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Pastor’s Message




“I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.”   Jeremiah 31:25
“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”   Acts 3:19
“A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”   Proverbs 11:25

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

          I always look forward to the summer months as a time of refreshment. As a student, I couldn’t wait for
summer vacation. Even now, when my schedule doesn’t change too much for the summer, I find this to be a
refreshing time. It is nice to be outside, whether working in the yard, hiking in the woods, walking on the
beach, watching a baseball game, riding my bike, or sitting on the deck. Our bodies need such times of
refreshment, don’t they?!  Actually, body, mind, and spirit all need such time of refreshment. Not only do busy
schedules leave us needing refreshment, so does daily life in a world under the curse of sin. We know from
God’s Word that the wages of sin is death, and on some level we experience this daily. Living as sinners with
other sinners, the life is so quickly sucked out of us. Our own failures to live as God’s children discourage us,
and the sins of others against us kick us while we’re down. Thankfully, we have greater hope for refreshment
than can come from relaxing by the pool or watching a beautiful sunset. The Lord Himself provides us with
refreshment. This refreshment is not a temporary escape from our problems, but the enduring presence and love
of God who has overcome the curse of sin through Jesus Christ. We are refreshed as this Good News comes to
us through God’s Word. This Word comes to you as you read the Scriptures. This Word comes to you as it is
taught and preached. This Word comes to you as you eat and drink it for your refreshment. This Word comes
to you as you gather with other Christians who are being led by the Spirit.
        This summer as you seek refreshment, don’t forget to look for the refreshment you need most! I would
like to take this opportunity to encourage you to bring your children/grandchildren/nieces/nephews/neighbors to
Vacation Bible School this year for their refreshment this summer. Vacation Bible School is June 20-23rd and
the theme this year is Monumental. It is set in the desert. We hope you will join us to be refreshed. By the
way, here is a perk—supper is provided for the children and their families from 5:30 to 6:00 before the VBS
programming begins at 6:00. Join us and be refreshed by our good and gracious God and His good gifts to us.

In Christ,

Pastor Liebich