Pastor's Thoughts

Find updates, thoughts, event notices, or short message from Pastor Tim in his weekly blog posts. 

Monday Thoughts from Pastor Tim - November 21

Dear Church Family –

We’re into a wonderful season of giving and thanksgiving and at Emmaus Church, we’re enjoying a great season of serving!

Levi, Elijah, Vern, and Lance Boyenger have been in Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), on the southern coast of west Africa, learning about college ministry there in that African culture.

Meanwhile, Carrie Unruh, Preston Busenitz, Justin Entz, Aiden Fasnacht, and Jake and Nely Reimer are in Madagascar, an island off the east coast of Africa, doing children’s ministry to support missionaries there.

Back in the states, Kevin and Wyatt Friesen, Austin, Everet, and Caden Busenitz, Adam Bielenberg, and Joe Partridge are in Bradenton, Florida helping repair hurricane damage at a retirement village for missionaries, pastors, and Christian workers.

And closer to home, a group of guys from our church helped repair a home in Peabody as a way of helping kids in the foster care system. This group was Carlen, Eben, and Silas Busenitz, Duane and Colton Busenitz, Eric Busenitz, Lyle Busenitz, Nick Entz, Andy, Sam, and Aiden Fasnacht, Jeff Harder, Russ Toevs, and Josh and Seth Wiebe.

Jesus said, “If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.” (Mark 9:35)

And, “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)

So, thanks to all those serving in special ways this season! And thanks to those of you who serve regularly, helping people see the love of Christ and encounter Him in His Word.

“For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints.” (Hebrews 6:10)

“The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40)

“For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Galatians 5:13-14)

Thanks for serving! Looking forward to our Thanksgiving service Thursday morning. – Pastor Tim

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