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                    Last month, I thought we turned the weather corner.  Boy I was wrong, but I am going to go out on a limb.  I think we may have finally turned the weather corner again.  Hopefully we are past the snow and cold weather for a little while.  I am ready to ride my bike and scooter for several months.

          I would like to put a plug in for the new Wednesday evening Bible Study that we will be starting.  We will start it on Wednesday, April 25, but if you missed the first night, please come out for May's study.  Dave will be taking us through the evolution versus creation debate.  He also has a video of the debate between Ken Ham, from Answer's in Genesis, and Bill Nye, the Science guy. 

          Please invite someone to the Rally Day service for May 6th.  The Nurture Commission invited Pete Einstein of SonPower Ministries.  Pete speaks and sings praise music.  Our worship service will have special meaning for all those that attend.  We look forward to seeing everyone attend the service.  There is a fellowship meal following the service.

          On Saturday, April 21, Brian Markle and I attended the Brethren Prayer and Worship Summit at Rockingham County Fairgrounds in Harrisonburg, Va.  We heard two messages entitled “Grace and Forgiveness” and “Healing and Hope”.  All the men that spoke were outstanding, but two gentlemen in particular, Stafford Frederick, who was from Virlina District and Joel Billi, who was from EYN Nigeria were both very good speakers.  Both of these men spoke to the current condition that plagues the Church of the Brethren.  Our denomination struggles with unity.  We struggle with unity over the issue of homosexuality and how it should be seen within relation to the church.  This summit was a call for the church to fall to its knees and pray for discernment.  We have struggled with an issue that has prevented this denomination from being a true witness for Jesus Christ.  Instead we have in-fighting that threatens to dismantle the Brethren church.  This was a call for the church to return to acknowledging the authority and inerrancy of the Bible.  The theme for this Summit is from 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways;  then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”  There was a call for prayer for the church as a whole.  Please pray for the denomination.  Pray for Annual Conference and the decisions that will be made there.

 

In Christ,

Pastor Leon Davis