May 31, 2020 sermon notes

May 31 2020

May 28, 2020 Prayer list

Updated for May 28, 2020
Seeking God’s Will for His Son’s Glory

“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slow- ness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” -- 2 Peter 3:9 (ESV)

All that we find in Jesus and His shed blood, death, and resurrection. God’s encouragement in allowing us these prayer times together.
God’s sustaining grace in protecting & providing for us in these days.
God’s ability to use even our greatest challenges for incredible good.
Work of God’s Spirit in seeking to use us to build each other up in faith, hope, and love even though we cannot be in physical proximity.
Plans Jesus, our Head,
is working out for & thru His church, PAEFC.
God’s grace in helping Scott J to successfully complete A.A. degree.
Chris, Vicki’s brother - healed from pneumonia; back home.
Tyler’s (Georg’s grandson) grandpa’s cancer is in remission.
Availability of sermon videos (on web site,, & YouTube, Portland Ave. Evangelical Free Church) for biblical instruction.
Those who have given their lives in service to our country (in military, in law enforcement, and in health care roles recently).
Michael and Gary’s faithful service in recording recent sermons.
Betty & Vicki’s continuing care for flower beds.
Researchers working night and day to find a vaccine for the virus.

Suchys: “Lynn making progress on book…Tom developing his new role as Church Planting Catalyst.”
Dycks: “Substantial increase in virtual meetings for both Ernest and Effie covering a wide variety of topics and opportunities.”
Howards: “Challenges of ministries during this restrictive time.”
Becci R (our newest missionary): “In France in language school.”

Church Programs
Ministry of recorded messages on web site and YouTube.
God’s direction for future “re-opening” of other church meetings.
Possibility of re-starting Mark’s Sunday School in different form. Continuing need for giving for operational costs.

Extended Kingdom of God Activity:
Roger P - launching new internet ministry for men.
June 10 - EFCA United in Prayer simulcast [see pastor for details].
People that need Jesus: Monica’s friend Tim and family; Val’s mom and brother; Ron’s brother, Randy; Marnie’s bro., niece & nephew; Mark’s ex, Pam; Nyreens friend, Katy; Isaacson’s neighbor, Bill
Andy, laid off; Emmanuel, looking for a job.
Hannah - progress in on-line dentistry classes.
Politicians (e.g. president, governor, Congress) making decisions effecting our lives during this challenging time, including important decisions regarding the healthy re-opening of states.
Healing of struggling marriages/family relationships.
Challenges of students and teachers in finishing out this school year. Ongoing challenges in Kay’s family.
Marnie - safety issues on the job; new job?
Move to repeal sex-education-in-school bill passed by legislature.
Elimination of drug traffic around Dietzels’ residence.
“Robert. Salvation and financial provision.”

Don - heart problem has returned.
Peggy - still hospitalized; improving; move to rehab center coming.
Anita - back surgery today.
Ron - painful cists. Surgery soon?
Friends of church family:
Susan I’s friend, Nancy - very sick with pneumonia.
Marnie’s friend, Sipriona - lupus issues; hospital not helping much. Monica’s friend, Tim - difficult times emotionally; need of Christ.
Isaacsons’ grandson, Pippen - trouble sleeping (much better).
Rick P, Pastor Jim’s friend - broken bone in foot; surgery, May 29.

Sympathy: Pastor Steve (Pastor Jim’s friend), brother (believer) died this morning; Judie, neighbor; those having lost loved ones to effects of virus.

Thought for the Week:

“Crown of thorns on His head,
cross of wood on His back,

-- Plaque on Johnsons’ living room wall.

May 28, 2020 Announcements

Greetings, friends and special church family:

So, how are you doing these days in navigating this ongoing challenge and limitations? Would love to hear your stories as you have time, although since church answering machine is not working at present, it might have to be by E-mail, a note in the "snail" mail, or phone appointment. Still, would love to hear how God is sustaining you until we can meet again.

Of course, the purpose of this weekly E-mail is to encourage us all to keep praying, as a few of us did together last night. After all, we do have access to the Almighty God of heaven and earth, the true and perfect Father of all of us who believe in Jesus, and the One Who has promised to respond to the cries of our heart, even if offered with only a mustard-seed of faith or hope. Thanks, then, for using the attached updated prayer list as a guide, and keeping the prayer ministry of PAEFC going. It is making a significant difference.

Also, for those who like to couple their prayers with some reflections on Scripture, this week my suggestion is to consider reviewing some of the great promises that God has given to help encourage us in times like these. Some examples:  Joshua 1:7-9; John 14:1-6, 27; Psalm 16; Matt 11:25-29; 1 Peter 5:6-11 (especially notice verse 10); 1 Thess 4:13-18; John 10:7-14, 27-30; or others that God has used to encourage you in faith and hope in the past. Read them, meditate on them, pray over them, and then share them with others needing encouragement.

Two other items of note that I want to pass on to you today:
1. Due to a recent court directive, the possibility now exists not only for us to continue prayer meetings (with proper health safeguards as we are implementing) but also to resume our adult Sunday School class under Mark's teaching, although in this case it might be in a different kind of format. If that is of interest to you, please contact Mark. He would love to meet with you.
2. The EFCA (our national denominational leadership) will be hosting a United-in-Prayer simulcast on June 10 at 5 P.M. If you are interested in paticipating via the internet, please let me know and I will give you further details.

So thanks for taking the time to read this. I do trust that prayer and God's Word and your interactions with others in our church family will continue to encourage you until we can meet again. Right now, according to state guidelines, that will probably be around the end of June. 

May God encourage each one of you. I pray for you regularly. Thanks for praying for me.

In the love of Jesus,
Pastor Jim

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