Right from Wrong (Weekly Devotional)

Weekly devotional based on the sermon of Sun., Mar. 5, 2017

As the season of Lent stands before us, we have the opportunity to renew our commitment to Christ. Taking into account our calling as disciples, we live out our faith as God bids us. The Lenten practice of penitence and fasting may be a hard discipline. Only God can give us the patience to follow through.

When we long for the Spirit’s direction for our lives, our heart’s desire longs to be nourished by one and the same. Spiritually dressed for success, there are no limits for what the Lord our God can do when we solely trust and depend upon His lead.

May this first week of Lent be one to spiritually transform your life anew!
Pastor Anette

Pastor Anette's weekly devotional resumes on Sun., Mar. 26.

Pastor's Monthly Article (March 2017)

First a highlight: our children’s puppet theater and workshop, the Newtown Puppets, received an invitation to perform at a local furniture store right here in Elmhurst as part of their community outreach program. The show took place last month on a Thursday evening before a very enthusiastic and cheering audience of local children and their families. It brings me great pride and joy to share that our children did a great job performing! Our puppet ministry was also presented with a most generous donation which will enable us to build a larger portable stage – God is great!

This being our puppet ministry’s third tour, more opportunities are to be expected as we’ve already have received more invitations. From our own church to other local churches, stores, and Broadway (i.e. the street in Elmhurst), the sky’s the limit!  I would also like to take the opportunity to commend co-directors Millie McDonald and Ann Redican for all of their time, effort, and talent. Stay tuned - a performance of the latest production of “In the World of Pillows” will take place on March 12 in church. Thank you to all who support this fun-filled ministry where yes, only the “sky’s the limit”!

Beginning our Lenten journey with an outlook for the 40 days gives us the opportunity to explore anew our personal relationship with God.  Devoting one’s time to fast and pray is an ancient practice many still honor and live by today. The practice seeks to help one’s focus without the temptation of worldly distractions. However, whatever we do, and whatever or however we pray, we should do in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Hence, in our Lord’s name alone, there’s enough power to break down any barriers. Rest assured, we are serving a God with unlimited possibilities and without limitations!

With the liturgical color of purple, we are reminded of the royalty of Christ, i.e., the kingship of our Lord and Savior. We can come to Him just as we are, with all of our faults, errors, frailties, and weary hearts. Our Lord is an awesome God who seeks us out and who patiently waits for the Spirit’s transformation to occur. Having said this, it’s never our moment, but God’s alone. God selects the perfect time and place. God is, and will always be, in charge.

Wherever life’s journey may take us, our faith will depend on God’s moving us through and through - hence it is our calling to trust God. People may disappoint and hurt us, never so with the Lord, though the steadfastness of His merciful love remains true every day.

May this Lenten journey bring you closer to God, depending upon the Spirit’s direction.

In Christ,
Pastor Anette

Newtown Puppets Perform at Raymour & Flanigan

On Thu., Feb. 23, the Newtown Puppets, our children's puppet ministry, performed at Raymour & Flanigan furniture store on Queens Blvd., just one block away from our church. They performed "In the World of Pillows," their latest production (which will be performed in church on Sun. Mar. 13). Our children worked hard for many weeks, creating new puppets and rehearsing their lines. Afterwards, the manager of the store announced that they were donating $300 to our puppet ministry. Photos from the event can be seen on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1563967790298078.1073741855.405872929440909&type=3 .

Transcending in Glory (Weekly Devotional)

Weekly devotional based on the sermon of Sun., Feb. 26, 2017

The story of the Transfiguration is the story we want to hold high in our mind's eye. Hence, it gives us a beautiful glimpse of the glory of God right in our midst of everything that may disrupt us from being steadfast and faithful to the Lord.

No matter what dust and despair may dampen our day, there is room for all in the presence of our Lord. Only God makes these forever moments possible, so let us enjoy the sovereign glory of our Lord – present at all times and places.

In Christ,
Pastor Anette

A Divine Partnership (Weekly Devotional)

Weekly devotional based on the sermon of Sun., Feb. 19, 2017

The context of service is partnership in, with, and through Christ. As disciples of one and the same, we must trust and obey, enjoying His mercies anew every day and every moment of our lives. As we give witness together, prayerful discernments are being made with the help of the living Spirit’s power among us.

As followers of Christ, we vow to practice, protect, and nurture our faith. With the strong foundation of Christ in our midst and with the spiritual gifts bestowed upon us, rest assured, we should expect nothing but fruitful results!

In His Service,
Pastor Anette