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Hope in the Lord Always by Traci Rhoades

The scripture passage sounds familiar to me as I read it. Four verses of great encouragement reminding us God is everlasting yet personal; creator of the whole earth and yet giver of all we need as individuals. Recently, when reading a book referencing these verses, I gained an even greater perspective on these words of comfort. Allow me to share this new nugget of truth, found in verse 31. If we choose to put our hope in the Lord, we receive renewal of strength. That's a promise. However, that strength has various levels of intensity. Perhaps, after leaving my burdens at the feet of Jesus and hoping in the Lord, I may only find the strength to walk and not faint. Or, Lord willing, I may find I've received the power to run without growing tired. Finally, I just may be given the provision to soar on wings like eagles. Any of these levels raises me up from the tired and weary person who first presented my struggles to the Lord.

I think for a long time, I thought if I didn't feel like a million bucks after crying out to our Father, I hadn't prayed hard enough. After learning this perspective, I realize some problems may be too big to get that kind of instant gratification. So, whether I find myself walking, running or soaring, I can praise God for hearing my cry and providing me with renewed strength. Always.

Isaiah 40: 28-31
28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.

30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;

31 but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

Over nite Retreat/save the date

We are planning an over nite retreat Dec4th-5th. More information to follow soon. If you are interested in helping please email npwministry@charter.net

Need Your Input Date--CORRECTION

October 15th 6:30PM-8PM...Women interested in being a direct part of the WM and you are able to attend an organizational meeting
we will meet at the Otsego Library in the Tutoring Room on
Come be a part of women reaching women.

Christian Neighbors 2009-2010 Soup Supper Schedule

Enjoy a soup supper night at one of the areas local churches.
All the proceeds/donations go directly to our local food pantry, Christian Neighbors!! Thank you!!!

October 7 St. Margarets Catholic School, 5-7

October 21 Trowbridge United Methodist, 5-7

November 11 Otsego Church of God, 4-6:30

January 12 Plainwell Assembly of God/First Baptist Church of Plainwell, supper at First Baptist Church, 5-7

January 27 Friendship Wesleyan, Otsego, 4:30-6:30

February 10 Calvary Community Church/Hope Lutheran, supper at Hope Lutheran 5-7

February 24 Otsego Baptist Church, 5-7

March 10 Otsego United Methodist, 5-7

April 21 Alamo Community, 5-7

April 28 Plainwell First United Methodist, 5-7

May 12 Martin United Methodist 4:30-6:30
Eat at Pizza Hut the First Tuesday of each month
October-June from 4-8 p.m. and Christian Neighbors
receives 10% of the sales!!

Beth Moore 9 session DVD series

A Beth Moore nine session DVD series is a topical study of Inheritance throughout God's Word. Each session is approximately one hour in length. Key verse: Psalm 16:5-6 "The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance"
You have an opportunity to take this during the morning or evening.
1. Thursdays starting October 22nd 6:45 PM-8:30PM
Sherry Hanson's home 8397 West B., Otsego
2. Mondays starting October 26th 9:30AM-11:30AM
Otsego Public Library 401 Dix St., Otsego

The Inheritance Listening guide to go with the DVD study $5.oo---if you want........
(Please note this series does not have homework)
sign up-Ministry table, email npwministry@charter.net, or call Karin 269-692-2390

Need your input

Women's Ministry

Women interested in being a direct part of the WM and you are able to attend an organizational meeting
we will meet at the Otsego Library in the Tutoring Room on
October 8th from 10:30-noon or
in the same room
October 15th 6:30PM-8PM...
Come be a part of women reaching women.