Using Our Helper
Before GPS devices or apps, finding a new place could be difficult. Every now and then I’d get lost. But, like other real men, I refused to stop and ask for directions. While this irritated my wife, I didn’t really care. I wanted to see if I could find our destination on my own. Call it pride or ego, but it was an adventure to see if I could figure it out. Until I realized I had no idea where I was. Then it was time to get some help.
Asking for help can be a big threshold for some of us. And when we’re lost in our lives, where can we turn for help? That’s the question our writer asks in Psalm 121. With many spiritual options available to him (Psalm 121:1), he makes the choice to trust in God. Why? Because God has always been there and watched over him and his community (121:3-8). The Maker of heaven and earth gets his allegiance and trust because He cares for His people.
We see this described in the New Testament, too. God is watching out for us, so much so that he sent his son on our behalf (John 3:16, Romans 8:31). This doesn’t mean that we won’t face trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword (Rom. 8:35). But as it comes, we have this assurance: nothing will be able to separate us from God’s love (Romans 8:38-39). And that’s the kind of Helper worth consulting.
*** Do you have a need? Contact Janet Hanlin at 920-535-0021.
*** The Giving Option is live on Bethel’s website: http://www.islandbethelchurch.com.
*** Saturday night service: 6:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall. Pastor Rick continues his series in Psalms.
*** Sunday morning service: 10:45 a.m. in the sanctuary. Pastor Rick continues his series in Psalms.
*** Sunday school: 9:30 a.m. in Memorial Hall. Scott Johnson continues his series discussing “Heaven” based upon Randy Alcorn’s book.
*** Tuesday night Adult Connect Group is meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the parsonage. Mike Thielke is leading a discussion of I Corinthians.
*** Youth Group: We will be meeting weekly at Bethel church’s Memorial Hall on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Come for pizza, games, and Bible study! Pass the word and bring a friend! For more information, please contact Michelle Jordan at 920-535-0081.
*** UPDATE: Women’s study will begin again on Thursday, October 7th. Betty Lou will lead the afternoon session, which begins at 1:30 p.m. We will be going through Dee Brestin’s “Idol Lies”. There will be an evening session (same day) facilitated by Marlee Curry and Michelle Griggs at a time to be determined.
*** Men’s breakfast: Saturday, September 11 at 8:00 a.m. The theme this fall will be “Redeemed: Turning Brokenness into Something Beautiful” Session 1: “Called” (with Mariano Rivera video)
*** Jo Elin Hagen, now a resident of Country Villa. Her address is: N. 3782 Country Villa Way, Building 2 Room 2, Freedom, WI. 54913 She would love to receive cards and letters.
*** Our sympathy is extended to Carolyn (Jessen) Cornell and family with the passing of her husband Jerry.
*** WICHP is providing volunteers to run errands for you. Please contact us at 920-847-2108 or email@example.com. We are here to help!
*** UPDATE: American Legion Labor Day Fish Boil has been canceled.
*** Gathering Ground Farmers Market is open Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to Noon on Main Rd. next to (south of) KKs.
*** Forum 2040 Wednesday, September 8th at the TPAC. Steven Jenkins, Executive Director, Door County Economic Development Corp. “Developing Sustainable Island Businesses for Today and the Future.” with panelists. $10 cover. 7:00. Thursday September 23, 7:00 p.m. Jesse Koyen, Door County Land Trust presents “Stewarding the Island’s Lakes and Lands”. Tickets $5.00.
*** TPAC September 11th original song writers John Sieger, Julian Hagen, and others will perform. Concert will be held outside unless there is poor weather, then it’ll move inside. 7:00 – 9:00
*** Washington Island Literary Festival at the TPAC from September 16th to the 19th. Contact the TPAC for specific info and details.
*** Detroit Harbor Ladies Aid Society meets the second Thursday of the month at 1:00 p.m. in the Rutledge Room.
*** Margaret Anderson, the Island Dentist, is seeing patients on Mondays, Tuesdays, and some Fridays for general dentistry, cleaning, and emergencies. For information and appointments call 920-421-0024.
*** Congratulations to Alexandria Anderson and Raymond McDonald for their marriage on Saturday, August 21st. Mother of the bride: Beatriz Anderson. Parents of the groom: Paula and Jeff McDonald.