Join us in our Bible Readings for the year as a congregation as we read the "Connecting with Christ Bible Readings."
May and June Bible Readings
May 6 – 10 2 Corinthians 6 Psalm 118 Genesis 4
2 Cor. 7 Habakkuk 1 Gen. 5
2 Corinthians 8 Deut. 14 Gen. 6
2 Corinthians 9 Ps. 112 Genesis 7
2 Corinthians 10 Deut. 12 Gen. 8
May 13 – 17 2 Cor. 11 Is. 55; Ps. 124 Genesis 9
2 Corinthians 12 Ps. 44 Gen. 10
2 Cor. 13 Deut. 19 Genesis 11
John 1 Isaiah 9 Genesis 12
John 2 Isaiah 56 Genesis 13
May 20 - 24 John 3 Isaiah 43 Genesis 14
John 4 Psalm 36 Genesis 15
John 5 Deut. 31 Genesis 16
John 6 Psalm 78 Genesis 17
John 7 Psalm 1 Genesis 18
May 27 -31 John 8 Ps. 25 Genesis 19
John 9 Psalm 146 Genesis 20
John 10 Ps. 79: Ps. 82 Gen. 21
John 11 Ps. 99; Ps. 100 Gen. 22
John 12 Psalm 21 Genesis 23
June 3 -7 John 13 Deuteronomy 7 Genesis 24
John 14 Psalm 18 Genesis 25
John 15 Psalm 119 Genesis 26
John 16 Ps. 30; Ps. 120 Gen. 27
John 17 Psalm 141 Genesis 28
June 10– 14 John 18 Is. 50 Genesis 29
John 19 Isaiah 53 Genesis 30
John 20 Psalm 22 Genesis 31
John 21 Isaiah 48 Genesis 32
1 John 1 Isaiah 56 Genesis 33
June 17 -21 1 John 2 Isaiah 41 Genesis 30
1 John 3 Psalm 91 Genesis 31
1 John 4 Deut. 11 Genesis 32
1 John 5 Psalm 47 Genesis 33
2 John Isaiah 37 Genesis 34
June 24 -28 3 John Psalm 15 Genesis 35
Revelation 1 Is. 11 Genesis 36
Revelation 2 Ps. 51 Genesis 37
Revelation 3 Ps. 83 Genesis 38 Revelation 4 Ps. 66 Genesis 39
Speakers for Sunday Services, May and June
May 5, Renee Frazeur
May 19, Ted Berckes
May 26, Children’s Sermon
June 2, Jim Thorpe
June 9, Charlotte Sayre
June 16, Sharon Maas
June 23, Grant Goplen
June 30, Judy Berckes
Bible Readings for the year available for the asking in booklet form by contacting Pastor Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org or available below as a download. PDF download of the 2019 Bible Readings in list/chart form and as a Excel download are available just below as well.
New Testament Bible Reading Schedule in the Connecting with Christ Reading Schedule is sourced from Peter DeHann at www.abibleaday.com
PDF Download and Excel Download of the 2019 Bible Reading Plan - Courtesy of Mary Matthies
Having completed a great fundraiser in the last year through the provision of God's blessing, we are embarking on a new fundraiser called 20/20 Vision. This fundraiser will aim for raising $50,000.00 in the next few months for our new church building. Join us in this new endeavor.
Join us on Saturday, June 8 at the High School Cafeteria from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm for our Rummage Sale.
Lots of items of all kinds of things. All funds raised will go to the AHCC New Building Fund!!
Join us after church services for a some food, fun and fellowship on the nicest day of the year, this Sunday May 26th. A good chance to enjoy the fellowship of the Antelope Hills Church family. Remember our worship services start at 9:30 for the summer starting May 26th.
A Big Thanks to Darren, Mary, Lisa, Nathan, Reed, Danielle and Jim Thorpe and any others who helped with our Summer Kick Off.
Wow, can you believe it? $100,000 raised in one year! The Envelope Window fundraiser is complete. All the envelopes and more have been filled and given as offerings for the new building. So thankful to God and to all the people, near and far who gave in this fundraiser! Pastor Steve
For over eight years, Antelope Hills Christian Church has been giving away furniture to anyone in need in the local communities. Hundreds of pieces of furniture, appliances, medical equipment and household furnishings have been given away in the past few years. What started humbly in our church parsonage has expanded into rental space at the CAMA/Connection building in the town of Canby. Donations are accepted from the communities and passed along through advertising on social media and through local agencies. More information about this vital and growing ministry or about volunteering to help or serve with us is available by contacting Pastor Steve at email@example.com or by calling the church.
A great evening with music and praise and extra touching moments that were shared with the group about the Holy Land. Thanks to the Worship Band and crew for the extra efforts at an new location. Thanks to everyone involved with the program. Thanks to all the men and women who helped out at Our Saviour's Church for our Salad Supper and a special thanks to those from Our Saviour's church.
Volunteers from all the churches volunteered for a Meals on Wheels Slot as Community Churches in March. Thanks to all who helped from the arious churches. It was much appreciated to finish the task in our long winter. Any questions, please call or email Pastor Steve Maas at 605-881-9024 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Thanks to Nathan and Lisa Thorpe and family for the truck, coordinating the decorating and all their efforts to get the AHCC float together and in the Canby parade. Thanks to Grant, Danielle and Sharon for helping decorating as well and also to Danielle and Sharon for helping me hand out gifts along the parade route. Nice turnout, a little cold but a fun evening!
Grant Goplen 507-828-2131
Dale Schoberg 507-223-7187
Reed Frazeur 507-223-1517
Dale Peterson 320-769-4655
Jim Sayre 507-223-7013
Grant Goplen 507-828-2131
Loren Demmer 507-223-7224
Delroy Thompson 507-223-5740 Wes Shepherd 507-277-5516 Dale Schoberg 507-223-7187
Every year, Antelope Hills Christian Church joins the churches around the world in remembering the Persecuted Church around the world. This year our day of reflection and prayer was on Sunday November 11, 2018. Sharon and Troy shared thoughts on the people and churches in Iraq and India. There were also some insights into the situation in Pakistan and a powerful video presentation on Pakistan. Please remember the Persecuted Church in your prayers and get involved in some way to help them. Various opportunities are listed at https://www.persecution.com/IDOP/ and https://www.opendoorsusa.org/ The video can be seen at https://www.persecution.com/IDOP/
WE started this fundraiser last winter in February/March and we are on our way with the Envelope Money Raiser for our new church building. Our goal is $100,000 dollars. The envelopes start in the single digits and go up to $300 as of now. As of August 6, 2018, we have raised around $46,000.00. Way to go, everyone. Grab an envelope and put it in the offering! Out of towners, we welcome all donations, large and small. Thanks to all, who have given to make this a successful endeavor to get into our new building to serve our Lord and Savior in new ways!
With the help of God moving in people's hearts, we completed this fundraiser as of February 1st, 2019 with well over $100,000.00 raised and all the envelopes taken and filled ... thanks to everyone from the church and friends and family from near and far, who gave as well.
Thanks to Delroy, Wes and Jim for their work on getting the church sign up and solidified with concrete!
Thanks to Rebecca Shepherd for making our new sign for our "Furniture Ministry" space at the Connection Building in Canby. It looks good and the general public will be able to know the location of the furniture in a more recognizable way.
A great day on the Laq Qui Parle River. Young and not so young, all had a great day! Thanks to Adrian for helping organize this day on the river. A reflection on the day, follows the pictures.
Thanks to all who helped out with our New Church Garage Sale on June 16th - 7:00 to 1:30. Over $600.00 was raised to go into our Building Fund Campaign. A great big hand to Renee Frazeur for organizing the sale and working hard to make it a big success!
On Sunday May 20, a good group gathered to pray over the new church site and building site. May it be the first of many gatherings!
The Church Body of Believers at Antelope Hills are reading through the New Testament in 2018. We are reading 5 Chapters a week which should take around 5 minutes or so a day and then taking time to reflect each day or on the weekend. Join us on this adventure in reading God's Word together. Reflections on the readings from the week are shared during our Sunday Services by people from the congregation. We feel this reading of the Word together will be blessed by the Holy Spirit in a unifying way that we might together serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If you would like to be part of the 5X5 Reading plan, please pick up a schedule at the church or click on the link below to access the downloadable 5X5 Bible reading plan at the Navigators website. Thanks
This is long overdue ... but many thanks to the men and women of Antelope Hills Church for all they do outside the walls of the church. You are volunteering in school groups and functions, coaching, civic groups, blood drives, Meals on Wheels! I am thankful to all of you and all the different places you serve!
I would like to say a big thank you to Barb for playing for me all these years at Sylvan Court, Marvin for helping out and for Nancy who has helped out in the summer at Sylvan.
As a church body along with some other members of the community and some other pastors along the way we have spent hundreds of hours fixing, remodeling, cleaning, organizing, building, planning and working at the CAMA/Connection Building as we moved from the old Connection building and remodeled the new one. The creative blackboard wall and the Lite Bright wall just below are two of the coolest things we built working at the CAMA/Connection building with Betsy Schmitt's (Connection Manager) ideas to make a blackboard area and use the old garage door from the new Connection building. Thanks to all the AHCC movers, cleaners, food providers, workers and painters for your help ... Lisa, Adriane, Cheyenne, Stuart, Dale S., Dale P., Jim S., Betty, Marcella, Mary Anne, Charlotte, Emily, Delroy, Greg and Zach C. and myself. Will put up some more pictures from the CAMA/Connection in the next few weeks. Antelope Hills rents part of the CAMA/Connection building for our Furniture Ministry. Thanks to all who have helped me out delivering or loading furniture with the Furniture Ministry as well Jim T., Darren, Wes, Reed, Stuart, Grant, Dale S., Mary Anne, Dale P., Emily, Toby and Delroy and many others. Also thanks to all those who helped with the Van carpet redo ... Jim S., Kent, Delroy, Marvin and Dale S. and Jane for giving us some snacks along the way.
We welcome you to the Website for Antelope Hills Christian Church. We are an historic independent rural evangelical church holding to the Bible as God’s Living Word. We believe in the power of the Holy Spirit to convict , teach, guide and strengthen us through the Word of God and through the presence of Jesus Christ our Lord by His Spirit. We strive to hold to the New Testament practices of the church found in the New Testament. We are an open and loving church with services using both contemporary and traditional Christian hymns and songs. Our messages are dedicated to learning and letting the Gospel change and transform our lives by faith, love and service. Come worship with us, we would love to have you.
The wisest king in the Bible missed the point. Solomon was able to write chapters of wise thoughts. Solomon was able to reflect philosophically on numerous perspectives of life and reduce the complexities of relationships, priorities and values into wise reflections and directives of how to live a joyful and blessed life as a person who feared God. Solomon was able to offer strong rebukes and warnings about falling into traps and snares of sin. Yet, Solomon who was the wisest and richest King of Israel missed the point of many of his own writings.
Solomon missed the point of life even though he was very wise about life. Solomon knew more about life than almost anyone. Solomon wrote more about life that anyone in the Old Testament than the major Prophets, Moses and his father David. Solomon built more buildings, palaces and temples than any other king of Israel. Solomon had more money and gold than the other kings of Israel and owned more chariots and horses than the other kings of Israel but Solomon failes to let his heart be satisfied with his God.
Solomon in the very height of reign begins an endless, futile and insatiable quest for more riches, palaces and wives. Solomon's coveting, greed, pride and inability to find satisfaction in the accumulation and possession of more and more led him to seek more and more. In the end, Solomon's more leaves him distant from having purpose in life and all of his more brings him judgement from the God who had previously blessed him richly. All of Solomon's more became pointless and all of the wives, palaces and riches were little value because he had lost his heart for God.
Solomon has been labeled as "The Wisest Fool" and "The Brilliant Failure" because while he wrote brilliantly and profoundly about the folly of sin and the destruction, it would bring; but he misses the point of applying it to his own life. Even though Solomon writes that "the love of pleasure will bring poverty," he fails to see how poor he has become in his love for all pleasures of life. He fails to realize he has turned away from the "pursuit of righteousness and loyalty" which would bring "life, righteousness and honor" (Proverbs 13:25) and finds his life void of righteousness even though it is filled with extravagant luxuries. Solomon fails to see how much of the blessing of God, he has lost in the loving of countless wives. Actually all of Solomon's wives, accomplishments, palaces and massive amounts of gold, horses and chariots could not satisfy him because his heart was far from his God. All of the things of life, had taken him away from his God. Finally, even though Solomon sees the fear of God as leading to life (Proverbs 19:23), he sets aside the life that the fear of God would bring. Solomon's life ends quite sadly because amidst all that he had around him, he had lost the only thing that mattered. Solomon had lost his heart for God.
"And why do you worry about clothes? Consider how the lilies of the field grow: They do not labor or spin.Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was adorned like one of these." Matthew 6:28-29
"But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture.” (Malachi 4:2, NLT)
As the world around us begins its yearly cycle of new life, nourishment and growth; we see and sense the evidence of that reality around us. Tiny leaves come out of swollen buds while finches and wrens gather bits of grass and twigs weaving and fashioning nests to shelter their young. In the pastures growing greener each day, young calves frolic in the lushness of the hillsides. People bask and linger in the warmth of the sunshine as they spend more and more time outdoors.
Some people are busy walking as if they discovered something new and completely unique, while others are digging in the earth as if there is gold under the rich humus in their gardens and fields. They gold they are seeking, will not be found in the form of a precious metal notoriety but in the anticipation of the production and growth from the spring and summer seasons. The richness from the gold they are seeking will come later. The gold will come in the vibrant and intense color of mature marigolds in full bloom. It will come as the calves stand more squarely and stocky in a golden sunset. It will come as wagons overflowing with golden corn are being emptied in the fall harvest. It will come in our personal and spiritual lives as well. It will come as friendships are fostered through nourishing and bonding moments together this season. It will come as eternal gold, as our faith develops as grow in the teaching and love of our heavenly Father.
Seasons are part of all life and the changes and growth inherent in all of them will bring life. Seasonal rhythms have always brought life, as noted thousands of years ago by the writer of Ecclesiastes (3:1-8). The sowing of seed and its nourishment and care, have always been essential to all life, including all spiritual growth and life. Jesus speaks of this through his parables describing the sowing, the needs of sustenance, the interfering draining enemies to growth such as excessive heat, weeds and poor soil in the nourishing and harvesting phases of all life (Luke 8:5-15). There is a beauty in each lily that is difficult to describe and it flows from the provision of God in the nourishment He gives (Mt. 5:28-30). As we find joy in our relationship with God, a far greater beauty than any flower will the product and result of His provision, nourishment and shaping of our lives.
Eventually there will be a harvest from every season of our lives. What will be the result of the season before us? Will the harvest of from this season, be bright and colorful with the glory of God? Will the harvest be of the gold of this world or will it convey a richness of golden color from the goodness of God as He molds and changes our hearts as we grow in our relationship with Him?
I offer to each of you, a summer blessing. May God bless your sowing of new life in His word this summer! May the Holy Spirit nourish your faith richly in the warmth of the true Son, the source of light and life (John 1:4). May you not tire of doing good (Gal. 6:9-10) and may the gold that you harvest after this summer season be not of the perishable nature but of the nature of Christ (1 Peter 1:17-20). Amen.