this year, please remember that true freedom comes from God. Let him make you free indeed!
Sundays - Every Sunday: Worship Service at 10:30 am.
7/1 - Communion Sunday
7/29 - Fire Station Annual Chicken Barbecue. No treats at church today.
Mondays - 7/9 - Child Evangelism Fellowship 5 Day Club begins in Caledonia. 1 - 2 PM - every day this week.
Wednesdays - Bible Study meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month for the remainder of the summer.
7/11 and 7/25 - 6:30 PM. Fellowship Room. Studying the book of John.
Thursdays - 7/12 - Church Board Meeting - 7 PM - Fellowship Room
7/26 - Community Dinner served at Poplar Grove Church - 5:30 PM - Help serve or
come to eat!
Saturdays - 7/14 - Sisters in Spirit and Service Gathering for Fellowship and Discussion - 9 am - Judy Murphy's home.
5 Day Club - July 9-13 - 1-2 PM - We will be hosting Child Evangelism Fellowship to run their children's program in Caledonia.
Sisters in Spirit and Service - All women of the church are invited to Judy Murphy's home on Saturday, July 14 at 9 am. We will enjoy some refreshments and then talk about ideas for future events for women in the church. Bring ideas for service, social times, fundraisers, spiritual growth, or anything else! If you have never come before, please know you are welcome and we would love to have as many as possible come. Plus Judy has a beautiful yard and garden that we can enjoy this day!
Save Your Change - The church board is asking us to continue saving our change throughout the year to collect for benevolence. It will be collected quarterly on the last Sunday of the month. Next collection will be Sunday, September 30.