“Someone’s knocking at the door. Somebody’s ringing the bell. Do me a favor, open the door, and let ’em in.” So goes a 1976 song by Paul McCartney. It’s a pretty simple concept, really. When a door is being knocked on, a knocker is there, wanting to enter. It’s so basic that Jesus uses the idea in a letter he sends to the church in Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22). And in doing so challenges us to consider what place he has in our lives.
Jesus has harsh words for this church. The fellowship is so messed up, if it was a cup of water, he’d throw it up (Revelation 3:16). While describing it as wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked (ouch!), he directs it to turn away from its shallow pursuits and renew the lasting purpose and value found in relationship with him (3:17-19). And that’s when he mentions knocking at the door (3:20). Whoever hears him can let him in and share a meal (that is, life) together.
It’s easy to get derailed spiritually. It’s as prevalent now as it was to the 1st Century Laodiceans. Jesus offers a way back. Central to that way is a life oriented toward him. Are there things in your life that have more importance to you than God? Are you setting aside faith and pursuing riches? This is the essence of the challenge. Yet Jesus still offers you the way back as he knocks. Do yourself a favor, let him (back) in.
*** 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 and Sunday service: Pastor Rick has started a series on Revelation 1-3 entitled “The Church Health Exam: 7 Churches get an Assessment from the Master”.
*** Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Mike Thielkeis facilitating a discussion on, “I Will Lift My Eyes Unto the Hills: Learning from the Great Prayers of the Old Testament” by Walter Kaiser.
*** Tuesday night Adult Connect Group: is meeting at 7:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall to accommodate social distancing
*** Youth Group: For information regarding scheduling, please contact Michelle Jordan at 920-535-0081.
*** Women’s Bible Study: Thursdays. We’ll be studying, “Winning the Worry Battle: Life Lessons from the Book of Joshua” by Barb Roose. We meet at 1:30 p.m. (no night group at this time). Contact Betty Lou to let her know if you would like the book and study guide.
*** VBS is scheduled for June 21st-25th. We need lots of volunteers for our Western themed “Children Wanted by God”. We need people to: Set up and tear down, Chuck Wagon: get food donations from parents, church members, and manage menus and arrange western snacks for the kids. Sheriffs: move groups of kids to various stations. Craft Leaders: take charge of teaching kids one craft. Game Leaders: to lead groups in various games. Storyteller: share Bible stories with groups of kids. Registrars: to sign up kids and get them going each morning. Publicity: people to hang posters and banners. If you can help, please contact Sue Tobey to let her know your availability and what you’d like to do. (989-430-4004) firstname.lastname@example.org
*** Leadership Council meeting Monday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall.
*** Men’s breakfast will meet Saturday, March 13th at 8:00 a.m. in Memorial Hall.
*** WICHP is providing volunteers to run errands for you, such as grocery shopping, picking up mail/packages, dump runs, etc. Please contact us at 920-847-2108 or email@example.com. We are here to help!
*** WICHP is compiling a list of people interested in receiving the vaccine on the Island, so when the time comes, we can advise DCPH how many are interested. If you have questions or want us to add your name to the list, please contact the WICHP Office at 920-847-2108 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
*** Lions Club is participating in “Roses for Spring” fund raising event. Place your order with a Lion. $15.00 a dozen, by March 25th. They will be delivered Friday and Saturday April 16-17.
*** Every three years, the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Door County is required by the State of Wisconsin to complete a strategic plan that serves as a platform to create, improve, and expand services. This document is known as our “Three Year Aging Plan” and the new plan will cover 2022-2024. There are multiple ways a resident from Washington Island can find and fill out our questionnaire.
1. Fill it out online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/V2J9QJ3
2. Stop by and pick one up at the Washington Island Community Health Program (WICHP) Office
3. Or contact the WICHP Office at (920) 847-2108 or via email: email@example.com and someone would be happy to deliver or mail/email you a copy.