November 28, 2018

By: Lana Rowlette-Pasco

RENEWING GOD’S HOUSE TOGETHER THROUGH GROWING AND LEARNING:  Luke 18:16 -17 But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.  Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”


Growing:  I had Grandparents who picked up 11 grandchildren every Sunday, from 3 parts of town to take us to the Southside Church of God on Stanley Street in the south end of Peoria.  We had a Northside Church of God four blocks from our home and closer still for the other grandchildren. Grandma’s reason was that her father helped build that church and by golly that’s where we would attend.  In her purse was 11 notebooks, 11 pencils and 11 sticks of gum. We dare not share a word or a giggle, if we tried, “THE LOOK” said it all.


Eventually, one by one would decide they would stop going to church, usually as we were getting ready for high school, like so many others do.  None of our parents, unfortunately, were supportive of our sweet Grandparents efforts to bring Jesus into our lives. It didn’t stop Grandma and Grandpa from talking to us every chance they had to recite scriptures and talk about the stories of God’s love for us.


Learning: As a young adult, some of my siblings, cousins, and I would attend Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter services. This always made our Grandparents very happy and yet sad at the same time. Then when my sister’s children were 3 and 4 years old and mine only 16 months old, we started talking about how it was our duty as their parents to bring God into their lives.  But where would we find the right church family. It was an unforgettable journey. We attended several churches, many different denominations. We walked into Salem Lutheran Church, listened to Pastor Larson and when he said, “If you have children in the nursery, go get them for Communion for a blessing.” We looked at one another and she said, “I think we just found our church home, agree?”  YES!


Lord God, As those who love children, we need to remind ourselves that children look to us as those who LOVE THEM, PROTECT THEM, PROVIDE FOR THEM, AND THOSE WHO MODEL FOR THEM-HOW TO DAILY LIVE IN THIS WORLD.  Children WILL copy what we MODEL for them as they grow and learn. Amen.


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In response to the recent Health Advisory issued by Peoria City/County Health Department describing rising levels of COVID cases and concerns, the planned outdoor worship service has been cancelled. Worship will still take place live at 6pm, but with worship leadership only. It will be recorded and available for viewing by 8am on Sunday, July 26.
This decision is not taken lightly but very seriously as we strive to follow health officials recommendations and cautions. We do this because we love one another and want what’s best for one another. In this time of pandemic, that means refraining from indoor as well as outdoor gatherings of larger sized groups.

The drive by farewell for Kristen will still take place on Sunday beginning at 10:30am as we will remain in our cars. Thank you for your cooperation. 

Pastor Craig
Craig Swenson, Senior Pastor