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Holy Week Wednesday: Special Passover Class

Hello Evergreen Family,

This week is Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter, and tonight is Passover! You may not be familiar with Passover as a Christian living in Georgia, but it still have implications on our faith today. In fact, it may be more relevant than ever! Join our Director of Children’s Ministry and Family Life, Corinne Roberts, as we walk through Exodus to see what God has for his children. Tune in any time with the link below – may the peace of Christ comfort you during this season!

*Note: this is a class tailored for adults, not a children’s Sunday School 🙂



The Last Week of Jesus Through a Festival Lens – Zoom Class

Dwight Hartman is hosting a Zoom class, The Last Week of Jesus Through a Festival Lens, tonight starting at 6:30 pm. 
 
Class description:

Jesus loved a good party. We know He knew how to bring good wine to a wedding party, but like a Torah observant Jew, he also attended all of God’s Festivals – even Hanukkah!  We’ll take a quick look at Festivals, and then focus on Jesus’ last week through the lens of one of them: Passover. For more information email Dwight Hartman at dwightbhartman@gmail.com.
Zoom link:https://zoom.us/j/189004374



A word of encouragement 04.06.2020

With all the gloom and doom we are all experiencing right now in our lives. I would like to share something with you. Every year around this time I look out at the night sky and I look for the return of the lightning bugs or fireflies, whichever you like to call them.  Last night at about 9:15 EST I saw my first one of the season. I watched for about 15 seconds before I saw the second and then the third one, and then more! So I just sat there and marveled at their beauty. I LOVE lightning bugs! So here is a simple rhyme about them.

Rhyme about fireflies
As evening comes, I search the sky,
to see if lights are blinking high.
The lightning bugs will come again,
they will return, I know not when.
Joy and happiness fill my heart,
when those twinkles finally start.
And when I see those blinking lights,
as the dusk turns into night.
I know that they will always be,
a returning gift God gives to me!
 
Love and blessings,
Thora Andrews


A word of encouragement 04.06.2020

Words of Comfort from Fred Dunkelberger

As we journey through these troubled times and face the uncertainty of each day, we sometimes gain comfort by reflecting on the simple things of life that we take for granted.  We can learn from God’s creations. I ask you to take a moment with me to focus on the goose. I know that many of us are not entirely happy with the abundance of Canadian geese in our vicinity. We would, if we could, send them back to Canada. However, in many ways I see the geese as representing ourselves.

As a child living in Pennsylvania, each Fall I would hear the noise and see the geese flying overhead in their journey to the South seeking warmth. To me this was an amazing sight. As I grew older and wiser, I also began to fly south to avoid the cold weather of winter. It was a great time to visit my brother, a professor at Auburn. The weather was usually much warmer there and we were able to play some golf. After many years of this activity, I learned from the geese and just remained in the South full time.
 
I think there is much more we can learn from the geese. Please read the following excerpt about our Canadian geese friends that I ran across from an ‘unknown author’. It is relevant to us humans in many ways. 

“Next time when you see geese heading south for the winter, flying along in a “V” formation, you might be interested in knowing what science has discovered about why they fly that way. It has been learned that as each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own.

(People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier, because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.)

Whenever a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone, and quickly gets into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front.

(If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed the same way we are all going.)       

When the lead goose gets tired, he rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point.
(It pays to take turns doing hard jobs-with people or with geese flying south .)  

The geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

(What do we say when we honk from behind?)

Finally, when a goose gets sick, or is wounded by gun shots and falls out, two geese fall out of formation and follow him down to help and protect him. They stay with him until he is either able to fly or until he is dead, and they then launch out on their own or with another formation to catch up with the group.           

(If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that.)”
Unknown Author.

During these difficult times we can see in one of God’s creations a clear example of how we are to care for and love each other. As geese rely on each other, we can feel assured that our fellow Christians will be with us. We will make each other’s burden lighter and support each other with the love of Christ that abides within us. May you feel  God’s love and be thankful for the beauty of each spring day.

 
Stay safe and support one another.
Fred Dunkelberger
 


Weekly Playlist 04.05.2020

Contemporary play list 

Future

Come To Save Us 

All Hail King Jesus

 
 
 

King of Glory

Traditional play list 

Because He Lives I Can Face Tomorrow

How Great Thou Art

All Glory Laud and Honor

How Deep the Father’s Love



A word of encouragement 04.04.2020

To my dear Evergreen family, what a journey we are on!

As we celebrate the seventh year of Evergreen, I have been thinking of the different bumps we experienced from the beginning: 

  •  All Saints Anglican Church offered us a place to gather for worship very early on Sunday mornings which filled our hearts with gratitude. 
  •  Wednesday night dinners were on Thursday nights. 
  • Our church offices were in a bank building furnished with used furniture from a different bank.  
  • Our Contemporary Worship was held on Sunday nights at still another church site. 
  • Communion preparation even looked different. When we prepared Communion at home last Sunday, I had to smile, as I recalled the adjustment we had to make. At first our communion pottery was stored in plastic boxes that were attached to a luggage carrier. Communion Sundays, the communion plate, pitcher for the juice, two chalices for intinction, two bowls for bread cubes, and a cloth were carefully unpacked, and set out for us to remember our Lord’s body that was broken and His blood that was shed for each of us. After communion, we packed up the supplies and brought them home to be washed and repacked for the next service/month. 

Through all of these bumps, God’s compassion and grace groomed us to live out His generosity. Through our continued giving, we secured the very building, which we now know as Evergreen Church. God’s hand kept us gathering together. Our Lord is sovereign and is still guiding us to live for Him. 

My encouragement for you while we are not able to sit side by side at church on Sunday mornings, may we continue to stand out in our community with the compassion and grace we have been shown. While we are temporarily scattered, may we continue to give what has been given to us so abundantly. While we feel far apart, let the Holy Spirit lead us to pray (or sing) together The Lord’s Prayer each day at 7:00 pm.

Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. 
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 
Give us this day our daily bread, 
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever and ever.”
Amen. 
 

Till we meet together again, 

“ May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.”  1 Thessalonians 3:12 (NIV)
Jean Stimpson


A word of encouragement 04.03.2020

Today’s encouragement comes from the Whitehurst family. They are staying encouraged by keeping in contact through phone calls and playing virtual games. One of their favorites games right now is Virtual Scategories. Since it is Friday, what better way to celebrate the weekend than playing a game. 

Everyone can personalize the categories for their families with their interests and make it age-appropriate. The Whitehursts are recognizing the Best, Worst, Most Creative and Weakest answers.  

How to play: 
Every answer must start with the first letter of your first name. For duplicate letters, use your middle name. Answer all the categories. No Cheating. No Google. Be creative.  Cut & Paste your answers. 

Categories: 
Item of clothing
Drink
Vacation spot
Sandwich
Mascot
Mode of travel
Cultural event
Zoo animal
Shrubbery
Pro athlete
Girl’s name
Flower
Hobby
Boy’s name 
State capital
Profession
Hollywood stat
National park
Vegetable
Fruit
Character trait
Kitchen item
Beach
Sports car
River
Hairstyle
World capital
Type of shoe
Dance style
Body part
Music group
Color
Country
Things that have buttons
Types of weather
Pizza toppings
Fruits
Things that people are afraid of
Cartoon character

 
Love and blessing,

The Whitehursts
Evergreen Church
Covenant Partners

 


A word of encouragement 04.02.2020

There’s an unusual phrase Moses uses when he is speaking to the people of Israel. As they are preparing to enter the Promised Land, Moses reminds them the land they are about to enter is not like Egypt. In Egypt they planted seed and “irrigated by foot.” It speaks to an abundance of water.  All one had to do is use your feet to push a small mound of dirt, diverting irrigation water to another area of the thriving garden. If you look at a satellite view of Egypt, it is dominated by a large ribbon of green running through the arid land – the mighty Nile. It is the lifeblood of Egypt, providing not just water, but in this era, fresh fertile soil deposited after routine floods.

If you look at satellite views of Israel, you get a much different picture. There is puny little river Jordan flowing from the Sea of Galilee and emptying into a sea they call Dead. Moses goes on to say that the land they will enter is a place that “drinks rain from heaven.” The land will be arid. Water will be scarce. You, Israel, will be dependent on God for water.
 
Moses speaks these words of dependence to an unusual group. Their parents spent 40 years in the wilderness until everyone of that generation died. (Ok, except Caleb and Joshua). They died because they did not trust God to provide. They were the first generation of Israelites that had not seen God’s mighty hand in person. They needed a reminder of God’s continually redeeming acts in the Exodus adventure.

As we sit in our differing levels of quarantine, we are stripped of our control over almost everything; our independence, our health, even our wealth. It’s almost like God has made everyone stop. Stop our routines, stop our illusion of control over our lives. I’ve also had a recent health issue that has kept me from work. Our psalmist-like prayer is crying to the Lord asking why we are in this place at this time. I need a rededicated life that sees the reality of my dependence on God. We are not human beings capable of having a spiritual experience, we are Spiritual beings having a human experience.

Jesus explained this dependence through a powerful vine metaphor. God is the gardener, Jesus is the vine, and we are the branches. If we remain tightly connected to Jesus the vine, we will thrive. Apart from Him, we can do nothing.

 
God bless you all,

Dwight Hartman
Evergreen Church
Covenant Partner

 


A word of encouragement 04.01.2020

“I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes.”
– 
Psalm 17:6-7-

Be well and I look forward to seeing everyone again soon,
John Lloyd



A word of encouragement 03.31.2020

When Sarah first reached out to my wife and I about writing an encouraging note, I tried to think through what I would say and what I would communicate that has been encouraging for me during this time of uncertainty. The one thing I kept coming back to is God’s sovereignty. 

The facts are; We do not know what is coming next. We are trying to adjust and adapt to the current world. Scientists and doctors are trying to figure out how to stop this virus. World leaders are seeking ways to calm and help and their citizens. God is on his throne in Heaven and is not surprised by our current situation. God knew this would happen and has allowed it to happen. 

He is no more surprised today than he was… 

  • when Adam and Eve ate from the tree, 
  • when David looked upon Bathsheba, 
  • when Jesus died and rose again, 
  • when the Black Death spread across Europe,
  • when World War II started,
  • when He had our family move to Peachtree City five years ago,
  • when He had my former boss ask another co-worker about salvation in Christ roughly 6 weeks before she died unexpectedly from a brain aneurysm,
  • or when He had Sarah Thompson’s encouraging note sent out last Saturday and it looked a lot like my wife’s sentiments too. I wrote down all these thoughts He’s given me over the past day or so and shared these reflections with others. 🙂
My point is, God knows what is going on and is in control. We may not be able to see or understand everything, but we can know He’s in control.

We can also know that in His sovereignty and wisdom, He has placed us here in this time and this place for a reason. At a high level, we know as believers that those reasons are for us to grow and become more like Him and for us to help bring His Kingdom to this world by showing His love to others. The question for each of us is how to do that in this time. It will look different for each of us. It may be loving your spouse well. It may be pouring into your children and/or grandchildren. It could be buying milk for an elderly neighbor or giving toilet paper away to a neighbor who’s gone to 3 different stores and can’t find any. If you’re a teacher, it may be loving on your students and their parents as they are trying to home school. As a business person, it may be showing understanding and patience with a co-worker who is stressed or nervous because a loved one has the virus. I don’t know what it looks like for you; I’m seeking to figure what it looks like for me.

I do know that God is in control and has a plan and purpose for each of us in this time. 

 
Y’all stay well and rest knowing that He is in control.
John and Amy Snyder