WITHIN THE FELLOWSHIP:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Vangie Niederhaus, Clinton Radcliff 28th; Emma Coale, Blaine Moyer, Laurie Plank 29th; Sherman Focht, Marlene Hughes, Collin Parry 30th; Collin Weiss, Rock Rau 31st; Bonnie Pross April 1st; Michael Kehs, Quinn Mahoney 3rd.
THE SERMON TITLE this morning is Roadways and Boundaries. Maps are wonderful. Without them folk can get hopelessly lost. One of the main prophetic insights given to Jeremiah was the value – indeed, necessity – of accurate maps. The maps referred to are not the ones we see on our GPS machines or that come up on Google maps. Instead, the maps Jeremiah references lay out the way folk should live. We need directions! The life that is directionless is frustrating and fruitless. Even worse are maps that give wrong information. Life can be wearying using the wrong maps. Jesus speaks to this issue in our gospel text.
WE WELCOME CHRIS AND HEATHER CHRISTENSEN to our service of worship this morning. They serve in Bangladesh, though it’s been almost a year since they’ve been there. Serving on furlough, they have managed to welcome their fourth child into their family just a few weeks ago. They do have an ongoing vision for ministry in Bangladesh and will be returning there very shortly.
ISSUES & ANSWERS SCHEDULE:
Today Chris & Heather Christensen – ABWE
March 31 In This Time of Need
TIME’S GETTING SHORT to sign up to be part of the SLMT–Pik team! The sign-up sheet is posted on the narthex wall. July 11th through the 21st are the dates. Mark it on your calendar. No one is too young, no one is too old. Likewise, no one is too skilled and no one is too unskilled. You simply need to be a ready and willing worker with VBS materials and kids or with maintenance projects and tools. Seek the Lord, perhaps He wants to use you in this year’s ministry to Canada.
AUCTION DONATION FORMS for the Leidy’s Church Auction set for April 27th are in the bulletin. Please pray how you can support this worthy endeavor. Call the church office if you have any questions about the auction or ideas you might have about donation items.A HEADS-UP to let you know the next After-Worship Luncheon is set to take place on Palm Sunday, the 14thof April. Just in case you were wondering.
A BARNABAS OPPORTUNITY. Steve and Kelly Marks are missionaries we support. They will be leaving for Thailand at the beginning of next year, the Lord willing. In preparation for their departure, they are putting together a Barnabas Prayer Team. They would like to have someone from Leidy’s Church to be part of that team. Talk to Pastor Niederhaus for more information to see if this might be something where you could serve the Lord.
KRISTA TYSON is going on a mission/service trip to Bolivia in August. She is raising funds for the trip now. You may have received a letter in your church mailbox from her. If you would like to support her but would prefer not to have your name added to another mailing list, you may give your support through Leidy’s Church. Just use a Second Mile envelope and mark it Krista to Bolivia. The church will send one check for her support at the end of April.
BIBLE MUSEUM TRIP has a few select seats still open. See the sign-up sheet on the narthex wall. Tuesday the 2nd of April is when the excursion takes place. Cost is $70 p/person and includes a Perkiomen Coach taking you to the door of the Museum, entrance to the Museum, a boxed lunch at the Museum, and friendly folk with whom to enjoy the trip. Full details available from the church office.
WHAT’S AN OBERAMMERGAU? Good question. It’s a city in southern Bavaria. It also is the destination of a tour that begins in Rome, tours significant Italian cities such as Venice and Florence, traverses the Alps via the Brenner Pass to get to stops in Austria, and spends two days in Oberammergau for that city’s famous Passion Play. The Passion Play only happens during the first year of a new decade. 2020 is just such a year. Pastor Niederhaus is leading a tour to Oberammergau in mid-September of 2020. Brochures describing the tour and giving details are available in the narthex hutch. If you think this may be of interest to you, speak with him and he can give you all the details. Reservations need to happen sooner rather than later.
FROM ELAINE GREENE:Thanks to all my church family and friends for the prayers, cards, and visits for my husband John with his recent heart surgery. It meant so much to both of us.
ON MONDAY, APRIL 8 from 7:00-8:30pm Covenant Presbyterian Church in Harleysville will host An Evening with Ligonier Ministries and Reformation Bible College. Following a time of refreshments, Dr. Stephen Nichols will offer a brief devotional message and ministry update. There will be a time for questions, and it will be a great opportunity to learn more about what the Lord is doing at Reformation Bible College.
LUNCH BUNCH LUNCHEON happens on Wednesday, April 17th at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon is open to everyone 65+. Friends are invited also. Come and join us and perhaps do a little table hopping. If you would like to attend, please sign up on the sheet posted on the narthex wall or contact the church office to get your name on the list. A free-will offering will be taken. Deadline to sign up is April 7th.
LIVING HOPE NATIVE MINISTRIES is having its annual banquet on this Friday evening at Yoder’s Restaurant in New Holland, PA. Starting time is 6:30. There is no cost for the banquet, though a free-will offering will be taken. The new Executive Director of Living Hope will present an overview of the ministry, including the relocation of headquarters to Thunder Bay, Ontario. To register call toll-free 855-367-8199 or send an email to banquet@LHNM.org.
CHRISTIAN CITIZENSHIP and the Cultural Mandate is an evening sponsored by the PA Faith and Freedom Coalition. It takes place on Friday, April 5th, at the Valley Forge Baptist Church from 7-9 pm. Among the topics to be covered include, The Four Structures of a Healthy Society, The Difference between Civics and Politics, and What Christian Citizenship Means Today. Valley Forge Baptist Church is located at 616 S. Trappe Road, Collegeville.
THE PENN VIEW BRASS BAND will be in concert at Leidy’s Church on Sunday evening April 7th beginning at 6:30. Doors will open at 6:00.The concert will include a variety of patriotic, popular, jazz, and sacred music. The concert benefits the Keystone Opportunity Center via a free-will offering.
PRAYER GUIDES from the day of Prayer & Fasting are available on the table in the narthex and also on the narthex hutch. We want to continue to pray for the matters that are facing our world, our nation, our families, and the Leidy’s Church congregation.
JOINT YOUTH FELLOWSHIP & SLMT–Pik MTG. – Today a special edition of Youth Fellowship takes place. Rather than meeting at the normal evening time, the meeting will take place immediately following the service of worship. This special meeting time of Youth Fellowship will include a meal with many options! The purpose of this special meeting is to teach us how to interact with the world around us. Those persons who are planning to be part of the SLMT-Pik team are also welcome and encouraged to come. Contact Pastor Michael with any questions you may have.
INQUIRER’S CLASS BEGINS on Sunday, April 7th. This is a class for those interested in learning more about Leidy’s Church. While not a membership class, it is a class one must take before becoming a member. It consists of six separate sessions conducted in the Conference Room on Sunday mornings during the Sunday School hour. You may register for the class by speaking with the church office or talking with Pastor Niederhaus.
PRAYER CARD SUNDAY happens in three weeks. Prayer card pictures are due in next Sunday! A picture of your child will be taken if one is not received. It is our desire that each child has an adult praying for them! AS IN PREVIOUS YEARS, the church will ring with the sounds of the Hallelujah Chorus again this Easter, and all are invited to participate! If you’ve ever sung or thought of singing the Hallelujah Chorus, please join us for practice Wednesday, April 17th at 7:30.
CONTENTMENT: that’s the goal of many. A new Women’s Bible Study – open to all ages – will focus on contentment. It features teaching by Melissa Kruger and will address contentment in an era where the culture entices us to covet and consume in unfaithful ways. There is a better way to approach life, and this study sets it forth. This 8-week course begins Monday the 1st of April (no fooling!). It will meet from 7 to 8 each successive Monday evening in room 118. Please sign up on the sheet posted on the narthex so sufficient workbooks are available.
HELPING HANDS is a network of Leidy’s Church folk who are willing and ready to help others within our fellowship when particular needs arise. The Care Committee coordinates these efforts. A helpful sign-up sheet is in your mailbox where you can get an idea of what sorts of helps might come up and to indicate your willingness to be a part of the Helping Hands network.
HOW ABOUT SOME suprême de volaille à la Kiev? That’s one of several delicious items on the menu for the Love Cradle International banquet. It happens on Saturday evening April 6th and is a great opportunity to learn about and celebrate God’s work among Ukrainian orphans. The banquet is free of charge, though a free-will offering will be received. Hearts will be refreshed and encouraged to see and hear what is happening through this ministry. But you’re wondering, “What in the world is suprême de volaille à la Kiev?” It’s Chicken Kiev. You’ll like it. Call/contact the church office to register for the banquet.
INDIAN CREEK PROJECT TO BEGIN. There will be a meeting immediately following the service of worship next Sunday in Pastor Steve’s Sunday School Room. The meeting is for all persons who have expressed an interest in being part of the Leidy’s Church outreach to residents of two local group homes run by the Indian Creek Foundation. If this is the first you’ve heard about this outreach, feel welcome to attend the meeting and discover what’s going on.
NEWSLETTER articles for the April Newsletter are due in the office by Tuesday. Thank you.