Vol. 72, No. 24
A Professor’s Query
One of the compelling aspects of Jesus is the way he handles people from a wide range of backgrounds. It seems he is not one of these guys who has a formula for every setting and person, but tailors his responses to people at whatever spiritual level they are at. For ex-ample, after he tears up part of the temple and accuses them of turning his Father’s place a market, he gets a visit from a learned and well-trained professor of Scripture. This teacher, Nick, had seen Jesus actions and miraculous signs and wanted a little insight to this man. So one night he approaches him.
Upon hearing the Prof laud him as a teacher from God, Jesus retorts that unless a man is born again, he cannot see God’s Kingdom (John 3:3). Nick is dumbfounded, wondering, somewhat graphically, of literally being born again. Jesus’ challenge is to consider the work of God’s spirit to a re-birthed life, pushing him further off balance. Jesus uses Nick’s vast knowledge of theology and Scripture and reorients it towards a new work of God. A work based on love, truth and an intent to rescue any who will believe.
Many of us are also well-educated. Jesus’ call is to use the intellect we have and pursue truth. He meets us where we’re at, with our questions, doubts and struggles. And then, sometimes he pushes us off kilter to see a different orientation towards God and his outrageous love.
From Pastor Rick
SATURDAY Service at 6 P.M. Followed by fellow- ship dinner at 7 P.M. every other week.
SUNDAY Adult Sunday School Bible Study at
9:30 A.M. Learn and share truths from the Bible.
10:45 A.M. Sunday Morning Worship Service
11:15 A.M Junior Church
CONNECT GROUP Tuesday, 7 P.M. at Pastor and Betty Lou’s. Bible study and prayer.
LADIES BIBLE STUDIES Jill Coombs study is at her home on Thursdays at 12:30 on Main Road.
COMMUNION The first Saturday night and the first Sunday of the month.
CHURCH NEWS MONDAY! Vacation Bible School: TIME LAB, June 18-22. Registration 8:30 A.M. Monday the 18th. Bethel Church, 1833 Main Road. All children ages 5-11 welcome! 9 A.M. to NOON. *** The church sound equipment is failing. The total estimated cost is $2,300. If you would like to donate toward these items, please send a check with a notation it is for the church sound system. Thank you for your consideration. *** Gifts have been received for the Bethel Builders in appreciation for their organization of and provisions for the time of refreshments after the service of Maggie Justinger from Herb Justinger; and after the service for Lonnie Jorgenson from his family. *** Word was re-ceived that the candidate for youth leader has declined the invitation to come to the Island to candidate. Keep praying for a leader for this important ministry. *** This summer at our worship services, we will look at a series of encounters with Jesus and how he makes impact on people where they are. In the process, we will ask how he continues to be our answer today. I’ve entitled it, ”If Jesus is the Answer, what’s the question, and who’s asking?” *** Something New: Starting June 27th on Wednesday nights we are going to have a group that will be both looking at prayer and then actually praying. Our source will be Praying with Paul, a guide developed by Dr. D.A. Carson. For those of you looking for something to do in the middle of the week while here this summer and are not involved in a connect group, come join us! 7 pm at church. *** Also, in response to some questions regarding our service times, we are taking a survey regarding our ministries, particularly the times of our worship service. It will be available the next three weekends. We will compile results and discuss it at our summer congregational meeting on July 25th.
COMMUNITY NEWS The annual Jay Hagen Memorial Grilled Whitefish Dinner will be held at Jack-son Harbor dock on June 27 at 5 P.M. It will last as long as there is food. This is a fundraiser for the Washington Island Maritime Museum located at the dock area. *** Art and Nature Center opening reception was June 15th. The featured art show is “My Life in Threads”, includes the quilts, dolls, and purses of Jill Jorgenson. View other art works, the nature room, see what’s new. Open hours are 10-4. *** Trueblood Art and Craft Sale is Saturday, June 30 from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. Join the fun and sell your handmade items. Table and 2 chairs are provided. Fee is 15% of the day’s sales. Call the TPAC, 847-2528, to reserve your place. *** Graduation for seniors of Washington Island Schools was held at the Community Center at 6 P.M. June 8th. The gym was full with the attendance of family, friends and community members. Donna Briesemeister was pianist. Marleen Johnson and Michelle Jordan gave the welcome. Dr. Mati Palm-Leis presented the scholarships. Quilts, made by the Island Trinity quilters, were presented to the graduates. They are specially stitched with patterns and colors based on interests of each one. Benjamin Johnson, son of Mar-leen and Don Johnson, gave the Valedictorian Address. Bradley Jordan, son of Tom and Michelle Jordan, gave the Salutatorian Address. Both Ben and Bradley wore gold cords signifying them as Honor Students with a 3.0 grade point or higher. The guest speaker was teacher, Michael Gillespie. Amy Jorgenson, President of the School Board, presented the Diplomas. The ceremony ended with Dr. Mati Palm-Leis presenting the Class of 2018. True to tradition, the Junior Class served as ushers: Jonathan Bass, Michael Cornell, Molly Mc-Grane, and Tiffany Wacaser. Seniors are Ben Johnson, Bradley Jordan, Finn Hagen and Korrina Ervin. After the graduation ceremony, there was a reception and dance sponsored by the seniors, their parents and the Washington Island Student Council. Class Motto: “ All of life is peaks and valleys. Don’t let the peaks get too high and the valleys too low”. Class colors were royal blue and white. The guys wore royal blue gowns and Korrina wore a white gown. The class flower was a white rose.