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Church : 00Tews THE JOURNAL, Thursday, February 12, 2015 - C3 Perkins First United Methodist Church By Pastor Laura Glover "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." John 13:34-35 Valentine's Day is just around the comer. Few other holidays bring with it so many varied reactions and create so much anxiety. According to CNN, Americans spent $18.6 billion on Valentine' s gifts in 2013 with the average person spending just over $130. It is estimated that 151 million Valentine's cards are exchanged. Wow, that is a lot of money spent on flowers ($1.9 billion) and candy ($1.6 billion), not to mention a lot of trees lost to make all those cards! At First United Methodist Church of Perkins, I am encouraging folks to try something new for Valentine's Day this year. What if among those we celebrated our love for this year we put God at the very top of the list? After all, God loves us-every single one of us- with a perfect and unconditional love. A love so great that God gave us Christ as a living sacrifice for our sins that we would be brought back into right relationship with our Creator. That is a love worth celebrating! And what better way to celebrate God's love for us, than to show our love to others - not just to family, friends and sweethearts, but to all of God's children. Is there someone that you know that will be alone or who is mourning the loss of a loved one this Valentine's Day? Give GOd the perfect Valentine's Day gift by calling that person and sharing some kindness and caring with them. Is there a relationship in your life that broken? Give God the gift of extending healing grace and forgiveness to help repair that brokenness. Even with those you love most, consider ways that you can give thanks to God for the gift of that special person in your life. : How about taking the amount you would spend on cards, candy and flowers and chose instead to make a gift to a non-profit that supports a cause important to your loved one? Instead of worrying over reservations at a restaurant, plan a time when you and your loved ones can volunteer together to share GOd' s love with others. Above all, remember that we are blessed to receive the greatest love of all, God's love for us. GOd expresses that love not just on Valentine's Day, but every moment of every day. If you are searching for unconditional love and acceptance, I invite you to join us at First United Methodist Church of Perkins. We are a community of believers who love God, love each other and seek to share God's love and grace with the world. God is with us in worship and fellowship each Sunday, and we would enjoy wel- coming you as well. Sunday school begins at 9:30 with fellowship time at 10:30 and worship at 10:55. Join us, and experience to joy of living in God's love! Eden Chapel United Methodist By Rev. John K. Curds Welcome to Eden Chapel a United Methodist Family Fellow- ship experience. We do Sundays a little different at Eden Chapel and I believe you will enjoy it as much as we do. We begin every Sunday moming at 9am with a very personal Communion Expe- rience in our Prayer Chapel. Then we prepare for our Sunday Morning Worship at 9:30am which leads us into our Gathering Time (visiting and snacks) at 10: 30am. Then we are off to Sunday School at 1 lain to share Christ, our lives and experiences with each other. Later on each Sunday evening at 5pm we have Youth and Children activities starting with a family style meal and then Bible lessons and games. If you like to sing, then come and join us on Wednesday evening at 6pm for choir practice and enjoy the music. If you are interested in Bible Studies, we gather at 8am every Thursday moming for prayer time with Bible Talk and then at 9am we continue our Bible Study as we travel though the "Acts of the Apostles". This is Transfiguration Sunday at Eden Chapel as we prepare for Ash Wednesday and the Lenten Season Pastor John will be leaching from the book of 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 with a sermon entitled "The Heart of Jesus". The major attribute of Christ was simply this: His heart was spiritual. His thoughts reflected his intimate relationship with the Father. "I am in the Father and the Father is in me" as Christ told his disciples (John 14:11). Jesus took his instructions (yes all of them) from God. It was his habit to go to worship and it was his practice to memorize Scripture. We are told that "often Jesus slipped away to be alone so he could pray". His times of prayer guided him always. He once retumed from prayer and announced it was time to move to another city and another time of prayer resulted in the selection of the disciples. Christ was always led by an "unseen" hand! The heart of Jesus was, is and will always be spiritual. How is your heart, turned toward the world and all that is in it? Or is your heart like 'q-he Heart of Jesus" always seeking what is right, good, and best for others? I tell you this; you can never obtain the heart of Jesus if your focus everyday is on yourself, only when you give up yourself, then you can find this spiritual heart living within you. The Lenten Season is when you begin to "self-realize" and evaluate why you do the things that you do. Some will give up chocolate, or snickers or Dr Pepper, but I challenge you to give up something much more important, yourself! Find Christ and you will begin to have a spiritual heart. Eden Chapel (as many other churches in our community) will have their "Ash Wednesday Worship" on February 18th, at 6pm. Come join us on that evening to begin our "Lenten" journey toward Easter or any Sunday and find out why "Eden Chapel" people seem to be so dam happy! Eden Chapel is located at the comer of 92nd Street and S. Fairgrounds Road. Come and enjoy a Family Fellowship experience with us! We hope to see you this Sunday and for Ash Wednesday. Lost Creek United Methodist Church This is an exciting time to be a part of Lost Creek! Many good things are taking place each Sunday and throughout the week. Last Sunday, the congregation was challenged to do "Whatever It Takes". The call was to listen to God's voice and find out where He is calling and leading. The Belize Mission team is hosting "Till Death Do Us Part", a mystery dinner theatre at the church Saturday night, Valentine's Day. Although participants are expecting a lovelY wedding rep- tion, it quickly turns into a night of mystery and mayhem-- leaving one of the guests murdered! Guests will be required to solve the mystery and enjoy a great meal and fellowship as well. Our youth will be busy working on Friday night and Saturday at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Stillwaterl A generous donation from this company will go to the Lost Creek Youth Fnnd. Our youth are led by Jake Ehrlich and meet on Sunday evenings at 5:30 at the church. Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University  begin on Sunday, February 22, at 5:30. Dave Ramsey Hill show how to get out of debt and work towards a bright financial future. The class is open to new people as well as those who have taken it before, but need a refresher course. Aaron and Charley Box Hill be leading this valuable course. Sign-up for this course on the Lost Creek website. Check out Lost Creek's website, lostcreekumc.org, to find out more details about all the events mentioned above,hear a podcast of past Sunday's services, participate in online giving and much more. Lost Creek United Methodist Church can also be found on Facebook. Worship times are 8:30 and 11:00 on Sunday mornings with Sunday School classes for all ages at 9:45. Lost Creek is located between Sfillwater and Perkins at 8002 S. Washington on 80th Street between Hwy. 177 and Western Street. Come be a part of this exciting congregation of believers! Immanuel Baptist Church By Claudia Andrews Roses everywhere and the gallery in the House of Representa- fives Chamber was full of people standing for the unborn child at the 24th annual Rose Day event last Wednesday. We heard a speaker sharing about the lies that led to her abortion and the child she now has because she chose life in the midst of difficulty. The keynote speaker shared how she should have died after five days in the saline abortion attempt by her mother. God had other plans for her and she now speaks out for life. Over 56 million unborn humans have been aborted since this holocaust count began. There are other options. Linda Riley played the organ with Jon & Judy Bartram playing guitar and bass the hymn 'q3ae Way of the Cross leads Home" for the offertory. Jim Bickell sang "On the Wings of a Dove" before the sermon for those who came to celebrate Jesus as Lord on foggy Sunday last. In the absence of our very sick pastor, Brother Ed Anderson brought the messages today. His moming message "Jesus, God's Final Revelation" was taken from Hebrews 1:1-5 and other pas- sages. God's messengers of revelation in the past was brought by the Prophets and in the present by the Son of God. Who is the Son? He is the Heir of all things, He i s the Creator of the world, He is Divine: God in the flesh, and He is the powerful Sustainer of all things. He is the Savior: the One who paid the penalty of our sin and our Advocate seated at the right hand of God. He is superior to the angels: the Name above all names, the Only Begotten of God. God is His Father and He is God's Son. I Corinthians 15:1-4. Member Daniel Loma shared his life testimony and Tracey Payne sang "Your Grace Still Amazes Me" before the evening sermon. Bro. Ed's message "Jesus Christ The Bridegroom" was taken from several passages as he compared the Church being the Bride of Christ in like fashion to the marriage of a husband and wife. The believer submits their life to Christ and the relationship is one of love based upon His agape love as He nourishes and cherishes the church. Believers are one with Christ and Hill share that per- fect bonding throughout eternity. (A further explanation of this comparison is available.) Financial Peace University begins Thurs.,Feb. 12,6:30-9pm; reg- istration online. Our youth Hill attend Planet Wisdom Feb. 20-21. Come visit us at 2415 E 104, just a mile north of Perkins. Irtfo: 547-1222 or wwwJmmanuelbaptistperkins.org See CHURCH, page C4 HARRIS PaynYOU Bank PERKINS BUILDERS SUPPLY Open Mon.-Fri. 7:30-5:30 p.m. & Sat. 8-Noon . Sadler Read & Hwy. 33 Perkins ................................. 547-5333 . , t ' ', , ........................................  ...........  ..... ' " :