Week of February 25, 2024

Seek the Lord while you can find him.
    Call on him now while he is near.
Let the wicked change their ways
    and banish the very thought of doing wrong.
Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them.
    Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously.
"My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
    “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so my ways are higher than your ways
    and my thoughts higher than your thoughts."
   - Isaiah 55:6-9 (NLT)
Announcement of New Ministry Support:  The Missions Committee has committed to supporting Christian Union (CU) Vox at Dartmouth College in 2024.  CU Vox is dedicated to developing Christian leaders who effect cultural change locally and nationally.  Once the largest student group on campus, the organization was severely affected by the pandemic.  CU Vox has re-established a presence and is pursuing an expansion campaign to bring the Gospel to every undergraduate student.  They have an impressive academic regimen leavened by lectures, meetings, outreach, ecumenical interaction and collaboration with other religious and secular groups, and retreats.
They understand and endorse our practice of developing close and mutually beneficial relationships with our supported ministries.  We are confident that they will engage with us, beginning with a personal visit to our church on April 7 to meet us and present their ministry.  It will serve as a great start to what we hope will be a long and successful partnership.
Alpha Course starts at 6:30 p.m. this Sunday Feb. 25.  Alpha is a night of eating and group discussion. We look at some of the big questions of life, the answers that the Christian faith gives to those questions, and then everyone is invited to share their own thoughts in a safe and judgement-free space. You're invited, no matter your background or beliefs. If you're asking, “Is this really for someone like me?” the answer is “yes!” It's completely free and there's no pressure to come back.
Super Bowl collection: THANK YOU, to everyone that made our soup and crackers collection for the Lebanon Listen Food Pantry a great success. We delivered 127 cans of soup, plus crackers, mac and cheese dinners, spaghetti sauce, jelly, and green beans. The donations were greatly appreciated, and will make a difference to our neighbors as the pantry was out of soup and many food items. Watch for our next collection outreach project. Many, many thanks!
Letter from the Southerlands:  The Missions Committee recently wrote to missionaries Tim and Marketa Southerland in Curacao.  Here is their reply.

Greetings from Curacao.

Things are moving forward here.  The International Church of Curacao will officially launch at the end of the month.  We are also looking at various construction projects both large and small to help assist the Dutch and Papiamentu church here.

We were involved in a Christmas outreach at a juvenile prison.  Some of these young people have come from horrible situations, have done horrible things, and now find themselves living in horrible conditions.  We felt burdened to express God’s love to them.  We do not know the things that they have done to others, yet we do know what Christ has done for them.  In a tangible way, we were able to give each student a Christmas basket and place fans in 5 classrooms. The Missions Committee and Church in Etna helped make this happen and followed the words of Jesus, “ I was in prison and you came to see me”…

This is an example of how we believe the harvest is plentiful, we just have to see it.  

Thank you for allowing us to serve as your global workers here.  
Your support of prayer and finances helps to make all of this  happen.
Tim and Marketa Southerland

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