Everybody has an excuse for not attending worship services. If we take those excuses and apply them to something else we do or don’t do, they might look like this list:
· I don’t eat anymore because . . . I was forced to eat as a child.
· People who eat all the time are hypocrites; they aren’t really hungry.
· There are so many different kinds of food, I can’t decide what to eat.
· I used to eat, but I got bored.
· None of my friends will eat with me.
· I only eat on special occasions, like Christmas and Easter.
· I’ll start eating when I get older.
· I’m too busy working.
· I don’t really have the time.
· I don’t believe that eating does any good. It’s just a crutch.
· Restaurants and grocery stores are only after your money.
Laughable, isn’t it? Regular attendance for worship to God is vital for a healthy soul (Hebrews 10:25). Our relationship with God is far more important than regular, balanced meals. Without spiritual food, we will die (1 Peter 2:2).
You’re invited to come and worship with us at the church of Christ. In fact, we’ll save you a seat!—Author Unknown
Adapted from a reprint in the HTH Newsletter: Volume 19, 2014.
ESCANABA NEWS & NOTES
Potluck and Congregational Meeting Today We hope you’ll plan to stay for our potluck following the worship today. The theme is “Favorites.” Enjoy the meal and stay for the meeting right after we eat. If you have anything to be brought up for discussion at the meeting, see Jesse so he can include it on our agenda.
Community Lunch Can you help us serve the community folks on Saturday, March 8th? There’s a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board for food items we need to bring and a spot for you to help us prepare and serve the meal at the Salvation Army kitchen. We’ll meet at the kitchen that morning at 11:00 to assemble the meal. Questions? See Dave.
Family Night Wednesday Our lesson for this week will be “God Helps in Big and Small Ways.” Supper is at 5:30; activities at 6:00. Volunteers for March 5th: Meal: Sarah; Songs/Prayer: Patrick; Storyteller: Patrick; Puppets: Hudson; Memory: Erin; Activity: Sarah.
Memorial Gift to Christian Closet Linda’s Dad, Lyle Severe, passed away and the funeral was last week. Linda expressed that her Dad always wanted to help people. Linda asked that any Memorial Gifts be given to the Christian Closet. If you would like to donate to Lyle’s Memorial Fund, please give your gift to Cindy Albaugh.
UP NEWS & NOTES
Church Family Retreat hosted by the Menominee church We made plans for our annual Church Family Retreat and thought that if we could give your congregation an invite early enough, maybe some or many of you could join us. The date is Fri, June 20th (check-in) to Mon, June 23rd (check-out) at JD Wells State Park by Cedar River. (More info is posted on the bulletin board)
ESCANABA PRAYER REQUESTS
Mary Ann Poe (Jason’s co-worker) has cancer.
Melissa has been sick with bronchitis.
Tom Grant is finally scheduled for surgery on March 20th!
Missy’s surgery is March 17th in Ishpeming.
Doris Sabor has a big move this week.
Kyle, Jesse, Matt, Jess, Thomas, Troy, Jerod.
Health: Mary Hawkins, Tony (kidney), Jake (back), Bill & Shirley Mills, Steve Clark, Cancer: June Westerburg, Norah, Jeanette Pierce.
Any updates on our Continued Concerns? Please call or e-mail so we can refresh our concerns to the Lord. Call 233-0065; E-mail email@example.com.