1 N W S L E T T E R for M A Y E GRADUATION SUNDAY High School Seniors for our graduating th 5 is Sunday, May during the 8:15 AM & 11:00 AM Services *************************************************************************************** The National Day of Prayer observance is Thursday, May 2. 2019 The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance set by the congress of the United States to be held on the first Thursday in May each year. The NDP exists to underscore the importance of prayer for the nation and its leaders. We as Americans pray for government, military, churches, schools, media, family and other areas and are all encouraged to pray for God’s blessings on His people and this nation. Withou t G od, nations and people are lost. to an evening of prayer, music, and encouragement. everyone ings Area Men of Promise invites The Hast in Hastings Join us May 2 at the C3 Convention Center at 6:30 PM (doors open at 6:00). AWANA APPRECIATION NIGHT SUMMER SUNDAY ELECTIVES In order to give our adult Sunday School leaders a reprieve in Our AWANA Leader Appreciation Dinner is Wednesday, May teaching, we will be offering several different Adult Bible 1, at 6:30. AWANA workers and their spouse (or a friend) are week Fellowship electives. They will comprise of two 6 - invited to join us. sessions: Session 1 – June 2, 9, 16, 23, July 7, 14; Session II If you haven’t already RSVP’d, please do so today by – July 21, 28, August 4, 11, 18, 25. We are planning on 4 Mary Hansen (402 - 461 - 1582) or Kristy calling /texting classes per session. Watch for details! - 984 - 2975). Stoeger (402 LIGHTING PROJECT We recently announced plans for a Lighting Project for the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall. We have accepted a bid for just under $42K to redo the lighting in the Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall and the stage. Families who desire to give toward this project should designate your gift ‘Lighting Project’. We will discuss this project more at our April 28 Business Meeting. YOU ARE CHANGING LIVES! Thank you for packing shoeboxes with Operation Christmas Child! God is transforming the lives of children across the globe through this area of Nebraska. We want to invite you to a special event May 16 to showcase the impact you are making through Operation Christmas Child and how God is at work right here to build a team in Central Nebraska to be active in the Great Commission! We can’t wait to see you!! Operation Christmas Child Impact Night th Thursday, May 16 from 7:00 - 8:30 PM Grand Island E - Free Church at 2609 S. Blaine Street, Room 1 06 Here’s what you can look forward to Thursday, May 16: – Kaylene Hoeser! You will hear stories and That night, you will meet your Operation Christmas Child Area Coordinator see the difference you are making through packing shoebox gifts. You’ll also me et others who have a passion to see the Gospel proclaimed around the world. Come hear how you can use your gifts and abilities to impact the life of a child! Please invite others you know who pack shoeboxes and love this ministry! RSVP by responding to th is email, or call Kaylene at (308) 379 6004. If you cannot attend or would like to learn more about OCC and opportunities to serve in Central - Nebraska, OCC leaders will be available during the day May 16 at Panera Bread, 1040 Allen Dr., Grand Island. Call Kaylene at (308) 379 - 6004 to see up a time to meet.
2 One car accident victim can use 100 units of blood. as many as th We will hold a Blood Drive in the EFree Church Fellowship Hall on Thursday, May 30 , from 12:oo PM - 6:00 PM. To make an appointment, please contact the office at 402 - 463 - 1441 or visit redcrossblood.org and enter code: efree hastings
3 WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY MONDAY SUNDAY TUESDAY 1 2 4 3 6:30 AWANA NATIONAL DAY AM Mens Group 7:00 Worker Appreciation Night OF PRAYER 7:00 Cel. Rec. 6:30 Youth Group NDP Event at C3 6:30 Convention Center 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 /11:00 AM AM Mens Group 7:00 8:15 6:30 Youth Group 6:30 Celebrate Rec. Worship 6:30 AM Mens Gr. w/Graduate Recognition 7:00 Cel. Rec. Ladies Step Study SS/ABF 8:00 Men’s Group 9:45 AM Not Alone AM 11:00 12:15 Cont.Issues ABF Potluck /Bible St. .Worship 1:00 Hisp 6:30 Young Adult St. MOTHER’S DAY 14 16 13 15 ARMED FORCES 18 12 17 /11:00 AM DAY 6:30 Celebrate Rec. 6:30 YFC Board mtg. Worship 6:30 AM Mens Gr. 6:30 Youth Group 8:15 w/Communion Ladies Step Study AM Mens Group 5:30 Elder Board Special Activity 7:00 7:00 Cel. 7:00 Woven Wm Rec. Ldr. 9:45 ABF / SS AM 1:00 Hisp .Worship/Bible St. 8:00 Men’s Group 6:30 Young Adult St. 22 23 24 19 21 20 25 7:00 AM Mens Group 6:30 AM Mens Gr. 6:30 Celebrate Rec. Worship /11:00 AM 8:15 7:00 Cel 9: 30 AM SS/ABF 5:30 Health/Wellness . Rec. Ladies Step Study 8:00 Men’s Group 7:00 Property 11:00 AM Not Alone .Worship/Bible St. 1:00 Hisp 30 29 28 26 31 27 MEMORIAL DAY Worship 6:30 AM Mens Gr. AM 8:15 12 - 6 RED CROSS 11:00 AM Worship here Office closed BLOODMOBILE 1:00 Hisp .Worship/Bible St. 6:30 Young Adult St. OUR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES , son of Ben & Sarah Brohl Brady Brohl Thomas Moller, son of Brett & Julie Moller Andrew Carey, son of Jason & Jennifer Carey Logan Nordby, son of Shawn & Monica Nordby Cassie Perry, friend of Madison Douglas Brant Collingham, son of Greg & Tara Collingham rother of Sandy (Ryan) Burns Cameron Rodgers, b Trevor Cumpston, son of Josh & Allene Cumpston Trey Samples, son of Ron & Cheryl Samples Abby DeWitt, daughter of Scott & Danielle DeWitt Noah Sass, son of Matt & Patti Sass Madison Douglas, granddaughter of Tom & Sharon Johnson Elizabeth Small, granddaughter of Darla Knight Emma Ellerbee, daughter of Jeff & Kate Portenier Hailee Stark, daughter of Brad & Hollie Stark Michaela Frederick, daughter of Kenn & Angi Frederick Alex Stoeger, son of Louis & Kristy Stoeger Chayce Hepner, son of Dave & Connie Hepner Jared Switz er, son of Eric & Tiffany Switzer Karis Huyser, daughter of Nathan & Shalene Huyser Jorgensen Jayden Jorgensen, son of Mark & Lanis Devoney Keeler, daughter of Jeff & Lori Keeler *If we’ve missed you on this list, contact the church office. Hope Kohmetscher, daughter of Marc & Beth Kohmetscher
4 Serving God & Others y b A. Hudson yourself? It’s been a few years since I’ve Have you ever taken a spiritual gift test? If you have, did you learn anything surprising about last taken one, but there were a few outliers on my test that caught my attention both in my lacking in some areas and higher results in — round - others than I expected, causing me to challenge myself to be more well ed and to lean into the areas that I seem to have gifting. Exhortation was revealed as an area that I apparently needed to work on. Not sure if you can really low for me. Consciously, I’ve score negative numbers on the test, but exhortation was ing on encouraging people around me, and now as a leader of people, I have been work worked really hard to help people as they are growing and maturing, rather than expect perfection from the beginning. Another area that I was surprised by is service, which appears to be my strongest spiritual gift. Serving people never felt like a gift to me, just a way of life. It’s never been a chore, a hindrance, or something I consciously attempted. I love to come can. alongside others, assess what’s going on, and lend a hand where I The next signpost we’re walking through on the Discipleship Pathway is Serving God & Transformational Discipleship research that was conducted, 60 percent of believers agreed with the statement, “I Others. Through the regularly find myself meeting a need without being asked.” Pushed further, only 19 percent of believers strongly agreed that “I am intentionally putting my spiritual gift(s) to use serving God and others.” Maturing believers consistently and thoughtfully s ought ways to s to use to further the kingdom and gospel. put their gifting Have you ever been on a team where you used your giftings to further the group toward a common goal? Where you had a singular which everything seemed to work so flawlessly mission? That all of you were moving in step with each other toward a common goal? In a firm belief that everyone sacrifices his or her individual and effortlessly? This is what championship teams and dynasties are built upon — ppen if we, as Christians, had this mindset? What would happen goals and achievements for the goal of the larger team. What would ha if we all treated serving God and others with humility and earnest action? e the gift of hospitality, What is more important is that you are using any and all of your gifts to serve God and others around you. If you hav , how can how might you use that to serve God and those nearest you? If you have the gift of leadership, or teaching, or administration you lean into those and use them to serve God and others? Regardless of what a test might say, or what others around you affirm to be your gifts, use them for God’s glory. Go out of your way to do what is natural for you. Serve God & Others. https://blog.lif eway.com/biblestudiesforlife/serving - Taken from - others/ god Scott DeWitt, Senior Pastor of Adult Ministries Matt Sass, Associate Pastor s Ministries/Worship Director Nathan Huyser, Children ’ Amanda Teel, Student Ministries Director Edith Wheeler, Office Manager Audrey Mars, Receptionist Sanny Munnell, Bookkeeper Steve Atwater, Janitor ’ s Ministries Assistant Kristy Stoeger, Children Makenzie Sommerfeld, Computer Technician EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH Email: [email protected] 2015 N. St. Joseph Ave. Website: www.hastingsefc.org , Hastings, NE 68901 Phone : - 463 - 1441 Facebook: HastingsEFree 402